BON AIR, Va. – Area Muslims are thanking the community after they discovered a message of support outside a local mosque this week.
“Muslims are not our enemy. Hate is the enemy,” the sign reads. “We love the people who worship here.”
The poster was signed, “Your Bon Air neighbors.”
Mosque leaders said the message of support means a lot considering the anti-Muslim sentiment displayed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
“After… some politicians were making some very extreme remarks against the Muslim community and implying that Muslims are somehow not to be trusted or shouldn’t have full civil rights,” Imam Ammar Amonette of the Islamic Center Of Virginia said. “Then we have this expression of support from our neighbors, which is really appreciated. We really thank them very much.”
The imam believes the sign is a clear indicator of the strong relationships worshipers have built in the community over the past 30 years.