American Religious Leaders Mourn Mandela 12/5/13
American Christians, Jews and Muslims are mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The dean of Washington National Cathedral, the Rev. Gary Hall, says that by overcoming apartheid, Mandela "enabled the advance of freedom in South Africa and throughout the world."
The Rev. Al Sharpton says Mandela led a non-violent struggle with "dignity and determination" and forgave his oppressors.
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, says Muhammad taught that there is a reward "for the one who establishes justice among people."
Rabbi David Saperstein says Mandela embodied the Jewish teaching that "One man's candle may serve as a light for many."