Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi talks concerning the New Zealand mosque assault throughout prayers at The Islamic Home of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights on March 15, 2019.
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press

After he heard Thursday night time concerning the attack inside a mosque in New Zealand, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi stated he grew apprehensive. 

“I couldn’t even sleep last night time,” Elahi, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Home of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, stated. “It’s really a tragic day, a dark day.”

However Elahi was decided to steer Friday prayers, the preferred gathering time for Muslims — and when the New Zealand shooter attacked, killing forty nine worshippers. 

The New Zealand capturing is likely one of the deadliest attacks towards Muslims in a Western nation in current memory. Brenton Tarrant, a 28-yr-previous man born in Australia who is reported to have expressed white supremacist views, has been arrested and charged within the shootings; three others have been arrested in reference to the shootings.

“This isn’t the time to provide in,” Elahi stated inside his mosque Friday afternoon after prayers. “This isn’t the time of displaying weak spot, silence; our silence won’t assist us, it can harm us. We’ve got to return to prayer and present extra devotion and more willpower and … present that we aren’t scared. If we don’t come, we’re giving a gift to the terrorists.”

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Elahi’s views have been echoed in lots of metro Detroit’s Muslim communities, where there’s nervousness however willpower to keep on attending their homes of worship and working towards their Islamic faith.

There were elevated patrols and police presence on Friday at some mosques in Michigan, including in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, stated police and religion leaders. At Elahi’s Islamic House of Knowledge, there have been two Dearborn Heights cops close to the entrance holding an eye fixed out. 

Faik Nasser of Canton stated he and his spouse felt anxious Friday, however confirmed up for providers on the Islamic House of Wisdom. 

“He attacked humanity,” Nasser stated of the New Zealand attack. “He attacked all the teachings of the good Abrahamic religions.”

Nasser stated the assaults are the results of increased Islamophobia. He criticized President Donald Trump for what he stated are the president’s intolerant views of Muslims and Islam. 

Throughout his Friday sermon, Elahi also criticized Trump, saying his “each side” remarks are failing to criticize the threat of violent white supremacy. It “sends the improper message,” Elahi stated. 

A variety of Muslim and Arab-American groups in metro Detroit sent out statements condemning the New Zealand assault, together with the Islamic Institute of America in…