THE FIGHT for control of the city's oldest African-American mosque made its way into Common Pleas Court on Monday.
The trial to settle the long-running dispute at the Philadelphia Masjid in West Philadelphia began more than a year after the first request for an emergency injunction filed by the organization's elected officials was dismissed.
An injunction was sought after what elected officials say was a hostile takeover by a rival group called the "concerned believers." Fights broke out inside the mosque, on 47th Street near Wyalusing Avenue, during religious services. An imam and the board's chairman were assaulted during the scuffle.