Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, should pray for peace and quiet. The 11208 ZIP code had the most complaints about noise from a house of worship, with 403. More than half of the complaints list the address of a mosque, Masjid-Al-Aman, where an imam issues a lyrical call to prayer five times a day via a loudspeaker that reaches a 20-block radius, according to Gothamist.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Britain’s leading Muslim organisation, has launched a scheme, the ‘Women in Mosques Development Programme’, to train women for leadership in mosques and community bodies. The six-month scheme is currently being undertaken by twenty women, who are given one-to-one mentoring and visit “best-practice mosques”. They are also given public speaking training and training in media relations.
The mosque in Sugoren, in the country’s western Yalova province, had a key flaw in its construction that meant faithful Muslims – who are instructed to kneel in the direction of Mecca during prayers – had misaligned themselves by as much as 33 degrees, the Daily Sabah reported.
A major Canadian Islamic organization has been suspended and fined by federal charities regulators following an audit that raised concerns it had “provided resources” that may have been used to support to armed militancy.
Someone sullied Islamic charities’ impeccable reputation? For shame.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to open one of Europe’s largest mosques in Cologne on Saturday as he wrapped up a controversial visit to Germany, with police deploying in force to manage the rival rallies.
The Zainabiya Welfare Foundation (ZWF) had been using a building on Bennet Road, in south Reading, as a mosque throughout 2017 before being informed by the local authority that its use was “unauthorised” and that they would fail to obtain planning permission. The Shia group subsequently purchased another building – over five miles away in north west Reading – which, by the group’s own admission, has been used as a mosque since 14th December 2017 despite having no planning permission to do so.