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-Arizona Senators Led to Recite a Muslim Prayer Condemning Christians and Jews?

by Dr. D ~ February 19th, 2013

                      (Arizona State Senate Chamber: Wikipedia)

It is traditional in many state legislating bodies to begin their sessions with a prayer and usually clergy from different denominations and religions are given the honor.

In the past the guest ministers have mostly been chosen from local Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or even Mormon congregations since they represents the larger religious groups in America. But lately Muslim leaders have been given the opportunity to contribute.

Such was the case last week when a representative of  CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) gave a prayer before the Arizona State Senate. In the process Anas Hlayhel (Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of CAIR and a part-time Imam) led the Arizona Senators in a prayer that praised Islam but actually condemned Christians and Jews.

Here’s what happened:

Hlayhel “led the lawmakers and all those in attendance through the reading of ‘al-Fatiha’.” So what is The Fatiha? It is the first sura of the Qur’an and one of the most popular prayers of Islam:

“Guide us in the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast blessed, not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray.” (1:6-7)

Response: Sounds Good. So what is the problem? There is no problem until you understand what passage really means and how it is traditionally interpreted and understood by all faithful Muslims.

The first line: “the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast blessed” refers to Islam. So the Arizona Senators were led to actually ask Allah to guide them towards converting to the true path which is Islam.

The second phrase: “not of those against whom Thou art wrathful” -This line traditionally is understood to refer to the Jews. So if any of the Senators were Jewish they were actually led in a prayer condemning their own religion.

The third phrase: “nor of those who are astray” –This phase is known to refer to the Christians. Islam teaches that Jesus (Isa) was a true prophet but the Christians fell away from his true teaching. So Christians attending the Senate that day were actually asking ‘Allah’ to lead them away from Christianity where they are ‘astray’ toward the true path of Islam.

I’m quite sure that none of those Arizona politicians really knew what they were praying for that day but I’m sure that the CAIR leader feels rather triumphant for pulling off this deception among the ‘unbelievers.’ It just points out how ignorant Americans really are about Islam and it’s teachings and motivations.

The CAIR representative was there to honor the diversity of religions in America. However Hlayhel did not honor the spirit of the moment but deceptively led everyone to acknowledge and proclaim the preeminence of Islam over all other religions particularly Judaism and Christianity.

This event is tantamount to having a Catholic priest lead protestants in a prayer against their own faith or a Jewish rabbi leading a group of Christians in a prayer against Christianity. Notice that the media is rather silent about this event? However, can you just imagine the uproar if a Christian or Jewish leader led the Senate in an imprecatory prayer against Islam?            *Top

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3 Responses to -Arizona Senators Led to Recite a Muslim Prayer Condemning Christians and Jews?

  1. Brian

    Christian ministers who pray at legislative sessions (and similar events) are now routinely told “you must not pray in Jesus name” as a pre-condition for being allowed to open a session with prayer.

    Here is the entire text of Al Fatiha, translated into English:

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
    The Beneficent, the Merciful.
    Owner of the Day of Judgment,
    Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
    Guide us on the straight path,
    The path of those whom Thou hast favored;
    Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray

    Ignore the imprecatory last two lines for a moment. Can you imagine the media uproar if a Christian minister began a legislative session by saying to God (in a Christian context) “Thee alone we worship, thee alone we ask for help”? The outrage over that sentence alone would have been covered in every MSM publication, since it offends non-Christians by implying that Christianity is the only true religion.

    My point is that the imprecatory aspects of the prayer aside, this is a prayer that a Christian minister would not have been allowed to pray before a legislative body. But Islam is not held by secular society to the same standards and, worse, Islam does not hold itself to any standard involving tolerance and respect for others.


  2. Dr. D

    Thanks Brian-Good points as usual.
    “But Islam is not held by secular society to the same standards and, worse, Islam does not hold itself to any standard involving tolerance and respect for others.”–Amen-that is really the point isn’t it?

    There are three major world views vying for world-wide influence or domination. Christianity, Western Secular-Evolutionary, and Islam. Western secularists are so into their battle against Christianity and the Bible that they will give Islam a pass nearly every time. Incredibly the secularists don’t really see Islam as a serious threat right now but as allies in their battle against Christians.They really do not understand that Islam is a viable threat for world domination and for the destruction of Western civilization in the process.

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