The organizer of a regional, midday-prayer service yesterday for Muslims hopes that the event encourages participants, especially youths, to engage in “productive, meaningful programs to eliminate hatred.” “We must get to our youth before someone else does,” said Imam Mohammed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va. “We must respond to their needs and their questions so that we don’t leave room for individuals with false and dangerous ideologies to lead them astray.” The gathering of about 300 Muslims at the center in Sterling follows terrorist bombings in London this month. Muslims claiming to be working with the al Qaeda terrorist network have taken credit for the July 7 and July 21 attacks. At least 56 persons, including four suicide bombers, were killed and over 700 injured on July 7. No casualties were reported in the failed July 21 bombings. “We would like to see this notion of suicide bombing stopped, whether it takes place in Israel, Palestine, the Middle East or Iraq,” Mr. Magid said. “We would like to give the youth a message of hope, a message of peace.” (MORE)


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