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Nest of Islamic Radicalism in Boston

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An up-close look at the Islamic Society of Boston, where the Chechen terrorists who bombed the Marathon on April 15 occasionally mosqueattended worship services.

The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) was established in 1981 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help local Muslims “preserve their Islamic identity” and “observe their obligations as Muslims.” Promoting “a comprehensive and balanced view” of Islam's “universal and timeless” teachings, ISB “strive[s] to embody the 'middle path' to which the Qur’an calls—a path of moderation that is free of extremism.”

ISB was founded by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence on terrorism charges. One of ISB’s original trustees (for at least 19 years) was Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. At ISB's Cambridge library in 2003, an official of the interfaith group Americans for Peace and Tolerance found a number of jihadi texts as well as writings by the late Muslim Brotherhood leader Sayyid Qutb, who pioneered the ideology that Islamic terror groups like al-Qaeda embrace today.

ISB's Cambridge mosque is operated by the Muslim American Society (MAS), which federal prosecutors have identified as an American front for the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2009, ISB members founded a sister mosque, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), in Boston's Roxbury section. Saudi funding sources supplied more than half of the $15.5 million that was used to create the new facility. Also key to ISBCC's successful launch was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's decision to make available, at a small fraction of market value, the land on which the Cultural Center was to be built.

ISB's Cambridge and Boston mosques are both owned by the Islamic Society of Boston Trust. Sheik Basyouny Nehela, who serves as Imam of the Cambridge mosque, is a board-of-directors member of the Boston mosque.

Over the years, a significant number of ISB officials and attendees (in addition to the aforementioned Abdurahman Alamoudi) have been implicated in terrorist activities and affiliations. For example:

ISB made headlines in the spring of 2013, when it was reported that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Muslim Chechen brothers who detonated a pair of deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, had occasionally attended worship services at ISB's Cambridge mosque. In the aftermath of the bombing, ISB advised its members: “If you get contacted by the FBI, please know your rights. You have the right to legal representation. Please contact the ACLU—they have lawyers in the legal department who are present and ready to talk to you.”

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