How to battle fear and hatred of Islam? For dozens of mosques around the U.S. this week, one strategy has been to host open houses for non-Muslims that also aim at building religious relationships.[...]For many, the visit has been their first time at a mosque, Uddin said, and "some are shocked to know that a Muslim could not be a Muslim until he/she believes in Jesus, Moses and Jacob."
No, I think their shock is more about the fact that Muslims are taught that Jesus, Moses, and Jacob were Muslims. But MSNBC doesn't report that. This is a news story dripping with this Islamic dawah and supremacist propaganda.
Q&A about Islam Check out MSNBC here.
Msnbc.com invited Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, to take reader questions about the Islamic faith. This chat is moderated and will begin at noon ET. As many questions as possible will be answered within the time allotted.
Extremist television. Broadcast news dawah. Check the above link: there is a "cover it live" dialogue box, I kid you not. A coalition of extremist Muslim groups called for "interfaith dialogue" to show their support for the right to build a mega-mosque at Ground Zero. They called for a "week of dialogue" on the weekend of Oct. 22-24. And the media is all over like white on rice.
I spoke with Lauren Green of FOX News (below) on this latest propaganda attack on the American people by extremist Muslim groups. This relentless re-education/dawah (proselytizing to Islam) practiced on the American psyche is outrageous. Using our broadcast media to proselytize for Islam. Why do non-believers have to be subjected to this constant dawah and Islamic propaganda whitewashing of the most radical, intolerant ideology on earth? Did you ever see this for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddism, Scientology? And those religions/ideologies have not engaged in a relentless, brutal war against the West, the world, and their own moderates.
The American people are sick of being deceived and misled. Stop talking, start acting. Let's see Muslim supremacist groups lay down their arms against those of us who are exposing and reporting on jihad, and instead take up the fight against the jihadist "fringe" that is at war with the West. Why is Geller or Spencer their target? Why aren't the Muslim "extremists" their target?
This is all about the Ground Zero victory mosque. Notice how they all close ranks and make it about "Islamophobia," when everyone knows it is a deeply offensive, deliberately provocative act. Opposition to the mosque is not "Islamophobia," it's "Islamorealism" (hat tip to Spencer, who coined that term years ago).
The Ground Zero islamic supremacist mosque is a horrible idea. But the pain experienced by non-Muslims and Muslims of conscience is treated with contempt by these Muslim extremist groups. The 70% of Americans are looked down upon with disdain by these Islamic supremacists. The Cordoba House is a 16-story middle finger to the America. And yet they dig in their heels and no one goes off the reservation -- exactly the same modus operandi of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the 57-government bloc of Islamic nations.
Get your teeth out of our neck.
Mosques Open Their Doors to Neighbors in Effort to Win Over Skeptics FOX NEWS Lauren Green
The prayers, the Koran and the people. They're the three things Muslims would like Americans to know about.
Really? Says who?
To counter negative stereotypes, Muslim leaders nationwide are flinging open the doors to their mosques, hoping to present a positive image of Islam.
"The main thing is to open the doors and to share with people, to clarify who we are so people have no fears, so we can develop stronger relationships overall," says Imam Al-Amin Abdul Latif of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York.
Non-believers are not allowed to pray in mosques. The only time non-Muslims are invited into mosques is for prosylytizing, "inviting people to islam, aka conversion."
Christine Earls of Islip, N.Y., came to an open house at the Muslim Center of Long Island. "I was always interested in the mosque and I wanted to be more educated about it," she said.
That's exactly the type of response Muslims are looking for -- people who are seekers, curious about their Muslim neighbors.
The neighborly hospitality is certainly part of the effort, but its fundamental impetus is to combat widespread opposition to building an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. And it's a hard task, indeed. A Fox News Opinion Dynamics Poll shows 61 percent – other polls put the figure as high as 70 percent -- oppose building a mosque so close to the site of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil, an attack that was perpetrated by Muslim extremists.
Dr. Hafiz Rehman, who hosted the Long Island event, says, "On 9/11 the planes were hijacked and the religion was hijacked. We want to build close to there so people know Muslims are mainstream Americans also."
It will be an uphill battle.
Pamela Geller, head of Stop Islamization of America, sees a sinister purpose behind the open-house PR campaign: "Dawa, proselytizing to Islam, bringing people to Islam to convert," she says.
"This is not about sensitivity. There has not been one instance that they reconsidered Ground Zero Mosque…. I don't think the American people need an education. I think that the Islamic supremacists need some sensitivity training."
But Latif maintains that this is about more than the Ground Zero Mosque. It's about conflicts over mosques across the country.
According to the Pew Forum, there have been 35 proposed mosques or Islamic centers that have encountered community opposition in the last two years, including mosques in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Portland, Maine, and Green Bay, Wis. Some people in those communities object to what seems to them like a sudden tide of new Islamic houses of worship. And that may not be too far from fact: the Pew Forum numbers show that in the last decade, there's been a more than 50 percent increase in the number of mosques in the U.S. -- from 1,209 in 2000, to 1,897 in 2010.
Geller's organization has become the biggest thorn in the side of Muslim groups like Latif's. She's helped stage protests against the Ground Zero Mosque and has taken out ads on buses and taxis that blast Islam.
"We're trying to thwart and stymie their influence," Latif says. "We don't control the media, so we figure we'll open up the mosques."
The effort, at least for now, may be working. Anthony Quintal of Bay Shore, L.I., came away saying only positive things about his visit to an area mosque.
"Contrary to what some people may think, they are just like any other faith or religion," he said. "There is good and bad in all types of people."
But they do control the media -- ask Juan Williams.
But they do control the media -- if Spencer and I instituted a "Counter-Jihad Awareness Week," do you think the media would swarm to cover it like they do this insulting dawah and whitewash?
"This might indeed be another teachable moment for America," said Mahdi Bray, executive director of a Washington, D.C.-based group called Muslim American Society Freedom. (here)
Mahdi Bray is a notorious radical representing the public face of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. This is who is "teaching" us?