(LEXINGTON, KY, 8/28/06) – The Kentucky chapter of The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KY) today offered its heartfelt condolences and prayers for those who lost loved ones in the tragic crash of Delta Flight 5191.

The chairman of CAIR-KY, Professor Ihsan Bagby, stated: “As residents of Lexington and Kentucky, and as human beings who share the same life struggles, we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life of the passengers and crew of Delta Flight 5191. We offer our condolences and prayers to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the crash. In Islam, we are taught to say, ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un’ ‘We belong to God and to God we shall return.’ May we all find peace and comfort in God’s grace.”

CAIR-KY also prays for the recovery of the lone survivor, James M. Polehinke, and gives thanks to those who saved his life. CAIR-KY will contribute to the Red-Cross for the victims’ families.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

There are approximately 3,000 Muslims in the Lexington area and 10,000 Muslims in all of Kentucky.

CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky, Tel: 859-221-9081, E-Mail:


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