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Hundreds show up at Dulles mosque to show support for local Muslim community

Expressions of love at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Friday. Times-Mirror/Chantalle Edmunds
Hundreds of people gathered at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling Friday afternoon for a support, peace and harmony rally for the local Muslim community.

People of different faiths and races stood outside throughout the morning and afternoon to greet Muslim men, women and children who were attending Friday prayers at the mosque.

Michelle Hawes, who lives across the street, and her daughter were among those in attendance.

“There's too much hate in the world right now,” Hawes said. “We need to spread the love and welcome our neighbors and all the people who come to America, because it's a great place and all are welcome. All are welcome to come.”

Signs with messages like “We are glad that you are here” and “United We Stand” were displayed at the eastern Loudoun County property.

The rally came a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order issuing a temporary entry ban on citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries for at least 90 days.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters this week, “It's not a Muslim ban. It's not a travel ban. It's a vetting system to keep America safe.”

Susan Adams of Ashburn had the idea for the gathering after hearing from a Muslim friend who said she was scared and lamenting the situation.

“It was her plight that we came to speak with her on our Facebook group, and that's how the idea came about,” Adams said. “We wanted to show support and solidarity to our Muslim neighbors.”

Those going into the mosque shook hands and thanked supporters.


Director Of Administration at ADAMS Aneela Rehman said she valued the wider community's continued support.

“We've always been loved in this community and we always will be,” said Rehman. “We have wonderful neighbors and wonderful support and we weren't expecting anything less and this is what America is all about, loving each other no matter what … This what America is about, it’s about free speech … I do hope the administration does see a lot of Americans are a little upset.”

Mid-afternoon saw Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) entering the mosque to speak to worshipers along with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D).

“We are here to send a message to President Trump that we will not stand by for his unlawful, unconstitutional, morally repugnant executive order,” McAuliffe said, adding he had a message for the Muslim Community. “We love you here in Virginia.”

Speaking outside the mosque, McAuliffe continued in the same vein: “We are a land of immigrants. Unless you’re a native American, your forefathers come from somewhere.”

McAuliffe echoed a story he told earlier in the day at Dulles Airport, saying “It hurts our economy.”

“I've already heard of two companies who are coming to visit us cancel their trip ... just too risky to come,” he said.

Herring told the crowd he was just informed of the decision from a federal judge in Alexandria granting Virginia access to join a lawsuit against the order.

“Just a few minutes ago I was informed the judge from our hearing today has issued an order compelling the administration to come forward with names of Virginia residents, whether they are lawful permanent residents or visa holders, who were turned away at an airport, who were sent back, so at least we can begin to get an idea of who's affected,” Herring said.

The order was made by Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia. The information is to be handed over to the commonwealth by Feb. 9.

The scene as locals held a peace and support gathering for the local Muslim community at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling. Times-Mirror/Chantalle Edmunds



‘Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss’ nytimes

court rejected government’s vast claim of executive power in strong language: “There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”

“Although our jurisprudence has long counseled deference to the political branches on matters of immigration and national security, neither the Supreme Court nor our court has ever held that courts lack the authority to review executive action in those arenas for compliance with the Constitution.”

“The administration also argued the states did not have standing—or the legal right—to bring the suit.  But the court disagreed”.

extreme vetting of this lawless administration?

The five countries with the largest Muslim populations are (in order) Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

As a matter of fact, the only country in the top 10 that was on Trump’s list is Iran.

If it is a “Muslim Ban” then it isn’t a very good one.

Trump and many Republicans have called for a stronger response to radical Islamic terrorism.  The reason they say “Islamic” is because the vast majority of terrorist attacks are by Muslims.  I don’t recall seeing a Yazidi behead his neighbors.

That is what Trump called for in tightening immigration.  Most of these countries are unable to give accurate vetting data to even screen immigrants.  Rudy merely changed the wording so it was targeted at the right group.

The President has that authority We get it.

Duncan_Idaho - I’m not saying Giuliani/Trump’s intentions were good, but what we got was legal because the United States reserves the right to deny anyone coming into our country, otherwise we would not be a sovereign country.

I’m sure we all would let anyone in need into our homes, but it would be irresponsible to do so without making sure your family would be safe.

It was a Muslim ban. Rudy Giuliani admitted as much on Fox News when he said Trump wanted such a ban and wanted to know how to make it legal.

“We love our Muslims” kinda like “my African American” -

reducing people to property = disgusting

You know, it’s nice when the community reaches out to a minority group, but don’t they realize that this was not a Muslim ban? If it was, then the government would have included Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world, or any other Muslim majority country.

The executive order was a hold on people entering from countries the Obama administration deemed had a terrorist threat. We want people to come here, but that is a privilege, not a right.

We love our Muslims, but we also need to demonstrate love to everyone else by improving how the government screens through people in order to be certain they will be safe for everyone in our communities.
This activity just seems a way that Democrats referenced in the article are using false assumptions (Muslim Ban) to build political capital and it looks insincere to the rest of us that know better.

Thousands did not show up to support the Muslim community.

Now if they could just stop the radical elements of their religion of peace from killing, or plotting to kill all of us infidels, then we can talk.

I suspect at some point, Jesus will pull Oranges869 aside and ask him if he thought hateful remarks honored the redeemer…

Wow a moderator determines what comments are seen Hope mine does and doesn’t get deleted because truth told

Thank you to every who attended - this is the support that our community’s Muslims deserve!

What’s the definition of “a friend” in journalism?

..... someone who stabs you in the chest.

Jesus says we use extreme vetting up here!

america at its best

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