Something worth noting: (Emphasis mine)
The Muslim Canadian Congress will honour Canadian soldiers who have died in Afghanistan during a prayer service this weekend in a move that's believed to be the first of its kind in the country.It would be difficult for most Canadians not to share that view. Regardless of how one sees the Afghanistan mission, the value of our service personnel on the job should never be a question and it's heartening to see a variety of groups put a high level of importance where it belongs - on the troops themselves.
The congress organized the service even though it has been critical of Canada's role in Afghanistan in the past.
In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the fall, congress president Farzana Hassan suggested Canada should reassess the Afghan mission given the high number of soldier deaths.
But interfaith affairs director Raheel Raza said this prayer service is not a political statement."We're doing this as a humanitarian gesture, as reaching out to fellow Canadians, the families who have lost their children," she said yesterday.
"This must be a very hard time for them, and we want them to know that we are thinking of them and we hope that the troops come back safely.
"Regardless of how people feel about our troops being in Afghanistan, this is for a human connection of our solidarity and of our concern, and because we are Canadian."
Ms. Raza said she is not aware of any other Muslim group that has held such a prayer service. It will take place on Sunday at the Eternal Spring United Church in Hamilton.