Growing Muslim Population in Westchester, NY

November 15, 2004

Source: The Journal News

On November 15, 2004 The Journal News reported, "Yasser Arafat is buried, the siege of Fallujah appears complete and President Bush has nominated a successor to John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, but northern Westchester's growing Muslim community is focused on much more parochial things. First order of business: Find new and larger places to pray. About 400 Muslims were expected yesterday at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza for the Eid al-Fitr, a festive gathering that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But hundreds more came out, quickly filling a ballroom where prayers were being led and requiring that sheets be spread in the hallway to accommodate several dozen worshippers... Both the Upper Westchester Muslim Society, which sponsored yesterday's gathering, and a second group led by Al Jamal have identified locations in northern Westchester where they hope to build mosques and community centers. Both groups are reluctant to name the locations until they start winding through town approval processes, because of concerns that residents will not welcome Muslims as neighbors."