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ISNA Hosts Prayer Service Honoring Abdul-Rahman Kassig's Work
(Plainfield, IN 10/13/14) Last Friday, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) hosted a prayer service honoring “Abdul-Rahman” Peter Kassig’s work at its headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana. Kassig is currently a hostage of the terrorist group who call themselves the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS).
SEE: Mother of ISIS Captive Peter Kassig Offers Prayers of Her Own
The program started with the weekly Muslim congregational prayer led by ISNA Communications Director, Edgar Hopida. Hopida’s sermon emphasized the importance of easing the distress of others, taking action when you see something wrong in the world and how Abdul-Rahman Kassig exhibited both qualities through his relief work in Syria. The sermon also contained a direct warning to ISIS that frightening and killing a fellow Muslim would lead them to Hell.
After the prayer, ISNA Chief Operations Officer Habibe Ali opened the program with a short presentation on the beliefs and practices of Islam. Sarah Pollom, a friend of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, then shared an emotional email written by Kassig describing the work he had been doing in Syria. Butler University Professor Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, who had Kassig as a student, shared an email that was sent by him to his teachers at Butler. Within the email, he described his own self development and how it was facilitated by his teachers.
The final speaker was the mother of Abdul-Rahman, Paula Kassig. She read some tributes written by Abdul-Rahman’s friends and thanked everyone who had come out to pray and given support to Abdul-Rahman and his family.
The service was concluded by a beautiful poetic supplication read by Hopida called “The Prayer of the Oppressed.”
“It was an honor to host this event for the Kassig family,” said Hopida. “Our continued prayers go out to Abdul-Rahman Kassig for his safe return back to his family.”
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
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CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 317-839-1820 or 317-679-6350, firstname.lastname@example.org