The program featured Father David Vincent of Our Lady of Mercy Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order and Ahmed both leading discussions about their faiths.
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“Everything about last night was so beautiful and so positive,” Ahmed said. “Just when you feel like you reach a milestone, you take 10 steps back.”
Springfield Police will be making extra patrols around the city’s other mosque, Masjid An-Nur.
“Officers will be keeping an eye on the area,” said Lt. Jeff Williams of the Springfield Police Divison.
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Imam Mustafa Islam of Masjid An-Nur, said that the mosque has not requested additional security.