A SECOND MOSQUE even closer to Ground Zero?

While the nation has been focused on a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, another mosque that preaches Shari’a, has been functioning just four blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks with rumored plans to build even closer to the spot that once housed the World Trade Center.

The photos below of prostrated Muslims are not in Crapistan, they are in Manhattan.

In May, Fox News.com quoted a source close stating he believed the Masjid Manhattan is considering a five-story building on 23 Park Place, closer to Ground Zero than the 13-story Islamic center the controversial Cordoba Initiative is considering.

The mosque, Masjid Manhattan, which is a conservative mosque that preaches strict Islamic law recently boasted of plans to construct a “House of Allah” next to the World Trade Center, exclaiming on its website, “Help us raise the flag of ‘LA ILLAHA ILLA ALLAH’ in downtown Manhattan!”

The Masjid Manhattan has been holding classes at 20 Warren Street, four blocks from Ground Zero. The mosque also holds prayer services several times a day at a cramped location at 384 Broadway, eleven blocks from the former World Trade Center site.

The mosque reportedly has raised about $8.5 million to begin construction of a permanent site after it lost its lease in 2008 at a different building on Warren Street, also about four blocks from Ground Zero.

On Friday evenings the mosque, which is popular with street vendors and taxi drivers, becomes so crowded that worshipers spill onto nearby sidewalks to pray in what has come to be a community event.

Unlike the massive $100 million Cordoba House mosque, the Masjid Mosque is small – and it is no stranger to the neighborhood. Since 1970 it had been located at 12 Warren Street, about four blocks north of the World Trade Center. It lost its lease in 2008 when the building was sold, and it was evicted from its second-floor prayer space on May 25 of that year. Since then it has been operating out a cramped basement space in a nearby building at 20 Warren Street.

WND phone calls to the mosque seeking comment were not returned. Prior to the FoxNews.com article, Masjid Manhattan’s website touted plans to construct near Ground Zero.

The website boasted, “Build the ‘House of Allah’ next to the World Trade Center! Help us raise the flag of ‘LA ILLAHA ILLA ALLAH’ in downtown Manhattan!” That section of the website has since been scrubbed. Now the site reads, “Help us build the House of Allah and He will build one for you in Jannah.” Jannah is Islamic paradise.

Masjid Manhattan preaches strict Islamic law, or Shariah. Its website hosts a Shariah question-and-answer session about such issues as whether Muslims are permitted to touch dogs, purchase life insurance or work with foreign currency. Another section explains why women must cover their heads according to the Quran. WND

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