The One Heart Initiative (OHI) works to build a community where Atlanta Muslim leaders forge bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood and mutual respect by understanding our histories and biases with the goal of dismantling racism and amplifying harmony.
The tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and too many others are a clear sign that our country still suffers from racism. Racism divides communities and divides hearts. The Atlanta Muslim community is not immune. We, too, struggle with understanding each other’s
experiences of systemic racism. This division has kept us from becoming one Muslim community.
We are taught that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, “The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and compassion are like the human body where when one of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain, both in sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari and Muslim).