Imam Rauf is a self defined "bridge builder." "The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam. Sayyid Qutb, Milestones, 263.
"Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we had no choice but to stand with Feisal Rauf," said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, referring to the New York City imam who has been leading the drive for the center.
The leading Muslim Brotherhood proxies have descended on Ground Zero to conduct a war summit in the informational battle space on the Ground Zero mosque. Their strategy in the war of ideas is Goebbels-style propaganda.
Once it became a rallying cry for fundamentalists, the Muslim Brotherhood said it had to stand with them or against them? Islamic supremacists should not be allowed a victory for their violent intimidation. That is very basic to any free man, that is.
Every one of these groups listed below is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, as entered into evidence in the largest Hamas funding trial in US history, the Holy Land Foundation trial. According to an internal, captured document entered into evidence in the Holy Land trial, the stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is "eliminating and destroying western civilization from within."
SIOA/FDI is calling for a full-scale investigation by the Department of Justice, or a special Congressional investigation of these groups.
The Brotherhood plays an active role today in promoting Islamic terrorism against US interests (more here).
This weekend's Muslim Brotherhood pack of subversive groups is gathering to plot how they can ram the Ground Zero mega-mosque down our infidel throats while playing the victim and beating us about the head with racism! bigotry! islamoshmobia! Sheik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, which is one of the groups organizing the gathering, said he has a growing sense that the project is being embraced by American Muslims and Muslim groups after some initial trepidation.
The bottom line is that any other group, any other organization would have been sensitive to the cry of millions of Americans, and would have quietly withdrawn this monument to jihad. Any other decent and compassionate group would have done the right thing. But instead, we get threats of violence and accusations, libel and slander, every cheap trick in the book, to build what will inevitably be the icon for Islamic jihad across the world -- Mecca on the Hudson. Whether we see it that way or not is irrelevant ......the ummah will see it that way. Cordoba indeed.
CBS News reports that Shaik Ubaid said that he had a growing sense that the project was being embraced as a cause. Yes, the cause of America. CBS does not report that Dr. Shaik Ubaid is an activist associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, an international (mainly South Asian) jihadist organization. Dr Ubaid was the founder of IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council-USA). A friend of mine, Moorthy Muthuswamy, shared some criticism of Jamaat-e-Islami in a Yahoo group, supposedly secular, and he was surprised to see an IMC-USA leader defend the Islamic supremacist philosophy and even the imposition of Islamic rule. The IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council-USA) is obviously a Jamaat-e-Islami front.
Dr. Ubaid was also an active volunteer of ICNA, another Muslim Brotherhood front.
This is a short take on one Shaik Ubaid, the organizer behind the “Muslim Summit” to be held today in New York to discuss the proposed “Ground Zero” mosque and more, from Moorthy Muthuswamy:
Dr. Ubaid is an American Muslim physician of Indian origin. As author of a recent book on radical Islam that gives an unprecedented view of jihad in India, I have had a chance to follow Dr. Ubaid’s thought process for almost ten years. Specifically, I have noted his reaction to the acts of jihad in India and the resulting response by beleaguered governments and the majority Hindu community there.
In violent acts involving Indian Muslim minorities, Dr. Ubaid has consistently portrayed the Muslims as victims, and the Indian state and the majority community as aggressors (just like he mischaracterized those who oppose the Ground Zero mosque as “Extremists”) – when in reality the Muslim community has acted as the primary incubator of violent jihadism.
This makes Dr. Ubaid an apologist or appeaser of jihadists – and possibly, more.
Dr. Ubaid is the founding president of IMANNET which is linked with Consultative Committee of Indian Muslims (CCIM). The CCIM is said to have funded an Indian jihadist organization, Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The SIMI, according to the Indian government, has been behind several serial bombings.
The SIMI is banned in India. It has been labeled a terrorist organization by both India and the US.
Given his track record, I am afraid that the likes of Dr. Ubaid are going to push the American Muslim community further into radicalism.
American Muslims deserve better.
The new York meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood groups is hosted by the Islamic Leadership Council of more than 55 major Mosques and Islamic Organizations in New York City. The summit is entitled, get this, National Islamic Leaders Summit, and will include a News Conference against bigotry and Islamophobia in the United States. The most radical and intolerant ideology is going to admonish us and school us in tolerance. They will release a Statement agreed upon by these Islamic leaders. They will also address the "continued building of mosques in America." Americans are standing against Muslim Brotherhood centers and fortresses. Americans are protesting extremist mosques that teach hate, incitement to jihad and hatred of non-Muslims. I am sure this group of stealth jihadists will not address that -- the key issue.
Here is the MB summit and the list of attendees. Let's have a look, shall we?
Combating Ethnic and Religious Intolerance and Defending the Continued Building of Mosques in America
Confirmed National Islamic Leaders
Imam Muhammad Majid; President Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA admits ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and was an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case.
Dr. Zahid Bukhari; President, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). In "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," a 1991 internal Muslim Brotherhood document, Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram explains that the Brotherhood's work in America is "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." The memorandum concludes with “a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Among these organizations are the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), among others.
Dr. Ahmed Elbendary; President, Muslim American Society (MAS). "In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members." -- Chicago Tribune, 2004. The Brotherhood, as I noted above, is dedicated to "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within."
Mr. Nihad Awad, Executive Director, CAIR. Awad has said, "I am in support of the Hamas movement." CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Several of its former officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Two of its other officials have made Islamic supremacist statements. CAIR also was involved in the Flying Imams' intimidation suit against the passengers who reported their suspicious behavior.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj; Ameer, Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). "If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate." -- Siraj Wahhaj, 2002
The Muslim American Society (MAS) is an organization with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The organization, founded in 1993, is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia and has local chapters in 23 states. MAS is headed by Esam Omeish and Souheil Ghannouchi, who serve as president and executive director respectively. Shaker El Sayed served as the Society's secretary general until June 1, 2005, when he left the organization to become an imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Northern Virginia. MAS' political and public relations wing, the Freedom Foundation, is headed by Mahdi Bray. Click here for the full profile.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi; Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council of North America
Imam Al-Tayyab Abuel Yamaan, Chairman, North American Imams Federation
Imam Mahdi Bray; Executive Director, MAS Justice & Peace Foundation. Openly supported Hamas and Hezbollah, as captured on this video.
Imam Asim A. Rashid; Amir of Majlis Philadelphia
Mr. Haris Tarin; Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Mr. M. Salim Akhtar; Executive Director, American Muslim Taskforce (AMT)
Ms. Aiysha Al-Adawiya; Founder & Exec. Director, Muslim Women in Islam, Inc.
Mr. Muhammad Nasir; Executive Director, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
The management of Corodoba Housewill be present at both events
WHO: Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York
Islamic Leadership Council (Partial List)
The Majlis Ash-Shura of NY, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA-NY), The Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), the Muslim American Society (MAS-NY), The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), North American Imams Federation (NAIF), Center for American Muslim Research & Information (CAMRI), The Iqaamatudeen Movement, Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Association of African Imams, Women in Islam, the Muslim Foundation of America, Masjid At-Taqwa, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, The Muslim Center of NY, The Tawhid Center for Islamic Development, Masjid Omar bin Abdul-Aziz, the Hillside Islamic Center, Masjid Alhamdulillah, Masjid Arqam, Masjid Sabur, Masjid Khalil Rauf Abdullah, Masjid Iqamat Ad-Deen, Masjid Al-Hamdulillah, Masjid Al-Abidin, Baitul Ma’mur Masjid, Young Muslims, Islamic Mission, Muslim Consultative Network, Brooklyn Eid Council, Masjid Allahu Akbar, Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz, Masjid Al-Farooq, Masjid Al-Hira and Masjid Darul Qur’an, The Muslim Consultative Network (MCN), Masjid Imam Ali, Masjid At-Taqwa, the House of Peace, the United Muslim Alliance (UMA), Arab Muslim American Federation.
Whilst the NY Times front page spins interfaith yarns into PR gold faster than Rumpelstiltskin and accords godlike status to Imam Feisal Rauf, new audio surfaces. Here are a couple of soundbites of tolerance: (more here)
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: "We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations. And when Madeleine Albright, who has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, when she was Secretary of State and was asked whether this was worth it, said it was worth it.
No mention of the 270 million victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilation and enslavement. No mention of the recent slaughter by Muslims of Christians, Hindus, Jews, non-believers in Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, China................ no candor, no criticism of Islam.
Imam Feisal: "The West needs to begin to see themselves through the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world, and when you do you will see the predicament that exists within the Muslim community."
On the question of reforming Islam and expunging the texts of the threat doctrine and mandated violence and conquest:
Imam Feisal: On the issue of the reformation, in terms of what is again intended by it, Islam does not need a reformation.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: "So men will say: women, you know, they're emotional, ..... whatever, whatever, and women will say: men, they're brutes, insensitive, etcetera, and you have the beginning of a gender conflict. If gender is not what distinguishes us we'll look at skin colouring and say: n#####s or whities, or whatever"
Reverend Al Sharpton was unavailable for comment. Too busy endorsing the Islamic supremacist mosque. Rest assured, the tolerant Imam Rauf will not suffer as Dr. Laura did (and she was making a "word" point, Rauf is using it).
Imam Feisal: And when we observe terrorism, whether it was done by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or by al Qaida or whoever is behind the bombings in London or those in Madrid
Note, when he says this about the London and Madrid bombings, it was five days after the London attacks and over a year after Madrid. It was common knowledge who the perps were at that time.
IMAM FEISAL ABDUL RAUF: That's a very common question. In fact, just about two months ago I was interviewed by Barbara Walters, who is doing a special on heaven and she's interviewed suicide bombers who are expecting the embraces of 72 virgins in paradise, and she asked me do women get the same privilege as well, and I answered her telling her: well, the Koran says you shall have whatever your heart desires
And the Imam is conspiracy theorist -- 911 was an inside job:
How many of you have seen the documentary: Fahrenheit 911? The vast majority - at least half here. Do you remember the scene of the Iraqi woman whose house was bombed and she was just screaming, "What have they done." Now, I don't know, you don't know Arabic but in Arabic it was extremely powerful. Her house was gone. Her husband, I think, was killed. What wrong did he do? I found myself weeping when I watched that scene and I imagined myself if I were a 15-year old nephew of this deceased man, what would I have felt?
Collateral damage is a nice thing to put on a paper but when the collateral damage is your own uncle or cousin, what passions do these arouse? How do you negotiate? How do you tell people whose homes have been destroyed, whose lives have been destroyed, that this does not justify your actions of terrorism. It's hard. Yes, it is true that it does not justify the acts of bombing innocent civilians, that does not solve the problem, but after 50 years of, in many cases, oppression, of US support of authoritarian regimes that have violated human rights in the most heinous of ways, how else do people get attention?
IMAM FEISAL ABDUL RAUF: The broader community is in fact criticising and condemning actions of terrorism that are being done in the name of Islam. I just came from a conference in Jordan, Amman where there were over 170 leading Muslim scholars from almost every part of the Muslim world, including some of the most important names like Sheikh Tantawi of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, who is the Chief Mufti of Egypt, the Chief Mufti of Jordan, the Sheikh Al-Qaradawi, who is a very very well known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world.