USA: Muslim sect enjoys freedom to worship

Dozens of Ahmadiyya Muslim women adorned in bright overcoats called jilbabs and wearing myriad colorful hijabs kneeled and collectively worshipped their God, Allah, in a harmonized Eid prayer in north Harris County Sunday morning.

During the sermon at the Baitul Samee Mosque, the room was quiet save the imam who asked worshippers to join in a moment of silent prayer.

“Pray for those going through hard times. Pray for those going through economical and financial difficulty. Pray for your families and all the sacrifices they’ve had to make,” Imam Mubasher Ahmad told the crowd of Muslims.

Eid al-Adha is one of two Islamic festivals – the other being Eid al-Fitr, which begins right after Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim men embrace after the Eid al-Adha prayer and sermon at the Baitul Samee Mosque in north Harris County on Sunday where they honored sacrifices. The sect is outlawed in Pakistan. Photo: Alysha Beck, Freelancer / Houston Chronicle

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