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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I March 2010
Islamic organization criticizes obstacles
facing building Mosques in Switzerland
was owned by a person loyal to radical
right-wing Swiss People’s Party, the
owner of the initiative for banning the
minarets in the country, a member of
the Albanian Community in the city
bought the land for about one million
dollars to build a car warehouse, but
the new buyer preferred to change
his project in favor of the Albanian
community because of its difficulties
to found the new headquarter for
the Muslim community in the city, he
It is for (FIOS) clear that the protest
against the project is coming from the
side quite near to the Swiss peoples
Party in the city to forbid the building
of the Mosque as it is impossible to
The Federation of the Islamic are free to build mosques but without
cancel the sale contract.
organization in Switzerland (FIOS) minarets.
On their part, the Department
strongly criticized the obstacles facing Abu Maizar indicated that the
of Urban Planning of the City of
the construction of a new mosque in continued restrictions on the building
Grenchen confirmed to Kuwait News
the city of Grenchen northwest of the of mosques in the country reflects the
Agency (KUNA) that there is now five
country. profound disorientation experienced
protests against the project. According
The design submitted to the by the Swiss government in
to the law any person or group has
authorities does not include reconciling the needs of the Muslim
the right to make an objection to any
the construction of a minaret. A community on the one hand and
construction project within a specified
referendum in November 29, 2009, public fears of Islam and Muslims
period, this does not mean the end
prohibited through 57.5 per cent of on the other hand, while the duty
of the project, but the authorities
voters, the construction of minarets in of government to protect religious
have to study them and then take
the country. Dr. Hisham Abu Maizer, freedom in the country and help
the appropriate decision with total
chairman of (FIOS) told the Kuwait implement them away from political
News Agency (KUNA) that the influences. He assured that there
There is about 400 000 Moslems
difficulties faced the building of this is a political dimension behind the in Switzerland, the majority of them
Mosque contradicts what the Swiss difficulties facing the Islamic project are from Turkey and the Balkan
Federal council announced several in Grenchen. Countries. Islam is the second religion
times that Muslims in Switzerland The area specialized for the project in the Country after Christianity.
Islamic Centre launched in Bahrain Makkah land prices
Deloitte has announced the launch billion and expected to grow to
top $133,000 per sqm
of a new Islamic Finance Knowledge $1 trillion by 2016,” said Deloitte
Centre (IFKC) in Bahrain. Middle East chairman and chief
The expansion of the Grand Mosque
The IFKC will capitalise on executive Omar Fahoum.
in Makkah is sending land prices
the firm’s expertise in the Islamic “Currently around 60pc of those
soaring, with a single square metre
of land costing as much as $133,000,
finance field and help clients tap assets are shared by Middle East
according to a local newspaper.
the growing opportunities and countries, while 80pc of the top
“This is the one place in the world
strong potential of the Islamic 50 Islamic banks worldwide are
where land is so expensive. Land in
finance market which is predicted located in the Middle East region,”
Makkah, especially close to the Grand
to maintain its growth record which Mr Fahoum added.
Mosque, has become more precious
averaged over the past five years “The Middle East centre is part
than gold and diamonds,” Saudi real
an annual growth rate of 15 to 20 of a global Deloitte Islamic Finance
estate investor Ahmad Al-Ghamdi told
per cent. network that supports our clients in
Arab News.
“Global Islamic Finance assets the region with tailor-made solutions
He added that the demand for
are estimated by the International to conduct Islamic banking and
housing from Makkah’s residents alone
Monetary Fund to exceed $260 finance transactions,” he said. had increased by 54%.
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