Imam Who Said 9/11 Museum Film was Islamophobic, Stole $140,000

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Sheik Mustafa Elazabawy said that Jews are a “cancer” and “control all the money”. But after he was accused of $140,000 in fraud, he still got himself a Jewish lawyer.

He also wasn’t too happy with the 9/11 Museum.

Mustafa Elazabawy, imam at Masjid Manhattan, wrote a letter to museum leadership last month, complaining that the 6-minute film about al-Qaeda’s rise “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” if it is not changed. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam.”

Obviously prejudice was a major issue for Mustafa. Also hating people. And money.

An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.

Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority.

He resigned from the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council, which advised the museum, during the controversy.

This resignation became a major talking point for 9/11 Museum opponents. But Mustafa shouldn’t have been the advisor for anything.

Elazabawy’s attorney Leon Jacobson said the religious leader is “a person of great repute” and called the charges “totally bizarre.”

Elazabawy, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, worked at the New York City Housing Authority for 27 years before retiring as an analyst in the agency’s budget department on Jan. 31. Just days later, he was busted on second- and third-degree grand larceny charges.

He also cheated on his own taxes, raking in about $3,000 over two years, prosecutors said.

Great repute.

  • Ban Liberals

    Probably a close confidant and adviser to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomturd.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The 9/11 Museum film about the koranimal pigs who jacked four passenger planes on 9/11 is Islamophobic?

    In other news dog bites man.

    Elbazowie, you better take time to polish the image of Islam, because it has become debased by the actions of your congregants all over the world.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Why do so many of these creatures insist on growing a variety of beards that make them look like Indian bandars, or macaques, or howler monkeys, or capuchins? Have they any idea how revolting they look? Is the disorganized facial hair intended to be a turnoff? To scare infidels? And they have the audacity to call Jews descendents of apes and pigs?

    • liz

      That must be it – howler monkeys are way more sophisticated than apes, you know, and Bawdylawzy is obviously descended from the latter.

      • DB1954

        Another insult to howler monkeys. Have you no shame?

        • liz

          Yes, the monkeys don’t deserve that insult!
          I’m sure, given a few more chromosomes, they’d make much better human specimens than Mr. BlurtyLousy.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      Yes! The beard is intended to make one unattractive to others of their own gender. makes one wonder…If Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs who was doing the molesting of those poor animals?

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Why is it that every public figure chosen to speak for Islam turns out to be an embarrassment? Rhetorical question, no answer necessary!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Hey he’s got a lot of parents of little boys he raped, to pay off.

  • RSnyder

    The true pigs; a Koran in one hand, a whip in the other, and an expression on the face that would cause toddlers to run screaming in fear. The religion of peace.

  • Gregular768 .

    Was playing SIM Earth on the PC and Islam appeared in my game….

    ***BAM***

    Every mosque was knocked down, Islam was shipped to a remote island with an impenetrable wall surrounding it.
    They then proceeded to blow each other up to their hearts content while the civilised world got ringside seats and ate popcorn while watching.

    Consequently…… I won the game……. Go figure. XD