Karmel Square prayer hall is part of a major expansion at Minnesota’s oldest Somali mall
Construction of the metro area’s newest mosque involved a shopping trip to the Middle East, some back-and-forth with the city of Minneapolis and a reported $3 million investment.
But developer Basim Sabri says setting out to build one of Minnesota’s largest mosques at his Karmel Square mall wasn’t a vanity project. Instead, the space — part of a major expansion at Karmel — was meant as a goodwill gesture to the local Somalis who rent and shop at the south Minneapolis mall.
The expansion has tested Sabri’s famously tense relationships with the city and the mall’s neighbors, who have voiced concerns over parking and traffic issues. Part of the construction collapsed in May, cutting off electricity to the neighborhood and briefly stalling the project.
Since it opened earlier this year, the mosque has gotten rave reviews from a growing cadre of worshipers, who cover the sun-filled, 5,000-square-foot prayer hall completely when they kneel at Friday prayer.
“This mosque is not about showing off,” said Sabri. “It’s about need.”
The new mosque replaces a prayer room on the second floor that could not handle the crowds; worshipers spilled out into the mall hallways and, during the holy month of Ramadan, even the mall parking lot.
(And, in an oddly related story…)
2. ISIS aggressively recruiting from Minnesota
3. Raw vid of the three British girls in Turkey on their way to join the IS
4. Saturday March 14 2015 – Germany – Wuppertal :
Around 400 Salafists are expected to rally in Wuppertal on Saturday, March 14, in an action called by German Salafist preachers Sven Lau and Ibrahim Abou-Nagie.
A group of at least 800 PEGIDA demonstrators are also rallying in the city on the same day
RT – Live stream – starts in 10 hours from now ( Saturday morning – EST time USA + CANADA = 8 o’clock in the morning )
What is now about to happen is that execution videos from ISIS are getting so common that people are getting numb to seeing them. It is a terrible outcome, and gives ISIS reason to rejoice. When people no longer care, the resistance and outrage will no longer be strong. When disgust becomes indifference, then the jihadists wins, and they may continue the jihad without being in the media’s spotlight.
6. Two Jewish Teens Attacked in Southern France
A synagogue in Marseille via Wikimedia Commons
Two Jewish teens in France were robbed and beaten after leaving their Marseille synagogue.
The teens were attacked on Tuesday by two assailants who they described as youth “of African origin,” according to the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
According to the victims, the assailants said, “Dirty Jews, we will exterminate all of you,” before they were robbed and beaten. The Jewish teens required medical attention.
(Video at site)
South Yorkshire Police knew hundreds of young girls were making claims of sexual abuse in Sheffield but did not act, an ex-police officer has alleged.
Documents and interviews with ex-officers suggested the force failed to pursue a number of child sexual exploitation (CSE) inquiries.
It also ignored intelligence that girls as young as 12 were being raped and assaulted, the officer told the BBC.
The force said CSE inquiries were complex and could take a long time.
Two former senior officers are being investigated by the police watchdog over their handling of CSE allegations in Sheffield.
(The article continues with a list of horrors)
Thank you M., CB Sashenka, Wrath of Khan, Richard, Don C. and many many more
I find it fascinating that reports of Jewish people being physically beaten and robbed with clear as day, antisemitic motivations has become so common that its barely news yet the Western world, at least officially, still seem to be in denial that its a problem. The cognitive dissonance of political correctness and denial of the dangers of Islam have truly created a through-the-looking-glass existence.