Islamic law rally by Chicago Trump building

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Religious experts say it's similar to parts of Christian and Jewish customs.

ACT for America organized "March Against Sharia" rallies in at least 28 cities across America on Saturday. The organization describes itself as "the NRA of national security".

"A practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Quran to be the word of Allah ... who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day - this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, can not be a loyal citizen of the United States", said Gabriel during a course at the Department of Defense's Joint Forces Staff College in 2007.

Muslim woman held up sign which read, "You chose the wrong month to come at Muslims".

Bandlamudi reports that Boulogne was among a small group of demonstrators who gathered in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.

In Chicago, protesters and counter-protesters shouted at each other from behind police barriers.

The protest in Seattle was among dozens of demonstrations that took place across the country on Saturday. "Because essentially that is Sharia", said Asthma Elhuni, from the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "If you love freedom, God and country, this is the side to be on", she said. "Because essentially that is Sharia", she told Bandlamudi. He called on the organizers to cancel the event voluntarily while also making clear that the city would refuse to issue permits for the rally.

The crowd of counter-protesters vastly out numbered the anti-Sharia rally. "It's just a shameless attempt to threaten Muslims in this country".

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The anti-Sharia marchers mostly stayed towards the top of the capitol steps, and their chanting was often drowned out by the protesters' drumming and shouting. Both sides chanted their slogans, with the protestors claiming they were standing for human and women's rights while the counter protestors declared that Muslims were welcome in the community.

Counter-demonstrations were also planned for Saturday by opponents who called the marches anti-Muslim and an attempt to stoke hatred.

In Harrisburg, Penn., about 60 "anti-sharia" protesters were separated from the same number of counter-protesters.

Heavy Police presence at March Against Sharia. "We are not affiliated with any extremist groups".

Those who came out against the "March Against Sharia" called the participants Islamophobic and said numerous customs cited by the anti-Sharia demonstrators are extremist and not practiced by most Muslims in the United States.

Despite the concern, sharia has no chance of being imposed in the the foreseeable future. It's nothing to be enforced upon anyone. "It's a moral code that I follow for myself as an individual", Muslim youth leader Mansoor Shams told NPR.

No area of the US has legally implemented sharia, despite false reports on social media that Dearborn, Mich., enacted it. Its leaders, who claim a 500,000-strong membership nationally, have labeled Islam a "cancer", propagated theories of a secret plot by Muslims, Democrats, communists and the media to destroy the country from within, and sponsored lectures on how to monitor and oppose US mosques.