Target: Nadia McIntosh
Goal: Applaud McIntosh’s endeavor to create homeless shelters that do not infringe upon the beliefs of Muslim women
Nadia McIntosh and her two children were kicked out of a homeless shelter a few years ago when she refused to partake in the shelter’s Christian Bible classes. Her Muslim faith conflicted with the classes’ teachings, but because she did not wish to participate, she was not allowed to stay. The experience revealed to McIntosh the necessity for women’s shelters that do not infringe upon the specific practices of Muslims, including food restrictions, a place and time set apart for prayer, and the need for separation between men and women. This realization led McIntosh to open two shelters in Baltimore, Maryland that accommodate the particular needs of Muslim women. Her Baltimore shelters, which have already helped over 500 women and children, now serve as a model for what she hopes to do in San Antonio, Texas.
According to McIntosh’s son, Avar Auxila, his mother’s success is largely due to her empathetic nature. Having lived in a shelter that did not meet her needs as a practicing Muslim, she can sympathize with other women in the same position. Furthermore, McIntosh relates her innate desire to help others, stating that she is always looking for ways to “[help] someone raise money to pay their rent [or] their bills.”
McIntosh’s efforts to provide a place of physical safety and religious sanctity shed light on the larger issue of the need for peaceful coexistence between members of opposing faiths or belief systems. She has stated that, while her main goal in opening a new shelter in San Antonio is to provide a place of tolerance for Muslim women and children, the space is open to homeless women of all beliefs. Applaud Nadia McIntosh for her valuable efforts to promote peace and tolerance through the construction of homeless shelters that allow those of Muslim faith to practice their beliefs while simultaneously supporting the beliefs of others. She deserves our thanks for her selfless dedication to help those in need.
Dear Nadia McIntosh,
Your selfless desire to help others is admirable and inspiring. By opening up homeless shelters that sanctify the religious needs of Muslim women in Baltimore, you have helped hundreds of women and children find shelter both physically and spiritually. Your efforts to open up two more shelters in San Antonio are equally praiseworthy. By shedding light on the need for religious tolerance in all aspects, you have opened a discussion on peace between differing religious beliefs, and illuminated the need for understanding and acceptance among opposing faiths.
Thank you for your meritorious efforts to help homeless Muslim women find a place where they may live and worship freely alongside those of other belief systems without fear of oppression or discrimination. By doing so, you have provided a vein for religious tolerance and acceptance that is much needed in the world today.
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