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February 15, 2005

Compassion should be above differences

From the Associated Press via MyWay News:

A fire raged through a crowded mosque in Tehran during evening prayers Monday after a female worshipper's veil caught the flames of a kerosene heater, killing at least 59 people, and injuring more than 250, Iran's official news agency reported.

The Arg Mosque was filled with about 400 worshippers, more crowded than usual because this is the Islamic month of Muharram, a holy period for Shiite Muslims, and heaters were being used as Iran has been suffering from unusually severe winter weather.

Panicked people raced for the doors and smashed windows to escape the blaze, leaving burned shoes and women's black chadors scattered in the mosque yard. The mosque walls were charred, carpets were burned and religious books, including the Quran, were destroyed.

Keep these people in your prayers, as well as the families who lost loved ones.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 15, 2005 09:06 AM

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