WASHINGTON – Anti-Muslim protestors have announced plans to stage hateful and intimidating protests at mosques across the country, including at Masjid Muhammad in Washington, D.C. Today, Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, will attend Jumah prayers at Masjid Muhammad to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community targeted by protesters. Before attending these services Rabbi Moline said:
“I am appalled by the threat of protests designed to intimidate and bully Muslims on their way to prayer. Today I am proud to be stand with the community at Masjid Muhammad in Washington, D.C. as they offer weekly Jumah prayers. To target one one faith community is to attack the conscience of all people of faith; to endanger the ability of Muslims to worship is to jeopardize the religious freedom of us all. As I anticipate the transition from the Jumah prayer this afternoon to Kabbalat Shabbat, I am powerfully reminded of the diversity and freedom promised all religious communities at the very founding of our nation. That is what these protestors are seeking to undo, and that is why we are called to stand strong with people of all faiths in the face of bigotry and hatred.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.