The 50 souls who died in a bloody massacre in New Zealand a week ago were on the minds of Muslims everywhere as they gathered today for Friday prayers.
For many, it was the first opportunity to grieve as a group and try to move forward from the horrors of last week.
In the Toronto area, members of the Jewish community formed a ring of peace around mosques in a show of solidarity.
Here in Ottawa mosques opened their doors in an effort to shut down the rise in Islamophobia.
Imam Luqman Ahmed, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ottawa agrees and hopes to counter fear with mutual respect.
So something good comes out of this tragedy,” he said, “that we come out of this tragedy more united and more ready to combat hate in any way that it may come in front of us.”
There are already signs of that. In the Greater Toronto area, hundreds of members of the Jewish community formed a ring of peace around mosques as a barrier to keep out the hate.
“Certainly it’s Jews standing for Muslims,” one participant said, “but it’s really human being standing for human beings.”… read more at source.
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