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Trump Makes Praying at Airports Cool Again

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“You Pray, We Stay! You Pray, We Stay!”

Such were the cheers protesters chanted as thousands across the US gathered at airports to express their disapproval of Trump’s unprecedented travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. The executive order, disguised as a security measure, only affected innocent families and vulnerable refugees fleeing war and looking for safety.

Almost immediately following the ban, protesters rushed to occupy all major airports in the country to demand the release of innocent travellers with valid travel documents.  One of the unintended outcomes of these demonstrations was the public acceptance of the Muslim ritual prayer at airports. As times of the five daily prayers entered, dozens of Muslims at the protests joined together to pray in congregation; the prayer somehow managed to become a form of protest itself at that point. This was a stark contrast to the usual circumstance where Muslims generally try to find secluded spots at airports and pray anxiously with hopes of avoiding too much attention. Moving images of protesters circling around Muslims as they say their prayers have gone viral on the internet; we share a few below that capture this historic moment.

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Waleed Ahmed writes on current affairs and politics for MuslimMatters. He focuses on Muslim minorities, human rights and the Middle-Eastern conflict. Based out of Montreal, he's currently pursuing a Ph.D. at McGill University in fundamental physics. Waleed also has a keen interest in studying Arabic and French. He spends his spare time reading, playing basketball and praying for Jon Stewart to run in the next presidential election. contact: waleed dot ahmed at muslimmatters.org

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. KAREEM

    February 11, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Salaams to all. Can anyone tell me who is the person (I am assuming he is an imam) that recited the Fatiha? His recitation sounded amazing, I would like to hear more.

    Thanks

  2. WAJiD

    February 13, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Salaam,

    Great article Waleed. While many have seen the images online, to see them concentrated in one place evokes a much more powerful response.

    • Waleed Ahmed

      February 28, 2017 at 6:58 PM

      Thanks Wajid :)

    • vilius

      May 9, 2020 at 3:53 AM

      This is America. Your right to pray ends where my right to free travel and absence of these Pagan Tribal rituals are being thrown in my face begins. TSA and the local Airport authorities should arrest all of you for disturbing the peace, interrupting the free flow of airpoet traffic, and a dozen other travel rule violations you are doing in a public transportation area. You should hold this crap in some other place. I think the Feds should deport you back to where you can continue to blow each other up so we do not have to be burdened with your Pagan chants.

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