Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, Interfaith Council to hold vigil of solidarity

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Forty-nine people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in what the prime minister called terrorism and "one of New Zealand's darkest days.”

 …“We have had an outpouring of messages of sympathy and solidarity from our neighbors and interfaith colleagues,” said Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa, a Holyoke physician and society member, of the event being held in the aftermath of the Friday shootings at two New Zealand mosques that has been labeled as terrorism and that left 49 people dead. “We have planned the interfaith event because everyone wants to come and show support.” Bajwa said the center’s Friday night prayer service attracted a “relatively larger crowd” than usual. “There was a sense of surprise: ‘How could it happen?’ People expressed a lot of sadness, fear and concern,” said Bajwa of reaction to the attack that occurred during similar services in Christchurch, a city of about 400,000 on New Zealand’s South Island.
“Imam Wissam Abdul-Baki preached about peace, tolerance and respect for humanity. He led the prayers for the victims of this brutal act of killing and also prayed that justice, mercy and peace will prevail.”…more: masslive – more ISWMFaceBook