The Washington Post: “In a corner of Washington National Cathedral, several hundred Muslim worshipers and other invited guests gathered Friday afternoon for a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers at the iconic Christian sanctuary and to hear leaders of both faiths call for religious unity in the face of extremist violence and hate.
The Arabic call to prayer echoed among the vaulted stone arches and faded away, followed by an impassioned sermon from Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim scholar who is South Africa’s ambassador to the United States. Rasool called on Muslims, Christians and others to come together and make “common cause” in the fight against extremists who appropriate Islam.
“We come to this cathedral with sensitivity and humility but keenly aware that it is not a time for platitudes, because mischief is threatening the world,” Rasool said. “The challenge for us today is to reconstitute a middle ground of good people . . . whose very existence threatens extremism.”
Opinion: Sorry, Rasool, there is no middle ground: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
The event was coordinated by:
- The Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR),
- The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
- The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and
- The All-Dulles Area Muslims Society (ADAMS) Center.
CAIR and ISNA were declared by a federal court to be unindicted co-conspirators of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood, in the largest terrorist financing trial in US history.