An interfaith Service of Lament was held on Sunday 8 July 2012, honouring those who have lost their lives while seeking asylum in Australia. Held at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth, the service was developed in partnership with the Australian Hazara Community and St Mary’s Mosque, Nollamara.
Muslim leader, Imam Mukahta Ahmedi from St Mary’s, joined the Rev. Don Dowling, minister of the Uniting Church congregation, as they reflected on the recent tragedy occurring in waters off Christmas Island.
Of the service, the Rev. Marie Wilson, member of the Assembly Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths, said "The time together was an opportunity for the Imam to speak of the plight of those escaping persecution; persecution as he and many present had suffered from the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He spoke of the caring and respect in the Koran. It was good to hear a passionate speaker expelling many of the myths about the Islamic faith. The service commenced with Muslim reflective music and included the Christian hymn Comfort, comfort all my people and a secular song Bridge over troubled water. Imam Ahmedi and the Rev. Don Dowling then lit candles from the Peace candle and proceded to light the candles of each member of the congregation so that the light would spread. Over afternoon tea peple were able to talk and share with each other."
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