As reported by Los Angeles Magazine, despite news of the mass shootings March 15th at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Southern California mosques intend to keep their doors open to community members of all faiths.

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King Fahad Mosque, Culver City, CA. March 21, 2019. (Julie Dole/ The Pirate)

Julie Dole, Pirate staff writer. March 22, 2019

As reported by Los Angeles Magazine, despite news of the mass shootings March 15th at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Southern California mosques intend to keep their doors open to community members of all faiths.

After planning an interfaith solidarity rally in Anaheim, Eugene Fields, the communications manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Los Angeles (CAIR-LA) said, “We are concerned about making sure that people know that we’re there for them, and that we stand against hate.” (Los Angeles Magazine, March 15, 2019.)

Contacted by phone for further comment, CAIR-LA’s Fields added, “We had about 200 people attend a rally last evening in Irvine as well.  We’re very grateful to both the Anaheim police department and the office of the county sheriff- consistently provided consistent support, sent representatives to vigils, and just really worked with community to assure us of our safety.”

Indeed, LA-area police report offering increased security to local mosques.  On the day of the New Zealand attack, the Los Angeles Police Department posted via its verified Twitter account  that they were “monitoring the horrific events,” adding: “While this attack appears to be an isolated incident with no nexus to L.A., out of an abundance of caution we’re providing extra patrols around mosques.”

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Detail of plaque with motto, King Fahad Mosque, Culver City, CA. March 21, 2019. (Julie Dole/The Pirate)

LA Police Chief Michael Moore also posted this to Twitter on March 15: “Hate knows no boundaries. Houses of worship should be sanctuaries—A place where all can congregate without fear,” adding in another tweet: “L.A. is a city that embraces and celebrates diversity—a melting pot of cultures that is a microcosm of the country in which we live. We are a community… a family, and in the face of so much violence and evil, we will not allow fear to thrive. We will protect and serve.”

“The main thing to know,” CAIR-LA’s Fields continued, “is that we, along with our community interfaith partners, will be there for each other, to stand against hatred.  And I believe we’ll win the fight against all kinds of hatred, including anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic bigotry, racism, and xenophobia.”  

When contacted this morning, the receptionist for Culver City’s King Fahad mosque stated that they remain open as per regular hours, and welcome community members of all faiths who wish to visit or attend their services.

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Minaret, King Fahad Mosque, Culver City, CA. March 21, 2019. (Julie Dole/ The Pirate)

King Fahad mosque schedules its Friday prayers weekly at 12:30 p.m., but administrators advise arriving early or to take public transit, since street parking in is limited.

The King Fahd mosque is located at 10980 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. Phone: 310-204-1260.

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