Hundreds gathered in solidarity in support of the Muslim faith after a terror attack in New Zealand left 50 dead and 50 other wounded.
“Those people whose lives were taken at such a moment of course is tragic and saddening,“ said Khuzaima Ilyas, a resident Imam at the Islamic Center of Savannah.
People from all faith backgrounds, law enforcement and city officials came together to condemn hatred and commit to tolerance at an interfaith meeting Monday night.
“Our religion requires us to consider them and everyone, not just someone who follows our religion but every single human being, is our brother and sisters and our humanity. A Muslim who does not believe that is not a Muslim,“ said Ilyas.
Ilyas tells News 3 the support received by the Muslim community in the wake of the attacks has been overwhelming.
“We are extremely happy as much as we were hurt by the incident of 49 people losing their lives and as much as we were sad, at the same time, the reaction from the entire world that was given to us through social media and the media, we are happy,“ said Iylas.
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