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Work on Temecula Mosque Meets Initial Deadline; Money Needed to Finish

Construction on a mosque in Temecula was marked by another recent milestone. The local Muslim community currently meets in Murrieta until its new building is complete.

As soon as a year from now, Muslims in southwest Riverside County could be meeting in their new house of worship.

Construction on a mosque in Temecula was marked by another recent milestone. The Nicolas Road site was abuzz with construction activity this week after the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley met an important Dec. 1 deadline.

City of Temecula permit stipulations gave ICTV until Dec. 1 to pour a concrete slab for phase one, which is a 4,250-square-foot building that will serve as a meeting place for the local Muslim community until the larger, more permanent building that is part of phase two of the project is completed.

 A groundbreaking was held in October after the mosque plans were approved by Temecula City Council in January 2011.

While Temecula city officials could not immediately be reached this week to confirm the deadline had officially been met, the head of the mosque’s building committee breathed a huge sigh of relief.

“That was the main focus, all the energy was going into meeting that deadline,” said Moamer Shurrab, who in April was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for ICTV. 

Shurrab said the local Muslim community is now regrouping to determine what it will take financially to complete the first building by December 2013.

“That is the plan. It all depends on the financial situation and the donations that come from the community,” Shurrab said. “We have to come together ourselves to see exactly what is it going to take. Just like any nonprofit organization you live off of donations.”

ICTV became a registered nonprofit in December 1998, during the same year five local Muslim families began meeting in their homes and eventually rented commercial space in Temecula to conduct regular Friday prayer.

In November 2011, the group, which holds Friday prayer, moved its meeting place from a 6,000-square-foot space on Rio Nedo in Temecula to an 8,000-square-foot space on Hobie Circle in Murrieta.

Since 2008, the group has been working with the city of Temecula to get its building plans approved for the 4.3-acre site on Nicolas Road that it purchased in 2000.

That led to a series of public hearings—the last of which was the longest Temecula city council meeting on record.

In the end, the group retained its right to build on its land.

Had the Dec. 1 deadline not been met, it would have been a setback. Another round of public notices would have had to be sent out, resulting in more hearings.

The funds for the project have come from its members.

“We have been doing fundraising over the years. We have raised a substantial amount of money, but we don’t know how far that is going to carry us. In our community there are a lot of people out of jobs.”

Nonetheless, excitement is in the air.

“For so many years we have been working toward it...The dream is here for so many people who have been worshiping in warehouses.”

No completion date has been set for the larger, 21,000-square feet building that will eventually adjoin the first building. Before phase one can open, Shurrab explained there will be landscape placed on the site of the larger building. A water retention basin sits on the property fronting Nicolas Road, diffusing the problem of the project being in an area prone to flooding.

In the meantime, Shurrab said he and the other six members of the board of directors, including Chairman Emad Rasheed, will be weighing their financial options.

“We have to look at different options. Another option is to maybe take a loan. You can not just stop the project.”

Entitlement Queen December 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Vic and Dave Peters JK can post what he THINKS is the truth about me or other posters on here but we all know the truth about him don't we? It's hilarious!!!!
SPB December 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
@ Bret, Its always pleasure on my end as well. I genuinely appreciate your measured responses and your personal experiences show through your arguments. And with that being said... I guess our major divergence rests on what came first, the chicken or the egg? Are Islamic states with weak central governments violent because of religion or lack of civic law? Did the religion weaken civic law or did a lack of civic law allow religion to grow within the vacuum. To me, its difficult to just throw a blanket answer out there because the "mid-east" is so varied in terms of ethnicity, topography, culture and history. To try to say Afghanistan is like Saudia Arabia is like Lebanon is like Egypt is akin to drawing a circle around Canada and Nicaragua simply because they are located in the "Americas". Each country is a special case and thats why I tend to err on the side of governance. Remember, the violence carried out in the name of Islam is grotesque and heartbreaking... but not less grotesque and heartbreaking than what Mexican cartels do in the name of making money. Be it for profit or a prophet, some people will be monsters if there isn't a government strong enough to keep them in line. I know its ironic coming from a libertarian, but there is a difference between freedom and anarchy.
Vic December 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Oh no! 2 vacations?!! What will Patch do without you?!! Oh, no worries! You take your laptop with you so you don't miss a beat. Isn't that how everyone spends their vacation?
Entitlement Queen December 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Cancun is ok. I liked Playa Del Carmen earlier this year better. The Cub Med was awesome. That ruin of Tulum was a miniature city. It was OK. Copan was a better Mayan ruin. the diving there was OK . Just OK My Virgin Island trip to St. John and Jost Van Dyke was much better. My trip next month to Dominican Republic will be epic.
Ponce de Leon December 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
@Bret - If you don't think the kind of bias shown in a report on race and crime published by a website that advocates segregation is different than the bias you get from CNN, Fox or the BBC, then we don't put the same value on the credibility and reputation of the organization providing the information.
Brenda December 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Shane you are a bit wrong there. I never attack anyone, and certainly did not attack you. I also do not care whos real names or fake names, or wives phone numbers are being posted. I think its sad, and should be embarrassing for those involved in it. If someone doent agree with someone that is the new "thing" to get their IP, name, and then a records check to find out all their personal info? That is just sick behavior and very dangerous for the victims who have their information posted.
Brenda December 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Its SPS====small penis syndrome
Brenda December 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I can see all that Vic, and I don't understand the need to attack others, or call them names in trying to supposedly educate us to believe the way they do. I love to learn and if someone hits me with statistics or something to that affect I can certainly change my mind on things. But if its an emotion thing like this is, its far different. I will never change my mind about just how many people have over run our country. We cannot go on this way as a nation and will end up all living in 20 story slum housing districts, piled on top of each other in some towns. Most immigrants, illegals, others are used to living 2, 3, 4, 5, families to a household to hide out, and get moved around on the train to get them from City to City. I could not live that way nor sit here and watch it happen worse and worse each day as they flood our walls, gates, waterways to get in the USA. It makes me physically ill to see how we live compared to 45-50 years ago when I was a youngun. :/ So for me this is emotions, with some facts strewn throughout. :)
Brenda December 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Enjoy it now. Another few years and we wont be as lucky to have such a daily list we accomplished :) I imagine everyones looks similar to this Shane, or is it just bragging? I am confused. But in a few years we will be further into this depression, more jobs lost due to more business's lost, school so over run with too many children(thank you illegals, visa's, residencies cards being given out like candy) our kids cannot even learn English, no offers for English when you call your Bank or Home Loan companies, all our groceries written in spanish or islamic, and on and on and on. Our parents dying sooner then later because they cannot afford to live on their measly retirement and we cannot afford to help them because we pay so much in taxes to help support all the aid programs that are mostly used by the illegals, visa's, immigrants, residents we let in like cock-a-roaches. on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...............Lets see what your list is next year Shane, should be interesting.
Alan Taylor December 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Brenda, don't take it personal, Shane aka Dave Peter,aka Jeff Kliener--and many more I am sure has no intention of engaging in anything worth while, as you can see from many other articles. He just has fun being a tard.
SPB December 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Why are you bragging? You do realize that from a policy perspective Obama is a moderate republican. There is a difference between being a democrat and being liberal. Outside of being in favor of gay marriage there really isn't a whole lot of "liberalness" coming out of his administration.
SPB December 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR3rK0kZFkg
TVOR December 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Trust......but verify!
Entitlement Queen December 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I laugh at her too. She wears diapers all day and lies but then calls others liars. She preaches about a life that is unreal. Jeff Keiner is the original stalker and she doesn't even remember her lies over time. Hilarious!
SPB December 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Fair enough. Romney would have been a foreign policy catastrophe.
LBV Collins December 12, 2012 at 01:05 AM
"Romney would have been a foreign policy catastrophe." Man, you got that right, SPB!
Vic December 12, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Remember the Karma Cafe, Jeff? Karma is the REAL B****......
Galactic Cannibal December 12, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Explain why women are not allowed inside a Mosque. Explain why women are stoned to death for simple sexual activity not with their husband... Explain why the might of the US military cannot stop the sandal wearing Taliban All three situations have one common connection . The Sharia law and Quran of Islam This same Sharia Law and Quran will be embedded in religious preaching in the new Temecula Mosque. And women are not allowed inside the Temecula Mosque. But the men will be filled with Mohammad's hatred of all non Muslims. And Mohammad their 6th century pedophile leader would be so pleased
Entitlement Queen December 12, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Yes it is Vic. The dumbass assumes I am a coward...yellow...wont do anything...and that he is impossible to locate 3 strikes and your our fuck stick!
Vic December 12, 2012 at 05:54 AM
You know, it seems the more we talk about it, it only makes it worse to live without it, but let's talk about it.....Wouldn't it be nice.....Jeff???
Vic December 12, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I LOVE that song!!!
Lash LaRue December 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Exclusive: Pamela Geller teaches reporters realities of effort to establish 'victory' facility “It’s all pray and no play,” said the New York Post on Sunday. “The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services – but that’s the only activity in the building.” The New York Post sounds surprised that the Ground Zero mosqueteers turned out to be liars. I’m not. It’s the modus operandi of mega-mosque builders. Sell it as one thing, but build a beachhead for Islamic supremacism. Aren’t you glad we defeated that mega-monster? Don’t fall for the “they opened the mosque” – or the “community center” – lie. They were always praying in the Burlington Coat Factory building that was partially destroyed in the September 11 attacks, the same building that houses “Park51″ now. Look at the story at my website AtlasShrugs.com back in December 2009, when I first took up the fight. They were praying there then. It was never about that. They pray everywhere. They pray in the streets at Ground Zero – facing Mecca, of course. So what else is new? What we were fighting was the 15-story mega-mosque they had planned to build at Ground Zero. And we won.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Was going to say SHANE, include me, but you did :) How kind of you. Yes, I hate these people, and sure there might be a few good apples in the basket. But even those good apples when told to do something by the terrorists who rule them all and pay for all these churches and places to live will obey. Just as their Quran says, and as the head Iraq'ie dude said in NY if the USA would not allow them to build their church on ground zero, then the terrorists WOULD be mad. He said that on the news with every news station showing it, and we still let them build that church on ground zero. We are pussies and always will be until there is no USA.
Stanley December 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Just think if the Oregon mall shooter had been yelling 'Allah Akbar!' Temecula's mall would be empty today and residents would be holed up in their homes watching Fox and demanding we nuke his country. That's how xenophobic and pathetic Americans have become.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Vic, and Alan, Thank you and I realized this months ago when these guys migrated over from Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch. One came, then they all followed and started with insults to editors and the Patch in general and then onto the commentors. Then knowing one another, posting each others personal information, and that is some very childish, dangerous, intrusive and if I am correct some sort of felonies? Especially to threaten to kill and/or shoot someone? Or be standing next to them and they do not know it? All of them who participate in this, the seriousness of the threats, and Patch for allowing it to continue and not immediately remove them is going to lead to someone geting hurt and others getting felonies stuck on them, with lawsuits. I had a man do this to me years ago, find my personal information and put it in a chat room several times. Copied and printed, gave to the FBI, they had the guy within a week, he was a higher up Government Employee, was suspended for 4 months, demoted several grades, and his wife divorced him, he lost everything. He did not do jail time but even before 9/11 he was put on 5 year probation with no computer access. With the new laws governing internet stalking and terrorism statements, "I am going to kill you, shoot you" or something thinly disquised like that can land you in jail. I will not be surprised to see this happen to these men and soon. Thanks for the support and info gentlemen..
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Dave- I don't know who is real anymore :/ I wish I did because with some I have enjoyed many a good conversation whether we agreed or not, as it should be. Without all this name changing, insulting or getting slammed by someone I have never seen before and never talked to before out of no where. I think the Sam Bradstreet was insulting at first but then turned nice? Hell don't even remember anymore, there are so many names coming and going. Basically if someone is giving me a hard time just to do it, pick me out of a group, as I am an easy target, being really a 53 yr old disabled grandma, then its probably Jeff Kleiner, which is his real name? This would be the same man who spent a considerable amount of time researching my real information to post on here also? Hope someone is real on here Dave :/ Entitlement Queen- are you talking bout me that you laugh at? I have never even talked to you I do not believe. I do not wear diapers(YET), and I don't call anyone a liar, and I don't preach about a life that is unreal. That also proves I dont lie because liars do NOT remember their lies over time and that is what I always preached to my daughters growing up. So where in the world did you come up with all this??
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Is the REAL Dave Peters the real Dave Peters and who is Entitlement Queen? So Vic and Dave Peters are not really being nice? Or they are being nice, but are someone else? I think I am just going to give up unless someone wants to meet for coffee and show ID's on who is who seriously. And here I was thinking I was posting with other nice people in Temecula and surrounding areas about our City and its going ons, what we care about, donations, helping others, following through on crime issues, accidents with cares, pedestrians, our City Council or lack there of, etc. etc.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Shane I dont do politics and I am not answering to you again, so don't bother posting to me, and also I am not political and don't give a rats butt who is in office anymore as they all suck, lie, and thats just the first two to come to mind. Now just leave me the hell alone and pick on someone else your size.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Shane, get your FACTS STRAIGHT. AS I have posted for a year now. I am racist against any color, any nationality, from anywhere who kill, beat, assault, drugs, prostitution, run human traffic'ing, steal, etc. from others. GET IT? If they are Hells Angels motorcycle gang and most are white, and they kill others, steal and do drugs, then I am racist against them, would that be white trash? Asian gangs in Orange County, which is now like its own Mafia, yes, I am racist. The Asian kids down the street who are like wonderful kids, polite, play outside with everyone, do great in school, heck no I am not racist or prejudice. Are you getting this Ignoramous? I am prejudice against anyone who kills, and commits other crimes, any color, any nationality, any upbringing etc. Get it RIGHT and in the case of Muslims its hard to know who is a good person or group because they can be run by the terrorists at any given moment, admittedly.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Good info Gal Cann

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