One of the tragedies that shook Center Indiana in 2014 was the abduction and murder by ISIS of Hoosier aid worker Peter Abdul Rahman Kassig. Days after video of his killing was released, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana paid tribute to Kassig at the Indiana Interchurch Center.[box]
More than 50 men, women and children kneeled to the ground in the Indiana Interchurch Center’s basement. It was time for the Isha prayer, the daily nighttime Muslim prayer.
“In spite of all of the efforts of Muslims and others around world, very sadly one more individual’s life has been taken,” said Razi Nalim, president of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.
“We should remember him and pray for him.”
The Muslim Alliance of Indiana hosted the funeral prayer service as part of its annual convention Saturday. It’s one of three memorial services scheduled in Kassig’s memory this weekend.
The Muslim Alliance released a statement after Kassig’s death, condemning his death as well as James Foley’s, Steve Sotloff’s and David Haines’.
Nearly a week has passed since the video from ISIS circulated via social media, announcing Kassig’s execution to the world.
Kassig, 26, had been taken held hostage for more than a year, while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Muslim Student Association helped organize the funeral service for Kassig, whom some of the group’s members knew.
Adil Majid of the Muslim Student Association said he never met Kassig, but that he felt he and his peers could relate to him.
“It’s surreal, just to see people coming together for such a noble thing and the fact that you can feel and find a personal connection with someone,” said Majid, 24, a student at the IU dental school.
“I didn’t know Peter, but he was someone I consider a personal hero.”[/box]