Local faith leaders are condemning today’s terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 49 people were killed.
Roman Iqbal, executive director of the Columbus Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called for solidarity.
“Instead of spreading the hate-filled message of terrorists, we should share messages of love and solidarity with the loved ones of those killed or injured in the attacks,” Iqbal said.
CAIR is urging all mosques, Islamic schools and other community institutions in Central Ohio to take stepped-up security precautions, particularly during times of communal prayer.
Ahmed Ahmed, Imam at the Masjid Ibn Taymiyah mosque in Columbus said he is urging local Muslims to continue to attend prayers and to not be afraid.