In a symbolic act of protection for the Muslim community, hundreds of people formed a human chain around the mosque in Peterborough, Canada during prayer on Friday (March 22nd).
This comes one week to the day after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing 50 people.
It was incredibly moving to see people there showing their support for the local Muslim association and those around the world.
Mayor Diane Therrien and MP Maryam Monsef (see pictures and video below) were both there to show their community support. “It’s important for me to be here with so many members of the community to show our love and solidarity with our Muslim community here in Peterborough,” Mayor Therrien tells PTBOCanada. “It speaks volumes about who we are as a community that we always come out to support each other when we need it.”
After the tragedy in New Zealand, Peterborough's Masjid Al-Salaam mosque—and others everywhere—are taking safety and security very seriously. The Peterborough Police Service service are keeping a close watch on the premises for protection.
The community support—both financial and emotional—was amazing, and the story went viral around the world about how the city came together to show solidarity with the mosque. To show how inclusive we really are.