The anti-immigrant rhetoric that President-elect Donald Trump’s used during the Presidential election campaign caused alarm among America’s immigrant communities. Muslims were a particular focus of his anti-immigration rhetoric in many of his speeches.
Mr. Trump’s election seems to have emboldened some into committing acts of violence against immigrants and Muslims. A spate of hate crimes and incidents of hatred and violence against minorities have been reported across the country. This has left many in the immigrant community worried and fearful. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Fredericksburg, Maryland have sadly become familiar with incidents of hate being directed towards them. Some members in their community have been verbally abused and have even been spat on.
Despite being fearful and not knowing what to expect the day after the election, several women from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Fredericksburg decided to continue to volunteer at a downtown soup kitchen. While many across the country were protesting a Trump presidency; in keeping with teachings of their faith, these women feel that service to the community would be the best way to resist intolerance.
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