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Islamic Society of WMass Holds Interfaith Service

IslamicReaxWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts hosted an interfaith service Thursday night.

The gathering of people from a variety of different religions was a chance for the Islamic Society to share the ethics of their religion.  It was also a chance to let the community know their faith is vastly different than the extremist views that the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects reportedly followed.

“We have this problem that some people misunderstand and some people start to point fingers,” said Dr. Mohammad Bajwa, Islamic Society.

For some members, it’s frustrating, but also an opportunity to set the record straight.

“It gives all of the Muslims and Islam a bad name,” said Gulam Kagzi, Islamic Society.

“What happened in Boston wasn’t something that could be done by anyone who is normal,” said Nadeen Sikander, Islamic Society.

Martin Pion of the Interfaith Council and a professor of religion at Elms College also spoke at Thursday’s event. He offered support for the Muslim community and hopes the tragic bombings in Boston don’t bring them added stress.

“It’s always painful for us to see what happens because people so often will jump to conclusions as a result of it and paint all with one brush,” said Pion.

The Islamic Society and Interfaith Council invite all to join their programs to gain an understand about the different religions practiced around the region.

Thursday night’s event was also an opportunity to raise money for the One Fund Boston.

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