People of various religions prayed for peace around the world Friday night at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.
Representatives from St. Rest Baptist Church, the Fresno Buddhist Temple, Fresno California Temple Church of the Latter-day Saints, the Unitarian Church of Fresno and others took part.
The event, which drew a sizable crowd, was inspired by the recent attacks in Paris.
Fatima Hasan, a refugee who now is an engineering student at Fresno State, spoke about her frustrations of being a Muslim in America.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Fresno Bee
“I face racism here in the U.S. by wearing a hijab,” she said of the covering that some Muslim women wear.
“I pray that we as Americans can see Muslims aren’t criminals – ISIS is.”
The Rev. Natalie Chamberlin from United Christian Church apologized to Muslims who were hurt by Christians who spoke badly about them.
“Islam isn’t a faith that teaches murder,” Chamberlin said.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Islamic center will have a celebration service in honor of Jesus and Muhammad. The center is at 2111 E. Nees Ave.
Friday’s vigil came in the wake of a statement by the Cultural Center condemning the Paris attacks. In part of the statement, the center said of the Islamic State: “These murderers and their ideologies are not only a threat to peace, but to global security. The world must come together to not only stand against extremism in all of its forms, but must also actively combat it.”