Taroudant – Around twenty Muslims and Jews performed a united prayer before the sunrise on a Los Angeles beach.
In a video posted on YouTube, Muslims and Jews prayed together side-by-side in the beach of Los Angeles, in an attempt to show that both religions worship one common God.
Called Two Faiths One Prayer, the initiative aims to show that “peace is possible,” and to protest peacefully against “the growing Islam-phobia and anti-Semitism” in the world.
Tuli Skaist, one of the organizers, said, “we are travelling around Los Angeles and praying, Jews and Muslims, side by side.”
“I would have never expected to participate in this before. I have never had a Jewish friend; I was always reluctant to be their friend just because I didn’t know how they felt about me,” Maryam Saleemi said.
“We were just so surprised that we could do this together and it’s very similar. It was kind of like an ‘Aha Moment’ that we’re praying to the same God, why aren’t we doing this all the time together?” she added.
The group of young Muslims and Jews has planned to stop in five public places in Los Angeles and pray together side by side. At their last stop, they unrolled the rug and made space for everyone who wanted to join their experience of praying side by side.
They managed to have a considerable number of passersby – Muslims and Jews- join their prayers. The United States is home to around eight million Muslims, and around 6.5 million Jews.