Duka Brother's Mosque - Islamic Center Of South Jersey Promotes Jihad At Open House

By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer

May 22, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Friday May 18th the Islamic Center of South Jersey [ICSJ] in Palmyra, which had been the spiritual home of jihadist suspects Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka held an "open house" which was billed as intending to convey “a message of peace and tolerance" but instead revealed their fundamentalist agenda instead.

The event was a choreographed PR and da'wa exercise taken straight out of the North American Imam Federation [NAIF] handbook which explains that Muslims should view terror related incidents and events as an opportunity to do da'wa i.e. proselytize non Muslims.

"Islam is now almost constantly on the news, and Imams must be capable of dealing effectively with the media" Communication should not be limited to responding to misconceptions, but Imams should also take advantage of opportunities to highlight activities in local mosques and the contribution of Muslims to local communities…Given the unfortunate state of the world. it is likely that during each week there will be an opportunity to condemn extremism and violence..." [source https://www.pipelinenews.org/images/NAIFconference.pdf]

According to the NAIF website imams must "encourage people" to "observe Islamic acts of worship."

The open house was the ideal da'wa occasion, with the prayers scheduled in the middle of the event so that the captive audience had no choice but to watch what was for many their first Islamic prayer service. [source http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2554]

The attempt by the ICSJ's trustees to distance themselves from the terrorists were farcical, portraying Muslims as the real victims of the plot. This angle was played up by ICSJ head trustee Ismail Badat and his wife Naseem who told the press that although she knew of no bias incidents "We want to defuse any tensions" adding "But we are very upset. You cannot tell what could happen."

The participation by the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, a Saudi funded front group for Hamas] is further proof of the center’s radical Islamist agenda. The organization upped the ante, announcing that "we feel there is a backlash" adding "we hope our fellow citizens won't equate Islam with terrorism based on the action of the defendants."

CAIR's statement is a veiled threat, putting non-Muslims on notice that whoever makes a remark deemed hostile by Muslims might be targeted with a bias lawsuit.

Afsheen Shamsi, CAIR's NJ spokeswoman cited the case of "a man who reportedly yelled racial slurs at a woman on her way to the laundromat" who will likely be victimized by CAIR's legal action.

The disclaimer issued by Badat during the event - endorsed by Zia Rahman who heads the Muslim American Community Association of Voohees whose planned mosque was met with opposition by residents in 2004 who warned it would become a hub of terrorism - was another example of the absurd transparency of Islamist obfuscation in which assurances are made that jihad has nothing to do with violence or Islam.

“We, the Islamic Center of South Jersey of Palmyra and the members of the Muslim American Community Association of Voorhees, condemn in the strongest of terms the alleged plot that was to be carried out at Fort Dix," [source http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-05192007-1349284.html]

What was not stated was that the group condemns the plot only because any type of jihadist violence can mean a setback for legal Islamists like them.

As Dr. Daniel Pipes pointed out in his piece “How terrorism obstructs radical Islam".

“Radical Islam has two distinct wings - one violent and illegal, the other lawful and political - and they exist in tension with each other. The lawful strategy has proven itself effective, but the violent approach gets in its way…terrorism obstructs the quiet work of political Islamism. In tranquil times, organizations like… the Council on American-Islamic Relations effectively go about their business, promoting their agenda to make Islam "dominant" and imposing dhimmitude (whereby non-Muslims accept Islamic superiority and Muslim privilege). Westerners generally respond like slowly boiled frogs are supposed to, not noticing a thing." [source http://www.danielpipes.org/article/2888]

Badat and Rahman are keenly aware that the future reception of the planned “Anjuman –I-Fakri" mosque in Cherry Hill hangs in the balance. Their desperation to distance themselves from the jihadists has included statements which implied that the Duka brothers were not Muslims at all.

Forty eight hours after Rahman and the spokeswoman for the planned mosque, Farhat Biviji had partied with Cherry Hill Mayor Platt after breaking ground for the mosque, they issued nearly identical sound bytes.

Farhat Biviji: "My heart sank when we heard of these horrible men who claimed to be Muslims. They are testing us all. Testing our ability to retain that tolerance. I pray that they have not damaged the goodwill of our community." [source http://www.spokesmanreview.com/nation_world/story.asp?ID=188931]

Rahman: “…The news is a setback for all communities across the nation…"When you hear this kind of story, it's heartbreaking," Rahman said. "I frankly cannot understand why anyone would do that." Adding that he was “disappointed" that “Islam which is grounded in peace" was “distorted" by people…people claiming themselves to be Muslims." [source http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070508/NEWS/70508072]

Such selective disenfranchisement raises a question. If Muslims who are arrested for plotting or carrying out terrorist attacks are “just claiming themselves to be Muslims" would they then revert back to the status of Muslims if they are released without charge or acquitted.

The claim made by Rafey Habib, a trustee at the center who is also a professor at Rutgers University, that “jihad means the …struggle is against oneself - to be a good person" is deceitful.

Habib can hardly claim to be unaware of the true meaning of jihad, since as recently as last month a Rutgers MSA speaker and pro-Palestinian rally leader Mazen Mokhtar - imam at the Al Huda Masjid in New Brunswick New Jersey - was jailed on tax evasion charges, but had been under investigation by law enforcement for running fundraising mirror websites for al-Qaeda.

Mokhtar is linked to Babar Ahmed a thwarted UK bomb plotter and was also active in the Islamic Circle of North America [ICNA, the American wing of Pakistan's radical Islamist religous party Jamaat-e-Islamia]. A month before his arrest Mokhtar had given a lecture entitled "At the Gates of Paradise" "A Brief Tour of Jannah." [source http://53rdand6th.com/runmsa/newsletter.php?letter_id=132&pageaction=browse]

According to court papers Mokhtar was intent on recruiting fighters for “jihad.“

Ironically while Habib was regaling those attending the open house with tales of a Zen like jihad, evidence to the contrary was in plain sight of all.

The books and pamphlets being distributed during this event were sending a contrary message one having more in common with Eljvir Duka’s justification of he and his brother’s planned attack on Fort Dix, “In the end, when it comes to defending your religion, when someone attacks your religion, your way of life, you go jihad." [source http://ipcommunications.tmcnet.com/news/2007/05/09/286250.htm]

One of the texts provided to event goers was “Towards Understand Islam" by Jamaat-e-Islaami ideologue Abu Ala Mawdudi and produced by ICNA, was promoted as being “beneficial to Muslims and non Muslims alike" adding that “To Muslim youths and adults it serves as a reminder of their fundamental obligations..."

In the chapter headlined “Jihad" we read that:

“Jihad is part of the overall defense of Islam. Jihad means to struggle to the utmost of one’s capacity. A man who exerts himself physically or mentally or spends his wealth in the cause of God is engaged in jihad. But in the language of Divine Law this word is used specifically for the war that is waged solely in the name of God against those who perpetrate oppression against the enemies of Islam. This supreme sacrifice is the responsibility of all Muslims. If however a section of the Muslims offers themselves for participating in jihad the whole community is absolved from responsibility. But if no one comes forward everyone is held guilty. This concession vanishes for the citizens of an Islamic state when it is attacked by a non-Muslim power. In that case everyone must come forward for jihad.

If the country that is attacked does not have enough strength to fight back then it is the duty of the neighboring Muslim countries to offer help. If even they fail then the Muslims of the whole world must fight the common enemy. In all these cases then jihad is just as much a primary duty as are daily prayers and fasting. One who avoids it is a sinner. His every claim to being a Muslim is doubtful…" [ICNA/Message Publications Towards an Understanding of Islam pg. 124]

Mawdudi’s assertion that avoiding jihad makes one’s “claim" to being Muslim “doubtful" is in stark contrast to the PR message being fed to the media by Ismail Badat, Zia Rahman and Farhjat Biviji - that the Duka brothers terrorist plot has nothing to do with Islam because they are only “claiming to be Muslims."

In addition to promoting the fundamentalist concept of jihad, ICNA promotes the extremist view that terrorism is a legitimate response to “oppression."

In a pamphlet entitled “What does Islam say about Terrorism?" The message is that there are many non-Muslim terrorists. The tract is a thinly veiled indictment of Western governments:

“The word terrorism came into wide usage only a few decades ago…It’s perpetrators do not fit any stereotype…The frustrated employee who kills his colleagues or the oppressed citizen of an occupied land who vents his anger blowing up school buses are terrorists who provoke our anger and revulsion…Ironically however, the politician who uses age old ethnic animosities to consolidate his position, the head of state who orders carpet bombings of entire cities, the exalted councils that choke millions of civilians to death by wielding the insidious weapon of sanctions , are rarely punished for their crimes against humanity."

In a recent article, “Helping Hand to Hamas" counter-terrorism expert Joe Kaufman explained"

“The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was founded in 1971, via the Muslim Students Association (MSA), as an umbrella group for South Asian-oriented mosques and Islamic centers. It also contains a youth division called Young Muslims (YM), a multimedia division called Sound Vision, a web information center called Why Islam, a magazine called The Message International, and charities which go by the names ICNA Relief and Helping Hand.

When ICNA was created, it was to act as the American counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). [source http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=28316]

The Islamic Center of South Jersey’s open house event was a transparent Islamist da’wa exercise, a smokescreen aimed at hiding their radical Islamist agenda. It was fashioned to preempt scrutiny by inviting the public into their mosque as a calculated method of damage control.

Politicians like U. S. Rep .Rob Andrews who gushed:

“I'm very proud to be here and I'm very proud that this center is in our community," "We're here tonight because this is a place where peace is taught. We are united by a common desire that the peaceful practices that we heard tonight be truly a practice, not just an aspiration." [source http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070519/NEWS01/705190368/1006]

…played right into the ICSJ and ICNA’s hands, acting as “dupes for da’wa."

Instead of taking the scripted words of these New Jersey Muslim leaders at face value the politicians - and law enforcement personal present - should instead be probing beneath the benign appearing façade, examining the ICNA literature being offered, scrutinize the center’s website which features links to Islamist entities and conduct an investigation to determine who and what at the ICSJ might have set the Duka’s on the road to jihad at Fort Dix.

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