Founder of ‘Muslims for Trump’ Delivers Prayer at Republican National Convention

Tarar-compressedCLEVELAND, Ohio — The founder of “Muslims for Trump” delivered a prayer at the conclusion of the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, an inclusion that drew opposition from at least one member of the audience.

Sajid Tarar, a Baltimore-area resident who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in the 1980’s, took the podium shortly before 11 p.m. local time to deliver the benediction.

He told reporters earlier in the day that he had obtained permission from the Trump campaign to participate in the convention.

“They asked me not only to do the benediction, but to speak at the convention,” Tarar told the Washington Post. “I have prepared a speech and I have been looking forward [to it].”

“O God, our nation is in need of a new leader, a commander, who will guide America along the path of righteousness,” he prayed Tuesday night as attendees bowed their heads. “We as Americans are ready for real hope and change, and ask for a tenacious leader who will be able to motivate this.”

“The qualities of this leader must reflect the qualities required to uplift Americans and truly make America great again,” Tarar continued. “Amen.”

Some in the crowd echoed back “amen,” but one man repeatedly chanted “no Islam” upon seeing what was happening at the convention.

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“My obligation is to God. This is an abomination to God,” he said to those around him who told him to keep silent.

Kim Coley, who identifies as Christian, told reporters that she found the man’s vocal disagreement to be disrespectful, asserting that Jesus taught tolerance.

“He’s usurping God’s authority,” she claimed.

In addition to offering a benediction from the stage, Tarar referenced the Islamic religion during his speech, citing a quote from its founder, Muhammad.

“The prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said that we all have a piece of flesh in our bodies. If it is good, our whole is good. And if it is not, then the whole body is spoiled,” he said. “From this, we can infer the role of our leader as a representative of the United States of America. The values reflected by our leader must reflect the values that our Forefathers set in stone at [the] inception.”

Tarar has publicly expressed his support of Trump for several months, telling CNN’s Don Lemon in May that other Muslims “are coming, they are listening to his message and to think he is the only one who can save America in the future, but not only this, he has plans to understand Islam.”

He agrees with Trump that Muslims seeking to enter the U.S. should be vetted due to concerns about terrorism, and believes that Trump is not anti-Muslim, but only anti-terrorist.

“The Quran says you need to be loyal to the country where you live,” Tarar told Fusion earlier this year. “We have to do every possible thing to make our country safe.”

“This is my country and this is my kids’ country. That is my number one priority—the safety of America,” he said. “Donald Trump agrees with that.”

On Monday night, Trump supporter Mark Burns, who leads South Carolina’s Harvest Praise and Worship Center, led those gathered in prayer.

“Father God, in the name of Jesus, Lord we’re so thankful for the life of Donald Trump,” he said. “We’re thankful that you are guiding him, that you are giving him the words to unite this party, this country, that we together can defeat the liberal Democratic Party, to keep us divided and not united. Because we are the United States of America, and we are the conservative party under God.”

“[D]efeat every attack that comes against us. Protect the life of Donald Trump. Give him the words, give him the peace, give him the power and authority to be the next president of the United States of America,” he continued, before urging attendees to shout “amen.”

Paula White of Orlando’s New Destiny Christian Center also delivered a prayer at the opening of the convention.

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  • Here’s an excellent example of why I denounce pluralism in America. I remember when baby Christian GW Bush hosted Ramadan at the White House and some of us denounced it… But others just looked away and continued on their merry little path of excusing the President. Then we got Pres. Obama and these same folks were in an uproar because he did the same thing and is sympathetic toward Islam. Sorry, folks, but you’re part of the problem in America. You don’t truly honor God, you just want an easy life.

    • Amos Moses

      Burger King christianity ………. they want it their way ………. not Christs way …… unrepentant ……… unregenerate ………..

  • 201821208 :)

    islam is evil.

    “Christians should not regard Muslims with hatred, but instead with compassion. Their god, Allah, is a false god, and their eyes are blinded to the truth.
    (In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4) We should be praying for Muslims and asking God to show them the truth, revealing His promise of mercy and freedom in Christ (2 Timothy 2:24–26).”‘

  • Josey

    My thoughts on this are that we have to be wise and watchful that we do not fall for this new one world religion on the horizon. There is only one way to Father God and it is through believing on Jesus Christ and the shed blood sacrifice He willingly made for our sin and surrendering to Christ alone as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I bow my knee to Jesus Christ and Him alone!
    Muslims need Christ every bit as anyone else but they must let go of their worship of a false prophet and false god and surrender to Christ, I pray the Holy Spirit opens their eyes to the truth just as I pray for those of my family who do not serve Christ to have their eyes open.

    • WorldGoneCrazy


      Nicely put, Josey. Many Muslims are coming to Christ in the Middle East – the same can happen here if we are courageous enough to witness to them.

  • Tarar’s patriotism for America is laudable. It is commendable that muslims twist the words of their prophet so that they can be noble and show patriotism to the United States, rather than reserve their patriotism for Arabia and their loyalty for the Caliphate Empire of Islam as their prophet envisioned.

  • CPL71

    I wonder why Elijah didn’t let the prophets of baal pray for him. 1 Kings 18:21 (NASB)
    21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.

    • jael2

      Just saw your post. We are on the same page 🙂

  • jael2

    I wonder how many convention attendees who “identify” as Christians bowed their heads and entered in with the prayer to the Moon god?
    As Josey correctly pointed out, we have to be wise and watchful. Deception is rampant, and we need to watch and pray that we may be found faithful, and not deny Christ. Test the spirits whether they are of God.
    Right before our eyes we are having a Baal and God moment. An Ahab and Elijah showdown.
    We need to make up our minds who we will serve!

  • How do you reconcile other religions exist?
    For example, a Christian and a Muslim are standing in a room… Each with a Bible and a Quran…

    How does either convey their religion… As the true religion?

  • Anything to win the Presidency–even violations of the First Commandment.

    This, the consequence of the First Amendment that so many Christians are so enamored with:

    CLUE: There were no openly practicing Muslims, no Mosques, no Sharia, and no Islamic terrorism in 17th-century Colonial America whose governments of, by, and for God were established upon Yahweh’s moral law, beginning with the First Commandment:

    “When the 18th-century founders replaced the First Commandment (found intact in some 17th-century Colonial Constitutions) with the First Amendment, America was transformed from a predominantly monotheistic Christian nation (a united nation under one God, Yahweh) into arguably the most polytheistic nation to exist (a divided nation under many gods, including Islam’s Allah).

    “It’s one thing to allow for individual freedom of conscience and private choice of gods, something impossible to legislate for or against. It’s another matter altogether for government to enable any and all religions to proliferate through the land and evangelize our posterity to false gods. This is what the First Amendment legitimizes. It is an unequivocal violation of the First Commandment and the polar opposite of the following First Commandment statute:

    ‘[Y]e shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves. For thou shall worship no other god: for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou … go a whoring after their gods….’ (Exodus 34:13-15)….”

    For more, see blog article “National Religious Freedom Day aka Celebrating the Founders’ Violation of the First Commandment.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our blog and search on title.

    Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • lizk

    It does not matter who you vote for they are both the same.