Written by Vin Ienco
The first mosque in
The State Street Mosque in
Darul Islam emphasizes a literal translation of the Koran, strict adherence to the words of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and avoiding of assimilating non-Islamic and western influences. The Koran teaches a sustained suspicion and hatred towards non Muslim social, political, religious and educational institutions.
The Darul Islamic movement is influenced in by the ideologies of Sheikh Syed Abul A'ala Mawdudi, a Sunni Pakistani journalist, theologian, Muslim revivalist leader and political philosopher and a major 20th century Islamist thinker from the city of
Mawhudi also founded Jamaat-e-Islami, a group which maintains close ties with international Muslim groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the objectives of Jamaat-e-Islami is the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. They also oppose western ideologies like democracy, capitalism and secularism.
Darul Islam started the first conversions of African-Americans to Islam. They also established prayer areas and mini-mosques in correctional facilities and conversions of prisoners. They were instrumental in getting Muslim Chaplains into the
Although the first mosque was established in
According to the FACT survey, the total number of mosques in the
Dr. Jane I. Smith, co-director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam, located at Hartford Seminary, pointed out that in the 1980’s and 90’s mosques and Islamic centers were built with generous contributions from abroad. Now, she says, most are being constructed by American Muslims. "There now are many affluent Muslims in
Why are Mosques so different to Churches or Synagogues?
On February 23, 2008, WorldNetDaily released an article stating that ‘an undercover survey of more than 100 mosques and Islamic schools in America has exposed widespread radicalism, including the alarming finding that 3 in 4 Islamic centers are hotbeds of anti-Western extremism’.
The Mapping Sharia in America Project, sponsored by the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, has trained former counterintelligence and counterterrorism agents from the FBI, CIA and
“So far of 100 mapped, 75 should be on a watch list,” an official familiar with the project said. Many of the Islamic centers are operating under the auspices of the Saudi Arabian government and
Frank Gaffney, a former Pentagon official who runs the Center for Security Policy, says the results of the survey have not yet been published. But he confirmed that “the vast majority” are inciting insurrection and jihad through sermons by Saudi-trained imams and anti-Western literature, videos and textbooks.
The project, headed by David Yerushalmi, a lawyer and expert on Sharia law, has finished collecting data from the first cohort of 102 mosques and schools. Preliminary findings indicate that almost 80 percent of the groups exhibit a high level of Sharia-compliance and Jihadi threat, including:
* Ultra-orthodox worship in which women are separated from men in the prayer hall and must enter the mosque from a separate, usually back, entrance; and are required to wear hijabs.
* Sermons that preach:
Women are inferior to men and can be beaten for disobedience.
Non-Muslims, particularly Jews, are infidels and inferior to Muslims.
Jihad or support of jihad is not only a Muslim’s duty but the noblest way, and suicide bombers and other so-called “martyrs” are worthy of the highest praise.
An Islamic caliphate should one day encompass the
* Solicitation of financial support for jihad.
* Bookstores that sell books, CD’s and DVD’s promoting jihad and glorifying martyrdom.
Some of the 9/11 hijackers received aid and counsel from one of the largest mosques in the
All across the
They hide in the darkness, under the protection of the First Amendment, call their opponents haters and Islamaphobes and with the help of the Liberals, will conquer the