New Islamic Center Scheduled To Open In Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – An Islamic center is scheduled to open in Russellville in the coming weeks, according the center’s website.

The Islamic Center of Russellville is scheduled to open in approximately two weeks, officials said.

According to the website, the number of Muslims in Russellville has been growing steadily over the past few years.

“The number of Muslims in Russellville have drastically increased in the past few years, and the total population of Muslims here has reached close to 250,” the website states.

The Islamic Center of Russellville is going to be located at 500 W. Main St., and the building is currently being renovated, according to the website.

For the past 20 years, obligatory prayers and Jumuah (Friday) prayers were being observed in a room on the Arkansas Tech University campus. While area Muslims said they were grateful to the college for providing the opportunity to practice their faith, they saw the need for a separate location or masjid as the number of Muslims praying increased, the website states.

When the Islamic Center of Russellville opens, officials said they are expecting approximately 100 people to attend and pray at the center, with a high number of participants being students at Arkansas Tech University.

32 comments

    • Nicolette

      You’re obviously too ignorant to know this, but there’s this thing called Freedom of Religion in America. When you are a citizen in this country, you are entitled to its freedoms. But people like you think that you have the right to rewrite the Constitution. Well, guess what? You don’t. You also have absolutely no right to accuse anyone of anything. You don’t know them. And you definitely don’t know anything about their religion. So before you make your ignorant comments, I suggest you do your research. <3

      • donald wilson

        the freedom of religion in this country goes hand in hand with the rights of life liberty and happiness ….. if your religion , no matter what it is , denies anyone of their rights , then it is not a legal religion in this country …. example…. if your religion calls for human sacrifice , then that would be against the rights of the person you would be sacrificing (yep suicide is still against the law because anyone committing it is considered unable to mentally or emotionally make that decision for themselves , and anyone making that decision for them , unless determined to be in the best interest by that persons doctor , is considered murder , or at least manslaughter )…… now , to be sure , i dont know of any religions that do call for human sacrifices , and i dont mean to imply that these muslims do that sort of thing , or would ever even consider it ….. my point is this …. in this country , the right of religion , must not interfere with the right of any thing else for anyone else , if it does … then it is not a legal religion , in this country

      • Porky Kaffir

        Do your research. islam is not a religion, it is a political ideology that is designed to destroy all who do not follow the pedophile muhammad – who married a six-year old girl and went about killing Christians and Jews in between his peaceful looting sprees.
        The penalty for leaving islam is death. Look it up, dhimmi.

    • Equality

      What I don’t understand is why is this news? To they cover stories when a new church opens or they just trying to get readers and get reactions out people like Elphas?

  • Christian/American Patriot

    “For the past 20 years, obligatory prayers and Jumuah (Friday) prayers were being observed in a room on the Arkansas Tech University campus. While area Muslims said they were grateful to the college for providing…”
    Could Christians have been provided that without the ACLU suing?
    I am just curious because when Christian do things in certain areas there is almost always a cry out from the God-haters claiming “Separation of Church and State”. Maybe I am not fully educated on these things, so please feel free to educate me on this question.

    • Ahsan

      Being a oldest ATU international student in Russellville and from a Muslim country, I agree with CAP, Christianity in USA is under siege from Liberals and atheist. Unfortunately even the govt is also involve in encouraging policies which are harmful towards Christianity. Right now what is happening in this country is just a destruction of society and family system and I strongly believe that this country needs to go back to its roots where Faith should be the priority,

  • DC

    On this same news page is an article of a Christian sentenced to death for faith. Lets remind them they can practice Islam freely. But in there homeland a Christian can not.

  • Equality

    Not all Muslims are terrorist or suicide bombers. In our bible and throughout history there were people slaughtered in the name of Christianity. We want all the freedom in the world yet when someone else who wants those same freedoms who believes different than us we don’t want to give them those same freedoms. All religion is bad in my opinion it stifles productivity and creativity, but that’s just my opinion and everybody deserves to believe how they want to believe, as long as they are not doing any harm to anyone.

  • Marie

    So has Arkansas Tech been receiving Government Money, of Any kind? Just like in England the Muslims have been infiltrating the School systems for years. They are now the Ruling groups in the Countries education system. The citizens woke up too late to stop it.

  • Marie

    American are being lulled into a drug induced stupor. The children are being placed on medications, the older kids are being encouraged to use drugs to Mellow out, to ‘chill’. Just accept Everything that comes your way. Will America ever come out of this smoke filled haze encouraged by Liberals and orchestrated by Radicals. I am just disgusted at the lack of concern as to What is happening in this country.

  • ajyouthguy

    The picture is NOT 500 W. Main. That’s the old daycare across from the Jr High that was recently sold. So either the building pictured is not the right one or the adress in the article is inaccurate. Pretty sure 500 w. Main would be the 500 building in the downtown area. The Jr high is on parkway

  • Tony Loyd

    If you deny the rights of others to worship as they choose, you endanger your own rights.

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
    – Martin Niemöller

  • RUSSELL

    Islam..VERSES FROM THE QURAN.. EVIDENCE THAT ISLAM IS Clearly and Concisely Evil, Violent, and Intolerant
    Islam… Clearly and Concisely Evil and Violent.

    ******* I CHALLENGE EVERYONE TO READ THESE QUOTES FROM THE QURAN *******

    WHY ARE THEY BEING ALLOWED TO MOVE TO THE BUILDING ACROSS FROM THE Russellville Junior High School? There will be far too many people there and that cannot be within City Building Codes. Code enforcement should take a closer look at this proposed idea!

    The Quran:
    Quran (2:191-193) – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]… but if desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
    There is a good case to be made that the textual context of this particular passage is defensive war, even if the historical context was not. However, there are also two worrisome pieces to this verse. The first is that the killing of others is authorized in the event of “persecution” (a qualification that is ambiguous at best). The second is that fighting may persist until “religion is for Allah.” The example set by Muhammad is not reassuring.

    Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

    Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding caravans with this verse.

    Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

    Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

    Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle, as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. Here is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

    Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

    Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

    Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).

    Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?

    Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

    Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

    Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah” From the historical context we know that the “persecution” spoken of here was simply the refusal by the Meccans to allow Muhammad to enter their city and perform the Haj. Other Muslims were able to travel there, just not as an armed group, since Muhammad declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah.” According to Ibn Ishaq (324), Muhammad justified the violence further by explaining that “Allah must have no rivals.”

    Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

    Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

    Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam. Prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religions Five Pillars.

    Quran (9:14) – “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace…”

    Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The “striving” spoken of here is Jihad.

    Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. This was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in just the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

    Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

    Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.” This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.

    Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.” See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).

    Quran (9:73) – “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.” Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that they are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why today’s devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.

    Quran (9:88) – “But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.”

    Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

    Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

    Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story, which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source, tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son.

    Quran (21:44) – “We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?”

    Quran (25:52) – “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…” “Strive against” is Jihad – obviously not in the personal context. It’s also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.

    Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.” This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered “merciless” and “horrible murder” in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to “fight in the way of Allah” (3:167) and hence don’t act as Muslims should), those with “diseased hearts” (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and “alarmists” or “agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammad’s biographers. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what today’s terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allah’s eternal word to Muslim generations.

    Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who reject Allah follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Allah set forth form men their lessons by similtudes. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners,” Those who reject Allah are to be subdued in battle. The verse goes on to say the only reason Allah doesn’t do the dirty work himself is in order to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test. “But if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”

    Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,” This very important verse asserts that the Religion of Peace is not to grant peace to the broader society until Islamic rule has been established.

    Quran (48:17) – “There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.” Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means ‘spiritual struggle.’ Is so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted?

    Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves” Islam is not about treating everyone equally. There are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status.

    Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way” Religion of Peace, indeed! This is followed by (61:9): “He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.”

    Quran (61:10-12) – “O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?- That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah, with your property and your persons: That will be best for you, if ye but knew! He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity.” This verse was given in battle. It uses the Arabic word, Jihad.

    Quran (66:9) – “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.” The root word of “Jihad” is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include “hypocrites” – those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such.

    From the Hadith:
    Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

    Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.

    Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’

    Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)

    Abu Dawud (14:2527) – The Prophet said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious
    Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

    Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah

    Muslim (1:149) – “Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause…”

    Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”

    Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihid died the death of a hypocrite.'”
    Muslim (19:4321-4323) – Three separate hadith in which Muhammad shrugs over the news that innocent children were killed in a raid by his men against unbelievers. His response: “They are of them (meaning the enemy).”

    Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.” Ashraf was a poet, killed by Muhammad’s men because he insulted Islam. Here, Muhammad widens the scope of his orders to kill. An innocent Jewish businessman was then slain by his Muslim partner, merely for being non-Muslim.

    Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

    Ibn Ishaq: 327 – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

    Ibn Ishaq: 990 – Lest anyone think that cutting off someone’s head while screaming ‘Allah Akbar!’ is a modern custom, here is an account of that very practice under Muhammad, who seems to approve.

    Ibn Ishaq: 992 – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.

    • Tony Loyd

      Hi Russell. It’s interesting that you refer to Islam as intolerant. I’m not sure of your source of knowledge of the followers of Islam, but my question is, who do you know who is Muslim? I suspect that, if you got to know any practicing Muslims in Russellville, you would find that they are not that different than you. I suspect you value some of the exact same things, such as family, certain kinds of music or perhaps a love for the Arkansas Razorbacks. So, my challenge to you is, before you categorize all Muslims as extremist bent on killing all infidels, you meet some Muslim families and get to know them. I am sure you will find that you have a misunderstanding of their faith and belief.

      By the way, if you check, orders to do violence are not unique to Islam. There are over forty capital crimes listed in the Torah and in the Old Testament. There are also hundreds of statements that command the people of Israel to wipe out entire villages and to kill and destroy. That does not mean that it is a command for all time in all circumstances. It was a specific command with a specific context.

      So now, the rest is up to you, Russell. Will you choose to remain fixed in your view, or will you open yourself up to the possibilities that you share a common humanity with these individuals? Will you continue to think of them as “Islam,” or will you meet them as Bob and Sue and Aashiq? Will you continue to see them as a monolithic enemy, or will you get to know these good people as individuals? The choice is yours.

  • RUSSELL

    I am willing to bet that these people wouldn’t be so quick to put in a “place they can gather” if it were located across from the CLARKSVILLE school, which are armed. Yes, TONY LOYD the choice is mine, I am opposed to this move and this is a poor choice in location.

  • RUSSELL

    How many here are aware that the newly formed ISLAMIC CENTER OF RUSSELLVILLE is planning on going in at the DAYCARE CENTER location, DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from RJHS? Isn’t there a more appropriate location?

    • HG

      Such as what? What are you afraid of? Perhaps the Muslims there will pray for peace and safety of the children inside the Junior High and any school. Many of them have families here with children attending these schools.

  • JG

    You are the basest form of humanity and clearly need more education. People who judge other people are the pigs, not the Muslims. And actually, Muslims don’t eat pig. At all. Get your facts straight, get off your high horse and realize that unless you are Native American, everyone in this country was an immigrant at some point.

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