I make it a point to try to mention things like this when they happen. We need more of this. American Muslims gathered for a ceremony to commemorate Jews murdered in Nazi death camps at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The remembrance was organized by the leader of a local mosque. The event was organized specifically in response to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's just completed Holocaust denial hate fest.
Local Muslim leaders lit candles yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate Jewish suffering under the Nazis, in a ceremony held just days after Iran had a conference denying the genocide.
American Muslims "believe we have to learn the lessons of history and commit ourselves: Never again," said Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, standing before the eternal flame flickering from a black marble base that holds dirt from Nazi concentration camps.
Around the hexagonal room, candles glimmered under the engraved names of the death camps: Chelmno. Auschwitz-Birkenau. Majdanek.
"We stand here with three survivors of the Holocaust and my great Muslim friends to condemn this outrage in Iran," said Sara J. Bloomfield, the museum's director, addressing a bank of TV cameras in the room, known as the Hall of Remembrance.
The museum, she noted, holds "millions of pieces of evidence of this crime."
Kudos to Imam Mohamed Magid for doing this. The Imam actually delayed a pilgrimage to Mecca by a day to attend the ceremony.