(RNS) – For Muslims, Fridays are special.
Mosques come to life with the mandatory Jummah prayer services, where imams deliver sermons and lead rows of worshippers in congregational prayer. Muslims dress in their Friday best, spritz themselves with perfume and greet one another with “Jummah Mubarak,” or “blessed Friday.”
But this morning, Muslims around the world woke up with another prayer on their lips – inna lillahe wa inna illaihi rajioon, meaning “to God we belong and to God we shall return” – as well as a question: Should we go to the mosque for Jummah prayers today or not?
Just hours before, at least 49 Muslims performing Jummah prayers were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Another 48 were left injured,