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The 1st Islamic Center Of NYC – Flashback

We almost missed this detail about the Ground Zero Mosque’s Imam, from the Associated Press:

Islamic Cultural Center of New York

Imam behind NYC mosque faces divisions over center

August 30, 2010

Rauf was born in Kuwait, the son of an Egyptian imam and noted Islamic scholar, Muhammad Abdul Rauf, who came to New York City in the 1960s and helped lead efforts to establish the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, the city’s first building designed as a mosque. The multimillion-dollar project took more than 25 years and opened in 1991. The elder Rauf also led the Islamic Center of Washington before taking a job in Malaysia…

This reminded us how much the claims for the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ match those that were made for the building of the first mosque in New York City, back in the early 1990s.

We were also reminded of some of the ‘controversies’ that were later associated with the ‘Islamic Cultural Center’ that Mr. Rauf’s father helped to build, especially immediately after the attacks on 9/11.

The Islamic Cultural Center of New York City’s first Imam was Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha. (In fact, Mr. Gemeaha, had lived in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, until he left the country shortly after the following interview.)

Here is a transcription of Mr. Gemeaha’s (aka Al-Gamei’a) October 2001 interview for his university, via MEMRI:

If the Americans Knew That the Jews Carried Out the September 11 Attacks They Would Do to Them What Hitler did

The Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Al-Gamei’a, the Al-Azhar University representative in the U.S. and Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque of New York City, was interviewed for the website www.lailatalqadr.com, an unofficial Al-Azhar University site, on October 4, 2001. Sheikh Gamei’a returned to Egypt after September 11 because he was being "harassed." Following are excerpts from the interview:

Q: "What was the situation of the Muslims before the incident (the September 11 attacks), and what are the negative ramifications for Muslims?"

Gamei’a: "Before the incident, the situation of Muslims was normal (in America). The federal government treated them normally… But after the incident, things deteriorated. All [commercial] activity with anyone found to be a Muslim or an Arab was immediately halted, and the federal bureaus stopped matters. Furthermore, he was thoroughly investigated, and asked: ‘Why did you come to America? What is your connection to Osama bin Laden? What do you know about the [Islamic] Jihad, Hamas, and Hizbullah organizations?’ Therefore, the Muslim feels imprisoned…" "Following the incident, Muslims and Arabs stopped feeling that it was safe to leave [their homes]… They stopped feeling that it was safe to send their wives to the market or their children to the schools. Muslims do not feel safe even going to the hospitals, because some Jewish doctors in one of the hospitals poisoned sick Muslim children, who then died."

Q: "The media has reported firing on mosques and harassment of Muslim women, and the situation has gotten so bad that Arabs are murdered in the streets. What about harassment you and your family have suffered?"

Gamei’a: "It’s true. The Muslims are being persecuted by the people and the federal government. This is the result of the bad image of Muslims created by the Zionist media, and of their presenting Islam as a religion of terrorism. That is why the Americans have linked the recent incidents to Islam. I personally have suffered; my home was attacked and my daughters were harassed."

Q: "What did you do about this harassment?"

Gamei’a: "When a group of people attacked my home, I went out to them and asked why they were doing this. They said that because we were Muslims we were linked to terrorism. I explained to them that what they were doing was uncivilized and was, in effect, a twofold crime, you let the criminals go free and attack innocents. This does not suit a modern state and a modern people, and is opposed to human values." "During my conversations with this group, it became clear to me that they knew very well that the Jews were behind these ugly acts, while we, the Arabs, were innocent, and that someone from among their people was disseminating corruption in the land. Although the Americans suspect that the Zionists are behind the act, none has the courage to talk about it in public."

Q: "Why can’t they talk about it? It’s their country, and the Jews are a minority."

Gamei’a: "When I asked them whether they had the courage to talk about it openly, they said: ‘We can’t.’ I asked why, and they said: ‘You know very well that the Zionists control everything and that they also control political decision-making, the big media organizations, and the financial and economic institutions. Anyone daring to say a word is considered an anti-Semite.’"

Q: "Does this mean that the Jewish element played a role in igniting the flame of fitna (internal strife)?"

Gamei’a: "The Jewish element is as Allah described it when he said: ‘They disseminate corruption in the land.’ We know that they have always broken agreements, unjustly murdered the prophets, and betrayed the faith. Can they be expected to live up to their contracts with us? These people murdered the prophets; do you think they will stop spilling our blood? No." "You see these people (i.e. the Jews) all the time, everywhere, disseminating corruption, heresy, homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs. [Because of them] there are strip clubs, homosexuals, and lesbians everywhere. They do this to impose their hegemony and colonialism on the world." "Now, they are riding on the back of the world powers. These people always seek out the superpower of the generation and develop coexistence with it. Before this, they rode on the back of England and on the back of the French empire. After that, they rode on the back of Germany. But Hitler annihilated them because they betrayed him and violated their contract with him." "We saw these Zionists, just one hour after the event, broadcasting on the BBC, the biggest media channel, that the Arabs, and particularly the Palestinians, were celebrating and rejoicing over the American deaths. [To do this] they broadcast a video from 1991, [filmed] during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. But Allah thwarted them when a professor from a Brazilian university stated that the video was a forgery, because she had a copy of it. These people have a script prepared in advance, and they have the ability to fabricate events in their favor."

Q: "What was the reaction of the American people?"

Gamei’a: "Unfortunately, this incident made the American people hate everyone who is Muslim or Arab. What can you expect when you think, first off, that fifty thousand have died and the Arabs are celebrating? How would you feel as an American? Of course you’d want revenge. This is what the Jews plotted and planned. They used the Arabs to carry it out."

Q: "What proof could incriminate the Jews of involvement in this incident?"

Gamei’a: "All the signs indicate that the Jews have the most to gain from an explosion like that. They are the only ones capable of planning such acts. First of all, it was found that the automatic pilot was neutralized a few minutes before the flight, and the automatic pilot cannot be neutralized if you don’t have command of the control tower. Second, the black boxes were found to contain no information; you cannot erase the information from these boxes if you do not plan it ahead of time on the plane. Third, America has the most powerful intelligence apparatuses, the FBI and the CIA… How did [the perpetrators] manage to infiltrate America without their knowledge? Fourth, Jews control decision-making in the airports and in the sensitive centers in the White House and the Pentagon. Fifth, to date America has presented no proof incriminating Osama bin Laden and Al-Qa’ida." "If we take these things into account and look closely at the incident, we will find that only the Jews are capable of planning such an incident, because it was planned with great precision of which Osama bin Laden or any other Islamic organization or intelligence apparatus is incapable …" "I told the American officials that the American people cannot, at this critical stage, know the real enemy who struck at its heart if it does not awaken from its slumber and stop blaming the Arabs and the Muslims…"

Q: "What about the American president’s declarations that the war that the U.S. is waging is a crusade?"

Gamei’a: "Herein lies the danger. As President Bush said, this is a crusade against Islam and against Muslims, but the American people are innocent in this matter, because the war was planned falsely." "This war will destroy everything. This is [the kind of] war that the American president tried to avoid, when he [tried] to take back what he said. He went to the Islamic center in Washington and took back his words, but he did this only after he incited the souls and revealed what happened behind the scenes of American policy." "For this reason, I advise every Arab and every Muslim leader not to offer any aid whatsoever to the oppressing superpower [to help it] attack Muslims, because this is a betrayal of Allah and his Prophet…" "On the news in the U.S. it was said that four thousand Jews did not come to work at the World Trade Center on the day of the incident, and that the police arrested a group of Jews rejoicing in the streets at the time of the incident… This news item was hushed up immediately after it was broadcast… The Jews who control the media acted to hush it up so that the American people would not know. If it became known to the American people, they would have done to the Jews what Hitler did! …"

Q: "Do you think that the American leadership will back down from the decision to go to war?"

Gamei’a: "An American attack on Afghanistan will constitute terrorism, as the U.S. did in Iraq and in Palestine… I think that this war will be the end of America the oppressor. I see America as the second ‘Aad (in Islamic tradition, ‘Aad and Thamud were two Arab tribes that were annihilated because they deviated from the path of Allah)… The U.S. has the same traits as the first ‘Aad: it has skyscrapers and large factories. Allah will impose on the people of the second ‘Aad (i.e. the Americans) what he imposed on the people of the first ‘Aad, because they are a people who are arrogant in their power, but Allah will avenge himself on them."

Q: "What is the future of Muslims in America following these incidents?"

Gamei’a: "In every trouble there is some good. That’s what I always say. This incident urges people to come to know Islam, now that it has been proven to the Americans that they were deceived by the Jews… Allah has foiled [the plot of] the Jews, who set a trap to try to distort the image of the Muslims, and has proved to the American people what the truth is. Therefore, I believe that the future of the Muslims in the U.S. will be glorious."

Again, these are the ‘bridge-building’ words of the Imam of the first Islamic Cultural Center built in New York City, in large part by Mr. Rauf’s own father.

Indeed, even the New York Times noted Mr. Gemeaha change of tune – and abrupt departure:

New York Cleric’s Departure From Mosque Leaves Mystery

Published: October 23, 2001

Three days after the terrorist attack on the United States, Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha, leader of a prominent mosque on East 96th Street in Manhattan, delivered a sermon in English to an interfaith audience calling for peace, healing and love among people of all religions.

That sounds familiar, does it not?

Two weeks later, he suddenly moved his family back to Cairo, telling an Arabic-language newspaper that he left because his family had been threatened at their home on the Upper West Side. He sent a letter of resignation to the mosque.

His departure from the Upper East Side mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center of New York City, which regularly draws 4,000 Muslims for Friday prayers, comes amid questions about an interview he reportedly gave to an Arabic Web site on Oct. 4 saying that Muslims in America were being persecuted, that their children were being poisoned by Jewish doctors in American hospitals, and that ”Zionists” in command of the nation’s air traffic control towers aided the suicide hijackings.

The Arabic-language interview first appeared on a Web site, www.lailatalqadr.com, which normally features noncontroversial articles by and about prominent Islamic teachers. Many are based at al-Azhar University in Cairo, a prominent center of Islamic learning whose leadership is approved by the government of Egypt. Sheik Gemeaha served as a translator in the office of the grand imam at the university and was sent by the university to serve at the New York mosque.

The interview was picked up and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a group based in Israel and Washington that monitors Arabic-language news media. The group is pro-Israel, but its translations of Arabic news media have proved reliable. The New York Times asked two independent translators to check this translation, and both found it to be accurate…

By the way, Mr. Gemeaha’s replacement, Omar Saleem Abu-Namous, grudgingly ‘condemned’ the September 11 attacks. But he has pronounced that there wasn’t “conclusive evidence” that Muslims were responsible. He demanded proof.

Imam Abu-Namous went on to engage in a series of (highly limited) ‘interfaith dialogues’ with prominent Muslim leaders and rabbis. Abu-Namous’s successor as imam, Mohammed Shamsi Ali, is reportedly continued the these ‘dialogues.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “The 1st Islamic Center Of NYC – Flashback”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I have newspapers – several different ones from that time period – I do not remember a single firing on mosques, women harassed or Arabs murdered in the street – like that would not have been run by the media 24/7/365 but the true nature of these people lies in this line

    it became clear to me that they knew very well that the Jews were behind these ugly acts, while we, the Arabs, were innocent

    How anyone can allow people either this intent on destroying America (not to mention the Jews), this stupid or this duplicitous into this country is just another reason we are in chaos and sinking fast. These people suck up our education, amass great wealth and spit on America every chance they get and will kill us – if we do not stop them.

    And the illegal aliens let in – will bankrupt us in the meantime.

    The librals/progressives/dems should be tried for treason and barred from holding office at all from city to Federal for a minimum of 50 years – unless a person will declare in public that they swear allegiance to America – they should be deported and all illegals should be deported and banned from applying for a return to the US for 10 years – and I’m being nice – because with crap like this spread and no immediate arrest of this man – I would vote for shoot on sight for most of them.

    Just like the nutcase in the Discovery building – he got what he wants – his insane drivel is being read. Instead a single well-aimed, well placed bullet that would let every treasonous politico, every duplicitous ‘religious’ cultist who happens to be islamic, every illegal alien and every nutcase who wants to be famous learn that all they will get is dead and forgotten.

    But no the emo left has let the lunatics loose and now they are running the place.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  2. beautyofreason says:

    I have no words. I think the slime bag imam would have fit in well with the Nazi SS. Substitute “Aryan” for “Muslim” and you have the same pathology.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      The involvment in the Afircan theater in WWII was not just a question of resources for the Germans. Their actions and goals would have initially been met with support from the muslims of the region, and this was expected. At some point these two institutions (Nazis and muslims) would have been at odds, but when it came to eliminating Jews by the hundreds of thousands, well, that was a bridge building effort they could both get on board with.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I thought this was a non-fiction site? If I wanted to read fantasy I can go to the library.


    I was thinking the same thing. If you dyed all the moose limbs’ hair blond you’ve got the new 1000 year reich.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Here is what is going to happen to the United States very soon as it is already happening in France, Germany, Sweeden, Finland and many more countries.


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