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US mosques unite for Syria 'day of solidarity'

Published on Aug 11, 2012 8:02 AM
Demonstrators hold an opposition flag during a protest against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at Al-Hasakah August 3, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (AFP) - Mosques and Islamic centres across the United States (US) came together on Friday to condemn Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent and raise funds for civilians trapped in the conflict.

With the holy month of Ramadan heading towards its final week, imams used Friday prayers to denounce Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a tyrant and to encourage American Muslims to speak out against ongoing atrocities.

"What is going on in Syria is unbelievable," Imam Shaker Elsayed told more than 300 noon-hour worshippers at the Dar Al-Hijra mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, a multi-ethnic suburb of Washington.

"It reminds me of Pol Pot. It reminds me of Adolf Hitler. It reminds me of the most despicable characters in the history of mankind... We have to take a stand. This movie in Syria, we've seen it before."

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