Two Vigils Held to Show Support for the Muslim Community in Rochester

June 24, 2018 11:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  On Sunday people came out to the Islamic Center to show their support for the community. Early Saturday morning, members of the Islamic center came to pray at their mosque in downtown Rochester. When they arrived, they found bacon in the parking lot and near the front entrance of the mosque.

After the potential hate crime early Saturday morning, members of Rochester’s Muslim community were shocked and upset.


"Pork products being used to desecrate places of worship in  Mosques, even synagogues in the United States is nothing new. It has been happening for quite some time throughout the country," said Regina Mustafa with the Council on American Islamic Relations.

But, Regina never expected this to happen to her community.  

"It's always a shock when your place of worship is targeted," said Regina.

"I felt sad that in 2018 this type of thing can happen," said community member Mohamoud Hamud.

They both agree this won’t keep them from worshipping.

"It has not stopped members of the Muslim community from coming here and praying here during the weekend," said  Regina.

"We forgive them, but please don't think we won't be worshipping here,” said Mohamoud.

On Sunday, a Sunrise Solidarity Vigil was organized, and another later that afternoon. Community members came to the Islamic center to show their support. Kids created signs, drivers honked, and Fiddlehead coffee served drinks

"We just want to provide a safe space and some delicious refreshments and some loving kindness to allow people to take the lead,” Patrick Phelan with Fiddlehead Coffee.

Regina says there has been an outpouring of support from the community.

"The Muslim community we are part of the fabric of Rochester and part of the fabric of our state and country. This is a clear act of hate and cowardice and we know it's only a few of you who are doing this. We have so much more support in the community than not."



Talia Milavitz

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