Thursday March 7, 2013
Lahad Datu: Mosques, churches and temples band together to offer prayers
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have banded together to pray for the nation's security forces in Sabah as well as for the people living there in light of the foreign intrusion in the east coast of the state.
Mosques, temples and churches have been offering prayers for a quick and peaceful end to the crisis.
The Council of Churches called on the Government to use its power and influence to resolve the situation with minimum force and through diplomacy.
“Many members of our security forces have lost their lives defending our national security.
“Our churches offer sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones,” it said in a statement jointly issued by its president Datuk Dr Thomas Tsen and general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim said all mosques have been told to hold special prayers (sembahyang hajat).
She said mosques were also advised to include the doa in their Friday prayer sermons.
“We hope and pray that members of our armed forces are safe. No one wants war but we are defending our country from terrorists,” she said.
Buddhist Association of Malaysia vice-president Ven Master Ming Ji said all their members are praying for the situation to be resolved quickly, while the Malaysia Hindu Sangam president R.S. Mohan Shan said Hindu temples had started to conduct special poojas (prayer).
“We are praying for the safety of our people and the security forces as well as for the crisis to end soon,” said Mohan.
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