* Because Islam must dominate and not be dominated.
* Because all the world belongs to Allah and the soldiers of Allah follow divine orders
Â An artist’s impression of the mosque. Note how they deliberately made the 19 meter minaret look small and inconspicuous?Â
The Bosnian Islamic Societys proposal to build a mosque in the Swan Valley has pitched local non-Muslims against Muslims
A plan to build a $4 million mosque complete with a 19m minaret in the Swan Valley has divided the local Muslim and non-Muslim community, with some residents worried it will destroy the identity of the area as a tourist, viticultural and horticultural hotspot
The Bosnian Islamic Society plans to build the 1277sqm mosque on a 9400sqm block on Smallbrook Retreat in Caversham on the edge of the valley. The society bought the land two years ago for $280,000. The design includes several buildings linked by courtyards, a large archway entry and parking for 87 vehicles.
But the design is not the problem, according to Swan Valley Progress Association chairman Rod Henderson, who said the use of the proposed building as a mosque did not fit within the character of the area.
He believed the mosques construction would be inappropriate under the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995, which was designed to protect the region from inconsistent developments. “If someone were to come in and buy a block of land to make shoes, for instance, that would be contrary to the Act,” he said. “If someone wants to come in and put up a mosque, that is also contrary to the Act. It should be put up in a suburban lot in an appropriate area. Theres no delineation here, its not a matter of bias.”
But the proposal has been developed with advice from the City of Swan, whose chief executive Mike Foley said the plans would not have been allowed to progress if they did not meet its guidelines.
Bosnian Islamic Society president Sajit Smajic said the land had been chosen because it bordered Beechboro and Lockridge, where 85 per cent of Perths Bosnian Muslims lived.
“I think this building can embellish the whole area and can be another attraction for tourists, I dont think it will make the Swan Valley ugly or that it is out of context with the whole area,” he said.
* As they say: beauty is the eye of the beholder. But did you ever meet a tourist who wanted to see a mosque in Australia?
Mr Smajic said he was not surprised by the communitys reaction to the mosque because many people had negative stereotypes about Muslims. “We can sit down and put everything on the table and see what the people are concerned about and if it is possible to solve the problems, we will,” he said. “Once they sit down with us, they will realise we are not a threat.”
* Strange: where does he think do these ‘negative stereotypes’ come from? Could it have anything to do with Bali 1&2, with 9/11 and with the globalÂ jihad around the world?
* Rrriigth! Lets sit down! Just show them the Koran, brother.Â These ignorant infidels will surely see the light…
Mr Smajic said the prayer room would be big enough to hold 350 people but the five daily prayer sessions were likely to attract only 20 to 30 people. No Australian mosques broadcast a “call to prayer”.
*Â ???? Can anybody verify that????
The public comment period on the plan closed last Friday, with the City of Swan receiving 139 objections from 143 submissions. The plan is unlikely to go to council before March.