A Prayer for Universal Peace
In response to unrest in the Middle East, The Islamic Association of Raleigh along with with other faith and non-profit organizations, joined to participate in a "Hope for Middle East Peace Community Prayer Day".
Nearly 1,000 people - Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Baha'is and Sikhs showed up on Sunday August 13th, at Meymandi Hall in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Prayers were conducted by members of different religious traditions. There followed a reception where people mingled and partook of a ‘bread of the worlds’ buffet.
The prayer by the Islamic Center of Raleigh was recited by Dr. Wahaj Ahmed.
A PRAYER FOR UNIVERSAL PEACE
Chosen by Mohamed Baianonie, Imam of the Islamic Center of Raleigh, NC
All praises and thanks to God, The Creator and Lord of all that exists, and peace and blessings upon all of His Messengers.
O' our Lord, You are As-Salaam (The Peace) and the ultimate peace comes from You alone; we ask You to bless us all with peace and safety. [From the supplications of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after the five obligatory, daily prayers]
We ask You, our Lord The Granter of security, to bless us and our families, our neighborhoods and communities, our nations and the world with everlasting peace and security.
You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth. You have created mankind in different colors, languages, nations and tribes so that we may get to know one another and live in harmony. The best among us in Your sight is the one who has the highest piety.
[Adapted from the Qur'an, the Muslim holy book, 30:22; 49:13]
O' our Lord The Just, make us among those who believe that you have created all people equally and that we are all brothers and sisters. Only You can help us live our lives accordingly.
We ask You, our Lord the Guide, to open the hearts and minds of mankind to value each and every human life, so that the bloodshed and destruction stop immediately. And we ask You, our Patient Lord, to grant patience to those who suffer from the destruction and violence committed by others. We ask You, the Compassionate Lord, to bestow Your mercy upon those who are suffering from disease, poverty, oppression, and war.
We ask You, God our Protector, to protect the oppressed and help them rebuild their lives and fill the hearts of the oppressors with mercy.
O' Lord, You are the Loving One, replace the hatred in our hearts with love, mercy, and compassion for even our worst enemies. Take away our arrogance and replace it with humility so that we may forgive and tolerate one another.
O' our Lord, give us patience during times of anger so that we may forgive those who treat us unjustly. O' Lord, make us among those faithful believers who respond to evil with something better. O' our Lord, help us follow Your teachings of patience and forgiveness, so that our worst enemies can become our closest friends.
[Adapted from the Qur'an, 41:34]
Sponsors / Participants / Supporters:As Salaam Islamic Center Of Raleigh
Capitol Broadcasting Company & WRAL TV
Catholic Diocese Of Raleigh
Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue
City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission
Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation
City of Raleigh Community Services Department
Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
Fairmont United Methodist Church
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
International Affairs Council
Islamic Center Of Raleigh
Muslim American Policy Council
N.C. Martin Luther King Resource Center
New Hope Presbytery, Presbyterian Church USA
News & Observer Publishing Company
North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church
North Carolina Council of Churches
North Carolina Martin Luther King Resource Center
Raleigh-Cary Jewish Federation
Raleigh Martin Luther King Committee
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Temple Beth Or
Triangle Baha'i Faith Center
Triangle Interfaith Alliance
Triangle Lebanese Association
Triangle Tikkun Jewish Magazine
To learn more about Islam, the IAR's Outreach Committee offers Islam 101 every Sunday at 02:30pm in the school building adjacent to IAR on Ligon St.
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