WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts and Greenfield’s Second Congregational Church shared a meal as an expression of interfaith harmony on Friday. The Islamic Society invited members of the Franklin County church for a lunch of Pakistani-style food at the Islamic Society’s Mosque in West Springfield.
Dr. Mohammad Saleen Bajwa had previously been a guest of the Congregational church earlier this week. “There may be some difference in the way we worship, but we worship to the same God, and we have the same basic principles,” Dr. Bajwa said. “And because there is an environment of hatred and bigotry going around, this is our way of showing to the people that’s wrong and we shouldn’t be doing it.”
Rev. Corey Sanderson, the pastor of the Greenfield church, told 22News that “This is part of the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week. The United Nations asked people to step out of their comfort zone to do something different.”
As the Islamic Society’s religious leader, Iman Wissan Abdul Baki, welcomed each of his visitors, the two houses of worship promised to continue their efforts to promote interfaith harmony.