Muslims Seek Contributions for Mosque-Building

May 11, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

On May 11, 2004 Yahoo! News posted a Reuters article that reported, "As they scour the country for contributions, France's mosque-builders recite a slogan no believing Muslim should be able to resist. 'Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build him a house in Paradise,' goes the saying of the Prophet Mohammad that they recite in Arabic and French and display prominently on posters wherever they go to raise funds. The slogan gets some results. At a recent Muslim convention in this northern suburb of Paris, collection boxes and plastic bags clinked with coins of one or two euros. Every now and then, a passer-by dropped in a 10 or 20 euro note. But this small change is nowhere near enough to finance all the projects France's Muslims have. After praying for decades in basements and garages, they now want proper mosques so they can live their faith in public like any other religion."