All places of Worship Praise and Pray to One God: Slade Synagogue-Now Mosque

Pikesville mosque to open at Slade Mansion on Park Heights Avenue.

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun6:02 p.m. EDT, May 30, 2012Synagogues and schools line Park Heights Avenue in Pikesville— Temple Oheb Shalom, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and the Shoshana S. Cardin School, among them. Nearby is the nation’s largest kosher grocery store, and signs promoting Jewish organizations dot the neighborhood.Now the street that runs through the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish community is getting a new religious building: a mosque for Ahmadi Muslims. That plan has taken some area residents by surprise and even stirred some concerns.

(Left to right) Fareed Ahmad M.D.,Agha S. Khan M.D., retired Left.Col. Rafique Ahmad (from the Pakistan Army) and Nisar Ahmad all part of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at which will be turning the recently purchased Slade Mansion in Pikesville into a Mosque.

The Baltimore congregation of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam has bought the Slade Mansion, a white, Colonial-style house at Slade and Park Heights avenues, a busy intersection in Pikesville. Local members of the sect, which has been persecuted in other parts of the world, have outgrown their home in the city and hope they can find a comfortable home in the deeply religious neighborhood.

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