This Organization Is Sending Ramadan Cards To Every Mosque In America

Here's how you can help.

Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims, is being celebrated from May 26 to June 24. In an effort to make those participating in the holiday, which is honored with intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting, and nightly feasts, feel loved and appreciated, DoSomething.org is aiming to send Ramadan cards to every mosque in America.

The organization's Sincerely, Us campaign hopes the cards will show our Muslim neighbors that they're supported. "When it's Christmas, you give your Christian neighbors a Merry Christmas card. When it's Hanukkah, you give your Jewish neighbors a Happy Hanukkah card. We thought it just made sense that when an important holiday like Ramadan happens, we should do the same thing for our Muslim neighbors," campaign manager Adam Garner tells A Plus.



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Unfortunately, in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, incidents of Islamophobia worldwide are becoming increasingly common, meaning Muslims can certainly use our support and words of encouragement. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2015, hate incidents against Muslims rose a shocking 67 percent over the previous year — the highest they've been in over a decade.

"Hate crimes against Muslim Americans have reached frightening levels. Part of being a good neighbor (and a good citizen of the United States) is standing next to and lending a hand when a community needs support," Garner adds. "We stand for religious freedom and believe Muslim Americans deserve the same respect as any other American. No one should fear for their safety because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, or what holidays they celebrate."

Thankfully, Garner says the response to the campaign has been "overwhelmingly positive," and over 40,000 people have already signed up to participate. Thus far nearly 29,000 cards have been sent to mosques around the country, and there's still plenty of time to get involved. "The cards we've received so far have been gorgeous and the outpouring of love from our non-Muslim members has been humbling," Garner tells us. 

"But the thing that really means the most for me is the members of the Muslim community that have reached out to say thank you. Every day I get messages (and in some cases written letters!) thanking us for doing this. That means the world to us," he adds. 

And even though DoSomething.org's goal is to make campaigns that create a global impact, sending support to mosques in the United States felt like the right thing to do. "Given what's happening in the United States right now and our deep reach specifically within the States, we decided to focus on just making sure we send cards to every single mosque here," Garner explains. 

Still, he adds, "We'd love to take this global next year and make sure that all 1.6 billion Muslims globally are impacted by this."

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Despite the rise in Islamophobia, Garner and the folks at DoSomething.org believe this initiative has the power to make a big impact across the country.

"I hope that people understand that our 3.3 million Muslim American neighbors are just that: our neighbors," he concludes. "And they deserve the same respect, appreciation, and support that every other American deserves, which includes something as simple as a celebratory card on an important holiday."

To find out how you can get involved and send a Ramadan card to an American mosque, click here.



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