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Mosque's donation to charity prompts closing of account (CAIR seethes)
CBS 2 Chicago ^ | March 11, 2005 | AP

Posted on 03/11/2005 6:18:29 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John

PALOS HILLS, Ill. (AP) A local bank has closed a mosque's account after it donated money to an Islamic charity under federal investigation for allegedly helping terrorists.

Family Bank and Trust Co. closed the account of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview after the mosque wrote two checks to the Islamic American Relief Agency, according to the mosque's imam, Sheikh Jamal Said.

Mosque Foundation president Oussama Jamal said the mosque made its donations in August and September, before the federal government froze the charity's assets and raided its Missouri offices in October.

The Treasury Department alleged Islamic American Relief was part of an international front group for Hamas and al Qaeda, a charge denied by charity officials.

Jim Zaring, the president of Family Bank, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday. The bank closed the mosque's account in December.

The Bridgeview mosque also made donations to Islamic American Relief in 1992 and 1999 totaling $20,393, according to the mosque's annual reports. The mosque gave about $374,000 to three other charities that were later shut down by the federal government because of alleged ties to terrorism.

Some in the Muslim community question the bank's right to close an account based on a transaction that was legal at the time it was made. Arsalan Iftikar, a legal adviser for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a New Jersey bank recently closed a mosque's accounts. He suspects other banks might take similar action.

``We're starting to see a trend of Muslim institutions and individuals' (accounts) being closed summarily without any explanation,'' Iftikar said.

When it froze Islamic American Relief's assets in October, the Treasury Department alleged the group was part of an international network linked to terrorism called the Islamic African Relief Agency, which was accused of giving money to al Qaeda and other suspected terrorist groups.

A Houston mosque founded by former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon was criticized earlier this year for contributing to Islamic American Relief and a second charity allegedly linked to terrorism.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: New Jersey; US: Texas; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/11/2005 6:18:30 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Chi-townChief


2 posted on 03/11/2005 6:19:03 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
``We're starting to see a trend of Muslim institutions and individuals' (accounts) being closed summarily without any explanation,'' Iftikar said.

If only!

3 posted on 03/11/2005 6:20:05 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
If CAIR ever wants to even begin to be taken seriously, they'll do what the Spanish mullahs did - issue a Fatwa against Osama Bin Laden.

...not holding my breath

4 posted on 03/11/2005 6:21:44 PM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Boxer, Pelosi, Thomas...the ultimate nightmare Menage a Quatro)
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To: Rummyfan
Ummmm...isn't the reason why the account was being closed was because the charity that it donated to was under investigation from the feds? [shakes head]
5 posted on 03/11/2005 6:22:44 PM PST by Simmy2.5 (DUmmies in mourning. World is a better place.)
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To: Rummyfan
Looks like the sheikh from the Bridgeview mosque is anything but a moderate. Trained in Saudi Arabia.

< An imposing man with a bushy brown beard, Sheik Jamal mesmerized worshipers with his eloquent sermons and ardent pleas to help oppressed Muslims. He was greatly admired by mosque-goers, who frequently came to him to settle everyday domestic disputes.

As a child, he was inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. Growing up on the West Bank, he learned about a nearby graveyard for Brotherhood members who had died fighting for a Palestinian homeland. He later brought his own children to the cemetery to pay homage to the fighters, according to a tape of a speech he gave at a Muslim conference in 2000.

During the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, his family moved to Jordan, where he would always maintain ties, eventually building a large house in an upscale neighborhood in Amman.

After studying Islam at a Saudi Arabian university, he came to Chicago to teach Arabic to African-American Muslims. In 1985, at age 28, Sheik Jamal became prayer leader in Bridgeview. Part of his salary would be paid by the government of Saudi Arabia--a stipend that totaled about $2,000 a month by 2004, according to Saudi Embassy officials in Washington.

Many at the mosque were already familiar with his views. As a guest speaker several years earlier, he had given a memorable sermon in which he criticized the mosque women for not dressing modestly.

As prayer leader, he preached that America was a land of disbelievers, where families were not valued, according to mosque-goers. He told worshipers that they should not celebrate Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving because those were not Islamic holidays. He told teenage boys and girls not to mingle.

Over time, Sheik Jamal developed a national reputation and easily attracted prominent Muslim activists to Bridgeview.>>

From the February 8, 2004 Chicago Tribune, registration (free) required. Hard-liners won battle for Bridgeview mosque

6 posted on 03/11/2005 6:28:51 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Meant to post this pic, too

The Bridgeview Mosque

7 posted on 03/11/2005 6:36:25 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith,
but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America,
and Islam the only accepted religion on earth

--Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998

Qur’an 8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels.
So wound their bodies and incapacitate them
because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”

Qur’an 8:57 “If you gain mastery over them in battle,
inflict such a defeat as would terrorize them,
so that they would learn a lesson and be warned.”


1968 Robert Kennedy assassinated
1972 Munich Olympics Sep-5,1972 (Black September)
1976 Entebbe Hostage Crisis, June 27, 1976
1979 Iran Hostage Crisis, Nov. 4, 1979 444 days
1979 Grand Mosque Seizure, Nov 20,1979
1981 Assassination of Egyptian President, Oct 6,1981
1982 Assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister, Sept 14, 1982
1983 Bombing of US Embassy in Beirut6, April 18,1983
1983 Bombing of Maring Barricks, Beruit, Oct 23,1983
1984 Hizballah Restaurant Bombing, April 12,1984
1985 Egyptian Airliner Hijacking, Nov 23,1985
1985 Rome Airport murders
1985 TWA Flight 847 hijacked, U.S. Navy diver murdered
1985 Achille Lauro hijacking, Homacidal maniac lived in saddams Iraq
1986 Aircraft Bombing in Greece, March 30, 1986
1988 Pan Am 747 Flight 103 Bombing, Lockerbie, 100's murdered
1988 Berlin Discoteque Bombing, Dec 21,1988
1992 Bombing in Israeli Embassy in Argentina, March 17,1992
1993 Attempted Assassination of Pres. Bush Sr., April 14,1993
1993 First World Trade Center bombing, February 26th, 7 Killed, Hundreds injured, Billions
1994 Air France Hijacking, Dec 24,1994
1995 Attack on US Diplomats in Pakistan, Mar 8,1995
1995 Saudi Military Installation Attack, Nov 13, 1995
1995 Kashmiri Hostage taking, July 4,1995
1996 Khobar Towers attack
1996 Sudanese Missionarys Kidnapping, Aug 17,1996
1996 Paris Subway Explosion, Dec 3,1996
1997 Israeli Shopping Mall Bombing, Sept 4, 1997
1997 Yemeni Kidnappings, Oct 30,1997
1998 Somali Hostage taking crisis, April 15,1998
1998 U.S. Embassy Bombing in Peru, Jan 15, 1998
1998 U.S. Kenya Embassy blown up, 100's murdered
1998 U.S. Tanzania Embassy blown up, 100's murdered
1999 Plot to blow up Space Needle (thwarted)
2000 USS Cole attacked, many U.S. Navy sailors murdered
2000-2003 Intifada against Israel - 100's dead and injured
2000 Manila Bombing, Dec 30,2000
2001 4 Commercial airliners hijacked, 250+ murdered
2001 World Trade Center attacked, 2800+ murdered
2001 Flight 93 murders
2001 Pentagon attacked, 180+ murdered
2002 Reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and murdered
2002 Philippines American missionary, Filipino nurse killed
2002 July 4, El Al attack Los Angeles LAX, several murdered
2002 Bali bombing - 200 dead, 300 injured
2002 Yemen, French Oil Tanker attacked
2002 Marines attacked / murdered in Kuwait
2002 Washington D.C. sniper
2002 Russian Theater attacked, 100+ dead
2002 Nigerian riots against Miss World Pageant, 200 dead, dozens injured
2002 Mombasa Hotel Attacked, 12 dead, dozens injured
2002 Israeli Boeing 757 attacked by missiles, fortunately no one injured
2002 August Hotel bombing in Jakarta, Indonesia. 12 dead, dozens injured.
2003 Rusian concert bombing
2003 Phillipines airport and market bombing
2003 Foiled SAM plot in the USA
2003 UN Baghdad HQ Bombing
on and on and on and on it goes .........

8 posted on 03/11/2005 6:42:06 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: donozark

Some info related to our local group.

9 posted on 03/11/2005 7:09:25 PM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Some in the Muslim community question the bank's right to close an account based on a transaction that was legal at the time it was made.

Strange thing, that American Capitalism - if you don't like a customer, you don't have to put up with them. If it's so bad, they're free to take their money out of an AMERICAN bank and put it a bank run by muslims, or perhaps where the sun don't shine. Or maybe invest in a one-way ticket back to where they came from...

10 posted on 03/11/2005 8:56:42 PM PST by castle05 (gun control means consistently hitting where you're aiming)
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; DAVEY CROCKETT


11 posted on 03/12/2005 2:46:45 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (The enemy within, will be found in the "Communist Manifesto 1963", you are living it today.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

Money for murder is worse than murder.

12 posted on 03/12/2005 4:44:30 AM PST by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

It does make one wonder if there are any muslim "charities" that do not fund terror.

13 posted on 03/12/2005 4:56:52 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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