PA: U.S. COMMUNITY OFFERS HELP WHEN MOSQUE SUFFERS FIRE DAMAGE
Washington — When the mosque serving the Islamic Society of Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania was damaged by fire April 11, Muslim families immediately were offered a space for prayer services by the Jewish community in the nearby town of Pottsville.
Although the Muslim congregation ultimately decided to hold services in a fire station that also offered space, the mosque’s imam, Shiraz Mansoor, and the chairman of the Pennsylvania branch of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Iftekhar Hussain, both expressed gratitude for the Oheb Zedeck Synagogue’s generosity. The fire station was chosen because its location is more convenient, Hussain said.
“This kind of interfaith cooperation is a concrete demonstration of the mutual support that results when American communities come together in times of crisis,” Hussain told a USNewswire reporter.
CAIR is the United States’ largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower U.S. Muslims and build coalitions that foster justice and mutual understanding.