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Iraqi Muslims, Christians pray for calm in north

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Iraqi Muslims, Christians pray for calm in north

Jun-03-2011 at 04:59 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 06/03/2011 at 05:05 AM (UTC3 Assyria)
 
Around 1,500 people - including Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen - gathered at the Chaldean Cathedral late on Tuesday, singing Christian hymns before reciting prayers and verses from the Bible and the Koran. -- PHOTO: AFP

Iraqi Muslims, Christians pray for calm in north
by AFP, June 1, 2011.

KIRKUK (Iraq) — IRAQI Muslim leaders have joined their Christian counterparts for prayers at a church in Kirkuk, in a public bid to ease tensions in the disputed northern city.

Around 1,500 people - including Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen - gathered at the Chaldean Cathedral late on Tuesday, singing Christian hymns before reciting prayers and verses from the Bible and the Koran.

'Christians and Muslims have gathered together here in Kirkuk, which has suffered from deadly violence that has scared us all in recent weeks,' said Louis Sakho, Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, scene of deadly unrest last month.

'It is appropriate for Christians and Muslims to pray together for peace and stability in our country and our city, which has been shocked by recent events.'

He said he hoped to hold similar prayers in Sunni and Shi'ite mosques in future, 'to have a firm and true fraternal stand for peace, stability and security in our city.'

Adnan Sayid Fattah Agha, the head of the Kurdish Kakiyah tribe, noted the event 'brought us back to the original reality - Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen together.'


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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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