Conn. Muslims to Join in Prayers for Bomb Victims

CAIR-logo(HARTFORD, CT, 4/16/2013) -- The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) is calling on the Muslim community throughout the state to join in the many gatherings and prayer vigils organized by various religious groups to pray for peace and to stand in solidarity with the victims of the horrific explosions in Boston yesterday.

CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi and Mahmoud Mansour, the Imam of the Islamic Center of New London, will join All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation (ASUUC) today at 6 p.m. for a moment of reflection and prayer for all those who were affected by the violence in Boston.

WHAT: Prayer Vigil
WHEN: Today Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: All Souls Unitarian Universalists, 19 Jay Street New London CT 06320
CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, (860) 514-8038

[NOTE: CAIR-CT Board Member Eman Bishtawii will attend another interfaith event tonight at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 main Street, Newtown, Conn.]

"We will gather this evening at All Souls ... so that together we may keep hope kindled. We will stand in solidarity with the victims of this senseless violence as we stand in solidarity with peace-loving people everywhere," said Rev. Carolyn Patierno of All Souls in a message sent to the community.

Imam Mahmoud Mansour commented: "As Muslims, we join our fellow Americans in this time of grief with heavy hearts, committed to stand against terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We pray for them."

Contact [email protected] or (860) 514-8038 for a prayer vigil near you.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.