Three local religious organizations gathered Monday night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling to honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting last weekend. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, All Dulles Area Muslim Society and the Interfaith Community of Loudoun County came together to offer prayers and a moment of silence for the victims.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, said in a release that the vigil was to, “condemn the terrorist attack in Orlando Florida, pray for the victims, and unite in hope for a more compassionate world.”
Board chairman Rizwan Jaka of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), said “God tells us in the Quran that if you take a life, it is as if you have taken the life of all humanity.”
Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Vice President and Sikh Gurpreet Singh added, “Under the banner of the stars and stripes, we always say home of the brave, land of the free. Bravery is in the strength of love and compassion and forgiveness.”
The number of dead in Orlando make this attack the worst mass shooting as well as the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history.