A Manhattan synagogue opened its doors to hundreds of worshipers from a nearby mosque ravaged by fire — a move that brought people to tears.
“Their Imam said this was the holiest moment he has experienced in New York. It is certainly one of ours as well. Salaam. Shalom,” Central Synagogue Rabbi Angela Buchdahl wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
The Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan on 55th Street was closed when a fire ripped through a popular Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor of the building Wednesday, NBC News said.
The mosque occupies the upper floors of the building, and hundreds of Muslim worshipers arrived Friday hoping an FDNY inspection would be finished in time for their prayers, or Jummah, in the early afternoon.
“Hundreds arrived for afternoon prayer only to find they couldn’t enter their mosque,’’ Buchdahl wrote. “So we invited them to pray at Central Synagogue.”
More than 600 Muslims ended up walking a block west to the synagogue at 55th Street and Lexington Avenue and filled its indoor pavilion.
The Muslim worshipers left their shoes in the hallway, and a hand-washing station was quickly prepared, since the ritual is part of Jummah.
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