Bahai News - Worldwide, Baha段 communities respond to terrorist attacks
Worldwide, Baha段 communities respond to terrorist attacks in the
United States with prayers and offers of service
NEW YORK, United States, 1 October 2001 (BWNS) -- At the international,
national and local levels, Baha段 communities around the world responded
to last week's terrorist attacks in the United States with prayers,
voluntary acts of service, donations and messages of condolence.
Many of the world's 182 Baha段 National Spiritual Assemblies issued
statements, messages of condolence, and calls for prayer meetings.
In New York City itself, some members of the local Baha段 community rushed
to the site of the World Trade Center complex and offered help. Several
individuals donated time working in restaurants to help prepare food for
rescue workers. Other Baha段s donated blood or items like clothing or food.
Baha段s in all four boroughs of New York City held prayer services
immediately after the attack. The New York Baha段 Center, which is located
on 11th Street, was inaccessible to the general public for much of the week
because it is below 14th Street, in the area cordoned off by police. However,
by Friday, 14 September, that area was opened and the community sponsored a
service at the Center as part of a national day of prayer and mourning.
On the same day, in cities large and small, thousands of Baha段s in
hundreds of communities gathered to pray, light candles, and remember the
thousands of people who died in the attacks. In the Baha段 House of
Worship for North America, located outside of Chicago, 800 people gathered
on Friday for a noon prayer service.
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