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USD's Muslim Student Association Holds Candlelight Prayer Vigil

USD's Muslim Student Association Holds Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Members of the University of San Diego community came together on the night of March 20 to participate in a candlelight prayer vigil in remembrance of the men, women and children who died in shootings at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week.

The vigil, organized by USD’s Muslim Student Association, brought students, faculty, staff and administrators to USD’s Plaza Mayor area of the Student Life Pavilion to pray for, honor and stand in solidarity with the victims of this horrific attack.

Earlier in the day, USD President James T. Harris III sent an email communication in response to what happened in New Zealand as well as an invitation to the entire campus community to attend the prayer vigil. President Harris and several USD administrative colleagues did attend and participate in the vigil.

“Like many of you, and people across the globe, I am heartbroken over the killing of innocent men, women and children at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch. As a Catholic university dedicated to confronting humanity’s urgent challenges, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand, around the world and here at home. We share their heartache and their grief. This act of terror and hate, and the white supremacist ideology that fueled it, are contrary to the values we hold most dear, particularly the human dignity of each and every person created in the image of God.

“While the suffering caused by this recent attack is enormous, so too must be our resolve to ensure that love will overcome hate,” Harris continued. “In this dark moment, we remember that the name Al Noor, in Arabic, means ‘the light.’ We strive to recall the final words of Haji-Daud Nabi, a 71-year-old man worshipping at the Al Noor Mosque, who greeted the perpetrator of this evil crime with the words, ‘Hello, brother. Welcome.’ Like him, may we commit ourselves to seeing and treating one another as brothers and sisters, part of one human family.”

The purpose of the Muslim Student Association, which was founded at USD in 2010, is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for both Muslim and non-Muslims through education, community, and worship. It is a social group for students on campus; consisting of people from different origins, nationalities, and cultures. MSA is a tool by which people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty; a voice for the Muslim on this campus and of all Muslims worldwide.

— USD News Center Staff

Photos courtesy of the USD Muslim Student Association

The USD Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight prayer vigil Wednesday to pray for, honor and be in solidarity with those whose lives were lost last week at two New Zealand mosques.The USD Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight prayer vigil Wednesday to pray for, honor and be in solidarity with those whose lives were lost last week at two New Zealand mosques.

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