Editorial Suggests that Mosque Will Benefit Community

November 4, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 4, 2004 The Boston Globe reported that, "the new leadership of the embattled Islamic Society of Boston is saying clearly that it wants to join the family of forward-looking religious institutions in the city. Such an outcome would benefit both local Muslims who want to practice their religion free of extremist influences and members of other faiths who seek to engage Muslims in positive discussions. Concerns had escalated in recent weeks about the Cambridge-based group's undertaking to build a $22 million mosque and cultural center in Roxbury... Internal struggles between moderate and radical forces are not uncommon in American mosques. This conflict mirrors a split in the Islamic world. Bostonians of all faiths should welcome the new mosque and encourage the responsible members to prevail."