This post is from my good friend Ed Boston’s blog. Go by there and read some of his other articles. He is a pastor and blogtalk radio host.
This Is No Folly – IMAM Is Guest Chaplain In House of Representatives
Normally on Friday, I post a comedy video and call it Flashback Friday Video. I just couldn’t do that todayafter seeing how the United States House of Representatives opened yesterdayand after I read last night that there was a Muslim prayer service today at the Washington National Cathedral.
First is part of an article from Fox News about the prayer service at the National Cathedral.
That is followed by a very appropriate comment by Franklin Graham about the prayer service.
Then there is a C-Span video of the Imam who opened yesterday’s session of the House of Representatives in PRAYER TO ALLAH! It’s a 21 minute video, but you only need to see the first part.
After that, is the C-Span transcript of the first few minutes that includes the prayer and a congressman who praises the Imam.
While this is not the first time the House has opening in a Muslim prayer, these two events on back-to-back days is more than I can keep quiet about.
Christians, get on your knees and pray to God and ask Jesus to intervene on our behalf and forgive us for allowing this scripture to be totally ignored: “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Yes Franklin Graham uses it below as well, but we had better start paying attention to God’s Holy Word!
WASHINGTON – Washington National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday.Planners say they hope Friday’s service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.
The prominent Episcopal cathedral often hosts national events, such as presidential funerals, and has hosted Muslims at various interfaith services in the past. But planners say this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which they call a “powerful symbolic gesture.”
C SPAN Transcript
00:00:05 – Unidentified Speaker
SPEAKER: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, AMAN, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, MADAM OUT JUNCTION, NEW JERSEY. THE CHAPLAIN: PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON YOU. IN THE NAME
00:00:35 – THE CHAPLAIN
OF ALLAH, THE MOST GRACIOUS, THE MOST MERCIFUL. PRAISE BE TO ALLAH, THE CHERISHER, THE SUSTAINER OF THE WORLD. THE MOST GRACIOUS, THE MOST MERCIFUL MASTER OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. THEE DO WE WORSHIP AND THINE DO WE SEEK. GUIDE US TO THE SAFE PATH. THE GOD OF ALL THE PROPHETS AND THE MESSENGER SAYS IN THE KORAN, HE DOES NOT PLACE A RESPONSIBILITY ON YOU GREATER THAN YOU CAN BEAR. EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE THE GOOD THEY HAVE EARNED AND VICE VERSA. LET US PRAY. O GOD, BLESS US AS WE BEGIN A NEW DAY. BLESS THIS ASSEMBLY. BLESS THE PEOPLE AND NATION IT REPRESENTS. O GOD, AS THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY, THE CHALLENGES FOR OUR NATION AND THE WORLD ARE MANY. O GOD, GRANT THESE MEN AND WOMEN THE WISDOM, THE GUIDANCE AND THE STRENGTH TO PURSUE COMPASSION, JUSTICE AND SOUND JUDGMENT. O GOD, IN YOUR WISDOM, YOU HAVE PLACED UPON THEM GREAT RESPONSIBILITY AND HONOR. O GOD, PLEASE HELP THEM WITH YOUR GUIDANCE AND YOUR LIGHT. O GOD, — O, GOD, IMPROVE THE WELL BEING OF ALL INHABITANTS OF THIS GREAT NATION AND BEYOND . AMEN. .
00:03:04 THE SPEAKER
MS. HAHN. MS. HAHN: THANK YOU, PLEASE JOIN ME IN PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR
00:03:16 Janice K Hahn
ALL. THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE
00:03:35 THE SPEAKER
MINUTE. MR. HOLT: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING IMAM CHABLI. THE IMAM OF THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY
00:03:50 Rush Holt
OF CENTRAL NEW JERSEY IN SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY. HE HAS BEEN BOTH A FRIEND AND AN AMBASSADOR OF ISLAM TO ME AND MANY OTHERS IN NEW JERSEY. AND WE ARE ALL HONORED THAT HIS PRAYER HAS OPENED THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. HE’S A NATIVE OF LEBANON AND ATTENDED ONE OF THE MOST REST TIEGEOUS ISLAMIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD. — PRESTIGIOUS ISLAMIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS MASTERS IN ISLAMIC CANNONICAL LAW. HE’S BEEN THE LEADER SINCE 1986 WHERE HE MAKES MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS FEEL WELCOME. THE DETCHT OF HIS FAITH AND COMMANDING DIGNITY AND WARMTH OF HIS PERSONALITY MAKE HIM THE MOST PROMINENT AND ATTRACTIVE FIGURE OFIST LAM IN OUR — ISLAM IN OUR REGION. IN AERODYNAMIC POOH WRT PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM HAS GROWN GREATLY, WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE IMAM CHABLI IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE’S WORKED HARD TO BUILD INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AND PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING, SERVING AS A MEMBER OF THE NORTH BRUNSWICK AND SOUTH BRUNSWICK DIVERSITY COMMITTEE AND OF THE REGIONAL CLERGY ASSOCIATION. MOST RECENTLY NEW JERSEY’S GOVERNOR APPOINTED HIM TO THE GOVERNOR’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON DIVERSITY. HE AND I HAVE A FRIENDSHIP AND ASSOCIATION THAT HAS LASTED MANY YEARS, ESPECIALLY SINCE SEPTEMBER, 2001. AND I GREATLY VALUE OUR FRIENDSHIP. HE’S THE PROUD HUSBAND OF MONA AND LOVING FATHER OF THEIR SIX CHILDREN. AND THE LOVING GRANDFATHER TO SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN. THROUGH HIS INSPIRING PRAYER THIS MORNING, WE CAN ALL GAIN WISDOM AND GUIDANCE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE? MS.
00:05:48 THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
FOXX: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DURING A RECENT VISIT TO LANSING, NORTH CAROLINA, I STOPPED IN