Muslims, Christians unite in prayer against violence

About 100 people gathered at the Masjid Al Madina mosque in Hoke County a week after the massacre in New Zealand.

A week after a gunman killed at least 50 people worshiping at two mosques in New Zealand and injured dozens of others, Muslims and Christians prayed together at a mosque in Hoke County on Friday to show their solidarity in the face of terrorism.

“We know that terrorists have no religion, they have no ideology,” said Muhammad Lodhi, a volunteer at the Masjid Al Madina mosque, to about 100 people gathered for the interfaith service. “They have no name also. They are just called as terrorists.”

Islam, Christianity and Judaism are all religions of peace and do not teach terrorism, Lodhi said.

Pastors from three churches in Moore County and some of their church members attended. Several spoke to the assembly.

“We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us here,” said John Arnold, a member of the Congregational Church of Pinehurst.


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