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12/17/2012 12:57 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2013

We Unite as One Nation in Grief

At this moment of national tragedy, it is important for us to lay our differences aside and show our support and care for those who have lost their loved ones. We must stand by our fellow citizens during a time when they need our deepest sympathy and prayers. We must let them know we are all one family from one humanity, and we share their grief as if it was our young one who so abruptly departed this world.

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." -- Mahatma Gandhi.

These young and innocent children who were so dear to all of us are the purest and most angelic. Just their smiles are enough to brighten our day and fill our hearts with joy and happiness for their very humanity is illuminated by their presence.

Although we will all miss their departure tremendously, they will forever leave an indelible mark in our hearts. Please do not despair, for our Lord may unite your families together at a better place. Perhaps this life is nothing but a stepping-stone to a better world and we are like visitors on a journey to an ultimate destination where there is no pain or grief.

I respectfully, with a humble heart, show sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones and the rest of our nation in mourning with the following prayer:

"Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness, grant us mercy from thine own presence; for Thou art the grantor of bounties without measure. You are indeed our protector"

"Our Lord! Verily You are the most kind and the most merciful. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything we may have done that transgressed our duty."

"Our Lord! Pour out on us patience, constancy and compassion during this time of need, especially to the families of Newtown, Connecticut."