In light of the recent arrest of 24-year-old Imam, Izhar Khan of the Masjid Jamaat al-Mumineen (MJAM) mosque in Margate in connection with funding Taliban militants in Pakistan, leaders from Fort Lauderdale’s Tea Party and civil rights organization, Americans Against Hate (AAH), are calling on the government to shut MJAM down.
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Margate News – “After this mosque’s imam was found to be involved in financing a terrorist group, how can this mosque be allowed to remain open? Local citizens are outraged,” said Tea Party Director, Danita Kilcullen. In conjunction with Boca Raton’s Church of all Nations, the two groups will be holding a protest outside the mosque at 3222 Holiday Springs Boulevard Margate on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 pm.
(So, no one in America is ready to buy that Islam is a religion of peace – even though Muslims are crying from their roof top that they don’t believe in violence. Reason: in Every month a few radical muslims are arrested by FBI who are either Jihadis or associated with Jihadis)
AAH Chairman, Joe Kaufman told MargateNews.net that the government has been too soft in tip-toeing around the religious rights of Muslims who attend MJAM. Though mosque members told authorities they did not know their donations to the mosque were being used to fund terrorist activities, they are nevertheless complicit in the act.
After Kahn’s arrest May 14, mosque board members stressed that Khan was responsible only for religious instruction and leadership. He had nothing to do with mosque finances, Board President, Yazid Ali told reporters. Kahn was one of six charged with providing at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, a violent group blamed for numerous attacks and plots in Pakistan and against U.S. targets, including the failed attempt to bomb New York’s Times Square in May 2010.
“The President of the mosque’s Board of Directors and the Registered Agent for the group’s corporation, Yazid Ali, continues to support Izhar Khan, calling him a “bright, young star. Given the fact that the president of the mosque along with other mosque goers continue to support the Khans, we believe it is necessary and warranted that the U.S. government move to shut down the mosque. MJAM and its officials should no longer be allowed to operate within the state of Florida,” Kaufman said.
Though Kaufman’s position is in contrast to a statement made by Margate Mayor Pam Donovan at a recent press conference, where she said she felt bad that the mosque had to defend itself, “because it’s not the mosque; it’s one person,” she said, Kaufman cautions the public in adopting this view.
A regular contributor to the Hudson Institute and investigative journalist for FrontPage Magazine, Kaufman says the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical organization responsible for the emergence of a number of terrorist movements around the globe including Hamas and al-Qaeda, has a fairly large presence inside the U.S. where many Brotherhood entities operate under the guise of “civil rights” organizations, writes Kaufman. In the case of Margate, possibly a mosque.
In speaking with Margate residents and business owners regarding alleged terrorist Imam, Izhar Khan, practicing terrorism in their backyard, MargateNews.net found a general feeling of discomfort. Though some are reserving their opinions regarding Khan until after he stands trial and more evidence is presented to the public – evidence that might assuage his guilt – many perceive the case against him as “rock solid” and don’t see a silver lining for the mosque.
“For as long as the mosque is in operation, I doubt residents will feel 100% at ease,” said a retired Coral Springs police officer living in Margate. Former Florida State Rep candidate and outspoken Margate Christian, Scott Yardley, said he’s infuriated the mosque is allowed to remain open. “They maintain that Jews and Christians are perverse,” said Yardley in a phone call, pointing to numerous epithets in the Qur’an to support his statement.
Though the Christian religion has had its dark moments over the years, Yardley insists that to be Muslim is to have a deep rooted hatred toward Americans and to be intolerant of other religions to the point of destruction.
After the tragic events of Se
ptember 11 2001, Kaufman said Americans Against Hate changed its message to reflect the need for the free world to rise up against the violent hatred that continues to grow within undemocratic and certain democratic nations. “It appears that the leadership of the [Margate] mosque is in conspiracy to finance the militant Taliban in Pakistan. We are calling on the state and federal governments to look into the mosque’s finances and should there be evidence that they are supporting the Taliban or other terrorist groups and individuals, we need to shut them down.”