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Mon Jul 25, 2016, 07:59 AM


Muslims hold interfaith rally on National Mall

Faith groups from across the spectrum held a rally on the Mall near the U.S. Capitol to denounce terrorism, hate and violence.

By Dick Uliano
July 23, 2016 8:30 pm

WASHINGTON — Temperatures climbing high into the 90s forced organizers to convert a midday march into an evening rally on the National Mall. But the rallying point remained the same: condemn terrorism, hate and violence.

The rally was scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, The Associated Press reported, and organizers had initially planned the rally earlier in the day, but changed the time because of the oppressive heat.

Some people in the small crowd carried signs that read “Muslims Against ISIS” and “No Racism, No Hate.” Attendees said the atrocious attacks of global terrorism have given Americans the wrong impression of Islam and it was important to speak out.

“We’re just like every other American and we’re not here to apologize for anything but here to explain this is our religion … a religion of tolerance, peace, ethics,” said Abduel Hussein, 16, of Fairfax, Vrginia, and a Boy Scout from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center and a student at Woodson High School.


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