Support For Al Qaeda Terrorists Was Preached At New England’s Largest Mosque

MA Senator Liz Warren and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh greet Al Qaeda terrorist supporter Imam Abdullah Faaruuq at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on December 11, 2016.

MA Senator Liz Warren and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh greet Al Qaeda terrorist supporter Imam Abdullah Faaruuq at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on December 11, 2016.

Daily Caller, by Ilya Feokistov, January 16 2017:

Speaking at an interfaith event at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in mid-December, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren told a crowd of 2,600: “Now is a time when we must be willing to say loud and clear there is no room for bigotry anywhere in the United States of America — none.”

Ironically, the very room at the largest mosque in New England where she was making her speech has been the site of some of the most vicious religion-driven bigotry in Boston. A newly unearthed video reveals that when the politicians leave and the media cameras are no longer rolling, the ISBCC mosque serves as a forum for supporters of convicted Al Qaeda terrorists who use the mosque to call for jihad against America and demand that Muslims fight to bring this nation “to its knees.”

On September 24, 2011, the ISBCC hosted an event, titled, “Reclaiming Power and Protecting Our  Communities,” which featured families of several convicted terrorists and Islamist hate preachers, who accused the Obama administration of a broad conspiracy to falsely convict and imprison American Muslims as part of a general war against Islam. Among the examples given at the at the ISBCC event were no fewer than twenty-two U.S.-based individuals convicted of material support for Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and several other designated terrorist groups.

Among these were Tarek Mehanna, whose brother spoke at the ISBCC event, Aafia Siddiqui, Tarik Shah, whose mother spoke at the event, Ehsanul “Shifa” Sadequee, whose sister spoke at the event, Yassin Aref, four leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, Syed Fahad Hashmi, whose brother spoke at the event, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, Sami Al Arian, Ziyad Yaghi, the North Carolina Seven, of whom Ziyad Yaghi was a part, and Mohammed Warsame.

All of these individuals have been sentenced to decades in prison for terrorism-related felonies. Their crimes and sentences are detailed in the links on their names.

After asking whether there were any law enforcement officers in the audience and insisting that no one tapes the event, the ISBCC speakers launched into extended tirades against the United States. The sister of Shifa Sadequee, sentenced to 17 years for material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (the Pakistani terrorist group behind the Mumbai Massacre) denounced “the violence of the US government” for prosecuting her brother. “This community is under siege in all facets of its existence,” claimed the brother of Ziyad Yaghi, who got 15 years for trying to provide military equipment to Al Qaeda. “It’s become marginalized or criminalized to be Muslim in America right now.  Why do I say this?  I say this because of the various cases [of prosecuted terrorists] that you see on the wall.”

This topic was personal for ISBCC leaders. The mosque has had a long and intimate connection with several of the convicted terrorists who were defended and praised at the event. Among them is the founder of the Islamic Society of Boston, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, sentenced to 23 years for moving funds to Al Qaeda. In fact, since 9/11, thirteen leaders and worshippers at the ISBCC and its sister mosque in Cambridge have been either imprisoned, killed by law enforcement, or declared fugitives from the law because of their support for terrorism.

The major focus of the event, however, was the plight of two particular prominent worshippers at the Islamic Society of Boston: Tarek Mehanna and Aafia Siddiqui. An ISBCC preacher named Abdullah Faaruuq, who spoke at the event, told the audience that he was a close friend and mentor to Mehanna and Siddiqui.

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Ilya Feokistov is Director of Research, Americans for Peace and Tolerance

2 thoughts on “Support For Al Qaeda Terrorists Was Preached At New England’s Largest Mosque

  1. it’s unfortunate that ms. warren needs to take a long look in the mirror before voicing less than truthful comments .

    • I wrote this to Bret Stephens of the WSJ..Do you think it has merit. Dear Mr. Stephens:

      I read your article on “On Palestinian Statehood” published in the 1/10/17 edition of the WSJ. Since then things have gotten worse with Hamas and the PLA joining together and calling for elections which no doubt will lead to the same dictatorial results and perhaps even worse with increased radicalization in the West Bank.

      My comments on your article are more in the nature of questioning. I have been practicing law for the past 37 years, 21 of which have been at the address below. My principal client is a Muslim from Kosovo; a very good and decent man who achieved success in this country with herculean efforts. But, I have also represented other Muslims, one of whom, from the former Yugoslavia built the Musa Mosque located on 189th Street, about two blocks from my office. Again, a fine and decent man. Indeed, I have probably represented about as many Muslims as I have fingers and toes and all, without exception, have been and are good and honest people; a privilege and an honor to be entrusted with their legal affairs. These Muslims have come from Kosovo, India, Jordan, the United States, Pakistan. They have been black and white and colors in between.

      So, my comment in the form of questioning is whether the West and non Muslims can do something to encourage this type of moderation of view and action in those areas of the world where radical Islam, secular and religious, is in the forefront. In my readings of medieval Jewish history, one comes across the greatness of the Golden Age of Islam, of Averroes and Avicenna, who, either having translated ancient Greek works of Plato and Aristotle and others or having received Arabic translations from Syriac Christians, applied the rule of reason to the revelation of God from the prophet Mohammed. In my faith, Saadya Gaon of the 10th and 11th centuries drew from the Kalam (“Islamic scholastic theology”) and wrote in works like his “Beliefs and Opinions” of interpreting revelation (ie Mosaid) through the use of reason. Indeed, in Iraq, there were the meetings of the “Brethren of Purity,” philosophers of Islam and other faiths debating faith with the only requirement that reason be used to justify any argument. In that grouping came even members of the Dhariya sect who were, in fact, atheists. From the Kalam and such meetings came core principles espousing the belief that belief in any revelation, Christian, Jewish, etc., meant that the believers were moral and ethical people and that conversion was unnecessary. This belief in the application of reason is of course not new to the Christian world. Hegel espoused such a view as running throughout history consistent with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

      My point is that the use of reason is a characteristic of humanity, a gift if you will from God, and that this point was particularly raised by Islamic scholars over a thousand years ago. So, would it not be worthwhile to try and combat radical Islam, and for that matter any other radical interpretations of revelation, to call for an ecumenical council of scholars and theologians to debate and, yes, agree on such core principles of faith and belief, as the sanctity of all human life, of respect and tolerance of all beliefs, of enjoining forced efforts at conversion, of renunciation of violence, of even of a love of one’s neighbor, and a dedication to reason and not blind hatred. Members of all faiths could meet, to debate, and most importantly to educate. These efforts might translate into another path, one of peace and reason, especially for young Muslims, to pursue.

      I am not blind to the fact that this is no panacea. You should know that even if such an idea has merit, that there will be forces of brutality brought to bear to combat such an effort. In the 11th century, the Islamic hermit Ibn Tumart became the inspiration for violent Islamic armies like the Almohades who rampaged through North Africa and Spain killing infidels and even fellow Moslems who were liberal and scientific in their opinions. The Almohades ruled for over one hundred years. Their modus operandi was to convert, expel or kill. Indeed, even Averroes had to flee from them and it is written that he may have met the Jewish scholar, Maimonides, also a rationalist, as they both fled their homes.

      My hope, based upon what I have seen and learned in representing Muslims over the past 20 years, is that this is not a pipe dream. The violence of radical Islam will not easily disappear, but perhaps the use of reason coming from and being taught by religious scholars can be a tool to lessen it and perhaps to defeat it. Thank you for your attention.

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