Hundreds gather to support local Muslim community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Muslim community, police chiefs and other faith leaders joined together in prayer Friday at the Masjid Bilal Open Mosque Day.

“As leaders of faith, when one of us mourns, we all mourn together. When one of us is hurt, we all hurt together,” said Presbyterian pastor Stephen Fearing.

Osama Abdl-Haleem, vice president of Masjib Bilal, invited the public to the service. He gave a passionate sermon to a packed mosque about the tragic mass shooting in New Zealand.

“We should be quick to forget the attacker. He’s not worth our time. We won’t honor him with fame or notoriety. He won’t get that from us. But we should be slow to forget our brother’s and sisters,” Abdl-Haleem told the crowd.

He says instead of responding to the shooting with fear and heightened security, his mosque will open its doors wider than ever.

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