Compassionate Action Steps for Non-Muslims
The range can be from a simple act such as:
- Joining Muslims in press releases and press conferences
- When you directly or overhear an Islamophobic comment, respond with patience and tolerance and ask, “Do you know a Muslim personally?” Then, and/or invite them to join you on a visit to a mosque or to have tea with a muslim friend so they can explore their fear or opinions with personal experience.
- Speaking with media and to assure that different voices are heard.
- Be active on social media and provide support which includes sharing positive stories.
- Joining a Muslim friend and going to a mosque or inviting them to speak at other places of worship.
- Call or Walk into a mosque and ask the Imam or office staff if you could sit down and talk, showing your support.
- Smiling at Muslims.
- Calling Muslim friends and family and letting know one cares.
- Convene a community dialogue with a facilitator (includes circle principles and rules for dialogue).
- Contact the local mosque, synagogue, church, interfaith group (s) Human Relations Commission, University Student Affairs Department to explore ways to sponsor lectures, gatherings and discussions.
- Arrange a follow up service community-wide project.
- Host a dinner party inviting a Muslim (be sure to inquire about dietary sensitivities) and invite friends who may not necessarily seek out a Muslim.
- Host a screening of a documentary that promotes interfaith peace (On Common Grounds etc.).
- Find out what service project the local mosque supports and show your support.