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Thousands Participate In Multi-Religion Prayer Service At Capitol

(Honolulu-AP) -- More than three-thousand people streamed into the state Capitol during their lunch hour Friday for a inter-faith service of prayers, remembrance and song for those lost in the terrorist attacks on the mainland.

President Hakim Ouansafi of the Muslim Association and Islamic Center of Hawaii prayed for the rescue of those who might be trapped alive in the rubble. And he asked God to welcome into Paradise the victims of what he called "this horrible tragedy."

His comments were applauded by the otherwise solemn crowd.

Senior Pastor Dan Chun of the First Presbyterian Church says it is a time for a coming together of the ohana, not just in Hawaii, but across the nation to weep for those who were lost.

Senior Bishop Merlin Waite of the Mormon Church says Americans must not let themselves sink into anger, bitterness or hatred. He says those emotions are against all that the Christian World, the Muslim World and other world religions stand for.

The half-hour service ended with a minute of silence before entertainer Cathy Foy, accompanied by the Royal Hawaiian Band, sang "God Bless America."


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