Sign-on Request: Letter to Senator
Dear Community Leader,
As Salamu Alaikum (Peace be unto you)!
On Jan 3rd, Doug Jones took the oath of office as the second US Senator from Alabama. We want to take this opportunity to invite him to visit a mosque, meet with the Muslim community, and initiate a relationship as he begins in his new role. As a minority faith community we believe it is a critical time to engage our representatives about issues and concerns of the Muslim community.
We are seeking a collective effort on behalf of the Muslim community.
We will be accepting edits to the letter and sign-ons until 9:00 am tomorrow.
Use the following link below to respond and share it with other Muslim groups or organizations that you believe should be represented, e.g. Islamic centers, Islamic Schools, Associations.
Seeking edits & sign-ons until 9:00 am Tomorrow (Jan 5th). This is a strict deadline. https://goo.gl/forms/RGxOnRgeub9DcQbD3
Subject: Alabama Muslim Constituents' Request for a Meeting
Dear Senator Jones,
We, the undersigned community and community-based civil society leaders, congratulate you on being our newly elected Senator. We further wish to invite you to meet with your Muslim constituents. American Muslims are the most racially and ethnically diverse religious group in the nation. Approximately half of Alabama Muslims are African-American. In the state, the largest Muslim populations reside in Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, and Mobile counties. Thousands of Alabamian Muslims contribute to our state’s economy in many roles including as doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and other business people, creating well paying jobs. Muslims in Alabama give back to society every single day as public school teachers, law enforcement officials, active duty military personnel, U.S. military veterans, nurses, pharmacists, and in many other roles building our nation’s vibrant economy. These upstanding American Muslims exemplify the best of the United States.
As citizens of the state, the Alabama Muslim community was particularly concerned and fearful on December 12th, 2017. These past two years have been especially hard on Muslim families, with parents struggling to find and instill a sense of belonging in their children amidst growing animosity from many quarters towards our faith and our community.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric has been adopted by many misguided candidates aspiring for political office in our state. A prime example was your opponent, Roy Moore, who represented the depths to which religious-based bigotry can sink. He was unabashed in his defamation of everyday Islamic practices, which inspire thousands of Alabamian Muslims to be good citizens and to give back to our local communities as volunteers in fire departments, PTAs, food banks and many other organizations. As just one example, inspired by Islamic teachings of serving God by serving humanity, Muslim doctors in Alabama are running free clinics to assist those most affected by lack or loss of health insurance.
Alabama Muslim voters share our country’s strong family values. They are dedicated to raising and educating their children to be good neighbors and productive citizens. They will support candidates who act on the belief that Muslim Americans deserve the same opportunities as all Americans to build better futures for our families and children and deserve to be treated with the dignity, fairness, and respect we all expect. The government should not make new rules banning one religion or singling out one group for discrimination based on how they pray.
In light of all this, we are sure you understand that our community views your election with much optimism.
A great step in vindicating that optimism would be for your constituents to meet and build a relationship with you, learn about you and your work, share their views as American Muslims, discuss issues that impact their lives every day, and get your commitment to actively and vocally affirm American values of inclusiveness and religious freedom.