SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento mosque broke religious barriers today when, for the first time, it allowed a Christian congregation inside to hold Easter services.
Spiritual Life Center lost its lease one week ago, leaving its parishioners without a place to worship for Easter. That’s when Salam Community Center on College Oak Drive offered its mosque to the Christian church.
“I mean, we saw the opportunity to help them,”said mosque spokesman Adnan Syed
Traditionally, non-Muslim churches are not allowed to hold meetings inside mosques.
Spiritual Life’s reverend, Michael Moran, called it history in the making.
“My heart is filled with generosity for the Muslim community to allow us to meet here today on Easter,” said Taylor Moran, a parishioner.
“I heard people are coming from the bay area — all over the place just to witness this one-of-a-kind event. And we’re just happy to be a part of it,” said Syed.
Worshipers packed the Salam Center for both Easter services to celebrate one of the most important days of the year for Christians.
“It’s just a once in a lifetime, and I hope it spreads,” said Molly White, a parishioner.
Today marks a breaking of tradition with the hopes of creating a new one.
“We’d love to see more of this not only here, but across the nation,” said Syed.
Spiritual Life Center is still looking for a new place to worship.