STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A meeting about a controversial plan for the Muslim American Society to build a mosque in Midland Beach ended the same way it began: with tension, anger and even hostility.
The two-hour affair, organized by the Midland Beach Civic Association, was intended for members of the community to ask questions about MAS and determine whether the mosque would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. It was held last night at the Olympia Activity Center, which was filled to its 384-person capacity five minutes before the meeting was to start, and no one else was allowed in.
Instead, both sides used the opportunity to vent their frustrations; no issues were resolved and some people, shaking with anger, seemed more unsettled than when they arrived. The controversy began when residents learned of a plan by St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church to sell its empty former convent to MAS, which planned to convert it to a mosque and community center with after-school programs for children.
TERRORISMMembers of the community were upset that they knew nothing about the Islamic organization or its intents before the deal was made. Some insisted MAS had an affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been questioned for terrorist practices. They were also angered that the church had agreed to make the sale without consulting the community, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE........
Mahdi Bray, the executive director of MAS Freedom National, who is based in Washington, D.C., was a speaker at the meeting, Mahdi Bray has links to terrorist group Hamas. Keith Fennessy, pastor of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Midland Beach, Staten Island, sold the empty former convent to the Muslim American Society (MAS) under controversial circumstances and recently quit his post as parish priest. Click here for video and transcript of Mahdi Bray spewing his radical rhetoric and pumping his fist in support of Hamas and Hezbollah.
Muslim American Society (MAS) links to terrorism;
The Muslim American Society (MAS), established in 1993 and based in Falls Church, Virginia, claims to be "America's largest grassroots Muslim organization with over 50 chapters nationwide." While MAS portrays itself as a mainstream organization that attempts to serve the social, educational and religious needs of American Muslims, the organization has a troubling history of associations with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitism and reject Israel's right to exist.
The MAS organization's ties to extremism are apparent in several ways: MAS leaders have said that the group was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic extremist movement that originated in Egypt and has spawned and inspired terrorist organizations around the world, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.
MAS-affiliated Web sites have featured articles advocating jihad and suicide martyrdom. The chairman of the Islamic American University, a Michigan-based subsidiary of MAS, is Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, a leading Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood ideologue known for his support of terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah.
Current MAS leaders and advisors held positions in the now defunct-Islamic Association for Palestine, described by the U.S. as part of a "propaganda apparatus" for Hamas.
Abdurahman Alamoudi, a prominent member of MAS and the founding president of the Islamic Society of Boston, is serving a 23 year prison sentence for illegal dealings with Libya and his involvement in a plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
In addition to links to extremism, MAS is the leading American Muslim organization organizing anti-Israel activity in the U.S. MAS attracts sizable audiences to its anti-Israel demonstrations as a result of its affiliation with some of the largest mosques in the country.
The Boston chapter of MAS manages the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) Cultural Center, self-described as the largest Islamic center in New England. Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the largest mosques in the greater Washington area, says it has been affiliated with MAS since 1999. The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois, one of the largest mosques in the Chicago area, coordinates its programming with MAS Youth, the youth division of the organization. The majority of the Foundation's leadership is also reportedly made up of members of MAS.
Several MAS chapters have included links on their websites to the works of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan Al Banna, and the group's leading intellectual, Syed Qutb. These and other writings endorsed by MAS advocate the concepts of jihad and martyrdom, total obedience to "the Islamic Movement," and support for a global multi-front war against non-Muslims.
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