In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre, St. Louis Islamic Center Hosts Healing Gathering

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Typically in the Muslim community, women and men do not hug one another unless they are relatives. Nevertheless, in a crowded meeting space inside the Daar Ul-Islam Mosque, about 200 heavy hearts and sympathetic spirits embraced and consoled each other in the wake of a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

New Zealand authorities say a 28-year-old white nationalist gunman killed at least 49 people while they were praying at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque.

Friday prayers did not cease for members and friends of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. They were heightened and extended to a period of reflection during a service with board members, imams, rabbis, and other friends of the Interfaith Partnership. Check out the full story.

By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio


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