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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2011
A ranking member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said there have been two burglaries at the mosque this month. Ali Shafi, a member of the mosque's board of trustees, said the first burglary was Sept. 12 and the second was early Monday. He said he hopes that a recent string of burglaries at the center won't lead to something more sinister. “I'm afraid it could turn violent,” Shafi said in an interview  Monday at the mosque at 2036 Day Road. He said he did not want to blow the incident out of proportion, but he did not rule out the possibility it was a hate crime.
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September 9, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's offer to buy an investor's stake where a mosque is planned near ground zero is falling flat. Wolodymyr Starosolsky is a lawyer for the investor in the real estate partnership that controls the site. He says Trump's offer is "just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight. " In a letter released Thursday by Trump's publicist, Trump told Hisham Elzanaty he would buy his stake in the lower Manhattan building for 25 percent more than whatever he paid.
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by MARLO BARNHART | November 18, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com The blessings of Ramadan will be shared with people of all faiths when The Islamic Society of Western Maryland opens its mosque to the general public Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. "It is a time of obedience and respect for Allah and also for personal reflection," said Dr. Shahab Siddiqui, a Hagerstown physician and one of the organizers of the open house. Food will be served, so those who plan to attend are encouraged to call ahead so organizers can make sure there will be enough.
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November 15, 2004
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. Marine shot and killed a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi prisoner in a mosque in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, according to dramatic pool television pictures broadcast Monday. A Marine spokesman in Washington said the shooting was under investigation. The shooting Saturday was videotaped by pool correspondent Kevin Sites of NBC television, who said three other previously wounded prisoners in the mosque apparently also had been shot again by the Marines inside the mosque.
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By HIRA ZEB | October 4, 2005
Tuesday, Oct. 4, marks a very special day for people of the Islamic faith. All throughout the world, Muslims unite to celebrate this holy month of fasting and prayer, known as Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar, and Muslims believe that this is the month in which the first revelation came down to the Prophet Muhammad via Angel Gabriel. This month is taken to be a time for contemplation, prayer and abstinence. Every day in Ramadan, from dawn until sunset, Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or engage in sexual relations.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | March 28, 1998
Islamic followers on rise in Tri-State area When Dr. Abdul Waheed arrived in Hagerstown from his native Pakistan in 1982, there was hardly another Muslim around. To practice his faith among other Muslims, Waheed had to drive more than an hour to a mosque in Baltimore. A decade later, when Muslims began meeting at a house in Hagerstown, the numbers were not much different. In 1993, when Muslims built a mosque on Day Road off of Dual Highway, Waheed said there were about five families.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | January 29, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Washington County religious leaders are trying to determine how to respond to a series of vandalism acts against the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in the wake of the most recent incident. The society announced Tuesday it is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalizing or stealing their sign at the intersection of Day Road and Landis Road. Last Friday, the sign was found to have been cut off with a chain saw, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Woelfel has said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Abdul Waheed said the Koran, Islam's holy book, teaches this: "If you save one life, you save the entire human race. If you take a life, you kill the entire human race. " Thursday's mass shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas -- allegedly by a Muslim U.S. soldier preparing to be deployed to a war zone -- violate the beliefs of Islam, Waheed said. "Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people," said Dr. Tanvir Pasha, the president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which has a mosque near the eastern edge of Hagerstown.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 28, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Imam Sularman has heard it all: Muslims worship Muhammed. Muslims worship the black stone in Mecca. Muslims worship the moon. That's how he can tell people are getting their information about Islam from the wrong sources. A Muslim would have quickly set the record straight: One of the religion's most fundamental principles is submission to the creator and Him alone. But not enough people are asking Muslims. "If I want to know something about Christianity, I'm certainly not going to go to a Jewish person," Sularman said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | December 27, 2000
Ramadan ends MAUGANSVILLE - More than 250 Muslims from the Four-State area broke fast and prayed at the Maugansville Community Center on Wednesday morning to celebrate the end of Ramadan. continued During the month-long holy observance of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or have sex from sunrise to sunset, said Dr. Abdul Waheed, a Hagerstown physician. They celebrate the end of Ramadan with the festival Eid. "What is the meaning of Eid? Eid means the day of recurring happiness," speaker A.K. Hussain told worshippers.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2011
A ranking member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said there have been two burglaries at the mosque this month. Ali Shafi, a member of the mosque's board of trustees, said the first burglary was Sept. 12 and the second was early Monday. He said he hopes that a recent string of burglaries at the center won't lead to something more sinister. “I'm afraid it could turn violent,” Shafi said in an interview  Monday at the mosque at 2036 Day Road. He said he did not want to blow the incident out of proportion, but he did not rule out the possibility it was a hate crime.
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September 20, 2010
"We are calling to publicly thank a very wonderful Hagerstown lady who went out of her way Sept. 3 to show us how to get to the new location of the Social Security office. It was very deeply appreciated, and thank you again, and many blessings. " - Taneytown, Md. "No disrespect to the 82-year-old caller, but Bush administration had very low unemployment rate until the Demos took the Congress four (years) ago, and the rich men you referred to were Frank, Dodd, Obama ... and many of the president's friends.
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September 10, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- As thousands of Afghans protested a tiny Florida church's plan to burn the Muslim holy book, the church's pastor said he won't follow through with the burning if he's able to meet Saturday with the organizers behind a mosque planned near ground zero in New York. In Afghanistan, at least 11 people were injured Friday in protests. Police in the northern province of Badakhshan said several hundred demonstrators ran toward a NATO compound where four attackers and five police were injured in clashes.
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September 9, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's offer to buy an investor's stake where a mosque is planned near ground zero is falling flat. Wolodymyr Starosolsky is a lawyer for the investor in the real estate partnership that controls the site. He says Trump's offer is "just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight. " In a letter released Thursday by Trump's publicist, Trump told Hisham Elzanaty he would buy his stake in the lower Manhattan building for 25 percent more than whatever he paid.
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September 4, 2010
Proposed New York City mosque should be nonissue To the editor: I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, we locked up more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. So why should I be surprised by the reaction to the proposed construction of a mosque in New York City? But it's not even a mosque. It's a 13-story-high community center with a basketball court, culinary school and restaurant, among other facilities, with only the top two floors set aside for worship.
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August 3, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- A city commission on Tuesday denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Center site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community center and mosque that has drawn national opposition. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks wasn't special or distinctive enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners also said that other buildings from the era were better examples of the building's style.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Abdul Waheed said the Koran, Islam's holy book, teaches this: "If you save one life, you save the entire human race. If you take a life, you kill the entire human race. " Thursday's mass shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas -- allegedly by a Muslim U.S. soldier preparing to be deployed to a war zone -- violate the beliefs of Islam, Waheed said. "Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people," said Dr. Tanvir Pasha, the president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which has a mosque near the eastern edge of Hagerstown.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | September 30, 2007
What would you do to ensure that your mother and father got to heaven? Would you memorize a book so well that you could recite it without notes? That's what Usman Qadri did. For a year and three months, the 11-year-old Washington County youth spent evenings memorizing the Qur'an, the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe the text was revealed to the prophet Muhammad over a period of more than 20 years. Those who memorize the text earn the title hafiz - and according to religious tradition will achieve paradise for themselves and 10 other people if they remain faithful and retain the verses.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 28, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Imam Sularman has heard it all: Muslims worship Muhammed. Muslims worship the black stone in Mecca. Muslims worship the moon. That's how he can tell people are getting their information about Islam from the wrong sources. A Muslim would have quickly set the record straight: One of the religion's most fundamental principles is submission to the creator and Him alone. But not enough people are asking Muslims. "If I want to know something about Christianity, I'm certainly not going to go to a Jewish person," Sularman said.
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