In Islam, the traditional funeral prayer is called Salat Al-Janazah.
But during their regular Jumu’ah prayer services at mosques across the
Chicago area Friday, congregations instead said Salat Al-Ghaib.
As the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia climbed
past the 121,000 mark Friday, religious communities responded with sacred
rituals to remember the dead and looked for ways to help survivors”¦
During Friday prayers at the Islamic Cultural Center in Northbrook,
spiritual leader Imam Senad Agic urged members to do something different
Jan. 20 as they observe Eid-ul-Adha, a holiday during which Muslims
traditionally donate money to buy meat for the poor.
This year, he suggested, they might consider directing their gifts to help
feed survivors of the tsunami. The center also has set up accounts in three
Asian countries to speed the delivery of cash to those who need it, said
Ahmed Rehab, communications director for the Chicago office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations.
Rehab, who attended services at the center Friday, said funds from the
congregation will be collected over time, and no total was immediately
available. “I did overhear one doctor giving $25,000,” he said