People of all faiths were invited to the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, where members felt compelled to share their prayers for the victims’ families with others.
“Invite them to pray with us as citizens, not necessarily as Christians or Muslims or Jews, but just as people of faith who believe that there is a lot of good in the world,” Dr. Ahsan Khan, a mosque member, said.
Sources tell CBS News that suspected shooter Syed Farook was Muslim and was in contact with people with alleged links to terrorism both in the U.S. and overseas. He may have become radicalized after spending time in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
As members of law enforcement were also invited Thursday night, mosque members say sharing their faith with everyone helps to prevent radicalism.
“If you open your doors to the community, then those who have ill intentions and eventually become radicalized, they won’t be coming to this mosque,” Khan said.
Members say Farook and his wife did not attend the mosque.