South Carolina inmates making peace
Oct 17, 2012
Muslim inmates at the Lieber Correctional Institution scored a victory in the area of faith relations and brotherhood by averting a potentially explosive situation stemming from a disagreement between Sunni Muslims and members of the Nation of Islam over perceived sectarian differences. Prison authorities requested mediation after contention and hostilities grew between the groups.
In a September meeting, inmate coordinators from both groups met with Imam Omar Shaheed, the South Carolina state chaplain over Islamic Affairs, and N.O.I. Student Prison Reform Minister Reginald Muhammad, sent by National Student Prison Reform Minister Abdullah Muhammad to hear both sides and counsel in the way of peace.
....The need for the meeting came after the negative impact of denominational differences was beginning to have on common practices such as jumu’ah prayer service—the weekly Friday congregational prayer that all Muslims are required to participate in as mandated by the Holy Qur’an, the Islamic book of scripture.