muslim mosque at ground zero

Building a mosque in the former location of the attacks of 9 September or better known as Ground Zero, New York, modern design with futuristic style.

muslim mosque at ground zero

muslim mosque at ground zero

The design of this building has 16 floors and “wrapped” like a beehive-shaped abstract.

Meanwhile, other experts call this building shaped like a symbol of the Jewish Star of David.

The company behind the construction of mosques at the same time the Islamic community center shows that the hexagram was also used in Islam, as the Seal of Solomon, and also in Christianity and other religions.

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer of this building, said it was like to have a building that is a marriage between the Islamic architecture and New York City.

“We also wanted to do something green and cool,” he said.

The proposed Islamic center, two blocks from the location of the World Trade Centre attacks has created widespread controversy in the United States.

Design that has been circulating it also shows the building has four floors as a fitness center, exercise is also a swimming pool.

In addition to sports center, there is also a daycare, restaurants, culinary schools, art studios, exhibition space and auditorium.

While the prayer room was in two levels in the basement, in addition to the mosque building also will have room warning 9 / 11 on the 12th floor and a sacred place that is open to melaukan worship for all people of all faiths. (Ans / telegraph)


Islam in Norway Increases rapidly

The number of Muslims in Norway almost 40% from the previous five years ago only about 18%.

The development of Islam in the West in recent years has made tremendous progress. Not least in Norway. Board Statistics Norway and the Vart Land newspaper showed that the number of Muslims in Norway almost 40% from the previous five years ago only about 18%.

Improvement occurred most outside Oslo. In a country which now has 126 mosques, there are 21.5% Muslims enrolled in 126 the Muslim community in 2009. While it is remain independent. The largest number, 54.6%, are Christian (Roman Catholic and Pentecostal), 18.8% of non-religious members of the community.

Islam is nothing new in Norway. In 2007, a group of archaeologists found coins the phrase write shahada in southern Norway. The coins come from the Viking merchant ship that often times when the traders brought it home from the trade in Baghdad.

Surprisingly again, it was Henrik Wergeland, Norway’s famous figures in modern history and one of the country’s constitution-makers, is a Muslim. This is acknowledged in a number of letters sent to his mother. The letter, which was found by archaeologists in the year 2007 shows that, Wergeland was a religion which is taught by the Turkish Ottoman Empire, namely Islam.

Although time forgotten, as time goes by Islam in Norway began to shine again. Especially after the discovery of oil in the country, it is require more labor. The human resources from Turkey and Pakistan, which incidentally Muslims, is arrives to this country.

In 1985 the number of Muslims has increased, with the arrival of students and immigrants from countries of conflict, and continent of Africa, especially from North Africa. Also, because some native Norwegians began many who embraced Islam.

Muslim in Finland Seeking Cemetery Land


Finnish Muslims are busy looking for land for the cemetery for their dead relatives. "Our goal is to find a wider area for long-term needs," said Pia Jardi, Head of the Funeral Committee, the Islamic Council of Finland, as reported by, Sunday (08/24) last.

Council wanted to build a cemetery in Uusima, Southern Finland which has 24 municipalities including the capital city of Helsinki. Party managers have also been sent a letter request cemetery land to 16 district and city region level.
The bottom line council asked local governments to give generous parcel of land as a graveyard. If not, they will plan to seek permission to use an area that has not been confirmed in the zone area function as a funeral.



Jardi said if the graves are needed to avoid future problems associated with the growth of Muslim population. "Ten years from now the situation is more acute," he said.

For these needs, temporary assistance came from the Christian community. Previously, some Protestant churches have given several plots to Muslims in their community. Last year, the Protestant church in Helsinki even guarantees Muslims full blocks of land with a capacity of 202 burial tomb, in which eight people were buried there Muslims.


"The law calls on us to provide a burial grave plot for Helsinki residents," said Risto Lehto, one member of the church, Protestantism Helsinki. There are about 40,000 to 45,000 Muslims among the 5.2 million populations in Finland.
Islam arrived in Finland by the Baltic Tatars at the end of the 19th century. Nation Tatars arrived in Finland as merchants and soldiers. Some end up living, settle and assimilate with the natives in sana. Source :Republika

Islam in Argentina



Slowly, Argentina now more accepted Islam. The number of Muslims has reached three million people. Argentina name is always synonymous with football. A number of names soccer players of the world are born in this country. For example, Diego Armando Maradona, Gabriel Omar Batistuta, Mario Kempes, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Maxi Rodriguez, and Gabriel Heinze. Maradona is one of the world’s best players of the 20th century, along with Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian, who fondly called Pele.
Maradona is a very popular name in that country rather than the name of the president of Argentina. He even equated with ‘the Saviour’ for Argentina, thanks to the ‘hand of god goal’ which he created in the 1986 World Cup semi-final goal against England. And, thanks to a goal that also, Argentina advanced to the 1986 World Cup final, eventually became the 1986 World Cup champions. Some people think Maradona’s Argentina as a ‘god’.

However, on the other hand, not many people know the unique predicate that also carried the state which has an area of 2.7804 million square meters. Amid the euphoria of the people who love football, there are Muslims who live in the midst of a majority of Christians.

Yes, Argentina is one of the populous Muslim countries very much. In fact, the biggest compared to other countries in Latin America. Then, how many Muslims in this country? The question was certainly not feasible for juxtaposed and compared with Middle Eastern or Asian country, which is the largest Muslim country in the world. Because, Latin America is a Christian missionary territory since the area was conquered Europe in the early 16th century. And, amid the cold war between the West and the Islamic ideology today, exactly the teachings of Islam can flourish and thrive there.

Although the Muslim population in a country that has the official name of the Argentine Nation was ranked fourth, nuance and religious proselytizing Muslims is so high there. This can be evidenced by the establishment of a number of mosques in Argentina. In Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has established a large mosque in 1989.The mosque is now a center of worship and proselytizing of Muslims there. In some cities in Argentina, now also stand firm mosques and stately. Number has reached tens. Islamic syiar increasingly widespread in Argentina after an Islamic studies center, named The King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center, built in 1996. Islamic studies center building is located in a middle-class neighborhood in Palermo, Buenos Aires. The project which is cooperation between the government of Argentina and Saudi Arabia was built on an area of 34 thousand square meters. This study center equipped with building a mosque, library, two schools, parks, and ample parking.

In this place, usually Muslims gather and assess about science and Islamic culture. Especially during Ramadan, chanting culture and values of Islam is so rife echoed. Growing rapidly regarding the number of Muslims in Argentina, it’s hard to find figure. Some data sources mention different figures. According to the records of The CIA World’s Fact Book, in 2004, of a total population of Argentina, who reached 39,144,753 people, only two percent who embraced Islam, which is about 782,895 souls, the rest are Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish. Meanwhile, Roman Catholic is the majority religion in a country known for dance tangonya it. However, according to one newspaper report in Argentina, Clerein, the new Argentine citizens to convert to Islam now increased to 900 thousand people. And, if the Muslim immigrants who were there added up as a whole, could reach more than three million people. Thus, estimates of Muslim population in Argentina increased from initially 700 thousand now become more than three million inhabitants.

Increasing Muslim populations in Argentina is recognized Centre for Islamic Studies in Argentina, Centro de Estudios Islamicos, institutions that focus on preaching and the study of Islamic culture in Argentina. The institute is mentioned in this century Islam growing rapidly in Argentina, the indication is the increasing number of adherents of Islam.

Much argentine society became Islam. Allegations that the United States intensively conducted and other Western countries to the Muslims, since the tragedy of 11 September 2001, as perpetrators of global terrorism, it could create suspicion of Muslims in Argentina. However, once after a two-way dialogue, tension and suspicion disappear by itself and many negative allegations posted on the Muslims, not so ignored Argentine society. While Muslims in Argentina, have shown spirit and nationalism. This is what makes passionate message of Islam is increasing there.
Like most Muslims in the world, Muslims in Argentina also made daily based on their respective professions. They worked from morning to evening. For the metropolis, they perform worship by not abandon their obligations as professionals. While those who live in rural areas, they live in harmony and coexistence. As dusk arrived, they gathered again at home. Generally, because the location of the mosque opposite the location of the house, they perform Maghreb prayer with the family in their homes.

the role of immigrants from the Middle East, like Syria and Lebanon, making the message of Islam in Argentina looks increasingly crowded. The fact that many migrants is introduce Islam to the population of Argentina. They migrated to the territory of Argentina in the early 20th century, and formed settlements in the midst of the native population. They live in harmony and peaceful without any sense of suspicion and hostility.

However, long before the arrival of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants, the Muslim community has been formed on Argentine soil. The arrival of the first Muslim immigrants has coincided with the arrival of Spanish explorers and Portuguese nationals in the territory of Argentina. The number of Muslim immigrants continues to grow after the Argentine became the colony of Spain.
Among the most famous Arab immigrant families Menem, who came from Syria and a Muslim? Former Argentine president, Carlos Menem, is one of the descendants of this family of Syrian immigrants. Although his ancestors were Muslim, he himself is a devout Roman Catholic. Because this is the religion factor, Carlos Menem allowed participating running for president of Argentina. In the prevailing constitutional rules, the president of Argentina must be a Roman Catholic. However, this rule is abolished in the 1994 constitutional reform.
It is estimated there are now approximately 3.5 million people of Arab descent Argentina. The Argentine Arab descent is not only converted to Islam, but also Christians and Jews. In fact, you could say most of the descendants of Arab immigrants are Christians and Jews, and perhaps just less than a quarter of the descendants of Arab immigrants who truly Muslim.

Active Learning Morals Messenger
As a country with the largest Muslim populations in South America, Islam has developed quite rapidly in Argentina. Therefore, the Muslim community in this country feels the need to introduce Tango figure of the Prophet Muhammad, the bearer of the message of Islam, to the people of Argentina. According to the latest research results pollsters the United States, the Pew Research Center, said that Argentina has 800 thousand Muslims. However, several other institutions mentioned, the number of followers of Islam in Argentina to reach three million people.

Islamic Center of Buenos Aires in cooperation with the Organization of the Islamic World, held a level of education to introduce the figure of the Prophet Muhammad to the people of Argentina. As the report released by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in February 2009 and then, levels of education is one way to recognize the figure of the Prophet Muhammad.

The implementation of this education, as quoted by SPA, aims to study the sides in a case example of the Messenger of Islam. Thus, the expected non-Muslim communities in Argentina have come to know in greater depth the human figure the Great, the Prophet Muhammad.

Saudi Arabia Embassy in Buenos Aires is responsible for administering the program. Implementation of Islamic education program was conducted in the year 2009. More than 50 people from the mubaligh Muslims, mosque imams, and the committee of Islamic organizations throughout Argentina, will follow the education program.

Arabic Glossary
In addition to the rather large population, the existence of Islam in Argentina can also be seen from a number of names of places and cities in this country, who use these terms rooted and derived from the language of Muslims, namely Arabic.

Dr. Youssef Mroueh, of the Preparatory Committee for International Festivals to celebrate the millennium of the Muslims arrival to the Amricas, in his essay entitled Precolumbian Muslims in America say; in the area of Argentina are the name of the cities of Cordoba and Bahia.

Cordoba is a city in the Islamic caliphate that had ruled Spain in the region today. In Argentina, Cordoba was the name the capital of a province in Argentina is located about 700 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires.

While in the history of Islamic civilization, Bahia is one of the palace relics of the glory of Islam in the city of Marrakech, Morocco. While in Argentina, there is a town called Bahia Blanca. The city is located in southwestern Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. (

History Islam in Suriname



Muslims smarten to learn religion. Yet, they constrained the limitations of teachers and books. Republic of Suriname is one of the smallest countries in America. It is only about 163 thousand square kilometers. However, in terms of population demographics, this state could be the most ‘colorful’ with ethnic diversity, culture, and religion.

Indeed, Suriname is a country of former Dutch colony. The Dutch have been in colonialized since 1667. Previously, the country formerly known as Netherlands Guiana named this colonized by the Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Independence in 1975, it has the official name of Republic of Suriname.

The original inhabitants were the Indians, ethnicities Americas. In the past, the Dutch relied heavily on the plantations of Surinam. Thousands of slaves were shipped from West Africa since the 1700s to be employed in the sugar cane, cotton, cocoa, and coffee. The people of West Africa brought the first Islamic religion in this country. In 1863, the Kingdom of the Netherlands ended the system of slavery. This policy is consequential to the sustainability of plantation jobs in colonial countries, including Suriname. Many slaves left the plantation to seek a more decent livelihood in other jobs. This condition lasted for a while.

Realizing the situation could disrupt the economy, the Netherlands also took rescue efforts. They recruited workers with very cheap payroll. They are partly drawn from several countries and regions colonies, including from Java, Indonesia. Most came from Central Java. At that time, the region’s most densely populated, but the low level of economy. For the first time, groups of immigrant workers Java as many as 94 people arrived in Suriname on August 9, 1890 after a long journey by ship Prins Willem II. They were recruited by the De Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij and subsequently employed in the sugar cane and sugar company Marrienburg.


Four years later, the same company that brought the second group consisted of 582 Javanese. Since the year 1890 until 1930, as many as 32,965 Javanese contract laborers employed in Suriname. Given the contractual arrangement, they will work for about five years. After that, workers may choose to stay in Suriname or return to Java. Many of those who returned to Java, but some choose settled in Suriname. They bought Islamic religion in Suriname because Java people are a lot of Muslim (source Republika)

Islam in Meksiko


Religion Islam came to Mexico through the intermediary of immigrants from the Middle East. It is a book by Pascual Almazan y hereje titled Un Un Musulman which tells of a Muslim named Yusof bin Alabaz, a clue about Islam first arrival to this country.

Based on the book, Joseph lived in the 16th century. He lives in Andalusia, but survived the onslaught of replies the Christians there. Yusof then fled to Morocco.


However, in the middle of the trip, he was captured by pirates who then took him to Mexico. For fear as slaves, he was trying to escape and succeeded. After that, several years later Joseph lived in an area called Veracruz and spread the religion of Islam to the locals.

From there, the religion of Islam is growing throughout the country. Especially growing number of immigrants is arriving from the Middle East. That’s history. There is no concrete evidence that says that Islam has existed in that country before the arrival of Arab immigrants.


Currently in the country there are many Middle Eastern immigrants. They come from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, and Syria. However, it is not known how many Muslims among them. It was only when professors from Georgetown University, Theresa Velcamp, conducted research in 1999, known

a little more about them.
According to him, immigrants from Syria and Lebanon are the largest immigrant community with an estimated 200 thousand inhabitants. In addition, Muslims mostly live in big cities like Mexico City, Monterey, Guadalajara, Ciudad Obregon, and Chiapas.



Indian tribes in Mexico

Indian tribes in Mexico are droves to Islam. The government also began to ‘hot’. Having long been a base of Catholics, southern Mexico is quickly changing as the search field of faith. Including the Islamic religion, which was recorded successfully embed its influence after hundreds of Mayan Indians becoming Muslim. And the Mexican government had made concerned about the outbreak of ‘clash of cultures’ in their own backyard."In Islam, does not recognize tribal and ethnic differences," said a Muslim convert the Maya to the media from Germany, Der Spiegel, when asked why a convert. He admitted to study many religions before finally choosing Islam as their religion.



A sense of religious enthusiasm is understandable. In his hometown in Chiapas, the poorest region in Mexico, a traditional tribe is often seen as second class citizens. Whites and Mestizos were always threatened them. In fact, in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, the largest city in the south, those indigenous Indians must get out into the street when a white man approached them on the sidewalk.

But life goes on. Gomez, 23, for example, converted to Islam since eight years ago. He had changed his name to Abraham and pilgrimage. According penuturannya, about seven years ago, embraced Islam for the Indians in the region still is something that anomaly. But now, veiled Muslim woman is already a common sight that you can find on the streets of San Cristobal.


About 300 Indians from the tribe Tzozil, also has converted to Islam in recent years and the number is still increasing. The fact is clearly worrying the Mexican government. As a result, the government is suspicious of this new Muslims on charges of subversive activity and has spread the secret service agents to observe the Maya-Muslim. Mexican President Vicente Fox’s is claiming to worry about the influence of the radical fundamentalist Alkaidah in the region.











Nevertheless, the Indians would not be affected by concerns of government, ranging from accusations become extremists, entering to political affairs, or whatever. Only one thing they want to do, namely worship best.

Revival of Islam in Bosnia


Teenagers in Bosnia have rediscovered their Islamic roots to the parents after they failed to achieve this. A U.S. magazine published a report on "Islamic awakening" in Sarajevo.

Four women who are friends since childhood and wear Hijab told Time magazine how they became more religious and started to wear Hijab.
"This is very strange to them," said saudina Husic, a student of Arabic and Persian."But they could use a veil."

"Nearly 15 years after the war ……., capital of Sarajevo, had an awakening of religion," said a statement.

"We spent the morning with shopping, and then praying together," Husic said.
However, the rise of Islamic religious leaders in Bosnia connects directly to the events of the massacre horror which they witnessed in the 1990s, when they were children.

"This generation grew overnight," said the mufti of Bosnia – Mustafa Efendi Ceric told Time magazine.

"We used to have a generation that questioned whether God exist. And now we have a very religious generation different from previous generations.
"Husic and his friends is Bosnian Muslim teenagers, they used to see how their home in Mostar to be destroyed and their neighbors attack each other with each other in an ethnic and religious conflicts that continue, two out of four teen girls have lost their parents, while others have seen with my own eyes how their uncle dragged from homes and massacred.

Imam mosque of King Fahd – Nezim Halilovic said that Bosnia is now experiencing a religious awakening while still higher than under communist rule by the dictator who ruled Yugoslavia – Joisp Broz Tito.

Halilovic also said that Serbian politicians are now looking at Sarajevo by a negative lens, they say that the Muslims in Bosnia in general have links with Islamic militants in order to get sympathy from the West, and they already have stereotypes about Islam phobia.

"You can see more Muslims in Paris and London," he said. “So, why the people of Bosnia to return Islam become a problem?"


Bosnian Muslims have experienced torture and murder of ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbian Christians in the 1990s, when Serbia tried to create whole regions in Bosnia only to citizens of Serbia.

The worst examples of mass slaughter that happened were some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims near Srebrenica were killed, and this event is said to be the worst incident came after the Second World War. (Eramuslim)