Dear family & friends in Christ,

We at CTFM bought a block of land (one acre) in order to build our new church premises, but to our surprise, we were informed by the local council of a plan to build a very large mosque on the adjoining 3 blocks (three acres) right next to us.

Given the 5 year court battle CTFM had with the ICV (Islamic Council Victoria) and won by appeal in Supreme Court, our board of directors and congregation have taken a stand against the mosque planned to be built right next to our new church premises.

We have already received approval from the local council, and will start our building project soon. Thank God there were no complaints against CTFM building project by the local residents.

However, there have been many complaints against the mosque by much of the local community.

Please read the article below which appeared in today’s local newspaper and continue in daily prayer as our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual forces of darkness

Mosque for Doveton plan irks church - Dandenong Journal – by Cameron Lucadou - Nov. 16, 2012 

ANTI-ISLAM crusader Daniel Nalliah and his evangelical Christian church are set to fight a plan to build an 11.5-metre-high mosque in the same street.

Mr Nalliah, a pastor at Catch the Fire Ministries, said his church was weeks away from building a $2 million base at 25 Green Street, Doveton.

He recently learnt of a planning application by an Afghan community group to build the Omar Farooq Mosque next door.

The church, along with more than 100 petitioners including adjoining residents, will formally object to Casey Council over the mosque proposal.

No objections had been raised against Catch the Fire’s church, which had been approved by the council, Mr Nalliah said.

Afghan-Australian Association of Victoria president Khaliq Fazal, when asked his opinion on the mosque, accused Mr Nalliah and his church of distributing “hysterical” anti-mosque leaflets to “agitate” neighbours.

He said the mosque was a “place for peace and for the worship of the same god that we all believe in”.

“The Afghan community has a very good reputation and has assimilated well in a multicultural society since the 1860s. We’ve never had any problem with any other religions. We believe in Jesus Christ as well, so what’s the problem?”

Mr Nalliah — an outspoken figure who sparked outrage for attributing Black Saturday bushfires to Victoria’s abortion laws — said he did not know who was behind the leaflets.

He said his objections to the mosque trailed back to a long-running racial vilification dispute with the Islamic Council of Victoria over a Catch the Fire newsletter about Muslims and the Koran in 2002.

Mr Nalliah said he and his family received death threats during the dispute, which cost the church $600,000. “Not once have we said people should bust up a Muslim or burn down a mosque.

“We don’t approve of Islam as a religion but we love Muslim people. Islam teaches that those who follow other religions are infidels.

“It is a religion that doesn’t value freedom of religion. Having those same teachings right under our noses is counter-productive to our church.”

He claimed that homes vacated by “fed-up” neighbours would be bought up by Muslims, creating a “sharia [the moral code and religious law of Islam] zone”.

Casey planning manager Duncan Turner said the council would consider any public submissions “received up until it makes its decision”.

Doveton mosque objections collected

MORE than 100 signatures have been collected on petitions raging against the proposed mosque in Green Street, Doveton.

The proposed Afghan mosque site is in an industrial area — chosen after consultation with Casey Council — to minimise any complaints from neighbours.

The mosque permit application stated complaints at its current Photinia Street mosque related to car parking, crowds and noise.

Cynthia Bernardo, who would see the proposed mosque tower over her back fence, fears the same problems will descend on her doorstep. She said the residents she had doorknocked “objected to this straight away”.

“It’ll be the full calling for prayer blared out on loudspeakers five times a day. Surely a building of this size with all these bells and whistles shouldn’t be built in a residential area — it’s taking up three lots. We just want the voice of the people heard.”

The application states the mosque would be attended by up to 600 during Easter, and seek to open as early as 4.30am and as late as 10pm in summer. It would also host funerals, with a morgue on site.

Margaret Monssen, who has lived behind the proposed site for 48 years, has collected 80 petition signatures.

She doesn’t like the mosque’s height, particularly of its minaret. “You’ll be able to see its steeples from Box Street,” she said. “If we want to sell our houses and buyers know there’s a mosque, we won’t have a hope of selling them.”

Casey councillor Wayne Smith said he had little objection to the choice of site, although he emphasised the council would not allow loudspeakers.

He said his family received death threats after he endorsed a mosque based in Hallam. “Would we be having these objections if it was a Catholic or Uniting church moving in? I don’t think so.”

— Cameron Lucadou-Wells


15 Responses to “Newspaper article about CTFM & many local residents opposing the building of very large mosque”

  1. 1 Jeremiah Veritas

    Same street, way too much of a coincidence.
    Seek prayer support now re this, source prayer locally, nationally &internationally, as much prayer help as can possibly be sourced from all Christian denominations.
    God Bless,
    Jeremiah

  2. 2 Gerry

    Poor Danny and the C.T.F.M. sounds like the revenge of the moslems to me.

    Maybe C.T.F.M. can contact Julia and the Royal commission,to investigate the notorious paedophile, mahommad the false prophet.
    Also people who follow the teachings of a paedophile, that is all moslems. I’m sure the commission would be keen and willing to do this,(NOT).

    “We believe in Jesus Christ as well ,so what’s the problem.”
    The Problem, is that the pathological and deranged liar and notorious illiterate paedophile mohammed,(your esteemed leader).
    Dictated into the koran, that Jesus was not crucified and was not the Son of God. You moslems might be comfortable with that satanic lie . But we are not! It is a satanic attack on Jesus Christ, his Church and the Holy Bible.

    How dare you come into the country ,take our hospitality,then spread mo’s filthy lies! The lies that wrecked your own country!
    Are you completely mad?

    Counsellor Wayne,seems to be a sad, Biblically illiterate person who can’t tell the difference between the Divine and sublime Jesus, the perfect man, and a criminal bandit.Very very sad indeed. Remember Judgement day Wayne.

  3. 3 Dallas

    Hello Jason,

    It is standard practice for Muslims to build a mosque next to a church property. Look at the mosque in north Hallam road, next to a church. On the Gold Coast, the Presbyterian church had a corner block and Muslims, through a shabby deal with local councilors were able to buy adjacent blocks.

    Fight well; this must be opposed.

    Dallas

  4. 4 Chris & Pam

    Hi all there at Catch the Fire Ministries,

    It is interesting to hear of your experiences. I live on the Gold Coast about a kilometre from where a mosque is situated on the corner of Allied Dr and Olsen Ave. This mosque was built right next to a Presbyterian Church. The land here was given for religious purposes by Sir Bruce Small, who was a Christian, and the corner block was originally allocated to the Presbyterian Church. But the Moslems complained and demanded that they must have the higher ground, so the council, or whoever was in authority promptly caved in it them. So the poor Presbyterian Church is now stuck right next door on the lower ground. But the church may be in an inferior area, but each time I pass it, I pray for the Lord to raise it up mightily in the Holy Ghost as a witness to the Moslems next door. I notice the church seem to be thriving, praise the Lord.

    Once as we were walking past this mosque an imam approached us and started talking about Islam, my husband said he was being deceived in his religion, and the poor man got really red in the face and tried to get out his koran out from his robes, but he couldn’t bring it out. Maybe the Holy Spirit stuck it inside his pocket at that moment I don’t know.

    I have seen busloads of school children being escorted through this mosque near us, no doubt to demonstrate to the children there is nothing wrong, or sinister about Islam. I wonder if school children also get to see inside the buildings of other religous faiths.

    There is also another church on the Gold Coast, called Dream Centre and a Muslim school built has been built right next door to it. I personally think the Muslims deliberately try to do this to prove, what they think, is their superiority over other religious faiths, similar to building a large mosque overlooking ground zero in New York etc. Like in a child’s game I used to play: “I’m the king of the castle and you are the dirty rascal”. The Spanish have a novel way of deterring mosques being built, (I don’t know if it works), but they bury a dead pig on the proposed site where they hope to build a mosque and the property then becomes unclean and a mosque cannot be built on it.

    Anyway I’m surely glad that they didn’t get their planning permission to build a mosque right next door to you.

    In Christ we trust,

    Chris & Pam

  5. 5 Anne

    Hello Jason,

    Thank you for this information about plans to build a mosque next to your church. I?m attaching a link to a website for the Faith Freedom society, which is a secular British society headed by a man named Gavin. (You may have heard of him and his work but I?ll send it anyway as this is such an important issue.) Gavin?s passion, as a lawyer, is opposing the building of mosques and he is passionate about it because he sees what Islam is doing to Britain. He has a very high success rate. When he spoke in Canberra he outlined the steps he uses in countering the development applications and he treats it as a law and public order issue. He said in Canberra that he is willing to assist anyone (even in Australia) in this fight as he believes in it so strongly, and I think it would be well worth your while to contact him and see if he would give you some help. I don?t think he charges, but I?m not sure about this. You might also contact the Q Society who arranged Gavin?s visit to Australia for further information on Gavin?s work.

    And in the spiritual realm, isn’?t it interesting that the god of Islam would choose a site next to a CTFM church to build a mosque?! You must be really stirring things up! Praise God!

    Praying for you,
    Anne

  6. 6 Pauline

    I think this is another challenge for relaxed Christians living in that area and all around to start standing up and voicing their true feelings with out fear about who they worship. God or the worldly beast!

    God is making the Body of Yeshua accountable now in all areas of our lives of whom are we going to serve in these end times!!!

    Praise God his kingdom is coming soon!!!!

    Don’t give in Danny. You are a true, strong Christian leader in your community. No weapons formed against us shall prosper!!!

    God Bless
    Pauline

  7. 7 Joseph

    Great news to have the unsaved Muslims right next door for all of your church to reach out in the Love of Jesus to them all ? the more Muslims who arrive in Aussie the better for your evangelism outreach to them and all the unsaved people of Aussie ? you were saved for a reason to share with all the world the Truth that Jesus is the only way,so if this new project brings the unsaved Aussies to there knees and salvation to them ? Praise the Lord,stop fighting against God and get with the plan ,you know yourselves that in most Muslim nations you are not allowed to preach-share your christian Faith there ? so what does God do he sends them to you in Aussie or the UK where I am witnessing to them and loving them ,be thankful you live in the best country in the world Australia and be about Fathers business. I am an Aussie evangelist and witness in particular to the Jews-Muslims in the UK and throughout the world where the Lord allows me to visit. I am expecting to return to Aussie / Naree Warren area in the new year after 9 years in the north of England where there are lots of Muslim and mosques also, my favourite verse 1 cor 16:14 do all things with Love? What about the Love your enemy verse? What about doing what the Lord called you to do if He did ? Preach the good news not get side tracked into politics? Beware of the enemy’s tactics to bewitched you, ask the Lord for wisdom daily and in all your everyday dealings, God bless Joseph, a reply would be nice.

  8. 8 Jerene

    Hello CTFM,

    The residents should group together to sack Casey councillor Wayne Smith!!! Australia has gone down the drain b’cos of cowards like Wayne Smith, who in the name of tolerance of minority, has subjected the rest of the majority Aussies to suffer.

    Imagine the prayers of anti-Christ blared into the atmosphere 5 times each day! It will be layers upon layers of spiritual darkness covering the atmosphere in your land! Stand and fight a good fight in Jesus name. We will be praying for you.

    From an Aussie living in a Muslim country now!

    Jerene

  9. 9 John

    What an opportunity to evangelize, sadly missed, Use the law if you like and win the fight but ultimately loose the battle. From my perspective the battle has ceased to be the Lords and is now secular, what should be a warfare against principalities and powers is now against flesh and blood. I wonder what will happen when persecution really does come. What is really a battle for souls has become a battle for real estate. How shall they know we are Christians, it seems the law is the answer not love. Love is obviously too costly.

    I’m not a Muslim and I don’t like mosques, I’m a Christian and have been for 70 years but I’m ashamed that the gospel of Jesus Christ is now more about rights than turning the other cheek, more about manifestations than what Jesus taught.

    Mat 5:44-48 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; {45} That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. {46} For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? {47} And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? {48} Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    What has happened to the call to prayer, when the early church had opposition they suffered it gladly and prayed for boldness to preach
    Acts 4:29-31 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, {30} By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. {31} And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

    Muslims cannot match the power of God, why on earth do we stoop to the carnal and fight as if we had no God at all.

    I remain ashamed and alarmed

    John

  10. 10 Norris

    How do we protest this mosque?

    Norris

  11. 11 Bron

    I THINK CAMERON WELLS BETTER WRITE UNBIASED NEWS REPORTS….
    CHEERS
    BRON

  12. 12 Neil
  13. 13 Paul

    Ps. Danny,

    I read with interest re-the situation about the planned mosque next door to you church property. Could this be a God thing? Margaret and me are praying that the mosque will not be built and that many muslims will be saved.

    Stay strong, God is with you.
    Paul

  14. 14 Prophecy News Watch Headlines - November 19

    London’s Mega-Mosque: “Recruiting Ground For Al Qaeda”

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    A radical Islamic group has applied for a permit to build one of the largest mosques in the world, in London.

    The East London super-mosque, known as the Abbey Mills Riverine Center, would hold up to 10,000 worshippers. It would be the largest religious building in Britain and the largest mosque in Europe.

    By comparison, Britain’s largest cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, can hold no more than 3,000 worshippers, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the iconic features of the London skyline, has a capacity of 2,500.

    The 16-acre site near the Olympic Village in West Ham in the London Borough of Newham would include two 40-foot minarets, an Islamic library, a dining hall, tennis courts, sports facilities, eight apartments for visiting Muslim clerics and hundreds of parking spaces .

    Much of the funding for the super-mosque, which will cost an estimated £100 million ($160 million), is expected to come from Saudi Arabia.

    The project to build a “contemporary Islamic sacred space” is so massive in scale that critics believe the mega-mosque is actually a smokescreen for an ambitious plan to establish a hardline Islamic enclave in East London.

    The construction plans have been submitted by Tablighi Jamaat, a controversial Muslim missionary movement with roots in India. Tablighi Jamaat, which in English means “Society for the Spreading of the Faith” or “Proselytizing Group,” is the largest group of religious proselytizers of any faith in the world.

    Tablighi Jamaat is active in Southwest and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and has contributed to the explosive growth of Islamic religious fervor and conversion around the world.

    Although Tablighi Jamaat promotes itself as open and socially integrated, and strives to project a non-threatening image, after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, members of the group were accused of having ties to Muslim terrorist organizations.

    In addition, two of those responsible for the suicide bombings in London on July 7, 2005, Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Siddique Khan, as well as failed shoe bomber Richard Reid, have been linked to a Tablighi mosque in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

    American security officials have called Tablighi Jamaat a “recruiting ground for Al Qaeda;”

    French intelligence officials have described the group as an “antechamber of fundamentalism.” The French Tablighi expert Marc Gaborieau says the group’s ultimate objective is nothing short of a “planned conquest of the world” in the spirit of jihad.

    A former Newham town councillor, Alan Craig, has launched a campaign called “Mega Mosque No Thanks” to stop the project. He has produced 100,000 leaflets, which have been distributed throughout the borough.

    Although Craig believes in the freedom of religion and does not object to mosques or any other place of worship, he has raised some important questions about this particular mosque proposal.

    According to Craig, “The mega-mosque is proposed and planned by a particularly disturbing Islamic sect called Tablighi Jamaat. They teach that if you want to be a good Muslim you must separate off from non-Muslims. It is only Tablighi Jamaat, of all the Islamic groups, that has created ghettos over in Toronto, in Canada.

    They are all around the world, this is a huge group and wherever they go they create barriers, hostility, division, they create separatism. In my view we would be mad, barking mad, if we let the project go ahead.”

    These concerns are being echoed by Dr. Jenny Taylor, founder of the religious literacy group called Lapido Media. She says: “The grounds on which Tablighi Jamaat is trying to set-up here in Britain are anti-British and anti-Western. This is not just going to be a mosque.

    This is going to be a center of training, where they are going to try to reach out to Islamist Muslims to harden up and ‘medievalize’ the Islam of ordinary Muslims in this country. And I meet so many Muslims who do not want that.”

    Indeed, Asghar Bukhari, a spokesperson for the UK branch of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, has been quoted by the RT news channel as saying: “Muslims themselves oppose this mosque.

    Not on the grounds that they do not want to worship their God, but on the grounds that women are not allowed, the local population, the Muslim population, has no say in how the mosque itself is governed.”

    Tablighi Jamaat first submitted plans for the mosque in 1999 amid intense opposition from local citizens; the original plans called for the mosque to hold 70,000 worshippers. In 2001, the group agreed that worship at the ramshackle site, an old chemical factory which currently houses several pre-fabricated buildings, would be on a temporary basis only.

    Although the temporary planning permission expired in 2006, the group continued to use the site. In 2010, Newham town council tried to shut down the existing temporary facility by serving an enforcement notice on the owners. But in 2011 Tablighi Jamaat won an appeal and a two-year extension for use of the site. Today more than 5,000 people worship there every Friday.

    Originally, the town council had wanted a “mixed use” of the site with homes, shops and business units. But plans for the construction of retail units and 300 apartments were scrapped after the Muslim community said they did not want their donations going to a commercial venture.

    As the revised master-plan currently stands, the mosque will form the centerpiece of the project. At 30,000 square meters (323,000 square feet), it will include a prayer hall for 7,500 men, a separate prayer facility on an upper level for 1,900 women, and an additional dining hall for 2,000.

    According to the architects, Tablighi Jamaat has been particularly adamant that the mosque include towering minarets, which will change the skyline in East London.

    Craig says the current mosque plans would further displace the non-Muslim community in East London and he believes that Tablighi Jamaat’s real aim is to establish a global base for its proselytizing operations. Says Craig: “Either way, it will be the first custom-built Sharia-controlled zone in Britain.”

    In an irony that says much about the sad state of British multiculturalism, just a mile from where the mosque is due to go up, the Kingsway International Christian Centre, the biggest evangelical church in Europe with 12,000 worshippers on a Sunday, was demolished in 2007 on orders of the City of London to make way for the Olympic stadium.

    Five years later, the British government has still not given the church permission to build a new worship center on a new site.

    Newham Council, which received the proposal from Tablighi on September 5, 2012, will decide whether it will grant planning permission for the mega-mosque this December. (See here to peruse public comments on the application.)

    According to Craig, “If this went ahead it would be like a tipping point, there will be no stopping fundamentalist Islam. If that happens, well we’d all need to leave the county.”

  15. 15 Luigi Rosolin

    I live in Perth WA and even I’m far away I like to express my opposition to next door building of a mosque of a Christian church, as is clearly a doctrine oppose to Christianity and intolerant of other’s believe and for of social institution as Muslim are clearly put himself above others conviction.
    Muslim is a religion contrary to Jesus teaching of love and forgiveness, as in the Koran infidel must be subjected to the faith or be destroyed-eliminate!
    Also saying that they believe in Jesus is a clear a false misleading statement (If they believe Jesus, even as a prophet, why are they ignoring is teaching and not accepting what him state, I’M – Son Of God. Jesus had done miracle and clearly state who he was. Had never said that was a prophet).
    They are not recognizing Him as God, but only like a prophet which teaching is ignored-manipulate by them.
    For the reason above and other’s a mosque should build next door, with the disregards for others right, mosque had been a constant problem for resident all over the world.
    Noise-traffic and other nuisance to impose their creed will be the future.
    Secular residents or believer of different faith will be exposed to harassment; disturbance and the community will be impact by their tactic to control the area and imposed their way.
    Council need to uphold the majority of the resident right not a minority request that is already or suspicious as they choice to apply to open, next door of a clearly incompatible faith of them.
    Is look like a continuation of the harassment to the Church and his leader who had been already show they complete intollerance.

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