CHICAGO,IL–DuPage Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted 16-2 against allowing a Muslim group to use a house near west suburban Bartlett as a mosque.
The board Tuesday voted down 15-3 a request for a conditional use permit from the Islamic Center of the Western Suburbs, which wanted to open a worship center in an unoccupied residence on Army Trail Road near West Chicago. Neighbors of the site and others opposed the application, asserting the facility would bring â€œa dangerous volume of new traffic to the area and casting doubt on the security of its septic system.â€
Jefferson City Muslims educate the public on Islam
JEFFERSON CITY, MO– The Muslim Community Center in Jefferson City hosted an open house to educate the community about Islam and Shariah Law.
They said that times are changing and Muslims arenâ€™t that different from other people.
Faizan Syed said, â€œWhat we want others to realize is that as Muslims, we are Muslim Americans. We are part of this society and part of the fabric, and we arenâ€™t violent or all these crazy things people think we are, rather we are your neighbors, the doctors who help you out you know we are a part of this societyâ€.
They spent the evening reflecting on what Islam really is, despite an image that doesnâ€™t sit well with many in society, â€œThe one thing we try to do within the Islamic center in Jefferson City is of course first an foremost education because the more people know about each other the less likely they are to have suspicionâ€ Syed told us.