/> On October 12th, 2008 the inauguration of Bait-uz-Zafar took place in New York City. The event, attended by about 100 guests including senators, congressmen, assemblymen, clergy and neighbors, showcased a diverse crowd of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. The mosque, purchased earlier this year, had been a Jewish synagogue. Many members of the previous synagogue, Temple Israel, attended the ceremony, expressing their hopes that the building would serve the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) well. The speakers emphasized the diversity of the location of the new mosque: Queens, NY, where it was common to find a Korean church, a mosque, a Hindu temple, and a Jewish synagogue all in a single neighborhood. Congressman Anthony Weiner stressed the importance of celebrating the opening of a house of worship. Asad Bajwa from the AMC welcomed all neighbors to freely visit the new mosque to worship their creator. Several other speakers congratulated the AMC and the work they have done for the community. The keynote address, delivered by Naib Amir, Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, emphasized the Promised Messiah's (as) message of brotherhood and living harmoniously with people of all religions. The event, covered by local media, successfully brought together the diversity of the area to celebrate the opening of a new mosque.
Here is an article in the Queens Courier about the event:
Here is some coverage of the event on Go Africa TV:
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