CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- About 200 Muslim men, women and children prayed together Friday afternoon, as police and protesters looked on in Marshall Park for the Jumah at the DNC 2012.
The event, sponsored by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs, was added to the official DNC Host Committee calendar and the implied endorsement angered people across the country.
Earlier this week, the committee removed the Jumah from its calendar.
Officials said speakers for the event and statements and positions from event organizers were not appropriate and relevant to the Host Committee.
Organizer Jibril Hough, of the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said the Jumah was never sponsored by the DNC Host Committee.
"The DNC did not do this. We did this," said Hough. "It is about prayer, not politics. We want to celebrate the community and let people know about our beliefs."
Several protesters showed up to Marshall Park during the Jumah and a few shouted and chastised the worshippers.
Police did get involved by asking the protesters to turn down their sound system.
Most of the people attending the Jumah said they felt it was a success and look forward to other Islamic events happening through the weekend.
Hough, who is on the DNC Welcome Committee, said he felt it was a historic day and is proud of his city.