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CAIR-MN: Muslims to Hold Prayer for Bridge Collapse Victims


(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/8/07) – On August 10, the Minnesota Muslim community will hold a prayer service for the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse, including a prayer for the eight individuals who are still missing.

Victims and their families, community and religious leaders, public officials, and the general public are invited to attend the prayer service. The event will be held at the Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55454, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

According to event organizer and Director of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Civic Center, Imam Abdisalam Adam, the event seeks to unite those affected by the tragedy. “It is both part of our religious obligation and civic responsibility to console all those affected by the tragic collapse of one of our city’s landmarks.”

The event is being organized by the I-35W Muslim Community Response Committee, which includes leaders from the Twin Cities Muslim community. The Committee has also organized a fund to collect donations for the victims and the recovery effort. Donations can be sent to: Associated Bank, 1800 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Account # 2283 128 466, Routing # 075900575).

Last week, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), which is part of the Committee, asked the Minnesota Muslim community to donate blood to the victims of the tragedy. “The American Muslim community wants to do anything and everything in their power to help the victims,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Omar Merhi. “For the things they do not have the power to control, they are praying to God.”

Ahmed Sahal, father of Sadiya Sahal who along with her 19-month-old daughter Hana Mohamed is still missing, has spent much time in prayer: “We are praying that my daughter and the other missing people will be found as soon as possible.”


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