Hamas mosques and supporters are getting on TV in the wake of the New Zealand atrocity.
When Muslims from Palestine began to arrive in places such as Chicago in the late 1930’s, they banded together and worked toward building a mosque. These Muslims did not sell counterfeit cigarettes, or rob people. Instead, they scrimped, and saved from the money earned at bake sales. This was people working towards a future, living the American dream.
As the years went by, a new wave of immigrants arrived, after the Six-Day War.
In this case, these were people with deep pockets and connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. When one such person approached the Chicago Muslims, they welcomed his help in realizing their dream of a mosque.
But what his new friends did not know was that he was working behind their back. He was warning his contacts in the Brotherhood that American Muslim were in danger of going astray.
One mosque fundraising brochure warned that Chicago’s Muslims were at risk of “melting in the American society, culture and lifestyle.” A plea to a Saudi charity asked for money “before it becomes too late and we may lose our children because they are living in an unIslamic society.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0402080265feb08-story.html
Now things happened much faster with his help. By Ramadan of 1981, the mosque opened its doors.
Almost immediately, the new mosque leaders made major changes.
They removed Khalil Zayid as prayer leader and replaced him with someone who had more training, Ahmad Zaki Hammad, a conservative Islamic scholar from Egypt. He quickly angered the congregation’s women by chastising them for smoking.
Then the mosque leaders asked religious authorities in Jordan to send an assistant prayer leader. The authorities sent Masoud Ali Masoud, a 57-year-old Palestinian who worked for Jordan’s religious affairs ministry.
He also belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that believed in spreading a strict form of Islam and creating states governed by Islamic law.
Soon, mosque leaders–adhering to a strict interpretation of Islam–told the congregation’s women to cover their hair and wear looser clothing. Women were separated from the men during social events.
The Brotherhood stole the Bridgeview mosque from American Muslims and turned it into a nest of Hamas activity.
The Bridgeview Mosque is related to the Quranic Literacy Institute, Islamic Association for Palestine, Muhamad Salah, Mohammed Sawalha, the assassination of David Boim, the American Muslims for Palestine, in short, to the not-so-secret history of Islamic jihad in America.
The Bridgeview Mosque should be about as welcome in your living room as a hooded Klansman.
Police on alert for threats to Chicago mosques after New Zealand shootings
CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) – Authorities will be on increased alert for any threats to Chicago mosques after shootings that left at least 49 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Special attention will be given to Chicago mosques as a precaution,” the Chicago Police Department wrote in a tweet. Officials added there were “no known threats” to the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said an attack on any place of worship is “an attack on all places of worship.”
“It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that, following the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh, the first community that spoke up and offered support was the Muslim community. The first group that offered financial support was the Muslim community. I want all of our Muslim brothers and sisters to know that Chicago welcomes them and welcomes their sincerity of prayer for our common humanity,” said Emanuel.
The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is asking members of the public to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior, including vehicles parked in odd locations or unattended packages or bags.
“Our residents are our first line of defense in identifying and reporting any threats to public safety,” DHSEM Executive Director William Barnes, said in a statement. “Always be aware of your surroundings and do not hesitate to alert authorities to anything that appears unusual or out of place.”
Anyone who notices unusual items or suspicious people watching or gathering information about facilities is asked to call the department’s “If You See Something, Say Something” anti-terrorism campaign at (855) 777-8274.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Friday called for increased security at mosques, schools and community centers.
“In the wake of this tragedy, we urge mosques, Islamic schools and other community institutions in the United States and around the world to take stepped-up security precautions, particularly during times of communal prayer,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in the statement.
CAIR condemned “the apparent anti-Muslim hate and anti-immigrant hate that motivated the attacks.”
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago also condemned the attacks in a statement and called for the international community to “renounce any ideology that seeks to justify the murder of any group of people based solely upon their faith.”
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