Mass. Governor Replaces Boston Bombers’ Imam at Prayer Service

Massachusetts Governor Patrick speaks to reporters alongside FBI Special Agent in Charge in Boston DesLauriers in BostonAmericans for Peace and Tolerance is celebrating that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick rescinded an invitation to the imam of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque to participate in an interfaith prayer service. It is now known that the mosque was attended by the Boston bombers, though it condemns the attack. You can thank Governor Patrick by clicking here.

Imam Suhaib Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said on twitter that Governor Patrick’s office suddenly disinvited him to the service and he did not know why. The Clarion Project has documented the Muslim Brotherhood links of the ISBCC and its parent mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston.

Imam Webb was replaced by Nasser Wedaddy of the American-Islamic Congress, an organization whose leader participated in a pro-NYPD Muslim rally to counter the influence of Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The organization is also a member of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. Other members of the coalition include Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, narrator of The Third Jihad, C. Holland Taylor, Jamal Hasan, Tarek Fatah and Raquel Evita Saraswati.

The Islamic Society of Boston had Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the pro-terrorism spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, as one of its original trustees. In 2008, it was reported that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Pakistani Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami, “are the prominent belief systems. The popular websites used by members, and recommended by mosque leaders, are mostly fundamentalist, and rabidly homophobic.”

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center is a separate 70,000-square foot, approximately $15 million mosque operated by the Boston chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS). Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A convicted terrorist named Abdurrahman Alamoudi, a founder of the Islamic Society of Boston and admitted U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member, said last year, “Everybody knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Boston bombers attended the Islamic Society of Boston. A friend of the younger bomber, Dzhokhan Tsarnaev, says he last saw him at the Islamic Society of Boston there during Ramadan. The mosque says that the older brother, Tamerlan, was an “occasional” attendee over the past year and a half. He was kicked out of a prayer service about three months ago after he loudly interrupted the imam for exalting Martin Luther King Jr. He returned to the weekly services without further incident.

The Islamic Society of Boston quickly condemned the Boston bombings. It said it would leave “no stone uncovered in finding any other suspects connected to the bombs.” The Islamic Society of Boston says it opposes “the taking of innocent, non-combatant lives through acts of terrorism or state-sponsored aggression.”

However, it has promoted Islamist themes like the U.S. government is persecuting Muslims and the war on terrorism is actually a war on Islam. The Cultural Center says jihad doesn’t mean holy war but can mean “struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g.-having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.”

Americans for Peace and Tolerance released a video in May 2010 criticizing the Patrick Administration’s embrace of Islamists, including an imam who preached that the FBI was persecuting innocent Muslims and the community must “pick up the gun and sword.” Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino initially embraced the Islamic Society of Boston and attended the grand opening of the Cultural Center.

Patrick’s trip to the Cultural Center was sponsored by Islamic Relief USA. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley even accepted a $50,000 grant from the Muslim American Society to pay for “sensitivity” training for law enforcement. In January, the Clarion Project discovered that the group has at least four officials with Muslim Brotherhood ties. It was previously found out that its CEO has served as an advisor to the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Wilad Fitahi temporarily resigned as a trustee of the Islamic Society of Boston after attention was brought to anti-Semitic comments he had made. He said Jews “would be punished for their oppression, murder and rape of the worshippers of Allah.” Fitahi views interfaith engagement as a way of countering Jewish influence and boasted that it “has begun to trouble the Zionist lobby.” He predicted, “Their [the Jewish] covenant with America is the strongest possible in the U.S., but it is weaker than they think, and one day their covenant with the [American] people will be cut off.”

Even if the Islamic Society of Boston and its Cultural Center condemn the Boston bombings and violence against non-combatants (what about U.S. soldiers?), the Islamist themes they promote sets the stage for acts of terrorism and hostility towards the West. Belief in the Muslim Brotherhood ideology is often a precursor to belief in the tactics of Al-Qaeda.

If it is proven that the Boston bombers frequently attended the Islamic Society of Boston, then the ISB failed to sufficiently inoculate them from radical influences. At worse, the ISB’s teachings set the stage for the accepting of those influences.

Governor Deval Patrick’s apparent learning from his mistakes is an important victory. Officials who change course when confronted with the facts need to be commended. Thank him by contacting his office here.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE "Americans for Peace and Tolerance is celebrating that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick rescinded an invitation to the imam of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque to participate in an interfaith prayer service."

    Nasser – Wedaddy – of the American-Islamic Congress? – – Is he some cousin of PuffDaddy?
    Wilad Fitahi ? This sounds vaguely like a bad Saturday Night Live Saint Vitus Dance skit.

    And, Sheikh Yousef – Really? – someone in America named, Sheikh (shake) Yousef ?
    Is his first name "GO! and" ……..?
    {"GO! and" Sheikh You-sef – for you in Rio Linda.}

    Islam is today being portrayed as a peaceful and tolerant religion. History proves otherwise!

    ~ Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C., two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

  • hktony

    Replace a muslim with another muslim. If you call this progress then the usa is stupid, naive or something. Muslims believe in Jihad- all muslims believe in jihad. After me ' islam equals jihad'. Now go away and repeat it until it sinks in. Changing course from bomb to bullets. Great I am sure those shot by muslims feel better than blown up. Change course is another example of cowardice. Muslims are in or out . Look at history.

    • Cassandra

      very true. I do not trust any Muslim. A Muslim always a Muslim. And the pious ones are the worse. When my friends ask me why I think this way I tell them to read the Coran. The Coran explains it all.

      • uptownsteve

        It's the "Koran" dummy.

        • chap

          it's a transcription, dummy,

        • Brian

          Steve I am surprised that you can spell dummy. There is no reason to call her dummy because she misspelled a word.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: Mass. Governor Replaces Boston Bombers’ Imam at Prayer Service….

    Speaking of the Cambridge Police Department……

    Who can forget President Obama's response to the supposed prejudice leveled against Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates?

    Barack Obama rushed before the cameras to publicly condemn Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer Joseph Crowley and insinuated that, due to the color of his skin, Gates was the target of racial profiling and victimized by 'stupidity' on the part of law enforcement.

    Whar's Barack when an Imam brothah needs him?

    • uptownsteve

      Obama was absolutely right to decry the actions of that racist Cambridge cop.

      • uptownsteve

        It seems to me that an Obama voter would be the majority of the electorate. Tee hee

        And I served this country in uniform for 7 years. I bet YOU didn't.

        Righties are all mouth.

      • Mark

        Steve maybe you should stop your idiotic comments in here. You are showing how uneducated you are. Obama suffers from the same disease as you. "Foot in mouth disease"

      • RebeccaJean

        Sgt Crowley was responding to a 911 call. It was Gates who acted like a fool. He seemed to believe that he was being asked to show id because his skin was black rather than because someone had reported seeing someone trying to force their way into his residence. A person who's mental capacity is firing on all cylinders would think the cop might need the id to verify that Gates was the person who resided at the residence.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The Cultural Center says jihad doesn’t mean holy war but can mean “struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g.-having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.”"

    “struggle in the battlefield for self-defense" decipher key: battlefields are the lands that resist sharia submission. Self-defense is defense against those who blaspheme allah and otherwise hurt the very sensitive religious feelings. State-sponsored terror is any state resisting sharia by force whether merely in rumor or in fact.

    Just remember that the future must not belong to the terrorists. Terrorists according to 0'Bama are those that produce insensitive videos and slander the "prophet of Islam."

    • Michael Copeland

      Thanks for the useful translations.
      The Manual of Islamic Law confirms (o9.0):
      “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims…”

    • poest

      The problem is not semantics. The problem is the teachings, the slanders, and the core beliefs found within the jihadist influenced Muslim "cultural" centers.

      • Michael Copeland

        The “teachings, the slanders, and the core beliefs” are Islam. The problem is Islam.

  • AdinaK

    The smoke and mirrors show goes on, but do NOT be fooled. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia is the dominant force in America's (and elsewhere) body politic and this is a fact –

    Don't let the leaders obfuscate their way out of the truth. They embrace the Brotherhood Mafia and that is that. Rest assured, if the Demsters have their way, the next "First Lady" of NYC will be Huma Abedin, a chief MB operative –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

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  • PhillipGaley

    I would say, in looking at the facts of how the Koran was assembled—by whom and when—and recognizing just how Islam is maintained for application through ad hoc interpretation—and by emams or so-called lawyers—if you understand how that, Islam does not consist in a body of beliefs which may be inquired into, but consists rather, in enforced patterns of behavior and in sub-dominate class structure—and as with the Moslems' training even their children to kill themselves in suicide, characteristic disregard for human life, extending against even the young and otherwise innocent among them—and noticing the plain effects of Islam, the world round—as Churchill so famously stated the case in description of the degradation of Islamic peoples—to say that, Islam is not a religion at all, but rather, is a criminal ideology, put together by bad men, for the utility of bad men, should appear as a straightforward observation.

    So, . . . as “a rose by any other name” and so on, by all sign in evidence, Islam is a criminal ideology, . . . at the core, Islam is not a religion—mere religious trappings, notwithstanding, . . . in all reason, the meeting of these ostensible leaders can hardly be entertained as in any way, "interfaith".

    • defcon 4

      Islamofascists will continue to entertain the ignorant kufr w/their interfaith outreach programs, until they gain sufficient political power to make such propaganda unnecessary, as they have in Lebanon, or Iraq, or Syria where the Jihadi ape has finally come out of the closet.

    • uptownsteve

      Didn't Churchill make that statement while invading and colonizing Islamic countries? The balls on some white folks.

  • Winston

    With radical Islamic clerics allowed access to American prisons they are converting black prisoners into Islam. For what purpose? This is a build up of radical Islamists who are American citizens and less likely that the FBI and Homeland Security will be able to track all Islamists in America. It is the Obama plan to "Islamicize" America and the nitwits in Congress are brain dead in doing nothing about it.

  • defcon 4

    How can muslims fight "against tyranny or oppression", when islam is fascism?

  • uptownsteve

    Barack Obama, a BLACK MAN, is your President. Deal with it.

    • pinnie

      Half black …and we r dealing with it…>.The hands down, unequivical worst our history. The divided,the shake down artist.,whiney class warfare loser. Make it hurt,rude bump inthe road,Liar Marxist. …… Other than that…he spends more money on himself and family…and doesnt think twice. His spare time is only interupped by a vacation. Pays less in taxes than he demands others pay.,…..You know fair share and all that… If skin were the problem id be laughing…….How about corrupted vile greedy whiney racist dispicable divisive half white boy liar?

    • zalukas

      Um.. His passport says United Sates of America in nationality graph. I tend to believe a Passport Agency not a racialist fool, such as yourself.

  • RebeccaJean

    We don't care that he's a black man, we just care that he's such an incompetent president.

  • Suzanne

    The last thing I would want to see at a Boston "interfaith prayer service" is a Muslim. Why were the organizers of this event so insensitive as to even invite one? If our leaders don't know by now that Islam is a fascist ideology, then they should be removed from their jobs. I would like ALL Muslim immigration to the West stopped. Islam is NOT a religion in the Judeo/Christian sense and it is 100% incompatible with being a loyal citizen of a Western country.

  • @KarenJourden

    The Quran, also transliterated Qur'an, Koran, Al-Coran, Coran, Kuran, and Al-Qur'an, so she didn't miss spell. It just depends.

  • Mark Harding

    if shovel manure its manure. The only difference between manure and the Quran is that the manure is useful.

  • pinnie

    Patrick just wanted to get a llittle "LOVE" he could care less!! I understand anti-American chat is the hot topic in the murderers circle and the neighborhood in general….. Its a shame.We lost americans… and an 8 yr old! These peeps are all animals. Nothing to write home about… losers and corrupted youth.They hate themslves and what they have become..They take it to people that have made a way for themselves.Jealous evil haters.


    It was a valuable investment for Boston. Only in America can a poor Chechen boy grow up to as effective a terrorist as a wealthy Saudi. Only in America are Muslim kids able to absorb the jihadists teachings at their local mosque regardless of national or ethnic origin. Only in America can you slaughter innocent people and immediately be defended by liberals wanting to know what America did to provoke such a “cry for help”.