CNY Muslim community joins together in wake of New Zealand shootings

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After 49 people died in shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, the local muslim community is coming together. Though the direct impact can be seen overseas, the pain is felt right here in Syracuse.

“We have a saying in Islam that if you take a life, if you kill one human being, it’s as if you’ve killed all of humanity,” said Dr. Yusuf Soule with the Islamic Council of Greater Syracuse.

Dr. Soule has been getting support from both within, and outside, the muslim community. He said more people showed up to Friday’s services than he’s seen in a while.

“Some of the people who are coming are newcomers, people who I haven’t seen in a long time, family members who I may not have seen here on a regular basis,” Dr. Soule said.

All five mosques in Syracuse coming together at their places of worship. Though it is where the shootings took place, it’s where they said they feel the most safe. That comfort taken away from those in New Zealand.

“A very innocent people coming to the mosque to pray to worship, very peacefully, to be killed that way, it’s very sad, very sad,” said Abdulilah Al-Dubai, President of the Islamic Society of Central New York.

As a precaution, the leaders of these mosques have been in touch with law enforcement–but people like Abdulilah won’t let their fear get in the way of their religion.

“We are in the U.S.,and we did not have this issue before, uh we know that the authority are doing their work, also. I don’t feel like, I feel like I am secure here,” Al-Dubai said.

For now, they’ll put their trust in their faith and in one another.

“When I talk about the silver lining behind the cloud, the connections that people make unfortunately in times of tragedy, that’s the good thing about it,” Dr. Soule said. 

Police stopped CNY mosques Friday, checking in. There will be a vigil held Saturday, March 16, at the mosque at 501 Park Street at 3 p.m. 

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