A NEW YORK-based imam declared in a a sermon this week that:
I want the American people to know: We love you … America, this is our country. We are with you.
Abdul Malik, who delivered his sermon to thousands of Muslims who gathered on Capitol Hill, added:
America is one of the best places in the world to live. What we have done here today we couldn’t do in any Muslim country.
America, I announce to you, it is my intention to invite your children to the worship of one God. It is my intention to remove every idol from every place – nothing physical. It is a confrontation of ideas, because, brothers and sisters, the most powerful weapon you have in your hand … is truth.
Although organisers announced on the “Islam on Capitol Hill” website their expectation of a gathering of 50,000, the attendance appeared to be no more than 7,000 to 8,000, according to this report.
The prayer event was an attempt to show Americans that Muslims do not hate the United States, an organiser told The Washington Post beforehand, referring to a perception shared by some in the aftermath of the Islamic terrorists’ attacks in 2001.
Christian fundies were less than enthusiastic about the gathering. Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, said that while everyone has a right to gather in the nation’s capital, he and others were concerned about the focus of the Muslim prayers.
Are they praying for the wellbeing of our nation? There’s been a lot of silence in the Islamic community when America and Americans have been attacked by acts of terror from the Muslim community. We would hope that we would hear from the Muslim community that these acts of terror are not going to be tolerated, and denounce them.
Perkins further called on Christians to evangelize the Muslim community and to pray for their eyes to be opened to the truth.
That’s the only thing that’s going to stop radical Islam is the love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel that sets people free.
During the Sept. 25 Muslim event on Capitol Hill, some Christians gathered nearby to preach and share the Gospel of Jesus. Some spoke during the service by bullhorn from across the street. Others sought to share the Gospel with individual Muslims. Some gathered in prayer for the salvation of Muslims.