An Imam has turned an abandoned department store just two blocks away from ground zero into a place where hundreds Muslim terrorists gather for prayer every week — and he dreams of converting it into a full-fledged Islamic cultural center. Beheadings anyone?
UPDATE: MAY 6, 2010: (UPI) — A New York community board has approved plans for a mosque and Islamic center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.
The mosque’s name ‘Cordoba’ is provocative. It harkens back to a time when Muslim’s controlled Spain. After they were driven back from France, Muslims had much of Europe under attack. German Muslims have been reportedly naming their mosques in the same provocative way. One of their favorites is to use the name of the Muslim Turk who successfully conquered Constantinople. Most definitely the intent is to conquer.
Recently there was a disturbance in the old Spanish Cordoba mosque, which has been made into a church. Visiting Muslims students, decided to pray and when they were asked to stop, they instead attacked the guards, one had a knife.
After paying 4.85 million this summer to purchase a five-story Park Place building — which once housed a branch of Burlington Coat Factory but has been vacant since a plane’s landing gear crashed through its roof on Sept. 11, 2001 — a group of investors plan on building “an Islamic cultural, educational and recreational center near the city’s most hallowed piece of land,” the Times reports.
On that still-quiet Tuesday morning, the sales staff was in a basement room eating breakfast, waiting to open the doors to the first shoppers at 10 a.m. There was no immediate sign of the fiery cataclysm that erupted overhead starting at 8:46. But out of a baby-blue sky suddenly stained with smoke, a plane’s landing-gear assembly the size of a World War II torpedo crashed through the roof and down through two empty selling floors of the Burlington Coat Factory.
The Sept. 11, 2001, attack killed 2,752 people downtown and doomed the five-story building at 45 Park Place, two blocks north of the World Trade Center, keeping it abandoned for eight years. But for months now, out of the public eye, an iron gate rises every Friday afternoon, and with the outside rumblings of construction at ground zero as a backdrop, hundreds of Muslims crowd inside, facing Mecca in prayer and listening to their imam read in Arabic from the Koran.
The building has no sign that hints at its use as a Muslim prayer space, but these modest beginnings point to a far grander vision: an Islamic center near the city’s most hallowed piece of land that would stand as one of ground zero’s more unexpected and striking neighbors.
The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, “where a piece of the wreckage fell,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.” “We want to push back against the extremists,” added Imam Feisal, 61. (Crap! They want to celebrate 9/11 every day)
Jewish Liberal Muslim-sympathizer, Mayor Michael Bumberg, said through a spokesman that Imam Feisal told him of the project last September at a celebration to observe the end of Ramadan. The mayor’s MUSLIM director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fatima Shama, went further. “We as New York Muslims have as much of a commitment to rebuilding New York as anybody,” Ms. Shama said. Imam Feisal’s wife, Daisy Khan, serves on an advisory team for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and Lynn Rasic, a spokeswoman for the memorial, said, “The idea of a cultural center that strengthens ties between Muslims and people of all faiths and backgrounds is positive.” (Bullshit)
But though the imam is adamant about what his intentions for the site are, there is anxiety among those involved or familiar with the project that it could very well become a target for anti-Muslim attacks. (If we’re lucky, it will be burned to the ground)
“It’s really to provide a place of peace, a place of services and solutions for the community which is always looking for interfaith dialogue,” said Sharif El-Gamal, chairman and chief executive of Soho Properties. “What happened that day,” he said, “was not Islam.” (Like Hell it wasn’t. It was pure Islam, you fricken Muzzie scumbag. Get the Hell our of my city and my country before we force you out. Switzerland has the right idea) H/T CREEPING SHARIA
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