Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania

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The mosque is connected to many other Muslim organizations that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and has promoted extremism.

The Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania (ISCP) says it “provides many services to the Muslim community in Central PA and the surrounding areas.”[1]

The mosque’s bylaws state that it is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America and its real estate is titled to the North American Islamic Trust. Both of these organizations are Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities.[2] The mosque’s website says it “works closely” with the Muslim Students Association of Pennsylvania State University, another Brotherhood-linked entity.[3]

The mosque’s homepage links to the India-based Peace TV. The Peace TV website’s list of speakers includes many Islamists including Dr. Zakir Naik.[4] The homepage also links to his sermons. Dr. Naik was banned from visiting the United Kingdom in 2010 because of his extremist preaching.[5]

Naik’s radical statements include, “When a robber sees a policeman he’s terrified. So, for a robber, a policeman is a terrorist. So in this context, every Muslim should be a terrorist to the robber.”[6]

He has indicated support for Osama Bin Laden and said Muslims should not judge him. In a 2006 web posting, Naik said:

“Beware of Muslims saying Osama Bin Laden is right or wrong. I reject them … we don’t know…But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don’t know what he’s doing. I’m not in touch with him. I don’t know him personally. I read the newspaper.”

He continued, “If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist.”[7]

In 2008, Naik preached that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.”[8]

Naik has also promoted anti-Semitism. He preached, “There are many Jews who are good to Muslims, but as a whole … The Koran tells us, as a whole, they will be our staunchest enemy.”[9]

He also told another cleric, “Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam and the punishment for homosexuality is death.”[10]

Naik has reportedly preached that Western women’s attire is making them “more susceptible to rape” and that “Western society has actually degraded [women] to the status of concubines, mistresses and social butterflies, who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers.”[11]

[1] “About the Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania,” ISCP website, https://iscponline.net/about-the-islamic-society-of-central-pennsylvania/

[2] “Constitution and Bylaws of the Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania,” ISCP website, https://iscponline.net/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/5_Constitutionand.pdf

[3] “About the Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania,” ISCP website, https://iscponline.net/about-the-islamic-society-of-central-pennsylvania/

[4] “Our Speakers,” Peace TV website, https://peacetv.in/our_speakers.html

[5] “Indian Preacher Zakir Naik is Banned from UK,” BBC News, June 18, 2010. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10349564

[6] Hope, Christopher. “Home Secretary Theresa May Bans Radical Preacher Zakir Naik from Entering the UK,” The Telegraph, June 18, 2010. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/7836557/Home-secretary-Theresa-May-bans-radical-preacher-Zakir-Naik-from-entering-UK.html

[7] Hope, Ibid.

[8] “Dr. Zakir Naik Comments on the September 11 Attacks,” PeaceTVUK, August 27, 2008. https://youtu.be/G-fDgXzAj_o

[9] Hope, Ibid.

[10] “Cleric: Why Would I Call for the Death of Gay People When My Sister is Gay,” Pink News, December 4, 2013. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/12/04/cleric-why-would-i-call-for-the-death-of-gay-people-when-my-sister-is-gay/

[11] Hope, Ibid.