The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far…

May 17, 2010
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By Gadi Adelman

The man behind the mosque at Ground Zero, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, comes from a long line of Imams. The problem is, to what point does that line lead back?

In my last article, “Spitting in the Face of Everyone Murdered on 9/11,” I spoke out against building a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. Aside from the moral issue of having a mosque so close to Ground Zero (one would think if Islam is truly the religion of peace, its representatives would surely see the great agitation this causes and do the decent thing by just not building it there). Forget the question of who is funding the $100 million, 13-story monster mosque, because of all the e-mails and comments I received, I decided a more interesting venture would be to look a little deeper into the man behind the mosque.

Back in 2004, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was invited to speak in Sydney, Australia, by Premier Bob Carr. According to an article that was published at the time in the Sydney Morning Herald

Photo caption: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (center) poses in a photo with attendees at a 2006 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the far left is Sultan Muhammad, communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. (photo: CAIR Chicago)

, Imam Rauf stated, “The U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” Published on March 21, 2004, the article quoted the Imam from New York. “Speaking from his New York mosque, Imam Feisal said the West had to understand the terrorists’ point of view.” Rauf further stated, “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.”

“The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians…” Really? Wow, glad that was cleared up. So where did that stack of dead bodies (from the 15,297 terrorist attacks perpetrated in the name of Jihad and Islam since 9/11) come from?

“The West had to understand the terrorists’ point of view.” Actually, I do understand their point of view. I have read the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira. This so-called “religion of peace” is nothing of the sort. I think the founder of CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations), Omar Ahmad, summed it up best when he said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” This statement has been widely reported over the years, but it appears Mr. Rauf is counting on the ignorance of many people to win this argument. Ahmad’s statement reflects nothing more than a fervent wish for domination, pure and simple.

So who is this man, Imam Rauf, who now wants to dominate Ground Zero in the shadow of a $100 million, 13-story mosque?

Imam Rauf was born in Kuwait in 1948 after his parents fled (or were thrown out, depending on which report you read) from Egypt. His father, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Rauf, was a known member of the Muslim Brotherhood which is why some say he was thrown out of Egypt in 1948. The Muslim Brotherhood, for those of you who don’t know, was founded in 1928, only four years after the Ottoman Empire ended. It is the oldest terrorist organization in the world and has over 70 different offshoots which include al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, just to name a few. Interestingly, the Muslim Brotherhood is not only banned here in the U.S., but it was banned in Egypt as well.

People need to know history in order to understand Islam and what they are really out to achieve. At its height, the Islamic Empire covered more of the earth than the Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire ended in 1924 and the Muslim Brotherhood came about only four years later. This is no coincidence; it was established to bring back the world domination that Islam once had. Aside from Islam conquering a huge part of the world, Islam also conquered most of Spain in the year 711 from Tariq ibn Zayid’s invasion and held it through 1248; it controlled parts of Spain until its full liberation in 1492. Spain was renamed Andalusia. So why is this of importance?

The name of the organization planning the mosque is the “Cordoba Initiative,” and this name itself is a full affront to Americans. Cordoba was the seat of the Islamic Caliphate that ruled Spain and the name is often used today by Islamic militants when recalling the glory of the Islamic Empire from the years when they occupied Spain.

Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of ACT for America and the author of They Must Be Stopped and Because They Hate, was a guest on the Sean Hannity show recently where she stated, “Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has said publicly that the September 11th attack was not perpetrated by Muslims. He said publicly on CNN that the United States was an accessory to the crime and that Osama bin Laden was made in the United States.”

Brigitte Gabriel has also referred to CAIR as the “arm of Hamas in America.” CAIR was named an “unindicted co-conspirator” along with the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust, in connection with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development trial. Between July and September 2007, prosecutors in the terrorism case against the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and its top officials released a multitude of exhibits and documents that provided extraordinary understanding into the web of connections tying together a handful of Hamas front groups that operated on American soil throughout the 1990s and beyond, serving as a central piece in the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. network.

CAIR was one of the “unindicted co-conspirators” in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation. So why is Imam Rauf standing with Sultan Muhammad, the communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in the picture above? What are his connections to CAIR or for that matter the Muslim Brotherhood? Is he following in his father’s sandals?

Muslims are allowed, no, they are commanded, to lie. This is called “Taqiyya.” Taqiyya can be used in interaction with any non-Muslim so long as it furthers the interest of Islam. According to Islam Watch, “The word ‘Taqiyya’ literally means: ‘Concealing, precaution, guarding.’ It is employed in disguising one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralizing any criticism of Islam or Muslims.”

The website also explains, “Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.”

Is Imam Rauf just practicing Taqiyya? Is the mosque planned at Ground Zero nothing more than another mosque built out of the quest for global domination? Muslims have been destroying houses of worship built by every other faith since the rise of the Islamic Empire. The world over, Islam has ransacked tens of thousands of churches, synagogues, monasteries and holy archaeological sites, not to mention Buddhist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Hindu temples and others. After this occurs, they build a mosque over it and claim it in the name of Allah. Domination, pure and simple.

Now, call it what you want – terrorists, radical Islamic extremists, man made catastrophes, insert your favorite politically correct term here – destroyed the Twin Towers and murdered 3,000 people on 9/11. They were Jihadists…period. Are we going to let them build a mosque 600 feet from where the towers once stood?

Pam Geller and Robert Spencer of SIOA (Stop the Islamization of America) have organized The SIOA No 9/11 Mosque Rally. It will be at Ground Zero on June 6 at 12 noon. Supporting groups (partial list): ACT for America (ACT Manhattan chapter); Z Street; Freedom Defense Initiative; No Mosque at Ground Zero; Faith Freedom International; Stuart Kaufman; American Bulldogs; VAST; and the Center for Security Policy. Go to SIOA Facebook page for more info. I will be there with Dave Gaubatz, author of “The Muslim Mafia” along with Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim and author of “Now They Call Me Infidel”; Simon Deng, the Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians; James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force; and Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) and of course Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

Come join us: stand up for American security and sovereignty and against all enemies who would do our beloved country harm.

Gadi Adelman is the National Field Director of SIOA and a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counter-terrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He is currently writing his first book, Terrorism: Understanding the Threat. He can be reached through his website

14 Responses to “ The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far… ”

  1. marie on May 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Hi .

    I will be standing up for you here in Australia. This story has not been in MSN in Australia, that i know of, but I have seen it referred to on a couple of blogs. Andrew Bolt is the most read blogger here and I have just posted this link for readers to be informed. Good luck. Thanks for all your work.

  2. Stepnanie on May 18, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Quran 9:111 is 9/11-attack
    01:08 “… the killing of women and children is forbidden …”
    Page 34 “… Muhammad allowed killing children during night raids …” Sahih Muslim Book 19 Number 4321, 4322, 4323

    01:45 “What do you think of moderate Muslims, that don’t believe in your jihadist way?”
    “… they don’t understand the laws of God (Quran) … they are hypocrites”

    “Slay the unbelievers wherever you catch them” 2:291
    “Fight them, until there is no more dissent and religion is that of Allâh” 2:193
    “religion should be only for Allah” 8:39
    “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah”
    Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387

    Islam will dominate the world

    Ibn Kathir: “The Order to fight until there is no more Fitnah”
    “… `So that the religion of Allah becomes dominant above all other religions.’ …
    `None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. …”

    al-Tafsir on Quran 2:216 “Prescribed for you, obligatory [for you], is fighting, disbelievers, though it be hateful to you, by nature, because of the hardship involved. …”


  3. Caleb Brown on May 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    One of the Community Board Financial district members writes on the project here…

  4. blackHat on May 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    You people really don’t get it, do you? Is it a general cranial thickness, scorn for objectivity and reason, vitriol-induced blindness…what, seriously, is wrong with you?

    Your argument, that building a mosque near ground zero is “Spitting in the face of everyone murdered on 9/11,” hinges upon the intrinsically bigoted notion that all adherents to a particular religion believe and behave the same way. This is utterly ridiculous.

    Let’s assume (to avoid diversion from the topic at hand) that the media reports, as well as the 9/11 Commission are to be taken at face value; that Mohammed Atta & company were directly responsible for the 9/11 attacks. These 19 men were adherents to the Wahhabi sect-a very small minority among Muslims collectively, who practice an extreme form of Islam aimed at ‘purification’ of the religion, usually through violence. [You probably already know this.]

    In antiquity, followers of Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab formed an army that murdered thousands of fellow Muslims (whom they dubbed ‘infidels’ for various reasons), desecrated the graves of important Islamic figures (including Muhammad’s daughter Fatimah, and son-in-law Ali) and even attempted to destroy the tomb of Muhammad himself, fearing that it would be worshiped. Wahhabis could be compared to the Puritan perpetrators of the Salem Witch Trials, or perhaps more accurately to those responsible for the Inquisitions of mediaeval Europe, and they are openly condemned by many Muslims-at best as willfully ignorant extremists, and at worst as outright heretics or Kufar (infidels). Muslims i’ve spoken to personally about these things have often asserted that they don’t consider Wahhabis to be Muslims at all; that their beliefs are a perversion of their faith, which they want nothing to do with.

    The fallacy atop which your entire organisation teeters is your apparent inability to draw the line where it ought to be drawn-between ordinary adherents to a religion and violent extremists. Do you think most ordinary, church-going Christians embrace abortion clinic bombers as brothers in faith? i should think not; however, you seem to think that ordinary Muslims are to be mixed in with the ilk of terrorists. Why else would building a mosque near ground zero be insulting to the victims of the WTC attacks? May i remind you that not only were there Muslims among those killed on 9/11, but the vast majority of the Islamic community condemned the actions of the terrorists.

    The focus of your organisation is what you perceive to be the danger of America becoming a ‘Muslim nation’, however, have you ever stopped to consider that most religions entertain goals of being superior? Islam is not unique in that. The ‘dominionist’ movement in Christianity, for example, is a push toward establishing a Christian theocracy. This seems to be the same thing you fear from Islam-a sharia government-however there is very little difference. The austere rule of law imposed by existing Islamic governments is on par with the Mosaic law of the Old Testament, which makes sense, considering Judaism and Islam share the same patriarch (Abraham/Ibrahim), and thus many of the same events are recounted in both the Torah and the Quran. In the end, all theocracies look the same-they are the antithesis of freedom. My question is, why expend such energy fearing Islam, when Christian dominionists both occupy high office in the federal government, and have the ear of presidents and senators? Which seems the greater possibility here?

  5. [...] de la Zona Cero, pero proyectará su sombra sobre él. Tampoco están de acuerdo con Feisal en la página del SIOA. Según publican en este artículo, el imam defendió este proyecto diciendo en Australia [...]

  6. blackHat on May 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM


    Having recently read more on the subject of Wahhabi Islam, it appears that even within Wahhabi sects (for instance, the House of Saud is a supporter of Wahhabi ideas), those whose interpretation of jihad (which literally means ‘struggle’, in much the same sense as Christians refer to ‘spiritual warfare’ or refer to the Bible as a ‘sword’) includes physical violence, as opposed to an inward, spiritual struggle, make up an even smaller minority. As Karen Armstrong asserts, the teachings followed by extremists such as bin Laden are those of Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966). Interesting food for thought.

  7. St. Paul on May 21, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    blackHat, it is really unfortunate that people like you continue obfuscate and to spread the absurd idea that Judaism, Christianity and Islam can be compared.

    Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes examining the Koran and the Hadith knows that the core texts of Islam are replete with violence and hate.

    By contrast, you will be severely challenged to find even one sentence in the New Testament (which, as you should know, for Christians supercedes the Old Testament) which promotes violence in any form. Jesus spent his time working miracles, healing the sick, bringing the dead back to life and proclaiming salvation for believers (and damnation for the unbelievers — but in the afterlife, not in the here and now), whereas Mohammed’s main activities were murderous conquest, war, oppression and hands-on beheading whenever the opportunity presented itself… right here, in this, the real world.

    This has nothing to do with Wahhabism. Muslims are stuck with their texts, whatever their sect. And — as you should know if you have ever studied any Islamic theology — it is impossible to dismiss these commands to perpetrate violence by reference to their “historical context”. For while while Jews can credibly justify the violence in the Old Testament by claiming that it is an account of past history, not a theological command to continue the violent behavior of their ancestors, Muslims know that for them the Koran is eternal, immutable and thus completely outside history: its commands always were and still are in force. And thus they are commanded to “kill the unbelievers wherever they find them”, even to this day…

    So stop trying to deceive the thinking public with the same old nonsense. If Islam were truly peaceful, people would know it — they would have already noticed that their main concern would be having to dodge pious monks praying for them on the sidewalks, not bombs in Times Square or the London Underground. After all, when was the last time anyone had any real problem with a Buddhist terrorist? For some reason, Buddhists don’t really have much explaining to do when it comes to terrorism. Muslims, by contrast, have a lot of explaining to do… and to date, they haven’t really explained anything to anyone’s satisfaction. The reason for that is that people like you keep coming to their defense and asserting that there is nothing to explain, and everything with Islam is just “hunky-dory”…

    No, no one needs you “interesting food for thought”, because they have been through all those thoughts. Islam is in a deep crisis in the West and among civilized people generally because of its inherent dogmatism and its slavish and unchangeable adherence to its violent medieval doctrines. It would be better for you and all Muslims to acknowledge that fact and to start doing something about it.

    Maybe the best thing would be to just go ahead and give it up — to throw it into the dustbin of history, as so many crazy, perverse religious doctrines have been throughout the history of religion. Why not just convert to something else: to a religion of peace, for example. There are plenty on offer, if you are willing to take the plunge and become an an apostate and a “kuffar”… If you stick with Islam you will be forced to continue the re-hash of the brain-dead, trying to do the impossible: namely the “pacification” of the Koran, the “theologico-linguistic” pseudo-interpretation of “kill” to mean “not kill”.

  8. Cindy Jackson on May 21, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Crap. Why do you not declare openly that your intention in the firt instance is to denigrate New Yorkers, and second to - by stealth - over several decades make NY and other large cities at least 50 percent Muslim. Your birth rate is one of your tools, because it is more than double that of the non-Muslim American.
    As usual, Islam is using the sophisticated infrastructure of America, and its equality laws, to further your hateful intent. Unfortunately, in a democratic society, if the govt is not fast enough its own equality legislation will begin to work against them, and this is what has happened in Europe and is now happening in NY. Bloomberg has no genuine feelings about 9/11, otherwise how could he have rubber-stamped this decision? The planning committee has been bunged …. that’s the only conclusion I can draw from the bewildering state of affairs.

  9. Cindy Jackson on May 21, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    My previous response is to blackHat, so that there’s no confusion.

  10. Ella on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    I’m not from the US, and I’d like to express the deep concern and astonishment from the Orthodox Christian community here in Russia about the plan to build a mosque 600 ft or so away from the place where the twin towers used to stand. people here mostly couldn’t believe that it’s really happening, thinking that it’s some silly rumor. it was shocking to learn that it’s a true fact. IMHO building a huge mosque near ground zero would be as disgraceful as building a mosque near school No 1 in a small town of Beslan, where as you probably know warriors of Allah brutally murdered 300 innocent children and adults as a result of 3 days siege in September 1, 2004. I’m not American, but I’ve always admired your dedication to human rights, freedom and democratic values. always thought of your country as a beacon of progress and free speech which we have yet to archive. now it’s time for you to show the world that freedom can protect itself from those who use it for destruction. Pamela Geller - you are very intelligent, courageous and charismatic women. God bless you and those who support you.

  11. maggy on May 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    we all one family, Ella, around the world.
    me too, i am in Canada and i feel the same things as you.
    we are all the sons and daughters of the Christ

  12. muchogroucho on June 1, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    uhhh….maybe it has something to do about Rauff the wolf in sheeps clothing telling his congregation: “why all the hostility?Their grandchildren will all be muslims anyway”.

    uhh…maybe because he won;’t say where the 100 MILLION is coming from?

    uhhh..maybe because they took off the word “mosque” from their website and now are calling it “a prayer room”. He is comparing thi to the 92nd Street Y. Ya think the 92nd st Y has a prayer room? Are men and women allowed to swim together there? Ya think they will be allowed to swim together at the Islam Canter? He is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Wake up and small the coffee.:

  13. [...] they’d have found tons of info about this self-proclaimed “bridge-building” Imam. After 9/11, he blamed the attacks on American foreign policy on 60 Minutes. He was also quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, saying, “Terrorism will not stop unless we [...]

  14. Rose on July 14, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Blackhat, you are incredibly naieve (sp?). Go and live in muslim country and see for yourself what muslim’s actually think of everyone non-muslim. I am catholic and was born and lived in a muslim country - I was considered 2nd class…..I could go on and on -

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