Standing together: Interfaith service honors mosque attack victims

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More than a hundred people stood outside the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury to show support in the wake of the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people.

Jews, Christians and Muslims united to denounce all acts of hatred, as worshipers arrived for afternoon prayer. The event was called Stand Together.

The shootings sparked intensified police patrols at all places of worship in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Habeeb Ahmed, president of the Islamic Center, says he was overwhelmed by the show of solidarity.

"It warms our heart to see the love and affection from the larger community," Ahmed says. "Even though the incident didn't happen here, but nevertheless, it affects humanity, and we are all in this together."

Similar events were held at mosques throughout the state.

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