Families Attend “To Islam, With Love” Event

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Over 150 adults and children attended the “To Islam, With Love” event on Sunday held at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to show their support for the Muslim community.

The handcrafted cards donned red and pink hearts, glitter, and “phrases of love” written in Arabic. The finished cards were attached by clothespins to a display.

A few students from Boston Latin Academy volunteered their time at the Valentine-themed event to help families write in Arabic and offered a guide with scripts for kids to copy on their cards.

Parents who attended the card-making marathon told the Boston Globe they felt a duty to make local Muslims feel included, in light of what transpired during Trump’s presidential campaign and alleged comments he made regarding Muslims.

The reports stated that parents showed up with their children to teach them the principle of inclusion and “empathy and support for others.”

One mother who attended with her two young children said, “I don’t think they’re ever too young to teach empathy and support for others.” When reporters asked her 4-year-old son why he was there to make cards, he said, “because some people don’t like them and we want to cheer them up.”

Another attendee at the gathering said she did it “to spread inclusion and stand against Trump’s rhetoric.”

Madeline Bennett, a student at Massachusetts College of Art Design, copied the phrase “we are with you” on her card (below).

Photo credit: Boston Globe

Photo credit: Boston Globe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanya Nixon-Silberg, co-founder of Wee the People and organizer the event, said the art school plans to collect all of the cards made and those mailed in by people who couldn’t attend and deliver them to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in time for Valentine’s Day.

H/T: Boston Globe

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