The Dawood mosque was originally founded by Sheikh Daoud Ahmed Faisal. According to Professor Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri, â€œDaoud attacked Christianity as a white, racist religion.â€ The radical Dar-Ul-Islam movement arose from this mosque. Islamist cleric Khalid Yassin converted to Islam at the mosque and was a guest speaker there in 1995, despite his record of extremist preaching.
Statements made by Yassin, includeÂ : “This whole delusion about the equality of women is a bunch of foolishness; there’ds no such thing” and “â€œWe donâ€™t need to go to the Christians, or the Jews, debating with them about the filth which they believe …”Â [3a]
The mosque has been the subject of a NYPD â€œterrorism enterprise investigation.â€Â Such investigations are permitted when there is evidence to suspect that two or more individuals are conspiring to support terrorism or another violent crime.
Former Islamic Mission of American president Dr. Ahmad Jaber is also the founder and president of the Arab American Association of New YorkÂ (AAANY). Linda Sarsour, AAANY’s executive director, has a record of incendiary language and has multiple family members and friends allegedly linked to Hamas. She has been questioned by the authorities and her husband faced deportation in 2004.
 GhaneaBassiri, Kambiz. A History of Islam in America. Cambridge University Press: 2010, p. 250.
 Numan, Fareed H. â€œAmerican Muslim History: A Chronological Observation,â€ Islam101.com, December 1992. http://www.islam101.com/selections/muslim_us_hist.html
 â€œKhalid Yasinâ€”Historical Sermon,â€ ChallengeYourSoul.com, http://multimedia.challengeyoursoul.com/showproduct.php?productid=54.
 Tcholakian, Danielle. â€œMuslim Community Groups Respond to NYPD â€˜Terrorism Enterprise Investigations,â€™â€ Metro, August 28, 2013. http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/local/2013/08/28/muslim-community-groups-respond-to-nypd-terrorism-enterprise-investigations/
 â€œNYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations,â€ Politico, August 28, 2013.Â http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/nypd-designates-mosques-as-terrorism-organizations-95985.html