How to make new mosques out of old churches

Method One: the money weapon. Just buy a church and convert it. Like here in Canuckistan:

*  Muslims buy old Guelph church as new mosque

Method number two: if Muslims have the numbers, they just kick the unbelievers out:

*  Somalia jihadists: “We have demolished a Christian church. And we’ll replace it with an Islamic mosque. We will demolish all similar Christian cathedrals and other places of worship”



Muslims buy old Guelph church as new mosque

Record news services


With winter approaching, local Muslims are no longer facing the spectre of kneeling in the snow outside their crowded mosque.

The Muslim Society of Guelph sealed the deal this week to buy a historic downtown church, which will serve as its new place of worship.

The society, which for years has been looking for property on which to build a new mosque, has purchased the stone church at 126 Norwich St. E., which had long been home to the Guelph Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) before that dwindling congregation moved in the spring.

At the time, the 152-year-old building was sold to a private individual, who several weeks ago put it back on the market.

Nasar Noorzad, a local Re/Max agent and member of the Muslim Society, approached society leaders about making an offer and this week came to an agreement with the former owner. The deal, worth $589,000, closes in November.

“This can accommodate a lot of people,” Noorzad said during a tour of the building yesterday. “Everybody is very happy.”

The Muslim Society of Guelph has for years been searching for a new home to replace the crowded mosque on Marlborough Road. During Friday prayer services, some members have resorted to putting their prayer rugs on the ground outside and listening to the service on speakers.

The society has considered several properties but had not been able to find a suitable property in its price range.

The Marlborough Road mosque was built to hold about 100 people, but Friday services routinely attract three or four times that many worshippers.

The Norwich Street property in its current configuration can seat about 150, but Noorzad said that the rounded pews will be removed and an estimated 400 people will be able to worship there.

Mohamed Chaarani, a spokesperson for the Muslim Society, said that ideally, a spot will be found to bring the whole community together under one roof, but until that happens Guelph will have two mosques.

Noorzad agreed ultimately one large mosque will be sought to replace the two smaller ones.

Noorzad and Chaarani conceded for larger events the society will have to rent a larger space.

For example, about 3,000 Muslims marked Eid in two shifts yesterday at the Legion. Eid marks the end of Ramadan.

A group of local artists had been rallying to buy the Norwich Street property as a rehearsal and performance space.

“We’re all disappointed we couldn’t find a way to make it work, but I’m pleased it’s going to remain in that type of use and not be chopped up into condos,” musician James Gordon said.


Somalia jihadists: “We have demolished a Christian church. And we’ll replace it with an Islamic mosque. We will demolish all similar Christian cathedrals and other places of worship”

More on this story. “Somali insurgents want to raze non-Muslim places of worship,” from theAssociated Press, September 30 (thanks to Kyros):

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamists began demolishing an old Roman Catholic church in southern Somalia on Tuesday to replace it with a mosque, and vowed to do the same with all other non-Muslim places of worship they find in the area.

The act — and the threat — were the latest show of strength by the growing Islamic insurgency in and around the southern port of Kismayo. Somalia’s third-largest city has been in the control of al-Shabab, a powerful Islamist faction, since August.

Sheik Hassan Yakob Ali, a spokesman for al-Shabab, said the city’s residents had knocked down a wall of the century-old Italian church, which has not been used for at least 18 years. No one was hurt in the demolition, Ali said.

He said the city administration will finish the demolition job over the next few days and replace the building with a mosque.

“We have demolished a Christian church,” Ali told The Associated Press. “And we’ll replace it with an Islamic mosque. We will demolish all similar Christian cathedrals and other places of worship for Christians, Buddhists and other religions.”

Somalia is a mostly Sunni Muslim country, but it still contains a series of old Catholic churches that are a legacy of its colonial past under Italy. There are no known Buddhist temples in Somalia.

Tuesday’s demolition was scheduled to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But it was not the only, or the most violent, attack against the Catholic Church in Somalia.

In 2006, gunmen in Mogadishu shot and killed a 65-year-old Italian nun and her bodyguard. In 1989, the Bishop of Mogadishu, Pietro Salvatore Colombo, was killed at his cathedral in the Somali capital. After the bishop’s assassination, the Vatican eliminated the post and now oversees Somalia through neighboring Djibouti….

You might notice there was no mention of the status of the Mogadishu Cathedral. That was destroyed in 1992.


Jesus Mosque – Jordan’s latest symbol of ‘interfaith peace’ 

Madaba, Jordan M & C A mosque named after the central figure of Christianity is the latest milestone of interfaith coexistence in Jordan.

Both Muslim and Christian leaders expressed delight when the Jesus Christ Mosque opened a few months ago in the tranquil town of Madaba, 30 kilometres south of the capital, Amman.

‘This is a message to the world that Muslims consider Jesus Christ their own messenger because he informed humanity beforehand that the Prophet Mohamed was coming,’ the mosque’s prayer leader, Belal Hanini, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

‘It also proves that Islam is a religion of tolerance and has nothing to do with extremism,’ he said. (it proves nothing/ed)

Hanini and other worshippers explained how followers of Islam and Christianity lived for a long time in peace and fostered fraternal ties in this area of the Hashemite Kingdom, an ardent supporter of interfaith dialogue.

Christians make up 10 per cent of Madaba’s residents and account for 5 per cent of Jordan’s 5.5-million population, they said.

‘We have lived in peace for centuries with our Christian brothers and now we feel that this mosque symbolizes our fraternity,’ Abd Horout, a Muslim lawyer from Madaba said as he finished afternoon prayers.

‘We have been ordered by our holy book, the Koran, not to differentiate between messengers. We consider Jesus Christ a brother of our messenger, the Prophet Mohamed,’ he added. (they’re so full of it- no wonder they sometimes explode/ed)

He pointed to a cluster of inscriptions fixed to the inside walls of the mosque which are enshrined in the Muslim holy book in praise of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary.

The Jesus Christ mosque was built by the al-Otaibi family, a Muslim clan that has a long history in the Madaba area and a distinguished record of promoting good ties with the Christian community.

‘We wanted to set an example to be followed elsewhere for interfaith coexistence,’ Marwan al-Oteibi told the dpa.

‘Giving this name to this shrine is also designed to let the entire world understand that Islam is a religion of tolerance that enjoys innate readiness of communication with other faiths,’ he said.

Naming an Islamic shrine after Jesus Christ was enthusiastically welcomed by Christian leaders in Jordan, who considered it a new gesture of goodwill from the Muslim majority.

‘As monotheists, we are delighted with this move from our Muslim Brothers towards Jesus Christ and his mother, as we realize that the holy Koran has devoted a specific Surah (chapter) to her,’ Reverend Nabil Haddad from the Greek-Catholic Church told dpa.

‘We, followers of Jesus Christ, have been moved by this step which has left us extremely happy at a time when we seek to present Jordan as a model for interfaith coexistence,’ said Haddad, who chairs the Jordanian Centre for Peaceful Coexistence.

Putting the name of Jesus Christ on a Muslim shrine was endorsed by the Jordanian Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, which acts as a watchdog for all mosques in the country.

‘This gesture falls in line with Jordan’s policy to encourage dialogue among religions and civilizations,’ said Samir Qudah, who is in charge of the Ministry’s section that looks after mosques