Mobile leaders say "no" to expanding a Muslim Center

May 29, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Mobile City Council is blocking the planned expansion of an Islamic center, a decision the head of the religious organization blames on discrimination. Council members cited parking concerns Tuesday in overturning a previous decision to approve an expansion of the Islamic Center of Mobile. Center president Shafik Hammami calls the decision a "travesty of justice." He claims religious discrimination is behind the decision. Opponents of the planned expansion deny that religion has anything to do with their position. They say inadequate parking at the Islamic center could make traffic worse in the area. Hammami is the father of Daphne native Omar Hammami, one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects. The father says his son should have nothing to with the council decision on an Islamic center in Mobile.