Orlando-area mosques' 'pay to pray' parking fees outrage some
September 01, 2011
By Jeff Kunerth
Dena Al-Atassi has a strong attachment to the Masjid Al-Rahman, the mosque on Goldenrod Road her family helped establish in the 1980s.
But this year she worshipped at home during the holy month of Ramadan, a personal protest against a decision by the Islamic Society of Central Florida to charge a $5 parking fee at that mosque and three others in Central Florida.
More on the "pay to pray" grievance at "Orlando Sentinel"The parking fee — viewed by many as "pay to pray" — has sparked outrage within the Muslim community. It violates the Islamic belief that money for religious purposes is given voluntarily.
"Religion is free; God's place is free," Al-Atassi said. "It's not fair to ask people for an entrance fee."
Salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ is free, being priceless through His precious blood shed on the cross for our sins, but allah denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and denies the crucifixion, dooming its followers to remaining under the curse of sin.
Submission to allah comes at the price of the soul, yet 1.x billion muslims have been deceived into paying that terrible price, even while some quibble over a $5 parking fee.
The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come;' and whoever hears, let him say, 'Come;' and let those who are thirsty come. Whoever will, let him take the Water of Life, without payment. (Revelation 22:17)