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Bryan-College Station Faith Community Stands Together after Attack on Mosque

Find additional coverage of this story at the United Church of Christ's website. 

In the early morning hours of Thursday, July 7, on one of the holiest days of the Muslim year—Eid al-Fitr—the Islamic Community of Bryan-College Station was attacked by gunfire. On the following day, the Bryan-College Station community gathered in support of their Muslim brothers and sisters; approximately 150 Texans of many different faiths gathered at the mosque and stood guard outside during Friday Jummah prayers.

Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, pastor of Friends Congregational Church – UCC, tells the whole story in this video, concluding with this message: "I have hope in my heart. Shalom! Peace! Assalamu-Alaikum!"

Zahir Latheef, member of the Board of Directors at the Islamic Community, addresses the gathering to offer thanks—and a challenge: “We as a community—not just as a Muslim community, but as a broader Bryan-College Station community and as a nation—must continue to support one another….But what happens tomorrow? What happens next week? What happens next month? What happens next year? And what are we going to be doing to work together to continue furthering these relationships and these coalitions? So this is a message…to not wait for incidents like this to happen….We need to be working in-between to continue to strengthen one another and build positive relationships toward promoting the greater good.”

It was a powerful demonstration of the strength and hope that is possible when neighbors come together across difference to stand in solidarity. To learn more and watch videos from the day click through on the links below.

Hear more from Zahir Latheef in this video.

Hear reflections from Texas Impact’s General Counsel, Josh Houston, recorded live from the Islamic Community here

Hear reflections from Texas Impact’s Congregational Outreach Director, Scott Atnip, recorded live from the Islamic Community here

Read the press release issued by the Islamic Community of Bryan-College Station about the attack here

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