American Muslims anxiously consider security needs at mosques after New Zealand shooting

KIVG3UCHIUI6TFFL2LO2HQG7KISource: The Washington Post

As American Muslims mourned the 49 worshipers killed in attacks on two New Zealand mosques, new ripples of fear echoed through a community that has long felt unease in the United States.

Wajahat Ali, a prominent Muslim writer, summed up the feelings of many: “Our houses of worship are no longer safe places,” he said.

He had wondered about his friends bowing their heads in prayer at Friday worship and having to keep one eye on the door. He had heard from friends fretting about how to protect their children at what is supposed to be a time of communal prayer for Muslims. “Will we have to pack and carry? Am I supposed to hold my baby in one hand and have my other hand on a pistol in my belt? This is terrifying.”

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