NEW ORLEANS — People from multiple faiths — Muslims, Jewish and Christians — gathered together Friday to mourn those who lost their lives in New Zealand's terror attack.
Worshipers met at the Masjid-ur-Rahim mosque on N. Joseph Street for routine Friday prayer (Jum'ah service), which was followed by a short program where members of different faiths stood and talked about the attack.
Members of the New Orleans mosque like Irene Salahuddin said they are still trying to come to terms with what happened.
"It was just difficult to believe that someone could be so heartless. And I think as the brother said here today, it wasn't necessarily against Muslims, it was against humanity," Salahuddin said. "We're all human. And to be able to have the spirit or the heart to do something like that is just saddening."
Many of those attending today's service said an attack on one faith is an attack on all religions.
Imam Rafeed NuMan said the terrorist attack is heartbreaking.
"It's a sign of the darkness that still exists among us as human beings. And our responsibility is to shed that light, that light of God and to enlighten individuals that we are one human family," NuMan said.