Muslim Cleric Offers Prayer At Va. House

March 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WTOP

Wire Service: AP

A House of Delegates prayer by a cleric from a Falls Church mosque where two Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers worshipped passed without incident.

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik's invocation Tuesday sought strength "to go beyond tolerance to understanding." He said where there's hate, "let us show love. Where there is fear, let us find faith."

A handful of protesters showed up outside the Capitol. In the House, 13 seats were empty _ not unusual for an opening prayer.