the darkest times, there are heroes—though sometimes they may be the people we
message a global non-profit group hopes to spread Friday on Holocaust
Remembrance Day, when it displays a small exhibit in a New York synagogue
highlighting the little-known stories of Muslims who risked their lives to
rescue Jewish people from persecution during World War II. Though the two
religious groups are often presented in opposition, this exhibit is a reminder
that they have also shared an important history of cooperation and mutual
of a former Nazi guard brings forth questions about justice and forgiveness for
Holocaust survivors and German citizens.
include those of Khaled Abdul Wahhab, who sheltered about two dozen Jews in
Tunisia, and Abdol Hossein Sardari, an Iranian diplomat who is credited with
helping thousands of Jews escape Nazi soldiers by issuing them passports.
also recognizes the Pilkus, a Muslim family in Albania who harboured young
Johanna Neumann and her mother in their home during the German occupation and
convinced others that the two were family members visiting from Germany. “They
put their lives on the line to save us,” Neumann, now 86, told TIME on Friday.
“If it had come out that we were Jews, the whole family would have been
people did, many European nations didn’t do,” she added. “They all stuck
together and were determined to save Jews.”
collection of 15 stories shows how people organically came to protect one
another, even in extreme environments of war and conflict, organizers said.
“Those stories are very powerful together because they show a different side to
humanity. It shows that we can have hope even at a time like the Holocaust,”
said Mehnaz Afridi, a Manhattan College professor who specializes in Islam and
narratives are being exhibited on a day observed by remembering the past, they
are also vital to remember in today’s world, “given the rise of hatred,” said
Dani Laurence Andrea Varadi, co-director of I Am Your Protector, the
organization behind the exhibit.
York City-based group encourages societies and people to stand up to
injustices, and Varadi points as an example to the climate faced by many
Muslims around the world and in the U.S. as an example of what can happen when
a group of people are seen as a monolith rather than as individuals. Hate
crimes against Muslims in the U.S. soared 67% in 2015 from 154 in 2014 to 257,
the latest figures from the FBI show. During his campaign, President Donald
Trump pledged to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country. Just this
week, Trump’s administration announced new immigration plans, and the White
House is expected to order that the U.S. temporarily stop issuing visas to
people from several majority-Muslim countries.
people think it’s legitimate to hate,” Varadi said. “It is natural and normal
to be scared and to think that we have to resist or fight, but we can also have
a mechanism where we can catch ourselves and say, ‘OK, there are some people
who might be problematic, and we can look at them one on one.’”
that the historic tales of courage show the impact that can be made when people
protect targets of hate in climates of rising fear, suspicion and hatred.
Varadi hoped the stories inspire others to follow suit.
speak up, stand up for the other when we witness something, raise our voices in
a peaceful, nonviolent way,” she said. “Whenever people think, ‘There’s nothing
I can do. I cannot make a difference,’ this is the most dangerous thing to
think because it is not true.”
debuted in the headquarters of United Nations in Geneva a few weeks ago. I Am
Your Protector will revive the display for a one-day commemoration event Friday
at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El. However, organizers hope the stories have a
history shows that people stand up for each other—and those were the ones who
created change. And if there’s enough people who do that, then the whole
reality changes,” Varadi said. “When communities come together with that
mindset, whether it’s small or big, it becomes a huge force that can basically
change the course of history.”
Headline: The Forgotten Stories of Muslims Who Saved Jewish People During the
Source: The Time
Can anyone please enlighten me on this verse in the present context?
“And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you
follow their religion. Say; “Surely Allah's guidance, that is the (true)
guidance”. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to
you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper” (2:120)
Jews believe in God. Then why do they fail to accept what God says? Hazrat
Moses (peace be upon him) is also one of the Prophets of Islam. Muslims believe
in all prophets but Jews today disbelieve the last Prophet of Islam.
Muslims and Jews should sit together to hold a dialogue peacefully and search for the Truth. This
dialogue should not be termed a basis of hate-propaganda, but purely a part of
theological debate and with focusing on values of respect.