To the Editor:
On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Virginia, I want to thank everyone for the sympathy expressed in response to the vandalism at our Mubarak Mosque under construction in Chantilly. The vandalism which caused extensive damage to the custom-made windows and exterior of the mosque occurred the night of Sunday, Jan. 29, less than a month from its intended completion date. Since then, there has been an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity from well-wishers all over the great state of Virginia and across the nation.
Old friends of our community and neighbors have conveyed their concern over the senseless vandalism and desecration of a house of worship. Learning of the vandalism from the media, strangers have visited us and introduced themselves as new friends of our community and expressed their support and encouragement. Religious leaders and their congregations from across the spectrum of faiths have sent messages of prayers and spiritual solidarity. Truly, this expression of unity dispels any notion that the base actions of a few reflect the true nature of our overwhelming compassionate and diverse society. It highlights the common values we hold respecting the sacredness of all places of worship and the freedom to worship.
We are truly moved by the concern all of you have shown and the support and encouragement given to us with your good wishes and prayers. You can be assured that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will continue to strive to be worthy of your friendship by living our creed “Love for all, Hatred for none.” We look forward to completing our Mosque soon and inviting you to its inauguration.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community