NIMBY: More Anti-Mosque Activism

Residents of Selden, NY have been swamped with fliers denouncing the expansion of the Islamic Association of Long Island.

NY POST The fliers list a litany of complaints, including calls to prayer being broadcast over loudspeakers and snarled traffic. The notes warn that the expansion of Long Island’s oldest Muslim house of worship will force residents to deal with “rude, aggressive people when you confront them to move their cars away from our driveways.”

Mosque members argue that the fliers are ill-informed attempts at fear-mongering and that the expansion is simply an effort to accommodate a burgeoning Muslim population in Suffolk County.

Supporters say one flyer attempts to whip up hysteria by pointing out a child abuse rap against a former Mosque employee.

Leaders want to expand the Selden facility from 5,600 sq. ft. to 8,000 sq. ft. Residents opposed to the mosque denied that they are anti-Muslim, just anti-traffic. “It really bugs me when they label you so quickly,” said one angry resident. “This is a quality-of-life issue. That’s it.” (Muslims ARE a threat to quality of life)

ST. LOUIS: Muslims in the hood

STL BEACON For four years, the St. Charles Muslim group has been trying to get land for a center, and that’s longer than it’s taken to build other centers. But in that time, they’ve come up against the same issues that some other centers have.

In St. Charles, Mir Asif says, the Muslim Community Center did find a piece of land last year, but according to him and reports from the St. Charles County Suburban Journals, county officials said the entrance wasn’t wide enough and a neighbor wouldn’t give up any land.

In 2007, St. Louis County’s County Council voted against allowing a community center that Imam Muhamed Hasic was trying to build in south county. The land was bought as residential and needed to be rezoned.

For Anjum Shariff, who’s lived in St. Louis most of his life, the challenges in the future are also community-wide, especially in dealing with some generally held perceptions and misconceptions about Muslims. Those ‘misperceptions’ include the ideas that when Muslims do bad things:

They’re doing so because their religion tells them to.

Qur’an:47:4 “So, when you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle, smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making them captives. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”

Men dominate women in marriage.

Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

The culture in Muslim countries is created entirely around Islam.

Qur’an 8:59 The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.”

Muslims are openly or secretly anti-Western.

Qur’an 3:56 As for those disbelieving infidels, I will punish them with a terrible agony in this world and the next. They have no one to help or save them.”

Women have limited rights.

Tabari IX:113 Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves.

Muslims as a group are monolithic, with no ideological, philosophical or political differences.

Qur’an 8:12 “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.”