Stand Against Your Kin- First Islamic Prayer in Delaware State Senate
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, God is a Better Protector to both (than you). So do not follow the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, God is ever well-acquainted with what you do.
O God – We acknowledge that our country is facing serious challenges, and that our world is in crisis. Give this assembly the courage that is necessary to lead our state towards a more just and peaceful state. Allow the members of this assembly to stand firm for Justice as witnesses to you (Allah), even if it is against themselves or of their kin or anyone else without any discrimination. Please allow them to control their hearts so that they can bring about and uphold social justice in the laws that they make and so that they are always truthful witnesses. We acknowledge that you are the better protector of them, their kin, the rich and the poor, and that you are well acquainted with everything they do – Ameen.
State senators walk out during Muslim prayer
Two representatives from the Tarbiyah Mosque in Newark were invited to Wednesday’s session to deliver the prayer. They began with an Arabic chant before a reading a prayer in English based on a Quranic verse but without references to Allah.
Two Republican senators walked out before the prayer.
Delaware state senators walk out of session during Muslim prayer
Sens. Dave Lawson and Colin Bonini exited the Senate chambers in Dover when Tarek Ewis, imam of the Masjid Isa Ibn-e-Maryam mosque in Newark, and Naveed Baqir, executive director of the Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs, gave the day’s invocation per an invitation.