Prayer service scheduled for Friday afternoon following New Zealand mosque terrorist attacks

Township officials released a statement on Friday morning condemning the attacks.

A prayer service is being held in Cherry Hill on Friday afternoon in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at mosques in New Zealand.

Mayor Chuck Cahn and Cherry Hill Township Council released a statement on Friday morning condemning the attacks and inviting the community to a prayer service at the GCLEA mosque, 5 Esterbrook Lane, in Cherry Hill. The service is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“It is truly a sad day for all Muslims, the people of New Zealand, and people of all faiths who should have the ability to pray and worship in peace,” township officials said in the statement. “These cowardice acts of violence strike at the very core of humanity, and we must join together in condemning these horrendous and sickening murders. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of these horrific attacks and all those affected by this hideous tragedy, as well as with our Muslim friends and neighbors. In an act of solidarity and support, a Jumuah prayer service is being held today at the Cherry Hill Mosque, 5 Esterbrook Lane, at 1 pm. We encourage all those who can, to try and attend this service, to show support for our Muslim community, and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”