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Valley Muslims gather for special prayer meeting

By Jim Guy -The Fresno Bee

Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 | 02:40 PM

Central San Joaquin Valley Muslims gathered Friday for a special prayer meeting to remember the victims of the bombing in Boston and those killed by and earthquake victims in Iran and Pakistan as well as in the explosion of a fertilizer factory in West, Texas.

“It’s been a very tough week for everyone,” Sayed Ali Ghazvini, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, told those who attended.

His message was to pray for the “safety and protection of our country and to protect it from all evil acts.”

He also mentioned victims of multiple bombing attacks in Iraq this week and everyone hurt by the “global phenomenon of terrorism.”

“Most victims of terrorism are Muslims,” he said. “We need to overcome terror with love and compassion.”

Naeem Gazipura, who attended the meeting, said he took away the message that “we need to unite and pray for guidance and for the safety of all human beings in this country.”

Said Mohammed Marzouk: “We as Muslims condemn any terror act. Not just here, but in any Muslim country.”

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