Standing on Guard

03Feb2017

At Ummah Masjid

Halifax Community

n a show of support, members of the Halifax community came together Friday afternoon to link hands around the Ummah Masjid.

Following noon prayers on Friday, about 300 people both young and old stood outside and held hands around the mosque.

Norm Horofker, the minister at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, organized the event following the Jan. 29 terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec City where six men were killed.

“In a way we’re standing on guard,” Horofker said about encircling the mosque. “We’re making a statement that what’s going on within this building is sacred and is something that we want to protect and preserve, and allow people the peace to pray without threat.”

For Ashraf Al Zaman, the executive chair of the Ummah Masjid, the support of the Halifax community in the days following the attack has been “amazing.”

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