My letter in the Local Newspaper.


Poison of hate sparked shootings in a house of God

Posted: Oct. 31, 2018 10:10 am

To The Herald-Whig:

With a sinking heart I heard about the tragedy of the massacre in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. And once again my head bent low with sadness and grief, and my soul cried at yet another hate crime.

Such animal-like behavior from humans! Innocent people who were in the house of God, praising Him and loving Him, mowed down in one minute! In that place of refuge where all people are the same and share the same faith and love, how could such a heinous crime take place?

What hatred is this that has spread like the poison of a smoldering abscess among the people of this nation? Please don’t tell me that the man was mentally deranged or had problems with depression, etc. This was an act of tyranny and pure hatred, inflamed by bigotry and animosity.

While we know that hatred and divisiveness has persisted for a long time in this country and elsewhere, this insane crime today shows how ignorant some of us are, how poor our judgement is and how sad it is that the gap in the division keeps widening. When will it end? Where will it end? How does one’s conscience not feel the burden of guilt?

I stand with the Jewish community of this beautiful town of mine and with those people in Pittsburgh whose lives have changed now because of this hate crime. I ache with my Jewish friends (how personal it must seem to you), and I cry with you and offer deepest condolences from my heart and from the hearts of the members of the Islamic Center of Quincy.

We pray that we will never hear or see such devastation again. May the God of all prophets give each one of my Jewish friends peace and strength to bear this painful assault that they have suffered at the hands of a bigot!

Zakiah S. Ali


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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7 Responses to My letter in the Local Newspaper.

  1. slmret says:

    Dear Zakiah — This is a beautifully written letter, expressing the feelings of most of the country with respect to the hate crimes that have plagued our country recently You have also expressed nicely your concerns on behalf of the Islamic community, bringing that group forward as a loving, caring community. I sat down several times wanting to write after this shooting (and after the mail bombings), and could not find a way to express my thoughts — you have done this so eloquently for so many of us! I hope your letter has also been read by people in power — your governor, Congressional representatives, local leaders, and so forth, as it sets out some of the values that are important to our democracy. Thank you so much for sharing it here — and I hope it brings people to the voting booths! Much love ~ ~ ~ Janet

  2. Beautiful letter – well said and from the heart.

  3. Wow..beautifully written. All I can say is Amen!
    love and hugs, my friend.

  4. Thank you so much, SweetZ, for sharing your thoughts and feelings with so many people. My heart is right there with your heart. You’ve expressed how I feel, too.

  5. Oopy! I hit send and hadn’t left any hugs…so…

  6. onedanyankee says:

    You speak beautifully and from the heart. Thank you for speaking up and putting words to the sentiments so many of us are feeling.

  7. This is a cry from your heart, Zakiah which I share totally.
    Love ❤

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