WJLA:"Islamic Center looks to Strengthen Interfaith Bonds" - Islamic Relief USA

WJLA ABC7, of Washington D.C., reports that Dar Al-Hijrah was hired two outreach members to continue their work of serving those in need. Rabbi Gerry Serotta is the director of The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

He says the rhetoric on the campaign trail is a setback.

“The bigotry that puts one group of citizens against another is quite destructive for the American values,” said Rabbi Serotta.

The trees that line the Islamic Center are bigger than beauty. There was public outcry 35 year ago because people were concerned about a mosque in the community. So the trees were planted to hide it from drivers along Route 7.

Muslim women have heard the hatred.

“Why are you here? What’s this accent,” said Nafisa Mohammed Taha, who is Muslim.

“Mosque-goers and those people of faith are actually less inclined to turn to violence because they are in a community,” said Christina Tobias-Nahi, with the Islamic Relief USA.

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