Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greenville organized a unity event to show their support following the horrific terror attack in New Zealand.
The carefully planned terror attack has shaken the Islamic Society to its core. Some members even calling it an “act of evil.”
“People went into their mosques on Friday to pray on our holy day, our most holy day and they didn’t come out,” said Aamena Saleh, of the Islamic Society of Greenville. “That made me start to worry that when we go here (her mosque) on Friday, what if one day somebody shows up and tries to do that same [thing] to us.”
Saleh says standing by quietly and mourning is not an option anymore. She says that’s why the Islamic Society organized the event to stand in solidarity with its counterparts in New Zealand and mourn the innocent victims.
“We want to allow people to come reach out to us,” said Saleh. “Get to know us for who we are, to hopefully displace some of the misconceived notions that surround all the hate.”
The event was also a chance to unite members of other faiths.
“I’m out here because of my Muslim friends,” said Cindy Rogers.
Rogers was at the event with her message of love. She says it pains her to know people she loves live in fear.
“I’m very distressed about this event and I’m very distressed about similar events that we’ve had here in the United States in the last 2 years,” she said. “We in a strong sense, America is promoting that.”
Saleh hopes people of all faiths can come together to abolish hate, spread peace, and unity and prevent another tragedy.
“We are all human at the end of the day,” Saleh told 7News. “Even if we disagree with each other, with our beliefs, we can still maintain basic human dignity and respect and value for each other’s lives.”
Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greenville say their hearts go out to the victims and their families. They will continue to pray for the injured.