Muslim American Society

Is the Muslim Brotherhood behind the planned mosques at Ground Zero, Sheepshead Bay, and Staten Island?

Mahdi Bray has been a leading member of the Muslim American Society (MAS) for a decade and clearly supports Hamas and Hezbollah.

Muslim American Society leader Mahdi Bray at Lafayette Park Rally, in Washington, D.C., on October 28, 2000

As you read the rest of this post, please keep in mind three yet to be answered questions: 1) where did the cash come from for Soho Properties to purchase the Burlington Coat Factory at 43-45 Park Place just two blocks north of the World Trade Center, 2) where will $150 million come from to tear the building down and for Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf to build a mosque, cultural center, and “much needed party space” to be called the Cordoba House, and 3) who is funding the purchase of two other controversial mosques in New York City?

[On May 17, 2010], representatives of 9/11 [Families for a Safe & Strong America] met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that “this is private property” and that “we can build this ‘as of right.’” The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Today, the New York Times identifies Ayman Hammous, Abdel Hafid Djamil and Mohamed Sadeia as members “of the Muslim American Society” and reports that a meeting they attended last night in support of two planned mosques got very heated. Within their report, the Times quotes Mahdi Bray this way, “We are newcomers, and newcomers in America have always had to prove their loyalty,” said Mahdi Bray, the society’s executive director. “It’s an old story. You have to have thick skin.” Yet Mahdi Bray was born in America:

“…in 1950 and was more than 30 years old when he amassed at least three felony convictions during the 1980s. And, if his recollection of the timing of his conversion to Islam is accurate, it did not straighten him out. He had changed his faith years before becoming a felon. … He was convicted on the cocaine and larceny charges and sentenced to three years in prison, only to find himself in even bigger trouble toward the end of the decade. Throughout these ordeals, and even while incarcerated, Bray secretly was keeping hundreds of dollars a month in workers’ compensation money intended for his grandfather. … Wrighty Bray, Jr. died on December 1st, 1975 … The payments continued while Mahdi Bray was in prison for the drug and larceny charges. They continued after the Labor Department sent forms to Wrighty Bray, Jr. to update his status. He was indicted in June 1988 on 64 counts of mail fraud and receipt of stolen U.S. Securities. … In all, Bray kept more than $71,000 that the U.S. Government intended go to his grandfather. He pled guilty to one count of mail fraud on June 26, 1989 and was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to make full restitution.”

At best, the Times provides sketchy backgrounds on those it quotes when reporting on hot-button issues such as the plans to build the largest mosque in the country at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, to convert a Roman Catholic convent into a mosque in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, and to build a mosque on an empty lot in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn.

Nor does the Times report on how the Muslim Brotherhood moved to America and transformed itself into the Muslim American Society and a number of other groups known collectively as the U.S. Brotherhood, and, through them, became the leading advocate for replacing our Constitution with political Islam, i.e. sharia law. For that, you must look to the detailed, credible research somewhere else. Let’s start here: