While some clamor that they have a right to free speech, they seem to ignore the the responsibility of appropriate speech and the responsibility of protecting the rights of others.
What you are about to see, of course, does NOT reflect the views or actions of most Christians or Americans… just a few unfortunate ones. Rather than focusing on their actions, though… focus on the man praying. Rather than complaining about the actions of others, focus on what you can do.
“Have you seen the one who forbids a servant when he prays? Tell me if he (the one praying) is upon guidance or enjoins righteousness.
Tell me, if he (the one forbidding the worshiper) denies and turns away. Does he not know that God sees. Nay, if he does not desist, We (God) shall surely drag him by his forelock. The forelock, lying and sinful.
So, let him call his supporters. We shall call the angels of torment. Nay, do not obey him, and (instead) prostrate, and draw closer (to God).” Qur’an (96:9-19)
The man in the video below is standing before his Lord – the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. The actions of those trying to abuse him are insignificant when there is khushoo’ and sincerity in that realization.
Please don’t feel sorry for this man. Feel sorry, instead, for those around him. It is they who are distracted and deluded.
May Allah (God) reward this patient man. Ameen.
Early Muslims faced far worse than this. And when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) faced similar abuse, he responded with patience and gentleness. We all know the example of when people threw goat entrails on him while he was praying. We all remember the story of how he (peace be upon him) responded to the trash in his path every single day.