New York City Mosques Open 'A Week of Dialogue'

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mosques around the city are opening their doors to those interested in learning about the Muslim faith this week. More than 40 leaders from the five boroughs kicked off the "Week of Dialogue" at Brooklyn's Mosque At-Taqwa on Monday.

Imam Al-Amin Latif, president of the leadership council, says the goal of the program is to clear up misconceptions non-Muslims may have about the religion.

"We want to educate our fellow citizens, our neighbors, about what Islam is, and to help them understand who we are," Latif said. "We're citizens. We live here. We're your neighbors, you know. We're your coworkers."

He also hopes the "Week of Dialogue" will clear up misconceptions non-Muslims may have about the religion. "Let them come and let us dialogue. Let us talk. Any questions you have, get it straight from us," he said. "You don't have to get it from the negative people who want to spread hate and dissension and divisiveness," Latif said.

Mosques in other cities, including Philadelphia and Chicago, are also taking part in the week of discussions.


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shaikubaid from New york

Masjid (mosque) means a place of sajda — that is, prostration (worship). Both men and women are required to dress modestly while in the mosque (masjid). Men are expected not to wear shorts so that their legs are covered and women are expected to cover their legs and arms. Some mosques may require women to cover their heads just as some synagogues and all Sikh gurudwaras do.


Immediately after 9 11 the anti-Muslim sentiment was not anywhere as high as it has become in the last three years.
Three anti-Muslim groups have used the right wing media to ‘manufacture” hatred:
1) Neocons who think Muslims getting empowered in the US pose a danger to their desire to shape American foreign policy
2) Evangelical extremists
3) Opportunistic politicians.

Native Americans were demonized before they were eradicated, Africans were dehumanized before they were enslaved. Same with German Jews and Gypsies and with Muslims of Bosnia and Gujarat in India.


Juan Williams is a good man and not a bigot. But his firing was needed. As the wise Yoda might say: The more prominent you are the more responsibility you carry on your shoulders and more accountable you must be.
It is OK to have an irrational fear but it is not OK to spread irrational fear especially if you are a well-known media personality.
Anti-Muslim stereotyping is not a theoretical or philosophical question for Muslims. Everyday mosques are coming under attack and Muslims are harassed and abused especially Muslim women and children. Rick Sanchez was fired and rightly so for stereotyping Jews, and Jews are not even as “endangered” a species in the US as Muslims are. Helen Thomas was forced to resign. What would Juan William say, if in the thick of anti-black hysteria in the South during the civil rights movement, a white woman TV commentator said that every time a black man approached her in the bus she felt scared because her friend was was once mugged by black youth?
Also, to racially profile Muslims as a security policy while the terrorist do not dress like or act like Muslims would be endangering airline security and Mr. Williams should have known that.

I am saddened by the hatred that I see even here. I hope people will do some un-biased research and not buy into anti-Muslim propaganda blindly. Muslims have been living here for centuries. Muslim slaves built this nation’s prosperity that we enjoy today. Muslim doctors, scientists, engineers, professors, soldiers and policemen are contributing to America’s progress, prosperity and security.

Some good sites to visit about Islam and Muslims are:, and

— Shaik Ubaid

Oct. 22 2010 04:47 PM
Zaheer Uddin from New York

Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York
P.O. Box 170647, Jamaica, NY 11417
Tel. 718-848-8952 Fax: 718-848-8955

Mosque Open House


Sunday, October 17, 2010

1) Islamic Cultural Center of NY: 1711 3rd Ave. (crossing 96th Street), Manhattan;
1 to 3:30 p.m.; Tel: 212-722-5234

2) Interfaith Open House Celebration: 263 West 86th Street, New York, N.Y. 10024;
Starting at 5 p.m.; Tel: 917-549-3707, 917-559-8480
The Mosque Islamic Brotherhood, Muslim Consultative Network & ASMA are taking
part from the Muslim community.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1) Masjid Allahu Akbar: 133 22nd Street, Wyandanch, Long Island, NY 11798;
6 to 8 p.m.; Tel: 631-387-3789

2) Muslim Center of Long Island: 1514 E 3rd Ave., Bay Shore, Long Island, NY 11706
Anti-bias Task Force meeting: 12 to 3 p.m.; Tel: 516-443-9895

3) Aljaned Islamic Center: 984 Intervale Ave. Bronx, NY 10459; 5 to 7 p.m.;
Tel: 718-328-4511

Friday, October 22, 2010

1) Muslim Center of Long Island: 1514 E 3rd Ave., Bay Shore, Long Island, NY 11706;
1 to 3 p.m.; Tel: 631-665-9462

2) Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz along with Tauhid Center & Masjid Alhamdulillah:
88-29 161st Street, Jamaica, Queens, NY 11432; 3 to 5 p.m.; Tel: 718-541-8485

3) Masjid Al-Farooq: 554 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217; Tel: 917-295-7808

Saturday, October 23, 2010

1) Masjid Allahu Akbar: 133 22nd Street, Wyandanch, Long Island, NY 11798; 1 to 5
p.m.; Tel: 631-387-3789

2) Muslim Center of New York:137-58 Geranium Ave, Flushing, Queens, NY 11355;
Tel: 914-329-6260

3) Islamic Mission (Masjid Dawood): 143 State Street, Brooklyn, NY; 2 to 5 p.m.;
Tel: 917-559-8485

Sunday, October 24, 2010

1) Islamic Center of Long Island: 835 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, Long Island,
NY 11590; 2 to 5 p.m.; Tel: 516-333-3495

2) Masjid Al-Hera: 125-05 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill, NY 11418; 4 to 6 p.m.;
Tel: 917-238-9744

3) Masjid At-Taqwa: 1266 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216; 1 to 4 p.m.;
Tel: 718-622-0800

4) Masjid Rahmatillah: 36 Hardy Street, Staten Island, NY 10304;
Tel: 718-727-7412

5) Long Island Muslim Society: 475 E Meadow Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554;
1:30 to 5 p.m.; Tel: 516-357-9060

6) Masjid Dar al-Da’wah: 35-13 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.;
Tel: 718-274-2474

Oct. 19 2010 12:59 PM
karen hemerick

Where are the mosques sponsoring week of dialogue in new york city? Names and Locations, please.,

Oct. 19 2010 10:43 AM

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