“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Trying Again For Warren Mosque

Group To Ask City Panel Tonight To Approve Its Plan

An Islamic organization is set to ask Warren officials again for a chance to build the city’s first mosque.

Steve Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, said Wednesday that he plans to go before the Planning Commission tonight to seek approval to build a mosque and the organization’s headquarters on Ryan Road, just south of 12 Mile. The commission voted 6-3 against the proposal on March 16.

The commissioners who voted against the proposal said their concerns included traffic, parking spaces and the possibility that the mosque would broadcast calls to prayer that might disrupt the neighborhood. Elturk said he had no intentions of using a loudspeaker to announce the calls to prayer. He said the commission was discriminating against him and the organization. Elturk declined to comment further until after the meeting.

He previously said he was considering filing suit against the city on grounds that the commission violated his civil rights. No suit has been filed. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is aware of the situation.

Planning Commissioner Alan Casmere said last week that was surprised by the accusations of discrimination from Elturk.

Last year, Elturk wanted to build the mosque in Hazel Park, but city officials would not rezone a piece of property to accommodate him.

Elturk and the organization bought the former strip mall on Ryan in August, and had already agreed in writing to not broadcast the five daily calls to prayer outside.

The meeting is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Road. The public is welcome.

Contact DAN CORTEZ at 586-469-1827 or cortez@freepress.com.

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