Ground Zero Mosque will be Dawaah’s greatest CONQUEST
This is what Imam Rauf has been doing for 3o years, TEACHING the infidel about the ‘beauty’ of Islam
By Peter Hannaford (American Spectator)
“Dawa” [...] the motivation behind the drive to build the “Ground Zero” mosque in Manhattan.
[....] As Andrew McCarthy, the former U.S. prosecutor who put the “blind sheik” and his allies in prison for their part in the 1983 World Trade Center garage bombing, puts it this way: “Dawa, whether done from the rubble of the World Trade Center or elsewhere, is the missionary work by which Islam is spread...The purpose of dawa, like the purpose of jihad, is to implement, spread and defend sharia.”
Imam Rauf, now on a U.S. State Department-sponsored “good will” tour of Muslim countries, is widely considered to be an example of “moderate” Islam; however, among his more memorable quotations are these:
- …United States policies were an accessory to the crime (9/11) that occurred.
- …the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children.
While Rauf does not endorse violence, he professes to understand its roots; that it is the reaction of oppressed people to authoritarian regimes supported by the U.S. He has declined to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Rauf has been heading the Cordoba Initiative which professes to create “an atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect.” [...] they should note also that the name of the proposed mosque-community center is Cordoba House… from the Cordoba, Spain mosque built on the ruins of a Catholic church after the Muslim conquest of Spain in the 8th Century. The Christians reconquered Spain in 1492 and Islam lost “al Andalus.”
This is one of the “humiliations” that ardent Muslims want to avenge.…the name “Cordoba House” stands for “conquest” … an example of dawa in action: Islamist triumphalism.
[snip] Muslim purists, however, believe that every aspect of life is prescribed in the Koran and the hadith (the writings of and about Mohammed) which makes secular government superfluous. Militants such as al Qaida and its allies seek to eliminate these “infidel” institutions by violence. Other determined Muslims, such as the Muslim Brotherhood (founded in Egypt in 1928) choose to accomplish it by dawa — stealth.
Rauf (and others like him) hopes and works for a world that has fully adopted Islam and sharia, but wants to do so without violence. Dawa is a one-step-at-a-time process. Rauf’s State Department trip is dawa in action as is the fact the FBI hired him after 9/11 to conduct sensitivity-training sessions for its personnel[...]
(Regarding the Ground Zero Mosque) It is not a matter of religious freedom or property rights. It is a matter of appropriateness. If it is allowed to be built virtually next door to Ground Zero, it will be dawa‘s greatest triumph in the United States to date.
Peter Hannaford is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. He was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years.
And to UNDERSTAND Bloomberg’s reasoning, the facts are in, it IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY —>>
9/11 Ground Zero Rally Needs Help
9/11 Ground Zero rally needs help
editor’s note (American Thinker)
ACTION ALERT: The rally planned for Ground Zero on September 11th, protesting the planned mosque, needs assistance.
Jihad Watch explains the situation:
Our rally will be on September 11 at 3PM in lower Manhattan, at the corner of Park Place and West Broadway.
Speakers will include 9/11 family members, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton; Dutch freedom fighter Geert Wilders (LIVE!); journalist Andrew Breitbart (either live or via video stream); NY Senate candidate Gary Bernsten; war hero and NC Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano; NY Congressional candidate and 9/11 first responder Michael Grimm; Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nassralla; a spokesman for the ACLJ, and other freedom fighters and proud Americans.
Our expenses for this are enormous. The staging and video screen for the speakers who will be joining us remotely costs over $12,000 alone. We also have to hire a large number of security guards: our speakers need to be guarded from the proponents of “tolerance” and “multiculturalism.” Both of us have received recent, specific death threats from the supporters of the “moderate” Ground Zero mosque. And we need people patrolling through the crowd, ejecting plants and agitators trying to create an incident that the Leftist media can exploit to tar opponents of the mosque as racists and bigots. We need money for posters, fliers, press releases, food and lodging for speakers, and more.
It’s a massive undertaking, and we need your help. Our total expenses for this rally could exceed $50,000. Politico is answering Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian, un-American call to investigate opponents of the mosque, and is nosing around our finances — all they’ll discover is that we have no huge donations, and are relying on the support of free Americans to make this rally a reality. Please consider giving $100. If we could find just 500 people who could each give that amount, we would be able to meet most or all of our expenses. If you can’t give $100, please give what you can and what you think this cause warrants. Donations to Jihad Watch will be devoted to the mosque rally, and are tax-deductible.
Make your tax-deductible donation here.
September 11 , 2010 at 3 :00 PM
The Best of : Sharif “I am a resource” el-Gamal (video)
Some clips from recent appearances of Sharif el-Gamal, the intended owner of the Ground Zero mosque (once someone in Saudi Arabia coughs up the rest of the money)
El-Gamal is also the newly revealed waiter cum real estate mogul and also a thug who punches out tenants who don’t pay their rent; but doesn’t bother to pay his taxes on the Ground Zero Mosque .
After all, as he so coyly revealed at a CB #1 meeting , “I am a resource” Whatta guy….
Read more about el-Gamal’s good friend, Imam Rauf- Slumlord, —>here
And Atlas Shrugs has more on “I don’t pay taxes” el-Gamal —>here
And from Jihad Watch —->>
Thanks to Ravi in the comments section for the next tid-bit: The billion dollar face behind NY mosque (and , of course, are any of us SURPRISED?)
Saudi Arabia’s Al-Waleed bin Talal is back in the spotlight for allegedly being one of the financers of the mosque near 9/11 Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan.
One of the richest men in the world, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has recently been named as being one of the financers behind the planned Islamic center in downtown Manhattan by Fox News — which is owned by a company in which, ironically, he is also a major stakeholder, reports Foreign Policy magazine.
It is believed that bin Talal has pumped more than $300,000 into the project headed by New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as part of the prince’s campaign to ‘improve the image of Islam among the American public.’
It is to be noted that in October 2001, following the World Trade Center attacks, New York mayor Rudy Giuliani turned down a $10 million donation from Al-Waleed for disaster relief after the prince suggested the United States ‘must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack,’ and ‘re-examine its policies in the Middle East.’
However, Giuliani interpreted his statements as drawing ‘a moral equivalency between liberal democracies like the United States, like Israel, and terrorist states and those who condone terrorism.’
El-Gamal-waiter to real estate mogul-paid cash for GZ Mosque !
MYFOXNY.COM – by CHARLES LEAF: While Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf has dominated headlines about the proposed cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, developer Sharif el-Gamal, 37, is actually the central figure behind the project.
Yet just a few years ago, el-Gamal was waiting tables in some fancy Manhattan restaurants.
Naturally, we wanted to talk to Sharif el-Gamal to learn more about the man and his plans, but apparently he didn’t want to meet us. We made repeated requests for a sit down interview with him, left him multiple voice mail messages and he never returned any of our calls. We even went to his office and talked to colleagues, but we were turned away. He left us with no choice: We had to go find him.
El-Gamal is an American Muslim reportedly born to a Polish mother and an Egyptian father. He was raised in Brooklyn.
Today, el-Gamal’s company, Soho Properties, owns the building where arguably the most controversial mosque in the world will be built. He bought the old Burlington Coat Factory building at 45 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site, for $4.8 million in cash in 2009.
We asked him where he got the money to put down on the property, but he stayed silent when we approached him.
His newfound notoriety was an extraordinary leap from his not-too-distant days as a waiter at Serafina, a trendy Upper East Side eatery, and at Michael’s, an upscale celebrity-filled restaurant packed with a veritable who’s who in media.
El-Gamal’s former restaurant bosses and co-workers told Fox 5 that the young and opportunistic el-Gamal thrived on the buzz from bumping elbows with marquee names and relished the opportunity to schmooze the high dollar clientele.
“Customers would come in and ask for him, he had his regulars,” said Cosmo Sammarone, a Serafina waiter.
El-Gamal left Serafina in 2002 and started selling real estate. But in just a year, he went from broker to business owner and launched his own real estate company, Soho Properties, in 2003. Records show he is the president and chief executive officer.
A long-time associate of his says el-Gamal isn’t quite who he seems to be. The associate asked Fox 5 to protect his identity because he fears retribution.
“I was pretty much in shock when I saw him on the news as the developer,” the associate said. “What I can say about Sharif is nothing good.
He said el-Gamal liked living in the fast lane, meeting celebrities in the restaurants were he worked, and partying with them at nightclubs.
“Very persuasive, master manipulator,” he said of el-Gamal.
Today, el-Gamal’s holdings included at least four buildings in Manhattan, including the site near Ground Zero, one in Chelsea, and two residential buildings in Washington Heights, where tenants seem to like him.
Records show el-Gamal bought the Washington Heights properties in 2007 for a little less than $3 million each.
Ken Brandman, president of N.Y. Commercial Real Estate Services, knows el-Gamal well. He, too, was a bit surprised to hear el-Gamal is the developer in the mosque near Ground Zero.
“I don’t think he has a lot of money,” Brandman said. “I’m sure he didn’t buy it with his own money.”
Soho Properties bought the site for the mosque for $4.8 million in cash. Just four months later, with Manhattan’s real estate market collapsed, el-Gamal made an even bigger deal.
With credit super tight, and prices plummeting, he paid $45 million for a 12-story commercial building in Chelsea that sold three years earlier for $31 million.
“It seems like a lot of pay in a downturn, considering it went for considerably less during the boom,” said Stuart Elliott, the editor of Real Deal magazine.
El-Gamal, the waiter turned mogul, plunked down another $5 million as down payment on the Chelsea building.
“Something’s up with that deal,” Ken Brandman said. “Unless someone gave him a lot of money, or he won the lottery, than somebody else put up the money.”
Fox 5 News has learned that el-Gamal did have help from a man named Hisham Elzanaty. Mortgage documents show that Elzanaty is the guarantor on the $39 million loan el-Gamal’s company secured to buy the building.
We repeatedly asked El-Gamal where he raised the money, where it was coming from, but he refused to answer our questions and run from us. He also did not answer the question of whether he would consider relocating the mosque
INSERT: some background on Hisham Elzanaty from jammy wearing fool
Now we assume Elzanaty is local and can find very little information on anyone with that name. But it appears to be this guy.
Interesting who this Hisham Elzanaty has donated money to in recent years: Barack Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lyndon LaRouche and Cynthia McKinney. In fact he’s donated to Gillibran, a mosque supporter, just two weeks ago. He’s listed as a doctor here, which matches the address on his donation. He’s also been listed as living in Searingtown, NY, and in an interesting twist lost his parents in this air disaster.
He’s also listed as a co-defendant in a 2007 federal RICO suit here, although it’s unclear how that case was resolved.
Leftist Press Conference in support of Ground Zero Mosque (8-25-10)
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce New Coalition Supporting Religious Freedom called “New York Neighbors for American Values”
WHERE: NYC Municipal Building (One Centre Street)
WHEN: August 25, 2010 at 11 AM
It was a NEW ‘coalition’ of every Leftist, Progressive, Soc/commie/Dem who work together constantly to subvert America. So what’s with the NEW name? Old friends who are “New York Neighbors for American Values”. They claim that they embrace the American constitutional values of religious freedom, diversity and equality. (as in SHARIA?) And that they “…. stand together today to reject the crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us.”
A predictable press conference where (surprise-surprise) they came out in support of Imam Rauf and (in his own words)…. his “ICONIC Ground Zero Mosque”.
The sycophant press came out in droves to this last-minute press conference. It was a scramble for everyone to get there but they did and their eagerness for “the story” was palpable. After all, this coalition would deliver what was considered a most important message about ‘what has happened in America”. And I don’t mean the attack on 9-11. NOPE. It’s that terrorists and Islam, there is no connection, one to the other. In truth, they never met a terrorist who wasn’t a victim of America . That’s right, put the blame on the Right-Wing, Hate-Mongers , and they did just that.
The Press Conference Video:
Looking around at the crowd of supporters, there were many familiar faces. Some well-known (as in Debbie Almontaser of NYC Intifada fame)
And others such as Bill Doar (a professional commie agitator)
He can be seen assaulting me and a NY Post photographer while the NYC Muslim police just watch(Go here for video)
This is Bill Doar’s “resume” :
Workers World Party (also writes for the paper),
NYC Labor Against War (NYCLAW)
International Action Center
If we are known by the company we keep then the Imam has some seriously flawed and highly suspicious characters on his team.
Slideshow of pictures:
WHEN will our dear Mayor Bloomberg start to ask the hard questions of the Cordoba Initiative. The lack of transparency, the obfuscation , the cover-up goes all the way to the White House, but you’d never know any of that from the fawning press and our Dhimmi Mayor.
BTW, when Faiza Ali , of NY-CAIR,
sweetly made a passing reference to a taxi driver knifed because he was Muslim, she did NOT mention that he was employed by “Intersections” and the Rev Chase who is seen towering in the background.
Nope. Not necessary. All she did was drop ” Right wing, Islamophobia “. Forget the facts, that the attacker was one of their own! [NY Daily News says, " In an odd twist, (Michael) Enright was a volunteer for Intersections International, a Manhattan-based group that promotes peace among different religions. A spokesman confirmed he was filming for the group, which recently threw its support behind the controversial Park 51 mosque project near Ground Zero.] Nope. that unfortunate connection….so NOT necessary to their meme-of-the-day.
Intersections and the Rev Robert Chase were covered at a screening for “What A Billion Muslims Think”.
A quote from Susan Lerner of Common Cause, one of the organizers of this “NEW” coalition: of
” I am sure many of you are as angry as I am at the furor going on around the Cordoba House, the Islamic cultural and community center proposed for lower Manhattan. Well, under the leadership of Common Cause, many civic, progressive, labor, community and religious groups are getting together to take a stand.” Their mantra, *Fighting for Social, Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice***
And their Press Release, PUBLISHED TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 — September Eleventh Families, Religious Leaders, Civic Groups, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Announce Coalition to Support Religious Freedom – New York Neighbors for American Values Speaks Out in Support of Park51
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, August 25, more than 40 prominent organizations, civic groups, leaders and religious and interfaith groups will join together to announce the creation of a coalition in support of religious freedom and diversity and to rebuff the increasingly strident opposition to a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero.
New York Neighbors for American Values embraces the American constitutional values of religious freedom, diversity and equality. We stand together today to reject the crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce New Coalition Supporting Religious Freedom
WHERE: Municipal Building (One Centre Street)
WHEN: 11 AM
* Faiza Ali, Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, 212.870.2002, (C) 718.724.3041
* Deanna Bitetti, Common Cause/NY, (C) 917.751.2342
* Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union, 212.607.3363, (C) 845.553.0349
* Shonna Carter, Riptide, 212.260.5000, (C) 917.453.8286
* September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
* Faiza Ali, Community Affairs Director Council on American-Islamic Relations –NY
* Ro Scheffe, Community Board 1 (DID NOT SPEAK)
* Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, President, New Sanctuary Movement and the Judson Memorial Church
* Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
* Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY
Added speakers: Imam Ayub Abdul Baki of the Islamic Cultural Center of NY and Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center and Donna Marsh O’Connor from 9-11 Families For Peaceful Tomorrow
The representatives of over 40 groups expressed support for allowing a Muslim cultural center to be built near ground zero during a news conference in Lower Manhattan August 25, 2010 to introduce ‘religious freedom’ coalition, The Coalition of NY Neighbors for American Values.Groups to Announce Coalition in Support of Park51, Religious Freedom
WHO: The Coalition of NY Neighbors for American Values: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Auburn Theological Seminary, Brooklyn for Peace, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause/New York, Community Voices Heard, Convergence of Cultures/NY, Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, Demos, Downtown Independent Democrats, Good Jobs New York, Greater NYC for Change, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Interfaith Center of New York, Islamic Mission of America inc., Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), Judson Memorial Church, Lower Manhattan Democrats (LMD), Manhattan Young Democrats, Middle East Crisis Response (MECR), Muslim Consultative Network, Muslim Public Affairs Council -NYC
New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Theological Seminary, New York City New Sanctuary Movement, Pax Christi Metro New York, The Dialogue Project, The New York City Chapter of Humanist Party, The Shalom Center, Woodstock International and Talat Hamdani
Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani NYPD Cadet, EMT< WTC II, Hester Eisenstein, Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center *, Jennifer Baumgardner, Co-Owner, Soapbox Inc.*, Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary* , Rev. Charles H. Straut, Jr., DMin, Consultant in Ministry, New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church*, Dr. Diane Steinman, Co-Chair, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform*, Luis Barrios, Ph.D., BCFE, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice- Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies*, Peter Marcuse, Professor emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University*, Rev. Freeman Palmer, Metro Association Minister, United Church of Christ, New York Conference*, Rev Dr Rita M Root, Interim Conference Minister, New York Conference, United Church of Christ*, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor, West-Park Presbyterian Church*, Tarak Kauff, Veterans For Peace, MECR, Editor Woodstock International newspaper*
*Organization listed for identification purposes only
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations
End of Press Conference, as I turned to enter the subway:
and then as I was exiting the subway... it may difficult to tell, lacking EYES, but she was walking TOWARDS me….
Bloomberg bends over for Islam at Iftar Dinner (2010) in Gracie Mansion
Mayor Bloomberg hosted his annual Iftar dinner at Gracie mansion this evening, August 24, 2010 at 8 PM.
And his speech to those in attendance (and to the suckered press) continues to shows how little respect he has for the articulate and NON-RACIST protests of his constituents. No matter how they arguments are parsed, in Bloomberg-Town, if you don’t march to his drummer, you are UN-American. Period.
Bloombergs opening remarks, ” We call this ‘The People’s House’ because it belongs to all 8.4 million New Yorkers who call this city home. People of every race and religion, every background and belief. We celebrate that diversity here in this house with gatherings like this.
And for me, whether it’s marking St. Patrick’s Day or Harlem Week or any other occasion, these gatherings are always a powerful reminder of what makes our city so strong and our country so great.
America is a nation of immigrants, and no place opens its doors more widely to the world than New York City. America is the land of opportunity, and no place offers its residents more opportunity to pursue their dreams than New York City. America is beacon of freedom, and no place defends those freedoms more fervently, or has been attacked for those freedoms more ferociously, than New York City.” His entire speech, if you can stomach it, is posted here>>. Otherwise, just jump to this next bon mot.
Bloomberg continued to exhibit how solidly he has been bought when he said , “Islam did not attack the World Trade Center — Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam — we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.”
The press seemed to have left Bloomberg’s ‘emotional’ speech as teary-eyed as Daisy “I was almost in tears” Kahn
and Sharif “He touches my heart” El-Gamal.
(The Imam is still out of the country fund-raising for the mosque on OUR TAX DOLLAR. So no weepy thank yous from him this evening) NY 1 has short video here
OUT side the dinner, the press actually decided to do some interviews with the protestors.
The impromptu protest was small because the information about the Iftar dinner was sent out with only about 90minutes notice, but the press did take the time to approach them with a few questions, even though they can’t bear to alter their pre-ordained observations.
They remained stuck-on-stupid with , ” How far is far enough to build this mosque/community center” and “Why are you blaming all Muslims for 9-11.”
A slide show of the protest and the press :
With Bloomberg so firmly in the pocket of the Saudis (for surely that will be exposed )we can expect more of this insanity from our Mayor until we VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE.
Otherwise, Bloomberg is going to get us all murdered…
JOIN US when we do a shout-out to Mayor Bloomberg and company. 9-11 at 3 PM