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Sacramento Muslims open mosque to Easter service

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Naeem  Baig, Islamic Circle of North America (On the left) Rev. Dr. Dennis Perry, Pastor - Aldersgate United Methodist Church (On the right)

Naeem Baig, Islamic Circle of North America (On the left) Rev. Dr. Dennis Perry, Pastor - Aldersgate United Methodist Church (On the right)

Sacramento Muslims open mosque to Easter service

SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento congregation was facing an Easter without a home this year until the most unlikely of locations opened their doors and welcomed them inside.

The Spiritual Life Center of Sacramento lost the lease to their church a month prior to their biggest service of the year, but Reverend Michael Moran said a dream offered hope in the face of despair.

“We were desperately looking for a place to hold our Easter services. I had a dream and in the dream I saw a newspaper headline that read, ‘Easter at the Mosque’,” reveals Moran. “But when I awoke, I said that will never happen.”

But in an act of compassion and generosity, the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) turned Moran’s dream into reality.

Ifran Itaq of SALAM said the decision to allow Moran’s congregation to celebrate their faith at the mosque was simple.

“For us, mosques, churches, synagogues are places where God’s name is mentioned and they are holy places, and this is the sharing of those faiths in one of those institutions.”

Beyond the surface-level expression of hospitality and good will, Moran believes the interfaith congregation on Easter Sunday holds much greater significance.

“Our mission from the very beginning was to bring the different faith traditions together in cooperative efforts,” Moran explains. “I love what the Dalai Lama said, he said, “Until there’s peace among the world’s religions, there will never be peace on earth. I think this is one of those steps towards peace.”

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At great personal risk, John Oliver witnesses Muslims praying in a church’s all-purpose room.

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  2. Love it!

  3. This is what being a good human being means.

  4. Wow!!

  5. But allah still aint God

  6. Allah is the same God as Jews and Christians. Allah is Arabic for God……

  7. Says pastor/sheikh Chiedu Oranye the all knowing

  8. Says pastor/sheikh Chiedu Oranye the all knowing

  9. “But Chiedu you ain’t the judge.” Lol, just wanted to point out that you left your senses between Nigeria and UK. You might wanna pick them up; they might turn out to be useful for the next life.

  10. This is true American willpower! God loves all! Allah God Yahweh is smiling on these people! The message of the prophet Jesus rings true in the Mosque! Amen

  11. Allah means god in arabic . Chiedu do u know arabic? obviously not lol. lol@ Carl And mazhar niceee! :D

  12. This is wonderful and there needs to be more stories like this made public.

  13. Christianity was a metaphor that became mainstream and was replicated. My views though. Yet I still think people should still be more compassionate towards others, regardless of color, accent, creed, and religion. No one deserves to be oppressed. Yet the masses will not bend, so shall we continue to fight this futile battle against biased media and authoritarian governments.

  14. Christianity was a metaphor that became mainstream and was replicated. My views though. Yet I still think people should still be more compassionate towards others, regardless of color, accent, creed, and religion. No one deserves to be oppressed. Yet the masses will not bend, so shall we continue to fight this futile battle against biased media and authoritarian governments.

  15. Allah is a name for god. Coptic christians in Egypt often refer to god as Allah.

    Only good can come from this.

  16. This is really nice. I’m upset that stuff like this is out of the ordinary. It should happen all the time and there should be pot luck food involved. People who eat together don’t hate each other.

  17. Christians and Muslims being kind to each other, Robert Spencer is weeping right now.

  18. @Chiedu Oranye I saw the things you posted, you are bizarre, people like you make muslim people’s blood boil and then you blame them for “hatred” against you ! Those pictures you found, the way you portrait it, is like all muslims are some kind of barbarian, there are 1.5 BILLION muslims in the world, like it or not, that does not mean you can go and accuse all of them as jihadists !

  19. in Spanish, the word for God is dios…or French, Dieu….man looks at the outward, but God, Dios, Dieu, Allah, etc…sees the heart!!!

  20. Oranye you are moron an that is being sincere. I hope you don’t have children but than I am thinking you use the prison Computer to get on fb lol. This is why I support abortion morons like you growing up to be full time douchebags.

  21. Oranye you are moron an that is being sincere. I hope you don’t have children but than I am thinking you use the prison Computer to get on fb lol. This is why I support abortion morons like you growing up to be full time douchebags.

  22. @ Ahmed Mohamed LMAO

  23. cindy,

    that is funny. i mean funny that you would find such a sophmoric comment to be funny. all muslims should be proud. you and ahmed mohammed, who seems obsessed with abortion, are a shining example of modern, perhaps western muslims.

  24. I love this :D

  25. I love this :D

  26. Reinforces ones faith in human kindness, good sense and sheer good neighbourliness!!

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