“We’ve seen pretty much everyone pass through these mosque doors [before],” Saima Mumtaz, the community service coordinator, said.
A horrific crime filling the nation with devastation.
“When it comes to violence we should stand together as one community in this country and that is exactly what we are doing today,” Saima Mumtaz said.
Many members of the Muslim community feeling wrongly depicted.
“Anytime we see that our religion is used in the form of terrorism. We very strongly feel that we have to stand up and announce that act of terrorism is not in our name,” Mubashir Mumtaz, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said.
Members of the LGBT community feel targeted as well.
“This is something that LGBT people face on a regular basis. Being targeted for hate, being targeted violence. It’s something that people in my community have to worry about and have to be absolutely concerned about,” Ted Martin, executive director of Equality PA, said. “The issue here is understanding and hopefully caring for the LGBT community and understanding that people are people.”
“This had nothing to do with religion. This man was unstable and he was violent and that’s already been proven. Unfortunately, he used religion as an excuse to act upon this violence,” Saima Mumtaz said.
The Muslim community plans to hold another prayer service here at Haadee Mosque Friday at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.