Local Muslims invite community to prayer

WINDBER – Local Muslim leaders are inviting their neighbors to join them in prayers for peace and unity during a special program at the Islamic Center of Johnstown, 809 Main St. in Paint Borough.

The Islamic Center of Johnstown and all its members denounce the terrorist attack that took place in Paris, Imam Fouad ElBayly said in the center’s statement. 

“The Islamic Center of Johnstown and all the Muslim communities in our region condemn the evil doing of the people who carried out that terrible attack against innocent people.”

The center and its members are providing an open invitation the community to join in prayer at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the center, located just off Route 56 at the Paint-Scalp Level Exit. 

“Anybody is welcome,” ElBayly said in a phone interview.

“We will be all together to pray for the victims in Paris and their families.

“We stand in love and unity.”

The IS terrorists do not represent Islam, ElBayly stressed. 

“IS does not have anything to do with the Muslim religion,” he said. “Our religion is peace and harmony and brotherhood. We invite all good, peaceful people to come and join us.”

All those attending will be welcome to pray as they feel led, he added. 

“We are part of the greater community,” ElBayly said.

“We are Americans. We are good Americans.”

Randy Griffith is a reporter with the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @photogriffer57.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.