..............resistance to plans for mosques .............

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  1. Rita Alshoaibi

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    Petitions in London, protests in Cologne, a court case in Marseille and a violent clash in Berlin - Muslims in Europe are meeting resistance to plans for mosques that befit Islam's status as the continent's second religion.

    Across Europe, Muslims who have long prayed in garages and old factories now face scepticism and concern for wanting to build stately mosquesto give proud testimony to the faith and solidity of their Islamic communities.

    Some critics reject them as signs of "Islamisation". Others say minarets would scar their city's skyline. Given the role some mosques have played as centres for terrorists, others see Muslim houses of worship as potential security threats.

    "The increasingly visible presence of Muslims has prompted questions in all European societies," Tariq Ramadan, one of Europe's leading Muslim spokesmen, argued when far-right groups proposed this year to ban minarets in his native Switzerland.

    The issue hit the headlines in Britain in late July when a petition against a 'mega-mosque' next to the 2012 London Olympics site was posted on Prime Minister Gordon Brown's website. It attracted more than 275,000 signatures before it was taken down.

    In Germany last month, there were anti-mosque protests in Cologne and Berlin and a local council voted against one in Munich. A French far-right group vowed to sue the city of Marseille for a second time for helping build a "grand mosque".

    Bekir Alboga of the Turkish Islamic Union (DITIB) in Cologne said critics who see these new mosques as signs of separatism or of an Islamic colonisation of Europe miss the point.

    "The desire of Muslims to build a house of worship means they want to feel at home and live in harmony with their religion in a society they have accepted as theirs," he said.

    HIGH SYMBOLIC VALUE

    Major mosque projects need years of planning. In the process, Muslim leaders and city officials get to know each other better and most mayors end up supporting them as projects that help integrate the new minority.

    But neighbourhood groups and far-right activists, sometimes joined by Christian leaders, have recently spoken out against them as it became clear they would soon have a mosque next door.

    The tensions arise because houses of worship have a high symbolic value in Europe, where the cathedral or church is usually the centre of town, said Riem Spielhaus, an expert on Islam in Europe at Berlin's Humboldt University.

    "A mosque symbolically retraces the changes that have been made in society," she said. "It reopens the debate on whether these changes are good, whether Muslims should live here, even whether Islam is a good religion."

    But this is rarely discussed openly, she said. Disputes about mosques tend to focus on other issues, such as terrorism, the role of women or the availability of parking spots.

    Critics of the London mosque, led by a local councillor from a Christian group, argue a large mosque with room for 12,000 worshipers will turn the integrated neighbourhood into a "one-faith zone" driving out followers of other faiths.

    Missionaries a risk

    They also charge that Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), the Islamic missionaries building the mosque, are a security risk because 'shoe-bomber' Richard Reid and two suicide bombers in the July 2005 London attacks followed the publicity-shy movement.

    In Cologne, DITIB's plan for a modern Ottoman-style mosque has met charges it will be too big for a city housing one of the most imposing Gothic cathedrals in the Christian world.

    "I have a queasy feeling," Catholic Cardinal Joachim Meisner said. "A mosque would give the city a different panorama. Given our history, there is a shock that Muslim immigration has brought a cultural rupture in our German and European culture."

    A mosque project in Pankow, an eastern Berlin area with few Muslims, sparked violent clashes last month between supporters and opponents. Neo-Nazi groups have joined the protests and a truck was torched at the construction site in March.


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    what is ur opinion about this?????????
    i hope u will share it




    plz
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  3. عــاهد

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    I don't like using the word MOSQUES

    because the word originally came from the word Mosquitoes!
    Muslims were called mosquitoes by the Spanish, while Spain was conquered by the Muslims!


    the best word is Masjid!



    salam
     
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  5. Rita Alshoaibi

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    who told u that????
    and
    i love the word mosque

    btw i asked a lot of yemenis and they all like the word - so its only ur opinion

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  7. keep it real

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    hey rita as always your topics are beautiful
    :)
    i think we got lots of mosques
    so i dont think we need anymore
    muslims gotta focus on more important things
    like people dyin in iraq and palestine
     
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  11. yemenreform

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    Keep it Masjid
    No need to translate Quran, Mohamed or Masjid
     
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  13. Rita Alshoaibi

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    thanks a lot dee for giving this reply
    of course u are right with the people in irak and palestine

    but
    then u have even to think of the other things in yemen...........they need to be fixed like not all people there have enough to live, to eat and and and
    if u look for that u will never end with counting all the things


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