The Las Vegas Mosque remembers victims of mass shootings

From the prayer room, a woman in a white hijab and sparkling sleeves held her hands close to her face and rocked back and forth. The men stood in front of her at the Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center.

“Subhana Rabbiyal Allah” said Imam Fateen Seifullah.

Those who prayed knelt on the carpet and bowed their heads to the ground. A young boy threw his arms around his father’s back and prayed with him.

The mosque welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds on Monday evening. And before their final prayer, they remembered the victims of the October 1 attack on the Route 91 Harvest music festival that killed 58 people and injured nearly 500.

“The Muslims in Las Vegas regard any attack on our city as an attack on our faith,” said Athar Haseebullah, chairman of the mosque. “It doesn’t matter whether the perpetrator is Muslim or non-Muslim, it doesn’t matter. It’s a matter of human decency and harmony. “

Aliyah Suba, a medical assistant who works in the mental health field, said Monday that belief and mental health go hand in hand.

“We cannot be silent,” she said. “This is an act of hatred.”

Suba said terrorism has no religion. “When terrorist acts happen, we keep our fingers crossed, it is not a Muslim,” she said. “It’s like some form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). We know what it’s like to be accused and what it’s like to be a victim. “

City Police Officer Vince D’Angelo, who normally does community policing, stood in the background during the prayer. On October 1, the nearly 20-year-old officer rushed to the Strip, ready for work.

“It’s very intense,” he said. “None of this makes any sense.”

Ali Jai Faison, a former Army veteran, has been attending the mosque on North Jones Boulevard for 16 years. He received a call from Metro that evening to help with the triage.

“We are all human, we hurt as a family,” he said. “When bullets fly, we don’t care about race or religion.”

Faisal Suba, a local psychiatrist, said a worker in his office was also at the concert. She has trouble sleeping, night sweats and horror.

“These are symptoms of someone who has gone to war,” he said. “The best therapy people can get is with the community that knows you are not alone.”

Contact Briana Erickson at [email protected] or 702-387-5244. Follow @brianarerick on Twitter.

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