Mumbai: Hundreds of Muslims assembled outside the church of St. Filomena in Mysore (Karnataka) to express harmony with the Christian victims of the attacks on Easter Day against three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.
That specific gathering took place on Sunday 28 April, while Mass (Church meeting) was held inside. At the same time the Muslim faithful, in meditation outside the place of Christian worship, sent a powerful message: “Hate cannot divide unity.”
The get-together was organized by the local leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JeI), who asked Muslims to contribute. In Mangalore, another Muslim group held a silent protest to condemn the destruction in Sri Lanka, which claimed at least 253 victims and over 500 wounded.
Munawwar Pasha, JeI Mysore president, said that Muslims and other religious communities “are close to Christians in this moment of the pain.” He released an audio message appealing the followers of Islam to show their solidarity, which immediately became viral.
The Islamic leader remembers that similar attacks have also taken place recently in New Zealand mosques and people from various communities have shown closeness to the Muslim community. Mosques in all parts of the world have received the messages of solidarity and offers of protection from Christians, Jews and Sikhs.
Sri Lanka, he added, “suffered a terrible attack on Easter Sunday. The churches were attacked while their communities were praying, just as happened with the mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand.”