The interior of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus before it was damaged by the war
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaquobi, former preacher of the Grand Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, and one of the fiercest opponents of the terrorist group ISIS, will be leading funeral and Friday prayers at the Al-Huda Foundation in Fishers, Indiana over the soul of Abdulrahman Kassig, also known as Peter. Kassig, an aid worker who left his comfortable life in America to help the Syrian people, was brutally beheaded by terrorists of ISIS this week. Kassig’s parents, family, and friends will be in attendance at the prayer.
Kassig, 26, grew up in Indianapolis, and is the only son of Paula and Ed Kassig. He was captured in 2013 while on his way to Deir Ezzor, Syria. While in captivity, he converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.
Al-Yaqoubi, a Syrian, was an early critic of President Bashar al-Assad, and was forced to flee the country soon after the 2011 revolution began, having called on the president to step down. He recently signed a fatwa and letter to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, affirming that it is a great sin for any Muslim to join ISIS. This letter has been co-signed by over 100 Muslim scholars. Furthermore, he recently told CNN’s Amanpour that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is “going to hell” and that ISIS is the “most extreme group in Islam” and a “threat to the world” that must be eliminated. He has been an outspoken opponent of extremist groups and has called strongly for the protection of Christians, Alawites, Yazidis and other minorities.
“Peter Kassig is a hero to the Syrian people. He made the ultimate sacrifice to help those in dire need, and is the example of a true Muslim unlike the barbarians of ISIS whose brutality knows no boundaries,” said Kenan Rahmani, board member of the Syrian American Council.
The prayer will be held at Alhuda Foundation, 12201 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46038 and the sermon will begin at 1:10 PM. Alhuda Foundation invites visitors including friends and family of Abdulrahman Kassig to
observe the funeral service. Media and cameras are welcome inside the mosque.