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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.
NEWS
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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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)
NEWS
September 11, 2004 | By Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Clementon Zoning Board has approved site plans to convert a vacant, graffiti-marked house on Berlin-Clementon Road into a small mosque. The 6-1 vote Thursday night paves the way for the only mosque in the region with worship in Bengali, the language of Bangladesh, and caps a drawn-out fight over the Islamic house of worship. Members of the board had opposed the proposal by a group of Bangladeshi immigrants to open the mosque, saying that it would cause chaos at an already busy intersection and result in a loss of tax revenue for the blue-collar borough.
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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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July 20, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday. Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.
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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)
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daily fasting by devout Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan is always a challenge of self-discipline. When the month falls in the summer, as it did this year, beginning last Tuesday, the long days from sunup to sundown make going without food or drink until the break-fast meal, or iftar , even harder. Linked to the lunar calendar, the start of the holiday, which celebrates God's revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad, moves back about 11 days annually, explained Arshad Amanullah, of Collegeville, who joined 150 worshipers at Thursday's prayer service and iftar at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge mosque in Devon.
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July 15, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad late Saturday, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of daily violence rippling across Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said. A separate attack at a funeral northeast of the capital killed at least three. Police said the first Baghdad blast went off around 10 p.m. near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, a largely Sunni Muslim area.
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July 2, 2013 | By Abdul Sattar and Riaz Khan, Associated Press
QUETTA, Pakistan - Bombings killed 49 people in three areas of Pakistan on Sunday, just as Britain's prime minister was in the capital pledging to help fight extremism. In the deadliest of the attacks, twin blasts near a Shiite mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 28 people, including women and several children, said the city police chief, Mir Zubair Mahmood. Dozens of others were wounded. Initial reports indicated a hand grenade caused the first blast, forcing people to run in the direction of the mosque, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, said another officer, Fayaz Sumbal said.
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June 23, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people in Iraq on Saturday, as officials announced preliminary results for local elections in two provinces that showed the bloc of the country's speaker of parliament in the lead. The attacks are the latest in a wave of killing that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the start of April. It is the bloodiest and most sustained spate of violence to hit Iraq since 2008.
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May 31, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE LONG-RUNNING tug-of-war over who will run Philly's oldest African-American mosque has come to an end for now. More than a year after elected officials of the Philadelphia Masjid sought an emergency injunction to resolve a fight for control of the West Philly mosque, a Common Pleas judge ruled two weeks ago that those officials can retain their positions until July. The judge also ruled that members of a rival group known as the "concerned believers," whom the elected officials said wrongfully removed them from their posts in a hostile takeover, will serve on the board for the next three years.
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May 26, 2013 | Sayed Salahuddin, Washington Post
KABUL - A blast during Friday-night prayers in a mosque in central Afghanistan killed 12 people, eight of them Taliban insurgents, officials said Saturday. The insurgents placed explosives in a corner of the mosque, in Ghazni province's Andar district, before joining worshipers, according to Qasim Deswal, a local official. They had been passing the village, carrying the explosives they routinely use for roadside-bomb and suicide attacks against Afghan and NATO targets when they stopped at the mosque, Deswal said.
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