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50,000 Muslims Expected on Capitol Hill

gview_004(September 10, 2009) – American Muslims are being invited to attend a National Jummah prayer service on U.S. Capitol Hill on September 25, 2009.

Billed as a ‘Day of Unity’, the event is being called ‘Islam on Capitol Hill’ and is the idea of Hassen Abdellah, President of the Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, N.J.

”Most of the time, when Muslims go to Washington, D.C., they go there to protest some type of event,” Abdellah told the Washington Post.

“This is not a protest. Never has the Islamic community prayed on Capitol Hill for the soul of America. We’re Americans. We need to change the face of Islam so people don’t feel every Muslim believes America is ‘the great Satan,’ because we love America.”

50,000 people from across the U.S are expected to attend the event.

According to the organizer’s web site,” The objective of this gathering is to invite the Muslim Communities and friends of Islam to express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam. We intend to inspire a new generation of Muslim to work for the greater good of all people.”

Hassen Abdellah said President Obama’s inaugural address in January and his speech in Egypt in June led him and Imam Abdul Malik to begin discussing the idea of holding a Friday prayer service on Capitol Hill.

The prayer service will occur near where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981.

The world famous Qur’an reciter, Sheikh Muhammad Jebril from Egypt, is expected to attend and recite the Qur’an.

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  • Afriqah A. Imani

    As-Salaamu Alaikum,

    I enjoyed so much attending the “Prayer On Capital Hill”. For someone who has

    made hajj, though I cannot put it on the same plateu, it comes second to that

    for me in terms of the unity of muslims. I must add that whoever wrote the

    article posted on this site must have not looked very good at the masses

    of muslims attending. I do not believe most came from the northeast or D.C.

    I met a lot of muslims there from all over the WORLD!! I met a family of five

    (5) that came all the way from Palestine just for this event. Also met the man

    that was pictured in the Washington Post making wudu. He came from Bangledesh.

    I met a sister who came from Sierra Leone, West Africa. I, myself was

    interviewd by Iran T.V. and some asian station, and these were muslims.

    Inshallah this will be a annual event and I look forward to seeing you all

    again year after year. May our America stand up and take notice. We are a

    people of peace, love and tolerance. We ain’t going nowhere and we will

    to do as we are commanded by the one and only God, ALLAH! Spread Islam.

    May Allah(SWT) bless each and every one who put this most beautiful event

    together and all who left their homes to be a part of such an historic


    Wa Salam
    Sis. Afriqah