Muslim Women: ‘Get the Brotherhood Out of Our Mosques!’

American Muslim women (Illustrative photo: Reuters)
American Muslim women (Illustrative photo: Reuters)

The Muslim Brotherhood as well as other Islamists are controlling mosques around the world, charged members of the women’s organization Taa Marbot.

The organization comprises Egyptian women from all around the world and was recently in Cairo to meet with the religious committee of the Egyptian parliament.

The women made a strident plea to parliamentarians to send English-speaking educators from Al Azhar University abroad to counter the propaganda being dispersed about Islam by the Brotherhood.

Yasria Salam, an Egyptian-American who lives in New Jersey and one of the participants in the meeting, told committee members:

“The mosques in America are being controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, and there are people who have stopped praying in the mosques because of them. They are collecting donations, and we don’t know where they go. They present a negative picture of Egypt, and that’s why we are asking Al Azhar to act and send sheikhs from Al Azhar who speak English well  to America.”

Salam added, “I won’t accept anyone from Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood speaking in the name of Islam, and I won’t accept any of them speaking in my name.”

Sachar Ramses, head of the Association of Arabic Women Living in Holland, said, “We have takfirioon [a term for Islamists who accuse ‘less religious’ Muslims of being apostates] and we have mosques that are being controlled by people who are worse than the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists. They teach the people to hate, and they say to the children that everything is forbidden. This is an example of the extremism that is happening in Europe and from which we suffer.”

Afaph Abed Raboh from the UK also called on Al Azhar to act by sending delegations abroad to present the true picture of Islam, which she said is moderate, and to respond to the extremists.

In the U.S., the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) holds the titles of over 325 properties in 42 states and he deeds for about one-fourth of the mosques in the U.S. Declassified FBI memos from 1987-1988 show that agency investigators identified NAIT as a foreign-financed Muslim Brotherhood front.

Although the organization says it “does not administer these institutions nor interfere with their daily management,” it also says it “is available to support and advise them regarding their operation in conformity with the Shariah.”

The Chicago Tribune documented how moderate Muslims witnessed an Islamist transformation of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois that included giving the deed to NAIT.

NAIT was founded in Indiana by the Muslim Students Association and is today a “constituent organization” of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which also has Brotherhood origins.

In related news, a newly-released report details the connection between Saudi funding of mosques and terrorism in the UK. The report calls out British Prime Minister Theresa May for “suppressing” the information about this linkage.

 

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org