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Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Mosque’s Imam Replaced as Speaker at Service for Boston Marathon Attack Victims

April 19, 2013 1:05 am 8 comments

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., whose imam was replaced as the Muslim speaker for Thursday's interfaith service in Boston for the Boston Marathon attack victims. Photo: Biruitorul/Wikimedia Commons.

The imam of a mosque that is managed by the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Muslim American Society (MAS) was initially invited to speak at Thursday’s interfaith service in Boston to honor the Boston Marathon attack’s victims, but that invitation was later rescinded by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s office, JNS.org has learned.

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center’s (ISBCC) Imam Suhaib Webb, according to a series of Twitter posts, was replaced as the representative of Boston’s Muslim community at the service—whose keynote speaker was President Barack Obama—in favor of Nasser Wedaddy, director of civil rights outreach for the American Islamic Congress and chair of the New England Interfaith Council.

Webb posted on his Twitter account Thursday, “Sorry, Muhammad Wedaddy from the American Islamic Congress will represent Boston Muslims.” Asked by another Twitter user who Wedaddy was, Webb wrote, “No idea. I was informed last night at 9pm that he was replacing me? lets focus on the service.” Webb later tweeted, “I was told the governor’s office made the call.”

According to the website of ISBCC, located in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., the mosque is “currently being managed administratively by MAS-Boston. As such, the board members of MAS-Boston are your board members!”

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center’s (ISBCC) Imam Suhaib Webb, according to a series of Twitter posts, was replaced as the representative of Boston’s Muslim community at the service—whose keynote speaker was President Barack Obama—in favor of Nasser Wedaddy, director of civil rights outreach for the American Islamic Congress and chair of the New England Interfaith Council.

Webb posted on his Twitter account Thursday, “Sorry, Muhammad Wedaddy from the American Islamic Congress will represent Boston Muslims.” Asked by another Twitter user who Wedaddy was, Webb wrote, “No idea. I was informed last night at 9pm that he was replacing me? lets focus on the service.” Webb later tweeted, “I was told the

governor’s office made the call.”

According to the website of ISBCC, located in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., the mosque is “currently being managed administratively by MAS-Boston. As such, the board members of MAS-Boston are your board members!”

MAS, according to the research of watchdog organizations including the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel history that started with its founding by members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of Hamas.

IPT has noted that U.S. federal prosecutors identify MAS as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Former MAS Secretary General Shaker El Sayed told the Chicago Tribune in 2004 that “Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) members founded MAS, but MAS went way beyond that point of conception.”

Caption: Imam Suhaib Webb tweets that Nasser Wedaddy, not Webb, would be the Muslim speaker at Thursday's interfaith service in Boston for the Boston Marathon attack victims. Photo: Twitter.

The ADL states that MAS-affiliated Web sites “have featured articles advocating jihad and suicide martyrdom.” ADL also cites individuals involved with MAS including radical Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader and terrorism supporter Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is the chairman of Islamic American University, an MAS subsidiary in Michigan, and the Islamic Society of Boston’s founding president Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is “serving a 23-year prison sentence for illegal dealings with Libya and his involvement in a plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.”

A Twitter conversation between Imam Suhaib Webb and other users in which Webb reveals he was replaced as the Muslim speaker at Thursday's interfaith service in Boston for the Boston Marathon attack victims. Photo: Twitter.

A Twitter conversation between Imam Suhaib Webb and other users in which Webb reveals he was replaced as the Muslim speaker at Thursday's interfaith service in Boston for the Boston Marathon attack victims. Photo: Twitter.

In June 2009, Boston-based APT issued a press release expressing concern that Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino accepted invitations to be honored guests at the ISBCC’s grand opening in Roxbury Crossing. APT noted that another Islamic Society of Boston mosque, in Cambridge, Mass., hosted a sermon by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, a Holocaust denier who has “claimed that Jews want to destroy Muslims, and called all non-Muslims (including Jews and Christians) a ‘spiritually filthy substance’ whose lives and property hold no value and are forfeit to Muslims during Jihad.”

“Civic leaders and the media participating in the ISBCC opening ceremonies must confront these very troubling facts,” APT stated in 2009. “We call upon Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino to reject the extremist leadership of the center, while continuing to reach out to the moderate Muslim community in Boston.”

Patrick and Menino did not back out that appearance at ISBCC, but Patrick may have now changed his tune on the mosque based on his office’s apparent rescinding of Webb’s invitation to speak at Thursday’s interfaith service for the Boston Marathon victims, which also featured remarks by Obama and by Jewish and Christian leaders.

Both Patrick’s office and the ISBCC did not immediately return requests for comment from JNS.org.

Wedaddy, speaking on behalf of the Boston Muslim community, referenced both Islamic and Jewish scripture in his remarks at Thursday’s service, saying, “Whoever kills a soul, it is as if he killed mankind entirely. And whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved all of mankind.”

The American Islamic Congress (AIC), which Wedaddy works for, is a “nonprofit, non-religious, civil society development organization serving Muslims and Non-Muslims by promoting civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement and education,” according to its website. The organizations runs a variety of advocacy, engagement, education, and student programs.

“Muslims have been profoundly influenced by our encounter with the United States,” AIC’s statement of principles says. “American Muslims are a minority group, largely comprised of African-Americans, converts, immigrants, and the children of immigrants that has prospered in America’s climate of religious tolerance and civil rights. Our community must carefully consider the lessons of our unprecedented experience of acceptance and success as members of American society.”

AIC states that American Muslims should “champion pluralism and condemn all forms of intolerance,” “be ambassadors to the Muslim world,” “recognize and celebrate our own diversity,” “champion the rights of minorities in the Muslim world,” and “participate in the democratic process and work towards civic engagement.”

8 Comments

  • Why is an Iman invited at all? This is an insult to those lost who are most likely Christians or Jews. May as well invite Nazis to lead services for the Holocaust? This is insane.

  • The Commonwealth of Nations, together with Anglophiles within the my USA, have been Hell bent on forcing social inclusivism, when it comes to the Muslims. The reason? The New World Order has a Theosophic belief that they can obtain world peace by spreading western commercialism, and banking to every corner of the world. They want the Muslims money! -plain and simple! And the NWO will do it at the people’s expense. The Commonwealth of Nations dredged out of the sick mind of Cecil Rhodes, Lord Milner and and now the focal point of the Royal Families of Europe, have replaced moral absolutes with: economics, banking and consumerism – so it is that they can not visualize the inherent evil of Islam and its Moon god. They have become one in soul with the haters of the God of Creation and wish to replace morals with ethics, and religion with politics. Hail to the grand Leviathan of Hobbes! Those that subscribe to the God of Abraham, understand what Yehovah said concerning Ishmael, “He will be a wild ass of a man, every hand against his brother!”

  • Edna Malkowitz

    No Muslims can be trusted for we know not which among you will be the one’s radicalized and sent to kill and hurt.

  • Sirs:
    Until we know the full story of the two brothers who did this unforgivable act of terrorism at the Boston Marathon we must be guarded in our response.
    Here were two young men thoroughly ‘Americanized’ yet so filled with anti-American hatred they could bomb such an inherently unifying and peaceful event. Is there a strong link to the teachings of current Islamic Jihad that dictated they do this?

    Or is this a grand example of what is urged upon its followers by contemporary radical Islamists? What emerges from the studies to follow will give us some answers.

    At this point in time, it appears to be the result of more Jihadi extremism against America, its people and its democratic values.

    How many more wake-up calls do we need before we accept the truth.

    • Are you suggesting that until we know more of the link if any between these two and Jihadists, we should allow virulent anti-west and non-Muslim hater Muslims to speak freely how they feel that their religion permits them to “forfeit” non-Muslim lives and continue instigating killing people that are not submitting to them?

    • THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!

      They’re not happy in Gaza..
      They’re not happy in Egypt..
      They’re not happy in Libya..
      They’re not happy in Morocco..
      They’re not happy in Iran..
      They’re not happy in Iraq..
      They’re not happy in Yemen..
      They’re not happy in Afghanistan..
      They’re not happy in Pakistan..
      They’re not happy in Syria..
      They’re not happy in Lebanon..

      SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

      They’re happy in Australia.
      They’re happy in Canada.
      They’re happy in England..
      They’re happy in France..
      They’re happy in Italy..
      They’re happy in Germany..
      They’re happy in Sweden..
      They’re happy in the USA..
      They’re happy in Norway..
      They’re happy in Holland.
      They’re happy in Denmark.

      Basically, they’re happy in every country that is not Muslim
      and unhappy in every country that is!

      AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

      Not Islam.
      Not their leadership.
      Not themselves.

      THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

      AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like…..
      THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

  • Nasser Wedaddy repeated one of the biggest lies Muslims tell about Islamic murders — “Whoever kills a soul, it is if he killed mankind entirely.” That quote is from Surah 5:32, but this applies strictly to the Israelites, not Muslims. The Muslims made a mockery of the Boston Memorial Service.

  • My Greatgrandmother, a Greek lady, was told that she was to be sent to the sultan (as his whore)becasue of the tax due (20% of all non-muslim subjects’ children were taken as slaves or sex toys or as “janasaries”).
    If there ever was a certanity in this life it is this NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING A MUSLIM TELLS ANY NON-MUSLIM!
    This uncle of the murder Boston bomber wants us to believe that can’t believe his nephew would do such a thing…ONE ONLY NEEDS TO LISTEN TO ANY MUSLIM CLERIC’S MESSAGES OF HATE TO KNOW THAT THE CALL FOR MUSLIMS TO KILL ALL NON-MOSLIMS IS UNIVERSAL.
    The only time they do not preach their hate for others is when it is not to their advantage….like now, while they are the minority in the USA…BUT IF THEY EVER GET THE UPPER HAND HERE IN THE USA….LOOK OUT!! THEY WILL KILL AND KILL.
    READ: Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide is a book by Bat Ye’or. Can be purchsed at:
    http://www.amazon.com/Islam-Dhimmitude-Where-Civilizations-Collide/dp/0838639437

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