Islamic prayer group takes service outside to SLO park

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 22:34:50-04

A local Islamic prayer group moved their worship service to a San Luis Obispo park on Friday, all while practicing social distancing.

Earlier this week, San Luis Obispo County was ordered by the state to shut down certain sectors unless they can be modified to operate outside. That includes places of worship and cultural ceremonies.

The group usually prays in the local mosque but came out to Santa Rosa Park to abide by state and county health guidelines.

The community has kept in touch during the pandemic through weekly Zoom meetings.

"The community is longing to get back to the mosque and the big gatherings but they understand what's going on and the turnout for today's prayer was decent," said Ahmed Deif, President of the Islamic Society of San Luis Obispo County.

Deif says we can use these challenging times to learn how to face hardships as a community and stand up for one another.