‘Bittersweet’ Street Co-naming for Jamaica Muslim Center

Jamaica Muslim Center members and city officials on Friday unveil “JMC Way” at 168th Street from Highland Avenue to Gothic Drive. (Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via QNS)

A street co-naming in Queens became a “bittersweet” event as QNS‘ Carlotta Mohamed described it, following a killing spree thousands of miles away.

News of the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, “cast a pall over what should have been a community celebration” for members of the congregation of the Jamaica Muslim Center (Masjid Al-Mamoor), who on March 15 turned out for the official co-naming of “JMC Way” on 168th Street from Highland Avenue to Gothic Drive. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Council member Rory Lancman, whose bill for the co-naming passed in December, also attended the ceremony.

Siddiqur Rahman, president of the Jamaica Muslim Center, condemned the New Zealand mosque attack before expressing gratitude to New York City officials working to keep the community safe.

“JMC is the way to paradise,” said Rahman. “We are peace-loving people and no matter what kind of psychopath is over there or what kind of terrorist is there, we are all together, and together we can eliminate this kind of terrorism in any religion.”

Syed Muzaffar, chairman of the JMC Board of Trustees, spoke of the “harmony” in the area.

“Our community members in this area, they had a very positive impact and that’s the beauty of this community now … there are hardly any crimes and we are living in peace and harmony with other non-Muslims, and they have been living with us in a harmonious way,” said Muzaffar.

Go to QNS for remarks from Lancman and the NYPD, and to find out which other mosque in southeast Queens had a street co-named after it last year.

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