Today our Dr. Junaid Jahangir led an interfaith Good Friday service. Here is what he said:
Notwithstanding freezing toes, here is the text of my bit:
In Islam, caring for the downtrodden and standing by the oppressed are not viewed as favor but as a duty based on justice.
The Prophet (upon whom be peace) taught to show courage in the face of tyranny and injustice. His cousin Imam Ali viewed justice as the very foundation of human society and as essential as the necessities of life.
Let us bow our heads to pray.
We call upon The Sacred to overcome our fear and indifference,
We pray to summon our inner strength to show courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves,
We pray for the resolve to support the just cause with all our heart, our words and our actions,
We pray for the empathy to choose for our brothers (and sisters) in humanity what we choose for ourselves,
We pray for the wisdom to treat others like the good Samaritan, without expecting or demanding the same in return,
We pray to truly follow the universal teaching as echoed by Jesus and Muhammad - to truly and radically love one another,
May it be so,