Islamic Center Thankful for Interfaith Support

September 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the [Islamic Center in Wayland], one of the most significant changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has come not in anger directed at members, but in a growing interest in their religion. 'While prior to Sept. 11 we'd be lucky to get 12 people, since then we've had several hundred visitors come to our interfaith meetings,' said Malik Khan, a member of the mosque. The center also has engaged in an extensive outreach program, with many members giving talks at churches and synagogues and participating in numerous interfaith meetings. On Sept. 11, the center will host an interfaith prayer session at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture, 'Islam and modernity'. Members say that while they have heard many stories of other Muslims who were harassed and intimidated after Sept. 11, they have been showered with support from non-Muslims in the area. Khan said, 'Churches and synagogues really stood by us' after the terrorist attacks. 'It was a major source of strength for us,' he said. 'interaction between our community and others was not that deep before Sept. 11, but since then it has opened a floodgate of visitors and concerned citizens.'"