Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Experimental Dutch liberal mosque closes due to finance woes

Not an overwhelming amount of support for the moderate view! Offered Arab money but would not take it. But clearly the temptation to go Wahabi-Salafi is there!

Why does every mosque have to be a grand mosque?

An experimental liberal mosque in the Netherlands that held prayers in Dutch instead of Arabic, has closed its doors due to financial problems.

The Polder Mosque in Amsterdam was an attempt to provide a model for young Dutch-born Muslims and converts to learn about Islam and practice it in a secular European nation. The project drew widespread positive attention, a counterpoint to the anti-Islam sentiment that dominates Dutch political debate.

Chairwoman Yassmine el Ksaihi, 24, said Wednesday the mosque will reorganize and attempt to reopen in a smaller, more affordable location next year.

Its total debts are around (EURO)200,000 ($270,000). It has turned down offers of help from foreign sponsors, saying that violated its founding principles. AP

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