Turmoil at a ‘Little Pakistan’ Mosque?

Makki Masjid (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Makki Masjid, known as the Muslim Community Center of Brooklyn, has sat at the heart of Little Pakistan on Coney Island Avenue serving the needs of Pakistani immigrants since 1982. These days it’s embroiled in a fight for ownership, reports Bklyner’s Zainab Iqbal.

Community organizer Shahid Khan explains:

“Where do I begin?” he sighed. There are a lot of factors contributing to fights at the Mosque. According to Shahid Khan, there’s a gap between the newcomers and ones who’ve been here a long time. “The old ones, they have a big ego, are conservative, and have complicated thoughts,” he said. “Many of the new ones are educated, were born here, can compromise, but they don’t have anything.”

It turns out the “newcomers” have had enough. They argue that the Mosque isn’t being run the right away. Where is the money going, they say?

Shahid Khan estimates that in one Jummah, people donate a total of $3,000 – $4,000. The money is supposed to be used on the Mosque; at least, that is why people donate. But that is not what it is being entirely used for.

There’s much more to this story – from why the mosque appears in a perpetual state of being under construction to how the cancellation of a longtime independence day celebration is all tied to the the ownership disputes. Read the full story at Bklyner.

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