Muslims Gather Every Friday in the Streets of New York City to Pray-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded email with attached photos that says the pictures are that of Muslims in prayer on the streets of New York City.   It also says that every Friday afternoon traffic is stopped so Muslims can gather at the corner of 42nd and Madison to pray.

The Truth:  
The photos were taken in New York City but this is not a weekly event.   Once a year the Muslim Foundation of America organizes a Muslim Day Parade event that includes a gathering of Muslims at the corner of Madison Ave  and 41st Street for Zahur prayer.   

This has been an annual event since 1985 and the 25th annual event is slated for September 26, 2010.

updated 08/07/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

This is NYC on Madison Ave

A Christian Nation cannot put up a Christmas scene of the baby Jesus in a public place, but the Muslims can stop normal traffic every Friday afternoon by worshiping in the streets... Something is happening in America that is reminiscent of what is happening in Europe . This is Political Correctness gone crazy...

This is an accurate picture of every Friday afternoon in several locations throughout NYC where there are mosques with a large number of Muslims that cannot fit into the mosque - They fill the surrounding streets, facing east for a couple of hours between about 2 & 4 p.m. - Besides this one at 42nd St & Madison Ave , there is another, even larger group, at 94th St & 3rd Ave , etc., etc. - Also, I presume, you are aware of the dispute over building another "high rise" Mosque a few blocks from "ground zero" - With regard to that one, the "Imam" refuses to disclose where the $110 million dollars to build it is coming from and there is a lawsuit filed to force disclosure of that information - Just some facts FYI - But then, you have your own troubles with the "immigration" problem and the new AZ law - November can't come soon enough This is in New York City on Madison Avenue, not in France or the Middle East or Yemen or Kenya .

Is there a message here???? Yes, there is, and they are claiming America for allah. if we don't wake up soon, we are going to "politically correct" ourselves right out of our own country!