CAIRO – Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams has paid a special visit to the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge mosque, the visit widely praised by local Muslims as a gesture of solidarity against rising Islamophobia.
“We are so happy he came to see us,” Satter Miah, who lives in Queens but works at a nearby restaurant and regularly goes to the Fifth Avenue mosque to pray, told Brooklyn Daily on Thursday, May 12.
Adams paid the special visit to the packed Islamic Society of Bay Ridge mosque on May 6 to greet the faithful.
He visited the mosque as the last stop of f his “Brooklyn Day of Prayer” tour of the borough’s houses of worship.
Mosque-goers who prayed along Fifth Avenue outside the at-capacity mosque greeted Adams, seeing the mosque as the best place for him to meet Muslims from Brooklyn and beyond.
“This is a very good place — it’s busy, people help each other,” Miah added.
The borough president took part in a prayer service and then met with some of the roughly 250 faithful who came out to pray.
He also met with local Muslim leaders including Arab-American Association of New York president Dr. Ahmad Jaber and An-Noor Social Center president Zein Rimawi.
The visit is not the first time for Adams to show support to American Muslims.
Last year, he made different posts on his Facebook page to denounce hateful rhetoric promoted by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
“#America’s built on #religiousfreedom. @RealDonaldTrump’s words that threaten closure of peaceful mosques to fight #ISIS are fear mongering,” he wrote last October 23.
“Tomorrow, I will be rallying with #Brooklyn’s #Muslim community in #BrightonBeach to denounce rhetoric connecting local mosques to #ISIS,” he added.