Brooklynites of all faiths send message of support to Muslim neighbors
Congregants of Makki Masjid in Ditmas Park left their congregational prayer on Friday to a crowd of people of all faiths waiting outside in solidarity, a week after a white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslims inside two mosques in New Zealand.
The United Jewish Appeal – Federation of New York (UJA) organized the gathering outside the Coney Island Avenue mosque as part of a New York-wide day of solidarity with Muslims in the community.
“As a faith community, we decry all acts of hatred and stand together in solidarity with the Muslim faith communities in our midst,” UJA said in a statement.
NYPD officers of the Community Affairs Bureau also showed up to show their support.
“Through us, there isn’t one member of NYPD who isn’t willing to help everyone pray to whatever god they want to believe in,” Deputy Inspector Paul Valerga told worshippers during the afternoon service. “We live in harmony here in New York City.”
Upon leaving the mosque, people were immediately greeted with signs reading “Stand Together NY,” while demonstrators shared their messages of support.
“We honor and we welcome our Jewish friends, our Christian friends and other friends all together. That’s the beauty of this country. That’s the beauty of America,” said Shams Zaman, president of the Pak-American Society. “We will live together and I really appreciate all you guys came here for solidarity.”
UJA also held gatherings in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester.
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