Breaking: French Security Shutters 3 Mosques In Terror Dragnet

Hundreds of Weapons Seized


December 16, 2015 - San Francisco, CA – – The UK Express is reporting that over the last two weeks French law enforcement and state security personnel have raided over 2,000 homes, numerous commercial buildings and have in the course of the investigation seized over 300 weapons, some of them of military configuration.

“On Wednesday, French police shut down three mosques as part of anti-terror operations…Security officials found jihadist documents at the mosque where yesterday's raids took place…France has been under a state of emergency since 130 people were killed in a series of terror attacks in Paris on November 13. Since then, some 2,235 homes and buildings have been raided, 232 people taken into custody, and 334 weapons confiscated….[the inspector stated]…’In 15 days we have seized one-third of the quantity of war-grade weapons that are normally seized in a year.’” [source, Philippe Araujo, Three mosques shut down in anti-terror raids as officers seize 330 war weapons , UK Express]

We find this news consistent with the historical Islamic view of the function of the mosque/Masjid within Dar al-Harb, non-Islamic territory, literally “the house of war.”

This being a serious charge and one which we make with great care and precision, it deserves a thorough presentation, as follows.

Central to understanding this matter was the seminal anti-terror prosecution which took place [2008] during the GW Bush presidency, U.S. v Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development. [see, U.S. v Holy Land [PDF presentation] and US v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, et al. Richardson, TX , Investigative Project on Terrorism. This resource is a portal to hundreds of trial related documents]

Thousands of pages of evidentiary material were entered into the record by the government, but for our purposes we will only concentrate on a few of these documents.

What we intend to prove is that there has been an active plan in place for decades, established by the Muslim Brotherhood, with the intent of subverting and eventually destroying civil government in the United States. Contrary to the prevailing myth which attempts to de-link Islam from terrorism, jihad is a central Muslim concept, sometimes thought of as the 6th pillar of Islam and within the theory of irregular, culture based warfare envisioned by the Ikhwan, the mosque/Masjid/Islamic center serves a vital military function.

The first of these was a government filing [see, List of Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers,] naming dozens of these terror friendly domestic Muslim groups, including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT, an Islamic waqf] which holds the deed to many radical American mosques.

[Note: both CAIR and ISNA are considered valuable partners by the Obama White House despite their odious connection to the Muslim Brotherhood/HAMAS. Please refer to Steve Emerson and John Rossomando, A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House , Investigative Project on Terrorism]

In post prosecution actions following the convictions in U.S. v. Holy Land, these organizations were specifically linked to Hamas by United States District Court [Northern District of Texas] judge Jorge Solis, in an opinion which read in part:

"The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling." [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing ]

The second exhibit is a seminal document, seized in a 2004 terror raid in Virginia. It was written in 1987 but not published until sometime during 1991. Until the Holy Land trial, at best only a handful of people were even aware of its existence, it being part of 80 boxes of documents which had largely been unexamined. This manifesto was authored by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Akram. According to Discover the Networks, it was discovered in the home, “of Ismael Elbarasse, a founder of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia."

The plan outlined a detailed blueprint whereby American culture could be targeted by turning every facet of the modern democratic state against itself. This formed the basis for the Brotherhood’s long-range game plan of subverting the West. [view Government Exhibit GX3-85, The General Strategic Plan for the Group in North America]. For an interesting perspective on this matter please refer to, Janet Levy, Shielding the Enemy, Family Security Matters.

Thus a new term entered the national security vocabulary, “civilization jihad,” a “ pre-violent” attack directed at the foundations of the American republic.

Quoting from the Muslim Brotherhood's plan:

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their own hand…” [p. 7]

This strategic plan wasn’t a new creation, rather it was a clarification of sorts of a similar set of ideas put forth by the Brotherhood and adopted by the Shura Council, the organization’s ruling judicial authority, in 1987.

At that time it was clear that the end point which they were working towards was to re-establish the caliphate [a term now in popular usage with the advent of ISIS] globally:

“Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilizational alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.” [p. 18]

In this road map, the Brotherhood is being urged to mentally make a “fundamental shift” in approach: to become much more aggressive moving from, “a mentality of caution and reservation to “one of risk and controlled liberation” - from a reactive policy to one of being pro-active, “anticipation mentality to initiative mentality” – by abandoning half measures and moving toward “decisiveness” instead of “hesitation.”

The Ikhwan urged its directorate and allied organizations to become the leaders of a united front, “the pioneers,” allying with other Islamist organizations, “what we reached with the brothers in ICNA is considered a step in the right direction.” [collectively p. 3-4]

Of great importance, they stressed, was to have forward operating bases which will serve as a places of congregation, education and action. To this vital role the Brotherhood looks to…the mosque:

“Understanding the role and the nature of work of the Islamic Center in every city with what achieves the goal of the process of settlement: The center we seek is the one which constitutes the axis of our Movement, the perimeter of the circles of our work, our balance center, the base for our rise and our Dar al-Arqam [the base of all operations, a concept going back to time of Mohammed] to educate us, prepare us and supply our battalions in addition to being the niche of our prayers.”


“The center ought to turn into a beehive which produces sweet honey…Meaning that the center’s role should be the same as the mosque’s role during the time of God’s prophet…And this was done by…Imam martyr Hasan al-Bana [Egyptian scholar and founder of the Brotherhood] when he and his brothers felt the need to re-establish Islam and its movement anew, leading him to establish organization with all of their kinds: economic, social, media, scouting, professional and even military ones.” [p. 10-11]

Note the militaristic nature of how mosques should ideally function within the Brotherhood’s model, equating the activist Muslims to “battalions,” truly encompassing the notion of a civilizational jihad with a more than implied reference to physical violence. In “upping the ante,” that militancy becomes the watchword, a notion that has grown logarithmically since 9/11.

In conclusion, we find the results of the aforementioned French anti-terror raids involving the shuttering of 3 mosques and the production of hundreds of weapons unremarkable. Given what we hope will now be fully understood as the historic role of the mosque within the theory of jihad this is business as usual within the normative practice of Islam.

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