Muslim man's photo of prayer in LDS church goes viral
BRISBANE, Australia (KUTV) - An Australian man's Facebook post about his experience in a Mormon church is going viral.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited a group of local Muslims to a Brisbane ward for their annual Christmas program and a tour of the church, said Ali Kadri, spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Queensland.
"They displayed amazing manners in taking the multi-faith groups on a tour of the church," wrote Kadri in his Facebook post. He said his group attended the event representing Holland Park Mosque, which is 108 years old.
According to Kadri, members from the LDS church gave the group a room to pray in when the time came for evening prayers.
"Two faiths praying to the same God, in a different way, within [the] same building," wrote Kadri.
Kadri told KUTV he believes after so much bad news, the world is hungry for love and respect.
"Small gestures like these should be normal and nothing special," Kadri told KUTV. "The fact that this post has gone viral simply shows that we need to keep on doing this 'til it becomes the norm."
Kadri says he hopes moments like these will overshadow the hate and negativity in the world.
"Those who divide people will be plenty," he said. "But it is those who unite humanity who will leave a legacy like Lincoln, Ghandhi and Mandela."
KUTV spoke with Sue Owen, Queensland director of public affairs for the LDS church, who said inviting inter-faith groups to their event was a wonderful way to connect with members of other religions.
"We really think that by joining together we will find peace," Owen said. "We can promote peace by finding out what we have in common, rather than what sets us apart."
As of Monday morning, more than 5,600 people had shared Kadri's post on Facebook.