The month of Ramadan will begin on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Maghrib, Isha, and Taraweeh prayers will be held at Clinton G. Martin Park. ONLY on Mon 5/6, Fri 5/31, and Mon 6/3, we shall host at Michael J. Tully Park
Places of worship have always been considered sacred and a sanctuary for all who want to find peace and tranquility away from the distractions of daily life. They have also been considered safe haven for people of all walks of life. That has all changed in recent years – The Pittsburg synagogue mass shooting , New Zealand Mosque massacre, Sri Lankan Church bombings and most recent Poway Chabad congregation shooting – all have a common denominator, HATE. To say that these people have been motivated by a particular religion would be inaccurate, rather the motivation has largely come from ideology fueled by pure hatred for anyone who does not see eye to eye with the offender(s).
Christchurch massacre and the idea of its live feed was so horrifying that it sent a chill down one’s spine. Equally disturbing was the video of a young man with a backpack nonchalantly walking into a packed church in Sri Lanka. Before we could digest all that, there came the hate-filled tirade from the barrels of a semi-automatic of a 19 year old at Chabad of Poway.
There are no words to express our sorrow, sympathy, outrage and frustrations at these frequent happenings. We must feel that any attack on innocent civilians anywhere, particularly at a place of worship, is an attack on our civilization.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of each and every on of these terror attacks. We’ve seen the New Zealanders band together to grieve. We hope and pray that the Srilankans rise above, that the Poway Community recovers, and that our own community recovers and simple decency and respect for one another emerges again as the building block of our society.
We all can help a little to make this world a better place –