It is 12:55 p.m. Thursday and I am standing in front of the Masjid Al-Madinah mosque in Upper Darby, waiting for someone, anyone, to show up for 1 p.m. prayers. The mosque is a converted house on the corner of Ludlow and Kent streets, white with green trim. There is a portable basketball hoop in the driveway but its backboard is broken off. It sits upside down, propped up against the building. And that’s it. Not a car to be seen. The president of the mosque is Abu Rahman. He lives in Broomall. I called him earlier in the day and he told me the mosque would be open for afternoon prayers. Rahman is kind of our go-to guy when any Muslim in the world does something awful. We call him to reassure our readers that the Muslims who attend his mosque are peace-loving and condemn violence. Last week’s suicide bombings in London committed by four young Muslim men require condemnation, especially by other Muslims. Some 50 innocent people were slaughtered. In Iraq the other day, a suicide terrorist drove an SUV packed with explosives into a crowd of kids taking candy from American soldiers. Some 18 children, all Muslim, were blown to bits. It is an odd thing to have to ask the mothers and fathers of Muslim children here in America whether they approve of these sorts of killings. But we do. Not so much because we don’t know the answers we’re going to get, but because it is important to allow Muslims the opportunity to decry and condemn murder committed in the name of Allah. (MORE)


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.