Proposed Mosque in Melbourne is Met with Opposition

September 4, 2005

Source: The Sunday Mail,5936,16482233%255E421,00.html

On September 4, 2005 The Sunday Mail reported, "A religious dispute has flared in Melbourne's east over a moderate Muslim group's plans to build a mosque. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association wants to build a worship centre in Clyde, in Melbourne's outer east, for its 200 Victorian followers. But the plan has prompted furious resistance and 40 residents on neighbouring land have objected to Casey Council. The group says it is peace-loving, but many residents say they do not want Muslims, and certainly not a mosque, near their homes. Javed Choudhary, Victorian president of the association, which has been worshipping in rented halls for eight years, said he was dismayed by what he saw as religious intolerance."