National Cathedral hosts first Muslim prayer service

National Cathedral hosts first Muslim prayer service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) - For the first time, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. hosted a Muslim prayer service Friday.

The prominent and iconic Episcopal cathedral, is known for hosting national events like presidential funerals.

But organizers said this was the first time the cathedral had invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there.

The traditional Friday prayers, or Jumu'ah, were held in the north transept, an area of the Cathedral with arches and limited iconography that provide what church leaders called "an ideal space - almost mosque-like - with the appropriate orientation for Muslim prayers."

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool from South Africa offered the sermon. The Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell offered the Cathedral's welcome.

The service was scheduled by invitation only, but was shown in a live webcast.

The cathedral has welcomed Muslims in the past at interfaith services and events, according to its website.

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