Pasai apa sikap hasad ada pada manusia? - In Southern California, a Very Local Mosque Dispute

Assalammualaikum wbt & Salam Sejahtera,

Baru beberapa minggu lepas kita dengar berita tentang pembinaan masjid di US kan? Korang dengar news tak? =P

Dayah memang jarang tengok TV. Selalu akan membaca di internet sahaja. Tengok cerita tertentu pun di internet. See, how diff my life now.

Tadi berlegar-legar di TWITTER, sekali ada alert from TIME. Baca tajuk pun dah buat seram satu badan. Apa lagilah. Baca dulu yer kawan-kawan, komen kemudian.

In Southern California, a Very Local Mosque Dispute By Kevin O'Leary Saturday, Aug. 21

Temecula, California, has little in common with New York City. But the debate over a new mosque in the sleepy suburban town east of Camp Pendleton echoes many of the themes expressed in the controversy surrounding the Park 51 Islamic center to be built near the World Trade Center site.

In Southern California, the question is whether the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley should be granted a permit to build a mosque on land it owns next to two established churches. The Islamic Center presently holds prayer services in a warehouse next to a pipeline company, down the street from a smog-test station and masonry supply yard. And during Friday prayers on July 30, around 25 local conservative activists stood outside shouting slogans of hate through a bullhorn, carrying signs with messages such as "No More Mosques in America" (WHAT!!), and brought along several dogs, hoping to offend Muslim sensibilities.

"We've never had a problem with anybody before this," said Iman Mahmoud Harmoush, the Center's spiritual leader and a lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino. "It is common sense that you don't disrupt a religious service by creating noise and bringing dogs." (Kejam sungguh! Binatang haram tu juga saja di bawa!)

Some locals, however, rallied to the Muslim community's defense. "We had about 75 people in solidarity with the mosque," said Rev. Joe Zarro, co-chair of the local interfaith council. "The Temecula area is very fair and tolerant. There are a lot of social conservatives but they mostly support the mosque. The people speaking out against the mosque don't have any relationship with Islam and are coming from a place of ignorance."

Certainly, from a place of paranoia: �One of the anti-mosque protest leaders, Diana Serafin, 59, says Muslims want �to take over the United States from within. "We have a constitutional right to freedom of religion," she argues. "But Islam is more than a religion. It is an ideology to enforce Sharia law [Islamic jurisprudence] in America, and Sharia law is in direct contrast to the American Constitution."

The proposed 25,000-square-foot mosque would be approximately the same size as the churches next door and hold between 150 to 300 worshipers, say mosque officials and city planners. Assistant Temecula City Manager Bob Johnson says the city will do a traffic study before the mosque goes before the Planning Commission for final approval in November. In addition to the protest and a petition drive against the mosque, the Islamic Center of Temecula must also contend with a church neighbor whose pastor is anything but friendly.

Pastor Bill Rench, whose Calvary Baptist Church sits just across the cul de sac from the mosque site, says Islam and Christianity are like "oil and water" and that Islam is "intolerant at its core". He argues that when Islam becomes dominant in a society, "you also see a repression of freedom of speech and religious expression. In my view, building a mosque in Temecula would act as a magnet. It would embolden the more aggressive acting on the beliefs." (prejudice nya mereka! Islam itu Indah, Islam itu adil) In an interview with TIME, Rench accused the Imam of refusing to disavow Islamic terrorism. Harmoush says this is patently untrue. "Unconditionally, I have explained to him (Rench) and others, that I disagree and condemn all sorts of violence by the mentioned organizations," Harmoush explained. On Tuesday, Rench and Harmoush squared off on CNN in an interview conducted by John King. They did not bridge their differences.

Ron Patterson, 65, says a lady recently canvassed his nearby neighborhood with a petition to stop the mosque. She told him that 3,000 people would be attending the mosque with services three times a day. The retired mailman signed because he is concerned about increased traffic and about possible religious extremists. Patterson says he thinks the mosque will be built. �"I am sure most mosques are perfectly fine, but it is a natural concern.""If the city says okay, what are you going to do? It's freedom of speech and religion."

Antagonism towards Islam in Temecula breaks largely on generational lines. At a small well-manicured park near the churches and proposed mosque, a group of young adults playing basketball tended to shrug off the controversy. Finishing a jump shot, Dante Paez, a 29-year-old African American, said, "I am not religious, but it seems something like that should never be wrong. I say build it." Paul Lopez, 34, added, "Why are people mad about something that brings joy to people. To each his own." (Setuju!)Brianna Bowers, 16, has Muslim friends and said there had been discussions about the controversy at school and at her home. She says her Muslim friends observe that there are dozens of churches in town and wonder what is wrong with building one mosque. (Iyer betul, just one!! Not thousand!) Bowers, who is African-American and Latino, says, "I think it would broaden the culture in Temecula."

At a local shopping center, Disa Dearie, a 39-year-old mother of four and born-again Christian was not hostile to the local project, although opposed the New York City one. "I don't have a problem with the mosque down the street," she said. "[But] I have a problem with the mosque in New York at Ground Zero. The mosque in New York is an aggressive affront to our nation. I believe in religious freedom, but a landing gear fell on that site — why not a non-denominational chapel?" She said opposition to the local mosque in Temecula came from older residents, not from her peers.

Sumber: TIME

Itulah ceritanya. Tapikan, issue ini bukan setakat di bincangkan di US semata-mata. Baru-baru Dayah dengar dari mulut seorang sahabat ada kawan setempat kerja yang membincang issue ini. Nak taw antara cakap-cakap dia orang apa, ini translate nyer.

BI (a) - Tahukan dia orang nak bina masjid, white house dah lulus?
BI (b) - Yap!
BI (b) - Saya pun tak faham kenapa dia orang nak luluskan

Sahabat yang sedang khusyuk buat kerja, terus tersentap hati dan jiwa. Ya Allah, kalau Dayah pun. Kenapa perlu persoalkan?? Rumah ibadah pun mahu di persoalkan? Yang pelik, selalunya dia orang akan bercakap dalam bahasa ibunda mereka. For sure, sahabat saya tak faham. But they are talking in universal language which semua orang akan faham.

BI (a) - Awak tahu apa? Dia orang bina dulu lepas sampai satu ketika, ia akan jadi seperti peristiwa 11th September

MasyaAllah, mereka di Malaysia? Sepatutnya mengerti apa itu kebebasan beragama. Kenapa ramai yang tidak senang dengan Islam? Prejudice sungguh mereka. Mereka anggap Islam itu terrorist? Kenapa? Islam bukan terrorist! Segelintir yang jadi begitu kerana desakan dari musuh Islam. Ingat! Berapa ramai, anak-anak kecil, wanita lemah dan pejuang2 yang tidak berdaya di bunuh kejam? Ingat! Di Palestin, sekatan di buat Isreal tanpa kuasa besar campur tangan. Melihat dengan mata sahaja. Tidak ada langsung, tindak balas. Malah terus melihat dan terus melihat.

Mereka lebih kejam! Adakah berjuta rakyat Palestin tidak layak hidup seperti manusia lain? Ada perubatan yang sempurna, sekolah sempurna, nutrisi sempurna, tidak takut di bom, di tembak dengan kejam??? Kenapa mereka tidak boleh??? Mereka mahu menutup mulut masyarakat Islam dengan kelulusan pembinaan Masjid. Bila issue pembunuhan kejam Israel riuh satu dunia. Logik kan!

Bila masjid hendak di bina, timbul pula issue "dispute" kenapa? Bumi Allah ini luas, dengan wujudnya Masjid itu tidak mungkin sama sekali kami menganggu hak agama lain. Ia cuma masjid tempat beribadat umat Islam. Rumah Allah.

Di Malaysia sendiri pun ada yang tidak suka akan Islam. Kawan-kawan, dalam kita bercakap dan berhujah kita kena perhatikan kembali kerana takut apa yang kita sampaikan salah. Kerana itu perlunya mendalami ilmu Islam. Tidak pandai jangan buat-buat pandai. Dayah pernah di soal kenapa, "ada orang Islam yang minum arak?" bukan itu sahaja malah banyak lagi. Ujian.


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