The “Solidarity Vigil and Interfaith Prayer” event, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis-based Center for Interfaith Cooperation and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, drew leaders in the city of the Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish and Muslim communities.
WTHR was at interfaith vigil for victims in Sri Lanka, and give a flavor of what you may have missed.
A mass shooting in New Zealand at two mosques felt personal to many in the Muslim community in central Indiana. They said it has shaken them, but some were not really surprised it happened.
“Every time there is a shooting in any house of worship, mosque, synagogue or church, we Muslims wonder ‘Are we going to be next?'” Imam Ahmed Alamine said.
“We are all devastated,” said Faryal Khatri, board member of Muslim Alliance of Indiana.Khatri was heartbroken going to afternoon prayers on Friday. She was worshiping just like dozens of others in New Zealand before 49 people were gunned down.
The lack of a hate crime charge has led human rights groups around the state to organize protests and vigils. People attended a separate candlelight vigil for Ayoubi on March 1 in Indianapolis organized by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.
“A young, vibrant, loving and intelligent Hoosier is no longer with us,” said Aliya Amin with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “No community should have to mourn, looking over the shoulders for fear of hate.”
On Friday night, friends and family of Mustafa were to gather downtown to remember him. A candlelight vigil will start up around 6:30 p.m.
She asked people to use the social media hashtag #Justice4Mustafa. She is supported by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national organization who sent a representative to Indianapolis just for this criminal case.
“We took that back to the committee, and we looked at it and agreed [it was problematic],” says Wiles. The JCRC and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana also concurred that the suggested film was problematic, and a different film was chosen.