The number of muslims in the United States is estimated at just under 8 million, according to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). In 1998, a Pakistani newspaper put the number at 12 million.
The number of muslims in Ohio is not known, since the census does not inquire about religious affiliation. However, out of the 350,000 population in Toldeo, Ohio, a large number are muslim. Like Detroit Michigan, Toledo is a growing muslim community.
In 2003, the Free Press reported, "There are an estimated 30,000 Muslims in central Ohio, 130,000 in Ohio and seven million in America" with that number increasing each year.
In comparison, in 2000 there were already 254,110 Muslims living in Toronto, Canada, according to the 2001 census. Today there are 338,110 according to census estimates. Toronto is where 17 terrorists were arrested with plans to purchase 3 tons of amonium nitrate.
The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is the 3rd Mosque ever bult in America. It has been around since the early 50s and since 1981 has been located off of I-75 in its current iteration. It is perhaps the grandest and most beautiful Mosque in America. One of it's goals, introduce Islam, its culture, and heritage to the community at large. Some histsory:
The first Muslim immigrants to Toledo came at the turn of the century from Syria and Lebanon. Those few families established the Syrian American Muslim Society in the late thirties. It was not until 1954 that Toledo's first Islamic Center was built on East Bancroft Street, near downtown, fulfilling the needs of the Muslim Community. With the influx of many more Muslims to the Greater Toledo area in the late sixties and early seventies, the Bancroft Street Center could not meet the religious and social needs of its members. ... The present new Center in Perrysburg Township had been in the planning for over a decade. The classic Islamic architecture was the first of its kind in North America.
In 1978, forty-eight acres of land was purchased in Perrysburg Township. The foundation of the Center was laid in October 1980, while the actual construction did not begin until September 1982. The building was officially opened on October 22, 1983. Two wings were added in 1991. Today, more than 20 nationalities are represented in the Center. source
The 'center' provides Dawah activities; arabic language classes; weekday and weekend school classes; a medical clinic; social services; publications; and training of Imams - In cooperation with Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
The mosque's golden dome and towering spires are visible from the interstate south of town. Inside is a plaque that honors the names of every member of the mosque who has served in the U.S. armed forces, dating to World War I. Iman Farooq Aboelzahab said that some members' children are serving in Iraq.
Three local men have been indicted on terror-related charges and earlier the government had ordered a crackdown on a Toledo charity suspected of ties to Hamas. The Imam denies any connections to terror or Hamas.
The mosque appears white in the picture, but I can tell you personally that is not the case. It is, in fact, gold, and a site to behold for the unsuspecting traveler down I-75.
There are many other mosques in Ohio, some with possible terror ties. Here is a sample of the mosques in one state in the Ohio:
Ada (1) Columbus (6) Parma (1)
Akron (1) Dayton (4) Perrysburg (1)
Athens (1) Fairfield (1) Sandusky (1)
Canton (1) Kent (1) Springfield (3)
Cincinnati (5) Lima (1) Toledo (3)
Cleavland (1) Lorain (1) Xenia (1)
Cleveland (8) Marion (2) Youngstown (4)
Imam Fawaz Damra was the leader of the largest mosque in Ohio (Islamic Center of Cleveland). In June 2004, he was charged for "concealing ties to three groups classified as terrorist organizations" during his U.S. citizenship application in 1994. Now, it is reported that Palestinian-born Damra has been arrested without warning and is now being deported.
While the Toldeo Ohio mosque sounds like a wonderful place, it is not without questionable intentions.
In a newsletter from the Islamic Center that had a story from the Haddith - sayings attributed to Mohammad - that spoke of a war in the last days between Jews and Muslims, and how Jews would hide behind trees and the trees would say, "There's a Jew behind me, kill him!" except for one tree that would shelter the Jews.
A member of the Worldwide Church of God went to the mosque for a dinner-tour, followed by a question and answer session with the Egyptian imam/religious leader. He repeated the "spiritual lesson" to the imam and asked him if the Muslims had any such saying. He replied that the Jews create such spurious sayings in order to discredit Islam and Arabs. I then shocked him, and the audience, when I asked: "If that's not a Muslim story, and is spurious and created by the Jews, then why would you, as the leader of this Islamic community permit that very story to be published in your newsletter last month?" He was speechless. source
I report, you decide.
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