An interfaith vigil last night in Providence was held to honor victims of last week’s deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand and show solidarity and support for the Muslim community in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Imam Farid Ansari read the names of worshipers killed and injured last Friday, as many in attendance held candles inside foam cups outside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island. Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor was among several faith leaders to call for unity against violence and hatred. “So we have to stand up. We have to speak truth to ignorance. If we come together as one voice we can make changes in this world. We can bring peace to this world. We can stop Islamaphobia," Sackor told those gathered.
Some 200 people on hand also heard from representatives of local and state law enforcement, as well as the Providence branch of the NAACP. Some speakers warned against a rise in white nationalism and white supremacy, and urged those in attendance to fight hate with love.