Extremism & Terror

Faith Leaders Urge Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Not to Legitimize Jihadist Mosque, ‘Interfaith’ Gambit

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This Sunday, Dec. 11, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) will host an event aimed at promoting its image of what they call a tolerant catalyst for “interfaith dialogue” and opposition to “hate and bigotry.”

The Islamic Society of Boston’s jihadist pedigree and its extensive roster of associated Islamic supremacist terrorists are at odds with this image of tolerance, and civic leaders should therefore refuse to legitimize the organization.

To that end, six prominent faith leaders today wrote an open letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh urging them not to attend or otherwise participate in the ISB’s “Out of Many, One—An Interfaith Call for Dignity & Diligence” event this Sunday. The letter reads, in part:

The practical effect of such a meeting at this particular venue will be to have civic leaders and non-Muslim clerics provide political cover to one of the most intolerant, jihadist mosques in America, to its Muslim Brotherhood-tied leadership and to their agenda…

While the participants are, of course, entitled to their views, they have no standing to speak for the entire faith community with respect either to the ISBCC or their stated purpose of “challeng[ing] the forces of hate and bigotry.” As ordained clerics representing and working with millions of people of faith across America, we explicitly disavow any such claim.

We call on you, Senator Warren and Mayor Walsh, to decline to address this or future events sponsored by the Islamic Society of Boston. To do otherwise will risk implicating your respective offices and personal authority in subversive efforts aimed at promoting this Islamic supremacist center as exemplary of the sort of Muslims with whom it is safe and constructive to engage, which is demonstrably not the case.

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OPEN LETTER TO SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN AND BOSTON MAYOR MARTIN WALSH

On Sunday, December 11th, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) is hosting an event called “Out of Many, One – An Interfaith Call for Dignity & Diligence.” Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Martin Walsh, you have reportedly agreed to participate and make remarks on this occasion, as will Christian and Jewish clerics.  Imams associated with the Islamic supremacist ISB will, of course, be much in evidence, as well.

The practical effect of such a meeting at this particular venue will be to have civic leaders and non-Muslim clerics provide political cover to one of the most intolerant, jihadist mosques in America, to its Muslim Brotherhood-tied leadership and to their agenda.

Proof of ISB’s true character and the threat it poses to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, both in New England and beyond, can be found in the following illustrative examples[1]:

  • The first ISB mosque in Cambridge was founded in 1982 by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, a man who convinced both Presidents Bush and Clinton that he was a moderate, but who turned out to be a Muslim Brotherhood operative and al Qaeda financier. He is now serving a lengthy prison term for plotting to assassinate the then-Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
  • Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a founding trustee to ISB’s second mosque – the site of the December 11th event – which opened in Roxbury in 1994.  ISB claimed that his name appeared on their documents as a “clerical error” and Boston officials turned a blind eye.  Qaradawi calls for the genocide of Jews and the murder of homosexuals and Interpol has a warrant for his arrest on charges of incitement to murder.
  • ISB congregant Ahmad Abousamra fled to Syria in 2006 where he resurfaced as an Islamic State “social media guru,” was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list in 2013 and was reportedly killed in a 2015 coalition air strike against ISIS in Qaim, Iraq in June 2015.
  • ISB major donor Oussama Ziade was indicted in 2009 for dealing with terrorist funds, is a fugitive living in Lebanon.
  • ISB congregant and MIT-trained neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui raised money for al Qaeda at Boston mosques and, as “Lady al Qaeda,” became the most wanted woman in the world. Arrested in 2009 in Afghanistan with plans for a mass casualty attack on New York City, she opened fire on FBI agents and is now serving 86 years in prison for attempted murder.
  • ISB Imam Abdullah Faaruuq provided a $50,000 grant to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office in 2010 (which was publicly accepted) in order to establish Muslim “sensitivity training” for the police, in accordance with which they would be prohibited from studying radical Islamist ideology as a motive for violence.  Imam Faaruuq was later found on tape urging Boston Muslims to “pick up the gun and the sword to defend Aafia “Lady al Qaeda” Siddiqui, who was then on trial.
  • ISB congregant Tarek Mehanna, who planned a machine-gun jihad attack on a mall in Attleboro, Massachusetts, was convicted in 2011 of providing material support to al Qaeda and is now serving 17 years in federal prison.
  • ISB congregant Rezwan Ferdaus, arrested in 2011 for planning to send remote-controlled airplane bombs into the U.S. Capitol, pleaded guilty and is serving 17 years in federal prison.
  • ISB congregant Tamerlan Tsarnaev, caught on surveillance tape placing a bomb, changed his persona, according to his ex-girlfriend, after joining the ISB: “One minute he was a normal guy, the next minute he is watching these crazy Muslim videos.” His brother Dzhokhar, who occasionally attended the Islamic Society of Boston, allegedly helped place and detonate the bombs that killed four and injured 264 in 2013.

While the participants in the 11 December meeting are, of course, entitled to their views, they have no standing to speak for the entire faith community with respect either to the ISBCC or their stated purpose of “challeng[ing] the forces of hate and bigotry.”  As ordained clerics representing and working with millions of people of faith across America, we explicitly disavow any such claim.

We call on you, Senator Warren and Mayor Walsh, to decline to address this or future events sponsored by the Islamic Society of Boston.  To do otherwise will risk implicating your respective offices and personal authority in subversive efforts aimed at promoting this Islamic supremacist center as exemplary of the sort of Muslims with whom it is safe and constructive to engage, which is demonstrably not the case.

Rabbi Jonathan Hausman                                LTG (R), Rev. William G. “Jerry” Boykin

Pastor Rick Scarborough                                  Dr., Rev. Rick Joyner

Hon., Pastor Sam Rohrer                                 Bishop E.W. Jackson

 

[1]  For a more detailed discussion of the ISB’s ties to jihadism, see “The Case Against the Islamic Society of Boston,” http://www.peaceandtolerance.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/05/v2-FINAL-June-2016.pdf.

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