June 11, 2016
ISSUE | NORTH PHILA. Neighborly mosque Thanks to the Inquirer for writing about the mosque we are building north of Temple University ("Ahmadiyya mosque rising in N. Phila.," May 31). The story quoted residents who said they had been unaware of the project until construction began. We did conduct a community meeting at the Cookman United Methodist Church on April 15, 2010, to an overwhelmingly positive response, before construction began. The mosque will include a community center and soup kitchen in addition to teaching the peaceful principles of Islam.
June 1, 2016 |
JUST MORE than a mile north of Temple University, a 21,000-square-foot mosque is rising next to a struggling neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The 56-foot-tall structure stands on a former factory lot, next to Amtrak's main line that rolls through the neighborhood. The mosque, on West Glenwood Avenue near 13th Street, will serve Philadelphia's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its growing membership, said Bilal Salaam, its imam. It was designed by Olaya Studio, and was based on the White Minaret, an iconic symbol that represents the Ahmadiyya community in Qadian, India.
January 30, 2016 |
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.
January 12, 2016 |
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 Sunday. 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.
January 11, 2016 |
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.
December 14, 2015 |
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.
December 10, 2015 |
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.
December 9, 2015 |
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.
June 22, 2015 |
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?