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Prayers for the Victims

I am originally from Zababdeh, Palestine. On September 11, 2001, I was a sophomore in high school. I remember going to school that day to find that many of my classmates and teachers did not come to school because of the Israeli invasion to the city of Jenin. That day more than 50 Israeli tanks completely sealed off the city.

After school, I took a few college students who rented one of our apartments on a tour of my town. When we entered the hardware store in town, I noticed that everyone was staring at the TV. An airplane was hitting a big building; I thought at first everybody was watching a horror or war movie. After I stared for few more moments, I noticed that people were watching CNN and that the horror movie was actually a terrible terrorist attack on American soil.

The people in my town were shocked by the attacks. Although people had different opinions and reactions, everyone was worried about the future -- especially about what America would do next.

I do not believe that war is the answer to the cowardly attacks of 9/11. Unfortunately, I do not think that America is safer now than 10 years ago. I believe that the misunderstandings and stereotypes that the followers of the three Abrahamic faiths have against each other are still there. Interfaith dialogue will bridge the gap and help all God’s people live in peace and harmony.

My prayers are for the victims of 9/11 attacks and the victims of the wars that followed these attacks:

Almighty father, I pray that you accept all of these victims into your kingdom, and I pray that you will give your comfort and peace to the families and friends of all of these victims. We beg you Jesus, our victorious Messiah, to send your angels to protect us from all the evil that can harm us and all the evil we can harm other people with. Send your angels to protect us from any future attempt of destruction. Holy Spirit, illuminate our hearts and souls and the hearts and souls of our leaders so that we all can see the errors in our lives and give us the grace to turn back to God with clean hearts.

My hope for the future is that we all follow the golden rule: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” I think once we follow this rule the prophecy of Isaiah 11:6 (The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatted calf together; and a little child shall lead them.) would become a reality. This is my hope for the future.

Prof. Anis Said
Lecturer in Arabic

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