PARMA, Ohio – A whole lot of Muslims are assembly this night and each night all through Ramadan at native mosques.
There can be four hundred individuals on the Islamic Middle of Cleveland each night time this week and greater than 1,000 Muslims will pack into the mosque, the most important in Northeast Ohio, on Friday night time, the holy night time to wish throughout Ramadan.
There’s a concern although amongst many, that what occurred in London might simply occur to Muslims on the Islamic Middle of Cleveland.
A car and a lone attacker is all it took to trigger chaos on the streets of London.
“If any person might do that so simply through the use of their car as a weapon, they might harm lots of people,” stated Shehadeh Abdelkarim, the President of the Islamic Middle of Cleveland.
Abdelkarim, has labored on the Islamic Middle of Cleveland for greater than a decade. By no means in that point, he says, has he seen a lot hatred in the direction of Muslims as he does at present.
“I pray for peace, I pray for understanding, I pray for individuals to acknowledge evil for what it’s and to not attribute actions to the entire faith,” he stated.
This is among the holiest occasions of the yr for Muslims. Abdelkarim says hundreds of individuals will present as much as his mosque to worship this week. Many have expressed concern to him that the violence in London will not be remoted. However safety cameras positioned on the surface of this mosque aren’t on the solely measures being taken to guard worshipers.
“We’ve been utilizing a police officer to be stationed outdoors the mosque, in the course of the nightly prayers. On Friday we have now as much as three cops simply to be current and to ensure we now have security considerations addressed by the administration with out spreading worry,” he stated.
A big pageant to rejoice the top of Ramadan might be happening on the mosque on the finish of this month. Abdelkarim says the mosque management already has a plan in place to ensure automobiles can’t come shut sufficient to trigger hurt.