Join the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, March 15 – 17

8390743From March 15 to 17, 2013, places of worship across the nation are joining the Washington National Cathedral, PICO and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence to reflect, unite and act on the issue of gun violence.  The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a member of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of nearly 50 denominations and faith-based organizations, and has continually spoken out after each major tragic shooting in the past year, from Sanford, FL to Oak Creek, WI to Aurora, CO to Newtown, CT.  It is time to stop the epidemic of gun violence once and for all.  ISNA supports and reaffirms the constitutional right of all citizens to bear arms, and calls for sensible federal policies to ensure that guns stay out of the hands of those who pose a risk to society. ISNA urges all Muslim communities to consider holding an event on the weekend of March 15-17 to talk about the issue of gun violence.  You can participate in many ways, like giving a khutba on ending gun violence, convening a student group to talk about the problem, or holding a prayer vigil to remember the victims.  Check out other event options as well as messaging and ideas for social media by clicking here. The weekend of March 15-17 provides the nation’s interfaith community an opportunity to raise our collective voice just as policy debates on reducing gun violence reach fever pitch at the state and federal level. The centerpiece event of the weekend will be at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. where gun violence victims’ families, survivors, interfaith leaders, lawmakers, urban community leaders, and people of all faiths and perspectives will gather for a series of panel discussions and an interfaith service. ISNA National Director Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed will join the event at the National Cathedral.  You can join too in your own community!  Make sure you sign up your event byclicking here.