OLD BRIDGE - An Islamic center in Old Bridge hosted a service Sunday to honor the victims of the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California.
Muslims gathered at the Ahmadiyya Community Center of Central Jersey and prayed to show their pain and despair over the 14 lives that were cut short. They also honored the lives of those killed in the Paris terror attacks in November.
Many members of the center say the recent attacks in both the U.S. and overseas have left their communities under more scrutiny.
Sunday's service was held to condemn the terrorist acts and honor the victims, and to show the real face of Islam, center officials said.
"We strongly believe that all forms of terrorism and extremism are against the true teachings of Islam," says Tariq Sharif, of the center.
Mosque leaders also hosted a blood drive to honor the victims of the San Bernardino massacre.
"We believe as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community that the only human bloodshed should be for saving lives, not taking lives," Sharif says.