The Cordoba Mosque in New York: “A Symbol of the Islamic Conquest of Christian Lands”

Obama Lectures America Over Ground Zero Mosque Plans (Video)

Here’s the video of Hussein Obama hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. Obama repeated his crackpot claim that Islam has always been a part of America.  He lectures America over the Ground Zero Victory Mosque.

Since most voters in America are against building a mosque at Ground Zero, it only figures then that our radical far left president would join the 20% who believe it’sa good idea.   He has a pattern of doing this.

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Here’s a list of attendees at this year’s Iftar Dinner.

By Jacob Thomas/Faithfreedom

On 18 May, 2010, the Arabic-language online daily Elaph posted an article by an Arab Muslim, in which he decried “The Cordoba Mosque” building project being planned for construction in the vicinity of Ground Zero, in New York City.

Set forth below are excerpts from his article, and from two other articles on this same subject. My analysis and comments will follow.

“The project by Muslims to build a mosque in the United States, close to the place where the 9/11 attack took place, is causing quite a stir. It is worth noting that the name chosen for the mosque is confrontational and provocative. The first Cordoba mosque was built in that Spanish city in the aftermath of the Muslimconquest of Christian Spain. This Islamic “Conquista” was followed by the killings of men, and the enslavement of women, many of whom were carried away to the Arab lands to work as servants and concubines for their Muslim masters.  For both Arabs and Muslims, the history of their conquests remains as a symbol of their past glory, and power. They have no thoughts of remorse or shame, when they recall those heinous crimes that accompanied the colonization of Spain!

“Nowadays, some Muslims in America dream of repeating that ugly history of Islamic imperialism. In fact, I submit that the very choice of “Cordoba” as the name for the projected mosque was not an innocent one. On the contrary, it indicated a longing for the resumption of Islamic futuhat (conquests) throughout the world.

“Actually, New York City has already several Sunni and Shi’ite mosques. It is a known fact that the Irhabi ideology has infiltrated many of the Sunni centers; while some Shi’ite mosques have allowed Iranian Intelligence services to operate freely within them.

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“The State of New York has no need for more mosques, since there are plenty of them. Furthermore, Muslims living in New York do not frequent their mosques on a daily basis; usually they go to them either on Saturdays or on Sundays, due to the nature of their work. Therefore, there is no real need for the building of the Cordoba Mosque; especially as the project has already provoked the sentiments of Americans, by reminding them of the attacks on 9 September, 2001, the Islamic conquest of Spain, as well as the tragic consequences of Islamic imperialism in general.

“As an Arab Muslim, and a citizen of the United States, I would urge the United States Government to confiscate the funds that have been set aside for this Project, and to allocate them for the re-building of the World Trade Center in New York City. I would also suggest that the building of new mosques in the United States be curtailed, as they have become centers for the spread of radical Irhabi ideologies that instill in the minds of some American Muslims a powerful hatred of all non-Muslims.”

The text of the Arabic article may be accessed at the following link:

The second article entitled “Mosque Unbecoming” was published 25 May, 2010 on the website of Family Security Matters. Its author, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, is the founder and chairman of the American IslamicForum for Democracy. He served in the U. S. Navy as a physician, and is now in private practice. I found the following excerpts from his article very touching and heart-warming:

“In the 1960s, my parents left their despotic motherland of Syria for the promise of genuine liberty and religious freedom in America. In the decades since, we have led the construction of a number of mosques in the towns where we lived.

“These were all humble mosques, funded locally by our congregations. It’s plain the planned ‘Ground Zero mosque’ is something very different. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, his wife, Daisy Khan, and an investor intend to build ‘Cordoba House,’ an ostentatious $100 million, 13-story Muslim community center including a gym, a swimming pool, a performance-arts facility and a mosque.

“I am an American Muslim dedicated to defeating the ideology that fuels global Islamist terror – political Islam. And I don’t see such a ‘center’ actually fighting terrorism or being a very ‘positive’ addition near Ground Zero, no matter how well intentioned. To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and ‘our good side’ and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies.

“Khan and Rauf avoid discourse on reform and political Islam. Instead, they simply give us the familiar, too vague condemnation of ‘extremism and violence.’ They seem to conveniently view 9/11, al Qaeda and every manifestation of militant Islamism, as simply a public-relations problem for ‘Muslims in the West.’ Imam Rauf has even gone so far as to bizarrely say that the 9/11 terrorists were ‘not Muslims.’

“When Americans are attacked, they come together as one, under one flag, under one law against a common enemy that we are not afraid to identify. Religious freedom is central to our nation – and that is why the location of this project is so misguided. Ground Zero is purely about being American. It can never be about being Muslim.

“On Sept. 12, 2001, I was first an American. When those planes hit the World Trade Center, they hit at the core of my being as an American. The attack on my faith by the terrorists was secondary to their attack on my homeland. Americans must always remember the horrors of 9/11 and must be vigilant in not allowing political Islam to wear down the principles that built our country. This center is trying to change the narrative of 9/11 – to diminish what happened at Ground Zero. That can only weaken us against the very real threat of Islamist radicalization.”

The third article appeared the same day in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Mosque at Ground Zero: Questions to ask the man who wants to build a Muslim cultural center near the former Twin Towers”was written by Bret Stephens.

“Opponents also argue that building the center so close to Ground Zero is an insult to the memory of the victims of 9/11. Germany has spent six decades in conspicuous and mainly sincere atonement for Nazi crimes. But it surely has no plans to showcase the tolerant society it has become by building a cultural center down the road from Auschwitz. Japan is no doubt equally disinclined to finance a Shinto shrine in the vicinity of the Pearl Harbor memorial.

“Be that as it may, I still think Mr. Rauf and his wife should be taken at their word—provided they are also held to it. As a confidence-building measure for those of us who live in the neighborhood, it would help if the pair voluntarily answered some questions about the nature of their beliefs. A sampler:

“Who perpetrated the attacks of 9/11, and what was their religion?

“Does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state?

“What aspects of Shariah law, if any, do they repudiate?

“Do they consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be extreme?

“Finally, it is worth asking Mr. Rauf and Ms. Khan the broader question of how they think about tolerance itself. In the case of the famous Muhammad cartoons, ‘moderate’ Muslims typically make the case that while free speech has its place, the sensitivities of the Muslim community should be respected. But tolerance can’t just be a one-way street, and sensitivity is not the preserve of Muslims alone. So what do they make of the sensitivities of 9/11 families in the face of their mega-mosque? And if they are prepared to so lightly traduce on those sensitivities, will they perhaps return the favor by hosting an exhibition of pictorial depictions of the prophet?”


The article, “The Cordoba Mosque in New York: A Symbol of the Islamic Conquest of Christian Lands,” is very encouraging. After all, it was addressed to the vast Arab readership of a daily that does not hesitate to publish controversial articles that would never appear in the print press.

My quotations from Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser’s article, “Mosque Unbecoming,” gave me hope that, some Muslims who have immigrated to America are proud to proclaim with Dr. Jasser, “On Sept. 12, 2001, I was first an American. When those planes hit the World Trade Center, they hit at the core of my being as an American.”

Mr. Stephens’ Wall Street Journal op-ed is noteworthy because of the pointed questions he asked Imam Rauf, They were to the point, and necessary to be asked. That is because some Muslims still subscribe to the age-old Islamic tradition of “taqiyya.” Taqiyya means to dissimulate and hedge answers to difficult questions such that the questioner can never be sure of getting an honest answer. But it is still important to ask the tough questions, as Mr. Stephens does, to put the responder on notice that his answer will be noted and tested against reality


It is noteworthy that the author of the Elaph article did not restrict himself to discuss the proposed“Cordoba Mosque.” He went ahead and gave his readers an unpolished account of the “great and glorious” Islamic futuhat that brought Islam to the Iberian Peninsula within less than one hundred years after the death of Muhammad in 632 A. D. Unlike Muslim historians, who claimed that the futuhat liberated benighted people living in ignorance of Islam, this author applied the terms “colonialism” and“imperialism,” to the Islamic conquests. This is an interesting turn-around because these words are almost exclusively applied negatively to Western imperialism.

He immigrated to the United States, became a citizen, and is now a loyal American. Being knowledgeable of the religious needs of the Muslim communities in the State of New York, he saw no real need for building more mosques in the Empire State. A disturbing phenomenon appeared a few days after the posting of his article. I counted 92 comments, most of them excoriating the author for vilifying Islam! I read only four comments that applauded his courage and frankness.

What troubled most me were the words used by his detractors depicting a hatred for any dissent from the ideology that regards Islam as the only legitimate faith in the world! The fact that his critics used the Internet, and composed their vitriolic comments in correct Classical Arabic, indicated that, despite their education and material position in life, their minds were filled with intolerance, fanaticism and obscurantism.

To end on a positive note, here are excerpts from the four commentators who wholeheartedly agreed with the Elaph writer’s criticism of the “Cordoba Mosque Project.”

“Thanks. An Excellent article. All you mentioned is true, even though many try in vain to embellish ourIslamic heritage.” Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Courage and Wisdom. The writer proved himself to be an honest person who told the truth.” Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

“Muslims across the ages are marked with their eagerness to confront and provoke the followers of other religions. For example, they don’t hesitate to build four mosques around one church building, thus making it difficult for Christians to get to church!” Wednesday, 18 May, 2010

“I agree with you. As an Arab and an Egyptian living in America, I totally agree with you. The Wahhabi ideology is spreading in America like cancer. On the other hand, Americans don’t seem to learn anything from what happened lately like in Times Square or the other incidents where Muslims, even after securing citizenship, their attitude doesn’t change toward Americans. Alas, they live in this country, but call it “Bilad al-Kuffar,” i.e. the Lands of Infidels! May God protect America and its people from the hatred of all Irhabithoughts. I love America, and having lived here, I know that it doesn’t discriminate between its citizens regardless of their race, color, or creed!” Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

The Two Faces of the Ground Zero Mosque

While the Cordoba Initiative appears to Americans as a sign of good faith and a new beginning with the Islamic world, to Muslims it represents conquest, dominance — even suicidal jihad against the infidel.

by Raymond Ibrahim

The Cordoba Initiative’s mission statement suggests :

Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, bringing back the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.

Oddly enough, the so-called “tolerant” era of Cordoba supposedly occurred during the caliphate of ‘Abd al-Rahman III (912-961)—well over a thousand years ago. “Eight hundred years ago,” i.e., around 1200, the fanatical Almohids—ideological predecessors of al-Qaeda—were ravaging Cordoba, where “Christians and Jews were given the choice of conversion, exile, or death.”

A Freudian slip on the part of the Cordoba Initiative?

At any rate, the true history of Cordoba, not to mention the whole of Andalusia, is far less inspiring than what Western academics portray: the Christian city was conquered by Muslims around 711, its inhabitants slaughtered or enslaved. The original mosque of Cordoba—the namesake of the Ground Zero mosque—was built atop, and partly from the materials of, a Christian church. Modern day Muslims are well aware of all this. Such is the true—and ominous—legacy of Cordoba.

More pointedly, throughout Islam’s history, whenever a region was conquered, one of the first signs of consolidation was/is the erection of a mosque atop the sacred sites of the vanquished: the pagan Ka’ba temple in Arabia was converted into Islam’s holiest site, the mosque of Mecca; the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, was built atop Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem; the Umayyad mosque was built atop the Church of St. John the Baptist; and the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque upon the conquest of Constantinople.   Pajamas Media

31 thoughts on “The Cordoba Mosque in New York: “A Symbol of the Islamic Conquest of Christian Lands””

  1. Obama said Muslims helped lay railroad tyes as part of their American history. I don’t recall any such rubbish in the history books I read in my school days. Have we undergone our historical revisions already?

  2. I’ve been workin’ on the railroad
    All the live long day
    I rarely ever lay a sleeper
    Because I stop so much to pray

    I’ve been workin’ on the railroad
    All the live long day
    I’ve been wiring up the jelly
    To blow the infidels away

    Don’t you hear the muezzin wailing?
    Rise up so early in the morn.
    Don’t you hear the imam shouting
    “Kill the infidels at dawn?”

  3. Interesting addition to the info. I also note that there was Greek Orthodox Church, *destroyed in 911*, that has failed to get permission to REbuild, in contrast to the NEW mosque that is quickly greenlighted.

    BTW and slightly OT, you have carried refs to Sally Neighbour before and I’d like to direct readers to my comments on her latest dopey piece on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in “The Australian”….

  4. Manchurian candidate.

    Islam also requires Muslims to wage war on Infidel. If Muslims are free to practice their religion, then blowing up Infidels/Americans is part of the religion of Islam.

    Democracy is not a suicide pact. People or ideologies that are basically intolerant cannot expect that the principle tolerance is applicable to the intolerant. Staying true to our core values means confronting, fighting and defeating this most intolerant and ideology.

  5. Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

    Yet again we see a Muslim purloining the command of Jesus to excuse Islam and Muslims. We know exactly what Muslims want to do to Infidels – slay them or make them pay the Jizya, as they have been doing for 1400 years. Is this president asking us to do the same to Muslims?

  6. (thanks to a comment by charlotte on Zip I’m looking at some of the
    Cordoba Initiative web site before it is “disappeared”)

    [The Cordoba Initiative’s mission statement suggests :

    Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, bringing back the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.]

    Not any more, at least not on the Mission link – it has been moved to

    [“Improving Muslim-West Relations”

    Our Mission: Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, bringing back the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.

    Solving some of the most intractable conflicts in the world today requires innovative strategies for cross-cultural engagement. Cordoba Initiative tackles this mandate with forethought, expertise and the ability to leverage contacts in influential positions within the Muslim World and the West. Thinking outside the box about international and intercultural conflict resolution also means thinking introspectively about each side’s place within its own historical narrative with a view to devising internally oriented solutions.]

    They are frantically reconstructing the web site, & deleting certain images & content that might cast light on their intentions.

  7. (changes to Cordoba web site)

    The Rosett Report

    Seriously, Where Is Imam Feisal … and What’s with His Web Site?

    [Friday evening, after Obama gave his de facto endorsement to Rauf’s Cordoba/Park 51 Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center project, I took another look at the morphing Cordoba Initiative web site, and discovered it now has a note on the main page saying “Website is currently under construction.” (Grab your screenshots now — parts of this site are already sliding down the Memory Hole).]

  8. Solution: Build pig farm and strip club on either side right there in Manhattan. Problem solved.

  9. The White House was handed over to the Muslims by the American people. It will soon be the capital for all muslims. I hope and pray that the Australian people will have more sense than that and keep muslims out of the political arena.

  10. I don’t think it is fair that they build a mosque on top on ground zero. I was in the city on september 9th when the towers fell. I watched them fall. Any religion that promotes violence should not be allowed in the us, especially one practiced by unamericans.

  11. As a muslim, I ask all American patriots to please not let such a political mosque be built on American soil because Islam is not even a religion. In Kuran Sura Al Omran 28 Allah says:
    لایتخذالمومیون الکفرین اولیا من دون المومینین و من یفعل ذالیک فلیسه من الله فی شی
    Do not take infidel a friend if any body does it he or she is not my mine.
    These tugs lost the Cordoba mosque in Spain I hope they lose it here too.

  12. CONSPIRACY CRAP….(freedom of speech, welcome to America, bitch)

    If we can’t show depictions of muhammad, they shouldn’t build that offensive mosque. Americans/westerners get murdered for offending muslims, yet muslims (not all, obviously) don’t care in the least about offending Americans/westerners

    what hypocrites

  13. As a Catholic I was raised with nothing less than complete religious tolerance! You sir are most brave and I know what your saying is 100% TRUE! When I heard about Shariah law it was important for me to do some serious research. It is a very frightning situation when even our officials in Washington are in bed with these radicals! My beloved Americans WAKE UP BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! They have taken over areas of England and their Parliment does not protect their citizens either. They are getting a Mega- Mosque there! Shariah law in our public schools? Why not? They are teaching our children everything else including a very pro-alternative, anti-family, anti-God lifestyle. What next? If you don’t believe, don’t dismiss. DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF!!!

  14. I really don’t know why so many people take their “threats”, or “warnings” so seriously. The rarity of a REAL major terrorism act is enough not to intimidate me. Since 9/11, how many SUCCESSFUL terrorist acts have their been on U.S. soil? Umm, zero?

    The shoe bomber? F*ed that up. The Times Square bomber? F*ed that up. I just don’t think dumbass, gullable muslims are worth living in fear over. Sure, its probably inevitable that another terrorist act happens again, but so far we’ve gone almost 10 years without one, so I feel comfortable with those odds.

    I’m more afraid of being struck by lightning or being attacked by a bear than I am of islamic terrorism

  15. ……and i don’t get why liberals accept this muslim mentality of superiority. I don’t get why the left volunteerily accepts a role of enferiority to a group that is publically at war with us and will not stop until we are all dead, or muslim.

  16. Muslims have never lived in harmony with another faith – unless they were the dominant group – so pray tell “Cordoba Initiative” – why are you making such a dishonest statement???

  17. This Cordoba Initiative for the 9/11 Ground Zero Mosque is a happy celebration of the genocide of 3000 American martyrs.

  18. Shukoor Nuwaby quoted from the koran:
    “Do not take infidel a friend if any body does it he or she is not my mine.”

    Sounds like Apartheid (“separateness”) to me. And yet, they’re calling Israel an Apartheid state…

  19. DP111, I read somewhere that the jizya is now called “ObamaCare”…

    You can get into trouble if you can’t prove you belong to it, but it does leave room for religous objections.

  20. james a August 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm said:
    “Solution: Build pig farm and strip club on either side right there in Manhattan. Problem solved.”

    Didn’t you know, they will riot. And then it will be blocked because it offends their “religous sensitivities”.

  21. I for one, would love to see that Greek Orthodox Church destroyed in 9/11 being rebuilt. Unfortunately, along with the Cordoba example, this is just part of a growing number of examples.

    What about the Temple Mount in Jerusalem which is being systematically destroyed?

    This following quote comes from:

    USA: Everything you need to know about Islam… I learned on 9/11

    1. A mosque (Al-Aqsa Mosque, yes, as in “al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade”, the well-known Palestinian terrorist organisation which have killed many innocent people) was built directly over the ruins of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem (Jewish & Christian).

    2. The Hagia Sofia (Orthodox Christian basilica) was the grandest church in Christendom before it was converted to a mosque when Constantinople was conquered in 1453. (Constantinople is now Istanbul, Turkey… you know, which funded that recent flotilla attack against Israel, but wants to join the EU and where Turks live – people who continue to deny the Armenian genocide)

    3. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus (Syria) was, before the Islamic conquest, the Church of St. John the Baptist.

    4. Historian Sita Ram Goel has estimated that over two thousand mosques in India were built on the sites of Hindu temples.

    5. The Great Mosque at Cordoba (Spain) was built on the ruins of a Church which was dedicated to Saint Vincent, built by the Visigoths around 500 AD. Cordoba was the capital of the Muslim Caliphate of the Ummayyads (756-1031). When Cordoba was retaken by the Christian King Ferdinand III of Castile (Spanish Reconquista) centuries later, it reverted back to a Christian sanctuary and a cathedral was built in the middle of it during the 16th century.”

  22. Waite, weren’t we warned about no more of this “conspiracy crap”?

    Nothing happened to me, what about the rest of you? Are any of your homes blown up?

    Its all about fear mongering and scare tactics with these people. If we’re not afraid, they have NOTHING. And I am not afraid of people like the shoe bomber or the Times Square bomber. If they’re too retarded to figure out how to ignite their own bomb, how can we be afraid?

  23. I am perplexed that so many of my friends are against a mosque being built near Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

    That is why I also propose, that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call the clubs “The Turban Cowboy” and “You Mecca Me So Hot”.

    Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and have an open barbeque with spare ribs as its daily special. Across the street a very daring lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

    Next door to the lingerie shop, there would be room for an Adult Toy Shop (Koranal Knowledge?), its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store, maybe call it “Morehammered”?

  24. LOL Rossco that’s excellent!

    In the interest of “Koranal Knowledge”, do you think that “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” will have see-through burkas?

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