Mother of Hoosier held captive by ISIS sends tweet asking for his release

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By: Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2014)-- The mother of Abdul-Rahman Kassig tweeted to ISIS, asking for an opportunity to directly talk with the head of the terror group.

Paula Kassig sent the same message to various people on Twitter. Her tweet read:

“Message to the Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi from the mother of Abdul Rahman Kassig. I am trying to get in touch with the Islamic State about my son’s fate. I am an old woman, and Abdul Rahman is my only child. My husband and I are on our own, with no help from the government. We would like to talk to you. How can we reach you?”

FOX59 spoke with Dr. David Carlson, Ph.D. of Franklin College. Dr. Carlson teaches religious studies. He believes ISIS will see the tweet.

“I am so touched by her –her gesture when it comes right down to it. This is not about governments to her. This is about a family. This is about her son and he’s in a horrible situation. She’s asking for mercy,” Dr. Carlson said.

ISIS captured Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, more than a year ago. He was giving aid to Syrian refugees. Abdul-Rahman is a humanitarian who founded ‘Special Emergency Response and Assistance’.

“I think any parent can sympathize with this. One of my children worked twice in the Middle East in a danger zone so I have had some of those nightmares that she is unfortunately having,” Dr. Carlson said.

Hundreds prayed for Abdul-Rahman’s release at Butler University on Wednesday night. The Kassig’s asked people to make today a ‘Day of Action’ by learning more about the crisis and donating to a group that plans to help Syrian children.

Abdul-Rahman’s mother hopes the head of ISIS will read her message.

“She’s offering a challenge to them and that is live out your faith,” Dr. Carlson said.

He continued, “It’s a very ancient thing that she’s doing. She’s a mother appealing for the life of her child”.

Kassig's parents and the Islamic Society of North America invite the community to the Muslim Friday weekly congregational prayer service and a program honoring their son’s work Friday.

The service will be at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) located at 6555 S 750 E, Plainfield, IN 46168. It will go from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

ISNA requests that people dress conservatively to enter the mosque.  People are welcome to enter the prayer hall; removing shoes is required to enter the carpeted prayer hall.  It is appreciated if ladies wear headscarves, but not required.