HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A midstate mosque is calling for unity and a worldwide acceptance of differences in the wake of the deadly shootings in New Zealand.
The Hadee Mosque Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held a prayer service in Harrisburg, Friday afternoon, praying and mourning for the 49 lives lost.
Members say the fact that the shooting happened on a Friday, which is the holy day of the week for Muslims, makes the tragedy even more painful. They worry that if this can happen in a peaceful country like New Zealand, it can happen anywhere.
A mosque spokesman says this shows there need to be more conversations to eliminate hate and bias.
"We meet in churches, in synagogues," said Dr. Mubashir Mumtaz, of the Hadee Mosque Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. "We meet here in Hadee Mosque just so we understand each other, we see each other, we recognize each other."
"I think also we need to get to know each other as human beings," said Saima Mumtaz of the Hadee Mosque Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The mosque also says this is why people need to focus on similarities and not their differences.