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Two Appropriate Prayers

Reports about the terrorist attack on a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia are a renewed reminder of the tensions in the Middle East. There, where conflicting ethnic and religious groups struggle to overcome the passions of the present and recapture the spirit of the world's three great monotheistic religions, thoughts of war and peace are a constant. Muslims, Jews, and Christians around the world share a concern for the region where their faiths were born.

On line, Rabbi Nosson of Nemirov offers a prayer for peace, and the student Islamic association at the University of Texas offers a page of Islamic prayers that include the following prayer of the prophet Muhammad on visiting a graveyard:

Peace be unto you, dwellers of this township, believers in, and submissive to Allah. We shall join you as Allah wills. Peace be unto you, dwellers of the graves. We beg Allah for forgiveness for you and for ourselves. You are ahead of us and we are to follow.
Posted June, 1996.
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