On Saturday evening (November 14, 2015), there were two vigils held in the Detroit area to commemorate the victims of a wave of terrorist activity of the past few days, a terror campaign which included a double bombing attack in Beirut on Thursday killing some 43 people, a series of mass terror incidents in Paris on Friday the 13th, in which over 120 people were killed, and a separate suicide bombing in Baghdad on Friday, killing some 20 people. All operations have been attributed to the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) organization, as the organization expands its regional campaign of violence into a greater international terror campaign.
In Dearborn, Michigan, the local chapter of a Shi’a group, Who Is Hussain?, sponsored and led the “Care for Humanity” vigil at the Islamic Center on Ford Road, condemning violence as an anti-Muslim value, and denying ISIS’s right to claim an identity as a Muslim organization. Speakers representing Who Is Hussain? noted the attempts of the 7th century Shi’ite leader Hussain ibn Ali to foster peace among the factions of the divided Muslim community, and looked to Hussain’s life as an example of interpreting the Quran as a message of peace. Attendees of the vigil lit candles (placing a sign composed of tea-candles on the ground, spelling the word, “humanity”), and observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the past few days’ violence. They also held small signs displaying the Eiffel Tower Peace Sign. The speakers urged world leaders to seek a peaceful solution to the confrontations ripping apart the Middle East.
A second vigil was also held an hour later near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit by the Saint Anne de Detroit Catholic Church.
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