11/30/11, "Upper West Side Traffic Snarled By Muslim Cabbies Stopping To Pray," WPIX.com
UPPER WEST SIDE, NY (PIX11): "If you need to catch a cab youUpper West Side, since some who live next to the Islamic Cultural Center on Riverside Drive say their neighborhood is being flooded with parked taxis every week.
"They are everywhere, hundreds of them. I joke with my doorman every Friday I can't find a cab," said John Hart, who lives across the street in a high-rise building.
"I have to pray," said a cabbie who did not want to give his name," I have no choice but to break the rules."
The Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center, Abdur Rahman, told PIX11 News, muslims must pray several times a day and that he urges his worshippers not to break any parking rules to pray. "A good muslim does not offend anybody. I wish the City, though, could give us 45 minutes on Fridays to pray, like Christians on Sunday," said Rahman.
"I don't know how they get away with it," said Hart, who hopes the N.Y.P.D. will crack down on parking violators.
- "It's a sea of yellow and its got to stop," continued Hart."
From Pamela Geller: 12/1/11, "I have been reporting on this street supremacism for years. It's only a matter of time until whole sections of the city are shut down, as in major European cities, i.e. Paris. Back in October 2010, I covered this very thing here. Atlas readers have complained for years of Muslim cab swarm on Friday afternoons followed by street prayers, etc. I suspect that the reason for this is that there's a plan afoot to build a mega mosque in this particular area.
Street praying is territorial and out of line. How disruptive to this quiet residential area of Manhattan. We have seen this activity grow to intolerable proportions in Paris. Fine each one a $1000 parking ticket and pull their licenses, and this supremacist harassment will stop."