Bay Shore Interfaith Service Marks International Day of Peace
Prayers for peace and unity rang out in English, Arabic, Hindi and Hebrew as about 100 people gathered in Bay Shore on Saturday to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The Long Island Multi-Faith Forum has held the annual event in churches and temples. This year, the Masjid Darul Quran, a mosque, served as host. […]
With radical Islamic gunmen killing at least 39 people at a shopping mall in Kenya on Saturday — targeting non-Muslims, according to witnesses — the message of unity across faiths had special resonance.
Hafiz ur Rehman, Suffolk County’s human rights commissioner, said he learned before the event that a close friend is among the missing.
“Say a prayer from the deepest corner of your hearts that they all come out safe,” said Rehman, a native Kenyan.
The service lasted more than an hour and moved through a dozen faith communities, including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. […]