Only in America: Mosque to Open Two Blocks From World Trade Center

DNA Info

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — The old Burlington Coat Factory building on Park Place has sat shuttered and empty since the landing gear from a hijacked plane crashed through the roof on 9/11.

Muslim worshippers pray during the service at the Masjid Al-Abidin mosque in Queens on Dec. 6, 2002. Plans are in the works to open a mosque in Manhattan, two blocks from Ground Zero.

Now, a Muslim group hopes to build a mosque and cultural center there, replacing what they see as the worst of Islam with the best. (What’s the best of Islam? Have I been missing something?)

“We have a vision that is opposite the vision of the extremists,” said Daisy Khan, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, the group behind the center. “We want to be a driving force for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.”
Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee embraced the center’s message of tolerance and voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the project.

“Finally we can get that ugly space taken care of,” said Pat Moore, a member of the committee who lives nearby.
A preliminary rendering of the 13-story Cordoba House on Park Place.
But other members of the community, who did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, want the mosque to find a different home.
“It doesn’t belong down here,” said Rosemary Cain, whose firefighter son was killed on 9/11. “It makes me sick to think the city would allow such a thing.”
While Cain acknowledged that “not every person who is Muslim is a terrorist,” she thinks the Muslim community as a whole never sufficiently declaimed the attacks.  John Schmidt, 29, a construction worker who is rebuilding the World Trade Center, also got angry when he heard about the plans.
“No way,” he said. “Muslims bombed the towers. Why would they put a mosque next to the Freedom Tower?”

Khan envisions the $100 million, 100,000-square-foot Cordoba House as much more than a mosque: She wants it to be a gathering place for the entire downtown community, including residents, workers and tourists, whether they are Muslim or not.
The 13-story center, which could open as soon as 2013 at 45 Park Place, will include a 500-seat auditorium, a basketball court, a swimming pool and a kitchen for cooking classes. Khan hopes to host interfaith conferences and panels along with more lighthearted events like a Muslim Idol talent competition.
Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee unanimously supported the project Wednesday night. (DNAinfo/Julie Shapiro)
Iqbal Hossain Chowdhury, 42, who runs a newsstand on Park Place, said the center would provide much-needed education for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
“People read the Koran and they don’t know the meaning,” said Chowdhury, who is Muslim. “It is good for them to learn — to learn is best.”
Matt Migeal, 39, who was selling 9/11 photo books in front of the World Trade Center on Wednesday, also thought it was good for the mosque to move in.
“This didn’t happen because of Muslim people,” Migeal said, gesturing toward the site. “Terrorism and Islam have nothing to do [with each other].”
The Cordoba Initiative already runs a mosque on West Broadway and started holding weekly services in the new Park Place space last year. As the services grow, they could attract up to 2,000 people, Khan said.
The Cordoba Initiative is already working with the NYPD on security.
Khan said she has heard very little criticism of the center so far, though she added that Saturday’s attempted Times Square bombing didn’t help.
“Events like [Times Square] always set us back,” Khan said. “Leaders have to push back in the other direction, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:

Don’t laugh: US Muslim Brotherhood Warns Against “Islamophobia” In Times Square Plot

You would think that the dhimmi loons from the far left are doing that already.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Claims Israelis Harvesting Organs From Dead Palestinians; Says Israel Executing Large Numbers Of Prisoners

Sure. I just ran out of bloody matzo’s, I guess I have to kill a few Pal’s to bake a few more….

Religion of Peace:


Nigeria: Politician Has ‘Zeal for Islam’, Lust for Underage Virgins…

This man takes pride in being a virgin buster…..

Comedy Central: No to Muhammad — but ‘Yes!’ to Jesus

3 thoughts on “Only in America: Mosque to Open Two Blocks From World Trade Center”

  1. Two things to note here:
    1. We no longer have a safe haven in this world.
    2. The proposed construction is a recipe for disaster.
    The consequences will be costly.

  2. I think Daisy Khan means well – but the problem is that her vision will be hijacked and that I do not want.

  3. govt of NYC and AMERICA have gone nuts, they should remove Osama Bin Laden from most wanted list and place the local Americans at the top of most wanted list. What is the logic behind constructing Masjid at 9/11 site, are they trying to make muslims happy. If so they should simply remove the innocent soldiers from Afganistan and allow Taliban to take control of FBI and NATO and make Pakistan the permanent member of UN Security Council. God Bless America.
    Who ever approved the construction of masjid at 9/11 site must been lucky not loosing his/her dear ones in WTC…F***k so much of shit politics by the American Govt with their own people..!
    Nishant, Nick

Comments are closed.