At the mosque

‘We came here to live in peace’

Next to the minaret of Milwaukee’s Islamic Society a new sign appeared after the horrific events of September 11: “Our Hearts and Prayers Are with the Victims and Their Families.” That message was emphasized at the mosque’s prayer service on September 14, the national day of remembrance for all those who have suffered as a result of September 11’s terrorist attacks. The mosque, located on a busy intersection in Milwaukee’s working-class south side, was guarded by two police cars throughout the day, in part to ensure the safety of the 400 children who attend elementary school there.

Men, women and children crowded the two prayer halls, many wearing red, white and blue ribbons on their clothing.


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