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DC mosque prepares for possible anti-Islam protesters

WASHINGTON- Leaders of a major Northwest D.C. mosque say they won't be deterred or intimidated by the possibility of armed anti-Muslim protestors on their doorstep this weekend. 

A confederation of groups operating under the banner of the "Global Rally for Humanity" organized approximately 20 mosque protests this weekend. D.C.'s Masjid Muhammad in Shaw was on their list. 

"In one of their emails they said they were going to bring 3000 people to Washington D.C. in front of our mosque and they instructed them to bring their weapons," said Ibrahim Mumin, director of community relations for the mosque. "Well, we consider that kind of a threat."

Mumin said mosque leaders worked with MPD and had conversations with the FBI and Department of Justice about to keep their congregants and the surrounding neighborhood safe in the event of such a protest. The mosque passed a letter through email chains alerting the neighborhood. 

Law enforcement sources suggest a much smaller protest is more likely. 

“The Metropolitan Police Department continues to work with leaders across religious communities within Washington, D.C. to provide a safe environment for all who desire to worship," MPD Spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy said in a statement. "We are in touch and are working with faith leaders who have expressed concerns with security in advance of Saturday’s events.”

Mumin called the anti-Muslim protest movement, which treats Islam as antithetical to American values misguided. The top two officials at Masjid Muhammad, he pointed out, are both decorated U.S. military veterans. 

"They're talking about they are committed to the constitution. We are committed to the constitution. They talk about protecting old glory, well if you look up here, old glory flies over our mosque," Mumin said. 

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