Qur’an says no to “9/11 mosque”!

In ISLAM on August 18, 2010 at 14:08

What persuades you that this will end well?

The controversy over the “9/11 mosque” has dangerously missed the point.

Yes, it is an offense to the families of nearly 3,000 victims who were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack ever on American soil. Yes, it will reopen and infect deep wounds. And yes, it is perfectly legal and protected by the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.

But it is also an affront to Allah.

Open your Qur’an and read sura 9, verse 107. I will reproduce it here in English for our Western readers:

“And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief and infidelity – to disunite the Believers – and in preparation for one who warred against Allah and His Messenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; But Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars.” (The Qur’an, sura 9, verse 107, Yusufali translation)

You can see that the language is much stronger in Arabic.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf may not intend “to disunite the Believers,” but his irresponsibility will accomplish the same end, even while he and his supporters, both Muslim and America’s progressive elite, “indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good.”

Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and the Taliban are counting on the inevitable outcome of such irresponsibility.

Do not be deceived, my brothers and sisters, this issue will not die. It will not go away. It is already dividing Believers and will fester and putrify like an open wound.

In addition to killing thousands of innocent Americans, Osama bin Laden’s stupid attack destroyed the reputation of Muslims everywhere. The result was Arab profiling, false arrests and, yes, an Islamophobia that has not been entirely unjustified. It also resulted in the creation of hundreds of organizations worldwide working tirelessly to encourage constructive dialogue and repair the shattered image of Islam, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been better used for education, healthcare and other noble causes.

If you allow Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and the Cordoba Initiative to build this shrine to terrorism, you will only generate more hatred, suspicion and violence, destroy nearly a decade of image-rebuilding and set in motion a backlash against all Muslims.

Think for a moment. Do you really believe that Americans will just say “Oh, well” and move on while the 9/11 mosque is being built? Day after day, they will drive by, walk by on the way to work, and their anger and outrage will be renewed. The media will broadcast updates on the mosque’s progress, inflaming millions of viewers with every report.

How will Muslims react, then, when an angry citizen smears garbage on a wall of the mosque or covers it with blasphemous graffiti? How will they respond to protests and pickets? What if some hothead sets off a bomb?

Hatred and violence are not confined to Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. They lie just below the surface of us all and only require sufficient heat to erupt.

And the violence will not be contained in Manhattan. You have seen how our brothers and sisters have reacted to books and cartoons. You can expect outraged mobs to burn homes and churches, attack embassies, kidnap and behead hostages not only in the Middle East but also in Africa and Asia, in obedience to the Qur’an’s mandate to defend the honor of Allah and his Prophet.

The blood—Muslim and non-Muslim—will be on the hands of the foolish Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. But he and Islamists like him will blame everybody else, just as he blames America instead of bin Laden for 9/11. Just as he will not admit that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Instead, he provokes and blames the provoked.

And you will share the blame because you did nothing stop it when it was in your power.

Even your Qur’an warns that the 9/11 mosque is not the will of Allah. It is the work of “mischief and infidelity.”

The 9/11 mosque will do nothing but push people over the edge. Americans and Muslims. Not for days or weeks, but for years, for as long as the building stands. And the violence will only escalate. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. On every continent.

The Cordoba project will never be a community center where people will gather to seek and find common ground.

You can, and must, stop it. Through petitions and boycotts. By demanding accountability from your leaders. By withholding funds. By refusing to take any part in the sins of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and the Cordoba Initiative.

In short, you must stop it by being a responsible Muslim.

  1. If you are going to make it a site for everyone. Then it should have no religious denomenations. When is race and religion wars going to end. It is a bout time to stop worrying about religion and start having faith. All books are written by a man. Faith is your own belief.

  2. I agree that it will cause a division between not just the Americans of other faiths and beliefs and most importantly the families that lost loved ones, but it will divide the muslim people
    i believe building the mosque at by ground zero is to make a statement, i don’t think there is ANYTHING innocent about it being built there it was well thought out, well planned and if people don’t wake up it will be built there

  3. I hear all around me the apathy of my fellow Americans who feel helpless to do anything to truly express their strong disagreement with the location of the mosque. Where is the voice of the American people truly heard? We really want to know.

  4. Wow.
    “They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; But Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars.”
    Thank you for sharing this with us Non Muslims who just want peace.

  5. Well well well… finally there will be 2 possibilities happened:
    First, the Mosque/Islamic Center will be built soon or later.
    Second, the Mosque/Islamic Center won’t be built.
    The land of freedom has been being misused finally. It is irony, isn’t it?

  6. Florence, with due respect, your comment is non-sensical. All you are doing is spouting forth YOUR OWN faith and belief. What makes you think that YOUR OWN faith and belief is any better than anyone that of anyone else?

    According the the Bible, Faith is a gift from God …

    Race and religion wars will cease when people like you and me truly become Christ-followers. Until then, evil men (and women) like you and me will continue doing what our evil natures dictate. Yes, there is a Hitler in every one of us — it just requires the necessary conditions to bring it to the fore.

  7. I believe this “planned center” is an attempt to provoke a reation that leads to strife.This is evil and a sin! While I believe we should “be a peace with all men” we should also be “cunning as doves”.To allow is travesty to inflame violence makes us come down to the level of those that commited the awful acts of 9-11.I will however add my voice to those opposed to having an Islamic center two blocks from “ground zero” where many innocent people died.Come,let us reason together.

  8. The name “Cordoba” has obviously given enough Americans, even in their present somnambulant state, enough unease that it has been changed to “Park51”– a much less threatening title. But why change it, if Cordoba in Spain, as the Cordoba Initiative asserts, “endured as a shining example of tolerance among the three monotheistic religions. Muslim, Christian and Jew cohabited in prosperity during a period known for its outstanding literary and scientific productivity.” Not so much.

    “Though any identifiable Cordovan era of good feelings lasted closer to 250 years than to the 400 or 800 years posited by Rauf, those two and a half centuries also contained episodes of intolerance and bouts of anarchy… The idea of an Andalusian golden age, when Christians and Jews lived contentedly under Muslim rule, has become a fixture of Western historical thinking over the last hundred years. But is it true?”–Michael Lame “NY City Mosque Part II: Cordoba”

    “In 1066 there was a pogrom in Granada in which its Jewish community was slaughtered. Thousands of Christians were deported to slavery in Morocco in 1126. Thoroughly dismissive attitudes to Christians and Jews may be found in the Arabic literature of al-Andalus. It is a myth of the modern liberal imagination that medieval Islamic Spain was, in any sense that we should recognize today, a tolerant society.” –Professor Fletcher,author of Moorish Spain.

    The name “Cordoba” should scare us in the West. Good thing they changed it, but you can be sure Rauf’s original purposes for the mosque, and the Middle East donors’ purposes for it, have not changed. It is a political act, an act of war/conquest, and they are the only ones fighting it at this point. Because it is a political act of conquest, Americans should not allow it to be built. It is not about freedom of religion. Muslims leaders from around the world freely state their intentions for the US– destruction. Wake up! Rauf might mask his intentions behind lies of peace, but most Muslim political and spiritual leaders do not even bother. He’s doing it to further his agenda. His goal is anything but peace, as Mosab states. Islam needs to be defined as the dangerous political ideology it is, so that it can be confined to the areas of the world where the masses of people welcome its rule and influence–not in New York!

    • I dunno. I think the people of New York seem to be welcoming it, haha! Certainly the NYT thinks it’s a great idea.

  9. I do not underdtand why the muslims compare themselve to the American that came to this country for the freedom of religion and be able to worship The Almighty God of the bible!!!!!!!!!!
    The muslims are NOT persecuted in thier countries for practicing Islam they can STAY IN THIER COUNTRIES AND WORSHIP THEY WANT ALL THEY WANT!!!!!!!!but allthey are doing with building this mosqe in AT GROUND 0 IS TO HAVE AN EXECUSE TO PROVOKE AMERICANS AND IN RETURBN HAVE A REASON TO START RIOTS AND BEHEADINGS AND BURING OF CHURCHED AND KIDNAPPING PEOPLE, THAT IS JUST THE WAY MUSLIMS OPERATE, I am from a muslim country and I know what I am talking about.

  10. Very well said Mosab!

  11. This is the sheerest of sheer poppycock.

  12. Mosab,

    I have been trying to get answers about Muslims from Muslims & it’s like talking to a wall. Whatever I ask, or say with a question after the fact, I’m called a liar. I even tried to “ask” them to read some of the articles here on your site. Guess what? I was told I was spreading lies & propaganda about Muslims. How are we able to get the Muslim community to read what you have said? How do we stop the hate?

    I do not want the Park 51 mosque to be built & neither does millions of Americans. If somehow they get permission to build this mosque, I fear much violence in NY. I have a deep feeling that New Yorkers will not allow this to happen.

    I finished your book yesterday & have passed it on to a friend to read. Then it goes to another friend. I don’t know if I could have lived thru what you did & come out of it with faith & love.

    If anyone on this site has Muslim friends, please try to get them to come to this site & read the information.

    God Bless You All

  13. Mosab,
    I just finished reading (I will have to use the letter i instead of the letter just before z, since it is broken on mi keiboard….)
    iour book. I want to commend iou for such great courage and devotion. I know the Lord called iou and set iou apart for this. I have had a burden for Muslim women, since reading a three books written about a princess from the Saudi Roial Famili. It is tragic how demented Islam is in it’s treatment of women. Continue to speak out so others mai know the truth.

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