“Open Mosque Day” in Lexington in response to New Zealand shootings

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Masjid Bilal, or Masjid Mosque, in Lexington is inviting all community members to join a prayer service Friday afternoon, in solidarity with victims of two mosque shootings in New Zealand last week.

Masjid Bilal, located at 1545 Russell Cave Road in Lexington, is having an open prayer service from 1:30- 2:30 Friday afternoon.

Everyone in the community is invited.

According to a statement from the mosque, the “Open Mosque Day” is “a statement that we will not let a hateful attacker force us to be afraid.”

The statement goes on to say that Masjid Bilal believes “open doors mean open arms and open hearts.”

The attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand left 50 worshippers dead in two separate attacks.

Police have the suspect in custody, who they say they stopped on his way to a third location, planning more attacks.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister has committed to sweeping changes in the country’s gun laws, including banning “military style weapons,” assault rifles, and all weapons used in the attacks.

That legislation could be introduced as early as the first week of April.

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