AUSCHWITZ – Muslims, Jews, and Christians marched towards Auschwitz death camp this week, among the ice-capped trails in the freezing Polish winter.
Wool caps, turbans, and rabbis' top hats could be seen huddled together in the cold for a moment of silence near the ruins of the crematoriums.
"I feel true pain," said British Imam Abdul-Jalil Saeed as he walked through the shacks of Birkenau.
"I believe the Muslims must stand by their Jewish friends, because anti-Semitism in Europe is on the rise and where there is anti-Semitism Islamophobia is not far behind. It is a matter of educating our future generations," he said.
"Much has been said so far but if we want true change we must act." When he returns to Britain, Saeed said, he plans to organize a seminar and write pamphlets about his experience at the death camp – anything to get the message across.
When asked whether he believed worshippers at his mosque were prepared to hear such messages he answered, "People understand. I can't say everyone – there will always be bad and incendiary people – but we must ignore them or, if they do something illegal, lock them up.
"We must focus on the silent majority so that it will march forward and say: Never again."...