LONG ISLAND,NY–This is one case of continuing expansion. The Islamic Center of Long Island was formed in 1982. Ever since then it has evolved from a small brick home to its current home of 10, 000 square foot of facilities including a mosque, library, classroom, and administrative office. Last month it announced that it is again expanding to meet the needs of its growing congregants.
According to West Bury Times the ICLI is seeking to build a a three story, 19,000 square addition to the existing structure. It has purchases four adjoining homes and construct a parking area. It will add 87 parking spots as compared with the current 35. But it is still short of 221 spots as required by the by-laws. Therefore the center has filed an application with the zoning board to receive a parking variance.
A hearing on the application is expected to be held on Nov.16.
Investigation into imamâ€™s death ends
YERMO,CA– The San Bernardino County Sherriffâ€™s Department has stated that its investigation into the mysterious death of a local Muslim in a house fire hasnâ€™t produced any results and that the case is being now shelved. They have been unable to find any clues or suspects.
Ali Mohammed died on June 27 while visiting a property that his family had moved out of when suddenly the building was enveloped in flames.
Investigators had earlier claimed that the fire was human-caused and not a result of faulty equipment.
The same property was repeatedly the target of vandalism and hate attacks.
Police investigate break-in at mosque
DURHAM, NC–Durham police are investigating a break-in at the Masjid Ibad Ar-Rahman mosque, 3034 Fayetteville St.
Mosque leaders found windows and doors broken early on the morning of Nov. 2. They said two flat-screen monitors, a printer and a computer were stolen. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Durham police Investigator K. D. Emanuel at 919-560-4415, ext. 29306, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
Lackawanna halal facility opposed
LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK–Angry protestors vent their voices at the Lackawanna City Council last Tuesday night to protest a plan for a halal slaughterhouse in the area. The protestors and those in the council supporting them appeared to be ill informed on the halal method.
â€œI did research the Halal method and Iâ€™m not happy with what I read,â€ said First Ward Councilmember Andrea Haxton, according to WNED.
It was not readily apparent what kind of research she did.
City Council members told the citizens they had nothing to do with approval of the meat facility and canâ€™t stop it even if they are opposed.
â€œIt has not and will not come in front of city council because we have, unfortunately, no role in this,â€ said Councilmember Geoffrey Szymanski.
The slaughterhouse is expected to open within a few months.