80% of US mosques are under the control of Wahabi imams

80 % of US mosques are under the control of Wahabi imams
Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:26


Jerusalem Post

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Aug. 31, 2004


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 organization Hamas.

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 in America.

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 are concentrated."

What sets the Wahabi segment of Islam apart as a danger to America and the West?

For starters, Wahabism has been described as an Islamist totalitarian system. Its structures include suppressing women and invoking the death penalty for alcohol consumption, 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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