Muslims to Offer Jumaa Prayers at Washington’s National Cathedral

National Cathedral Credit Mina EliasWASHINGTON — For the first time in American history, Muslims will offer prayers at the historic National Cathedral located in the heart of Washington, D.C., likely raising concerns from many across the country.

While the national cathedral has hosted interfaith gatherings in the past, the Islamic Jumaa prayers to be presented this Friday at the historic Episcopalian site will be the first of its kind. According to reports, the idea for the invitation originated during the planning stage for the memorial service for African apartheid leader Nelson Mandela as talks between the cathedral’s liturgical director, Gina Campbell, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool took place.

The cathedral states that the goal of the event is to facilitate greater acceptance between Christians and Muslims, calling the Islamic Jumaa prayers at the house of worship a “powerful symbolic gesture.”

“Leaders believe offering Muslim prayers at the Christian cathedral shows more than hospitality,” representatives for the National Cathedral wrote in a press release about the matter. “It demonstrates an appreciation of one another’s prayer traditions and is a powerful symbolic gesture toward a deeper relationship between the two Abrahamic traditions.”

“This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” Rasool added. “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.”

In addition to Campbell and Rasool, Masjid Muhammad of The Nation’s Mosque, representatives from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America and Muslim Public Affairs Council are all expected to be in attendance. The event is also facilitated so that Muslims will face Mecca during the Jumaa prayers.

Washington’s National Cathedral has traditionally been recognized as the cathedral of the presidents, being used for inaugural-based prayer services for the past 106 years. It has also hosted the funeral services for Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower, and was dubbed the “National House of Prayer” by the U.S. Congress.

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As previously reported, last year, over two thousand people joined Barack Obama and Joseph Biden for an interfaith service surrounding the president’s re-inauguration. The service included a variety of guests from a number of religions, who presented Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish prayers for Obama.

The National Cathedral has also raised concern in recent years over its acceptance of homosexual “marriage.” As previously reported, last year, the facility announced that it would be among the first Episcopal congregations to change its policies to allow same-sex “weddings” to be held at the site. The cathedral also pealed its bells last June in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Last October, Dean Gary Hall insinuated that it was a sin to oppose homosexuality during a tribute to the homosexual youth at the National Cathedral, and a commemoration of the death of Matthew Shepherd, whose slaying sparked the passage of the federal “hate crimes” bill signed into law by Barack Obama in 2009.

“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin,” Hall claimed. “Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin.”

Photo: Mina Elias

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  • Bill

    Nelson Mandela? He was a mass murderer…….. Islam in a Christian church! They want to kill us……Lord help us.

  • Rose

    Trying to show hospitality to a group of people who will KILL YOU if you don’t agree with their beliefs! Are they even worried about what might happen to the CHRISTIAN CATHEDRAL?! Allowing Islamic people to pray in a christian cathedral is not a good move. They don’t agree with our beliefs, and if anybody there tries to contradict them… i just pray that God will somehow use this opportunity to get some people saved…

  • Neiman

    Sorry, the Episcopal Church has long been apostate, it is not a Christian Church, it is a pagan temple, dedicated to secular humanism. So, while they are reaching out to Muslims, it is not blasphemy in this now temple of hell.

    • Demopublicrat

      Catholocism without mary.

      • AugustineThomas

        It’s Catholicism without 99% of the teachings of Christ.

        • Demopublicrat

          or the pope.

  • Joel Rivera

    This is blasphemy and a great disrespect for a church to allow this.

    • Jessica Richardson

      who wants to bet the local DC mosque is not allowing Jesus to be worshiped as God in their Mosque at a Sunday service

      • jmichael39

        I do know of a couple of Christians who made it into the Well of the Souls in the Dome of the Rock and were there praying to Jesus. I am pretty sure no one knew they were Christians or would have allowed it if they’d known…but it did happen.

  • Conservative seer

    Foolishness of the highest order, Obamas government has set a pro Islamic tone in our society

  • James Grimes

    No wonder… The Episcopal Church is apostate and the Rector there is off the wall. This does not surprise me.

  • Jessica Richardson

    Islam is a cancer on the world.

    Muhammad was a pedophile, rapist, murderer, thief, etc.

    Allah is a pagan god.

    • Neiman

      All of these ecumenical efforts, even by leading Protestant and evangelical leaders are working towards a one-world religion. The apostate Christian Church, which includes the RCC and all these other false faiths are compromising the teachings of Christ in order to appear moderate, in a false sense of love, they are being aided by virtually all secular humanist liberals and sadly, not a few falsely called Christian conservative politicians. The idea is that they do not have to have the same faith, but that all paths lead to God, which is universal salvation – everyone gets saved. Obama is one of the chief apostles of this demonic movement.

      These are the End Times and the falsely called, man organized Christian Church will answer to God as they serve the False Prophet and the Anti-Christ. I pity them and fear for the everlasting fate they are choosing for themselves.

  • Dikran Iskenderian

    do the Muslims allow for Christian prayers? No they destroy churches and kill Christians. What a shameful and moronic desecration of God’s holy house to allow prayers to satan

    • raytheist

      Where in America have American Muslims destroyed Christian churches? And how many American Muslim Mosques been desecrated by American Christians?

      • He didn’t say it was in America devil. You know where they kill steal and destroy. Where ever lies are propagated.

        • raytheist

          But America is what we are talking about – at the National Cathedral, to be specific. There’s no rational reason to reject the Muslims from praying in the National Cathedral, just because of what other Muslims in other countries to. And, seriously, Christians in other parts of the world aren’t always exemplary either.

          • EFPynn

            Islam is a cancer on the world.

            Muhammad was a pedophile, rapist, murderer, thief, etc.

            Allah is a pagan god.

          • raytheist

            Wow…. what an unfortunate opinion you have. I feel sorry for you. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the God of Abraham. Allah is just the Arabic word for God, and even Arab Christians use the term Allah.

          • elizabeth corrales

            Allah may be a the Arabic word of God but we don’t worship the same God. Christians see Jesus as God, while Muslims believe he was just a prophet and Jews believe Jesus never really came. There is a is a big significant difference between them. The Quran reject a lot of Biblical Principles which are key to a devoted Christian life. There is no continuity between the Bible and the Quran, the same God can not be divided into two different laws and principles. As well as Jews.

          • raytheist

            Well, then it’s just golly-gee-wonderful that you just happened to be born in the country that knows the right way to worship Allah …. err …. I mean, “God”. It’s possible Christians are just as wrong as you think the Jews and Muslims are. Can’t all be right, but you can all be wrong.

          • beyond partisan

            Much of the Koran depicts Allah torturing people in Hell. Allah is not the one true God but most likely Satan.

          • Your VOID man.

          • raytheist

            what about my void?

  • raytheist

    This is a good thing.

  • Why does this surprise anyone? Who Obama is…

    And the “church” that “s-elected” him to be president…

  • Mathews Andrews

    “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). ——– But the so-called liberal theologians will have their intellectual “theological position” which challenges God’s intelligence. In fact, these are the guys who have been betraying the Lord all along and ruining nations. They continue to do that. Ask these great church leaders, “why haven’t their Muslim brothers extended the same hospitality to them? Have they allowed them conduct Holy Mass in their Mosques?

  • Michelle Bowen

    GET OUT!

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    Is there any way we can let the Muslims who are going to worship in this “church” know that it is the same “church” where same sex “marriages” have been performed?!? I would LOVE to see their reaction to that! “Perhaps we do not worship Allah in this place, after all. Death to the infidels!” 🙂

  • Mike Ritchie

    It is easy to dismiss the beliefs of other religions as insignificant and non-threatening when you believe that your faith is more true than theirs. It doesn’t matter if you dismiss their beliefs or not, what matters most is that they believe regardless. When they claim a place through prayer, in their beliefs, it really is theirs and will begin to aggressively pursue what they truly believed to have claimed and conquered

  • AugustineThomas

    Obama is like a pagan emperor who wants all the religious praying for him, more than for what’s right.

  • beyond partisan

    The Dean of the Cathedral says homophobia is a sin and yet allows Islam in the Cathedral? The same Islam that stones homosexuals to death? Brainiac, he is not. Assuming he’s gay, I dare him to go to Iran and pronounce that on a street corner.