Mar 9 2013
In a town called Mt. Sinai, named for the mountain ascended by Moses, from which he brought forth the Ten Commandments, Muslims are fighting to construct a mosque.
Evidence of how much Muslims are dying to get into Mr. Sinai, 2 years ago they petitioned for Muslim-only cemetery in Mt. Sinai: of-all-places-in-long-island-to-put-a-muslim-only-cemetery-they-have-to-choose-a-place-called-mount-sinai/
Moses ascended Mount Sinai, and G-d spoke to him the following words (Exodus 3-6): “So shall you say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel. You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and [how] I bore you on eagles’ wings, and I brought you to Me. And now, if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of princes and a holy nation.”
Newsday The 6,500-square-foot mosque would be on a 3.44-acre property owned by applicant Mohammed Sameen — specifically, inside his renovated backyard barn at Mount Sinai-Coram Road and Hamlet Drive, near the Willow Creek golf course. “My client looks forward to becoming an important part of the fabric of the community,” said Sameen’s attorney, Timothy Shea Jr. of Hauppauge.
At a meeting held by the Mount Sinai Civic Association last week, nearby residents spoke of concerns about traffic and congestion, according to civic association board member Deirdre DuBato. “People did not want to see anything change,” she said of some commenters at the civic meeting.
Residents are arguing that a mosque in the community would disrupt the quality of life. They say their main concern is traffic, adding that a synagogue, church or any other house of worship in a residential area would have the same effect. According to residents, roads in the area are narrow, have no shoulders or lights and have already led to a high number of accidents.
Dr. Mohammed Sameen and his attorney say that the mosque will only be used on Friday and Sundays.