Washington National Cathedral in D.C. to host Muslim prayer service

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., an Episcopal church known for presidential funerals, describes itself as not just a place of worship, but “a national treasure” and “the spiritual home for the [American] nation.”
As “the spiritual home” for the American people, it is of no small import that the National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time tomorrow — all in the interest of promoting “religious freedom.”
The cathedral is partnering with ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va. and other U.S. Muslim groups to, in the words of mosque spokesman Rizwan Jaka, show the world that “the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries. Let this be a lesson to the world.”

Gina Campbell

Gina Campbell


The unusual partnership developed out of a relationship between the cathedral’s director of liturgy Rev. Gina Campbell, and the South African ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, who is Muslim, when the two worked together on a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Rasool said in a prepared statement, ““This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations. This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.” Blah, blah, blah.
The cathedral’s significance is fully recognized by Gina Campbell. She said that while many other non-Muslim places of worship around the country host Muslim services, the cathedral is different because “This is the place where we bury our presidents, where we bury our national heroes. Deep relationships come out of prayer. Different connections come out of being in prayer — beyond the political or academic.”
The prayer service will begin around 12:20 pm tomorrow and is for invited guests only. About 100 people will be at the service, which will be spoken and chanted without music. Muslim leaders will bring prayer carpets. Rasool will deliver the khutbah or sermon at the service, which will be held in a part of the massive cathedral “with arches and limited iconography, almost mosque-like,” a statement from the cathedral said.
The event is being co-sponsored by the cathedral, Rasool and several Muslim religious and advocacy groups:

  • ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society): three of ADAMS’s 22 weekly services are held at two synagogues and a church. ADAMS is hosting a fundraiser for Christian religious freedom in Pakistan, and it regularly hosts non-Muslim speakers.
  • CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Masjid Muhammad mosque in Northwest Washington

The service will be streamed live at the Cathedral’s Web site.
Source: The Washington Post
Below are choice commentaries by three Washington Post readers:
historystudent1:

I wonder if the following will be recited,
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللهlā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God”. If so, I wonder if the Cathedral’s rector will be aware of its significance.
Well, perhaps CAIR will tell us when the Jewish Seder will be celebrated at a prominent mosque in the US, or its lobbying efforts to return Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia (Wisdom of God) to the Orthodox Church. The local threatened to riot during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit if he so much as pronounced a blessing.

mikeku:

Does this mean that there soon will be a church built in Mecca? That the slaughter of Christians in the Moslem world will come to an end? What is the quid pro quo here?

rhcrest:

To the Washington Post – please list ANY mosque ANYWHERE in the world which will invite a priest, a rabbi, a pastor, a Buddhist monk or ANY other faith to hold services in its mosque. Tolerance is a one way street with these muslims. I am sick of these people and them forcing their culture and laws and ideology on the rest of us.

Contact info for Washington National Cathedral:

The Very Rev. Gary Hall
10th Dean of Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Telephone: (202) 537-6200
Fax: (202) 364-6600
E-mail: dean@cathedral.org
Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope
Vicar of the Cathedral
jcope@cathedral.org
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Washington National Cathedral in D.C. to host Muslim prayer service

  1. I want my country back.

     
  2. ND,as said,in the name or reciprocity,they should open up a Mosque in a Capital City of their primary home Country for religions not their own to conduct Mass there.

     
  3. I forget, did Jesus give up his place in heaven to become like us (“Why do you call me good, no man is good…”), died a tortured death, and lived a life of miracles with the goal of leading people to heaven and away from hell the only way possible? Maybe that was Mohammed, let me ask Rick Warren or any other Chrislamite about it. “Christians” who think that way are telling Jesus that he needn’t have made that sacrifice for us, we are alright, no need for him.

     
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  5. All in the name of political correctness or religious “freedom”, which is another way to say ‘satan’s will’. The Washington National Cathedral is corrupted. No true Christian would advocate worshiping with islam (murdering people, subjugation of women, kidnapping, raping, and marrying children), instead Christians should show them the path to righteousness through Jesus Christ. The only way to save this cathedral is to root out any semblance of political correctness.

     
  6. YAHWEH LINCOLN PARK MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII:
    THE CHRISTIAN CATHEDRAL IS TURNING INTO AN ISLAM MOSLEM COCKROACH INCUBATOR!

     
  7. Watch, they’ll declare it a permanent mosque and wage jihad on that basis…

     
  8. The term, “useful idiots,” comes to mind. I can easily picture this Rev. Gina Campbell sporting a COEXIST sticker on her car.

     
    • Don’t laugh, here in Eastern Taxachusetts I see more and more (mostly Catholic and Episcopal churches flying the COEXIST banner and rainbow flags outside their churches
      There was an Episcopal church in my neighborhood that I attended for a while until a new rector took over, a Lesbian and her GF. At her installation ceremony she (and the bishop) invited Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Wiccans, plus African and native American Drumming
      I stopped attending shortly after

       
  9. Sick indeed! America’s sin of bowing down to the false gods of “political correctness” and “multiculturalism” is destroying our national spirit! How can this United States survive? It can’t! Not when it commits suicide against traditional, patriotic and Constitutional America!
    Definitions of “political correctness” and “multiculturalism:”
    http://www.thechristianmessage.org/2012/03/definitions-page.html

     
  10. If my memory serves me correctly, John Paul II started this by going to a mosque and kissing a Koran. (Unless he held the Assisi multi-denominational confab first).
    At any rate, they’re sending the feelers out, and we’re on our way to the One World Religion.

     
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