This statement was delivered to the Rally for Peace and Justice organized by Beit Ahavah synagogue of Northampton, February 28, 2015
In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
On behalf of Hampshire Mosque, I would like to extend our full support for this rally against racial and religious prejudice.
The Qur’an states, “[God has] made you different tribes and nations so that you might know one another.” The diversity of this Earth is a blessing. An ideology that seeks to impose uniformity is dangerous, and must be opposed.
There are many stories of conflict in this world, and if one did not know better, one might conclude that the different tribes, nations, and religions are always in conflict.
Our history and our sacred knowledge tell us otherwise. Our mutual legacy, among all religions, is one of tolerance, justice, and peaceful interaction. The actions of the spiteful and the ignorant will not tarnish this legacy.
Regarding the relationship between our religion and yours specifically, a recent incident in Norway exemplifies our stance. Following a violent murder in Denmark, a group of Muslims in Oslo gathered to form a human chain around the country’s only remaining synagogue, symbolizing their readiness to protect the Jewish people from any threat.
This is the normative position of Islam, and of Muslims toward their Jewish neighbors, now and throughout history. Anyone who says otherwise lacks knowledge of our religion.
We are ready to protect you whenever you need us. Please accept our support.
Concept and Design
Our architectural team is hard at work on the design of our new home. God willing, we plan to renovate the existing building at 451 Russell Street in Hadley to house our masjid (prayer space) and community center, and to provide space for two commercial tenants.
Since we are using an existing building, are not doing any new construction, and are planning only minor cosmetic changes to the exterior of the structure, the planning board of the Town of Hadley has granted a Waiver of Site Plan Approval for the project.
Hampshiremosque.org members can download our poster for more details about the project.