“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)           

Press Release

Opposition to Warren Mosque

The Planning Commission meeting of March 13, 2006 was a big surprise to the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), and not a pleasant one. The Commission voted 6-3 denying IONA the use of their property at 28630 Ryan Road as a House of Worship.
Objections raised at the meeting included concerns about parking and traffic in the vicinity, but focused primarily on the issue of the “Islamic Call to Prayer.”
The “Call to Prayer” gained international attention in April 2004 when a Muslim congregation in Hamtramck sought community approval to broadcast the call over loudspeakers outside the building prior to the five daily prayers. There was substantial division in the Muslim community on this issue. While some likened it to the practice of Christian Churches ringing bells to announce their prayer services, others realized that the potential for disturbing neighbors was the overriding concern. Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said “He is not a believer… whose neighbor is not safe from his mischief.”
The Zoning Board has previously approved the variances required for the House of Worship use. IONA agreed in writing, as a condition of the variance approval, NOT to allow the “Call to Prayer” to be broadcast over loudspeakers outside the building. Issues of sufficient parking and traffic were addressed as well.
“We don’t understand the Planning Board objections,” said IONA president Steve Elturk. “The property is a former retail location… a strip mall. It has its own parking lot, with a privacy wall separating it from the residential area. The old adage goes… ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ The only exit for traffic is Ryan Road, which has two lanes in each direction plus a median lane. The main prayer service for Muslims is at 1:30 pm on Friday afternoons. That would not affect traffic from work, school, or lunch hours. The Islamic Call to Prayer is not an issue either.”
IONA is continuing to work with the City of Warren in trying to resolve the obstacles surrounding the project through mutual cooperation and hopes to avoid litigation. “Of course we feel that we are being unfairly denied the use of our own property,” Elturk said, “We think that maybe the Planning Commission misunderstood the needs of an Islamic House of Worship, and judged on perception rather than objective fact.”
Still, Elturk calls himself “cautiously optimistic.” He has been working with various city departments, and the Mayor’s office to resolve open issues in that spirit of mutual cooperation. “I am confident that when knowledge and understanding replace the fear and uncertainty that ‘new neighbors’ can bring, we will be a vibrant and vital part of the Warren community. We look forward to working with the city in the future.”
IONA, 28630 Ryan Rd., Warren, MI 48092 | Tel: 586-558-6900 | E-mail: center@iononline.org
IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.