Community gathers in support of Delaware Muslims

FELTON – Imam Fuad Ali spoke of community and unity during Friday prayer at the Islamic Society of Central Delaware on Dec. 18.
A concept easily found in a new group of visitors to the mosque, he added.
Led by April Morehouse and Tamyra Leming, a group of about 20 people from the Milford, Harrington and Felton areas visited the mosque during their main weekly prayer in a show of support for their neighbors.

Tamyra Leming stands in support of local Muslims worshipping in Felton, Del. alongside Islamic Society of Central Delaware member Sobia Choudhri. (The Journal/Jennifer Antonik)

Tamyra Leming stands in support of local Muslims worshipping in Felton, Del. alongside Islamic Society of Central Delaware member Sobia Choudhri. (The Journal/Jennifer Antonik)

“We’re all one community no matter what we believe in,” Leming said.
The idea originally started with Morehouse’s husband, Jim, who is retired from the Air Force.
“He thought wouldn’t it be great if service members circled a mosque near San Bernardino to show them that we fight for their freedom, too,” she said of her husband.
“Since we’re no where near there, I thought we’d do something locally.”
Members of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware said although they have not experienced anything negative stemming from current events, they appreciated the show of understanding and support.
Muniza Iftekhar, principal of the Children’s Education Program that teaches about 60 children every Sunday, said she’s mostly heard of children being mean to others.
“The schools are great about world religions and take care of problems right away,” she said.
Students in her program learn about the Quran and manners.
“We also teach them how to live in America in today’s world and that you don’t have to feel shy or indifferent. You’re as good as all the others,” she explained.

Visitors enjoyed the company of mosque members over conversations, pizza and books.
One member exp
lained the Islamic faith to the crowd.
“When Islam started, our prophet’s interactions were with his neighbors,” he began.
“We’re supposed to coexist together. No hate of any form. We’re humbled and know that this is what America is. We know what we see on TV, Ted Cruz and Trump. We know that’s not what love is.”

Islamic Society of Central Delaware Imam Fuad Ali joins Pastor Sally Stewart of Felton-Viola United Methodist Church and Principal of the Children's Education Program Muniza Iftekhar on Friday during a show of support by community members. (The Journal/Jennifer Antonik)

Islamic Society of Central Delaware Imam Fuad Ali joins Pastor Sally Stewart of Felton-Viola United Methodist Church and Principal of the Children’s Education Program Muniza Iftekhar on Friday during a show of support by community members. (The Journal/Jennifer Antonik)

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