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Muslim prayer services to be held at Washington National Cathedral

Muslim prayer services to be held at Washington National Cathedral

193px-Narthex_vaulting_in_Washington_National_Cathedral.jpgThe Washington National Cathedral will host Muslim prayer service on Friday. The service, which will begin around 12:20 and is for invited guests only. From the Washington Post:

Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday.

The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship.

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

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SRSLY, Paul? Arguably, Islam is more in line w/ the Shema than Christianity is (full disclosure: I think both Christianity and Islam are).

I don’t have a problem w/ the cathedral’s decision. It’s “ADAMS” that has to adjust to worshipping in space w/ crucifixes, and Trinitarian imagery. Why not celebrate that?

JC Fisher

Paul Woodrum

‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love God with all ones heart and soul and might.”

I doubt Amos would be amused by the cathedral’s decision.

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