SAMMAMISH,WA–The City of Sammamish has delayed its decision on the construction of a parking lot next to a mosque, the Sammamish Review reported.
Senior Planner Evan Maxim said the city has given the Sammamish Muslim Association until November 11 to reply to the cityâ€™s request for more information on their project.
The group is seeking to install a 38-stall parking lot and officially convert their single-family home into a religious use facility for 50 to 80 families who worship there.
Maxim said the city has asked the group for more information on the potential uses of the building, landscape designs near the proposed parking lot and the amount of people coming and going at given times of the day.The group has been operating on a temporary agreement with the city since buying the property in 2009.
Woodlandâ€™s mosque holds Iftar for community
WOODLAND,CA–Woodlandâ€™s Muslim Mosque held a community iftar open to everyone last week. About 300 people attended the event.
Among those attending the breaking of the fast were Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel, Vice Mayor Skip Davies, Yolo Sheriff Ed Prieto, Woodland Police Chief Dan Bellini and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada.
Yamada used the occasion to note it was the Japanese in America who were discriminated against as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor some 70 years ago, which generated a great deal of sympathy today when American Muslims were vilified immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
As such, she said, Japanese Americans were the first to support American Muslims being discriminated against after the 911 attacks.
â€œThis country made a mistakeâ€ 70 years ago when Japanese were imprisoned, lost their property and possessions as a result of discrimination, Yamada said. â€œBut it admitted to that mistake, made reparations and apologized.â€
â€œWe have learned that we can take the high road,â€ Yamada continued. â€œWe can build peace and community together.â€
Yolo Sheriff Ed Prieto and Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel talked about the importance of family structure and a sharing of cultures.
Buffalo Mosque organizes parking lot Bazaar
BUFFALO,NY–A Buffalo mosque opened its parking lot to provide opportunity for underemployed Queen City residents.
Muhammadâ€™s Mosque welcomed inner-city neighbors to a community market and international bazaar.
It gives up to 50 people a chance to make and sell items and give buyers a place to get what they need without heading out to the suburban malls or factory outlets.