Muslim leaders gather to show support after attacks

☐ St Joachim’s Prayer Service was attended by Muslim leaders to show support for Christians over the Sri Lanka attacks.

ST Joachim’s Catholic Parish, Lidcombe, hosted a Prayer Service with members of the Muslim community to show support for Christians in Sri Lanka following the recent attacks.

Geoff Barrett, parishioner of St Joachim and Chairman of the Auburn Interfaith Network, opened the gathering with an update on the latest death toll in Sri Lanka.
“Now is the time to celebrate the lives of the 253 victims and pray for the hundreds of injured and the families impacted by these events,” he said.
Parish priest Fr Eduardo Orilla spoke about the attacks occurring when these Christians were celebrating the most important event in their calendar – on Easter Sunday when Christ Rose from the dead.
“It was by dying for us that he showed his love,” he said. “We must now show our love for others.”
Attendees were invited to light a candle, from the flame of the Easter Pascal Candle, as a symbol of hope for the souls of these victims.
Visitors to this service included Imam Hassan Elsetohy, President, NSW Australian National Imams Council (he also represented the Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad), Adid Alvubai, Blacktown City Imam, Mohamed Fazli, former President of ALMA, Ubaidur Rahmaan, former President of ALMA, and Mohamed Al Zoubi, Auburn Islamic Centre. Each quoted various parts of the Quran that spoke of respecting life and the right of others to follow their beliefs. They also spoke of terrorists having no religion.
Cumberland Councillor George Campbell also spoke of the need for tolerance and respect for each other.
“It was agreed that the day was an important beginning but we need to continue to meet to show solidarity against violence of all forms,” Geoff added.