MUSLIM HATE AT MOSQUES
Gunmen perched on mosque open fire as Marawi burns
Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN news
Posted at Aug 10 2017
MANILA - Terrorist snipers were captured on camera firing at state
troops from atop a mosque in Marawi City Thursday, boosting reports
that the extremists have been using the place of worship as camp.
ABS-CBN footage showed snipers from the Maute group perched on the
mosque and opening fire on soldiers as plumes of dark smoke billowed in
Gunshots can be heard clattering as security forces fired back.
Thousands of state troops have been battling Islamic State-linked
terrorists Marawi since May 23. They have confined the crisis to less
than a square kilometer within the lakeside town.
The fighting however intensified anew on Wednesday night as soldiers engaged the rebels in close quarter battle.
ABS-CBN night vision cameras captured the exchange of gunfire that
lasted up to the late hours, during which fires broke out and thick
smoke engulfed the city.
Military tanks were also seen moving around the old capitol under enemy fire.
As of Wednesday, the battle for Marawi has killed some 700 people, including 539 terrorists and 122 state troops.
In the last 10 days, authorities have recovered 3 cadavers, including
that of a suspected terrorist and a member of the Philippine Marines.
"They are already in an advance state of decomposition. They were
transported to Iligan City to undergo post mortem examination," said
Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesman of the Provincial Crisis Management
The military and 39 local officials on Thursday discussed reports that
some wounded Maute fighters have already escaped from Marawi via Lake
The officials also tackled reports that terrorist reinforcements have
been trying to get inside Marawi or create a diversion by attacking
other towns in Lanao del Sur.
Mestre mosque ordered to shut down
Frequented by three Kosovar jihadists in Rialto Bridge bomb plot
(ANSA) - Venice
April 7, 2017
A Mestre mosque frequented by three Kosovars allegedly planning to bomb
Venice's Rialto Bridge has been given three days to close, sources said
The order was handed to the Bangladeshi clerics who run the mosque,
informing them that its activity did not comply with its official use.
The Kosovar jihadists, who lived in central Venice, were arrested last
month after a probe in which they were taped allegedly saying it would
be easy to find paradise by bombing Venice "because of all the
Guns and ammunition discovered in Xanthi (Greece) mosque
The imam has been arrested over illegal possession of the weapons
29 March 2017
Police seized guns and ammunition from a mosque in Xanthi on Tuesday, after authorities were tipped off reports ANA-MPA.
In the mosque located just over an hour-and-a-half away from the
Turkish border in the village of Iliopetra, police found a .22 pistol,
a .38 pistol with a silencer, and a Flobert hunting rifle along with
Following the raid all findings were sent to the Forensic Service's
laboratories in Athens, and the imam was arrested for the possession of
illegal weapons and to be questioned over the matter.
He was due to appear before a local prosecutor on Tuesday, reports Kathimerini.
With tensions currently running high between Greece and Turkey, the
case has been brought to the attention of the Citizens' Protection
Ministry and to senior government officials.
Visiting Imam At Montreal Mosque Preaches About Muslims Killing Jews
The Daily Caller
As Parliament debates a motion that would condemn Islamophobia, a video
has surfaced of a Jordanian imam in a Montreal mosque preaching about
Muslims killing Jews.
Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr was the guest of honor at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque on Dec. 23, 2016 when he gave the sermon.
Montreal police are investigating and may charge the leadership of the mosque with a hate crime.
In the video, the imam says in Arabic, “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O
Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill
him.” The chant is well-known in the Muslim faith because it is an
Islamic hadith — a series of phrases and reflections on the Muslim
B’nai Brith Canada expressed outrage and wondered why a mosque located
in the center of Canada’s second largest city would first invite such
an inflammatory imam to speak in the first place and then post his
hateful remarks to the internet. They are asking the Montreal Police to
investigate the Mosque for hate crimes.
“This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization,” said
Harvey Levine, regional director of B’nai Brith in Quebec.
“This is the sort of activity that radicalizes individuals to commit
violent actions. The result is what happened in London yesterday,” said
Levine, referring to the terrorist attack in the U.K.. Speaking with
The Daily Caller on Thursday, Levine said he finds it “unbelievable”
that there “a proper vetting procedure” couldn’t have prevented the
Jordanian imam from visiting Montreal and preaching violent hatred.
Levine is also critical of the “Islamophobia” motion in front of
Parliament that could criminalize criticism of Islam. “It needs to be
expanded to include all faith groups,” says Levine, adding that the
legislation is not even necessary since religion is “already covered by
the Canadian Charter of Rights.”
The mosque, located in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Michel, invited the
imam to speak. The mosque’s leadership apparently took no issue with Al
Nasr’s comments because they posted a video of his “sermon” on YouTube,
where it has been viewed by thousands.
No one was responding to questions on Wednesday when CBC Montreal
called for comment and the Montreal police confirmed it has received a
complaint, but would not provide any more information.
The president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, said
he didn’t know why the imam was invited to speak to at the mosque and
suggested the mosque’s leadership might apologize for the remarks about
He claimed he does not represent the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque but that his council does speak for 40 other such facilities.
This is not the first complaint that B’nai Brith has filed with local
police in recent weeks. Levine said this is the second time in just 40
days that they have asked Montreal’s hate crime unit to investigate a
He said the police still haven’t concluded their investigation into the
first matter and have not filed any charges. Levine wonders what is
taking the police so long.
“We are very disappointed that there has not been swifter action from
the Montreal police. Every time we call, we are told that the
investigation is ongoing. Levine told The Daily Caller. He says the
leadership of the mosque should be held responsible for this kind of
presentation and for posting it online “where everybody can see and
where it can potentially radicalize some individuals.”
Illegal Muslim prayer hall blown up in Russia after police find explosives inside
30 Apr, 2016
Explosives found in an illegal Muslim prayer hall near the Russian city
of Samara was eliminated right inside the building. Bomb disposal team
deemed it too dangerous to take the explosives out.
The video of the controlled explosion shows a considerable part of the building being destroyed in the blast.
A police dog helped to find a cache with more than a kilogram of
explosives of unknown origin. A bomb-disposal expert said extracting
the explosives would be definitely unsafe and bomb technicians rolled
in a water cannon, a source within Russia’s Federal Security Service
(FSB) told RT.
The federal highway M5 passing right in front of the house was blocked
in both directions and people were evacuated from all nearby buildings.
The house was used for gatherings of Salafis, followers of an
ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam, and it was not
registered with the regional Muslim community as an official house of
Inside the house, the FSB’s special forces detained 53 young men, at
least one of whom was promoting the Islamic State terror group online.
According to an FSB source, the arrests made at the illegal prayer hall
triggered a series of house raids, which helped uncover more
explosives, handguns, grenades and ammo.
The same source said other known members of that particular Salafi community are currently fighting in Syria for the jihadists.
Extremist literature common in many mosques and Islamic school libraries in Canada, study says
The Canadian Press
August 22, 2016
OTTAWA — Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young
people at risk by espousing — or at least not condemning — extremist
teachings, a new study says.
Co-authors Thomas Quiggin, a former intelligence analyst with the Privy
Council Office and the RCMP, and Saied Shoaaib, a journalist originally
from Egypt, base their findings on research conducted quietly in mosque
libraries and Islamic schools.
The study says what worried them was not the presence of extremist
literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several
“Further research is required to determine the depth and breadth of this problem,” the study says.
The authors say openly available material and analysis of social media
postings helped confirm their views that many Canadians, including
leading politicians, are turning a blind eye to the dangers.
They argue the issue is too important to ignore, given that a number of young Canadians have become radicalized to violence.
Canadian Muslims with humanist and modernist outlooks are being drowned
out by those with extreme views, the study says. “The struggle for the
soul of Islam between Islamists and humanists goes on in Canada and the
U.S., not just in the Middle East, Europe and South Asia.”
The Canadian Council of Imams did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Liberal government plans to announce details soon of its plans for
a national office of counter-radicalization to carry out research and
co-ordinate activities across Canada.
One year ago, the Senate defence and security committee issued a report
saying some foreign-trained imams had been spreading extremist
religious ideology and messages that are not in keeping with Canadian
values, contributing to radicalization.
The committee has urged the government to explore imam training and
certification in an effort help curb radicalization, one of 25
recommendations it made in the interim anti-terrorism report.
When the report was released, an Ottawa imam, Mohamad Jebara, raised questions about its key recommendation.
“Who is going to do the certifying?” asked Jebara. “Islam is so
diverse, like many religions. So what sect or school of thought are you
going to certify?
“It is extremely complex,” he said. “It’s like having certification for
Christian clergy. The question is: Would the Catholics, Protestants,
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons agree on requirements for
certification? Obviously not.”
Targeting Muslim clergy exclusively could backfire, said Jebara, and result in further marginalizing Muslims.
The committee report called on the government to work with the
provinces and Muslim communities to “investigate the options that are
available for the training and certification of imams in Canada.”
The report was not supported by Liberal senators on the committee. It
was denounced by the National Council of Canadian Muslims as
stigmatizing and failing to offer effective solutions to the challenge
of violent extremism.
10 militants blown up while making an IED inside a mosque in Ghazni
By KHAAMA PRESS - Thu Apr 21 2016
At least 10 militants were blown up by their own explosives as they
were busy making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern
According to the security officials, the militants were busy making the IED inside a mosque in Andar district.
The officials further added that the explosives went off prematurely, leaving all 10 militants dead.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent
groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the
weapon of their choice to target the security forces.
The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan
security forces but are also considered as a key factor in growing
At least 600 civilians were killed and 1,343 others were wounded in the
first quarter of 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission in
Afghanistan said in its latest report.
UNAMA further added that consistent with 2015 trends, ground
engagements caused the highest number of total civilian casualties,
followed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), complex and suicide
attacks, as well as targeted killings.
According to UNAMA, actions by Anti-Government Elements caused at least
60 per cent of casualties while Pro-Government Forces caused at least
19 per cent.
'Kill Ahmadis' leaflets found in UK mosque
By Sajid Iqbal and Noel Titheradge
10 April 2016
of the flyers, which say Ahmadis should face death if they refuse to
convert to mainstream Islam, were displayed in Stockwell Green mosque.
The leaflet was authored by an ex-head of Khatme Nabuwwat, a group which lists the mosque as its "overseas office".
A mosque trustee said he had never seen the leaflets before and suggested they were fakes or left there maliciously.
Minority communities in Pakistan have become targets of sectarian
violence, and some fear that could spread to the UK, encouraged by
organisations like the Islamic missionary group Khatme Nabuwwat, and
Khatme Nabuwwat believes Ahmadis are apostates, commonly defined as people who have abandoned their religion.
Those who refuse to convert to mainstream Islam within three days
should face a "capital sentence" - or death penalty, according to the
The constitution of Pakistan bans members of the sect from referring to themselves as Muslims.
The leaflets, authored by Yusuf Ludhianvi and written in English, were
found arranged in piles on a desk next to a shoe-rack, the usual place
to display literature in mosques.
Documents from the Charity Commission show Khatme Nabuwwat lists
Stockwell mosque in south London as its office, the BBC has also
Four trustees of the charity listed in the documents manage the mosque,
while two of the current owners of the mosque run centres affiliated to
that group elsewhere in the UK.
The mosque is also listed as an "overseas office" on the group's website for Khatme Nabuwwat.
Stockwell Green mosque was first accused of helping to promote acts of terror and hate in Pakistan in 2011.
At the time, mosque trustee Toaha Qureshi issued a vehement denial,
saying the mosque's name had been "falsely used" on a website listed on
hate literature advocating the murder of Ahmadis.
He said: "We are very angry and furious about that. We do not have any linkage with this organisation that is promoting hate."
Asked about this latest discovery of leaflets and alleged links between
the mosque and Khatme Nabuwwat, Mr Qureshi said: "There is a link that
we only need when we need some guidance or literature on that
particular issue, then we seek advice from them.
"We have not published any pamphlet of that kind. This is nothing to do
with our mosque. Someone might have put it there and taken from there
with malicious intentions," he added.
Who are the Ahmadis?
A minority Islamic sect founded in 1889, Ahmadis believe their own founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908, was a prophet.
This is anathema to most Muslims who believe the last prophet was Muhammad, who died in 632.
Most Ahmadi followers live in the Indian subcontinent.
Ahmadis have been the subject of sectarian attacks and persecution in Pakistan and elsewhere.
In 1974 the Pakistani government declared the sect non-Muslim.
to sectarian attacks on Ahmadis in Pakistan, he added: "Whatever
happened in Pakistan, that has got nothing to do with me or with the
"What we are saying is Stockwell mosque is an independent organisation. It does not take a dictation by anybody else."
Khatme Nabuwwat has never been implicated in an attack but has been
criticised for encouraging violence towards members of the sect.
"Khatme Nabuwwat do not inflict violence themselves, but they provide
an enabling environment for a number of actors to do so," said Saroop
Ijaz from Human Rights Watch.
"There are enough violent groups in Pakistan, enough radical population
in Pakistan, that if accusation is made enough times and loudly enough
- that is murder. Khatme Nabuwwat do this with the very clear desire of
leading to that outcome."
Dr James Caron, from the School of Oriental and African Studies in
London, said: "Khatme Nabuwwat is a one-issue outfit and that one issue
is anti-Ahmadi sentiment.
"However, anti-Ahmadi sentiment is much larger than the Khatme Nabuwwat movement."
"That hate is spreading in the UK. We have seen incidents here and in different areas.
"There have been leaflets distributed in shops, certain hotels have
openly announced they will not serve Ahmadis, different clerics
inciting in their Friday sermons against Ahmadis."
He was caught up in the 2010 attack on an Ahmadi mosque while on
business in the Pakistani city of Lahore when gunmen fired and threw
grenades indiscriminately, killing 93 people.
"The guy sitting next to me - I can never forget him", he said. "He was
wearing all white dress and it went red. There was another guy sitting
with his little daughter, and he was trying to cover his daughter to
save her and he was shot."
He added: "It's lucky that that kind of incident that happened in
Lahore hasn't happened here yet but if it carries on like this, it's
not very far."
This all comes after the killing of Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah, in
Glasgow last month, which police claimed was "religiously prejudiced".
Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford, who is accused of his murder, said he
killed Mr Shah because he disrespected Islam and falsely claimed to be
While there is no suggestion Khatme Nabuwwat was involved in the
killing, two videos on a video-hosting channel with the same name as
the group described Mr Shah as a "false prophet" in 2014.
Mr Ahmed has made no plea, and is remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque
18 Nov 2015
The Isis (Islamic State) jihadist group has been operating a cell from
the city of Winterthur, northeast of Zurich, according to a Swiss war
correspondent and expert on Syria.
Kurt Pelda, was who was named Swiss journalist of the year in 2014,
told local newspaper Der Landbote the terrorist group established the
cell around the An’Nur mosque in Winterthur’s Hegi neighbourhood.
“A man from Winterthur became radicalized in the last few months and recently travelled to Syria,” Pelda said.
“We do not know exactly what he has done in Syria but there is every indication it has to do with Isis.”
This follows reports of four other young people travelling from the city to Syria.
Pelda told Der Landbote he believes someone is masterminding the cell
from the mosque, “let there be no doubt”.
He added: “There is a whole
bunch of preachers and prayer leaders who actively meet in the mosque
or outside with young people and trying to radicalize them.”
However, Atef Sahoun, president of the An’Nur Islamic Cultural Association, denied such activity was occurring.
“If we discover radical tendencies in one member then the particular person will be immediately excluded,” he told Der Landbote.
“We send them away, no matter who it is.”
Pelda, however, said he plans to publish research on the Isis activity in the coming days.
And Blerim Bunkaju, a Muslim and socialist party politician in
Winterthur, said he heard a few months ago of several young Muslims
becoming radicalized in the city, the Tages Anzeiger newspaper reported
Sydney mosque raided after Australia ‘terrorism-linked’ shooting by 15-year-old
04 October, 2015
An Australian mosque reportedly visited by a 15-year-old boy before he
shot dead a civilian police employee in an “act of terrorism” has been
raided, police said on Sunday.
New South Wales state police said the mosque in the western Sydney
suburb of Parramatta - close to the scene of the double shooting on
Friday afternoon - was raided with the consent of religious leaders.
“NSW Police yesterday executed a warrant at a mosque in Parramatta,” police said in a statement Sunday.
“The warrant was undertaken by arrangement with leadership at the mosque who provided full assistance to police at all times.”
The 15-year-old gunman, who killed finance worker Curtis Cheng at close
range outside the police force’s headquarters before he was shot dead
by officers, visited the mosque before the shooting, according to the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Investigators have yet to establish why the teenager -- who has no
criminal history -- targeted 58-year-old Cheng, although Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday the attack “appears to have been an
act of terrorism”.
Police did not provide further details about the mosque raid. The
Sydney Morning Herald reported that investigators were searching for
the boy’s belongings but had left empty-handed.
Senior police sources told the ABC the teenager’s sister went missing
on Thursday and boarded a Singapore Airlines flight to Istanbul, adding
that she could be bound for Iraq or Syria.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would not comment on the report of the
girl’s travels, but said Australian federal and state governments were
in talks with Muslim communities after the boy was identified as being
of Iraqi Kurdish background and born in Iran.
“Yesterday, Prime Minister Turnbull and (NSW) Premier Mike Baird had a
long conversation with not only... relevant agencies but also leaders
in the Muslim community,” Bishop told the ABC on Sunday.
“We’re certainly reaching out to the leaders of the Muslim community but working with the families at a grassroots local level.
“It’s the families that will be our frontline of defence against radicalised young people.”
Cheng’s wife Selina, son Alpha and daughter Zilvia said in a joint
statement they were “deeply saddened and heartbroken” that the “most
loved husband and father” was taken from them.
“My father was a kind, gentle, and loving person,” said the statement released by police on Sunday.
“He was humourous, generous of heart and always put the family first. He has set a tremendous example for us as a family.”
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione Saturday described Cheng, who
had worked for the force for 17 years, as a “gentleman in every sense”
and “admired and respected by his colleagues”.
Mosques and Massacres
JULY 28, 2015
On June 26, Saif Rezgui walked on to a beach in Tunisia and opened fire
on German, British, and Irish sunbathers in front of the Imperial
Marhaba resort hotel, killing 39 and wounding dozens more. If various
world leaders are to be believed, the massacre had nothing to do with
Islam. In response to the attack which left thirty British citizens
dead, Prime Minister David Cameron said the terrorism “is not in the
name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace.” A day later, Australian
Prime Minister Tony Abbott assured the world that “what’s being done by
Daesh [the Islamic State] has nothing to do with God, it has nothing to
do with religion.”
There was one notable exception to the usual nothing-to-do-with-Islam
mantra. Immediately after the attack, Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib
Essid, ordered the closing of 80 mosques.
Of course, the leader of a 98 percent Muslim country can’t be expected
to understand Islam nearly as well as the leaders of Britain and
Australia. Nevertheless, Essid’s action provides food for thought.
Mosques, after all, do have something to do with Islam. “Some mosques
continue to spread their propaganda and their venom to promote
terrorism,” Essid reportedly said. “No mosque that does not conform to
the law will be tolerated.”
According to a Reuters report, Rezgui was “a dedicated student from a
stable family who enjoyed partying and practiced break dancing.” Until,
that is, “he appeared to have come into contact with extremist
preachers about six months ago.”
Where do you meet extremist preachers? In extremist mosques, of
course—the same sort of places attended by the two terrorists who two
months previously had killed 21 foreign tourists at the Bardo Museum in
Tunis. According to Reuters, “the two Bardo gunmen were also
radicalized in their local mosques by hardliners.”
Another indication that the beach massacre might have had something to
do with Islam is that Rezgui only targeted foreigners. As he pursued
the tourists, he shouted to Tunisians to “get out of the way.” Might
that have had something to do with the fact that the Tunisians were
likely to be Muslims and the tourists were likely not? One other
confirmation of the religious motivation for the attack came from the
Islamic State. A spokesman for IS praised the attack as an operation
against a “bordello”—a reference to the immodest dress of the
beachgoers. Apparently, cartoons of Muhammad are not the only thing
that hardline Muslims consider as provocation sufficient to warrant
Not all mosques are centers of extremist radicalization. On the other
hand, it’s likely that the average Westerner grossly underestimates the
percentage of radical mosques. Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian
Jesuit who is also an expert on Islam, writes:
In many Muslim countries … the mosques are monitored by the police on
Friday. There is a simple reason for this: many political decisions
start from the mosque during the Friday khutba [sermon]. Historians of
Islam know that many riots and revolutions were launched from the
mosques and that jihad is often proclaimed during the khutba.
Not coincidentally, many of the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 were
set in motion from mosques following Friday prayers. And again, it’s
probably no coincidence that Rezgui scheduled his massacre for a Friday
during the holy month of Ramadan.
It’s tempting to think that the mosque-mayhem connection is something
that’s peculiar to Arab societies, but four separate studies of
American mosques revealed that about eighty percent of them provide
extremist literature and occasionally feature extremist preachers.
While this doesn’t mean that every American mosque is a hotbed of
terrorism, it does suggest cause for concern. For example, two very
prominent American mosques which have long been thought to be of the
moderate mainstream kind are now known to be connected with numerous
terrorists, some of them of the high-profile variety. Major Nidal
Hasan, the Fort Hood jihadist, was mentored at the Dar Al-Hijra Mosque
in Falls Church, Virginia. So were three of the 9/11 hijackers. And the
person who was mentoring them was Anwar Al-Awlaki, who later became one
of the chiefs of operations for Al-Qaeda in Yemen. Meanwhile, the
Islamic Society of Boston has two mosques (one in Boston and one in
Cambridge) which were attended by the Tsarnaev brothers and nearly a
dozen other known terrorists, including the founder of Boston’s Islamic
society, Abduraham Alamoudi, who is currently serving a
twenty-three-year prison term for terror-related activities.
Christians assume that mosques, like churches, are simply places of
prayer. Many of them are, but many mosques are also places of
recruitment and radicalization—staging areas for jihad. Subsequent to
the beach massacre, weapons caches were found in forty Tunisian
mosques. As a popular Muslim poem puts it, “The mosques are our
barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the
faithful our soldiers.”
Not all Muslims think of mosques in this way, but as Prime Minister
Essid understands, a not insignificant number do. He is not alone in
this assessment. As Fr. Samir notes, Muslim governments have
historically kept a close eye on mosque activities. Muslim leaders may
give lip service to the notion that violence has nothing to do with
Islam, but their actions tell a different story. Western leaders need
to start paying attention.
Tunisia government says to close 80 mosques for inciting violence, after hotel attack
June 26, 2015
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia plans within a week to close down 80 mosques
that remain outside state control for inciting violence, as a
countermeasure after the hotel attack that killed 39 people, Prime
Minister Habib Essid said on Friday.
The announcement came after a gunman opened fire on a tourist resort
hotel in Sousse city, south of the capital. Since its 2011 uprising to
oust Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has struggled to manage
ultraconservative Islamist movements.
Youth trying to reach Syria got instructions from Montreal mosque, family members say
Ten young Quebec Muslims who were detained for allegedly trying to join
jihadist groups in Syria received travel instructions, financing advice
and moral support from individuals they met at a Montreal mosque,
family members have alleged.
By: Allan Woods Quebec Bureau, Published on Sat May 30 2015
MONTREAL—Ten young Quebec Muslims who were detained for allegedly
trying to join jihadist groups in Syria received precise travel
instructions, financing advice and moral support from individuals they
met at a Montreal mosque, family members have alleged to national
A source with knowledge of the allegations told La Presse that family
members said they received advice so that their travel plans did not
appear suspicious. Those instructions allegedly included advice to book
tickets on an Italy-bound flight with a stopover in Istanbul. During
the layover they were to make their way to the Turkish-Syrian border.
The source said the youths were also advised to get credit cards so
that they could book their plane tickets and take out cash advances.
The students also allegedly discussed details of their travel plan on a
password-protected Internet forum.
No charges have been laid in the case and all 10 youths were released from police custody.
But the latest allegations raise more questions about the Assahaba
mosque, which is run by Adil Charkaoui, a Canadian citizen whom
security services long suspected of being an Al Qaeda sleeper agent.
Of 21 individuals who have either gone missing, been charged with
terrorist offences, or had their passports confiscated in the last six
months, at least nine have been linked in some way to Charkaoui or his
Charkaoui did not respond to questions Friday about the latest
allegations, which were not directed at him. But in comments made to
the Star earlier this week, he denied any wrongdoing.
“There is a lot of ignorance and malice. When we have both of them
together it becomes toxic,” he said. “It’s as if everything that
happens related to radicalization in this country is because of a
Charkaoui was detained and then subjected to restrictive conditions
under a federal security certificate that was sought in 2003. He was
never charged, the case against him was dropped, and he is suing the
federal government over his ordeal.
Of the 10 who were arrested May 15, eight were picked up at the
Montreal airport and two were arrested at their homes. Six of them
regularly attended the Assahaba mosque.
There were at least two couples. Not all of the 10 individuals knew
each other, but some of them knew members of another group of seven
teens who went missing and are believed to have fled to the Mideast in
Those links are part of an intricate and tough-to-follow portrait of a
sprawling Quebecois network made up of young people allegedly drawn to
jihad — the opportunity to fight and die for their religious beliefs.
“When you say that everyone knows each other, you’re right, because the
Muslim community is one in which the youth meet often at the mosque or
at conferences,” said Mahad Jama, who knows several of Montreal’s
alleged jihadist figures.
One of Jama’s acquaintances is Sami Elabi, a young man who grew up in
the same Montreal suburb of Pierrefonds and has been fighting in Syria
since 2013. Jama saw how Elabi’s family was ripped apart by his
Another of Jama’s boyhood friends is Merouane Ghalmi, a former
kickboxer whom police believed was on the verge of committing an
undisclosed terrorist act when they intervened in February 2015. Ghalmi
has now signed a peace bond that forces him to wear an electronic ankle
bracelet and bars him from contacting anyone who is in Syria, and
individuals connected to a terrorist group.
“For sure it’s shocking because it’s not everyone that leaves that
impression,” Jama said of Ghalmi. “When I spoke to him about that he
didn’t want to talk much about it.”
One of Ghalmi’s first acts upon returning from the courthouse after
signing the peace bond on March 27 was to cut his social media ties to
Mohamed Rifaat, a young man with a magnificent voice who was often
called upon to sing the Muslim call to prayer.
Rifaat was among those who disappeared in mid-January.
“Did it surprise me? Yes it did. It’s like someone dies that you’ve
just met,” said Ishaq Mustaqim, a Muslim convert who credited Islam for
turning him away from a life of crime and preached that message in a
2013 social media initiative dubbed Mustaqim TV, to which Rifaat
“You don’t expect that the person is going to die. I’ve met others who
say that it’s not true that he left and others who say that he left but
it wasn’t for that. It’s tough to tell what the truth is, but it’s
still surprising because it’s someone I knew.”
Radicalization and terrorism experts say there may be others on the
periphery of the Quebec cases. Past experience shows that the social
networks of terror suspects are often much larger than the list of
people who may one day appear in a court room or the pages of a
“In the case of the Toronto 18, eighteen were arrested and 11 were
convicted, but the fact of the matter is there was a wider circle of
about 40 people involved who didn’t reach the level of being
prosecuted,” said Lorne Dawson, an expert on radicalization at the
University of Waterloo who has conducted in-depth studies of Canadians
who have become Islamic extremists.
Of particular interest is what police and researchers call the
“facilitators” who may have no intention of carrying out a criminal
act, but are considered essential to a flourishing criminal network, be
it a case of terrorism or organized crime.
“They are key players in conveying information from one person to
another and advising people,” said Dawson. “They often don’t fit with
the legal definition of someone police can arrest, but when they do the
network analysis, police realize that if these people didn’t exist the
whole network wouldn’t happen.”
Bill C-51, the federal anti-terror bill with new laws against those who
“promote terrorism,” is believed to go after such figures who “are
leading young people to leave the country but themselves aren’t,”
Of the 21 known cases in the Montreal area since January, only two
18-year-olds who were arrested in April, El Mahdi Jamali and his
girlfriend, Sabrine Djermane, are facing criminal terrorism charges.
But the others who have had their passports seized are still cause for concern.
“These aren’t wannabes who are just talking. They’ve gone from talking
to walking, but they’ve been stopped from walking by the government,”
said a former Canadian national security analyst, speaking on condition
he not be identified.
A similar situation emerged in the summer of 2014 when Martin
Couture-Rouleau, a 24-year-old Muslim convert from
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was prevented from boarding a flight to
Turkey. Officials took away his passport and the RCMP placed him on a
list of about 90 other Canadians who posed a high risk of trying to
leave the country for terrorist purposes.
Officers met Couture-Rouleau regularly and a local imam offered
counselling. By early October, he told investigators he was committed
to changing his ways and they believed him. Ten days later he fatally
ran down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in a parking lot with his car.
“I don’t know what he said because he’s dead, but I’m assuming he said
that if I can’t do what I want to do I’ll just go ahead and do it here,
and that’s the fear,” the former national security analyst said.
IS Hides Heavy Weaponry at Religious Sites
They know that jets won’t shell mosques and churches, Iraqi official says
A member of the Nineveh Province council has revealed that Islamic
State (IS) hides heavy weapons in mosques and churches in Mosul to
avoid air strikes.
Hanin Ghado said in a press conference on 29th April that IS insurgents
mostly settle in the densely populated areas of Mosul to hide
themselves among civilians, and they use mosques and churches to store
Ghado said, “They use the mosques and churches because they know that the coalition jets won’t shell holy locations.
“The insurgents move heavy weapons and conduct operations under the cover of night to stay out of sight of jets.”
Ghado also revealed, “Disputes among Mosul residents have increased because IS is forcing civilians to spy on each other.”
Since August 2014, international coalition jets have shelled IS
positions and destroyed weapon caches regularly, as part of an
international military campaign to degrade and defeat the jihadists.
7 militants blown up while making roadside bombs in a mosque in Ghazni
By GHANIZADA - Sun Mar 30 2014
At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The interior ministry following a statement said the incident took place inside a mosque in Deh Yak district on Saturday.
The statement by interior ministry further added that the explosion
left seven militants dead and there were no other casualties.
Interior ministry condemned the anti-government militant groups for
using religious places for conducting terrorist activities and said
such activities show that the militant groups are acting against the
principles of Islam.
The anti-government militant groups including the Taliban militants
frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their
choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces, however innocent
civilians are mostly targeted in such attacks.
The United Nations in its latest report earlier last month also said
that the improvised explosive device (IEDs) planted by anti-government
armed militant groups, were the major contributor to civilian
casualties in Afghanistan.
UN in its report said the anti-government armed militant groups were
responsible for 34 percent of all civilian casualties which were caused
due to improvised explosive device (IEDs).
Khaama Press (KP)
Kenyan police find trove of evidence in Mombasa mosque raid
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kenyan police have recovered a trove of documents and other evidence
from Mombasa's Masjid Mussa, which they estimate will take two months
or more to review, Kenya's The Standard reported Tuesday (February 4th).
Items recovered include an AK-47 rifle, machetes and other iron
implements, jihadist flags, stun guns, hundreds of textbooks, maps,
registers, pictures, information on alleged spies and "Muslim
traitors", and terrorist training manuals.
One recovered document reportedly lists the names of militants across East Africa, with references as far as Burundi.
Police also found an audio recording calling for Muslim volunteers to
carry out attacks on countries oppressing Somali Muslims, understood to
mean countries contributing troops to the African Union Mission in
Somalia, and they seized more than 200 compact-discs and memory cards
with pictures of jihadist training camps in Somalia and Syria and audio
instructions on light weapons use, combat and doctrine.
"We will need two months to go through these CDs and documents," said Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur.
Also among the items recovered were three laptops, which have been sent
to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Cybercrime Unit for
Mombasa CID Commander Henry Ondiek defended the raid on Masjid Mussa,
which some Muslim leaders decried as desecration of a holy site.
"If you look at the penal code and all other legal literature in
Kenya, there is nowhere [that says] police are barred from entering a
place where crimes like terrorism are being committed," he said. "We
shall continue storming mosques and anywhere where serious crimes such
as planning mass attacks on innocent people are being planned."
Injured go missing after explosion at Balochistan religious seminary
By Shahzad Baloch
Published: November 3, 2013
The Express Tribune
An unregistered religious seminary
was gutted as a result of an explosion that occured allegedly after
explosive materials prematurely went off in the Eastern Bypass, an
outskirt of Quetta valley, on Sunday morning.
Four rooms of the religious seminary and a nearby house were completely destroyed in the blast.
According to eyewitness accounts,
three people injured in the blast were taken out by their companions
before police reached the site. A search operation was launched to find
the injured, but police could not locate them at any Quetta hospital.
Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG)
Operations Mohammed Jaffar said some religious literature was recovered
from the wreckage along with explosives material. He said those in the
seminary were preparing explosives that went off prematurely.
Quetta is vulnerable to sectarian and
militant attacks and recently two bombings killed more than a dozen
people and injured over 50 others.
After the US drone strike that killed
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mahsud, security has
been beefed up in sensitive areas of Quetta that include the military
cantonment, Chief Minister House, IG FC and Police Balochistan’s
residences and provincial secretariat.
Rapid Rise of U.S. Mosques: Sign of What's To Come
SATURDAY, 17 MARCH 2012 06:27 MARSHALL FRANK
Right Side News
The number of mosques in the United
States has increased 74 percent in ten years according to a study
released by the Hartford Institute for Religious Research. In 2000, the
U.S. reported 1209 places of worship for Muslims. In 2010, that
number has risen to 2106. In 1990, the number stood at
approximately 700. This, in a period of time when the radical Jihad
side of Islam has established unwavering goals, in writing, that the
United States is in their crosshairs for being conquered …from within.
"The mosques are our barracks, the
domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our
soldiers." - Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
This 74 percent growth has occurred
in the years following the deadliest warring attack on American soil in
history, perpetrated by radical Islamists. Might point out, that those
“radical” Islamists spent many months prior to the 9/11 attack posing
as “moderates” in order to assimilate and evade suspicion. Look up:
True, many of these mosques are only
places of worship for peaceful Muslims. But it has been proven often
enough, that some mosques are used as hotbeds for anti-American
rhetoric, terrorist havens, diversionary funding to terror
organizations and espousing hatred toward non-Muslims. Many serve as
the war rooms for strategy planning in the covert political and terror
war against the United States.
Mosques seem benign enough to most
people who liken them to churches and synagogues. That’s what
journalist Laura Mansfield thought in 2005, when she visited a mosque
in the southern part of the nation in response to an open invitation by
the Imam to local women to come and see how beautiful Islam truly is as
Ms. Mansfield arrived about one hour
early. It should have been an innocuous experience. She was told by a
Muslim man to come back later, but when she asked to stay, she was
granted the opportunity to wait in the hall until the other women
arrived. During this time, she was able to overhear the Imam and
other men speaking in Arabic, which she understood and spoke fluently.
What she overheard was anti-American hate talk, discussing the
pro-jihad movement and what to explain to the American women when they
visited. When the ladies arrived, the rhetoric changed 180 degrees.
Now, covert visits to mosques are
off-limits for everyone, including law enforcement agencies, because
our government tells us we should not single out Muslims. Federal law
enforcement agencies have been ordered to omit references to Islam in
their terror training.
I seriously doubt that the Christian
or Jewish places of worship have exploded with those kinds of increases
in the last twenty years. If the pattern holds true, there will be more
than 4000 mosques in the U.S.by the year 2020, and 8000 by 2030.
The trend will follow what has happened in Europe. In a 2008 speech by Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders said:
“There are now thousands of mosques
throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in
churches. And in every European city there are plans to build
super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the
signal is: we rule.”
Islam is rapidly expanding throughout
Europe. Population growth is expected to double in twenty years as
Muslims procreate at a rate three to four times greater than indigenous
Europeans. It’s simple math. As Mr. Wilders and other European
dignitaries have said, the Muslims do not assimilate. They do not
identify as Europeans, rather, as Muslims only, and their intent is to
eventually dominate all of society.
France has over 750 no-go zones which
are Muslim enclaves that French authorities dare not enter, thus
leaving them all to self-government under Sharia, not French law. More
from Mr. Wilders’ speech:
“Many European cities are already
one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmoin, Sweden.
In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.
Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. In some
elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned,
because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an
insult to Muslims. In once-tolerant Amsterdam, gays are beaten up
almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear “whore,
whore.” In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed
offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is
increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can in many
cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England
Sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Last
week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels,
because he was drinking during the Ramadan. Jews are fleeing France in
record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since
World War II. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories
The plan that is slowly coming to
fruition was concocted and implemented by the notorious Muslim
Brotherhood, the most powerful and dangerous Islamist organization in
the world. They are now ready to assume power in all the mid-east
nations that have undergone “Arab Spring.” They are rooted in over
eighty counties in the world, have unlimited financial resources and
have spawned scores of organizations, violent and non-violent —
including Hamas and al Qaeda — to promote the global jihad. They
also spawned more than thirty organizations in the United States with
the expressed purpose of infiltrating our infrastructure. Included
among those organizations are CAIR, the MSA, ISNA and the MAS.
The Muslim Brotherhood manifesto was
discovered in 2004 during the Holy Land Foundation investigation by law
enforcement authorities in a sub-basement of a home in Virginia, owned
by a high level member of the Muslim Brotherhood. That manifesto is
unambiguous in declaring that the intentions of the Brotherhood is to
destroy the United States “from within,” specifically stating it will
be accomplished by “their own hand.” The entire text of the
document is linked below…in Arabic and English.
They’ve also authored other covert
documents, since discovered, which outlines the strategies and tactics
they intend on using to accomplish their mission within a 100-year
span. That includes the use of mass deception, to portray themselves as
“moderate,” to infiltrate the government, schools, media, prisons and
to use our constitutional protections of religion and free speech as
tools for their operational maneuvers.
Interesting to note, that there are
three top White House advisors now employed in the White House, several
in the Department of Homeland Security and more in the Justice
Department. That, plus a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, Huma Abedin, who is closely aligned to the Muslim Sisterhood
via her mother and the Brotherhood via her own brother.
Can’t get much higher than all that.
And, this is what we do know. One can only imagine what we don’t know.
We can see it all happening, yet
we’re powerless to do anything other than exercise the right of free
speech and use the power to vote. We certainly cannot rely on our
government officials who only care about the short range; Get elected,
Most U.S. Mosques Teach Violence
by Robert Spencer
Last week came new confirmation that
mosques in the U.S. aren’t quite holding potluck suppers and teaching
civic pieties. A new study has demonstrated that 80% of mosques right
in this country are teaching jihad warfare and Islamic supremacism.
Researchers Mordechai Kedar and David
Yerushalmi reported in the Summer 2011 issue of Middle East Quarterly
about a new survey that found that “51% of mosques had texts that
either advocated the use of violence in the pursuit of a Sharia-based
political order or advocated violent jihad as a duty that should be of
paramount importance to a Muslim.” Another 30% of mosques in the United
States “had only texts that were moderately supportive of violence,”
while only “19% had no violent texts at all.”
This yet again contradicts the
universally held assumption that U.S. mosques are completely benign
institutions, in all respects equivalent to churches and synagogues. As
long ago as 1998, Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a Sufi leader,
visited 114 mosques in the United States. Then he gave testimony before
a State Department open forum in January 1999 declaring that Islamic
supremacists controlled most mosques in America .
“The most dangerous thing that is
going on now in these mosques,” Kabbani said, “that has been sent upon
these mosques around the United States—like churches they were
established by different organizations and that is okay—but the problem
with our communities is the extremist ideology. Because they are very
active, they took over the mosques, and we can say that they took over
more than 80% of the mosques that have been established in the U.S. And
there are more than 3,000 mosques in the U.S. So it means that the
methodology or ideology of extremists has been spread to 80% of the
Muslim population, but not all of them agree with it.”
Terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky
affirmed the same thing in 2005, saying that 80% of the mosques in this
country “have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence.” The
Center for Religious Freedom in 2005 found a massive distribution of
hateful jihadist and Islamic supremacist material in mosques in this
country. The Mapping Sharia Project’s 2008 study likewise found that
upwards of 80% of mosques in America were preaching hatred of Jews and
Christians and the necessity ultimately to impose Islamic rule.
And in June 2008, federal
investigators found that the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia, despite
promises to stop teaching such material, was still using books that
advocated that apostates from Islam be executed and that it was
permissible for Muslims to kill and seize the property of “polytheists.”
What is most arresting about these
studies is their unanimity. Although each was conducted independently
of the others, they all came to the same conclusion: that around
three-quarters of mosques in this country are teaching what amounts to
sedition. And yet the mainstream media has shown about as much interest
in the new survey as they did in the others—that is, none at all.
Maybe they figure that it could be
worse. After all, in recent years we have seen mosques used to preach
hatred, to spread exhortations to terrorist activity, to house a bomb
factory, to store weapons, to disseminate messages from Osama bin
Laden, to demand that non-Muslims conform to Islamic dietary
restrictions, to fire on American troops, to fire upon Indian troops
and to train jihadists. But most of that took place outside the United
States, so who cares? We know the mosques inside this country are
different! And on what do we base this certainty? Why, nothing, nothing
at all except for the bland and smiling assurances of Muslim leaders in
this country that mosques are simply places of worship, no more, no
less, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a greasy Islamophobe.
It is time to be more realistic. At
the very least, reporters all over the country should be asking pointed
questions of local mosque leaders about the books they’re using and
what they’re teaching in general. And they should call on them to give
honest, verifiable answers.
It is more likely, however, that this
study, like the others, will simply be ignored. But don’t let that
happen. Call upon your elected officials and the media to take notice
of this new survey. Our freedoms depend on it.
Dozens of 'incubators' for jihad found in U.S.
'More than 80% of mosques advocate or promote violence'
By Bob Unruh
Dozens of mosques around the United
States have been identified in a new study as incubators for jihad
against America, with more than 80 percent of those surveyed advocating
"Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51
percent had texts on-site rated as severely advocating violence; 30
percent had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19
percent had no violent texts at all," said the survey compiled by
Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi and published by the Middle East
"How's this for a wake-up call?"
asked Frank Gaffney, chief of the Center for Security Policy in a
commentary today in the Washington Times.
"America's most cherished civil
liberties and the Constitution that enshrines them are enabling Muslim
Brotherhood operatives and other Islamists who have the declared
mission of destroying our freedoms and government 'from within … by
[our] hands.' Specifically, our enemies are using our tolerance of
religion to create an infrastructure of mosques here that incubate the
Islamic holy war called jihad."
Among the findings in the study,
"Shariah and Violence in American Mosques," by Kedar, an assistant
professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Yerushalmi, the general
counsel for Center for Security Policy, were that:
Mosques identified as being more
Shariah-adherent, that is, their imams wore beards, they segregated men
from women and the like, were more likely "to feature violence-positive
In 84.5 percent of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts.
Of the 51 percent of the mosques with
texts severely advocating violence, 100 percent were led by imams who
recommended that worshippers study texts promoting violence.
Nearly three in five of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad.
"Such findings strongly suggest that
Shariah-adherence is a useful predictor of sympathy for – and, in some
cases at least, action on behalf of – jihad, to include both the
Islamists' violent or stealthy forms of warfare aimed at supplanting
the U.S. Constitution and government," Gaffney said. "Indeed, the study
confirms the anecdotal reports by Muslims themselves and earlier, less
rigorous empirical studies of Saudi hate-filled literature permeating
mosques in the United States."
He told WND that "this empirical
study demonstrates that under the guise of religious freedom and our
tolerance for it, newcomers to our country have built an infrastructure
for our destruction."
He said the data reveals that "most
mosques in the United States are actually engaged in – or at least
supportive of – a totalitarian, seditious agenda they call Shariah. Its
express purpose is undermining and ultimately forcibly replacing the
U.S. government and its founding documents."
The survey dispatched people and
asked them to "observe and record selected behaviors deemed to be
Shariah-adherent" such as women wearing head coverings, gender
segregation during prayers and enforcement of straight prayer lines.
The authors noted when U.S. Rep.
Peter King, R-N.Y., held congressional hearings on the question of the
danger of extremist violence, he was characterized as Joe McCarthy and
the hearings were called a witch-hunt.
"Yet the larger dilemmas outlined by
both the congressman and some of his witnesses remain: To what extent
are American Muslims, native-born as well as naturalized, being
radicalized by Islamists? And what steps can those who are sworn to the
protection of American citizenry take that will uncover and disrupt the
plots of those willing to take up arms against others for the sake of
The goal then, was to determine
empirically whether there is a correlation between observable measures
of religious dedication to Shairah and the presence of
Among the violence-positive texts
found was "Jihad in Islam" by Abul Ala Mawdudi, which instructs
followers to employ force in pursuit of a Shariah-based order.
Another was by Sayyid Qutb, whose
"Milestones" "serves as the political and ideological backbone of the
current global jihad movement. He sanctioned violence against those who
would stand in the way of Islam expansion.
The survey looked at 100 mosques
around the U.S., with worshiper totals ranging from 10 or fewer to
1,700. They were found in Arizona, California, the District of
Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and
"The study found a statistically
significant association between the severity of violence-positive texts
on mosque premises and Shariah-adherent behaviors. … Mosques that
segregated men from women during prayer service were more likely to
contain violence-positive materials."
Also, those mosques that displayed
strict alignment of men's prayer lines "were more likely than their
less observant counterparts to contain materials from both the moderate
and severe categories."
"Whether a mosque's imam or lay
leader wore a traditional beard was also predictive of whether the
mosque would contain violence-positive materials on premises. Of the
mosques led by traditionally bearded imams, 61 percent contained
literature in the severe category."
"A disturbing 98 percent of mosques
with severe texts included materials promoting financial support of
terror. Those with only moderate-rated materials on site were not
markedly different, with 97 percent providing such materials. These
results stand in stark contrast to the mosques with no
violence-positive materials on their premises where only 5 percent
provided materials urging financial support of terror," the survey said.
Christian Leaders in
Nigeria Call Bauchi Violence Premeditated
Numerous weapons and
mercenaries point to plans awaiting a triggering incident, they say.
By Obed Minchakpu
TAFAWA BALEWA, Nigeria,
– Christian leaders in Bauchi state said religious violence here sparked by a
row over a billiards table on Jan. 27 bore signs that Muslim extremists were
prepared for a large-scale slaughter of Christians.
said only 18 people were killed after sectarian violence erupted in the areas of
Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro, where there are large Christian populations in
predominantly Muslim Bauchi state in northern Nigeria. Since then, estimates
have ranged wildly from 25 to 96 people killed over a three-day period starting
Jan. 27, with Christian leaders asserting that Muslim extremists used the
billiards table incident as a pretext for unleashing attacks with a stockpile
of weapons hidden in mosques.
As early as Feb. 1,
Bauchi Commissioner of Police Mohammed Indabawa said at a press conference that
25 bodies had been recovered in a joint security operation in Tafawa Balewa and
Bogoro, with 38 people arrested. Shortly thereafter, a local legislator in the
Bauchi House of Assembly, Aminu Tukur, told journalists that 31 bodies had been
recovered and were buried in the area.
Chongda, chairman of the Sayawa Development Association, a community
Non-Governmental Organization in Tafawa Balewa, reportedly said 96 people had
died in the violence. He cited data collated from affected areas in both Bogoro
and Tafawa Balewa four days after the Jan. 27 incident.
Christian leaders in
Tafawa Balewa told Compass that triggering incident – in which a Muslim was said
to have burned a billiards table belonging to a Christian, prompting youths from
Christian families to burn mosques and Muslim homes – led to the emergence of
Muslim weapons caches and Islamist mercenaries. Islamists had made preparations
for attacks in the areas with large Christian populations, the Christian leaders
said, and were awaiting a pretext for carrying them out.
The Rev. Ibrahim Ezekiel
of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Tafawa Balewa told Compass that
Muslims in Bauchi state have tried to eliminate the Christian communities in
Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro since violence first erupted in 1991.
“The Muslims have been
attacking us, and the government of Bauchi state knows this,” Ezekiel said. “Yet
the government has given these Muslims the backing to attack us. They want to
exterminate the Christian communities here, and that is the reason they are
supporting the attacks on us.”
Ezekiel, pastor of a
COCIN congregation in Maryam, a suburb of Tafawa Balewa, said that area Muslims
“used a lot of weapons to attack our people” that were stockpiled in mosques.
Apart from the use of guns and other weapons to attack Christians, Ezekiel said
area Islamists brought in Muslim mercenaries.
“They brought in
mercenaries to attack us,” he said. “They label Christians here as infidels who
must be dealt with. The Muslims are the aggressors – they killed our people and
burned their houses. Christians who were helpless had no choice than to fight
back and defend their families.”
Armed Muslims as young
as 15 years old shot Christians they encountered, Ezekiel said. Christian youths
seeking revenge for the billiards table incident stoked the violence until
security forces could contain them and their Muslim counterparts; the pastor
said 47 Christians have been arrested, with 27 of them charged.
The violence that
erupted in the only two local council areas with large Christian populations in
Bauchi state led to significant property destruction that is as yet unknown in
monetary terms. In addition, according to community leader Chongda, the violence
displaced 800 families, with many of those yet to return.
Among Christians in
Tafawa Balewa whose bodies have been recovered and buried are Pastor Bitrus
Dangana of the Evangelical Church Winning All; Haruna Ayuba; Dima Apollos;
Promise Isaac; Mama Likita Dadi; and Irimiya Mainama. Also killed were
Christians identified only as Emmanuel in the Sabon Layi area of Tafawa Balewa;
Godiya; and Gambo, a butcher in Maryam.
Abubakar Adamu, an
official of the Red Cross Society in Bauchi, confirmed that the incident had
displaced about 5,000 persons. The Red Cross was treating many of the wounded
and burned, he said.
Ramat Kure of Maryam
village told Compass that the violence in Tafawa Balewa was the fourth outbreak
“The religious crisis in
the area has remained unresolved because the Christian community is being
oppressed by Muslims in the state,” he said. “The incessant religious conflicts
in the area are as a result of deliberate policy of marginalization and
persecution targeted at Christians by the Muslim political leaders in the
Kure said he witnessed
the killing of 10 Christians in Tafawa Balewa on Jan. 27.
Areas hit by the
violence were Angwan Sarki village, Angwan Madaki, Arewa, Sabon Layi, and
Bauchi-Dass Road. Muslims reportedly barricaded the Bauchi Dass Highway, pulling
dozens of Christians from their vehicles and killing them.
Pastor Yunnana Yusuf of
the COCIN Centre in Tafawa Balewa said he was in his home within the church
compound on Jan. 27 when he heard shouting around the market square.
“I came out only to see
people throwing stones at each other and, on inquiring, I was told that there
was a fight going on between Muslims and Christians,” he told Compass. “In no
time, I heard gunshots. As I came out, I saw one Alhaji Maigida and another
Muslim by the name of Alhaji Maishayi, about a hundred meters away, distributing
guns to some Muslims, and they began shooting. Instantly, I saw three Christians
being shot. It was this that triggered the incident, and within a short time,
the entire town and surrounding villages were attacked and razed by Muslim
The dispute between the
Muslim billiards player and the Christian pool table owner was reportedly
settled by mediation of area elders on Jan. 26, but Muslims later burned the
table, prompting Christian youths to burn 50 houses and five mosques, according
to police commissioner Indabawa.
The Muslim Mosque: A State Within A State
from Vijay Kumar
Right Side News
Thursday, 22 July
Islam's political documents
and law call for the overthrow of our Constitution and our man-made laws, and
therefore for the overthrow of our government, which by definition constitutes
sedition and treason.
THE KABAH IN MECCA WAS NOT BUILT AS AN ISLAMIC MOSQUE.
It was an ancient temple that had been shared by polytheists, Christians, Jews,
and Hindus, honoring 360 different deities. In 630 A.D. the Kabah was captured
by Islam in its military invasion and conquest of Mecca.
On the day of its capture, Mohammed delivered an
address at the Kabah in military dress and helmet, according to Ayatullah Ja'far
Subhani in his book, "The Message":
"Bear in mind
that every claim of privilege, whether that of blood or property is abolished .
. . I reject all claims relating to life and property and all imaginary honors
of the past, and declare them to be baseless . . . A Muslim is the brother of
another Muslim and all the Muslims are brothers of one another and constitute
one hand as against the non-Muslims. The blood of every one of them is equal to
that of others and even the smallest among them can make a promise on behalf of
Mohammed's address at the Kabah overthrew the Meccan
government and declared all of Islam, anywhere in the world, to be a political
and military state against all non-Muslims, regardless of the non-Muslims'
political, geographical, or national origins.
desires a religion other than Islam (submission
to Allah), never will it be accepted of him." -Koran 3:85
Although the rightful owners of the Kabah are the many
religions that shared it before the Islamic military conquest of Mecca,
according to Subhani the Kabah today is under the control of a hereditary regime
going back to Mohammed: "currently the 12th Imam from the direct descent of the
Prophet of Islam is the real protector, its custodian and guardian."
All Islamic mosques everywhere in the world are
required to have a clear visible indication pointing in the direction of Mecca
and the Kabah, where the international political and military state of Islam was
founded. In most mosques there is a niche in the wall-the mihrab-that points
toward the seat of Islamic power. Each mosque, like the Kabah, is governed by an
Imam in compliance with the political documents of Islam.
Mosques and the Political
Documents of Islam
The Koran is the supreme political document of
Islam-its political manifesto and political constitution. It is the only
constitution of the nation-state
which is the home of Mecca and the Kabah, where all mosques point, and is the
birthplace of Islam.
The Koran is a totalitarian constitution. It demands
submission by anyone within its jurisdiction. The Koran governs all mosques
everywhere in the world.
As a political document, the Koran asserts that
everyone in the world is within its jurisdiction. So far, Islam has not been
able to enforce that totalitarian claim on the entire world, but has managed to
do so through threat, infiltration, violence, terrorism, and coercion on roughly
20% of the world. It is engaged in a 1400-year-long Universal Jihad to dominate
the rest of the world. All mosques are its outpost headquarters.
Central to the Koran's political mandates is
prohibition of religious freedom and religious tolerance, along with
denouncements of religions such as
"O ye who
believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors:
They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns
to them (for friendship) is of them." -Koran 5:51
slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie
in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)" -Koran 9:5
All mosque leaders must be loyal to and supportive of
these political and militaristic mandates.
The Koran as a political document also forbids
separation of church
and state. That is
why every Islamic nation, where Islamic leaders have managed to gain power, is a
theocracy, ruled by the Koran and Islamic Sharia law.
The Hadith (reported sayings and acts of Mohammed) and
the Sira (the official biographies of Mohammed) are the other political
documents that, along with the Koran, constitute the basis for Islam's Sharia
"There is only
one law which ought to be followed, and that is the Sharia." -Syed Qutb
Sharia law is administered by Islamic Imams who
interpret the law and hand down rulings in their sole discretion. Sharia law
does not allow trial by jury. Sharia law also mandates a double standard of laws
for Muslims (believers) and infidels (non-believers). Sharia law mandates a
discriminatory tax, called jizya, on non-Islamic religions and nations:
who believe not in Allah...until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and
feel themselves subdued." -Koran 9:29
Sharia law also mandates discrimination toward women,
and forbids any criticism of Islam or its founder, stifling freedom of speech.
Sharia law also mandates that all men are slaves with
no right to freedom of religion:
on His slaves is that they should worship Him (Alone) and should not worship any
besides Him." -Mohammed, Sahih Bukhari 4:52:108, Narrated Mu'adh
Sharia law does not allow for separation of church and
state. Sharia regards church and state as one inseparable entity governing every
aspect of individual and social life, both spiritual and secular. That is why
all Islamic nations are theocracies.
In short, Sharia law stands in direct opposition to
the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. The implementation of Sharia law
demands the overthrow of the American Constitution and our form of government
and system of laws. Mosque leaders, in every nation in the world, are loyal to
the Koran, the Hadith, the Sira, and consider them divine law, and therefore
supreme over all manmade laws.
Other political and military documents of Islam
include treaties of Mohammed, which are held in reverence by Islam as models of
conduct in relations between nations.
indeed in the Messenger of Allah [Mohammed] a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for
anyone whose hope is in Allah." -Koran 33:21
deceit." -Mohammed, Sahih Bukhari 4:52:268, Narrated Abu Hurarira
In one treaty proposal, to Jaifer and Abd, Mohammed
"If you two
accept Islam, your country will, as usual, remain with you. But if you refuse or
object, it is a perishable thing." -Mohammed
In another, to the Chiefs of Aqaba, he wrote:
"It is better
for you either to accept Islam or agree to pay Jizya and consent to remain
obedient to Allah . . . If you do not accept these terms . . . I shall have to
wage war (to bring peace and security)." -Mohammed
These same patterns and political mandates have been
used over and over by Muslims since 610 A.D. to invade and conquer many
civilizations and nations throughout the world, and to eradicate human rights
in those lands. Iran once was called Persia and was Zorastrian. Egypt was
Christian. What was once a Hindu
was conquered and made into Pakistan, which is now part of the Axis of Jihad,
along with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan was Buddhist for thousands of
years. Now its chief exports are heroin and Islamic terrorism.
decide to destroy a population, We (first) send a definite order to those among
them who are given the good things of this life and yet transgress; so that the
word is proved true against them: then (it is) We destroy them utterly." -Koran
where Islam has conquered and "destroyed utterly" a nation or civilization, the
key to the conquest was the
of mosques, which are political and military command and control centers for
Islam, and which all point toward the seat of Islamic power: the Kabah.
Mosques and the Fallacy of the
The majority of Germans during
II were not active members of the Nazi party, were not waging war, and were not
involved in the holocaust. The leaders, though, were active members of the Nazi
party, were waging war, and were involved in the holocaust.
The majority of Russians and eastern Europeans under
the rule of the U.S.S.R. were not trying to spread Communism throughout the
world, and were not threatening and waging war and revolution, but were going
about their daily lives trying to survive. The leaders, though, were doing
everything they could to spread Communism throughout the world, and were
threatening and waging war and revolution.
Throughout history, since 610 A.D., the leaders of
Islam have been waging Universal Jihad around the world for the purpose of
Islamic totalitarian domination of the world. It has never mattered what
percentage of the Muslim population was "peaceful" or "moderate." Peace and
moderation are not relevant to the totalitarian mandates of Islam's political
documents, and Islam's leaders always follow the totalitarian mandates of
Universal Jihad contained in them.
There are post-Nazi democracies. There are
post-Communist democracies. There are no post-Islamic democracies. Literal
Islam, as contained in its political documents, is the consummate
totalitarianism. Neither Nazism or Communism had a metaphysical factor, as does
Islam. Islam uses its metaphysics as a wedge to drive in its totalitarian
Once Islam has established itself sufficiently in any
nation, it seeks to overthrow any existing regime or constitution or law, and
replace it with Islamic theocracy. Even the most "moderate" Muslim is bound to
obey Islamic law, and so is bound to fight if ordered to fight:
"When you are
called (by the Muslim ruler) for fighting, go forth immediately." -Hadith Sahih
Bukhari 4:52:79:Narrated Ibn 'Abbas
All Islamic mosques have Islamic leaders (rulers) who
can call Muslims for fighting, and as such are satellite headquarters for
spreading Literal Islam's political doctrine of world domination and
totalitarianism-no matter how many "moderate Muslims" they serve.
Mosques and the Worldwide Islamic
Islam is a de facto political state wherever it exists
anywhere in the world. The Koran is its constitution. The Kabah is its seat of
power, still in the control of the regime that occupied it in 630 A.D. All
Muslims in the world, regardless of nationality, are required to travel to the
Kabah at least once in their lifetime and pay homage to it.
The fact that nations and international political
institutions in the world do not recognize Islam as a de jure state is
irrelevant. Mohammed himself declared it as a state, and Islam's own political
documents declare it to be a state, and, ipso facto, it always is a
state-within-a-state, governed by the Koran and Sharia law internally, anywhere
that it has not yet gained full power and control.
are but a single brotherhood." -Koran 49:10
"A Muslim has
no nationality except his belief." -Syed Qutb
to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which
are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or
the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the
basis of its own ideology and program." - Syed Abul A'ala Maududi
Just as our Constitution of the United States binds
and identifies us as a single political and legal union of non-contiguous
states, territories, political groups, and people, so the Koran binds and
identifies all Islamic nations and all Muslims as a single political and legal
union of non-contiguous nations, territories, political groups and people,
regardless of geographic boundaries, whose seat of power is the occupied Kabah.
All Islamic Imams, in every mosque everywhere in the world, are bound to the
Koran as supreme law.
As we have seen, Islamic law gives Islamic Imams the
power to order Muslims to fighting. The German Max Weber, who had considerable
influence on international law and politics, defined "state" as that entity that
has a "monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force within a given
Islam declares that the Koran and Sharia law are
divine, and, as such, are the only "legitimate" law in the world. In that way,
Islam "self-legitimizes" its right to use physical force anywhere in the world,
and the right of every Imam in every mosque in the world to call for physical
force and violence at any time. This makes every Imam in every mosque a military
Islam is a state by every definition and theory, and
is a state hostile to and at war with the United States of America and its
Mosques and Treason and Sedition
Against the U.S.
Islam's political documents and law call for the
overthrow of our Constitution and our man-made laws, and therefore for the
overthrow of our government, which by definition constitutes sedition and
treason. The Islamic documents call for the overthrow of our government-a
protector of religious freedom and human rights-through violence:
"I was ordered
to fight all men until they say 'there is no god but Allah.'" -Mohammed's
farewell address, 632
"I have been
ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be
worshipped but Allah.'" -Hadith Sahih Bukhari 4:52:196 Narrated Abu Huraira
"He who fights
so that Allah's Word (Islam) should be superior, then he fights in Allah's
cause." -Hadith Sahih Bukhari 1:3:125 Narrated Abu Musa
"I asked the
Prophet [Mohammed], 'What is the best deed?' He replied, 'To believe in Allah
and to fight for His Cause.'" -Hadith Sahih Bukhari 3:46:694 Narrated Abu Dhar
them till there is no more affliction (i.e. no more worshiping of others along
with Allah)". -Hadith Sahih Bukhari 6:60:40 Narrated Nafi'
"Soon shall We
cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers." -Koran 3.151
"I am with
you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of
the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off
them." -Koran 8:12
make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war,
to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies,
and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know." -Koran 8:60
The Koran, as the constitution of Islam and Muslims,
is diametrically opposite to the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
According to Islam and Muslims, the Koran is divine law, uncorrupted and
incorruptible, whereas the United States Constitution is man-made and is not
infallible, and therefore is corrupt. The U.S. Constitution is the antithesis of
the Koran; therefore Muslims have no obligation to obey it.
A mosque in the United States is a command and control
center of a foreign political and military state that seeks the overthrow of our
government, and an Imam in a mosque is a political and military representative
of a foreign state that calls for the overthrow of the United States.
The laws of the United States provide specific
criminal penalties for sedition and treason. These laws are not only applicable
to those advocating and calling for the overthrow of our Constitution and our
government; they are applicable to anyone who gives "aid or comfort" to such
declared enemies of the United States, or who "organizes or helps or attempts to
organize any society, group, or assembly of persons" so engaged. The terms
"organizes" and "organize" extend to "the recruiting of new members, the forming
of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and
other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons."
Mosques are just such units.
is a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Tennessee's 5th District. A
native of Hyderabad, India, Mr. Kumar lived in Iran during the 1979 Islamic
Revolution, when he came to the United States. A naturalized American citizen,
Mr. Kumar has lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 24 years. He has been married to
his wife, Robin, a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for 27 years, and they
have three children, two of whom are adopted.
Jihadi Tourism and the Closed
Moore / Berlin
Wedged between a fitness center and a restaurant, the mosque called Masjid Taiba
is a small, unassuming building in the central quarter of Hamburg. In the late
1990s, the mosque's prayer rooms became a cauldron of terror — the place where
Mohammed Atta and his "Hamburg Cell" henchmen congregated before the deadly 9/11
attacks. On Monday, Aug. 9, German police raided the mosque, confiscated dozens
of computers and files and announced that because the spiritual home of several
of the 9/11 hijackers had once again become a magnet for violent extremists, the
mosque would be shut down.
"The Taiba mosque was the main
meeting point for radical Islamic militants in Hamburg and had been supporting
the international terrorist network for years," Manfred Murck, deputy director
of Hamburg's intelligence service, tells TIME. "Young Muslim men were drawn to
the mosque — they met there, prayed, chatted together, became radicalized and
set up extremist groups." Murck adds that the men came from different
backgrounds, ranging from Moroccans and German Islam converts to militants from
the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya and the Middle East. They all had one thing in
common — their commitment to jihad. "Some Muslims at the Taiba mosque had
contacts with al-Qaeda," claims Murck.
Intelligence officials say the
mosque had been under continuous surveillance since the 9/11 attacks. Back then,
the mosque was known as al-Quds. Hijackers Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad
Jarrah and Ramzi Binalshibh — who according to U.S. officials was a key 9/11
facilitator and Atta's roommate — were all regulars at the prayer house in the
run-up to the 2001 attacks.
In March 2009, the Taiba mosque
again became a location of special interest to investigators when a group of 11
Hamburg jihadists, mostly German men with roots in the Middle East and the
Caucasus, traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan to attend terrorist training
camps. Officials say at least one man who lived in Hamburg, identified by the
intelligence services as Shahab D., joined the militant Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan (IBU), which is believed to have close links with al-Qaeda. The
Iranian-born man, in his mid-20s, appeared in a terrorist video in October 2009
under the name of Abu Askar; he urged other Muslims to join jihad and threatened
attacks on Germany. Some members of the group ended up in Pakistani custody and
were sent back to Germany, while other jihadists are still in Pakistani or U.S.
Back at the Taiba mosque in
Hamburg, intelligence officials say the men were treated as "heroes," and as
other Islamic militants gathered at the mosque and tried to latch on to
terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, a form of "jihad tourism" developed.
In the raids on Aug. 9, the Taiba
German-Arab cultural association that ran the mosque was also banned by
Hamburg's Interior Ministry, and the group's assets were seized, although no
arrests were made in any of the day's raids. "We've closed the Taiba Mosque, as
it was here that young men were converted into religious fanatics," Christoph
Ahlhaus, Hamburg's Interior Minister, said in a statement. "Behind the scenes,
an alleged cultural organization has shamelessly exploited the freedoms of our
constitutional democracy to promote the cause of the 'holy war,' " he said,
pointing out that the courses, sermons and seminars at the mosque "spread an
ideology that was hostile to democracy" and sought to radicalize young Muslims.
Ahlhaus insisted that Hamburg "must not serve as the incubator for Islamists
willing to use violence."
The Taiba association could not
be reached for comment about the police raids, but German media outlets have
reported that in the past, the organization denied accusations of terrorist
ties. According to the news magazine Focus, the group wrote in October
2009 that it was the "victim of a big media campaign, a bad secret-service plot
and a concocted political farce."
As part of the police operation,
investigators in the city searched four apartments and houses belonging to
members of the Taiba association — again, no arrests were made. German security
sources tell TIME that one of the apartments searched on Monday belonged to
Mamoun Darkazanli, a German-Syrian suspected al-Qaeda supporter who used to run
an import-export company in Hamburg and is wanted in Spain on terrorism charges.
Darkazanli was arrested in Hamburg in 2004 on a Spanish warrant but released in
2005 after a ruling by Germany's federal constitutional court. German
intelligence officials say he was one of the imams at the Taiba mosque and have
described him as a "hate preacher." "Darkazanli encouraged young Muslim men to
join the jihad with his emotional prayers," says Murck. So far German
prosecutors haven't been able to find evidence that he supported al-Qaeda.
Now that the mosque has been
closed, fears have been raised that members could regroup and gather in other
mosques in Hamburg. A large harbor city with a thriving immigrant community,
Hamburg has acted as a haven for Islamic extremists in the past, as New York,
Washington and Pennsylvania learned to their horror nearly 10 years ago. A 2009
intelligence report from German Domestic intelligence estimated that there are
2,000 Islamists in the city, of whom 200 are bent on violence and 45 are
jihadists with links to other violent Islamic extremists in Germany and abroad.
With one of their alleged meeting points closed, the challenge for intelligence
agencies now is to prevent new terrorist cells from forming within their
WASHINGTON -- The American government is
demanding that Saudi Arabia account for its distribution of hate material to
American mosques, as the State Department pressed Saudi officials for answers
last week and as the Senate later this month plans to investigate the
propagation of radical Wahhabism on American shores.
The flurry of activity comes months after a
report from the Center for Religious Freedom discovered that dozens of mosques
in major cities across the country, including New York, Washington, and Los
Angeles, were distributing documents, bearing the seal of the government of
Saudi Arabia, that incite Muslims to acts of violence and promote hatred of Jews
A Washington-based group that is part of
the human rights organization Freedom House, the Center for Religious Freedom
also found during its yearlong study that the Saudi-produced materials describe
democracy and America as un-Islamic. They instruct recent Muslim immigrants to
consider Americans as enemies and the materials urge new arrivals to use their
time here as preparation for jihad. The documents also promote the version of
Islam officially embraced by Saudi government and several of the September 11,
2001, hijackers, Wahhabism, as the only authentic Islam.
In response to the Freedom House report and
as part of the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005 sponsored by Senator
Specter, a Republican of Pennsylvania, the Judiciary Committee - of which
Senator Specter is chairman - will be holding hearings into the hate materials
on October 25, a spokesman for the senator, William Reynolds, said yesterday.
The Accountability Act, introduced in June,
says its purpose is "to halt Saudi support for institutions that fund, train,
incite, encourage, or in any other way aid and abet terrorism, and to secure
fully Saudi cooperation in the investigation of terrorist incidents." The
legislation is highly critical of the House of Saud for its support of terrorist
activity and cites the January Freedom House report as evidence of the kingdom's
complicity in the spread of radical Islamist ideology. As part of the
Accountability Act, Senator Specter has in
the past held Judiciary Committee hearings into Saudi financing of terrorism and
Saudi Arabia's role in injecting ideology into textbooks for Palestinian Arab
Many of the details of the Judiciary
Committee hearing later this month, Mr. Reynolds said, are still being arranged,
including a final witness list. In the meantime, the committee expects testimony
from the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Freedom House,
and terrorism experts. The committee will press to determine whether the Saudi
government has taken steps to stop the distribution of the materials, and will
cull from witnesses recommendations to prevent their future dissemination, Mr.
Also demanding answers about the hate
materials is the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy and
public affairs, Karen Hughes. During a high-profile trip to the Middle East last
week, Ms. Hughes said American representatives had addressed the propagation of
Saudi hate material in America during private meetings with government
In a State Department briefing held en
route to Ankara, Turkey, from Saudi Arabia last Tuesday, Ms. Hughes was asked
why she had raised the issue that day during a public meeting with Saudi
journalists, becoming the first American official to do so publicly. "We had
been raising the issue privately," Ms. Hughes said, "and as part of raising
difficult issues that we need to discuss, I felt it was appropriate." The
undersecretary did not elaborate on the results of the private meetings, but the
degree to which Saudi Arabia is making efforts to stop the propaganda will be a
subject of the Senate hearings, Mr. Reynolds said.
Requests for comment from the Embassy of
Saudi Arabia yesterday were not returned.
By Meghan Clyne
New York Sun
Senate to probe Saudis' jihad propaganda
Demands accountability for spreading 'hate' through U.S. mosques
Posted: October 6, 2005
As the Senate prepares an investigation,
the U.S. State Department is demanding Saudi Arabia account for its distribution
of hate-filled, jihad propaganda through American mosques.
The developments are based on a
yearlong study by a Washington human-rights group asserting the government
of Saudi Arabia is disseminating propaganda through American mosques that
teaches hatred of Jews and Christians and instructs Muslims that they are on a
mission behind enemy lines in a land of unbelievers.
The 89-page report by Freedom House's
Center for Religious Freedom, "Saudi
Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques," concludes the Saudi
government propaganda examined reflects a "totalitarian ideology of hatred that
can incite to violence."
The report says the fact it is "being
mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government,
namely Saudi Arabia, demands our urgent attention."
In response to the report and the Saudi
Arabia Accountability Act of 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold
hearings Oct. 25, the New York Sun reported.
The Accountability Act, introduced in June
by Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., sharply criticizes
the Saudi regime for its support of terrorist activity and, citing the Freedom
House report, its part in spreading the radical Wahhabist ideology shared by
Osama bin Laden and the 9-11 attackers.
The act's purpose is "to halt Saudi support
for institutions that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any other way aid
and abet terrorism, and to secure fully Saudi cooperation in the investigation
of terrorist incidents."
Specter has held Judiciary Committee
hearings into Saudi financing of terrorism and Riyadh's role in injecting
ideology into textbooks for Palestinian Arab schoolchildren, the Sun said.
The hearings this month likely will include
testimony from the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Freedom House and terrorism experts, said William Reynolds, a spokesman for
The State Department's undersecretary for
public diplomacy and public affairs, Karen Hughes, also is demanding answers
from the Saudis, the New York paper reported.
In a visit to Saudi Arabia last week,
Hughes raised the issue in private meetings with government officials. She also
referred to it publicly in a meeting with Saudi journalists.
"We had been raising the issue privately,"
Hughes explained, "and as part of raising difficult issues that we need to
discuss, I felt it was appropriate."
Reynolds said the degree to which Saudi
Arabia is making efforts to stop the propaganda will be a subject of the Senate
15 senators responded to the Freedom House report with a letter to Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice demanding the Bush administration take stronger action
Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Susan
Collins, R-Maine, were among the signers of the letter, which called for the
U.S. to define its relationship Saudi Arabia more clearly.
Schumer stated: "It is a massive
contradiction that a country we call an ally could be both so regressive in
their own country and so brazen in its propagation of anti-American, anti-women,
anti-Semitic books, publications, and practices. American security is undermined
as the Saudi government exports these hateful commodities to millions beyond its
borders, planting the seeds for new generations of terrorists and totalitarian
Collins said the report "raises some
disturbing concerns about the spread of extremist materials in American mosques
and Islamic centers."
"If we are going to win the war on
terrorism, these types of actions cannot be tolerated," she said. "It is
important that the Saudi Arabian government join us in this fight and stop
supporting the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and intolerance around
The Freedom House report cited samples of
more than 200 books and other publications from American mosques used to educate
its members that preach a "Nazi-like hatred for Jews" and "promote contempt for
the United States because it is ruled by legislated civil law rather than by
totalitarian Wahhabi-style Islamic law."
One highlighted document, distributed
through the Saudi Arabian Embassy's Cultural Department in Washington, is a
fatwa against the taking of American citizenship by Muslims and thereby
"acquiescing to their infidelity and accepting all their erroneous ways."
have radicalized 80% of US mosques
Muslim organizations are heavily influenced by Saudi-funded extremists,
according to Yehudit Barsky, an expert on terrorism at the American Jewish
Barsky told The Jerusalem Post last week, these "extremist organizations
continue to claim the mantle of leadership" over American Islam.
The power of the
extremist Wahhabi form of Islam in the United States was created with generous
Saudi financing of American Muslim communities over the past few decades. Over
80 percent of the mosques in the United States "have been radicalized by Saudi
money and influence," Barsky said.
Before the 1970s,
she explained, "Muslim immigrants who came to the United States would build a
store-front mosque somewhere. Then, since the 1970s, the Saudis have been
approaching these mosques and telling them it wasn't proper for the glory of
Islam to build such small mosques."
For many Muslims,
it seemed the Saudis were offering a free mosque. However, Barsky believes for
each mosque they invested in, the Saudis sent along their own imam
[immigrants] were not interested in this [Wahhabi] ideology, and suddenly they
have a Saudi imam coming in and telling them they're not praying properly and
not practicing Shari'a [Islamic law] properly." This Saudi strategy was
being carried out "all over the world, from America to Bangladesh," with the
Saudis investing $70-80 billion in the endeavor over three decades.
Barsky, who heads
the AJC's Division on Middle East and International Terrorism and is the
executive editor of Counterterrorism Watch, said this means that "the people now
in control of teaching religion [to American Muslims] are extremists. Who
teaches the mainstream moderate non-Saudi Islam that people used to have? It's
in the homes, but there's no infrastructure. Eighty percent of the
infrastructure is controlled by these extremists."
The same is true,
Barsky said, of many of the mainstream Muslim organizations in America. Many of
them are "pro-Saudi and pro-Muslim Brotherhood organizations."
As examples, she
listed three important groups: the Islamic Society of North America, which
"supports the Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudi regime;" the Islamic Circle of
North America, which "is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani
Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to
establish the Taliban;" and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR),
"founded in the 1980s by pro-Hamas activists."
The problem is
most acute when it comes to interfaith relations. When advising colleagues on
interfaith work with their Muslim counterparts, Barsky tells them "to proceed
with caution, [since] some of the [extremist] organizations have concluded that
interfaith dialogue is a good way to spread the ideology."
instructions given in Saudi embassy literature - and available in many mosques
throughout the country - which blast Jewish and Christian "corruption and
immorality" and teach Muslims that "the only way to survive is to have no
contact with the infidel Christians and Jews," these organizations reach out to
Jews and Christians.
that interfaith dialogue gives such organizations a public legitimacy that their
ideology would deny them if they expressed it outright.
"So there's a
problem," Barsky concluded, "with knowing who these people are, who is really
moderate. [These organizations] come to the Jewish community to talk about
interfaith, while they still teach anti-Western and anti-Christian doctrines to
their followers. Some of the leaders have even condoned suicide bombings in
Israel and against American armed forces."
Her advice to
American Jewish organizations who want to take part in interfaith activities:
"Take time to learn who they are and what they're saying. It's more complicated
than just respecting each other."
As for finding
true moderates in the American Muslim community, Barsky said such organizations
"have quite a way to go before they will have the level of organization"
displayed by the extremist organizations. "So there's a moderate voice that
hasn't been heard. But it's starting to be heard, and that's because of the
anger over [organizations such as] CAIR claiming the mantle of leadership."
organizations such as the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy and
the Washington-based Center for Islamic Pluralism are both new and "have
gathered under their umbrella a number of moderate organizations."
As for combatting
Islamic radicals in America, Barsky thinks Americans need to change the way they
think about Wahhabi Islam.
States has a hard time understanding the extremists' ideology. Americans don't
like to interfere in the religion of other people. But the reality is that this
isn't religion, but a politicized radical ideology. It's very dangerous," she
warned, adding that the people who are being taught this ideology are prime
targets for recruitment by terror organizations.
"If we don't
understand that [these groups] are dangerous," she concluded simply, "we're
going to suffer the consequences."
Norway: Muslim Violence
May Curtail Oslo Mosque’s Funding
Tuesday 7 March 2006
described the undignified brawling at the Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat mosque in
the district of Gronland, Oslo, at the Friday evening prayer meeting on March
03. In this fighting, the imam of the mainly Pakistani congregation, Malik
Mohammad Raza, was attacked and injured. Knives and bats were used in the
fighting, leading at least three people to be hospitalised.
Yesterday, we mentioned that police had taken five people into custody, in
connection with the violence, which had also involved a local politician from
the Labour party, Khalid Mahmood.
Mahmood claimed that he had been a victim in the attack, and had been injured,
though police reported that there was no evidence to support his claim. The imam
said that Khalid Mahmood had been one of the men who had attacked him.
Aftenposten reports that the administrator of Oslo and Akershus County has
warned that the financial aid which the mosque receives from the state may be
County Governor’s office made a statement on national television, saying that if
illegal activities are linked to the mosque, it could lose its funding from
year, the Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat received the equivalent of $211,000 in
Aftenposten states that financial support to religious institutions is usually
only withdrawn if human rights abuses can be demonstrated.
reported in November last year, Karita Bekkemellen, the Norwegian Equality
Minister said that mosques in Norway which supported wife-beating, such as the
World Islamic Mission in Gronland, Oslo, led by Syed Ikram Jilani, could have
their funding withdrawn.
fighting at the Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat mosque, which has a congregation of
at least 5,000 appears to be the result of squabbles between different factions
within the mosque, struggling for control of the finances.
MONITOR THE MOSQUES
On June 2 and 3, Canadian law enforcement in Toronto arrested 17 Muslim
men for planning terrorist attacks on Canadian targets. The leader of the group,
Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, recruited young Muslim males by speaking at Al-Rahman
Islamic Center for Islamic Education, a storefront mosque in Mississauga.
Law enforcement officials across the globe are
searching for suspects connected to the Toronto 17; American law enforcement has
already discovered at least two terrorism suspects who spoke with members of the
Canadian terrorist cell.
In May 2004, London authorities arrested hook-handed, one-eyed imam Abu Hamza
al-Masri. The United States immediately filed charges against al-Masri and asked
that Britain expedite him for trial. Among other terrorist acts, the indictment
charged al-Masri with attempting to set up a terrorist cell in Oregon. Al-Masri
was also linked to terrorists Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the Sept.
11 plot, and Richard Reid (a.k.a. Tariq Raja and Abdul Rahim), the shoebomber.
Al-Masri was the imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London, where he used his
pulpit to recruit terrorists and preach hate.
In September 2002, American law enforcement arrested six members of a larger
terrorist cell in Buffalo, New York. All six were young Muslim men, and all six
had attended terrorist training in Afghanistan. The leader of the group, Kamal
Derwish, had recruited all six arrested members by speaking at his local mosque
in Lackawanna. All six men pled guilty to terrorism charges.
Mohammed Atta, one of the Sept. 11 hijackers, used a mosque in Hamburg, Germany
to network with potential recruits, including Ramzi Binalshibh, who would act as
a coordinator for the attacks. Two of the potential Sept. 11 terrorists, Nawaf
al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, hooked up with an imam at Rabat Mosque, Anwar
Aulaqi; Aulaqi would later aid al-Hazmi and Mihdhar's replacement, Hani Hanjour,
in relocating east as Sept. 11 approached.
Mosques across the globe have provided material aid to terrorist groups ranging
from al-Qaeda to Islamic Jihad to Hezbollah to Hamas. Muslim terrorists use
mosques as networking sites and often as recruitment centers for future
terrorist comrades. There is no doubt that law enforcement should be heavily
scrutinizing the membership and administration of mosques. Doing so before Sept.
11 could have prevented that catastrophe, just as scrutiny of a small, seemingly
insignificant storefront mosque may have prevented major terrorist attacks in
Canada. Muslim terrorists are, above all, religious. They will attend mosques,
even if only to pray. Forget racial profiling -- monitoring mosques is simple
Leaders in the Muslim community don't seem to get it. "People are suspicious and
there's anger," complains Aly Hindy, imam at the Toronto-based Salaheddin
Islamic Center in Scarborough. "We are being targeted not because of what we've
done, but because of who we are and what we believe in."
No doubt this is true to some extent. But that is the difference between
prevention of crime and after-the-fact investigation of crime. For attempts to
remain attempts, suspects must be stopped in the inchoate processes leading up
to attacks. Prevention is undoubtedly the only option if civilized nations wish
to preserve their citizenries from the sadistic barbarism of our enemies.
Monitoring mosques is the simplest and most effective way of preventing
terrorist attacks. Many imams are trustworthy; many mosques are clean.
Nonetheless, law enforcement must pursue a strategy of "trust, but verify."
Lives depend on it.
Ben Shapiro, 21, is a graduate of UCLA and a student at Harvard Law School. He
is also the author of the recently published "Porn Generation: How Social
Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future" as well as the national best seller
"Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth."
Musharraf bans sale of hate literature
Friday, January 12, 2007 (Islamabad):
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has directed security
agencies to check the misuse of religious places in spreading hatred.
Musharraf ordered a complete ban on the sale of hate literature outside mosques
and banned the use of loudspeakers in mosques other than for Azaan prayers.
Musharraf said that the menace of terrorism could be eliminated only by ensuring
that the religious seminaries are not exploited for agitational activities.
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