Other faith groups are also emphasizing helping others. The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts in West Springfield is delivering groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer, donated by their members, to the elderly and the disabled even if they’re nor Muslim.
“God created us to know each other. Not to fight each other,” Abdul Baki said. He continued on to acknowledge what he called widespread stereotyping and “Islamaphobia.” He said being Muslim does not mean supporting Isis…more: wwlp.com/
The walk had numerous highlights. Here are just three. I was blessed to walk through West Springfield with Wissam Abdul Baki, the Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts. After his warm welcome at the mosque we were able to share thoughts and prayers about our faith traditions.
Abdul-Baki is referring to the many times in recent decades that extremist factions have hijacked the image of Islam for military and political purposes. “Those people do not represent Muslims,” he says. “My religion stands for the freedom of people to choose. God created you free, and people need to be free. Liberty, equality, freedom, justice — these are essential parts of my faith. Not violence.”…more: valleyadvocate