IL: Islamic Society's Visibility Grows



Last weekend, a group of youngsters belonging to Boy Scout Troop 786
marched in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade.

Not a big deal for most, but for this new troop, it was something to get
excited about. The troop is composed of children whose parents belong to
the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs in Rolling Meadows.

The society has called the city home for some 20 years. But because the 170
members keep a low profile, many long-time residents didn't realize the
society was even here until a few weeks ago.

That's when officials of the society approached the Rolling Meadows City
Council, asking for permission to move the Islamic community center to a
larger building - not far from its current location at 3890 Industrial Ave.
on the city's west side..

After calling Rolling Meadows home for two decades, Mohammad Salam,
president of the society, didn't think getting the approval would be such a
big deal, "because we are already here.".

The debate has been conducted in a polite manner.

In contrast, things weren't so polite recently in Orland Park.

A public outcry erupted late last month when Muslims sought permission to
build a mosque in that South suburb. More than 400 people crowded into the
civic center in Orland Park to argue over the proposal - including
officials with the U.S. Justice Department..

 


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