County Officials, Faith Leaders Attend Interfaith Event at Gaithersburg Mosque

Montgomery County Councilmembers, County Executive Marc Elrich, and faith leaders showed support for the Muslim community Sunday by attending an interfaith event at the Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg.

According to Councilmember Evan Glass, over “two dozen religious institutions” came to this interfaith event to show support for the Muslim community, days after the attack on two Mosques in New Zealand. According to CNN, so far 50 people have died as a result of the massacre.

Nadeem Ahmad, the chairman of the Islamic Center of Maryland’s Board of Trustees, told WUSA9 that the bridges built can help fight the “philosophy of hate and race-based violence.

WUSA9 also spoke to Rabbi Charles Arian of Kehilat Shalom in Montgomery Village.

According to WUSA9, “Arian said his synagogue has a partnership with the Islamic Center of Germantown. When a gunman attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018 and killed 11 people, Arian said the first person he heard from was his Muslim counterpart.”

Many of the councilmembers took to social media with their statements about the interfaith event in Gaithersburg.

Glass posted on Instagram: “There are too many hate-motivated acts happening in the United States and around the world, which is why we in Montgomery County have to work extra hard and wrap our arms around each other to protect our beautiful diversity. Hate has no home here.”

Councilmember Will Jawando tweeted, “We gathered today in love & solidarity as a broader community, as elected leaders, faith leaders, residents to mourn the loss of our brothers & sisters in New Zealand & recommit ourselves to standing up to hatred & the disease of white supremacy permeating our world.”

Check out WUSA9’s coverage of the event in the video above.

Tweets and Photos from Event

 

 

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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