Muslims try to break impasse over housing project

Source: ABC2 News

BY Jeff Hager

JOPPATOWNE, Md – The heavy equipment now sits idle on the Ansar housing development in Joppatowne, but Muslim leaders are now trying to build a bridge to non-Muslims who oppose plans for a segregated neighborhood.

“I believe that if we understand their values and they understand our values, we can live together in peace,” said Imam Abdullah Dibba of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

But peace has been elusive since people first learned that the developer was marketing the development solely to Muslims.

“They put up a website that said, ‘We’re putting in the rest of the homes,’ I think it’s 55 homes ‘for Muslim-only, 55-and-older and we’re putting in a mosque,” said Delegate Patrick McDonough.

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