Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blips on the Screen: 29 Apr 08

PIC: Bos Smith in front of Masjid At-Taqwa


Cross posted from The Midnight Sun:
April 28th, 2008 by By Bos Smith

THIS IS A SHOCKER, especially the part about the aims of the Masjid At-Taqwa. Is the global caliphate just a heartbeat away?

Don’t snap a photo of the Masjid At-Taqwa in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn unless you want to be hauled away by a group of angry Muslims inIslamic attire to the basement of the facility where a group of twenty “security guards” in karate suits will interrogate you.

This might sound preposterous.
But it happened on Saturday, April 19, at 3:00 in the afternoon.

Ali Kareem, the head of security for Siraj Wahaj’s mosque, conducted the grilling. A small, muscular man with a wispy black beard that has been dyed red with henna, Kareem demanded to know the reason why a trio of ‘kafirs’ had dared to photograph the building on a public street without securing his permission. He further insisted on securing our identities and obtaining our motives for such a violation of Islamic space.

Being surrounded by a group of militant guards in a mosque basement from which there is no means of escape is not a comforting place to be for a Wall Street financier.
We tried to explain that we found the neighborhood with its *halal *meat vendors and food stores; Islamic dress shops, featuring the latest styles in*burqas *and *hijabs;* Muslim souvenir outlets, replete with bumper stickers stating “Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Islam”; and Middle Eastern restaurants offering a variety of goat dishes to be rather quaint and interesting.

This explanation was not sufficient.
Kareem was impatient and did not want a detailed explanation of the reason for our excursion (simple sight-seeing) or a graphic account of the sights we had seen and photographed.
“I ask the questions here,” he said, “and you provide the answers.”

Realizing that we were in a bit of a pickle, my companion explained that we were interested in various religions and knew Siraj Wahaj, the imam of the mosque, was a prominent Muslim figure whom we would like to interview for a news outlet.
This didn’t work too well since we could not produce a business card from a wacko blog, let alone credentials from a national publication.
At last, we blurted out that we were admirers of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) and wanted to obtain information about conversion. We were even knowledgeable enough to blurt out “Salaam”and “Allahu akbar.”
The last utterance seemed to be the “Open Sesame” that got us out of the basement and back to Bedford Street, where we managed to take a picture ofthe mosque before hailing a cab and making a getaway.

The experience was disconcerting. Surely, anyone who takes a picture of St.Patrick’s Cathedral or the Riverside Church is not hauled off to a basementfor questioning by a threatening figure in a karate uniform and a band of Ninjas.

Read the rest of this incredible story here:

Note from Radarsite:
If this experience is indeed authentic -- and being published by The Midnight Sun certainly gives it a high degree of legitimacy -- then this has to be one of the most outrageous affronts to American democracy in recent times. We might expect this type of intimidation to take place on the streets of Tehran -- but here, on the streets of Brooklyn, USA? Isn't the primary goal of any government supposed to be protecting its own citizens from foreign harassment on their own soil? Where's Homeland Security? Where's the FBI? For that matter, where are the NYC cops? And, if the author is a lawyer, why the hell isn't he suing them for kidnapping? I mean, isn't kidnapping still illegal in this country?
This, my friends, is why we must act and act now. How much more humiliation and intimidation must we suffer? In one of my older articles
http://radarsite.blogspot.com/2008/03/islamism-is-not-religion-reassessment.html I think I have clearly shown — as have many others — that Islamism is NOT a religion. It is an aggressive Political Movement, just another “ism”, and should be treated the same way as all those other dangerous “isms” — Communism, Nazicism, Socialism, Fascism, etc. Yet, we stubbornly continue to treat Political Islam as a religion and allow it to usurp that sacrosanct space in our constitution reserved for legitimate religions.

This is NOT -- as some still believe -- a matter of allowing people the freedom to worship, it is a matter of recognizing and confronting a vicious POLITICAL movement which is determined to overthrow our democratic government. Until we accept this cynical ploy for what it is, incidents like the one described here will only become more common and accepted.

Islam is completely incompatible with democracy. Islam is not interested in assimilation, but in conquest. We MUST begin to see it for what it is, not for what we would like it to be.

Thank you Aurora for this enlightening article.


  1. I saw this and wondered why the police weren't called in. Holding someone against their will is a crime, even in Brooklyn.

    It is a shame that my hometown, Brooklyn would become a haven for Jihadists. And it is a shame that those who wish to join this fight don't stage a protest outside this "mosque". A couple of hundred angry people carrying signs, protesting would bring the main-stream media to the site. And then the story would grow.

    The idea is to become proactive, not reactive.

  2. Roger, thanks for the link.
    You can certainly trust the authenticity. The guy who wrote this is a writer and is using this anecdote in a book he is writing. The person who referred me to the article actually knows Bos Smith.
    Yes, Findalis, they should sue. It has to be a violation of law to drag someone off against their will and hold them under intimidation in this way.
    Unfortunately the law, at the moment, doesn't deal with the finer points of Islamist territorialism which underlie what happened.

  3. Another dynamic - DYNAMIC -incident in which we see the machtlust of this movement called a religion.
    When I suggest that we will soon witness violent times in this land - and our own police forces will be employed against us to prevent harm to provocateurs, people think I'm nuts.
    It is very peculiar that this same New York, which recently moved from a criminal bastion to a safe city, has seemingly become even safer for those who would commit crimes equally serious under the guise of a religion.
    Let's look further.
    How did Bed/Sty which even the NYPD had to have back-up units standing by for each routine patrol, become this oasis of safety for 'Musselmen' only? Must have been thanks to one of those pacifistic "outreach programs", eh?
    Or was it a threat of violence so extreme that the average All-American thug, rapist, dealer and extortionist, couldn't abide. Has America lost more jobs that Americans no longer want to do?
    In your comments, Roger, you raise the question of the reporting of this incident. And we can add to this incident, cases in Dearborn, MI, Charlotte, NC, Vienna, VA. Such questions should be equally as "DYNAMIC" as I have cited the incident to be.
    We have gone so far in the extreme to ensure our sense of...just plain being good people...that we have become afraid of ourselves. But, we know the first one's who'll call 911 and be ready to slap us silly with lawsuits and discrimmination charges, don't we.

    On the latter point; Did anyone notice the "Real Estate" ad in the window. It's in English isn't it?
    It's an avenue of consideration someone might like to pursue. (Like having heard about the significant moral themes that have emanated from this mosque, a potential buyer or renter might have thought they'd be great to do business with.) THEN: Go after their discrimmination practices.
    Haul them into court!
    Shut down their businesses!
    Look at their licenses!
    Inspect their properties!
    Examine dual use options in leases and conditions of sale!
    Look at the insurance ratings and who's the carrier; what risk rate! (Now there's a government-free option even a little stock-holder would like to know.) (No insurance - no public access or accomodation.) Some of these activities can be conducted at the parochial or provicial level.

  4. Damn! You guys are terrific. Your comments always add more to the original theme of the post. Most of your comments are worthy of an article in themselves -- actually, come to think of it, I already did that, didn't I?
    Luvya all. Let's all get together and have a party. lol