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.
August 17, 2010 |
A proposal to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan just blocks away from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has emerged as the hot-button issue of the moment in the midterm campaigns, putting candidates on the spot. In Pennsylvania, the candidates for U.S. Senate are lining up on opposite sides of the question. Republican Pat Toomey says he does not believe the mosque should be built there, while Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee, says that guarantees of religious freedom in the Constitution confer the right for Muslims to worship anywhere - not that he's endorsing the specific project, mind you. "It is provocative in the extreme to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero," said Toomey spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik.
January 18, 2012 |
THE IMAM and members of the board of a prominent West Philadelphia mosque went to court yesterday in an effort to overturn a hostile takeover by rival factions, which include supporters of the ousted imam, Shamsud-din Ali - a central figure in the 2005 City Hall bugging scandal. Elected officials of the Philadelphia Masjid, the city's oldest continuous African-American mosque, filed an emergency injunction Jan. 13, a week after fights erupted inside the mosque. Court documents allege that some rival members interrupted religious services on Jan. 6 and assaulted Imam Malik Mubashshir and Rafiq Kalam id-din, chairman of the mosque's board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.