Prayers for Afghan civilians shot dead

Markazi Jamia Mosque, Rhodes Street
Markazi Jamia Mosque, Rhodes Street

PRAYERS were said at the Markazi Jamia Mosque, Rhodes Street, Halifax, to remember the 17 civilians shot dead by a rogue U.S. soldier.

Calderdale Interfaith Council came together to show solidarity with the district’s Muslim community following the massacre this month.

It came shortly after all faiths came together at Halifax Minster to remember six soldiers killed by a roadside bomb.

They included five from the 3d Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, which was formerly the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, which has a long association with Calderdale.

Imam Sajwad Rizwi welcomed those attending the prayers and said people from all nations should have equal rights, value and respect for a peaceful world.

Vicar of Halifax Canon Hilary Barber said all faiths wanted to express solidarity and sorrow alongside the Muslim community.

“In this town when one community is suffering we are all suffering. We are together as people of faith.”

Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri said all people were bound by humanity and he also expressed sorrow at the latest shooting atrocity yesterday when a gunman opened fire at a Jewish school in Franch killing three children and a teacher.

“For no other reason than being defined by their faith,” said Coun Fekri.

Prayers were also said by representatives of other faiths in Calderdale.

Faith ambassador for Calderdale Raja Taufiq Khan said the service reflected the importance of faith communities and people of no faith in sharing the loss of human life in conflicts across the world.

“I express my sincere condolences, solidarity, grief and sorrow for those 17 Afghan civilians and their families who suffered a great loss,” he said.