80 % of US mosques are under the control of Wahabi imams
Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:26
At a mosque near you...
Aug. 31, 2004
By ELWOOD MCQUAID
The Wahabi presence in the United States is a foreboding one that has
potentially harmful and far-reaching consequences for our nation's mosques,
schools, prisons and even our military. My fear is, if we don't wake up and
take action now, those influenced by Wahabism's extremist ideology will harm
us in as-of-yet unimaginable ways.
US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
In February of 2003 a University of South Florida professor and six others
were charged with aiding Islamic Jihad, a global terrorist organization.
A federal grand jury in Dallas, Texas, handed down a 42-count indictment
against the leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development,
charging them with raising more than $12 million to funnel to the terrorist
In July two New York Muslim clerics were arrested for alleged connections to
al-Qaida and for attempting to purchase a shoulder-fired grenade launcher.
These incidents raise the question of how deeply radical Islamic elements have
become embedded in the United States. Among the prime suspects under
investigation are groups financed by Saudi Arabian interests known to be
making huge investments in the spread of the extremist Wahabi Muslim doctrine
Larry Medford, assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division,
reported to a Senate subcommittee in 2003 that the FBI has launched an
initiative to uncover such sleeper cells in 40 states.
State Department statistics show Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions
in the United States.
According to a recent survey there are 1,209 mosques in America, with well
over half founded in the past 20 years. Between 17 and 30 percent of American
Muslims are converts to the faith. Accurate population figures for Muslims in
the United States vary widely, from some two million to seven million.
Whatever the population, non-Wahabi Muslim leaders say approximately 80
percent of all US mosques are under the control of Wahabi imams and subsidized
by Saudi Arabia. In addition to funding mosque construction and subsidizing
programs, the Saudis are said to be pouring millions into creating a system of
schools teaching militant Wahabi doctrines.
Givern the 80-percent figure, and considering that mosques are operating in
every US state, Wahabis are becoming a formidable influence. For example, the
State Department lists 327 mosques in California, 67 in Texas, 57 in Florida,
and 140 in New York.
An example of anti-American Muslim rhetoric was documented in terrorist expert
Steven Emerson's 1994 PBS documentary, Jihad in America.
Mohammad al-Asi, leader of the Washington Mosque and head of the Islamic
Educational Center in Washington, DC has said, "If the Americans are placing
their forces in the Persian Gulf, we should be creating another war front for
the Americans in the Muslim world and specifically where American interests
What sets the Wahabi segment of Islam apart as a danger to America and the
For starters, Wahabism has been described as an Islamist totalitarian system.
Its structures include suppressing women and invoking the death penalty for
sexual transgressions, and conversion to another religion.
Western influence and close interaction with non-Muslims are viewed with a
mixture of disdain, contempt, and at times aggression that is believed to be
sanctioned by the Koran.
Prime targets for Wahabi animosity are Israel and America. Practitioners of
the Wahabi brand of Islam are committed to spreading the religion around the
world by peaceful or coercive means.
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