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 is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.