ATTENTION FLORIDA READERS!
Tonight, a protest will be taking place in front of the Commission Chambers
of Pompano Beach City Hall, at 100 West Atlantic Boulevard
Brigitte Gabriel writes with this alarming development — further proof of the Muslim Brotherhood project;
Islamist Center of South Florida
Front Page Magazine,| July 11, 2006
Radical mosques are being built across the United States at an alarming rate,
all tethered to a fanatical strain of Islam emanating from Saudi Arabia. And
while so many have gone up, not one has come down. Not even Brooklyn, New York’s
Al-Farooq Mosque, which housed al-Qaeda’s American hub in the early 90’s, the
Alkifah Refugee Center, has met its demise. Recently, a new mosque of this kind
was given the green light, a 29,000 square foot goliath, smack in the middle of
South Florida. Tonight, a group of community leaders will be voicing their
concern in protest. (please read how you can participate tonight in the protest
at the end of this article. Brigitte)
The mosque in question is the brainchild of the Islamic Center of South
Florida (ICOSF), also known as the Pompano Masjid. According to ICOSF, the
center’s mosque goers need more space. But besides the new basketball court,
soccer field, preschool and daycare facility that the new center provides them,
there are also troubling facts that cannot be overlooked and that are forever
adjoined to those involved in its creation – beginning with the mosque’s past
and present websites.
On every page of the ICOSF website is a link to the site, Islamic Finder, a
good source for anti-Semitic and misogynistic propaganda. In the Islamic Finder article, entitled "50 Signs of the Day of Judgment," an impending war is discussed between Muslims and "the
Jews plus other non-Muslims led by the Antichrist." According to the article,
the Antichrist "will be followed by 70,000 Jews." Another Islamic Finder article describes in which instances and to what
degree a husband is allowed
to beat his wife. It states, "It is important that a wife recognizes the
authority of her husband in the house. He is the head of the household, and she
is supposed to listen to him… If there arises any disagreement or dispute among
them, then it should be resolved in a peaceful manner… However, in some cases a
husband may use some light disciplinary action in order to correct the moral
infraction of his wife…"
On the previous ICOSF website, www.icsfl.org, there were troubling links, as
well, including links to such Islamist organizations as the Islamic Society of
North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), both of
which were founded by members of the violent Muslim Brotherhood. There was also
a link to the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), an organization that was
shut down after an 11-count indictment, issued
by the U.S. Justice Department, alleged that the group operated websites that
"promoted terrorism through suicide bombings and using airplanes as
The Imam of ICOSF is Hassan Sabri. Sabri grew up in Qalqilya of the
"Palestinian Territories" and came to the United States via a "special
travel document" issued by Israel that expired 19 years ago. Sabri is not
grateful to Israel, though, as he has referred to it as a "brutal country," and
in April of 2002, he attended an anti-Israel rally at Miami’s Holocaust
Memorial, where his group made light of Nazi atrocities.
Another disturbing event that Sabri participated in took place in September
of 2002, entitled ‘A United and Secure
Florida For All.’ At the function, Sabri was featured along with a large
group of Islamic extremists. They included: Zulfiqar Ali Shah, the former South
Asian head of the Hamas charity, KindHearts; Khalid Hamza, a professor that used
a Texas A & M University internet forum to defend Palestinian Islamic Jihad
leader, Sami Al-Arian; Ahmed Bedier, Al-Arian’s unofficial spokesman; Parvez
Ahmed, the National Chairman of the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR); Altaf Ali, the Florida Executive Director of CAIR; and Rafiq
Mehdi, the Imam of the mosque where ‘Dirty Bomber’ Jose Padilla is said to have
converted to Islam.
In the beginning of 2003, shortly before the commencement of the War in Iraq,
this author found himself on a radio show (taped for television), The Steve
Kane Show, with Sabri. We were brought there to debate the creation of
another mosque, one in Boca Raton, Florida: the Islamic Center of Boca Raton
(ICBR). It was my contention that, due to the numerous ties to terrorism ICBR
had, the project was nothing less than a threat to the community. After hearing
what Sabri said (and reading everything above), one should feel no different
about his mosque.
On the show, Sabri agreed with the statement that Jews have no right to
Jerusalem and that Allah should rid the Jews of the land.
Host: In your volumes of material there, can you give me a quote that
refers to taking actions that could be interpreted as terrorist, violence,
anything like that?
Kaufman: Yes. And again, the articles that they have on their website,
many of them were written by this same individual who wrote this anti-Jewish
material. "Hence it is clear that the Jews have no right to the land, whether
according to religious law or in terms of who lived there first and possessed
the land. They are aggressors, who are seizing the land by force. We ask Allah
to rid Beit Al-Maqdis," which is Jerusalem according to Muslims, "of them sooner
rather than later."
Sabri: Amen. I say amen.
Host: Oh, you agree?
Sabri: Yes, of course. I am a Palestinian, and I think the Israelis came
from Poland and Russia and kicked us out and are still treating us according to
the worst kind of treatment, and I pray to Allah to uplift the suffering of the
Palestinians, day and night.
Sabri then rationalized an Islamic quote about a future extermination of the
Kaufman: Now, the same individual that wrote that
– wrote the anti-Semitic material – put on his website, ‘The Jews will fight
you, and you will prevail over them, until a rock will say "Oh Muslim, here is a
Jew behind me, come and kill him."
Sabri: Okay, wait a minute. Now, I need to comment
on that. This happens to be a prophesy by the Prophet. It is not a statement of
a Sheikh. It is not a statement of Bin Laden. This is a prophecy. Our Prophet,
peace be upon him, told us about the latter days, exactly like the Christians
believe in Armageddon. In the latter days, Muslims believe in the same thing,
the final battle between right and wrong.
Host: And what’s supposed to happen with Iraq in this battle?
Sabri: It doesn’t mention Iraq, actually. But it mentions Palestine, and
it mentions the Jews and says – there’s actually another statement by the
Prophet. This was said and documented, by the way. Hundreds of years ago, before
Israel was established, it says that the Jews will be on the west of the river,
and the Muslims on the east. You know that – talking about the River Jordan. It
also says that ‘You will fight them,’ that the Messiah will return again, that
the Jews will have a false Messiah.
Later, Sabri defended then-ICBR Imam Ibrahim Dremali’s appearance as a
character witness for Adham Hassoun, during Hassoun’s hearing for his
involvement as a leader in an Al-Qaeda and Hamas related charity, the Global
Kaufman: The Global Relief Foundation, which the
mosque, itself, gave $17,000 to – the Global Relief Foundation, as I said, was
found by the United States and the United Nations to be a terrorist charity. Who
showed up to the hearing for the gentleman that was arrested from the Global
Relief Foundation, in this country, in South Florida, in Sunrise, Florida, but
the Imam, himself. He was there at the hearing to defend this individual. The
Imam is Ibrahim Dremali… He’s going to be the Imam of the new mosque. He went to
the hearing to defend…
Host: "Alright. I would like to get the Imam to respond."
Sabri: Regarding the Global Relief Foundation, it was a foundation that
was licensed under the United States government as a charity, and Muslims are
required to give part of their earnings every year, two-point-five percent, as
charity to people who are in need, not unlike most religions who have these
charities. Those who gave money to this organization, before it was declared an
organization with ties to Hamas or to illegal groups outlawed by the U.S., were
giving money to an organization that is official and that is recognized as a
charitable organization. The challenge is, after that, if anybody gave it money
or anybody funneled money through it, to these organizations, then they should
Host: That’s a fair point, but Joe seemed to indicate, if I understood
him correctly, that after this charity was exposed as a terrorist organization,
this particular Imam, who would head this mosque up here, spoke in defense after
they were accused.
Sabri: Well, when somebody’s accused, you have people – any case – you
have people who are with and against him. You have lawyers who are defending
him. It doesn’t mean….
Host: Does it give you pause that, even after this organization was
identified as a terrorist organization, this Imam defended them? Doesn’t that
give you pause?
Sabri: Well, like I told you, if he’s defending a particular person, that
he knows, himself, that this person is good or this person does not do anything
illegal, and he went there as a witness, there is nothing wrong with going… But
if he’s defending something that is doing something illegal or something wrong,
I think he is wrong and he should not be doing it. It depends what exactly he
was doing. Did he go there to say that I know this person, I know Steve Kane for
a long time, I don’t think that he’s doing these things, okay, as a character
witness or these things, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Sabri, shortly after, admitted that he knew of a $600,000 loan that ICBR
received from the Global Relief Foundation for the creation of its new Boca
mosque. But on the show, while he said that he knew some of the people at ICBR,
Sabri never disclosed his own association with the center, specifically as an
In March 2000, the following was found on the ICBR website: "Upcoming
activities: New weekly tafseer [Quran interpretation] class on Wednesday
by Sheikh Hassan Sabri, Imam of Pompano Masjid." This information was located in
the same section that a link to the website "Jihad in Chechnya"
was found. That site, http://www.qoqaz.net, was created in the name
of Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s mentor. Its purpose was to raise funds and
recruit fighters for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It also acted as a portal to the
official site of Hamas.
None of the above was considered, when the Pompano Beach City Council took up
the issue of whether or not to grant a "special exemption" for a brand new
center to ICOSF. (The land for the center was located in a residential
district.) On June 13, 2006, City Council gave the go-ahead to begin
construction, by voting 3-2 to change the zoning of the proposed site from
residential to commercial, thus allowing for a religious facility, in the form
of a 29,000 square foot Mediterranean-style mosque, to be built in Northwest
Pompano, which consists of heavily Christian, black neighborhoods.
This vote left many in the community questioning the wisdom (or lack thereof)
of this decision. Some reasons
given included: distasteful Muslim business practices, the Muslim occupation
of an all-Christian area, and the purpose of making Muslim converts out of
easily influenced young black males. While those may or may not be valid
concerns for the community, the one concern which there was little discussion
about (from what was reported in the media) was that of terrorism. Yet, with regard to the history of the Islamic Center of South
Florida, the subject of terrorism has been all too important. That being the
case, this possible threat should not be a footnote, but should instead be the
Tonight, a protest will be taking place in front of the Commission Chambers
of Pompano Beach City Hall, at 100 West Atlantic Boulevard, in an effort to
convince those that govern the city that this decision was wrong and it should
be rescinded immediately. (ACT members: Please show up tonight and do your
part to protect your community. Send this information to all your friends in the
area. Together we can make a difference. Brigitte)
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