Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A year after the mosque received necessary approvals, a few plan changes have delayed the groundbreaking. However, construction may be in the near future.
In spring of 2012, there was a lot of noise and controversy swirling around the proposal to build a 13,000-square-foot mosque on Pheasant Drive in Brookfield. Today, the proposed site for the building remains vacant and quiet. Early on, leaders in the Islamic Society of Milwaukee had planned to begin construction in July 2012 and open the mosque this spring. However, organizers delayed the groundbreaking to work with contractors and alter the plans for the building before moving forward, said Mushir Hassan, secretary on the Islamic Society of Milwaukee's board of directors. Hassan said contractors changed the interior support structure to all steel, rather than a wood and steel mix for structural integrity. Hassan said they also altered …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Brookfield resident Mushir Hassan said the Muslim community is worried about the project's security but plans to begin construction on a new mosque in September.
When Wade Page stepped into the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Aug. 5 and opened fire on unsuspecting worshippers, area Sikhs weren't the only ones who felt their security shattered. The shooting also struck close to home for local Muslims, especially with the Islamic Society of Milwaukee preparing to build a new mosque in Brookfield, said Brookfield resident Mushir Hassan, secretary on the society's board of directors. "We were definitely shaken as a community," Hassan said. "We are friends with Sikhs and first of all, we cry for what they are going through. "Secondly, the xenophobia and harsh rhetoric we've seen makes us concerned from a security standpoint." Organizers of the mosque project, located at 16650 and 16730 W. Pheasant Dr., faced …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Elmbrook Memorial Hospital personnel were investigating whether a man wearing blue scrubs committed an indecent act.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Elmbrook Memorial Hospital human resources personnel are investigating whether an employee may have exposed himself to worshippers attending a Ramadan service at the hospital, police reports allege. According to Brookfield police: A hospital security officer said an unknown black man wearing blue scrubs was seen exposing himself to a Ramadan service being held in a hospital auditorium just before midnight Saturday. He was described as about 20 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build and receding hairline. The hospital, 19333 W. North Ave., reported the incident to police, but said it plans to conduct an internal investigation before seeking police assistance. Ramadan, an Islamic month of fasting, runs through Saturday. …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Over objections of some residents who sought to table the project, the Common Council unanimously approved a mosque on Pheasant Drive intended to serve a growing Waukesha County Muslim community.
Brookfield aldermen unanimously approved plans for a nearly 13,000-square-foot mosque, to the joy of Waukesha County Muslims and chagrin of opponents who sought to table the project Tuesday. The Common Council voted 14-0 Tuesday to grant a conditional use permit, with aldermen assuring residents the city had "thoroughly vetted" traffic and other site issues before green-lighting construction. "We're elated," said Mushir Hassan, a Brookfield resident, physician and project leader for the mosque. "We live in a very sophisticated, educated community that understands that they’ve worked with, lived with, and dealt with Muslims and people of all different faiths and cultures on a regular basis," Hassan said after the meeting. The mosque will be…
The Brookfield Common Council may vote Tuesday night on preliminary and final approvals for a mosque.
With Brookfield aldermen poised to vote Tuesday on a proposed mosque, one concern raised by critics has been Sharia law. At a public information session held at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church, leaders of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee explained how Muslims use Sharia law, that they do not apply it to non-Muslims and they obey the U.S. Constitution. Some residents were not convinced. Mushir Hassan, a Brookfield resident, physician and a project leader for the mosque, also addressed Sharia law among other concerns in a Q&A interview with Patch. City officials say they can not consider religious concerns when they vote on the mosque request and must stick to site, traffic and zoning issues. The city Plan Commission last week …
Monday, May 7, 2012
With the overwhelming majority of people urging the mosque be built, commissioners voted unanimously to recommend approval to the Common Council.
Following overwhelming support at a public hearing Monday night, city plan commissioners unanimously backed construction of a mosque in Brookfield, sending the plans to aldermen for final approval. The voice vote drew applause, handshakes and hugs among the approximately 30 people who stayed to hear the vote after the hearing that packed the Common Council chambers and two overflow areas. Commissioner Gary Mahkorn, one of two aldermen whose district includes the mosque site, said he was "so proud" of the community for its support of religious diversity and freedom of religious worship, despite concerns some raised about Islam and terrorism. "We're a welcoming community," Mahkorn said. "I'm proud of this community. I'm proud of this country…
City plan commissioners on Monday unanimously endorsed construction of a nearly 13,000-square-foot mosque on Pheasant Drive. Read Patch's live-blog from the public hearing, with photos and video.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Brookfield Plan Commission unanimously backed construction of a mosque in Brookfield. By vote voice, commissioners recommended the Common Council approve the project when it meets May 15. Patch live-blogged Monday's public hearing on the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West's plans to build a mosque in Brookfield. Read the blog transcript above. Read full story from Monday night's meeting
Sunday, May 6, 2012
As debates swirl about the proposed mosque for Brookfield, a resident is trying to educate the community about the worship center's intention.
Mushir Hassan has been living in Brookfield for 12 years, with two daughters in Elmbrook schools and two that aren't yet of school age. He has been active in the community as a volunteer and an internal medicine physician. But recently what has defined his presence in the community is his religion, Islam, and his hope to have a new mosque in his city. Hassan is the secretary on the board of directors for the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, which is seeking to build the mosque at 16650 and 16730 W. Pheasant Dr., a short distance northeast of the intersection of Calhoun Road and North Avenue. He is also the project representative to the City of Brookfield. As fears have surfaced from neighbors about religious extremism and ties to terrorism …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
More than 100 people Wednesday came to view charts and ask questions about a proposed mosque construction in Brookfield, with two-thirds of those who wrote comments expressing support for the project.
Opinions on the construction of a mosque in Brookfield were mixed at a public information session Wednesday, but two-thirds of those who submitted written comments supported the project, city officials say. A steady flow of people came to view charts and other information, or talk to city and Islamic Society of Milwaukee officials in the courtroom at the city's Public Safety Building. There was no presentation given. More than 100 people were estimated to have stopped in during the three-hour session, with 31 leaving written comments. Of those 31, 21 supported the project, with 10 opposing it or raising questions and concerns, said Tim Casey, city economic development coordinator. Dawn Balcom, of Elm Grove, told Patch she was "all for it…
KindHearts charity, for which Milwaukee leader worked in 2005, will donate about $1 million to the U.N. World Food Programme, UNICEF and Mercy Corps for humanitarian work in Pakistan, West Bank and Gaza Strip.
An Ohio-based charity for whom a Islamic Society of Milwaukee leader once worked will be removed from the U.S. government's list of organizations with terrorist ties, and the charity donate its nearly $1 million in assets to organizations in the Middle East. In a settlement announced Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union which represented the charity KindHearts, the government will un-freeze the organization's assets and allow them to be distributed among the U.N. World Food Programme, UNICEF and Mercy Corps for humanitarian work in Pakistan, West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Islamic Society of Milwaukee's religious director, Zulifiqar Ali Shah, worked for KindHearts in 2005 before it was targeted by the government in 2006. Shah has …