By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Fox News web site reported tonight that the two Muslims who bombed the Boston Marathon a week ago were motivated by their “faith”. While the story is basically accurate it leaves out much of the background history and controversy that surrounds the Islamic mosque where the brothers worshiped and, in fact, fails to point out that it wasn’t so much “faith” as it was the religious teachings of the Wahhabi brand of Islam that was preached in this mosque. The Wahhabi sect of Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and as is pointed out below, some of the major financing for this mosque came from the government of Saudi Arabia which has been responsible for the financing of almost 80% of all mosques constructed in America. And one other little detail is that the Saudi government insists that one of the conditions for accepting their financial help is that the mosque must distribute Wahhabi literature.
Published April 22, 2013 Associated Press
The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by a radical brand of Islam but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating and charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with crimes that could bring the death penalty.
Thus the mosques constructed in Boston by the Islamic Society of Boston were bound to promote the ultra-conservative, anti-American Wahhabi sect of Islam. Wikipedia contains this information on Wahhabism:
The Saudis have spent at least $87 billion propagating Wahhabism abroad during the past two decades, and the scale of financing is believed to have increased in the past two years. The bulk of this funding goes towards the construction and operating expenses of mosques, madrasas, and other religious institutions that preach Wahhabism. It also supports imam training; mass media and publishing outlets; distribution of textbooks and other literature; and endowments to universities (in exchange for influence over the appointment of Islamic scholars). Some of the hundreds of thousands of non-Saudis who live in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf have been influenced by Wahhabism and preach Wahhabism in their home country upon their return. Agencies controlled by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance are responsible for outreach to non-Muslim residents and are converting hundreds of non-Muslims into Islam every year.
A study conducted by the NGO Freedom House found Wahhabi publications in mosques in the United States. These publications included statements that Muslims should not only “always oppose” infidels “in every way”, but “hate them for their religion … for Allah’s sake”, that democracy “is responsible for all the horrible wars of the 20th century”, and that Shia and certain Sunni Muslims were infidels.
Nine years ago, on January 4, 2004 The Boston Herald ran a story by Jonathan Wells and Kevin Wisniewski with the two opening paragraphs that revealed the terrorist connections of a new mosque about to be built in Boston.
The leader of the Islamic group preparing to build a major new mosque in Boston has deeper involvement with organizations and individuals suspected of funding terrorism than previously disclosed, the Herald has learned.
Records obtained by this newspaper reveal the chairman of the local Islamic Society of Boston, Osama M. Kandil, is one of three directors of Taibah International Aid Association.
The problem is that Taibah International was designated as a terrorist entity by the Treasury Department in 2004. So what do you think the Democratic Party that controlled the government in Boston did? They helped the Muslims build the mosque. In fact, the Democrats, and especially Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, even arraigned a sweetheart deal to sell the Islamic Society of Boston a plot of city-owned land with a market value estimated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority of $401,187.50 for the bargain price of $175,000. Another news source in Boston named The Phoenix published a story on November 24, 2008 with the revealing headline:
The bizarre story behind the construction of Boston’s most controversial building
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN | November 24, 2008
Mayor Menino, in a fit of multicultural ecumenicalism, approved the sale of city-owned land to the mosque for the bargain basement — and still controversial — price of $175,000, plus the promise of in-kind services, including upkeep of nearby parks. The predictable uproar that arose in the wake of not only selling land well below market rates, but also selling it to a religious institution in contravention of the supposed separation of church and state, was supposed to be muffled by making the complex available for community use. But oops — that never happened.
I believe that one of the first people who disclosed the complete details behind this Islamic mosque in Boston was Daniel Pipes who wrote about it on his Middle East Forum web site on October 23, 2003. What is unique about this story is the fact that as the details unfolded over the years, Daniel Pipes continued to follow it and post an astounding 70 Updates between 2003 and 2008. It is truly a detailed saga of events worth reading.
by Daniel Pipes
October 29, 2003
updated Dec 29, 2008
At the groundbreaking in November 2002, local politicians hailed the planned construction of an Islamic Center by the Islamic Society of Boston as a bridge between Islam and Boston’s other religions, the Boston Herald recounted yesterday in the first of a major two-part investigative series. Mayor Thomas M. Menino hailed the center for “creating a space for inter-faith dialog,” and thereby bringing “both the Muslim community and the community at large closer together.” U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (Democrat) predicted the center would “help to create a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims so we may learn more about each others’ traditions.” The Boston Redevelopment Authority, a public agency, was no less enthusiastic about the project and sold a 1.9-acre lot to the Islamic Society of Boston for $175,000, or well under the property’s market value.
All this looks pretty dumb a year later, with revelations in the Herald yesterday that the Islamic Society of Boston is closely associated with:
- Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Islamist whose outspoken backing for Hamas led the Department of State to bar him from entering the United States in 1999; and
- Abdurahman Alamoudi, the American Islamist recently arrested on terrorism-related charges (on him, see “United States of America v. Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi”) who in the past has publicly supported Hamas, Hizbullah, and other terrorist organizations.
Then today’s Herald casts an intense look at:
- Osama M. Kandil, the Islamic Society of Boston’s leader for over a decade. Turns out that in addition being a former instructor at Harvard Medical School and the founder and chairman of an Egyptian pharmaceutical company, Biopharm Group, he is also associated with the notorious Safa group of Saudi businesses and “charities” headquartered outside Washington, D.C. and was a founding director of the Muslim Arab Youth Association, one of the most radical Islamist organizations in the United States.
Menino and Capuano responded today to the initial revelations, Menino by blowing off the charges (“The Islamic community I know is a good community. Two individuals do not make up a whole community”) and Capuano by calling the allegations “pretty serious” and promising “to do my best to learn more.”
The moral of this too-oft-repeated tale is not hard to guess: politicians – and bureaucrats, journalists, clergy, academics, et al. – need to know an Islamic institution is clean of Islamist associations and intentions before endorsing it, much less selling it government-owned land at fire-sale prices. Good will and ecumenical intent cannot substitute for research. (October 29, 2003)
Some additional details of equal interest from Daniel Pipes story was the update on October 23, 2004:
Oct. 13, 2004 update: And speaking of “politicians’ red faces” – who should have written a warm letter of congratulations to the Islamic Society of Boston on the occasion of its groundbreaking, dated Nov. 7, 2002, but John Kerry?
Oct. 21, 2005 update: Jerry McDermott, a Boston City councilor, sent a letter to constituents in which he made two allegations about the ISB transaction (I leave the original punctuation of the letter unchanged):
- An employee of the BRA Mohamed Ali Salam who was instrumental in making the deal is also a member of the Islamic Society of Boston. He is a major fundraiser for the ISB. This raises a conflict of interest. I believe the official at the BRA acted alone and will be fired.
- someone at the BRA knew the land was being sold to buyers from Saudi Arabia. The documents for this land transaction were signed by the BRA and mailed to Saudi Arabia and notarized at the US Consulate. The money for the new Mosque has questionable origins. The content of what will be preached at the Mosque is also an area of concern.
McDermott added this on the Saudi angle:
- McDermott stressed that the most important new discovery he made about the sale was its connection to Saudi Arabia. “The biggest area of concern is that the deed was signed and notarized at the U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia, which is known for practicing one brand of Islam – Wahabism – that’s certainly not known to be peaceful.”
When you dance with the devil you’re going to get burned. Or maybe some others standing near you will become the victims. I wonder if Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has any regrets today for helping the Islamic Society of Boston get their mosque built? I doubt the thought even crosses his mind. Neither the Democrats or the liberal mainstream news media will admit that the hate-filled passages contained in the Qur’an is the motivating factor in all of the terrorist attacks. Not some organized plot or wide spread movement, just a whole lot of individuals who suddenly discover what their religion expects them to be. The fact is the major news outlets like the Associated Press advise their reporters not to identify the Islamic religion of those news stories about arrests. Just like the latest coming from Canada about the two Muslims who were arrested for plotting to blow up some trains from Toronto to the U.S. Notice how they blame it on al-Qaida and while they mention the names they do not mention the religion. But it is hopeful that after the admissions made about the Boston Marathon bombers being motivated by their faith there will be a policy change and then people will begin to see the connection.
Two Are Accused in Canada of Plotting Train Derailment
By IAN AUSTEN
Published: April 22, 2013
OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Monday announced the arrest of two men who are accused of planning to derail a passenger train in an Al Qaeda-linked plot.
The suspects were identified as Chiheb Esseghaier, 35, who has been living in Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 30, of Toronto. The police said the men were not Canadian citizens, but declined to identify their nationalities or to describe their immigration status in Canada.
Just for the record the Islamic Society of Boston runs more than one mosque in Boston. The mosque that Mayor Thomas M. Menino helped the ISOB get built is in the Roxbury suburb of Boston. The Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, another suburb of Boston.
And a further note about the special treatment the Islamic Society of Boston receives from the Democrat-controlled city government is mentioned in this 2008 update in Daniel Pipes’ story.
July 24, 2008 update: A reader, the producer of L’Afrique (lafrique.com), was surprised to see that the Roxbury Crossing station of the Boston area subway system sports a painting of the nearby Islamic Society of Boston mosque and other Islamic themes. He sent me pictures of the still-unfinished mural and its surroundings, one of which I reproduce here. (For the others, click here, here, here, here, and here).
Comment: As the photographer points out, the Boston public transportation system does not sport crosses, stars of David, or other religious insignia. How did this exception come about? One hopes that Bostonians are not so beat down by ISB litigiousness that they have lost all curiosity about that institution’s activities.
And why didn’t the FBI see anything suspicious about the Muslim terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the Russian government alerted them? The revelation that the FBI looked into Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible link to terrorist groups but gave him a clean bill of health, has drawn several days of criticism from lawmakers and now the promise of congressional probes, according to the Washington Times. I am only guessing but just maybe after Barck Hussein Obama had the government purge all references to the words “terrorist”, “Islam” and “Muslim” from the FBI field manuals, the agents were not allowed to look into those areas in their investigation.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.