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Why Jum'ah on Capitol Hill was so significant in Muslim American History

by Toure’ Lawrence Muhammad

On September 25, 2009 at 1:30pm the Athan or Muslim call to prayer rang out over the Mall in Washington D.C.

Over 5000 Muslim Americans of all races and cultures gathered together to pray Jum'ah, the Friday prayer service. Although only lasting two hours, the united gesture will go down in Muslim American history forever.

Since 1963 with Martin Luther King "I have a Dream" speech and the civil rights movement, America has brought it's injustices, frustrations and call for equality to the grounds of the National Mall. In 1969 the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally was held to oppose the U.S. involvement in the war and again in 2007 to oppose the Iraq war, in 2004 the March for Women Lives was held to demonstrate for women rights, and in 2009 the recent "Tea Party" protest and now added to the list Jummah on Capitol Hill, where Muslim American's from across the country shared the message of the oneness of G-d with it's fellow citizens.

America has always celebrated our democracy triumphs with the leadership of our country starting each chapter at the Capitol steps and on a daily basis the laws that shape the future of our country is debated and passed within its very walls. Furthermore, our most treasured national monuments and the home of the first African American President live within this shared freedom space.

With the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, Islam and Muslim Americans have been spotlighted as a foreign entity and also considered a threat in American mainstream culture. Most Muslim America’s have remained silent and fearful of expressing their voice and sharing their religion in the public square. Not so on September 25, 2009, Muslim Americans joined the hundreds of thousands of Americans who in the past traveled to this honored ground and with the sound of the Adhan and cry of AllahhuAkbar - G-d is the Greatest, joined the ranks of those who have echoed, I am Human, I am American, Hear my Voice and Respect my Freedoms.

As in the past and on this day, when the historic event has concluded and the people return to their various home States, the work for Freedom, Justice and Equality continues and America grows once again knowing it’s foundation have been tested, it's creed remains true - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...." and again it stands strong....G-d is Blessing America!
Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (From the Faith). Indeed it was (A change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah Make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of kindness, Most Merciful.

Quran: 2:143
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