Christians and Muslims this week paid homage to the 60 men who died when the British freighter Seistan exploded in the Sitra Anchorage off Bahrain on Wednesday, February 19.
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Background: Christians and Muslims this week paid homage to the 60 men who died when the British freighter Seistan exploded in the Sitra Anchorage off Bahrain on Wednesday, February 19.
Members of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Muslim communities on the Persian Gulf island - together with shipping line officials, service representatives and survivors of the ill-fated vessel went aboard the m.v. Kohistan (also a Strick Line ship like the Seistan) and there split up into their respective faiths for memorial services.
The Reverend Alun Morris, of St. Christopher's Church, Manama, Bahrain, led the service for the seven Anglicans who died. Father James Connolly, of the Sacred Heart Church, Manama, conducted a Requiem Mass - 12 Roman Catholics including British, Goanese and Indian died. And Qari Shamsudeen Qureshi, Imam of the Awali Mosque in Bahrain, led the Islamic prayers of Sala'at el Ghayib (prayer for absent friends).
After the Services the two Christian priests left the Kohistan with a small party for the wreck of the Seistan - three miles away. There wreaths were cast on the waters - marking for a moment the spot where Bahrain's greatest sea tragedy occurred.