Imam Rauf's Call to Prayer From the Ground Zero Mosque

Andrew G. Bostom

Imam Rauf’s World Trade Center Conquest Imagery
When Ground Zero Mosque promoter Imam Feisal Rauf’s book, What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, was published in Indonesian in 2007, it acquired a modified title – “Seruan Azan Dari Puing WTC: Dakwah Islam di Jantung Amerika Pasca 9/11” i.e., “The Call of Azan from the Rubble of the World Trade Center: Islamic Da’wa in the Heart of America Post-9/11”. The Middle East Media Research Institute blog observed August 23, 2010,

The azan is the muezzin’s call to prayer. It consists of a number of sentences repeated several times: “Allahu Akbar,” the Shahada (la ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasoul Allah – “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger”) and the phrase “Gather for prayer.” It is noteworthy that, in the period of Muslim conquests in the first centuries of Islam, this call was made from newly conquered sites.

As a striking example of this phenomenon, according to the pious Muslim narrative, after the Muslim forces had conquered Mecca, in January, 630 — one of the most hallowed occurrences in Islam’s history — Bilal, Muhammad’s Ethiopian muezzin, ascended to the top of the Kaaba (a cuboidal building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, considered the most sacred site in Islam) to call the Muslims to prayer — the first time the azan was heard within Islam’s holiest city. This purported event was depicted in the Persian miniature, below:

The recent solemn tenth anniversary of the acts of jihad terrorism on 9/11/2001, juxtaposed to such triumphal Islamic imagery, should remind us forever of Rauf’s conquering mentality, notwithstanding his false, if treacly and oft-repeated claims of “ecumenism”.

Everything you need to know about imam Abdul Rauf:

Who is Imam Abdul Rauf?

By FFI Contributing Editor Dr Radhasyam Brahmachari

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an Arab-American imam and an author. For 25 years, he has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York City mosque. He has written three books on Islam and its place in contemporary Western society, and has founded two non-profit organizations whose collective mission is to enhance the discourse on Islam in society. Starting in the Spring semester of 2009, he has been an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at St. Joseph’s College’s Brooklyn Campus in Brooklyn, New York. Abdul Rauf has emerged as a leader in the American Muslim community through his work as a bridge builder between American society, the American Muslim community and the wider Muslim World Though he claims that he is an activist for improvement in relations between the Muslim World and the West, his hidden Islamic agenda, like every other American Muslim, is to increase Muslim population in the US, establish Sharia Law and finally to turn USA into an Islamic Country of a dar-ul-Islam.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

In 1997, Abdul Rauf founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a civil society organization aimed at promoting positive engagement between American society and American Muslims. The organization is now headed by his wife, Daisy Khan. In 2003, Abdul Rauf founded the Cordoba Initiative, another registered nonprofit organization with offices in both New York and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As CEO of Cordoba Initiative, Abdul Rauf coordinates projects that emphasize the bonds that connect the Muslim World and the West.

As said above, behind all such sweet words and apparently innocent efforts, there lurks his ultimate goal as a Muslim – How to turn America into an Islamic state and that too in the quickest possible time. Every American must believe that, they can even trust a poisonous snake, but not a Muslim like Imam Feisal, who pretends to be a friend of the Christian Americans. All knowing and all powerful Allah has permitted these Muslims to lie whatever they like and do any mischief for the benefit of Islam and deceive the non-Muslim kafirs. Perhaps many non-Muslims now-a-days know that all merciful Allah has put merit for such cheatings of the kafirs called holy taqiyyah. So, it is not a wonder that the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf would play taqiyyah to fool the kafirs of USA and hence to obtain Allah’s blessings.

Taqpyyah by Abdul Rauf:

While speaking at his New York mosque in 2004, Imam Feisal said: “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.” It is not difficult to understand that, what Feisal Abdul said was blatant lies. Almost in every page of the Koran, Allah instructs the Muslims to kill innocent infidels. In a video clip “Slaughtering innocent non-Muslims is justified in Islam”[1], a Muslim cleric explains why Allah has permitted them to kill innocent non-Muslim and how Prophet Muhammad, following Allah’s guidance, massacred the Jews of Beni Koraiza of Medina. Another video shows interview with a suicide bomber. When he is asked – “Why you kill innocent non-Muslims, even children by blowing you up?” He replied, “No non-Muslim, including their children are innocents. They are guilty of refusing Allah and his Prophet Muhammad and hence they are fit to be killed.”[2]

In a “60 Minutes” interview shortly after the September 11 attacks Imam Rauf said,“Fanaticism and terrorism have no place in Islam” and went on to say, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” When the interviewer asked Rauf how he considered the U.S. an accessory, the Imam replied,“Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

During an interview on New York WABC radio in June 2010, Imam Rauf declined to say whether he agreed with the U.S. State Department’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization. Responding to the question, Rauf said, “I’m not a politician. I try to avoid the issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question… I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.”

In December 2009, Feisal announced plans to build Cordoba House, a 13-story community center, including a mosque that would accommodate 1,000-2,000 Muslims in prayer, two blocks away from Ground Zero, winning non-binding support from the local Community Board, as well as some elected officials, but also protests from some 9/11 families, politicians, organizations, academics, and others. The Imam’s wife, Daisy Khan, who is the executive director of the ASMA, speaking at a public hearing in Lower Manhattan on May 25, 2010, was widely quoted as having said building a community center two blocks from ground zero was “no big deal.” The building of the mosque and community center, as well as the initiative itself, was criticized by other Muslims, such as Sufi mysticist Suleiman Schwartz, who said thata building built by Rauf barely two blocks from ground zero, is inconsistent with Sufi philosophy of simplicity of faith and sensitivity towards others.

In another occasion, Feisal Abdul Rauf said that jihad warfare was started by the West and can only be ended by the West. But in fact, the doctrine of violent jihad is an essential part of the Koran and hence it an Islamic tradition. So, his comment forces one to believe the Imam is either a lunatic or an ignorant of Islam. The Koran says that, jihad is the best way to worship Allah and jihad for a single day is equivalent to a thousand day’s prayer. From these examples one can estimate the degree of lies, these people like Imam Feisal resort to for the sake of Islam or to deceive the nonbeliever kafirs [3].

Imam Rauf has written three books and in one of his book Rauf’s book What’s Right with Islam: a New Vision for Muslims and the West (HarperCollins, 2004) he suggests that the “American Constitution and system of governance uphold the core principles of Islamic law” (i.e., sharia). And he thus concludes, that the “American political structure is sharia-compliant.” In December 2007 Rauf promoted What’s Right with Islam at a Malaysia gathering of Hizb ut Tahrir, which seeks to impose sharia on the United States and other countries worldwide. [4]

In July 2010, journalist Andrew McCarthy reported that the above mentioned book What’s Right with Islam: a New Vision for Muslims and the West was originally published in Malaysia under a different title: A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11.[5] From the title of the book, it would not be difficult for the reader to understand the motive and contents of the book. More astonishingly, a “special, non-commercial edition” of the book and was produced after the original, with Feisal’s cooperation, by the Islamic Society of North America and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The incident reveals that both of those organizations are American tentacles of the Muslim Brotherhood.[5]

Brigitte Gabriel on Abdul Rauf:

While talking to a television interview of the Fox News, Brigitte Gabriel said, “Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has said publicly that September 11 attack was not perpetrated by the Muslims. He said publicly on CNN that Osama bin-Laden was made in the United States.. So, what type of teaching will be done in the mosque if it is get built? We shall have to understand the lineage of Feisal Rauf. His father came out of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the oldest terrorist organization in the world. He was in MB with the aim and al-Jwahiri, the second man in Al Qaeda. He was kicked out of Egypt and sent to Kuwait where Abdul Rauf was born and the father came to USA and set up an Islamic Center in 1965 in New York city, funded by 49 Islamic countries. …. They are using our laws and our open-mindedness against us.”[6]

Brigitte Gabriel

 

Debate Between Tim Brown and the Imam:

A television debate between Tim Brown, a fire-fighter of 9/11, and Abdul Rauf, regarding the proposed 13 storey mosque ground zero, titled “Leader of Ground Zero Mosque Refuses to Disclose the Source of Funding” [7], Brown asked the Imam Feisal, “Why it is so close to the terrorist attack site?” In his reply, the Imam said, “Because we want the whole world to know that the Muslims condemn the 9/11. We have been condemning 9/11 in the loudest possible terms and since then we want to Make sure that the message is heard loud and clear. Terrorism and extremism does not Distinguishes men of different faiths and ethnic communities …..”

Tim Brown and Imam Feisal debating

Tim Brown then said that he has talked with the affected families and they are not happy with the project. And according to their version, “A Trojan Horse is is being pushed into the most sacred ground, the Ground Zero. We have so many of our family members and friends died.” Tim Brown continued, “I appreciate the imam what is he saying. I have a question for him – Where from the millions and millions of dollars in cash come from?” …..Another question – Although he says that the Muslim community has come up strongly against radical Islamism and terrorism, (but we failed to notice that).

In his reply, the Imam said, “Well, we have several thousand people, more than a thousand people are Muslims work in the financial district, they are among the supporters. I have worked with the FBI, in fact, after 9/11. I was invited to lecture to all fronts of FBI agents, on how we the Muslims and Muslim leaders can participate with the law enforcing agencies to ensure that this kind of debate may happen and what is called as extremism coming from our community does not happen.”

Tim Brown asked, “Where from the 3.8 million dollars come?” The Imam replied,“It comes from our community. We have members who are very successful members of this community. The American community, the financial community.”

Now, we may stop for a while to assess what the Imam has said in the above discussion. Firstly, the reader should recall that, what President Obama had said in his Cairo speech were blackest lies and Imam Feisal, as the writer of that speech, concocted all those lies. This enables one to understand that what type of liars the people are.

In the above mentioned debate between Imam Feisal and Tim Brown, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has said publicly that September 11 attack was not perpetrated by the Muslims. He said publicly on CNN that Osama bin-Laden was made in the United States. But the 19 terrorists arrested in connection with the 9/11 attack, all them were found to be Muslims and 17 of them were citizens of Saudi Arabia.

When Tim Brown asked Abdul Rauf that Why it is so close to the terrorist attack site, the Imam said, “Because we want the whole world to know that the Muslims condemn the 9/11. We have been condemning 9/11 in the loudest possible terms and since then we want to Make sure that the message is heard loud and clear. Terrorism and extremism does not Distinguishes men of different faiths and ethnic communities …..” But nobody has never heard a Muslim condemning the 9/11 attack. On the contrary, the entire Muslim world rejoiced and celebrated the day as a day of victory of Islam on America. The entire Middle East was flooded by the joy of the Islamic victory. In Palestine and in many other Islamic countries, Muslims took out procession to celebrate the day holding placards that read “Death to America”.

9/11 is a source of Inspiration for the Muslims:

During the days of the Prophet, the Muslims’ victory in the “Battle at Badr”, was a source great inspiration for the Muslims and in a similar manner, the success of the 9/11 attack is inspiring the entire world. The reader may recall that in 2005, while the Muslims of UK were holding violent demonstration [8] against the cartoons that appeared in a Danish newspaper on September 30, 2005, the protesters carried placards that read

“As Muslims we are unite & we are prepared to fight”
“Behead those who insult Islam”
“Massacre those who insult Islam”
“BBC = British Blasphemic crusaders”
“Europe, you will pay, fantastic 4 are on their way”
“Annihilate those who insult Islam”
“Freedom go to hell” and so on.
And shouting slogans
“May Osama bin-Laden bomb you”,

“May Allah bomb you”,
“May they bomb Denmark so that we may invade that country and take their wives as war booty”,
“Denmark go to hell”,

“USA go to hell”,
“George Bush go to hell”,
“Khaibar Khaibar, O Jew, the army of Muhammad is coming for you”,
“Nuke Nuke USA”, “Nuke Nuke Denmark”,
“Allahu Akbar”
 and so on. The slogan “May Osama bin-Laden bomb you” is enough to show how Muslims are deriving inspiration from the 9/11 bombings.
Muslims in UK demonstrating against cartoons of Muhammad

How the Muslim Leaders in India Playing Taqiyyah:

“The Darul Uloom Deoband is an Islamic school propagating Sunni Islam in India. It is located at Deoband, a town in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was founded in 1866 by several prominent Islamic scholars (ulema), headed by Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi. The other prominent founding scholars were Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and Haji Syed Abid Hussain. The institution is highly respected across the India, as well as in other parts of the Indian subcontinent.” [9]

According to a report by TNN, on January 1, 2008, For the first time ever, the said Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against terrorism on Saturday, stating Islam had come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. Though the Darul-Uloom had started denouncing terrorism for the first time in February, 2007, but had not issued any fatwa so far.

Saturday’s fatwa, signed by Darul-Uloom’s grand mufti Habibur Rehman, asserts that “Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form”.

Citing the “sinister campaign” to malign “Islamic faith…by linking terrorism with Islam and distorting the meanings of Quranic Verses and Prophet traditions”, Mahmood Asad Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, had wanted Deoband to spell out the stand of Islam on world peace.

The fatwa, issued in presence of a huge gathering of Muslims in Delhi’s Ramlila Ground for the Anti-Terrorism and Global Peace Conference, went on to say, “It is proved from clear guidelines provided in the Holy Quran that allegations of terrorism against a religion which preaches and guarantees world peace is nothing but a lie. The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. Allah knows the best.”

The conference was addressed by Jamiat chief and Darul-Uloom’s deputy rector Hazrat Maulana Qari Sayed Mohammed Usman. He called the conference historic as Muslims of different sects and ideologies — including Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and All India Muslim Personal Law Board — ratified the fatwa against terrorism.

The exclusively-male turnout that read an “oath of allegiance” to the fatwa cheered most lustily as speakers attacked the US. Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader Madani, an MP, stated that the fatwa should be welcomed by the entire Islamic world.

“Killing of innocent people is not compatible with Islam. The biggest challenge faced by us today is terrorism (which) threatens to strike at the very root of the secular structure of our society besides causing irreparable loss,” stated Madani.

Notwithstanding the caveats like “unjust” and “innocent”, which may make it appear falling short of an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, the fatwa is viewed by many as a significant step forward towards rallying the public opinion against terrorism.

Coming after the February 25 denunciation, it is seen as reflective of the growing recognition on the part of clerics to counter misgivings about interpretations of scriptures.

Deoband has lately been under intense focus because many of the terrorist groups — from Taliban to Jaish and Harkat — are widely perceived to be Deobandi in orientation.

However, it was when the deputy rector of Deoband, Usman, came down heavily on“the dual policy of America” that the massive crowds cheered the most.“Whenever Christian and American interests are hurt in any part of the world, they take prompt action to set things right even at the cost of human lives. They maintain silence though when Muslims are the victims,” he said, further criticizing the US for its support to Israel.

According to Usman, Jamiat recently held a series of conferences and meetings with madrassas in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Surat, Varanasi and Kolkata to carry forward the anti-terror movement which was initiated at Deoband in February. Usman said that many people, especially in the West, were carrying out a propaganda that terrorism was synonymous with jehad.

He said that while terrorism is destructive, jehad is constructive. “Terrorism is the gravest crime as held by Quran and Islam. We are not prepared to tolerate terrorism in any form and we are ready to cooperate with all responsible people,” he said.
“Killing of innocent people is not compatible with Islam. The biggest challenge faced by us today is terrorism (which) threatens to strike at the very root of the secular structure of our society besides causing irreparable loss,” stated Madani. Notwithstanding the caveats like “unjust” and “innocent”, which may make it appear falling short of an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, the fatwa is viewed by many as a significant step forward towards rallying the public opinion against terrorism.[10]

It is not difficult for them, who know even the primary knowledge of Islam, to comprehend the real purpose of issuing such fake fatwas. Through such fatwas, the Muslim leaders try to assert that Islam means peace and those who are engaged In terrorist and other subversive acts, are not true Muslims and they ate doing this by transgressing the laws of Islam. But in reality, what is called terrorism in English, is called jihad in Arabic and this jihad is the most important (military) component of Islam. If jihad is dropped from Islam, it may be called anything but not Islam. So, the Deoband fatwa of deleting terrorism from Islam is entirely fake and its purpose is to fool the non-Muslim kafirs and hence it another finest piece of taqiyyah or holy deceiption.

In fact, many terrorist organizations are closely connected to the Darul ulum Deoband. As a result, Deoband has lately been under intense focus because many of the terrorist groups — from Taliban to Jaish and Harkat — are widely perceived to be Deobandi in orientation.

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  1. The mosque is going ahead in a “tempoary” site in Park Place:

    [Artinfo]

    NEW YORK— With the 9/11 Memorial having finally opened to mark the tenth anniversary of the horrific attacks, the virulently-contested Park51 Islamic community center is also holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. On September 21, the cultural organization plans to open a newly remodeled temporary site on Park Place with “NYChildren,” an exhibition of child portraits by New York photographer Danny Goldfield that are meant to illustrate the city’s ethnic diversity.

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