Praying at the inaugural service: An imam, a rabbi, a Hindu priest and an abundance of pastors

Source: The Washington Post

By Julie Zauzmer

The morning after he becomes president of the United States, Donald Trump will hear prayers at Washington National Cathedral from more than two-dozen spiritual leaders of a wide variety of faiths.

The National Prayer Service, an inauguration tradition that has come to include clergy from many religions, will this year feature representatives of the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Baha’i, Navajo, Mormon, Greek Orthodox and many other faiths.

Some of the clergy, all of whom were announced as participants on Thursday, supported Trump during his campaign for president, such as prosperity gospel preachers Bishop Harry Jackson of Maryland and the Rev. Darrell Scott of Ohio.

Several come from the Washington area, including Priest Narayanachar L. Dialakote from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Imam Mohamed Magid from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, and Jesse Singh, the chair of the Sikh Associations of Baltimore.

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  1. Hello Rabyam;

    Here’s an interesting thought for you. According to the Bible, God doesn’t hear all prayers, DELIBERATELY!

    Here’s the REAL story: If God did hear all prayers, surely America would not be in the predicament it is in today, Pearl Harbor would never have happened, nor would World War II, or the First World War, and the Civil War for that matter. This is not a criticism of American domestic and/or foreign policy. My comments are always totally non-political. This same logic applies to every country on the face of the earth in this year of 2017.

    WHY?? Consider Isaiah 1:15 for the reason. “When you spread out your palms, I hide my eyes from you. Although you offer many prayers, I am not listening; Your hands are filled with blood.” This passage of scripture is supported by one worded similarly at Lamentations 3:44.

    Add to that 1 John 5:19, which reads, “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” This statement is in support of several expressions that Jesus Christ made. If God controls the world, why is it in such a mess?

    Satan runs the world of today as he has almost back to the flood of Noah’s day. If we are to be lovers of God then we have to “observe,” and obey his commandments.

    And, finally, 1 John 5:3: “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome.”

    Since Moses’ Law expired with the death of Jesus on his torture stake in 33 C.E., that means we must set about obeying God’s principles and commandments set out in the Greek scriptures (the New Testament), not just sighing and groaning because He doesn’t answer our prayers, when we’re doing nothing that he has asked us to do.

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