CAIRO - Dozens of US mosques and Islamic centers will join their hands in a solidarity protest with the Syrian people next week to raise awareness about their growing humanitarian disaster created by that nation's dictatorial regime.
The "Save Syria" coalition of national Muslim and Syrian-American organizations, is asking mosque religious leaders (imams) to dedicate their sermons (khutbas) during the normal Friday congregational prayers to urge support for the Syrian people and their desire for freedom, a coalition of American Islamic groups said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
The event, "Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People", is planned next Friday, August 10.
Planning Friday sermons about the Syrian people humanitarian disaster, the event also urges American Muslims to contact their representatives to urge action to help stop attacks on civilians.
Worshippers will be provided with information about accredited relief organizations serving civilians who have suffered at the hands of the Syrian regime.
Next week's event is sponsored by a group of American Islamic groups including Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Sponsors also include Islamic Relief USA, Muslims Without Borders, Muslim American Society (MAS) as well as a group of Syrian American solidarity groups.
Another event is planned later on Saturday, September 8, in which thousands of people will take part in a "Walk for the Children of Syria" at locations nationwide.
Both events are designed to generate vital funds for Syrian children suffering under Assad's regime and to raise awareness about the increasing humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the regime's brutal anti-freedom crackdown.
Proceeds from the walks event will benefit the work of UNICEF.
More than 12,000 have been killed in 16 months of bloody crackdowns by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's security forces on anti-regime protestors.
International pressures have failed to halt violence in the pivotal Arab country, prompting speculations of launching a Libya-style military action against Syria.