September 25th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
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Muslim day of prayer scheduled in Washington

WASHINGTON (CNN) - About 50,000 Muslims are expected to attend a day of prayer Friday on Capitol Hill, organizers said.

"Islam on Capitol Hill" is intended to "express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam," organizers said on their Web site.

We intend to manifest Islam's majestic spiritual principals as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet," it said.

"Likewise, we intend to inspire a new generation of Muslims to work for the greater good of all people. We shall serve all people, regardless of race, religion or national origin."

The Washington Post reported that Hassen Abdellah, the president of the Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is the the lead organizer of the event.

Abdellah and the mosque did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

The event has drawn criticism from some Christian leaders.

"It is important for Christians to understand that Friday's Muslim prayer initiative is part of a well-defined strategy to Islamize American society and replace the Bible with the Koran, the cross with the Islamic crescent and the church bells with the Athan [the Muslim call to prayer]," said Rev. Canon Julian Dobbs, leader of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America's Church and Islam Project, in a written statement.

"The time has come for the American public to call Islam to account," he said.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Helen, NY

    Barack Obama hid his middle name and during oath to office he was glad to say it. Now the true colors are surfacing. This guy is a muslim, my friends.
    If I am wrong, then why doesn't he go to church. Where is Jeremiah Wright. He can join him.

    September 25, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. dustin

    The government is separating church and state when they allow religions to congregate peacefully. While right wing zealots congregate once a week, here in america, this number of muslims together is pretty unique, thats why its getting the coverage.

    September 25, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Travis In Colorado

    Islam can never be a friend to Christianity, as it is against the words and teachings of their prophet, Muhamed. Islam must declare war against infidels (any non muslim) and they are slowly working their way into every society on Earth, America, Britain, France, until they are in a position of power to do some real damage. You have already seen it throughout the world. They are getting into the British Parliament, American Congress, and now we have Barack Obama, a believer and follower of Islam. Obama is waiting for his time to help strike. I wish America would wake up and stop this. And why is it so wrong for Christians to gather and pray, but it's ok for Muslims to do the same thing?

    September 25, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. tony

    For people who think the world "respected" Bush,

    People around the world "respected" Bush in the same way they "respected" Kim Jong II and Ahmadinejad. It is not that they think highly of Bush, Kim Jong II, and Ahmadinejad. It is a different kind of "respect." For example, people "respected" school yard bullies because they do not want to get hurt. People around the world know that with Bush, their countries can be attacked for no apparent reason, legal or otherwise. This does not mean that people around the world think Bush, Kim Jong II and Ahmadinejad are respectable leaders. In fact, most people think they are nuts.

    September 25, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Come on

    When they apologized, you didn't hear them. When they joined our troops and fought for our country, you looked the other way. When they are silent, you demand apology for sep/11. When they pray in DC, you start the scare tactic of "Muslims are going to take over America". What do you want them to do? Leave? Do you even remember how Spain wiped out South American civilizations under the banner of religion? Do you even remember the inquisitions? For once, listen to yourself when you talk. There are 6 million American Muslims that are victimized every time some terrorist does anything.

    September 25, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. John Q

    If by 2 million you mean 70,000 tops.

    September 25, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Florence

    I totally agree with Robert in Calgary, who said “Freedom of religion also means religion and government are separate and each individual is free to interpret spiritual matters on their own terms…”
    And I strongly believe that all the houses of worships specially Mosques and Christian Fundamentalists churches should be closely monitors by IRS & FBI. Tax the bastards when they talk politic and throw them in jail when they advocate terror.

    September 25, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Island girl

    We must learn to appreciate diversity and not blacklist any religion due to the acts of separatists or extremists amongst them. There is not one religious sect that I know of which has members who all walk the straight and narrow.

    September 25, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Stephen Turk

    When will people learn that neither Christianity, Judaism, or Islam is a peaceful religion today. The monotheistic religions believe in a vengeful and jealous god. The reasons why all three of these religions are so militaristic rely primarily on the Crusades... and the fight for each of them to inhabitant the once holy land which has since been plagued by war, violence, and hatred.

    September 25, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. SC JOHN

    So sad we spend so much time on computers and watching news that we forget the real reason behind living. Too often Sunday church goers forget what their pastor said come Monday morning. I am proud of the fact that some Americans said up for what they believe in and even protest for their religion or cause. In this matter I find more hate toward one religion and one man ( Pres. Obama). Just as these are praying I think we all should be praying for our political leaders, soldiers,and fellow citizens. Yes, I am a christian and that has made all the difference in the world.
    God bless

    September 25, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. CJ

    I am a Christian have no right to judge but I dont like this. Muslims kill Christians bc they dont believe we should be able to be free. As you can see there country isnt a free country. Once upon a time we all believed in GOD and knew the truth and we werent ashamed to say it. We were a strong and sucessful country. Now that we have denied GOD we are falling. It is in the plan so I am not questioning whose fault it is. The bible says if we deny our Father he will deny us. and we have. we are no longer a stong and successful country, we are ran by a corrupt government that allows anything and everything to come into this country. We have allowed money hungry people take control of something they never were supposed to control. GOD gave us this world not man. and he will take us out. not man. I will not be quiet about my opinion. I will not stop wishing every person i see a Merry CHRISTMAS, i will not stop praying in schools or in public. You can blast me all you want but my question is this. What are you going to do to if Christians are not wrong?

    GOD bless America!

    September 25, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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