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JOPLIN -- All was quiet outside a Joplin church on Wednesday evening, but inside the building Ramona Shields was busy preparing for some special guests: Muslims.
St. Philip's Episcopal Church was hosting an interfaith iftar, where Muslims will break their Ramadan fast and then pray in a room the church is providing.
The invitation comes after the Islamic Center of Joplin burned down on Monday. The outreach is heart warming to those who not only lost their house of worship, but also felt somewhat unwelcome after an arsonist set fire to their mosque on July 4.
"I feel like we are welcome here. Reassuring us that we are not alone in it and the community has shown that we are all in this together," explained mosque member Rizwam Ahmad.
Until the ashes are cleared and new walls rise, they will have friends by their side. They said their religious faiths may be different, but that's not driving them apart.
"When you go human to human, you learn about people and some of those preconceived notions just fly away," said Shields.
Members of the Jewish faith also attended the iftar.
Joplin residents will rally in support of the Islamic Society of Joplin on Saturday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m., in Landreth Park.
Originally posted by doobydoll
That's wonderful! S&F
Humans accepting each other just as they are with no 'ifs and buts' - I never thought I'd live to see it It just goes to show that it really is possible to all live together without fighting over religion and culture.
I want to go live in Joplin
A fundraising campaign for the fire-ravaged Joplin, Missouri mosque has raised half its rebuilding goal in only two days.
The mosque has raised $126,000 of its $250,000 goal in an online campaign that's attracted nearly 1,000 donors, many of them anonymous.