Interfaith Leaders Mourn the War Dead in South Carolina Mosque

May 27, 2004

Source: Bahai Index

Wire Service: AP

On May 27, 2004 the Associated Press reported that "members of eight different faiths took off their shoes and entered a mosque Thursday night to remember those killed in the Iraq war and pray for peace. Interfaith memorial services were held Thursday night across the country, but Columbia's service was the only one in the nation held in a mosque, said Carl Evans, chair of the religious studies department at the University of South Carolina. 'We're not making any political statement, we're trying to affirm core values of all religions when we pray together,' Evans said. The faithful sat and knelt inside Masjid as-Salaam as each faith tradition prayed 'Om, Peace, Peace, Peace,' and listened to words from the Quran, the Beatitudes of the New Testament and a Native American blessing. Leaders from the Muslim, Unitarian Universalist, Bahai Faith, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Native American traditions read prayers."