They say one can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. If that adage is true, what does the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) endorsement of Occupy Wall Street -- and the organization's choice to conduct Friday "Jummah" prayers in Zuccotti Park -- tell us about both CAIR, and, the Occupy protesters?
An official invitation issued by CAIR's New York chapter tells members to show "solidarity" with "the 99%" by attending Friday prayers in Zuccotti Park at 1:00pm. CAIR's stated goal in hosting the prayer service at OWS is to "expand the role of New York Muslims in the Occupy movement."
A "sermon on social justice in Islam" is slated to be delivered my Imam Aiyub Abdul Baki -- a supporter of the Ground Zero mosque.
Dear friends,CAIR-NY is proud to support and invite you to Friday Prayer at Occupy Wall Street this Friday, October 21st, where we will join in solidarity with “the 99%.” Jummah, hosted by Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council of New York) is scheduled for 1pm at Zuccotti Park. A sermon on social justice in Islam will be delivered by Imam Aiyub Abdul Baki.
CAIR-NY’s endorsement of Friday Prayer at Occupy Wall Street stems from a conviction that many of the issues brought into the international spotlight by Occupy Wall Street affect Muslim communities disproportionately, and it is up to us to stand up for our rights and show the world what democracy and peaceful protest look like. Look for our table at Zuccotti Park to obtain information about our current projects and to expand the role of New York Muslims in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
WHAT: Friday Prayer at Occupy Wall Street
WHEN: Friday, October 21st, at 1:00-3:30pm
WHERE: Zuccotti Park on Broadway between Liberty and Cedar
Members are then directed to CAIR's Facebook Event Page for more information. 276 people have stated they will attend the prayers thus far.