WHEATON, IL (News Agencies)–The Irshad Learning Center, an Islamic educational institute, suffered a setback after it was denied permission to build a facility near Naperville. The DuPage County board voted 10-7 this Tuesday to deny a conditional-use permit. The board members said they were concerned about operation of the facility in a residential neighborhood and the accompanying problems.
They suggested it was time the board re-examine a special zoning proposal for religious institutions.
Officials from Irshad were upset by the decision and suggested legal actions against the county could be on the horizon.
Mahmood Ghassemi, chairman of the centerâ€™s board of trustees, said he didnâ€™t feel the county decision was in keeping with the rule of law.
Muslim cabbie returns $21,000 left in taxi
NEW YORK, NY–A New York City Muslim cab driver is being praised for returning $21,000 left behind a tourist from Europe. Italian Felicia Lettieri, 72, left her purse in a Manhattan taxi on Christmas Eve. It contained travelling money for her and six relatives.
Police told them not to get their hopes up about finding it.
But the cabbie, Mohammad â€œMukalâ€ Asadujjaman, drove about 50 miles, to a Long Island address he found in the purse. No-one was home, so he left his phone number and later returned with the money.
The 28-year-old driver, from Bangladesh, said that as an observant Muslim he could not accept a reward offered by the grateful passenger.
Free Admission To Ali Center On Champâ€™s Birthday
LOUISVILLE, KY–Muhammad Ali turns 68 years old on Jan. 17.To celebrate this occasion, the Muhammad Ali Center invites the community to tour the centerâ€™s award-winning exhibits for free and to participate in the dayâ€™s activities. The Center is also expanding its Sunday hours for this festive occasion; doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Leading off the special events for the day will be a short program at 1 p.m. in the Ali Centerâ€™s Main Lobby. At 2:30 p.m., in the Auditorium, will be a showing of â€œFacing Ali,â€ an Academy Award contender this year for Best Documentary. Producer Derik Murray will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions about the production of this compelling film.
Other special activities for the day include a trivia contest, prizes, drawings, light refreshments, and an opportunity for kids to design birthday cards for Ali. Special Muhammad birthday merchandise will be available to purchase in the centerâ€™s retail store.
This event will also kick off a year of significant historical events for Ali: the 50th anniversary of his first professional fight (in Louisville) and his 1960 Olympic Gold Medal received in Rome.