Kentucky’s Muslim community will get together for the first-ever “Muslim Day” on Jan. 22, 2020 at the state capitol Frankfort, where they will visit the building, get together with legislators and pray in the Rotunda.
They will also receive education to express themselves as Muslims in order to shed light on the misinterpretations shrouding the Islamic faith, as well as learn how to advocate on issues affecting the Muslim community.
Waheeda Muhammad, chair of the Kentucky chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said that the event will encourage Muslims to engage in politics and run for office. Some visitors even plan to advocate to pass stronger anti-bullying laws.
“One thing that really helps is for people to know a Muslim one-on-one, and that’s part of encouraging Muslims to get out, to be involved in society, because if people know you personally, that’s their image of Islam,” Muhammad told WKU Public Radio.
Muhammad highlighted that Muslim Day in Frankfort is not state-sanctioned and that no taxpayer funds are being used. She also expressed her hope that the gathering will become an annual event.