This report is from our sister station, WATE in Knoxville, Tenn.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) — Knoxville’s Muslim community wanted to show their support for the city of Chattanooga by hosting a vigil in downtown Knoxville Sunday night.
Muslims in the Knoxville community want to make one thing clear. The violent acts of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez have nothing to do with Islam.
Nadeem Siddiqi helped put this event together.
“Violent voices always find themselves to the front page and some of the peaceful voices seem to have no voice at all. And this vigil provides as a voice for the peaceful and sensible among us,” says Siddiqi.
He says in times like this, people who really believe in love should stand strong hand in hand.
“We condemn what happened in Chattanooga…We’re appalled by that, just a terrible thing,” he said.
People from all faiths prayed and took time to remember America’s fallen soldiers and their families.
“It’s really hit close to home…The vigil is an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and the thing that binds us is humanity, a commitment to peace and a commitment to civil society,” he said.
Siddiqi tells Wate 6 On Your Side that Knoxville wasn’t the only city in Tennessee where Muslims hosted a vigil this weekend. He says vigils were also held in Memphis, Chattanooga, and Nashville.