Muslim Woman to Lead Day of Prayer Breakfast

May 3, 2007

Author: Sam Hodges


For the first time, a Muslim woman is the keynote speaker for the interfaith National Day of Prayer breakfast put on by Thanks-Giving Square.

Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, will address the annual gathering. The breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

"I will speak primarily about how as an American Muslim, I believe that American values and Islamic values are very much in sync," she said Wednesday.

Though sometimes described as a "Muslim feminist," Ms. Khan said she prefers to be recognized as one seeking social justice for women and others, based on principles derived from the Quran.

Ms. Khan was born in Kashmir, India, and was educated in the United States, where she has long lived. She's the wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.