Muslim Brotherhood

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:

9/11 families and friends protest Ground Zero mosque; the Muslim Brotherhood protests the intolerance

CBN has a report and video of yesterday’s protest against building a ‘Cordoba House’ within sight and sound of Ground Zero at the World Trade Center:

Before the protest, I walked the short distance north of World Trade Center 7 to the former Burlington Coat Factory where Friday prayers are now held and the Cordoba House Islamic “cultural center” and “fun center” would be built. It struck me that the two buildings directly south of 43-45 Park Place are both 13-stories and remembered that on May 17, Debra Burlingame and Tim Brown met with the owners:

“Mr. El-Gamal showed … architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.”

Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf advocates that America formally supplement our Constitution by beginning to allow some legal matters involving only willing Muslims (for now) be adjudicated using sharia law. In Islamic governed nations, sharia law is dictated by the Koran and outlaws proselytizing by all other religions, imposes a discriminatory tax upon all non-believers, denies all women equal protection under law, and punishes being gay by imprisonment or death.

Today I note that the official web site of the Muslim Brotherhood ( has posted, using the tag ‘Islamophobia’, about yesterday’s protest at Church and Liberty Streets in lower Manhattan. I will not directly link to the article because: 1) the Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists and the organization fathered al Qaeda, 2) directly to the right of the article they have an image of a dead baby with what appears to be large bullet hole through its upper abdomen, and 3) while they depict Israeli commandos last week storming the flotilla and gunning down people on the boat, they do not show the video of masked terrorists attacking the commandos with metal rods, knives, and their fists and feet. Yet here is an except from the Muslim Brotherhood’s post:

Organizers alleged that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who was behind the mosque construction was not the man of peace he claimed to be. They questioned the funding of the mosque stressing their anger at the decision describing it as an insult to have it constructed close to their loved ones graves who dies during the twin tower attacks. Many of the protestors [sic] included Russian Jews, Arab Christians and Indians who stressed their love for the so-called American freedom [emphasis added mine]. Mosque supporters however hope the construction of the Mosque may bring something good out of 9-11 and restore tolerance for Islam.

Iman Feisel Abdul Rauf heads the Cordoba Initiative that seeks to build the Cordoba House. His late father was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and built the Islamic Center of New York at 96th Street and Y with millions of dollars of contributions from 43 foreign nations. (The complex now includes two adjacent apartment buildings that are exclusively occupied by Muslims.) The New York Post discovered that while Imam Rauf said all the money for the Cordoba House would be raised in America, he told an Arab speaking newspaper in England it would also come from “Arab and Islamic countries.”

There are currently 2,300 mosques in America. Muslims freely practice their religion here yet most of them were built with monies from Wahabbists in the Middle East who dictate the teachngs within the mosques.

Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf is a prominent associate of the largest financial backer of the terrorists who last week conducted a suicide ambush upon Israeli commandos. In other words, Imam Rauf supports terrorists masquerading as peace activists abroad and advocates for discriminatory sharia law here. Then he and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters have the unmitigated nerve to claim Rauf is the victim of intolerance when 9/11 family members and freedom-loving people protest a sharia-compliant Cordoba House being built within the kill zone of where sharia-compliant al Qaeda terrorists slaughtered 2,976 people.

Anna Allison AA 11