I want to share a letter I received yesterday.

There was a package in front of the door of The Islamic Center here. It was a large Tupperware type of container filled with luscious brownies.  This was the letter I that was attached to that container.

” Dear Americans of The Islamic Center of Quincy”

Assalamalikum… (Peace to you)

With the results of the presidential election being what they are, I felt it was important to make a gesture of love towards  my fellow Americans. Especially towards my neighbors that the president elect has spoken hatefully about.

I am a white woman. I do not pretend to understand what you must be feeling. I have my own concerns, but my citizenship and livelihood have not been threatened. I am embarrassed for this country and ashamed of these results.

Above all, I wanted to let you and the Islamic community know that whatever comes, you have an ally in me and my husband. I believe in the freedom of religion,  of Life, of Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness. I will fight for those rights for myself and for you, my fellow Americans. Call on me any time.

Peace be Upon You.

Signed Melanie A. and then she gave her email address.

Needless to say, I cried when I read this missive. I sent her an email and today , made copies of her letter and took them along with the tray of the brownies that she had made and let the members of the mosque informed of the empathy that this lady has shown. There is goodness among most of us. That’s why I love this town so frikkin much!

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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26 Responses to A LETTER.

  1. slmret says:

    Oh, Zakiah — how beautiful — I was in tears too as I read this. I believe that there are more good people in the world than bad, and I further believe that the country will not stand for mistreatment of individuals or groups,now that the election has occurred! Unfortunately, at this point, all we can do is wait and see — and know that there will be another chance in 4 years.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes. Waiting and hoping. God willing, things will improve: though…. when I watched him yesterday when he was with Obama, and the president was talking, Trump looked so out of place and clueless. I only hope that the people he surrounds himself with, are better in their advise and negotiations.
      Thanks Janet.

  2. Tree says:

    What a wonderful thing to do!

    I have been thinking a lot about volunteering, as I don’t have a lot of money right now to donate, but I would like to do some small thing to make people (including myself) feel better about the amount of good in the world. I am so glad to hear that you have been encountering good as well. These are scary times for us all, but we can make a difference even if we do not have political power.

  3. So beautiful..gave me chills. Love that this sweet lady is reaching out. Despite our different beliefs, origins, religions, etc, if this country is to succeed, we must be like this women. May there be peace in the US especially among our own citizens.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. You are so kind. you have so much going on in your life, and yet you take your time to come and make me happy. Blessings to you love.

  4. Good will always triumph. I love what she did and I hope there are many more people like her.

    • Zakiah says:

      I cried when I got that letter. I don’t know that lady at all, and here she was, extending her love, regardless of the fact that she herself was hurting following the election. I believe it too Matt, that truth will always triumph.

  5. This is beautiful. To go out of her way to show her support for others from different backgrounds or religions.

  6. beowulf222 says:

    It’s good to read news about a positive gesture. The media usually carry the negative stuff only, and folks like Alt-Right feed on it.

    • Zakiah says:

      I agree. Getting positive recognition like this always boosts the prostrating morale. Made me feel real good. How are you Nick? I think Matt is probably there now, if not he should be in a day or two. Have fun.

  7. Oh! I love this! It makes me cry tears of joy! 🙂 What an amazing kind lady!

    I’m so glad you live among such people! 🙂 And I know you are such a person, too! I know you are kind and gracious and promote peace. 🙂

    I feel SO fortunate to live in a neighborhood with people of all religions and people of no religion and we look out for each other, share food-gifts at holiday times, take gifts to new babies and new neighbors, etc. I think this is possible in every neighborhood if people would promote love, respect, and acceptance to everyone

    PS…Did you share my poem (Beauty in the Broken) with the friend you mentioned in your comment on that post? I hope it was meaningful to them! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      YOU and I Carolyn! I had tears in my eyes when I received that letter and I shared it with a couple of church groups where we have interfaith meetings. I am, like you, blessed at the beauty of the people around me. ❤ ❤ ❤

  8. Angels, of the real live human kind, reside beside us. Some times they simply appear & surprise us! Life is beautiful & we are truly blessed.

    • Zakiah says:

      HEY!! How are you darling? I have wondered about you so much and hoped and hoped that you would make an appearance soon. SO good to see you here. Thank you for your loving comment.

      • Good Morning, Zakiah. It is wonderful to be back & to know I’ve been missed. Those words touched my heart. It is wonderful to hear from you!! SO much to tell about the past two years, but the move must come first & is well on it’s way. I’m hoping to stop by a little later & do an update on the packing, plus visit a few sites. Yours will be one for sure. Happy Holidays, my dear. You’ve brought joy to my day with your response. ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Muah. Happy Thanksgiving. Love and hugs.

  9. Many of your fellow Americans share your neighbor’s sentiments and good will, including me. We can’t and won’t let ignorance tear down our country’s principles.

    • Zakiah says:

      SO O O O , you think I shouldn’t move out to another part of the world, “far from the madding crowd?” Kidding. Thank you so much for such a fine comment. People like you, make it all worthwhile!

      • slmret says:

        I know you’re kidding — but — you MUST NOT move away from where you are now!Those who change course as a result of the mad man’s election will simply give him reason to gloat, brag, etc. even more!

      • Well, I have to admit, I’ve had a Canadian work visa for quite a few years that I’ve use many times through the year in my work, although I’m retiring soon, I’m seriously thinking of renewing it anyway 😀

    • Zakiah says:

      I think it will be a good idea to renew the visa. I wish I had kept the dual citizenship of my motherland. Well, just have to wait and see.

    • Zakiah says:

      Janet, this is such sage advise. Touched my heart. M thinks like you. Thank you.

  10. r_hsw says:

    there is goodness in all of us, yes. bless the woman who wrote the letter. if only we all are thought with love and wisdom. not all of us get to have such luxury, unfortunately.

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