Sarasota News Leader

03/22/2013

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RELIGION BRIEFS (From left) Imam Hassan Hammami of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida, Father Fausto Stampiglia of St. Martha Catholic Church and Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman of Temple Emanu-El display the signed pledges of mutual friendship and support made at the Feast of Abraham. Contributed photo JEWS, CATHOLICS AND MUSLIMS UNITE AT FEAST OF ABRAHAM Jews, Catholics and Muslims celebrated their bic and Latin words for peace and explained shared heritage and pledged mutual support the connections among the three faiths repat the annual Feast of Abraham on March 13. resented at the Feast. ���I believe in Islam, but I also believe in Christianity and Judaism,��� Held at St. Martha Catholic Church and attended by members of Temple Emanu-El and he said. ���Islam teaches us to revere the other the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida, faiths, and Islam requires Muslims to defend the Feast of Abraham included greetings from the religious freedom of other faiths. We have Father Fausto Stampiglia, Rabbi Brenner J. a lot more in common with each other than Glickman and Imam Hassan Hammami; the we seem to think,��� he continued. recitation and signing of a pledge of friend- ���When I am asked to speak about Islam, it fills ship; singing; and a festive meal, a news re- my heart with joy,��� he added. ���But it pains me lease says. when I see people who wrap themselves in Speaking first was Hammami, who pointed the mantle of religion and do things that are out the similarities among the Hebrew, Ara- un-Muslim, or un-Christian or un-Jewish.���

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