The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Police said Saturday that detectives had been in contact with officials at Chicago-based Boeing Co. who confirmed the wreckage was from a Boeing 767. Police have said the landing gear had a clearly visible Boeing identification number.
Christian, Jewish and Muslim volunteers came together Sunday to refurbish the “Shul in the Mosque,” a synagogue that happens to be situated inside of a mosque in the Bronx.
The suspect was last seen wearing a dark suit jacket with an emblem patch on the left pocket and was possibly driving a Toyota SUV with a New York license plate, police said.
Police on Saturday were asking for the public’s help in finding a thief who stole a 65-year-old woman’s pocketbook as she prayed at a mosque in Queens earlier this month.
Around 5 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the Masijid-Saaliheen mosque on Kissena Boulevard. When they arrived, they found the 57-year-old victim stabbed in the torso.
A Muslim man in Flushing, Queens survived a brutal stabbing right in front of his own mosque, and the the victim told CBS 2 in an exclusive interview that the motive was pure hate.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reassured Muslim leaders he remains troubled by the way the New York Police Department conducted surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey, even though his administration has said it was legal, but again stopped short of criticizing the spying itself.
Police monitored Muslim student group websites across the Northeast and noted which professors were lecturing.
Bloomberg said no one should generalize about any group, but authorities must respond to the threat of criminal activity.
Rauf, the man behind the Park 51 Islamic cultural center, said bin Laden’s death can bring “closure and healing around 9/11.”
A group opposed to a planned mosque near Ground Zero has asked a judge to overturn New York City’s decision to withhold landmark status for the building site.
The nonprofit group controlled by the developer of the Islamic center said it supported Rauf’s work but needed someone who could spend more time on the nitty-gritty task of building a congregation.
The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to lead religious programing. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will focus on other initiatives.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will be joined at the 1 p.m. ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer service Wednesday by a minister and a rabbi.