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August 29, 2011 | BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque last night, killing 29 people during prayers, a shocking strike on a place of worship similar to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war five years ago. Iraqi security officials said that parliament lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi, a Sunni, was among the dead in attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but suicide attacks generally are a hallmark of al Qaeda, which is dominated by Sunnis.
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January 8, 1988 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
The scorched, icy skeleton of the Camden mosque that burned Tuesday morning already had a sign posted on its facade yesterday. The message: "A new community. Look for us in the future. " Eight members of the Muslim congregation of the Masjid An-Nur (House of Light) at 910 Broadway did not appear in any way defeated as they tacked up the sign and prepared to board up windows and entryways. Said Naim Muslim: "When you lose a life, you can't replace it. You can replace a building.
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June 18, 2005 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
Imam Shamsud-din Ali's standing as spiritual leader of the Philadelphia Masjid is secure despite his racketeering conviction Tuesday in the City Hall corruption probe, mosque members said yesterday. Sentiment among worshipers exiting the West Philadelphia mosque following Friday jum'ah prayers was that their longtime cleric was falsely accused and prosecuted. One member, Curtis DeVeaux, said he spent a week at the federal trial, and "I saw no significant evidence of any wrongdoing.
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February 28, 2012
THE FIGHT for control of a prominent West Philadelphia mosque has taken a new turn. Common Pleas Judge Idee Fox yesterday dismissed a request for an emergency injunction sought in January by elected officials of the Philadelphia Masjid, 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, in response to a hostile takeover by a rival faction calling itself the "concerned believers. " Fox had ordered each side to submit a list of names to form a committee that would oversee the election and determine voter eligibility.
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August 18, 2010
The plan to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero in New York has unleashed some of the worst religious bigotry in memory from so-called political leaders. Newt Gingrich, desperate to revive his presidential ambitions, views the proposed mosque as part of a campaign to "destroy our civilization. " Sarah Palin is whipping up sentiment against the plan by arguing it is insensitive to the families of victims of 9/11. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican candidates, who smelled opportunity in the midterm elections when President Obama spoke in favor of the mosque, have denounced the project and the imam behind it. Exploiting anti-Muslim bias for political gain is beyond shameful.
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February 14, 2006 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Zia Rahman and other Voorhees-area Muslims decided to open a mosque more than four years ago, they didn't realize how many obstacles they would face - or how many friends they would make. Their early efforts were met by stiff opposition. First came an anonymous flyer - distributed in the community in 2003 - suggesting that a mosque might attract worshipers with links to terrorists. Then some residents complained to Voorhees officials that the project wouldn't generate property taxes.
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November 6, 2006 | By Porus P. Cooper
A mosque will go up soon in Cherry Hill. Chances are you haven't heard of the project, and that's just wonderful. It's in striking contrast to the din of controversy that erupted over plans to build a mosque in nearby Voorhees. A week ago, my colleague Edward Colimore described the final chapter in that five-year saga - the Voorhees mosque's formal opening. A poignant moment for all concerned. There was community resistance, as is often the case when any house of worship is planned for a residential neighborhood.
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January 30, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
The rabbinic students had come to the mosque for a lesson on interfaith dialogue, and the West Oak Lane building was perhaps the perfect place. Masjidullah, where Muslims pray daily, was built as a synagogue, later became a church, and now is a mosque. Mimi Polin Ferraro, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, had her bat mitzvah there more than 40 years ago, when it was Temple Sinai. On Tuesday, she returned with her classmates, marveling at the building and its history.
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July 28, 2013 | By Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria - Government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th-century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces. State-run news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops took control of the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh. Syrian TV aired a report Saturday night with footage from inside the mosque, showing heavy damage and the tomb's dome knocked out. The footage showed debris strewn on the floor, and a portion of the mosque appeared to have been burned.
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July 28, 2013 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL to find a doctor in the house during Friday services at the Zubaida Foundation mosque in Lower Makefield - or several doctors. "We have two heart surgeons, for example," said mosque administrator Mohammed Husain. The largely professional, mostly second-generation immigrants who worship at the Bucks County mosque tend to be accomplished people. That's why America opened its doors in the first place to the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi families who are the core of the congregation (now joined by some with roots in the Middle East and South Africa, along with American-born Muslims)
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January 30, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
The rabbinic students had come to the mosque for a lesson on interfaith dialogue, and the West Oak Lane building was perhaps the perfect place. Masjidullah, where Muslims pray daily, was built as a synagogue, later became a church, and now is a mosque. Mimi Polin Ferraro, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, had her bat mitzvah there more than 40 years ago, when it was Temple Sinai. On Tuesday, she returned with her classmates, marveling at the building and its history.
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January 12, 2016 | BY MICHAEL MATZA, Staff Writer
ASIM ABDUR RASHID, imam of Masjid Mujahideen on south 60th Street in West Philadelphia, said he was stunned Friday when his son called and said that someone near the mosque shot a police officer in the name of Islam. "I said, 'What?' " Rashid recalled yesterday. Friday afternoon, Rashid denounced the shooting and said he did not know the gunman, whom police identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Philadelphia and Yeadon. A few hours later, members of the masjid set Rashid straight by citing Archer's Muslim name.
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January 11, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney slipped rather quietly into the basement room of Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, where dozens of children and adults, Muslims, Jews, Christians - and probably an atheist or two - were busy wielding paint brushes Saturday, rolling out clay, and cutting and decorating unfired tiles. People were dabbing paint onto sections of fabric that, within the next several months, will cover the mosque's huge north wall with colorful geometric designs and faux arches - a complement to the murals and tiles created in 2004 that now cover the mosque's front facade and part of its south wall.
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December 14, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a desecration at its front door prompted goodwill messages from as far away as Australia, the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society decided to say thank you in its own backyard. So on a May-like day in December, the society hosted a cookout in the parking lot. The gathering of the group's interfaith array of friends and supporters Saturday served as both a gesture of gratitude and a show of solidarity nearly a week after a pig's head was thrown on the sidewalk outside the mosque in North Philadelphia.
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December 10, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits. Against that backdrop at City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Nutter condemned the "ignorant act" of the person who left a severed pig's head outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque and school in North Philadelphia. The head was found Monday morning. Dropping part of a pig at a mosque has a special significance because pigs are anathema to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws.
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December 9, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police, the FBI, and the city's Human Relations Commission launched investigations Monday after a worker at a North Philadelphia mosque found a severed pig's head outside its door. Surveillance video outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society, on Germantown Avenue near Jefferson Street, showed a red pickup truck drove past the building twice just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The first time it crept along slowly near the curb. On its second pass, the video shows, someone extended an arm from the passenger window and tossed something that rolled to a stop near the mosque's front door.
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June 22, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
DURING the month of Ramadan, which began June 17 and ends July 17, the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge becomes a whirlwind of activity, with worshippers coming and going at nearly all hours of the day. The mosque's musalla, or prayer room, is busy but quiet. At night, hundreds of worshippers pack the room shoulder-to-shoulder, led in prayer by a few young men who have memorized the entire 640-page Quran. It's a welcoming place, even to curious visitors. "We don't ask 'Who are you?
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September 26, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
TWO LONG LINES of mourners waited patiently and quietly to enter the doors of the Philadelphia Masjid in West Philadelphia for the funeral services, or Salat al-Janazah, yesterday for Aisha Abdur Rahman, the 15-year-old killed by a stray bullet as she left school Monday. The women, most of them dressed in black outer garments and black head scarfs stood in a line that stretched from the front steps to the end of the block on Wyalusing Avenue to get inside the crowded mosque. Many greeted one another with silent hugs.
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July 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
SURELY, THIS situation could've been handled better. One leader of an Overbrook mosque is behind bars - and another might join him soon - after Philadelphia police said the two men tried to lop off the hand of a worshipper who had supposedly stolen money from the mosque. The macabre tale started to unfold as the sun began to fill the morning sky on Monday. A prayer service had just ended at the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque, which is housed in a decrepit, Hitchcockian building on 63rd Street near Lebanon Avenue.
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