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