Anaheim - Jan 26, 2011: Islamic Shura Council thanks the Most Just God and is pleased to share the good news that the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley's new Masjid building application was approved by a 4-0 vote after a marathon eight and a half hour long city council deliberations ending after 3:00 am on Wednesday. In December of 2010, the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley's application was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission but was subsequently appealed by some Temecula residents. Today's unanimous vote by the City Council of Temecula clears all hurdles for the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley to move forward with its project.
Celebrating this victory, Imam Mahmoud Harmoush said "we continue to extend our hand of friendship to everyone in Temecula, including those who challenged our right to build a Mosque." Hundreds of people of all faiths filled up three halls to speak in support and in opposition to the building of a new Mosque in Temecula. "This is a major milestone in Muslims' history in Temecula valley and a gift of my generation to future generations," said Hadi Nael, Chairman of the Board of Islamic Center of Temecula Valley.
Thanking the Interfaith Council of Temecula and Murrieta and the Progressive Jewish Alliance of Los Angeles for their consistent support, Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Shura Council said, "the constitution carried the day and the fear factory failed."
Please take a moment and thank the Temecula City Council for upholding the laws of the land and celebrating pluralism.
Shura Council also thanks all the supporters who stood up for America and for the Temecula community, among whom are the Armenian Diocese; Episcopal Diocese; Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with Progressive Christians Uniting; ICUJP and All Saints Church of Pasadena.
Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
The Islamic Shura Council is an umbrella organization of Mosques & Muslim organizations serving the Muslims of Southern California. Since 1995, the Council continues to foster the spirit and culture of "working together" at all levels in one of the most diverse and largest Muslim populations in the country.