“The Spiritual Convergence of Rosh Hashanah, Eid al-Fitr, and 9/11”

The Washington Post, On Faith Blog
August 30, 2010

Rabbi Marc Scheier and Iman Shamsi Ali


As American Muslims observe the last days of Ramadan and American Jews prepare to begin their observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, members of both faiths–and all Americans– are being confronted with a responsibility to speak out in defense of the values of religious liberty and mutual understanding upon which this country was founded. 

The contentious issue of the proposed Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan has kicked up a political and social firestorm that has left many American Muslims feeling vulnerable and in fear of an upsurge of anti-Muslim bigotry. The recent stabbing of a Muslim New York City taxi driver by a deranged college student and the desecration of a Queens mosque by a drunken intruder are the evil fruits of a situation in which the vilification of an American religion–in this case Islam—has been allowed to become mainstream discourse.

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