A day after at least 50 Muslim worshippers were killed and dozens more injured in two attacks at mosques in New Zealand, Bay Area Muslims and their supporters gathered to offer comfort and show solidarity.
"We stand together against violence and vow to practice peace towards each other," said Khadija Hansia, speaking to more than 100 people at a Friday night vigil at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley. "We stand together because we are stronger together."
Hansia organized the interfaith vigil with her sister, Fatima, after hearing about the deadly attack on Friday morning and wondering if her community would feel safe coming together for jumah, the collective Friday afternoon prayer that often brings together hundreds of worshippers to pray.
"I thought it was important to hold a space for everybody to know and understand that we're part of this community, we're here to stay and hopefully we're safe as well," she said.
Speakers at the interfaith vigil highlighted the shared humanity of all people, regardless of religion, calling an attack on Muslims an attack on everyone.
"God is not a Jew. I'm a Jew," said Rabbi Paul Steinberg of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon. "God was not a Christian or a Muslim. God is much greater than all of that. God can hold all of us."
Ashley Reid of the Marin Interfaith Council called on those in attendance to not just share in the Muslim community's grief, but to "interrupt" oppression by calling out hate speech in their own communities.