Three radical mosques in France have been shut down by the French government in the wake of the investigation of the Islamist terror attack that claimed 130 lives in Paris Nov.13.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said it was the first time mosques were closed in France “on grounds of radicalization.”
A raid on one of the mosques outside Paris in Lagny-sur-Marne, which also contained an unauthorized Quranic school, yielded a 9 mm revolver, a computer hard disc and jihadist propaganda. One person was arrested, nine were placed under house arrest and another 22 were prohibited from leaving the country.
The other two mosques were located in Lyon and Gennevilliers.
In connection with the investigation, French police have seized 334 weapons.
Radicalization in mosques offers fertile ground for recruitment for terrorist operations. Clarion Project has identified 80 Islamist organizations including mosques in the United States that have a history of radical activities. These organizations include :
- Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia. Shocking video showed its imam preaching that Muslims should be first in line to pick up weapons for violent jihad and characterizing the West as an adversary. The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center is involved inprison outreach in Washington, D.C.
- Islamic Society of Boston (and its Cultural Center), which havesignificant Muslim Brotherhood links and extremist histories. A Muslim activist who fled Egypt to get away from the Brotherhood's radicalism told the Clarion Project how he was shocked to find its ideology at the mosque.
- Masjid At-Taqwa of New York, led by the extremely radical and influential cleric Siraj Wahhaj. In 2011, he advised Muslims to stop talking about sharia because "we're not there yet."
- North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an organization that owns many mosques across the country. The Justice Department says it is an "entity" of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, a sub-division secretly established to support the Hamas terrorist group.
To see if there is a radical Islamist organization or mosque near you, click on Clarion’s Islamist Organizations in America project.