The NY Mosque: A symbol of Hope?

August 20, 2010
By classicStara PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
classicStara PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
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We all know the story of 9/11.
We know people died because of those selfish and ignorant enough to take lives.
And we have mourned.

Now, in the place where so many memories lay, comes a new beginning.
We have held a grudge against the Middle Easterns because of 9/11, and no one can blame those who do. But that doesn't mean its right. The Middle Easterns who have caused the damage are dead. It's time to let go, and start with open minds.

The mosque that's supposed to be built in the place of the twin towers has raised a lot of questions, and debates. Should it really be placed there?

I think yes. A mosque is a holy place where people can pray, and reach God (Allah). It's not a place of destruction. I think it means a new beginning, where wounds can finally heal. It's ironic, yes, but it's not bad.
Some might say its a horrible idea, why should we put THEIR building in this sacred place, when THEY attacked us?
But they didn't attack us. It was terrorists that attacked us, but that doesn't mean all Middle Easterns are terrorists. We need to learn to stop discriminating just because one person from a race/ethnicity did something. We can't blame the entire race for one person's decision.

So yes, the mosque should be placed there. It's time we start growing, and be less close minded. It only hurts us to be cruel and discriminating. We can learn a lot and understand more, if we could just open our minds more.

Placing the mosque where the twin towers used to be doesn't mean it's replacing our memories. It won't.
We will never forget what happened on 9/11. But it's also time to move on.

The author's comments:
I know there are some strong opinions on the mosque being placed where the twin towers were. I personally think its a symbol of hope and new relations. But let me know what you think about it.

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saimne SILVER said...
on Aug. 27 2010 at 1:27 pm
saimne SILVER, Cerritos, California
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lol, imeant shariah law

saimne SILVER said...
on Aug. 27 2010 at 1:24 pm
saimne SILVER, Cerritos, California
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i would like to point out that the fact that Iman is affiliated with HAMAS and supports the establishment of Shiri law. but i sense (yes sense) that anger has blinded you... young padawan. 

on Aug. 27 2010 at 9:00 am
classicStara PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
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that may be so, but putting it there is not pure evil, thats ridiculous. Are u condemning all the muslims because the people who cruelly killed thousands in 9/11 were muslims? thats not right. fine, you have ur own opinion that the mosque shouldn't be planted on "holy" ground, but that doesn't give you the right calling it evil. and yes, I do recall watching the horrible news when that all happened, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be so close-minded, and call it evil to put the mosque in place of the twin towers. There's a way of saying things without over-exaggerating it. And honestly, i do know where your coming from, and I don't blame you, it just really bothers me when someone calls something evil, when evil goes beyond that. 

on Aug. 26 2010 at 11:16 pm
Treefiddy BRONZE, Tarzana, California
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Get this right in your head first: This is not about silencing Muslims or keeping them from practicing their religion. This is about keeping a Mosque off of holy land. Holy land where over 3,000 people were murdered in the name of a particular religion.

I have absolutely no idea what your point was that "Churches aren't evil, and and mosques aren't either". The ones who hijacked the airplanes and killed all of those people weren't C.hristian. If it were commited in the name of C.hristianity, and 3,000 people were slaughtered in its name, it would be an act of blatant provocation and conquest to place a Church onlooking the sight where all of those people were slaughtered. But that's not the case, is it?

This should be a personal experience for all Americans. I don't know how old you were on 9/11 or if you even remember it, but consider the victim's families who had to endure scenarios of them being blown up, and being told who jumped out of windows from 100 stories. I try to empathize what the victims and their families had to endure, but I know that I will never be able to.

You think that this is compassionate? This is anything but compassionate. This is an act of blatant evil. If this Imam had nobel intentions, he would respect those who died on that day and their families and move the Mosque elsewhere.


on Aug. 26 2010 at 10:50 pm
classicStara PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
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thats a pretty harsh thing to say. Mosques are holy places to worship God, just like churches. Churches aren't evil, and mosques aren't either. I'm sorry if you've had a personal experience that has hurt you, but saying such extreme comments are ignorant.

on Aug. 26 2010 at 10:02 pm
Treefiddy BRONZE, Tarzana, California
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This building of this Mosque is such an ugly and detestable act of conquest and provocation. I wish I could spit in the face of this Imam for what he is trying to do.

There is absolutely no honor and sympathy among those who wish for this Mosque to be built. It is a moral evil to build a Mosque on this holy ground- and yes, it is holy ground.


on Aug. 26 2010 at 7:32 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

I agree with you completely. There is not much more than I can say, besides a hearty nod of my head and a genuine 'thank you for writing this.'

on Aug. 26 2010 at 7:03 pm
classicStara PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
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thanks for your comments! I know that we might have our differences but I don't think they are putting the mosque in place of the twin towers just by coincidence. I think its also because its a symbol of putting the past aside. I mean, if they were just putting it for the heck of yet, yeah, I  would totally agree with you guys. But in some points of views, I do agree with you amybug and saimne, especially since there are a lot of people still hurting. 

saimne SILVER said...
on Aug. 26 2010 at 6:13 pm
saimne SILVER, Cerritos, California
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Favorite Quote:
I see humans, but no humanity.

i agree with amybug, if they want the mosque so bad, they should b happy with it regardless of the location. to ask for a mosque is already controversial in NY in general, but to put in that particular area? really?

amybug said...
on Aug. 26 2010 at 5:29 pm
amybug, Penrose, Colorado
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"Always remeber there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name." -The Avett Brothers

I think this is really well written and gives people a different a perspective. However, I disagree with your staments. I believe that it is wrong to be discrimitary, but I think it would cause more pain than imaginable to put a mosque where people died becuase of people who pray there. I think that they have every right to place it down the street! But to put it on the site! Thats just disrepctful. I think its wrong to even suggest such a thing. Whats so hard about building it down the street?


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