Dr Siddiqi Participates
in NY Service of Prayer and Remembrance
Muzzamil Siddiqi, eminent religious scholar, was invited
by the White House on behalf of President Bush and Mrs.
Bush to participate in the Service of Prayer and Remembrance
held at the Trinity Church at St Paul's Chapel in New York
on September 10, 2006.
Dr Siddiqi, along with a few religious leaders of Judaism
and Christianity met the President and the First Lady and
then attended the ceremony. Below appears the text of his
On The Occasion of the Anniversary of September 11
By Imam Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
(Chairman, Islamic Law Council of North America, Imam of
the Islamic Society of Orange County, California)
Delivered At St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church, New
(September 10, 2006)
In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
May the peace and blessings of God be upon all of you.
God says in the Holy Qur’an:
“O Mankind! We created you from a single pair of a
male and a female and made you into nations and tribes,
that you may know each other, (not that you may despise
each other.) Verily the most honored of you in the sight
of God is the one who is the most righteous of you. And
God has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things.”
On this solemn occasion, we are gathered here this evening
to pray for and remember those who lost their lives or suffered
on September 11, 2001 when the terrorists, whom we condemn,
struck our nation with their evil plot. We are gathered
here to comfort and console ourselves and all those who
lost their loved ones on that dark day.
Let us pray to God that one day all people recognize the
sanctity of human life and our common humanity. Let us pray
to God that we all humans learn to cherish our diversity
and not make it a source of discord and conflict. Let us
pray to God to grant humanity peace, love and compassion
for one another.
God says in the Holy Qur’an that killing one person
unjustly is like killing the whole humanity and saving one
person is like saving all humanity. (Chapter 5:32)
The terrorists kill unjustly, and bring shame to themselves
and offend all religions and all of civilization. They are
not the representatives of any religion. They are indeed
not the representatives of Islam.
Let us pray for those who are working to bring safety and
security in our country and for our fellow human beings
on this Earth. Let us pray to God to bless those who are
building bridges of understanding and striving to establish
justice and fairness on Earth.
Let us pray to God to free us from fear, fear of terror,
hunger and poverty. Let us pray to God to grant us His everlasting
love and help us turn to the roots of our faiths to learn
how to live in this world of diversity and pluralism. Let
us bow down in humility to the One who created us all and
ask for His Mercy and Compassion.
We pray to God to continue to shower His blessings on America
– its leaders and all of its inhabitants – with
prosperity, wisdom, peace and reverence of Him. Amen