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February 27, 2017 5:28 pm

In ‘Humanitarian Gesture’ Meant to ‘Help the Healing Process,’ California Mosque Hosts Parents of Fallen IDF Soldier Whose Body Is Still Held by Hamas

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The visit of the the late Lt. Hadar Goldin's parents to a California mosque last week. Photo: Screenshot.

The visit of the the late IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin’s parents to a California mosque last week. Photo: Screenshot.

The recent hosting by a California mosque of the parents of a fallen IDF soldier whose body is still held by Hamas was a “humanitarian gesture” meant to “help the healing process,” a mosque official told The Algemeiner on Monday.

“We’re American Muslims and it was an appropriate thing for us to do,” Mohammed Akbar Khan — the director of public relations and interfaith outreach at the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City — said of last week’s visit by Simha and Leah Goldin, the father and mother of the late Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge in August 2014.

“When you have bereaved parents, we don’t get into political issues,” Khan stated. “For the parents, they lost a son and they want to get closure. It could be any parent on any issue. Any house of God is a house of healing. We’re all one human family.”

“We have a moral duty to show kindness, love and affection to parents who lost their son and would like to see their son come home and have a proper ceremony,” he continued.

In a video he published showing the meeting with the Goldins, Khan said, “It is very clear in Islam that when a person passes away or is killed, the body has to return to the ground as soon as possible. And that’s how the soul returns back home to the creator. And it’s a major sin in Islam if you prevent that.”

“God owns us all,” he went on to say. “God owns your son’s soul and God wants that soul to come home to him.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper — associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles — accompanied the Goldins during their mosque visit.

“It was very special,” he told The Algemeiner.

In the video, Leah Goldin said, “For me, visiting the mosque was really a great experience, deep excitement.”

She continued, “We have so much to share…I mean, why fight? As we were told by the imam, the basic values of the Koran are similar in a way to our Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible).”

Also last week, as reported by The Algemeiner, the Goldins met in New York City with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

Hadar Goldin is one of two IDF soldiers — along with Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul — who were killed during Operation Protective Edge and whose bodies have not been returned to Israel by Hamas.

Watch the video of the Goldins’ mosque visit below:

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  • Marc

    A nice gesture, but why can’t the discussion of preventing this occur as well? where is the condemnation for Hamas not returning their son’s body?
    And really Leah, how can you compare the Quran to the Torah?
    This mosque, like others, should work to get their Moslem brethren to cease the hostilities and intolerance of others.

  • Fred Kramer

    I regret the ‘Goldin’ family’s choice to involve a mosque in this very sad situation.


    i dont understand why parents of hadar goldin visit this mosquee in usa however “”personnally we dont have to kiss this muslim faith because they are our ennemys and i thionk was a error to visit this mosquee in california then why they dont doing the same thinbg in israel same “”i want give you the answers “” because arabs palestinians and israelis are the same people “”A PEOPLE INVENTED ..THATS ALL “” SINCERELY I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS ISRAELIS FAMILYS AND RELIGIOUS HAS VISITED IN USA A MUSLIM FAMILYS ..THEN MUSLIM AND ISLAM ARE A FAITH INCONCEVABLE WITH JUDAISM BECAUSE THEY WANTS ISLAMIZED THE WORLD WITH COMPLICITY OF LEADERS POLITICIANS CONSERVATIVES AS SOCIALISTS …THIS MEETING FOR ME WAS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO MY EYES …§§

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    Islam is a religion which allows and encourages its adherents to practice deception against non-Muslims in the cause of advancing Islam.

    So, while I would like to think this a genuine gesture, the cynic in me thinks it’s nothing more than a Muslim PR exercise.

  • Holy Shirt

    Few places in the United States have more dumbed-down Lefties than the Peoples Republic of California. Did the mosque get their son’s body returned? How could it, when Hamas harvested his meat and sold his vital organs. These grieving parents have been hadl Their yiddisher so holy (i.e. full of holes) it will hold no more wine than the mosque will. Like Lefty media, tribal Lefties eat it up!..

  • Zvi Gross

    I wish I could feel anything but suspicion of their motives, now that Islam is on the defense in the USA, one suddenly sees some Islamists try to court the Jews. Where were they when Obama hounded Israel, and Islam was rather protected in America.

  • herbcaen

    a positive step

  • solange9

    Good story, but I wonder why the quotation marks in the headline. Do you not think that the Muslims are sincere?

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Finding common ground, especially in terms of shared values, which many people of faith find lacking in contemporary secular society, is always very important and productive. Reasonable people can usually come to terms. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is reasonable. Reasonableness vs. unreasonableness — the two ends of the spectrum were evident in Rambam’s time (his appointment in the court of Saladin vs. his family’s flight from Spain), just as they are today. The goal is to encourage people to join the former camp, obviously, and hatred is not helpful in that respect.