Radical Mosques in America: Is There One Near You?
Thu, November 26, 2015
The Clarion Project has identified over 80 Islamist organizations including mosques in the United States, resulting in prominent media coverage on FOX News Channel's "Fox & Friends" and the Daily Caller website.
Watch Clarion Project's National Security Analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, on "Fox & Friends" discussing four of the radical mosques and the need to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization:
The four organizations discussed in the segment are:
- Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia. Shocking video showed its imam preaching that Muslims should be first in line to pick up weapons for violent jihad and characterizing the West as an adversary. The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center is involved in prison outreach in Washington, D.C.
- Islamic Society of Boston (and its Cultural Center), which have significant Muslim Brotherhood links and extremist histories. A Muslim activist who fled Egypt to get away from the Brotherhood's radicalism told the Clarion Project how he was shocked to find its ideology at the mosque.
- Masjid At-Taqwa of New York, led by the extremely radical and influential cleric Siraj Wahhaj. In 2011, he advised Muslims to stop talking about sharia because "we're not there yet."
- North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an organization that owns many mosques across the country. The Justice Department says it is an "entity" of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, a sub-division secretly established to support the Hamas terrorist group.
The segment follows the Daily Caller's creation of a map of over 80 radical mosques based on Clarion's research. This is about four percent of the estimated 2,106 mosques in the U.S., the news site wrote.
In addition to those 83 sites, there are many other Islamist organizations operating in the U.S. and mosques due to be written about. You can learn about Islamist groups in your state by searching the Islamist Organizations in America section of our website that is continuously updated.
The North American Islamic Trust's (NAIT's) website says it owns mosques in 42 states and has stated that it owns the titles to over 325 properties.
Click here for a partial list of mosques owned by NAIT
In January, a prominent Muslim leader in the United Kingdom with links to the Muslim Brotherhood estimated that half of the mosques in America were founded by Brotherhood members.
Senator Ted Cruz has introduced important legislation to help get the Muslim Brotherhood designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and is now endorsed by five additional representatives.
We encourage readers to ask their congressmen and Senators (and presidential candidates) for their statements on this legislation and/or their general position on designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
Please send us any written or recorded statements so we can update our website to document where our leaders stand.
Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.