In the days after the Tree of Life massacre, many neighbors and friends joined us at BAI for worship and fellowship. Among the first calls of support I received at the end of that Shabbat was a message from my friend Imam Anwar Muhaimin, spiritual leader of Quba Mosque in West Philadelphia. Imam Anwar had been our guest for an interfaith conversation on Yom Kippur afternoon just a few weeks prior. He, and many members of his community, joined us for the various worship gatherings that we hosted post Pittsburgh.
Now, just days after a horrific massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, I invite you to join me on Friday, March 22nd, in a visit to Quba Mosque – 4639 Lancaster Ave. in West Phila (19131) – for the main mid-day prayer service called Jumu’ah. The service begins at 1:30 and lasts an hour. We’re invited to stay for a question and answer session and a light lunch after worship. Please let me know by email if you plan to attend. The mosque has a guide for visitors which I will share individually as you respond.
I hope you’ll join me in expressing, in this way, our solidarity with, and love and respect for, our Muslim sisters and brothers at this painful time.
L’shalom, Rabbi David