Response to tragedy in Seattle
- August 31, 2006
Muslim interfaith peace activist Ali Salaam Mahmoud of Seattle sent
this message to the community, in response to the recent tragedy at
Seattle's Jewish Federation.
For those with friends or contacts in the Seattle area, please also
forward the notice of memorial events on Tuesday and Wednesday,
August 1 and 2, 2006 (following Mr. Mahmoudâs statement).
Al Salaam Alaikum. Shalom. Namaste. Peace.
Humanity Check interfaith peace and reconciliation project
Santa Rosa, California (USA)
Op-ED sent to Seattle and National Print Media
Seattle's Tragedy: Injustice is Injustice; Wrong is Wrong.
The horrific and malevolent murders that marred the face of the
Seattle community yesterday are a devastating reminder of the tragic
state of world affairs. Now as a community we share one of those
frozen suspended moments in time. We all now possess a memory
that will be difficult to erase; a gaping wound in our collective hearts
that needs healing.
The loss to the families of the victims is too immense to comprehend.
We can say that we condemn the violence that is easy. The brutal
rape of these families' souls by this tragedy is only truly
comprehended by them. A scar
has been reopened on the soul of our Jewish community and is
The perpetrator of this dastardly crime has abandoned teachings of
Muhammad, Jesus and Moses (peace be upon them all). He failed in
the challenge to his moral consciousness. Now, as a community the
challenge to our collective heart and souls is greater.
Let no one diminish the lesson to be learned by politicizing this
tragedy. Let no one scorch the wounds of our neighbors whose
anguish and grief leaves them sleepless and asking why. Yesterday's
tragedy is a world tragedy that will be repeated and repeated until we
finally learn that we are all just humans fulfilling our need to belong.
I pray for the victims families as they begin their long journey of
grief. I am reminded to pray for the thousands upon thousands of
families throughout the world that they will join on this journey. I am
reminded that yes, as
Americans we are failing in 'wanting for others what we want for
July 29, 2006
Please Forward As You Choose.
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Alaikum. Shalom. Namaste. Peace.
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David L. Hoffman</FONT></FONT></FONT></DIV>
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