Syracuse Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds a prayer vigil covered by local TV channel 3 and local time warner cable channel 10.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 06:57 PM EST
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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. — “We are gathered here today to show the world and to show ISIS, that they have failed. They could not divide us and they will not divide us,” said Imam Hamid Malik.
“Love for all, hatred for none.” A message echoed throughout a prayer vigil held by Muslims, Sunday afternoon. People of various religions joined to give support.
“I think between the acts of violence and the political rhetoric that we’ve been hearing that it’s a very unhealthy environment of hate. And that’s one of the things that I’m trying to stand up and say, ‘this is wrong,'” said Cathy Wolff, a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Church.
“We have to speak out because unfortunately a small group of people is doing really a lot of damage to Islam,” Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Women’s Organization President, Safeta Cerimovic said.
The vigil was a time for people to pray for the victims of the San Bernardino shootings, but was also an opportunity for leaders to share the Muslim faith.
“As Muslims, we are advised to seek knowledge, so it’s our duty to seek knowledge for ourselves but as well, give knowledge to others,” said Cerimovic.
“There is this gap of knowledge of understanding of what true Islam is, and so that’s why we invite Mr. Trump and his supporters to come and visit one of our mosques,” Malik said.
Another message conveyed was that we’re all in this together.
“We are very appreciative of our guests and they have shown that the majority of people are cared for, for human beings and like to express themselves and stand in solidarity,” said Muhammad Iqbal, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Syracuse Chapter.
“I think what you’re seeing is the outpouring of love and a belief in peace from the people who chose to be here today,” said Wolff.
Members of the mosque are holding a blood drive next Sunday at the Regional Market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., in remembrance of the blood that was shed in San Bernardino.