Washington Mosque Invites Neighbors for Celebration of Thanks

August 13, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 13, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an editorial on the activities of a Seattle Mosque. "The Idriss mosque in the Northgate area reached out to its neighbors and the community at large after Sept. 11, even after enduring attempts to vandalize and burn down the mosque. Mosque leaders and members helped to explain Islam to people suddenly fearful of it... And the community, including members of many faiths, reached back, some even watching the mosque 'round-the-clock to prevent any further attacks...    On Sunday, the Idriss mosque, embracing that quintessential American value of community, hosted a block party, to thank their new friends, including Jews, Catholics and Protestants, for their support...    In the year since that horrifying day, the Idriss mosque has helped teach Seattle that Islam is not what should be feared."