The New York Daily News reports that the financial district committee of the Community Board 1 in Manhattan has unanimously endorsed the erection of a 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center.
This was reported on usnavyseals.com today (5/10/10) under the title: ‘Mosque to be Built Near Ground Zero.’
According to the article, the Cordoba House is a $100 million project that is being proposed for the former Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, a location that is two blocks away from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood.
The project consists of a glass and steel building that will house a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court.
The Cordoba Initiative hopes to break ground on the project by 9/11/2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. An estimated 1,000 to 2,000 Muslims are expected to pray in the Mosque on Fridays.
The usnavyseals.com article also contained this information:
‘Islam, however, is a religion that is unsurprisingly associated with the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, and despite the knowledge and the realization that it is incorrect to give a sweeping generalization of all Muslims, those who lost loved ones during the attacks are not too keen about seeing a mosque in the area.’
CBN article and video
A similar report and a short corresponding video can be found on cbn.com (Christian Broadcasting Network) under the heading: ‘Large Mosque Going Up Near Ground Zero.’
The largest mosque in the world
According to wikipedia.org, the l-Masjid al-Ḥarām or “The Sacred Mosque” is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca, it surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while offering daily prayers and is Islam’s holiest place. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque.
The current structure covers an area of 4,008,020 square meters (990.4 acres) including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to four million Muslim worshippers during the Hajj period, one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the world.
Rules and etiquette in mosques
Also according to wikipedia.org, mosques, in accordance with Islamic practices, institute a number of rules intended to keep Muslims focused on worshipping Allah. While there are several rules, such as those regarding not allowing shoes in the prayer hall, that are universal, there are many other rules that are dealt with and enforced in a variety of ways from mosque to mosque.
Appointment of a prayer leader is considered desirable, but not always obligatory.
Islam requires that its adherents wear clothes that portray modesty.
As mosques are places of worship, those within the mosque are required to remain respectful to those in prayer.
There are rules for separation of genders and also rules for non-Muslims in mosques, which are explained in the wikipedia.org article.
As more information is forthcoming regarding the the building of a mosque near ground zero, it will be reported here at Associated Content.
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