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Sonny Bill Williams WINS battle to build a mosque in Carlton, Sydney

Kiwi-footy superstar Sonny Bill Williams has won a battle to build a multi-million dollar mosque in southern Sydney after a battle with residents opposed to its development.

The Hurstville Masjid Mosque and Community Center will be built on Botany St in Carlton, following a lengthy battle with Georges River Council after the proposal to build it was rejected in December 2021.

Twelve objections were lodged with the court, with local residents expressing concerns about loss of privacy and increased noise, saying the plans were an ‘over-development’ of the site.

Sonny Bill Williams, Pictured Here With Alana, 28, And Children Imaan, Aisha And Zaid, Believes The Locals' Complaints Against The Mosque Are Based On Racism And Bigotry

Sonny Bill Williams, pictured here with his wife Alana and children Imaan, 5, Aisha, 3, and Zaid, 2, believes the locals’ complaints against the mosque are based on racism and bigotry

The New Mosque Can Accommodate 120 People For Prayer Between 5 A.m. And 10:30 P.m., Seven Days A Week

The New Mosque Can Accommodate 120 People For Prayer Between 5 A.m. And 10:30 P.m., Seven Days A Week

The new mosque can accommodate 120 people for prayer between 5 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., seven days a week

But development backers, including Williams, challenged the decision, and on September 6, NSW Land and Environment Court Commissioner Susan O’Neill found that the applicants had addressed the issues raised by George River Council, and the application was granted green light. .

Williams, who lives in the Carlton area, says the mosque has been a long time coming for the large local Muslim community who currently have to travel through the city to pray.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride getting this Masjid off the ground, maybe four or five years,” Williams said.

“As a proud Muslim in this field, I have been looking forward to this for a long time.”

Last year, local residents left signs in front of the mosque, but Williams hit back, saying the complaints were based on racism and bigotry.

“Racism is really alive in Botany St, Carlton Sydney,” 36-year-old Williams posted on his Instagram page alongside a photo of him next to some signs on the site.

1670211111 537 Sonny Bill Williams Wins Battle To Build A Mosque In

1670211111 537 Sonny Bill Williams Wins Battle To Build A Mosque In

Sonny Bill lashed out at “racist fearmongers” who tried to blockade a mosque in south Sydney

“God willing, soon we will pray 365 DAYS, 5 TIMES A DAY in our new Masjid. May the Most High banish racism from our society.”

However, residents in the area insisted their opposition had nothing to do with race or religion, but instead sought to prevent a deadly increase in traffic.

Williams, who played union for the All Blacks and league football with Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters, converted to Islam in 2009 while playing in France.

He said his experience of living and working in the Muslim community during his four seasons with the Bulldogs led him to convert.

His mother Lee and brother John have also since converted to the religion, as has the father of South African-born wife of three, former model Alana, 28.

“I grew up as a Christian, and to be honest, I’ve always felt a little uncomfortable,” he admitted in an Islamic podcast two years ago.

“Muslims are just people like us, they are people, but their religion, if you look at it closely, is beautiful.”

But he added: “It is difficult to talk about racism and hatred because many Western countries are born of racism and hatred.”

Sonny Bill Williams, Pictured Here Playing Rugby League With Canterbury Bulldogs, Converted To Islam In 2009 While Playing Rugby Union For Toulon In France

Sonny Bill Williams, Pictured Here Playing Rugby League With Canterbury Bulldogs, Converted To Islam In 2009 While Playing Rugby Union For Toulon In France

Sonny Bill Williams, pictured here playing rugby league with Canterbury Bulldogs, converted to Islam in 2009 while playing rugby union for Toulon in France

Sonny Bill Williams, Pictured Left Praying On The Pitch With Teammate Ofa Tu'Ungafasi, Also Played Rugby Union With The All Blacks

Sonny Bill Williams, Pictured Left Praying On The Pitch With Teammate Ofa Tu'Ungafasi, Also Played Rugby Union With The All Blacks

Sonny Bill Williams, pictured left praying on the field with teammate Ofa Tu’ungafasi, also played rugby union with the All Blacks

The new mosque can accommodate 120 people for prayer between 5 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., seven days a week.

He dismissed residents’ claims of increased traffic, saying there was already a school on the same street and another nearby.

“There are thousands of Muslim families in the area and we don’t have a place to go to worship,” Williams told the broadcaster. Daily telegram. “Unfortunately, this is fear mongering.

“The Muslim community has been here in the Carlton area since 1950 and has never had a mosque.

“The more places of worship, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, mosques in the area makes me happy because I know people are being taught good morals and ethics.”

Williams, Pictured Here In New Zealand In The Aftermath Of The Christchurch Attack, Said His Experience Of Living In The Muslim Community During His Four Seasons With The Bulldogs Led Him To Convert

Williams, Pictured Here In New Zealand In The Aftermath Of The Christchurch Attack, Said His Experience Of Living In The Muslim Community During His Four Seasons With The Bulldogs Led Him To Convert

Williams, pictured here in New Zealand in the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, said his experience of living in the Muslim community during his four seasons with the Bulldogs led him to convert

Sonny Bill Williams (Pictured Here Training With The Sydney Roosters) Lives In The Carlton Area And Says A Mosque Has Long Been Needed For The Large Local Muslim Community Who Currently Have To Travel Across The City To Pray.

Sonny Bill Williams (Pictured Here Training With The Sydney Roosters) Lives In The Carlton Area And Says A Mosque Has Long Been Needed For The Large Local Muslim Community Who Currently Have To Travel Across The City To Pray.

Sonny Bill Williams (pictured here training with the Sydney Roosters) lives in the Carlton area and says a mosque has long been needed for the large local Muslim community who currently have to travel across the city to pray.

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