First Muslim Woman to Offer Islamic Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration in the History of USA

Debbie Almontaser- a Yemeni-American Muslimah created history on Thursday as she became the first Muslim American woman to offer a prayer at the traditional presidential inauguration service. 

Almontaser, a community activist of Yemeni descent had shared the news on Twitter. 

 “The stay tuned announcement dropped today! It’s an honor for me as the 1st Yemeni American woman to have been invited to offer an inaugural prayer! This is an affirmation of the Yemeni community and its suffering under the #MuslimBan.” 

Debbie Almontaser is an American schoolteacher and community activist. She was the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a New York Arab-themed public school, named after the Arab poet Khalil Gibran. 

She has been active in the American Muslim community and has many acclaims to her name.  

She co-designed a curriculum for the Muslim Communities Project at Columbia University and for Educators for Social Responsibility/Metro.  

She has contributed a chapter in The Day Our World Changed: Children’s Art of 9/11 for New York University’s Child Study Center and the Museum of the City of New York and in Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11 for Teachers College Press as well as articles and essays in several magazines. 

Almontaser has conducted sensitivity training and presentations in Churches, Synagogues and other houses of worship. She also has worked as a liaison between the Muslim community and the NYPD. 

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