We must stand in solidarity with the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque
As a leader within the local interfaith community, I was dismayed to read in the March 22 Metro article “GOP slams Herring for holding town hall meeting at mosque” about GOP demands that Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) apologize for meeting at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church. Religious leaders throughout the area have extensive ties with Dar Al-Hijrah, and this community of 20,000 peace-loving and law-abiding Virginians has been involved in interfaith and community service work for many decades and includes board members of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. The IFC represents 11 historic faiths and has encouraged interfaith cooperation in the D.C. area for 39 years.
Many faith leaders and community members have visited this mosque for decades, as have government officials including congressmen, state and county officials, and FBI and local law enforcement professionals. The mosque’s representatives have joined government officials and law enforcement professionals in solidarity with the Jewish community to counter bigotry against Jewish community. Their members help those in need and provide help to the homeless.
The mosque has condemned terrorism, and its members are loyal Americans. Our Muslim sisters and brothers must be engaged and not marginalized, as this is best for Virginia and America.
Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Washington The writer is executive director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.