Masjid Annoor, the Mosque of Light, otherwise known as the Fort Smith Islamic Center, got denied by the city directors through an unanimous vote to build a school on their property. The school they were going to build was a 4,900 sq. ft. building, smaller than some of homes than surround the mosque. Reasons for why this was denied is because neighbors were complaining of water leak problems or the lowering of property values if this school is built. I read in the local paper that these problems would be addressed during the construction process, but this was turned down and now we will never know how to solve these problems. There is a hidden reason why this building project was rejected. The neighbors did not want it there. Islamophobia may have something to do with it, fearing what the Muslim children will learn in this school. I am afraid the city has goofed and a writer to the editorial page of the local paper, whose name is withheld, believes the city could face a discrimination lawsuit; a lawsuit the city may not be able to afford.
I understand the concern that the neighbors may have over this school, but if it were a Christian school instead of a Muslim one, they would be in favor of this school and the city directors would be voting unanimously for it to construct it. We hear so much about Islam, but it is distorted information coming from Fox News. To know more about Islam, visit your public library, download software of the Qur'an and the Hadiths, look up Muslim websites that will share what their religion is really all about like islamtomorrow.com, buy Islamic books if you can find them at a local bookstore. You may find that the terrorists who say they are Muslim are practicing and doing things are not Islam. They are hijackers of this religion.
So, when the city directors voted the way they did about this school, it was based on poor information they received on a daily basis from Fox News and CNN and they didn't take the time to really get to know the leaders and some of the members of the only mosque in town, which is a small mosque, a building that used to be a church of Christian Science. That's my take on it. It appears to be that way. And that's my two cents.
"Make a joyful noise to Yahvah, all the earth. Serve Yahvah with rejoicing, enter before Him with shouts of triumph." (Psalm 100:1-2, Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible)