My mind is racing in the wake of the attack in London

My mind is racing in the wake of the attack in London. I would like to collect my thoughts and express something meaningful, but in the meantime I am reminded of these words (seen below), written by a former student of mine after a similar attack targeted worshipers at a mosque in Quebec.
As she suggested a charitable organization for relief donations, so shall I – it is the British Red Cross’s UK Solidarity fund, paid out to victims of terrorist attacks in the UK.
I’ll also add my great pride in Madeeha, who was already a wonderful young woman when I taught her about algebra and astronomy a decade ago. Perhaps the greatest honour of being a teacher is the wonderful people who share a small part of their childhood with you.…/char…/redcross/uksolidarityfund
For the majority of my life, the statement “it is difficult to be Muslim in North America” has constantly been true. Although recent events especially underscore this truth, the Muslim community, my community, has lived with it for years. My response to this reality until now, at least on social media, has been silence. Right now, I do not want to be silent.
When Alexandre Bissonnette brought violence into the sacred space of Centre Culturel Islamique du Québec (CCIQ), he attacked my Muslim brothers and sisters. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and communities of the victims of this horrific act. Please consider making a donation to the families of those affected here:…/helping_the_families_and_victi…
Out of all public spaces I visit, I have felt an unparalleled sense of security and peace inside mosques. The attack on CCIQ was also an attack on this feeling of safety. As a Muslim, Pakistani-Canadian, I am not unfamiliar with fear, especially the fear that can accompany a declaration of my faith. But I have been fortunate enough to never experience this fear inside a mosque. While I am certain that my community will be resilient in the face of this tragedy, what Alexandre Bissonnette has done is inject fear into a sacred space where there should be none, and if that is not an act of “terrorism,” the word ceases to have any meaning.
I am encouraged by the collective outrage and desire to take action by Muslims and non-Muslims among my friends. However, I have often experienced that even the most well-meaning individuals, who take important political action in response to such situations, can sometimes fail to engage with and understand the affected communities. If you are able to do nothing else in response to all that is taking place right now, please try to make an effort to get to know the Muslims in your community and learn to support them in the way they deem best. Here is a document that I felt provides helpful insights on being an ally:…/Islamophobia-Knowledge-Produ…

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