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Triangle Muslims Pray for Peace After Saddam's Death

Posted December 30, 2006

— In the Triangle, members of the Muslim community reacted Saturday to Saddam Hussein's execution in the midst of celebrating the Muslim holiday Eid ul-Adha.

Focused and reverent, members of the Muslim community in Raleigh gathered for prayers Saturday. But the weekend celebration of the end of the Haji to Mecca -- one of the holiest of Muslim holidays – has been partlially overshadowed by the execution of the former Iraqi dictator.

That's like executing a former President on Christmas,” Iraqi-American Yousif Alkadhi said. “I wish everybody in Iraq and the Muslim community here could focus on the holiday then rather all the death and destruction or the legacy of (Saddam).”

Several area Muslims told WRAL Saturday that they not only wished the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had delayed Saddam's execution until after the holiday. They also said they felt the trial itself went too fast.

Shadi Sadi of the Islamic Center of Raleigh said the final judgment on Saddam comes from God, not Muslims.

“We just, to some extent, just hope the verdict doesn't cause an escalation in violence, and hope the Iraqi people can move on to a place where they'll have justice and peace,” Sadi said.

But many within the Muslim community said they fear peace in Iraq won’t come quickly. They also said the execution of Hussein would only lead to even more violence in an already unstable country.

“People need little reason to start killing each other,” Sadi said.

Alkadi said his No. 1 priority now is family members who still live in Baghdad.

“All we pray for is stability for them,” he said. “It's horrible there. My uncles say when you leave in the morning, you don't know who's coming back at night.”

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  • btbt1 Dec 31, 2006

    The execution of a mass murdered should be welcomed by everyone. Why wait for the end on a particular holiday? The religion of "peace" does not not need a reason for violence. Remove the West and the Jews and they will continue to kill each other. The quote that "people need little reason to start killing each other" shows the true face of Islam.

  • Peacefulwarrior Dec 31, 2006

    I feel for the Muslim community. We never see the stories that show the good that Muslims have done. Not all Muslims are terrorists like Saddam or Osama. But the label is placed on them unjustly. Do not judge Islam by the Muslims, judge the Muslim community (Ummah) by Islam!

  • ladypoetsteph Dec 31, 2006

    In their own ways they may be right about the trial not lasting long enough. On a more personal note I'm sure that if there was a major or the biggest Holiday to us Americans would prolong a execution until after the Hoilday. So I understand what they mean by having the man executed on a major holiday to them. But then they should have spoken up before hand. They knew when he would be executed but they didn't speak up til afterward. That is their own problem.