by Maya Earls
Mayor Jim Kenney joined a midday prayer service, Jummah, at the Muslim American Society Mosque in North Philadelphia on Friday morning.
Speaking before the prayer, Kenney and other local officials praised the mosque for its volunteer work and promised to defend the congregants against Islamophobia.
Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Philadelphia Chapter, Jacob Bender, advised the Muslim community to reach out to his organization if they faced any instances of Islamophobia, whether it’s in the workplace or on the playground at school.
“These are difficult days for both American Muslims and our nation,” he said.