‘We laid it down that whoever killed a human being,
except as punishment for murder or other wicked crimes,
should be looked upon as though he had killed all mankind.’
(Qur’an, sura 5, ‘The Table’, v. 31)

God of Love,
Merciful and Compassionate One,
we hold in our thoughts today
the innocent victims of terrorism;
all who suffer violence, cruelty and
inhumanity at human hands.

In particular we think of those we
name now in our hearts…

Send to them your Spirit of
comfort, strength and courage;
bring to them the awareness of
our loving solidarity.

And in our own sense of
helplessness and desperation,
save us from misdirecting our anger
and blaming those who are not to blame.

Cliff Reed

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