Interfaith prayers for Madiba

2013-12-10 13:42
(Jay Directo, AFP)

(Jay Directo, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Various religious leaders offered up prayers for former president Nelson Mandela at his memorial service at the FNB Stadium south of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

SA Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein compared Mandela to Joseph in the Bible.

He said that just like Joseph, Mandela spent years in prison, was released from prison, preached forgiveness, and went on to become a leader of his nation.

Iman Ebrahim Bham said Mandela made selfless efforts and lived in a path of peace and reconciliation.

"Madiba never lost an opportunity to reconcile people," said Bham.

Chair of the Maha Sabha Ashwin Trikamjee recited a Hindu prayer.

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba said: "We say to Madiba, go forth revolutionary soul... In the name of God who created you, suffered with you, and liberated you. Go home Madiba".

During the prayers, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was seen sunk low in his chair with his hands over his head. Mandela's wife Graca Machel listened intently to the speakers, with her lips pursed together.

After the prayers, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete sang "Mandela, there is none like you" in Setswana.

The crowds stood up and joined her, moving in time to the song under their umbrellas.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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