MABDA Report 28/09/2015

Mastic Muslims Celebrate `Eid, Diversity

As Muslims around the world gathered at various venues to celebrate the `Eid Al-Adha holiday, Muslim congregants of the Islamic Center of Mastic-Shirley met on Thursday, September 24, to mark the feast, celebrating their diverse community which hails from numerous backgrounds.

Aziz Bhatti, the leader of the Islamic Center of Mastic-Shirley, explained how `Eid prayer united the mosque’s congregants.


At 9/11 site, pope prays with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus

Pope Francis embraced survivors of 9/11 in the footprints of the Twin Towers, then prayed for peace at an interfaith service beside the last column of steel salvaged from the fallen skyscrapers.

Arriving straight from his speech to the United Nations on Friday (Sept. 25), Francis met with families from the 9/11 community — people who survived the destruction, rescued others from the inferno, or lost loved ones in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, executed by religious zealots.


Overlapping Jewish, Muslim Holidays Prompt Cooperation in Jerusalem

An interfaith group gathered in a private home Monday (Sept. 21) to head off potential tensions over how Jews and Muslims celebrate Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, two holidays that overlap this year.

The meeting of the Abrahamic Reunion took on added significance in Jerusalem, where more than a week of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians on the Temple Mount have spilled into the streets of East Jerusalem.