Washington; Many people who heard the new President of United States, Donald Trump, attacking Islamic extremism in his 17-minute long inauguration speech missed one thing important. The President sat through the recitation of a few verses of Qur’an peacefully and respectfully along with his wife merely a day later.
And the man who recited a few verses of the Qur’an, beautifully and then translated the verses into English, Imam Mohamed Magid, is being trolled by many Muslims. His detractors are condemning him for attending a meet that was held at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.
Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, was actually expected to recite the adhan, or call for prayers before the mandatory five time prayers that Muslims perform. Nonetheless he deviated from the brief and instead recited two important verses of the Qur’an that discuss important issues including race, color and nations. There is no denying that it was an exceptional choice that anyone would have made.
It must be noted here that the gathering had all the top officials of the new administration including Donald Trump’s family and Vice President Michael Pence.
The first verse he read was from Surah Al-Hujarat, in which God says:
“O humankind, We have created you a single male and female (Adam and Eve) and made you into nations and tribes and communities, that you may know one another. Really, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you, and God has all knowledge…”
The second verse he read was from Surah Ar-Rum:
“And among the signs of God is the creation of heaven and earth, and the variation in your languages and your colors. Verily, in that are signs for those who know.”
Later while talking about it, a spokesman for Magid said his recitation of the verses had been approved by officials at the Washington National Cathedral. “After the election, when a lot of things were said about Muslims, and there were questions about Muslims’ loyalty, these verses were intended to convey the message that we must come together and respect diversity — that God made us this way,” said Rizwan Jaka, board chairman at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.