For the first time in its 102-year history, the Washington National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service Friday.
The Episcopal cathedral has held interfaith services and events in the past, but never acted as a host for an exclusivity Muslim service.
“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” co-organizer Rizwan Jaka of Virginia’s ADAMS mosque told the Washington Post, adding, “Let this be a lesson to the world.”
“This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” South African ambassador to the United States and practicing Muslim, Ebrahim Rasool said in a statement.
“This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.”