I greet you invoking God’s peace and blessings upon you.
Friday’s are special for me because at the ISBCC I get to see the fabric of our community. One of my favorites is seeing our security staff early in the morning, smiling and greeting everyone who walks in. Br. Muhammad Ubai always asks me, “Did you get that 5 mile jog in today, brother Imam?” Second, but close, is getting hugs from Sr. Malika’s granddaughters, whose smiles bring so much light to my office.
Friday’s at the ISBCC bring about the best in our community. From law enforcement, educators, medical professionals, weight loss coaches, students and the youth; all of you bring smiles and warm stories about the unique relationship between faith and life. One of the many things I learned from you is balance and patience. I hear your stories and I feel the book education I’ve received pales in the face of your rich experiences.
This Friday is not a normal Friday. I am deeply saddened and shocked by the recent events. Our city’s peace was taken away in a blink of an eye. Our faith is once again being called to suspicion. Innocent people are being hurt. What is needed now is meeting hate with love, trials with patience and fear with increased worship. Each and every one of us needs to be a shelter in this storm.
God has chosen the Boston community to be the focus, because our community is an excellent one. Our track record speaks volumes to the dedication we have to our city, our heart, Boston. Do not fear and do not waiver, for God stands with this community! Face the coming days with a sense of pride and altruism, that will grant you the dignity to swallow the pills of the shallow minded, the heart to continue to give and support our city. I remind you as our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) reminded Abu Bakr when things looked dire, “Do not fear, God is with us.”
It is an honor to serve you; to know you and to be with you. I love you in God’s grace.
Imam Suhaib Webb
Imam, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Thank you so much for saying what all followers of a beautiful religion feel. Once again our faith is put to trial in the media. May Allah keep us safe from hate and ignorance.
I agree. It is being put on trial once again by both hateful people as well as muslims themselves who have little to no knowledge about what Islam is about.
Jazakallah kyrn for showing the true lslamic character of peace and love to all mankind.
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Our du’a for your continued strength and perseverence in this test from ALLAH. Maybe one good thing that will come out from this is that everyone, muslims and other muslims, muslims and non-muslims alike will become closer to one another Insha ALLAH ameen.
Sa’adah from Shah Alam
Your wise letter is appreciated. May we be together in the light of love. Thank you.
“Pray long, stay strong”