“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Abraham and Sarah, our ancestors, welcomed wayfarers into their tents. On Passover, we open our doors and proclaim, “Let all who are hungry, come and eat!” On Sukkot, we welcome guests into our Sukkah. Let us, too, welcome these children, with love in our hearts, responding to the Torah’s call to affirm their inherent worth, and elevating the lessons learned by our people to welcome guests into our homes after centuries of wandering. “We shall do, and we shall hearken!” Blessed are You, Master of the Universe, who Welcomes the Stranger.
Common Prayer - Prepared by Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director of CLUE-LA for the Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer For Unaccompanied Migrant Children 2014
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin and whether it be against rich or poor: For Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do. (4:135)
I ask you to join me and our fellow brothers and sisters from all faiths and traditions to make this week a week of compassion and justice.
Let us remember that it is most noble to give before we are asked for it ...
Let us remember that our gratefulness to God’s awesome gifts is to protect them ..
Let us remember that children are a mighty & priceless blessing to us and not a curse ..
Let us remember as parents & guardians of our imperative to be a source of comfort to them ..
Let us remember that we’ll be remembered by our care & concern for the voiceless
Let us remember that our joy is in giving rather than in receiving
Let us remember that in God, we seek refuge and find strength in reclaiming and restoring the lost rights of His most awesome creation and gift to us - our children
Let us together engage in this noble struggle to defend those who are defenseless, to give voice to those who are voiceless and to be a reason of smile and joys to those who are full of tears and without hope – their voiceless cries must be heard because in it is our salvation and in them is our present & future! Amen.
Excerpt of sermon Friday Sermon (Khutba) on the Plight of Fleeing Chidlren from Central America Prepared by Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California for the Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer For Unaccompanied Migrant Children 2014