Wednesday, March 10, 2004

(Via Jihad Watch) The Boston Herald is back on the case, checking into some of the statements of the Islamic Society of Boston concerning the building of their new, large Mosque. After declaiming any current connection with radical cleric, Dr. Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, including on this web site, the Society appears to be attempting a bit of slight of hand, practicing the sadly familiar technique of "one thing in English, another in Arabic." In its promotional literature, according to the Herald, an endorsement appears from Mr. Qaradawi - in the Arabic, not the English version.

Boston Herald: Islamic radical tied to new Hub mosque

A towering new mosque soon to join the Boston skyline has the secret endorsement of a radical, anti-Western cleric who preaches Muslims will one day ``conquer'' the United States.

The endorsement of the $22 million mosque and cultural center project in Roxbury by the cleric, Dr. Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, appears prominently in an Arabic-language brochure published last year by the Islamic Society of Boston, which is the group Mayor Thomas M. Menino has approved to construct the mosque.

Al-Qaradawi's enthusiastic backing of the project is nowhere to be found in the group's English-language brochure.

After the backers of the mosque denied any connection to the radical sheik in October, the Herald obtained a copy of the Arabic brochure, had it independently translated and discovered al-Qaradawi's endorsement of the project.

The influential Qatar-based cleric is best known for his public support of the terrorist group Hamas and his religious rulings applauding suicide bombings, positions which caused the U.S. State Department in 1999 to bar him from entering the United States.

Beyond that, however, al-Qaradawi also promises that eventually Islam will prevail over all other religions and a single Islamic state will rule the world.

Al-Qaradawi says some countries will fall to the armed Islamic jihad, but in others, such as the United States, victory will come through Da'awa - the teaching of Islam to non-Muslims - which will trigger Westerners to convert to Islam ``in droves.''

``We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through (the) sword, but through Da'awa,'' al-Qaradawi told members of the Muslim Arab Youth Association at the group's 1995 convention in Toledo, Ohio.

In its Arabic language brochure, the Islamic Society of Boston states that al-Qaradawi is one of ``several international Islamic personalities who are working to support the project.''

The pamphlet quotes ``a video recording taped specifically to support the project'' in which al-Qaradawi says: ``This is one of the greatest projects, and supporting it is one of the best deeds, and establishing it is a step that will greatly benefit Islam and Muslims. May Allah reward well those overseeing it.''

The Herald has reported that a videotape message by al-Qaradawi was shown during a November 2002 fund-raiser for the project at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

The importance of the Boston mosque project to al-Qaradawi and other supporters is made clear by the soaring height - 120 feet - of the minaret tower planned for the site. In Islam, the height of a mosque's minaret represents the power and influence of the Muslims who worship there.

In the society's Arabic-language brochure, one of its directors, Walid A. Fitaihi, said the Boston mosque's minaret will be the tallest in the country.

``This is a dream for generations of Muslims which is beginning to be accomplished here in the heart of the city of Boston,'' Fitaihi said. ``We will build, with Allah's permission, an Islamic cultural center and we will raise the tallest minaret on a mosque in the United States.''

Al-Qaradawi's active support of the Boston mosque - in Arabic only - contradicts the society's statements in English about its relationship with the cleric.

In October, the society said: ``Dr. Yousef al-Quaradawi has never played any role in the ISB.''

On its Web site, the society claims it has no ``significant or longstanding relationship'' with al-Qaradawi and its only dealings with al-Qaradawi came in 1993, ``long before he was considered a controversial figure.'' He was offered a position as an honorary trustee, but declined, the society said.

However, records show al-Qaradawi's name was listed on federal tax forms as recently as 2001 as a member of the society's board of directors. When questioned by the Herald in October, the society claimed that was an ``administrative oversight.''

Asked to explain al-Qaradawi's endorsement in the Arabic brochure, the society's lawyer, Albert Farrah, declined comment.

Meanwhile, in March 2003, al-Qaradawi issued a religious ruling, a fatwa, encouraging Muslim women, as well as men, to become suicide bombers in the name of Allah and jihad.

Since that ruling, two female suicide bombers have blown themselves up in Israel, killing 25 people. [Aside: Thank you, Herald, for providing the proper perspective/background that almost no other news outlet does. Well done. -Sol]

Now in his late 70s, al-Qaradawi is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood - a group widely viewed as the oldest and most influential radical Islamic organization in the world.

According to its Web site, the Muslim Brotherhood's ultimate objective is ``mastering the world with Islam.''

In the follow-up article, the Herald takes aim once again at Dr. Walid Ahmad Fitaihi and his antisemitic comments, again made only in Arabic of course. Last time out, Fitaihi claimed the MEMRI translation of his statements was flawed, and I took the Herald to task for lazy reporting for not bothering to commission their own translation. Well, they did do their own translation this time, and guess what? MEMRI was accurate.

Mosque leader's message of hate By Jonathan Wells

One of the Muslim leaders behind the new mosque planned for Roxbury has written a series of anti-Jewish articles in Arabic, including one in which he condemns Jews as the people who ``killed prophets.''

Dr. Walid Ahmad Fitaihi, a longtime director of the Islamic Society of Boston who recently moved back to his native Saudi Arabia, also wrote that Jews are in the midst of committing a ``second transgression'' and will soon suffer a major defeat at the hands of Muslims.

Armed with the support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Islamic Society of Boston is set to begin building the largest mosque in the Northeast on land it obtained from the city on Malcolm X Boulevard.

In an article in October 2000 published in the Arabic-language London daily newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Fitaihi provided his views on the conflict between Jews and Muslims in Israel, according to an independent translation commissioned by the Herald...

...To smooth over the controversy, Fitaihi wrote a letter to an official at Trinity claiming he was a victim of ``false'' translations.

``After reading each loosely and inaccurately translated article, my heart heaved more and more, with each sentences (sic),'' Fitaihi wrote to the church. ``My words have been translated incorrectly, inaccurately, and in an insulting way.''

To determine the validity of Fitaihi's claims, the Herald retained Tarjama, Inc. of North Carolina to do independent translations of his articles.

With the exception of some minor discrepancies, the independent translations commissioned by the Herald confirmed the accuracy of the original MEMRI translations.

When told that Fitaihi's claims of being mistranslated were apparently false, Farrah declined comment.

Previous items on this issue are here, here, here and here.

The Mosque will go up, rest assured, the question is, what will that Mosque's presence represent?

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Fox 25 news has put in the minds of Bostonians that all muslims in Boston support terror or that all those who will attend the new mosque are terrorist. So untrue. Try visting the mosque and listen to what Muslims have to say and stop listening to all this media garbage.

You should read this on the moderate muslim brotherhood.
reported in "Foreign Affairs" by repected scholars

you should also read what themayor of london says on qaradawi

also on jewish group supporting the mosque

Bunch of Racists !!! you know very well that this mosque is financed by local Cab drivers, students..etc.., it's role is honest and goal is clean for it brings people from diffrent backgrounds and religions together, its location a bridge between white neighbourhoods and black ghetto, the number of murders, rape and drug trafiquing has been reduced drastically since the establishement of this mosque, but no the only thing for you is to look for is to scare people of muslims to have the world support your colonization of Palestinian Land and the establishemnt of The Criminal State of Isreal...
Don't worry God is watching.

Rashid, your Mosque of Hate is already under investigation for supporting terrorist atrocities all over the world.

You really think that "kuffars" don't know what is being preached in your mosques in Arabic?

Will you support building Christian churches in Saudi Arabia to match the number of mosques built in the US?

Eddie, Obviously You watch too much trash TV ! sorry about that, come out of your dark ages mentality, what is preached in these mosques and I am a regular, is respecting neighbours, helping the elderly, and act with patience with Ignorants like yourself (I am sorry you are).

The other thing you try to smear Hate on our Mosques, you should be ashamed of yourself,if you have any proof, please let us hear it.
I prayed in all mosques in the Boston area for the last 15 years, I have never ever heard a sermon that talked about Hate or commiting crime against Christians or Jews or any other fellow human being.
Spread the peace Eddie, not the Hate fed by blind assumptions.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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