The people stood at each of the mosque’s three entrances gripping posters coated with heart shapes and letters spelling phrases of support: “We are one.” “We stand with you.”
They awaited those arriving for the afternoon prayer at the Muslim American Society Katy Center. As people streamed in, the group waved and handed them pins with more heart shapes.
“We just want to give love to our neighbors,” they told those arriving.
“Thank you so much,” one mosque-goer said. “This is beautiful.”
At a time when calls have arisen to ban all Muslims from entering the country and while hate crimes targeting Islam have jumped, Muslims throughout the nation have expressed new fears, which have been elevated since the presidential election of Donald Trump. As a counterpoint, this group of about 25 people at the MAS Katy Center gathered on the bitterly cold Friday to illustrate a message of unity.