The local council rejected the plan. Will Eric Holder come to the rescue of the father of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist expand his mosque? via Mosque Leader Says Discrimination a Factor – WKRG News 5.
It’s a situation that has the president of a local mosque pondering his next move.
“I believe in all my heart that this is somewhat of a discrimination,” said Shafik Hammami.
The Islamic Society of Mobile has called East Drive home for over 20 years. The buildings however, are much older, and that’s why Hammami wants to rebuild.
But many residents in the area are against building a bigger building, saying traffic is a major problem.
“There’s not enough room. There’s not room for the cars. Really it’s a small area to expand a school and a church,” said neighbor Beverly Montgomery.
The Mobile City Council agreed, blocking his construction plans. Hammami feels the traffic concerns are just a mask to cover people’s prejudices about the Islamic faith.
“Does it have anything to do with them being Muslim?” I asked Montgomery. “Not really, no. Of course it’s, you know we have feelings. Terrorist that came from that particular mosque, makes you think,” she said.
And that terrorist is Omar Hammami, who is Shafik Hammami’s son. He is on the America’s Most Wanted list for supporting the terrorist organization Al Shabaab and recruiting terrorist for the organization.
I asked Hammami if just picking up and moving would be an option and he told me no, saying the property is owned by the Islamic Umbrella which does not allow anything else to be built there other than a mosque. Hammami tells me he plans to seek legal counsel.
A planning commission recommended approval of the phased expansion provided adequate parking was provided, but the full council rejected the project amid complaints the center failed to meet the parking requirements.
Omar Hammami, one of the most notorious Americans in overseas jihadi groups, moved from Alabama to Somalia and joined al-Shabab in about 2006. He fought alongside the al-Qaida-linked group for years while gaining fame for posting jihadi videos on YouTube.
Just to be clear folks, since the media nor Muslims will not mention this – it’s not a mosque. Like many of the so-called mosques across the U.S. this is or was a single-family home converted to a make-shift mosque in a residential neighborhood. Now, they want a larger mosque, a school and administrative buildings on 1.3 acres of land in a residential neighborhood.
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