Prayer planned at Butler University for Hoosier abducted by ISIS

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Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2014)–  A mass prayer is planned for a central Indiana man captured by ISIS and next in line to be publicly killed.

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, known as Peter before he converted to Islam, is being held by the terror group. According to a Kassig family spokesperson, the 26-year-old aid worker, who was working overseas to help Syrian refugees, was abducted as he transported a patient in an ambulance. He was given just 10 minutes to make a cell phone call to a friend to explain what was happening.

On Wednesday, the Butler University Muslim Student Association will host a mass prayer and evening of solidarity for Kassig and Syrian refugees. The event will take place at the main lawn on campus at 6 p.m. Organizers are asking all attendees to wear white in show of peace.

According to his family, Kassig had converted to Islam after he was taken by ISIS, but that he did so willingly.

“This young man was doing noble humanitarian work in Syria and we want him back home,” said Azher Khan who works with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and is trying to bring Kassig home safely.

“I know the Muslim community stands in solidarity with the Kassig family during this very, very difficult time. And I’m urging all Muslim Hoosiers and everyone to come to this rally tomorrow at Butler University to show our support.”

In the meantime, instead of finding the ransom money to free their son, the Kassig family is asking people to donate to an organization helping Syrian refugees in hopes their son’s story will be bigger than just his capture.