Imposing sharia on the infidels, wherever they might be, which is increasingly all across the United States of America. Little Bangladesh grows in the Bronx.
More on the backstory below the fold in, Call to prayer protest:
Imagine sunrise behind a minaret. Imagine a bearded imam. Listen for his thunderous call to worship. Not in Baghdad or Tehran or Islamabad. In the Bronx.
Neighbors of dissimilar backgrounds clashed at a Community Board 9 public hearing on Tuesday, October 20. Members of the Parkchester Jame Masjid (mosque) on Virginia Avenue near Parkchester want to use electronic amplification to perform “adhan,” the Muslim call to prayer. The mosque would be the first in the Bronx to do so and has asked the police department for a sound permit. Some neighbors oppose the plan.
The Bronx was home to 2,442 Bangladeshi Americans in 2000, a 320 percent increase from 1990. There are even more Bangladeshi Americans in the Bronx today. Most reside in Parkchester, Soundview and Castle Hill. Community District 9 is 34 percent African American and 55 percent Hispanic American.
“I have no problem with them,” nieghbor Ruben Rios, 75, asserted. “But I hear their parties. People think Puerto Ricans play loud music. The [Muslims’] music is louder.”
Lamb and Rios, whose house is one block from the mosque, don’t oppose adhan altogether, only adhan four times a day. Muslims pray five times a day but Uddin has agreed not to amplify the early morning adhan. The mosque has prospered without amplified adhan thus far, Lamb said. Why push the issue?
Palma suggested that the Parkchester Jame Masjid consult a mosque in Manhattan that performs amplified adhan only on Fridays. The councilwoman and CB9 district manager Francisco Gonzalez are determined to stay neutral. Gonzalez posted fliers for the October 20 hearing in the neighborhood and has fielded more than 100 phone calls on the issue; he wants all opinions heard. Shahid is optimistic the mosque will get its amp.
“Islam requires us to do adhan,” he said. “Adhan is a good sound. It hurts no one.”
Here’s a tip. If you give them one call to prayer today, you’ll have five calls to prayer tomorrow, and you’ll have black and Hispanic flight right out of the Bronx and eventually those neighborhoods will be Islamic enclaves, and then no-go zones for non-Muslims.
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