JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Over 100 people attended the service at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida on Saturday.
Adults and children of all backgrounds and faiths showed support for the Islamic community and recognized those killed and injured in the Christchurch attack.
By Saturday, the death toll rose to 50, according to news sources in New Zealand.
“Really upset and what future we are giving to our children,” Bilal Malik, Imam of Islamic Center of Northeast Florida said.
After the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, two religious leaders from Jacksonville met to show peace — Saturday, they met again.
“When the Pittsburgh attack happened they came to me in many ways, so when the mosque attack happened I reached out to them and stand in solidarity with them,” Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar of the Temple Jacksonville said.
A mosque that is over 8,000 miles from the First Coast connected on Saturday. A point made during the service, which sought to connect the distant locations by faith and love.
“It means tremendous support to the community after the Pittsburgh attack for me, so I could only imagine what my presence could mean for them,” Bahar said.
The message from speakers — show humanity and end hate.
“We need to teach our children the power of positivity, the power of love, the power of taking care of one another and face hatred with love,” Bahar said.
Faith leaders said this is not the end of the conversation on unity.