Jan 3 2012
FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS take on Ibrahim Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR who is on a crusade to destroy Bare Naked Islam.
Family Security Matters (H/T Adrian M)
The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation masjid after the attack.
Arson attacks are always worrying events. When firebombs are thrown at homes, even when they are only intended to scare people, it is easy for the flames to getout of control and for family members to be trapped and killed. When accelerants are used on many carpets, not only do these ignite quickly, they also give off toxic smoke that kills long before a victim is aware of the fire. Therefore, Sunday night’s firebombings in New York City should not only be forcefully condemned. The perpetrators must be brought to justice, and be shown to be prosecuted with the full force of the law, as soon as possible.
Fortunately, no-one was killed in the arson attacks. The first of these took place at a convenience store which is run by Muslims, and caused some damage behind the counter. The second incendiary device was thrown at a private house. The occupants manage to flee but the house itself was severely damaged.
Around 8.44 pm on Sunday night, the mosque of the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation in Jamaica, Queens, was hit by a firebomb. At the time, 80 Shia worshippers were in the building. Imam Maan Al-Sahlani, assistant imam at the mosque, stated:
“We were very surprised. This has never happened here before.”
Another firebomb also hit the school attached to the mosque, but no-one was hurt. After the three attacks, a fourth firebomb hit a house where Hindu services are held.
The Al-Khoei Foundation is named in honor of an Iranian-born Shia scholar calledImam Abdul Qasim al-Khoei (1899 – 1992), who lived for some time in Najaf, in Iraq.
On the Al-Khoei Foundation website, an announcement states:
“We thank Allah (SWT) that no major damage or injury was caused by the blast. The Foundation reiterates its resolve to continue to serve the community and to strive to bring love where there is hatred, light where there is darkness and enlightenment where there is ignorance.”
The Associated Press mentioned that CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, had condemned the firebombings, and urged police and Muslim establishments to do more to protect mosques.
Yet were these attacks as a result of religious bigotry or racial bigotry? The house where Hindu ceremonies are sometimes held is not a mosque, but an ignorant person may perceive the visitors to be Muslims. According to the New York Times, this home has a shrine in its window. Only a very naïve person could suggest that a Hindu shrine is “Muslim.” Conceivably, a bigot who disliked non-White individuals and “foreign” ideologies may deliberately target both a mosque and a Hindu site
The house that received the worst damage belonged to a black couple, who are Christian, Monty and Sonia Burnett. Monty Burnett told the New York Daily News:
“When I came to the front of the house it was ablaze already. It started on the front window and came into the house. His wife said: “We’re okay. But why me? Why my house? I didn’t do anything.”
Because a mosque is involved, CAIR is right to express concerns that Muslim places of worship may come under similar attacks. But is there any justification for him to bring up a website that was shut down by WordPress on Friday morning, to give animpression that this site in particular may have influenced the attacks?
According to Associated Press: Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the advocacy group, said CAIR recently called on the FBI to investigate threats targeting mosques posted on an anti-Islam blog called “Bare Naked Islam.”
One comment on the site read: “Throw 10 Molotov cocktails into these mosques and burn them down,” according to Hooper. By Monday, the comment appeared to have been taken down by blog operator WordPress.com.