Bowing to Radical Islam

On February 9, 2010, the Pompano Beach, Florida city commission granted the imam of the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSB), Hasan Sabri, the honor of giving the invocation at one of its bi-weekly commission meetings. Given the extremist history of the imam and his mosque, one can only look upon this as a tremendous embarrassment for the city and an ominous sign for the future of its citizens.

“I ask you now to stand for the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Invocation tonight is given by Imam Hassan Sabri from our Islamic center.”

These were the words of Pompano Mayor Lamar Fisher, just prior to him rising out of his seat, clasping his hands, and bowing his head in prayer, as Sabri stood directly in front of him and commenced in the honor that was bestowed upon him. All but one of the city’s commissioners mimicked the Mayor with their clasped hands and bowed heads, as did much of the audience. If many of the onlookers knew of this imam and the institution he was representing, they might have walked out instead.

Sabri began his prayer, otherwise known as Salaat, with the words, “A’uudhu billaahi minash shaitaan ar-Rajeem,” which means “I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the accursed.” After he completed the Arabic, he attempted to translate for the audience his recitation. However, nothing close to the first statement would be found in the translation. Was this deliberate or merely an oversight?

Sabri, the imam of ICOSB, was previously affiliated with the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque with a number of ties to terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda. In March 2000, Sabri’s name was found on the homepage of the ICBR website as the teacher for ICBR’s new Wednesday tafseer (Quran interpretation) class.

Under Sabri’s name was an announcement that ICBR had added a new link to its site. That link was qoqaz.net or “Jihad in Chechnya,” a website that existed to raise funds and recruit fighters for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The site was produced by Azzam Publications, named for the former mentor of Osama bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam.

Later that year, ICOSB posted on its website a Friday sermon given by Sabri, where he denounced America as an enemy and threatened Muslims who assist the U.S.

Sabri stated, “Allah tells us, in the Quran, that the kuffar will continue to fight Muslims – will continue to put a plan after a plan and implement a plan after a plan – until Islam will cease to be and until Muslims are either liquidated or they have joined the Christian or the Jewish faith… And it is imperative upon us as Muslims belonging to the Ummah of Islam to understand exactly what’s happening to our brothers, not only for the sake of understanding alone, but so that we will know what the enemies of Islam are planning, and so that we will plan ourselves… [The United States] is calling its people and its army and its nation to rush to the help of Muslims, but in reality this is not what’s going on. In reality what’s going on is that they want to mobilize Muslims and to use the vigor and the vim that Muslims can generate – to use their money and to use their souls and to use their lives – so that they will further [the United States’] plans in that part of the world… [D]o not rely on the kuffar, because if you do so, you will suffer.”

This same type of animosity was present, when this author appeared on a South Florida radio show to debate Sabri in the beginning of 2003. During the show, Sabri said that Jews have no right to Jerusalem and that “Allah” should “rid Beit Al-Maqdis” (Jerusalem) of all of its Jewish inhabitants.

As well, during the show, Sabri said that it was “prophesy” that, in the future, Jews would go to war with Muslims and that inanimate objects, such as large rocks, will inform Muslims that Jews are hiding behind them and will tell the Muslims to kill the Jews. Sabri described this as “the final battle between right and wrong.”

With all of this in mind, it is very possible that, when Sabri mentioned in his Pompano commission invocation that he “seeks refuge” from “Satan, the accursed,” he actually was directing the statement at the audience and commission to which he was speaking in front of. This is disturbing in itself, but how much more so is it, given the fact that Mayor Fisher, in his introduction of Sabri, referred to ICOSB as “our Islamic center.”

It was an interesting choice of words for the Mayor to use. Indeed, he was one of the commissioners, in 2006, who voted in favor of giving ICOSB a permit to build, in the heart of Pompano, a brand new 29,000 square foot mosque – a structure whose construction is well underway – so in a sense, he is tied to the center’s prolonged existence. And being that this is the case, Mayor Fisher, on some level, needs to accept responsibility for the problems that go along with his Islamic center, specifically its terrorist connections.

According to the Broward County Property Appraiser’s office, ICOSB is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a group that was recently named by the United States Justice Department as being a party to a criminal conspiracy to provide millions of dollars to Hamas. Aside from its ownership of various radical American mosques and children’s schools, NAIT also controls the finances of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two of the largest Muslim Brotherhood entities in the U.S.

Of course, all of the above information had to be ignored, in order for Sabri to receive the honor of performing the commission meeting invocation. It had to be ignored, as well, for ICOSB to receive the permit for its radical mosque to be built.

The expense for these ignored threats to the community goes way beyond the millions of dollars in construction costs for the mosque. The expense is the security of the residents of Pompano and beyond.

Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of Young Zionists.

Beila Rabinowitz, the Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

  • Noell Reed

    The smart thing to do is pull up the welcome mat. Confront and fight every mosque request, every concession to muslims, and put stickers everywhere that say "Musilms Go Home!" Put them on buildings, your cars, and everyother place they will be seen.
    Raise hell with any elected official that does anything to welcome them. Make anything to do with muslims a political suicide hotbutton.
    In the final analysis, Americans have too many guns to have to put up with Islam. Grease all your bullets with bacon grease, and let it be known publicly. It is a big country and there are plenty of places to bury them.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/WildJew WildJew

      So long as US presidents say things like…..

      "I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah…."

      ……then your recommendation is a vain hope indeed; wishful thinking.

      This statement (above) was uttered by a 'Christian' / Republican president mind you. A Christian / Republican president that the Republican party and the conservative movement (at large) fully embraced.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WildJew WildJew

    If Pompano Beach and its citizens are indicative, the answer is yes.

  • Ze-ev ben Jehudah

    Was it not the other day that the president of the United States of America bowed his chin
    nearly to the floor!!. When do we wake up and starting to stand up firm against those who
    want to install a world wide Moslim califat and kill all who do not willing or unwillingly
    embrace their allah and his messenger Muhammad. What is needed to wake you and me from our slumberings "is it far from my front door? and let all the others worry!!
    I'm 74 years old and live in the Netherlands.During the last war my father and mother,
    (Jews), put me in to hiding with Christian farmers in the country.When the war was
    over in 1945 what was left of both famelies was one brother and my father.The rest of
    relatives where slaughtered in the concentration camps.Then it were the nazi's the
    facists who wanted to finish all the Jews on this planet.And believe me,I know the signs,
    today it is the Moslim extremists who want to finish, not only all the Jews on this planet,
    but also the kuffars. With a smile and a prayer they will cut your throat for the beasts you
    are in their eyes.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/WildJew WildJew

      Not me, but the American people elected this Muslim-born US president.

  • no sharia here

    Come meet and listen to Brigitte Gabriel March 11th in Pompano! Open your eyes,America!! Islam is a death cult bent on the destruction of everyone who does not agree with them! http://www.islamrevealed.com for the TRUTH.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, this Florida mayor will be the one to blame when Muslim youths start attacking christian girls and stoning people on the beaches.

    Islam is a death cult, and their stated goal is to take over the world and kill every jew and christian they can find.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/eerieSteve eerieSteve

    The Art of War states that if one knows their enemy as one's self, and if they know one's self, they will be invincible in battle. However we must draw the line between clandestine intelligence operations and open support shown here.

    I would like to know the following details from the ICOSB:
    1. How much tax payer money was spent for lighting?
    2. How much tax payer money was spent for heat?
    3. How much tax payer money was spent for security at the meeting itself?
    4. Were police officers forced to work overtime and what effect did that have on the social mindset as a whole?

    America welcomes anyone to come here and spout there hate speech. Feel free to act like the rest of us, but start off the way normal Americans start off. Start spewing your hate in the drug dens of Bedford Stuyvesant or the meth amphetamine trailer parks in Oklahoma and Nebraska and see what happens.

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  • BS1977

    PC forced diversity upon the USA…….now we reap the madness…..imams, burqas, sharia…word I wish I never heard. Liberalism is a mental disorder…Michael Savage. How right he is. Pompano Beach…another island of stupidity, naivete and moronic bending over backwards to accomodate those who hate AMerica.

  • Raymond in DC

    "During the show, Sabri said that Jews have no right to Jerusalem and that “Allah” should “rid Beit Al-Maqdis” (Jerusalem) of all of its Jewish inhabitants."

    I wonder if Sabri realizes he just proved Jewish rights and provenance to that site. The Arabic 'Beit Al-Maqdis' derives from its original Hebrew designation, 'Beit HaMikdash' – the Holy Temple.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, this Florida mayor will be the one to blame when Muslim youths start attacking christian girls and stoning people on the beaches.

    Islam is a death cult, and their stated goal is to take over the world and kill every jew and christian they can find.

  • Dawning

    A city comission filled with kuffers…Or idiots, God help us

  • BS1977

    Time is running out for England, for France….for all the sorry countries whose permissiveness, passivity, open immigration and mega tolerance has put them in dire straits. We have watched how liberalism has infected the West for decades now….leading up to attacks such as 9/11, Bali, East Africa, Bombay….and on and on…jet hijackings, murder, mayhem and endless bombings…but what does the Liberal do?Nothing. More appeasement, more shrugging, more confusion, more bureaucratic passing of the buck……

  • Redgar

    Wow, it's rare to see posts like BS1977 commenting on stories like these. Hey BS you are absolutly right. It's time for Europe, Canada, and the US. to pull their heads out of their rear ends and face this problem instead of coddeling terrorist supporters. I live less than 40 miles away form Pompano and havent heard anything about this until I saw it on Mewsmax. But what can you expect from New York City south.

  • Neil

    The son of the founder of one murderous group, known as Hamas, stated today that the reason that he's renounced Islam is that it's a religion that only teaches its membership to murder. Nothing else.

  • Mike

    The term "radical islam" is redundant. Having had discussions in the past with some people who attend the hate filled, brainwashing, so called religious institutions called Mosques, I came to realize that is the norm for the vast majority of them. We need to investigate these places a little deeper and understand they are breeding homegrown terrorists right under our nose. Let's do something about it!

  • Kanwi

    If Americans can not reciprocate by building churches and other houses of worship in muslim countries then mosque building should be stopped. These mosques are not independent of American laws and should be monitored for their contribution in facilitating assimulation into broader American Society. Why are Americans allowing this cancer of 'Islamization' spread throughout society with no clear benefits as a trade-off? What is more hypocritical and discrimatory than Islam when it comes to kufars!!!

  • Br. Sofian Zakkout

    Great! We all support Sheik Hassan Sabri as one of the best American Muslim leaders.
    Non of us gave attention to the Radical Joe Kaufman. He is against the freedom of speech!
    Joe Kaufman's group should be called "Americans for hate" and should be investigated before
    reading his continuous harassments to great Muslim leaders!
    Br. Sofian Zakkout

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