New Islamist Mosque Opens in Virginia

Last month, a new mosque called the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Islamic Center opened in Alexandria, Virginia. ICNA, an Islamist group with origins in the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan, framed its inauguration as an interfaith victory, giving thanks to the three churches that let them worship on their premises as the mosque project was completed.

The two-story mosque replaced a house that was bought by ICNA in 2000. It says the facility cost $850,000 to build and can accommodate about 150 people. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church allowed ICNA’s Northern Virginia chapter to worship as the mosque was being built

ICNA’s use of Aldersgate United Methodist Church led to a favorable segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which praised its pastor and mocked an evangelical critic. In one scene, the critic is seen saying mosques wouldn’t allow their premises to be used for Christian prayers. The correspondent joked about how embarrassing it’d be for him if the show cut to a clip of Christians being invited to a mosque.

Ironically, the clip the Daily Show showed was of Mohammed El-Filali of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, a mosque with extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. El-Filali led a chant comparing Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to Hitler at a rally in 2002. He also refused to condemn Palestinian suicide bombers in an interview with the Associated Press.

The pro-ICNA churches and the Daily Show apparently didn’t take the time to pop ICNA’s name into a search engine. If they did, it wouldn’t have taken long to find documentation of the group’s Islamist history.

Its origins lie with a Pakistani Islamist group called Jamaat-e-Islami. ICNA’s own publication said in 1996 that it was founded with the “organizational development methodology” of Jamaat-e-Islami’s founder. A former ICNA president and secretary-general, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, was indicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal in October for his role as “chief executioner” in at least 18 political assassinations in 1971. Khan belonged to the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategic memorandum, which says its “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within,” lists ICNA as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo refers to productive meetings between ICNA and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood “in an attempt to reach a unity of merger.” ICNA has long held its annual conferences in conjunction with the Muslim American Society, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, in apparent fulfillment of this objective.

ICNA has not abandoned its Islamist ideology since then. Its 2010 handbook laid out a five-level strategy towards achieving a “united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah (Islamic law),” right in line with the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine of gradualism. Its last conference in December featured at least a dozen Islamist speakers, including ones that have supported Hamas and have ties to the Brotherhood. Among the event’s sponsors were Turkish Airlines and the DISH Network.

ICNA and its Islamist allies understand the power of the interfaith message. Interfaith relations have become a more prominent feature on their websites and their conferences. For example, American Muslims for Palestine had Reverend Donald Wagner of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding speak at its conference. Major campaigns of activism are done with interfaith coalitions.

Another interfaith campaign ICNA is involved in is the placement of billboards in the Orlando and Daytona Beach areas that say, “Same Family, Same Message.” It directs readers to ICNA’s website, These billboards aren’t just about making Jews, Christians and Muslims feel like they can relate to each other. It’s about dawah. The basis of Islam is that Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed are part of the same family with the same message from Allah. Islam is, in this view, the way all three faiths are hemmed together.

The destruction of churches by Islamist terrorists leaves little room to misunderstand their intentions. The embrace of churches by non-violent Islamists runs contrary to the bloody images we judge our enemies by. When these scenes are put side-by-side, groups like ICNA appear to be the alternative Muslim voice we seek. To be “moderate” is as simple as condemning terrorism and shaking hands with a pastor.

If you oppose this type of interfaith engagement and say something, then the uninformed see you as intolerant, paranoid and bigoted. For most Americans, it is easier to believe that critics of ICNA are fear-mongers than to believe that these groups can simultaneously be likeable, charitable, non-violent, deceptive and Islamist.

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

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  • spanky

    Who wants to comment? Anyone in their right mind knows when Islam rules in amerika, they will start killing their interfaith buddies.

    • AdinaK

      Not only will they start eliminating their inter-faith, multi-culti psychotic supporters, but their plans are rock solid, detailed within –

      It is impossible to quantify the danger.

      Adina kutnicki, Israel –

    • Larry

      One more Mosque in America, one more nail in the coffin for Christianity.

    • Zam

      The Muslin Brotherhood calls northern Virginia home, too. I wonder if muslim mosques and the Muslim Brotherhood could be related to each other in some way. Surely they couldn't be because only peaceful muslims go to mosques. The Muslim Brotherhood only hangs around airports and airplanes and smoke shops. The FBI has warned us about them–

    • Drakken

      And they would bloody well deserve it. Anyone who puts their own neck on the chopping block out of community appeasement deserves their fate.

  • Michael Copeland

    Imam Faisal Abdul "Bridge-building" Rauf, late of Ground Zero Mosque, told his Arab listeners "I am not interested in interfaith dialogue".

    • ratonis

      interesting. Rick Warren has said the same thing.

  • Chezwick

    Our job as conservatives is to critique Islamic theology and culture, objectively and yet relentlessly, with the ultimate goal of transforming the global atmospherics into the opposite of what they are today…where instead of the West’s current, obsequious validation of Islam, (employed in the vain hopes of pacifying Muslim ferment), repudiation of the faith becomes normative, particularly among rational, enlightened people, until that day when increasing numbers of Muslims themselves – debilitated by the negativity their religion evokes and its cumulative impact on their honor/shame values – begin to seek out philosophical and practical alternatives.

    For those who might insist that resting our hopes on encouraging mass apostasy of Muslims from their faith is a pipe dream, my only answer is that it makes more sense than hoping for a reformation of a theology which lacks any functional mechanism for reform. By decreeing the Quran “the immutable word of Allah” and himself “the seal of the Prophets”, Muhammad successfully inoculated Islam from the virus of reform, perhaps for all time.

    Encouraging a steady trickle of defections in the hopes that it eventually becomes a flood is essentially all we have….and this potentiality is impossible to realize without an on-going and thorough public deconstruction and repudiation of Islam. Even if – for the sake of argument – we concede the impact on Muslims of such an endeavor may be negligible, we would still be contributing to the cause of freedom by at least alerting non-Muslims to the long list of pathologies that define the religion/culture/ideology of Islam.

  • Michael Copeland

    You are so right. Public repudiation is needed.
    Islam authorises slavery. Say it loud and clear.
    Islam authorises marriage at nine. Say it loud and clear.
    We need not be helpless: we can help AFDI's Koran quote advertisements – Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs.
    Stand firm.

  • Jason

    In Islamic Countries they are doing the opposite,burning and destroying churches ,bibles-and killing Christians.In short Islam is winning and hope Christians are prepared for more disaster

  • Michael Copeland

    "Where is your weapon? Where is your weapon? Come to the Jihad!" , Omar Bakhri.

    Defend and uphold the Second Amendment ?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Down the road if the Islamist colonizers grow into a large enough population the helpful
    churches will be forced to close by them and all that refuse to convert to Islam will have
    thier heads cut off. Do we not have enough felonious conduct in America? Why would
    these Churches aid and abet and organiztion that promotes felonious conduct and
    eventually will be marching in the streets for Sharia, gang raping infidel women and
    doing all they can including attempts at violent takeover. George Washington must be
    spinning in his grave. Leftism shows here one of it's greatest defects, promoting what
    can only be described as a pathalogical death wish while grinning like loons……….William

  • Donald Bly

    Islam has used immigration as a weapon of conquest since its inception. Mohammed sent his followers to Medina until their numbers became sufficient that they could launch a violent take over. A look at historical Muslim migration since 622 AD will show over and over a period of migration followed by violent conflict.. We first must end all immigration from Muslim nations. Then we should undertake a banning of religions that seek the overthrow of our nation. I can only think of one "religion" that this would affect.

  • esperanto

    Here is information on Algerian terrorism in the past:

    "Why the FIS-GIA of Algeria,Sunni Groups,killed 100,000 Innocent,Fellow Sunni Muslims from 1991-2001"


    "Article II about the Enslavement of Christians in Literature:Cervantes and Algeria"

  • LindaRivera

    The response of the churches to Christians being attacked, raped and mass murdered in Muslim countries and churches being attacked and destroyed in Muslim countries. And christians having their homes destroyed by Muslims and forced to flee – rendered homeless?

    'An interfaith victory, giving thanks to the three churches that let them worship on their premises as the mosque project was completed.'

  • LindaRivera

    and the Obama administration is determined there will be as many as possible:
    40,000 Iran agents in Western Hemisphere
    Now hidden in Latin America, awaiting ‘operations’ against U.S.
    “We must get ready for global operation. … Our fellow fighters are present in all five continents of the world. … An international jihad must be provoked; we must fear no one.”

    The Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence division runs operations out of mosques.

    Those operations include recruitment, reconnaissance and transfer of arms and cash.

    This source also verified then that all Imam Ali Mosques are controlled by regime intelligence operatives and that the cells are well placed in Europe and America for terrorist acts…

  • LindaRivera

    Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    Why is shocking, VIOLENT, MURDEROUS Muslim discrimination against non-Muslims allowed?

    Where are the human rights organizations and Western governments to PROTECT non-Muslims?

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI (Original edit)

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

  • Aisha2

    Good luck with Moslem Jihad, Virginia! Sorry to see what they do to you!

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Virginia is a state which has prospered greatly by the infusion of money coming from all of those highly-paid federal employees hired by the Obama administration. It is only fair that they experience the other side of the coin.

  • pieceofmymind

    I'll apply to these churches to practise my religion 'Daughters of Lucifer' on their premises. Maybe the temple prostitutes will get good treatment in the name of interfaith acceptance.

  • john Stone

    I like religion all right and I occasionally get involved, but realistically most Christian churches are run by skulls full of mush. A sense of brotherhood should not be an excuse for checking in your brains at the door, and that is often what happens.

    • ratonis

      This is true. Pastors care about church growth and issues of personal life. Or, if liberal, "social justice." Most are absolutely clueless about history and the historic Muslim challenge to and hatred of Christianity. A lot of them view the scope of concern expressed here as "stereotypes" to be overcome through initiatives toward "understanding." (By which they mean turning eyes away from asking any probing questions).

  • Ghostwriter

    Let's be honest here. The Islamists are basically anti-human.