‘Ahmadiyya Way’ Named in Queens

At the co-naming of 85th Road as “Ahmadiyya Way.” (Photo by Ryan Brady via Queens Chronicle)

An Islamic sect which has suffered persecution in South Asia received some recognition recently in Queens, when a street in the Holliswood section of eastern Queens was named “Ahmadiyya Way” after the Ahmadiyyas or Ahmadis, as they are also known.

The Ahmadiyyas have been viewed as heretical by orthodox Muslims for some of their beliefs. For instance, they do not believe that Mohammed was the final prophet.

Ryan Brady of Queens Chronicle reports on the co-naming of 85th Road near the Bait-Uz-Zafar Mosque.

“Just imagine, in the wake of the recent increase in Islamophobia, look at how beautiful New York City is,” Imam Mahmood Kauser said at the ceremony before the sign’s unveiling. “Today, they’re honoring a street with a Muslim name. The first of its kind.”

He was joined by Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), who worked to get the co-naming signed into law, and other community leaders. Among them were Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) as well as Councilmen Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), the latter being the city government’s only Muslim lawmaker. Each supported the co-naming effort.

The mosque, which has operated at its present location for a decade, once was home to a temple where The Humanist Jewish Congregation of Queens held services. Go to Queens Chronicle to read how that congregation wasn’t shut out when the Ahmadiyyas started worshipping there.

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