Islamic organizations across the U.S. have been grappling with a backlash over their presence in the nation’s largest mosque.
The group that calls itself the Islamic Center of Los Angeles (ICLA) has announced it is taking legal action against the city of Los Alamos, claiming it has violated its First Amendment rights by allowing the group to host a weekly event there.
The American Conservative reports the ICLA says its decision to open a weekly “Muslim service” in the city was a violation of the city’s zoning ordinance.
The organization says it is appealing the decision.
On Monday, the city filed an emergency motion with the Los Alamosa City Council asking for a preliminary injunction barring ICLA from holding its event.
The council is expected to vote on the motion this week.ICLA’s Muslim service has been scheduled for a Sunday, Oct. 16, event at the Muslim Community Center at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
The city’s attorney says the event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will be open to the public, and is not a religious gathering.
ICLA said it will continue to meet with the city and the state’s Department of Justice regarding the matter.
ICLA has been criticized by Muslims in other states who say their presence at mosques has caused problems.
In January, an Ohio mosque hosted a large Muslim gathering that led to vandalism and a protest from some Muslims.
A woman was arrested after throwing eggs at the mosque’s entrance.
“The message is clear: This is not acceptable,” ICLA president Ibrahim Hooper said at the time.
Last week, the group filed a complaint with the U:U.S., accusing the city in New York City of permitting the group’s Muslim prayer services.
ICLA has also filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health and Human Services alleging that its services violated the state law that requires mosques to provide a space for a religious assembly.