The Muslim community of the area and the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) is trying to do something positive and build a testament to interfaith harmony–aptly named the “Cordoba House”. Cordoba or Qartaba remains the icon of the seven hundred year Jewish-Christian-Muslim symbiosis which was also considered the golden era of World Jewry. During the time, a Jewish Prime Minister (Wazir e Ala) Hasdai Shaprut was appointed to run the government, and he did this for 30 years. During his reign Shaprut was also the head of the Army (Siapa e Salar) and used to write threatening letters to those Christian states that abused Jews.
All this came to a crashing end after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella defeated the last Muslim Caliph and then went on to impose the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition killed, converted or deported all the Jews and Muslims in Spain.
Many see the US as the rebirth of the Jewish-Christian-Muslim symbiosis. Columbus sailed from this Muslim area and many of the sailors were Arab and Muslim. At least two the captain of this three ships were the Syrian Arab Panzone brothers. Columbus used Arab maps to sail which had listed America as Ard a Majhoola (unknown earth).
The first Muslims apparently reached America in the 7th century–this deciphered from archaeological evidence from Arizona rocks which display Islamic inscriptions and names.
Some of the earliest American reconverts to Islam were apparently the Cherokkees, whose head dress, language, and names show Islamic inclinations, and culture.
One third of the slaves that were captured from Muslim African countries were Muslims and the Roots story told by Alex Haily showed Kunte Kunte as a Muslim. Today the African American community is about 33% Muslim moving towards 50% number.
Today there are between 6 million to 16 million Muslims in America–more than Jews, and many talk about what Dr Bulliet has defined as the Christo-Muslim Civilization.
- A 13-story mosque is planned near the World Trade Center site, in a building that was damaged by airplane debris on Sept. 11, 2001.
- A Lower Manhattan community board said Wednesday that it supported the $100-million mosque and cultural centre.
- The project is aimed at creating a space for the neighborhood’s growing Muslim population.
- Supporters say the history associated with the damaged former department store was one reason to pick it.
- The new mosque will be built on the former site of a Burlington Coat Factory that was damaged in the 9/11 attacks.
- The TriBeCa mosque has had to expand to three evening prayer services every Friday to deal with the growing Muslim population.
- “New immigrants coming to the area — you see a lot of people coming to Canal Street, a lot of street vendors and laborers,” says Daisy Kahn, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement. “But also a lot of people in the financial community coming to prayers as well.”
- When Kahn’s organization found a vacant property on Park Place, the former site of a Burlington Coat Factory that had been damaged by airplane debris on September 11, 2001, the potent symbolism of the site also became a compelling rationale for the project.
- “We decided we wanted to look at the legacy of 9/11 and do something positive,” she explained in an interview.
- Her group represents moderate Muslims who want “to reverse to trend of extremism and the kind of ideology that the extremists are spreading.”
- “Events like [Times Square] always set us back,” Khan said. “Leaders have to push back in the other direction, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
In effort to tackle misunderstanding about Islam amongst the American society, Cordoba House – a Masjid and Islamic cultural center as well as community center – will be built at 45 Park Place, New York.
The Cordoba House – that’s the name of the Islamic center will be – will stand above the former Burlington Coat Factory building, World Trade Center.
“The Muslim community must provide an opportunity to educate individuals about Islam through education and organized experiences of art, culture, and entertainment,” as quoted from a release.
“We decided we wanted to look at the legacy of 9/11 and do something positive,” said Daisy Khan, the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
Initiator of the project, Cordoba Initiative, is now concerned with raising funding at around $100 million.
This will apparently be accomplished smoothly as the initiator said there was no criticism as well as opposition so far, adding that full support of the Cordoba House Islamic center is supported by surrounding Muslim community.
Planned to be finished in 2013, the Cordoba House will not only be functioned for the five daily prayers, but also for community center, sports hall, gathering place, and Islamic center for teaching and learning.
As its goal to educate people about Islam, the Cordoba House will be open for all people, either Muslims or non-Muslims.
Cordoba Initiative alone is an Islamic organization that aims to to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition and respect and away from heightened tensions.Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), United States-