3,000 Muslims gathered on Friday in America to pray at Capitol Hill. The organisers say this on their website:
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 manifest Islam's majestic spiritual principals as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM) of Arabia. Likewise; we intend to inspire a new generation of Muslim to work for the greater good of all people. We shall serve all people, regardless of race, religion or national origin.Moreover, Fox News reports:
The rally is intended to be all about prayer, and no political speeches or signs will be allowed, said the event's organizer, Hassen Abdellah, president of the Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, N.J.Another organiser said:
This is not a protest, it is a day of prayer, of devotion, hoping that we can work ... for the betterment of the world community.And finally the crowd were informed at the beginning of the event:
We’re here to pray, and not to protest.Yet, despite all this, MPACUK is trying to hijack the simple and peaceful act of praying for their own ends. They say:
This prayer is a political actNot content with stirring up trouble themselves they now seek to spin the acts of other Muslims to their own ends. They might like to read what one of the organisers told the crowd, though:
We must use politics in all spheres of life to communicate the truth to the world - through mass political acts such as this, to voting, to lobbying the media in order to give a balanced representation of Islam and Muslims.
America is not perfect. But I will say something it took me my whole adult life to come to: America is not perfect, but I want to tell the truth: It is one of the best places in the world to live.