If you see nothing suspicious at a mosque, maybe that’s normal

On my way to Masjid Muhammad DC, which calls itself the “nation’s mosque,” a slogan coined by the Department of Homeland Security came to mind: “If you see something, say something.” And in the blink of an eye, I was on the lookout for odd and out-of-the-ordinary goings-on.

I had driven past the mosque many times but hadn’t noticed that the street where it was located, the 1500 block of Fourth Street NW, had been renamed Islamic Way. In 1992, as it turned out. And — here’s the odd part — no one had ever tried to change it back. Or even taken down the Islamic Way signs.