October 3rd, 2010
05:10 PM ET
First images of proposed NYC Islamic center
The group behind the proposed Islamic cultural center near New York's ground zero has released what it is calling the first official images of the center.
The website for the project, known as the Park51 Community Center, said that the "new images display an updated exterior and provide a first look into Park51’s interior and lend some insight on how we’re envisioning the project," in a post that went up Tuesday but that initially drew little notice.
Plans for the $100 million, 13-story center include a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms and conference rooms, space for social events, a 9/11 memorial, a pool and a gym.
Scores of Muslims are already using the Lower Manhattan site as a mosque.
The imam behind the proposed Islamic center and mosque is largely avoiding New York City because of security concerns and is receiving protection from the New York Police Department, according to those close to the imam.
The images of the project were produced by SOMA Architects, which Park51's website identifies as the project's architectural design consultants.
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It sort of reminds me of how the twin towers looked, when the planes hit, and the glass broke all around the building, and things were sort off off center, broken, and ready to collapse. That or it looks like a sponge that has been cut open.
It does not matter what it will look like. It must not be built there, or anyplace else.
Someone got their images mixed up. I see a woman in a short skirt not wearing a veil. Haram SOMA.
To me it looks as if it's mocking the twin towers. And the inside is seems a grotesque symbol of the collapsed towers. But I'm sure that was not their intention.
There are over 100 mosques in NY alone. Do they REALLY think they need another one? Do they REALLY think it needs to be so close to where the World Trade Center USED to be before the radicals destroyed it? Why can't they sell that property and by property somewhere else instead of that close? I'm not saying they shouldn't be allowed to build another one but it is a slap in the face to America and the victims families by having it THAT close!!!!
Am I hearing this correct..they are protecting the guy stirring all of this mosque crap up. Goes to show his love for his people, protect my life from the lynching mob, but pleases please proceed, no I demand the mosque, so I can put my people in between the lynch mob and myself. You supporters will suffer not the coward hiding behind, now my tax dollars at work protecting this self proclaimed saint. We'll just get YOU!!! Hey wheres Sharpston on this one another race is moving in on his territory, oh yea they're not white so he has nothing to fight against.
It looks like shattered glass. Maybe that's what they plan on doing to America?
Curious...Why such a huge and elaborate mosque at the New York site?
Seems they are going all out on this one.. Seems this one is much more special than the others...?
Sorry, still don't like it..
In the spirit of kindness and generosity towards the families and friends of the people who died and were injured in the attacks..The site for the mosque should have been moved..
This is not about freedom of religion..It is about where their mosque will sit.. And what matters most.. The site they build on, and what it means to them..Or the site they build on and what it means to the families and friends of those hurt and injured..?
It seems it should have been a easy choice for a religion that truly was about bringing the people together in peace and good will. It seems taking Trumps offer could have solved the problem..
So I'm not Ok with it..Based on that.
Liza, aren't you know you're weak. you're little PIG.
hey Little PIGs (RAY and Liza)
you can watch beautful mosque images here.All prophets already dead. God bless my prophet and other prophets. Cry and Cry as you can this project will happen.
I have read every comment on here. It took a while. After reading this back and forth discussion, and having personally visited foreign countries(turkey,Jordan,etc), I have never been more worried about our future. The people here who are for this mosque don’t realize how Americans are viewed. Have you ever heard death to America shouted by an angry mob in real life? Have you witnessed a woman dragged away by a group of men and younger boys? No, you haven’t. There is always a hidden agenda with anything this controversial and you fail to see it. They want us to hate them, they would love for a US citizen (non Muslim) to blow this thing up. It will give them the final push they need to really get dirty and throw all resources into bringing is down. Naive and foolish comes to mind from the pansies supporting this at all.
The Catholic Church in Saudi Arabia is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.
According to data from the Catholic Web portal AsiaNews.it there are estimated to be more than 1 million Roman Catholics in Saudi Arabia, most of them Filipino workers without citizenship. It is estimated that at least 5% of Saudi Arabia is Christian, though some of these people do not have permanent residence.
Saudi Arabia allows Roman Catholics and Christians of other denominations to enter the country as foreign workers for temporary work, but does not allow them to practise their faith openly, and as a result Roman Catholics and Christians of other denominations generally only worship in secret within private homes. Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are prohibited. These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others.
The Saudi Arabian Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين), or Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam. Conversion of a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy, a crime punishable by death (Capital punishment in Saudi Arabia) if the accused does not recant. The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services.
Public worship of non-Islamic religions is forbidden in Saudi Arabia and Christians of all denominations have been subjected to persecution for public preaching.
However, there are some signs of more openness. Pope Benedict XVI and King Abdullah have begun negotiations on opening the first Catholic church in the Saudi Kingdom [
Hey Ray, You disappear. You're real little PIG. Yje Mosque will biuld here NY soon. Do you see The images? Waw its' good and beautful place for New Yorker and America. proud to be Muslim and america.
Your name says "smarter" but you seem like the dumbest turd on this blog...learn how to read and write...thats a huge problem for you muslims, and why you are so backwards and violent, you either have ZERO education, or all you learned in school in your home muslim country is lies and how to kill infidels.......bomb making, guerilla warfare, how Christians wanna overrun th emuslim world, and how Jews use muslim blood in their bread......hahahah, you people are truly pathetic....if we wanted to we could take the entire middle east in a week...
I have read every comment on here. It took a while. After reading this back and forth discussion, and having personally visited foreign countries(turkey,Jordan,etc), I have never been more worried about our future. The people here who are for this mosque don't realize how Americans are viewed. Have you ever heard death to America shouted by an angry mob in real life? Have you witnessed a woman dragged away by a group of men and younger boys? No, you haven't. There is always a hidden agenda with anything this controversial and you fail to see it. They want us to hate them, they would love for a US citizen (non Muslim) to blow this thing up. It will give them the final push they need to really get dirty and throw all resources into bringing is down. Naive and foolish comes to mind from the pansies supporting this at all.
We are dirt under their feet.Talk about racism at its fullest.It is against our law except in this case.Equal rights, yeh.
This is to Mods SayNo Too : Sounds like your anti-Muslim & anti -American at the same time. Like one person said they have been worshipping there for 2 years now. Now they want to build a nice mosque to worship in & that is their right. I'm not muslim but I do work with some here in Iraq. They're people just like us that just want to better their lifes. The 1st amendment gives them the right to worship where ever they choose. What you do need to worry about is when the American people start giving up their freedoms to the government & you sound like one of those. Let's worry more about us losing our freedoms little by little to professional politicians that don't really care what happens to you just as long as can steal a paycheck from us taxpayers.
Waw, It's beuatiful mosque. God bless those who willing to biuld the house of GOD.
I definitely understand the concept that a prominent landmark celebrating Islam so close to Ground Zero could be percieved by some as a mark of victory. But who is it that believes it to be a proud victory? Is it Muslims, or angry Americans that are too blinded by their hatred (and often ignorance) to believe that there are always going to be extremist members in any religion? It seems as though it has never occured to some people that not every Muslim is an extremist. And for those angry Christians that tout such a hard line view of Islam, I pose the following question to you: How can you direct your hatred and contempt toward all Muslims because of the acts of a few extremists when you have a few Christian extremists that take up firearms and kill in the name of God? How is it any different? If you agree that there is no difference, do you propose that all Christians are bad based on the actions of a very few? Would you then oppose the building of a Christian place of worship in close proximity to say, the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, where an American Christian killed hundreds of fellow Americans? I understand the anger, resentment, and emotional trauma, but as a Christian I asking, who are we to point fingers?
You should probably sign off as Disappointing Christian as you have fallen for this old trick. Did Mcveigh confess to you he was a Christian or simply being American and white is supposed to indicate he was a Christian. For your guidance, some of the most virulent anti-Christians are the white 'liberal' 'progressive' mob...the artsy types like Madonna, Clooney etc who to make up for their sorry life styles, put on a coat of respect by displaying their false passions and interests....hugging trees, bears, moslems etc
I like the initial imiges that they have up, but I have to say.... the building would be up maybe a week before someone burns it down. Seen the news for other parts of the country lately on mosques in the U.S.? At least one mosque construction site has had fire damage to the equipment and materials. Such a conroversial site is bound to get worse than that.
Looks like a beautiful design on the inside. Don't know so much about the outside though.