I am extremely grateful to the Chino Police Department for its kindness last weekend. I was standing at the gate of the mosque I attend in Chino, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, holding a bowl of samosas, waiting for sunset to break fast, when a Chino police car pulled up. My first instinct was fear.
We volunteer â€œgate dutyâ€ at the mosque because some of us donâ€™t feel safe in light of ISIS-type lunatics doing horrific things in our name. People mistake our peaceful mosque, which has been running since 1987, as something dangerous, and ignorant people can do ignorant things. Name-calling, bottle-throwing, graffiti. Real bully type stuff.
So when the cops pulled up, I couldnâ€™t help but feel a little uneasy. Did something happen? Did someone complain? He pulled in to the mosque and lowered the window: â€œHey guys, whatâ€™s up?â€
Not much, just breaking fast.
Samosas and chaat.
â€œAre those chick peas in there.â€
Yep. Want some?
â€œI wish I didnâ€™t already eat.â€
Well, come back again, we have plenty to go around.
That was it. It may sound like the most uneventful story ever told, but for a Muslim-American living in San Bernardino County, itâ€™s hard to explain how powerful a gesture it is to have your local police officer check up on you. He just came by to see how weâ€™re doing. To show us that, in these strange times, he had our back.
Thank you, Chino Police. Samosas on us, anytime.
â€” Ata Khan, Chino Hills
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Source/Credit:Â Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
ByÂ Ata Khan | July 8, 2016