The nationwide resurgence of anti-Muslim sentiment is sad and unfortunate. It threatens to tear at the seams of the fabric of America. On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, we appeal to the people of Newport-Mesa to refrain from joining in to stoke this frenzy against fellow Americans whose name for God might sound foreign to us, but who call their maker Allah. Locals should instead look to a mosque that's right here in Costa Mesa, the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, as an inspiration for spreading peace and goodwill that is so badly needed between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans and among Islam and the longer established religions in the United States.
On Sept. 4, the center's Muslims invited members of other religions to share a meal with them in breaking their Ramadan fast that night. This interfaith event has become an annual fixture at the mosque on Airport Loop Drive. It was a welcome sight seeing local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints show up in unity.