Thursday, February 3, 2011 , Updated 9:17 a.m., February 5, 2011
UPDATED: Rally to support Egyptian people is
scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday canceled
They've purposely chosen the most visible place they could find this weekend.
UPDATE: See below for the update on the event, which has been canceled and merged with another event on Saturday.
Posted by Flickr user Nick Bygon
The Muslim American Society of Dallas/Ft. Worth is hosting "Super Rally for Solidarity with the People of Egypt" from 2-6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Organizers will stake out in a pretty visible spot: between Cowboys Stadium and the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, at the intersection of E Randol Mill Rd. & Legends Way.
But there will be so much traffic, you say! Ralliers can park at one of two places: Masjid Al-Salam at 500 Road to Six Flags West in Arlington; or Center Masjied at 1700 S. Center St. in Arlington. Organizers picked a location that would be well traveled. "There will be a lot of media attention, and we wanted to take advantage of that opportunity and get some attention to that issue," said Ahmed Hussein, who is involved with Irving chapter of the Muslim American Society of Dallas/Ft. Worth.
The Muslim American Society is rallying to support Egyptian people, who have faced riots and civil war because of their opposition to longtime Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
"For a whole week the protests in Egypt were peaceful," the press release reads. "Now the Mubarak government is sending in thugs with weapons to wound and kill the voices who are opposing him. Journalists are being beaten and arrested to try to prevent the world from seeing. We cannot silently stand by and watch." The rally is not affiliated with last Sunday's rally at City Hall, though Hussein, an Irving resident, said his group also supported that rally.
Should you need more information, here are their recommendations from the Facebook event page:
2) Please dress appropriately (modest, loose clothes and no offensive shirts)
3) Let's keep it positive. Do not confront the public, and if confronted, do not respond. Remember Surat Al-Furqan, ayah 63: "And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (God) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness."
4) There is no parking on site. Make sure you park at on of the masjids and there will be a shuttle to the rally site.
UPDATE: The event will be canceled because of "security and logistical concerns," says Sam Afifi, one of the organizers. It's instead being merged with the International Solidarity Vigil event on Saturday in Dallas, which is Saturday (today) in downtown Dallas from 2-5 p.m. near Dealey Plaza.
"Both have the same issues," Afifi says, referring to the canceled Sunday event and the International Solidarity Vigil. "Everybody should bring their own sign and flag."
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