Details are emerging on the mass outdoor Islamic prayer event that will turn Capitol Hill into a giant outdoor mosque. The Star Ledger out of New Jersey reports the mosque organizing the event is the Dar-ul-Islam* mosque in Elizabeth, New Jersey and the event has a website.
September 25 ,2009 Jummah Prayer
On Capitol Hill
50,000 believers in the Greatness of Allah praying for the greater good of all people.
OUR TIME HAS COME
The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill
This ominous image above is also on the website and depicts two hands shaking in front of the Preamble to the United States Constitution on one page and what appears to be a page from the Qur’an on the opposite page (verses/subject are about how “allah” created the human race). One of the hands is colored red, white, and blue while the other hand is covered in what appears to be Arabic writing (same topic). Below the image it reads ISLAM & on what red block and AMERICA on a separate block. Coupled with the ‘OUR TIME HAS COME’ imagery throughout the website, one has to wonder what all this actually intends to portray. (If anyone can blow the image up without losing clarity, let us know) DONE
*Dar al Islam – house/home of Islam/submission or the areas of the world ruled by Islamic sharia law as opposed to dar al Harb – house/home of war or the areas of the world not ruled by Islamic sharia law or not submitting to Islam.
According to the website, there will also be an “official event banquet”, “private events”, and there are already 500 buses reserved.
Dar ul-Islam is soliciting sponsorship packages which suggests this may be a live, televised event. One of the events sponsors is an unindicted co-conspirator to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and pro-jihad speaker Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj whom we’ve reported on previously including links to his audio tapes on jihad – has already sponsored 50 buses.
And checking Dar ul-Islam’s website, there last guest speaker was none other than Muhammad Al-Qatanani who we’ve also reported on previously. The DHS-friendly imam who lied on his immigration papers about being in an Israeli jail for being part of the terrorist group Hamas. Like, Wahhaj, he too has made inflammatory remarks on audio, including calling followers of Jesus hypocrites condemned to hellfire. Yet we are too believe that Dar ul-Islam’s “Our time has come” Islamic prayers and dawah on Capitol Hill is an inter-faith affair?
Star Ledger report below the fold.
Jeff Diamant | STAR-LEDGER STAFF
A mosque in Elizabeth, Dar-ul-Islam, is spearheading a national prayer gathering next month in Washington, D.C., that organizers are billing as the first event of its kind — organized prayer for tens of thousands of Muslims outside the U.S. Capitol building.
The event will not include political speeches or placards, just prayer, said Hassen Abdellah, president of Dar-ul-Islam and a main organizer of the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.
A permit from the Capitol Hill police, granted July 28, allows access to the area by the West Front of the Capitol building from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, but the main gathering will occur at 1 p.m., for the Friday prayer service.
Abdellah said he expects 50,000 people to attend, from mosques around the country, though non-Muslims are welcome, too. About 400 people are expected from his own mosque, which is raising money from donors to help pay the cost of the event, expected to surpass $200,000.
The gathering will occur by the site where presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. In fact, it was President Obama’s words at his inauguration in January, and then his speech in Egypt in June, that led Abdellah and an area imam, Abdul Malik, to begin discussing the idea, Abdellah said.
“For the first time in my lifetime,” Abdellah said, “I heard someone of his stature speaking about Islam and Muslims not in an adversarial sense, but in the sense of being welcome and acknowledging we are integral citizens in the society — that we’re gainfully employed, we’re educated.”
“He said he had his hand open to the Islamic world,” he said. “The Islamic world wants to open their hand and shake it.”
The website set up for the event, islamoncapitolhill.com, features a logo with a red, white and blue hand shaking a light brown hand, with the words to the preamble of the Constitution and a page of Arabic text in the background.
Mosque members have been working since July to organize the event, through e-mails, phone calls and visits to mosques and Muslim Students Associations in different states.
“People didn’t look to Dar-ul-Islam to organize this,” Abdellah said. “No one called us and asked us to do it. We decided to do it on our own.”
Organizers said they have not decided who will lead the prayer and give the sermon at the event, but that it is unlikely to be a major figure in the American Muslim world.
“This is not about personalities,” Abdellah said. “We don’t want personalities involved. The personality for this event is the prophet Muhammad.”
Among the participating mosques is the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, a South Brunswick organization that is donating $10,000 and sending a busload of members.
Its president, Aly A. Aziz, said too many Americans automatically associate Islam with terrorism, and that the event is a way to “expose Americans to how the Muslims pray.”
[Translated – we don’t want personalities already associated with and who support terrorism associated with this group – too late, Siraj Wahhaj is already associated with the event. Exposing Americans can be translated into Islamic dawah.]
“Yesterday I was viewed as a terrorist,” he said, “and today I’ve been given a permit on Capitol Hill to come and pray in a spirit of unity.”
Read it all via Elizabeth mosque organizes national prayer event in D.C. – NJ.com.
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