Interfaith Prayer Service

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March 15, 2019 - 8:34 pm

BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOX) - There was a show of support for the local Muslim community, Friday, following the shooting rampage at a mosque in New Zealand left 49 dead and dozens wounded.

The parking lot was full at the Daar Ul-Islam Mosque in Ballwin as hundreds gathered for prayer and a news conference. 

In the crowd were Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis and Christian ministers. 

A Muslim speaker reading from the Koran told the crowd, "Believers seek help through steadfastness and prayer. God is with the steadfast. Fo not say those who were martyred in his cause are dead. They are alive."

Rori Picker Neiss, the executive director of the Jewish Community Council and vice-chair of the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership said, "All of us are here to say one thing to you. You are not alone. We are with you, and we love you."

Police on the parking lot provided security for the event. U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen was there, and told KMOX News there are no specific threats against mosques, but everyone needs to be watchful at houses of worship.