November 6, 2003
Misconceptions about Muslims, harmful anonymous flyers and accusations of political correctness have clouded a debate over a proposal to build a mosque to serve 15 families in Voorhees, Camden County. Tonight's zoning board meeting over the final site plan should focus on facts, not emotions. Residents turned out in force at earlier zoning board meetings. While some expressed reasonable worries associated with houses of worship - traffic, lighting, loss of property taxes - the particular mistrust and unease in this case clearly trace back to Sept.
October 27, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a mosque packed with senior regional officials in northern Afghanistan on a major Muslim holiday Friday, killing 41 people. The officials escaped unhurt, and many of the dead were soldiers and police. The attack was the latest in a series of deadly strikes in recent weeks against Afghan army, police and government officials. The choice of targets suggests that the insurgents are increasingly turning against Afghan authorities and security forces now that NATO is drawing down toward a final withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014.
November 11, 2012 |
Not long after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a small Muslim congregation in Voorhees looked into building a mosque, but ran into opposition from critics who claimed its members had terrorist connections. Lori Volpe, a Buddhist who teaches yoga and mindfulness, was among the first to support plans for the mosque. Now, she and others involved in the fight to build the Voorhees Islamic Center have another mission: helping their South Jersey neighbors achieve inner peace. That, at least, is the goal of a new interfaith community group, Tapestry, which will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill.
August 16, 2010 |
A place is made sacred by a widespread belief that it was visited by the miraculous or the transcendent (Lourdes, the Temple Mount), by the presence there once of great nobility and sacrifice (Gettysburg), or by the blood of martyrs and the indescribable suffering of the innocent (Auschwitz). When we speak of Ground Zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there - and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized, or misappropriated.
October 13, 2003 |
In August, my family and I visited Toronto, where we offered our daily prayers in a mosque within a few minutes of where we were staying. This afforded us a great opportunity to meet local people and learn their issues and culture. To promote this practice, we are working on establishing a mosque at Berlin Road and Lafayette Avenue in Voorhees. A coalition of people of various faiths will meet at my home Thursday to build support for the project. Some have tried to equate a mosque with terrorism, which is appalling rhetoric designed to scare people.
August 18, 2010
MY FAMILY and friends ask, "Why do you bother?" Bother to state my opinion on what I read in the papers, and hear on the news. Why? Because I care that our forefathers fought in wars many sacrificed their lives for democracy and freedom. My grandfather in World War I, and my father in World War II, went over there. They didn't ask, "Why?" - they just did. If there was the mere mention that a foreign religious structure be built in or around the Arizona in Pearl Harbor, they would have turned their aim and fired.
April 16, 2011 |
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A suicide bomber blew himself up as police were praying Friday, wounding 28 people in the first attack on a mosque since extremists started targeting the predominantly Muslim country a decade ago. The victims, including a local police chief, were rushed to hospitals with nails, nuts, and bolts embedded in their bodies, said Yeni Rahmawati, a hospital spokeswoman. Although houses of worship are commonly targeted by extremists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, the attack in the West Java town of Cirebon was a first for Indonesia.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
February 2, 2004 |
In this small town on the White Horse Pike, a house meant to be a mosque has stood empty and boarded-up for two years. For the Bangladeshi immigrants who hoarded tiny donations for nearly a decade to buy it, the house represents their hope for a place to worship in their own language. The zoning officials who ruled that they couldn't use the graffiti-marked house to pray said it would cause more chaos at a snarled intersection and mean the loss of tax revenues in their borough.
August 21, 1999 |
The piercing melody of a 14-year-old boy's singing drew Yilmaz Ekiz and his Turkish Muslim brothers into the fold of prayer at yesterday's Salatul Jumah, the Islamic sabbath service. Ekiz sank into the rituals of the prayer, his nose dipped in the carpet of the sanctuary. Three days before, he had lost friends vacationing in Izmit, Turkey, the epicenter of Tuesday's earthquake that killed more than 10,000, injured almost 35,000, and buried thousands more. It has been hard to get any news from Izmit because most families now are living in streets rather than homes, Ekiz said.