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Old 03-18-2017, 04:47 PM
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NYC to remove Islamic names from sidewalk due to vandalism
By Melkorka Licea
March 18, 2017 | 7:21pm


Sections of a Broadway sidewalk in lower Manhattan feature names of former world leaders who paraded in NYC during the 20th century. Angel Chevrestt


Don’t rest your soles here!

The city must remove 11 names revered by Muslims that are etched on downtown sidewalks — because it’s an insult that people are trampling on them, critics are demanding.

“It is a hate crime and must be prosecuted,” Alina Nisar wrote on an online petition calling for the removal of the name Mohammad from the 200 names in black granite along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall, installed in 2003 to honor every ticker tape parade to travel down the corridor.

To many Muslims, trampling over sacred names — such as the religion’s prophet Muhammad — is an insult.

“Walking on an important symbol is a sign of disrespect,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“As Americans might view walking on an American flag or a grave disrespectful, in Islamic culture, the prophets are some of the most important things in the world.”

But the engraving — located on Broadway between Rector Street and Exchange Place — isn’t for the prophet at all, it’s for Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, the former Shah of Iran who was a close ally to Uncle Sam.

Pahlevi’s name was installed to commemorate a City Hall reception and parade for the ruler on Nov. 21, 1949, as part of the Big Apple’s “Canyon of Heroes.”

“It was with the utmost respect…that we placed granite markers…to more permanently commemorate them,” said Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

It’s unclear why there is a movement afoot now — as opposed to 14 years ago — to remove that name, and 10 others.

“It really hurts the feelings of people of Muslim faith,” said Yasir Bhai, the treasurer for One Nation US, who helped create a separate petition late last year that now has over 700 signatures, they said.

Other revered names the group would like removed from the sidewalk include Ibrahim, Ahmad, Hassan and Ali.

Those names appear for the former President of Sudan Ibrahim Abboud, the former President of Guinea Ahmed Sékou Touré, the former king of Morocco King Hassan II and the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaguat Ali Khan.

A Downtown Alliance spokeswoman estimated it would cost taxpayers roughly $10,000 to remove each name totaling $110,000 for all 11.

The groups aren’t the first to make such a request.

In 2002, boxing legend Muhammad Ali insisted his brass star on Hollywood Boulevard hang vertically rather than be placed on the ground, citing the disrespect it would bring the religion’s prophet, ABC News reported at the time.
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