A Summary Report on Open Mosque Day in Southern California
October 27, 2013
Prepared by a team of activist investigators
Sunday, October 27, 2013 was Open Mosque Day at 23 mosques and Islamic Centers in Southern California. California has 246 mosques – 120 of them in the Southern California area. It is second only to the Greater New York area with 192 mosques. An invitation communiqué from the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California assured non-Muslims that “Muslims are happy to answer questions about their religion.”
An Orange County Register article on the Open Mosque Day event noted:
Roughly 500,000 Muslims from 100 different ethnic backgrounds live in Southern California. The event has been successful in helping local Muslim organizations develop rapport with other religious communities.
“We have seen very formalized relationships between mosques and churches and mosques and synagogues,” said Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council. “And that has really resulted in working together in coalitions and alliances and (on) issues that impact not just a particular group of individuals but many religious organizations.”
Syed cited a number of instances in which Christian and Jewish groups in Southern California have stood by Muslims, and vice versa – a direct result of the relationships built through past Open Mosque Days.
When  UC Irvine [and Riverside] Muslim students were arrested and [later convicted] for disrupting former Israeli Ambassador [Michael Oren’s] speech in [February 2010], a number of Christian and Jewish groups publicly supported the students and the Shura Council’s protest, Syed said.
Against this background a group of investigator activists attended and reported on exchanges with Imams and Mosque members at:
- Islamic Center of Orange County, Garden Grove;
- Omar Al-Farouk Mosque, Anaheim, California;
- Islamic Center of Irvine;
- King Fahd Mosque, Culver City; and,
- Islamic Center of South Bay, Lomita
Based on reports from those who visited the mosques, their hosts were very cordial. The visitors were provided with refreshments, guided tours, and even question-and-answer sessions about the mosque and Islam in general. However the answers to ideological questions left more than a few visitors disappointed and they felt their intelligence was insulted by the evasive answers. Taqiyyah –religiously sanctioned dissimilitude; i.e., lying for Allah—was very much in evidence.
For those unfamiliar with this term, the Qur’anic reference to taqiyyah is Surah 3:28: ‘’Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense.” The Arabic word for self-defense here is tuqah which means to guard against. In Reliance of the Traveller, section r8.2 on Permissible Lying, it says, “When it is possible to achieve such an aim (as advancing Islam) by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory. . . . But it is religiously more precautionary in all such cases to employ words that give a misleading impression, meaning to intend by one’s words something that is literally true, in respect to which one is not lying, while the outward purport of the words deceives the hearer . . . .” As we will see below, the hosts at the mosques could not defend their ideology by telling the truth, so they resorted to lying.
The expansion of mosques in America is proceeding at a rapid pace, underwritten by oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The number of mosques and Islamic Centers almost doubled from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2011, most of this increase occurring after the Islamic terror attack on 9/11/01. It is estimated that 80% of the new establishments are sponsored (and guided) by the Wahhabi sect in Saudi Arabia, with their U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood affiliates operating as the front-men for the projects. (See Chapter 8, “Mosques, Enclaves, Victory,” in Erick Stakelbeck’s 2013 book ,The Brotherhood, America’s Next Great Enemy.) In 1995, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, boasted at an Islamic conference in Ohio, “We will conquer Europe; we will conquer America, not through the sword but through da’wah [proselytizing].” He has since been banned from entering the U.S.
But da’wah and taqiyyah seem to work only among the uninformed. Sooner or later, however, the converts to Islam will read the actual sacred texts of Islam and realize that the sweet words and deceptive answers to questions about Islam are not true. It is reported that 75% of the converts to Islam leave the faith within a few years. (See: http://somalifreethinkers.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-muslims-are-leaving-islam.html ) Muslims themselves acknowledge that over 6 million Muslims leave Islam every year. Truth has a way of catching up with falsehood.
In view of the prevalent deception during Open Mosque Day, it is important to pay close attention to the answers given to the ideological issues that are of most concern to non-Muslims. The following is a compilation of the issues discussed at various mosques along with the truth found in the recognized sacred Islamic texts.
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