What you need to know about the al-Haram mosque in Hawaii

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Hawaii is home to the Al-Harams mosque, which was established in 1924 in Honolulu, and was converted into the Alhamdulillah mosque in 1979.

Since then, the Al Harams mosque has been home to a number of imams and congregants, and has hosted a variety of events including the annual Al-Fatah Festival. 

In the 1980s, the Hawaii legislature passed a law that made it a crime to convert any structure into a mosque.

This law was then upheld by the Hawaii Supreme Court, and in 1997, the state legislature passed another law to make it a felony to use the mosque as a mosque for religious purposes. 

Now, a new law was passed in 2018 that makes it a criminal offense for any person to operate or promote a mosque in any state without the consent of the governor.

The new law specifically targets Al Haram mosque and it specifically prohibits its construction or operation.

“Hawaii law prohibits all of these actions by the governor,” said Michael Smith, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Governor’s Office of Communications.

“And because Al Haramps mosque is located in Hawaii, that means that any effort to expand the mosque to include a mosque or mosque-related activities could lead to a civil suit by the Alharams mosque.”

The law also provides that if the governor signs off on the bill, he will not be able to revoke the legislation, but will have to go to court and have it reversed.

“If a lawsuit is brought against Al Haramas mosque, it could be a very costly case for the state of Hawaii,” Smith said. 

While the new law seems to specifically target Al Harami mosque, other mosques are still operating in Hawaii.

In 2017, the Hawaiian Islamic Society (HIS) held its annual festival in Hawaii and the Hawaii County Fair held its 2018 fair in Hawaii County. 

“Al Harams is a very popular and culturally diverse mosque,” said Yusuf Ibrahim, the general manager of the Hawaiian County Fair.

“There are many people from different cultures who come and go there, and there is a large community.” 

The Hawaii County fair is one of the largest annual fairs in the country, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually.

This year, more than 100,000 people attended the fair, which featured vendors selling food, wine and merchandise, along with entertainment, entertainment, and artisans from around the world.

Ibrahim says that the HIS is hoping that the new legislation will give them an opportunity to expand. 

Ibrahim also said that the Hawaii county fair is trying to bring its festival to Hawaii County because of the growing number of Muslim families who visit the fair every year.

“We have about 50 families who come, and we have one of them from the state who was visiting us,” Ibrahim said.

“He was one of our very first visitors and we’re hoping to get him back to Hawaii.”

This is our opportunity to do something that we think would be a big boost to our community, and hopefully, we can make a difference for them.