After the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, we need to have an honest discussion about mosques: are they places of worship or indoctrination? Here’s a look at the facts:
The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which killed more than 250 people, was yet another example of how Christians continue to be targeted by Islamists in their global jihad to purify, according to their tenets, the world from infidels and establish a sharia-based society.
The Sri Lankan government discovered that the suicide bombers were linked to ISIS, showing the extremist group’s continued reach even after the collapse of its self-declared caliphate.
It was also revealed that Mohammed Nasar Mohammed Azar, 34, one of the perpetrators, was caught on CCTV praying at the Jami Us-Salam mosque in Batticaloa just hours before the attack. This should not be a shock to anyone, since one of the central outposts for the proliferation of Islamist ideology in the 1,400-year history of Islam has been the mosques.
A mosque, to the common observer, is the physical place designed for Muslims to worship Allah. Throughout Islamic history, the mosque has been the gathering place for the community of Allah’s faithful. Although all men are expected to pray inside a mosque, especially on a Friday (yawm al-jumu’a), they are not obligated to do so, since they can fulfill their duty anywhere they see fit. Women pray in a segregated area and are often encouraged to stay at home to pray.
At the same time, as once stated by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, senior jurist of the Muslim Brotherhood and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, who advocates anti-Semitism and the conquest of the West: “In the life of the Prophet [Muhammad] the mosque has had a role in urging jihad for the sake of Allah.”
A 2011 survey of 100 mosques in America indicated that 80 percent of them advocated or otherwise promoted violence:
- 51 percent had texts on their internet site rated as severely advocating violence
- 30 percent had texts rated as moderately advocating violence
- 19 percent had no violent texts at all
Mosques that were identifiable “as shariah-adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-shariah adherent counterparts,” the survey stated.
- In 84.5 percent of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts
- 58 percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad
After Sayfullo Saipov’s October 31, 2017 attack in New York City, Police Deputy Commissioner John Miller said, “This isn’t about the mosque he attends.” His comment came despite the fact that the New York Police Department had been monitoring Saipov’s mosque until it dismantled its investigative Demographics Unit in 2014 after Islamist activist Linda Sarsour led a campaign complaining that the program was “causing psychological warfare in our [Islamic] community.”
Our Western leaders have continually turned a blind eye to this, specifically to the numerous mosques have been built by extremist countries such as Saudi Arabia. As former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir William Patey commented, Saudi Arabia has been funding mosques throughout the West that teach extremism, “which may down the road lead to individuals being radicalized and becoming fodder for terrorism.”
These observations do not warrant a blind, discriminatory view that all mosques inspire hatred and violence, let alone cast judgment on the faithful who seek only to render homage to their Creator. But unfortunately, jihadist principles are preached from many mosques. That situation must be acknowledged and dealt with.
N. B. I invite you to take a look at my book Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up. Everything you wanted to know about Islam so as to better defend ourselves is in it!