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photos from the “Islam on Capitol Hill” jummah prayer

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

These photos are being sent to me live by a friend who is attending the event on Capitol Hill. She reports that there were a small number of protestors in a line further behind, but they seem to have bailed out due to the rain.

Jummah on the Hill - 1

Jummah on the Hill - 2

Also, extreme Islamophobe and conspiracy wingnut Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs claims there are 5,000 muslims in attendance, but my source report that the number was more in the 2000 range. In either case, the number was far smaller than the Tea Parties. We will get better estimates from Capitol Hill police later. FactCheck.org provides a nice rebuttal to the crazies’ (like Gellar) claims.

UPDATE: I am hearing that the event has concluded, and overall was quite peaceful and calm. Just muslims, praying quietly on the lawn. The protestors did get some shouting in before they left, and were met with chants of “Allah Akhbar” in return. The crowd was very diverse and well-behaved, roughly about 40% women.

UPDATE 2: Am hearing some details of the khutbah by Imam Abdel Malik – he opened with a theme of unity, as in we are all one American nation, how we are all one human race. He discussed the importance of voting and being active, about Obama, and then emphasized that muslims are part of society too. No transcript or video yet but I will update or make a new post if and when I obtain it.

Incidentally, there has been superb coverage and discussion of the Jummah on the Hill event at Talk Islam. Absolutely the best coverage anywhere, especially about the efforts to coordinate a counter-protest by a whole rabble of small Christian advocacy groups with predictable names like “Operation Save the Capitol” and “Operation Save America” and “Stop Islamization of America” etc. etc.



  • Zaynab

    It do not matter weather 5000 or 50 person show to the friday prayers,what matters is that muslims came.Islam dont cares about numbers all they cares of is truth and faithfullness to Allah.You can see Islam is no voilance Allahu-akbar means Almighty God is greater than any thing.

  • Bruce

    “Quite peaceful and calm”? Ask those at Fort Hood about Muslims being peaceful and calm! Hasan the Muslim shouted “Allah Akhbar” before he shot and KILLED 13 and wounded 30 people! That phrase was a battle cry as Hasan the Muslim MURDERED Americans which Islam instructed him. Anwar al-Awlaki, quickly declared Hasan a hero, as “fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty”.
    It is a pure lie that Islam is a peaseful religon. The Koran tells them to kill those who will not convert to Islam. Anyone who believes that Islam is peaseful to other religons is DECEIVED.

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