A huge mosque set to be built in Boston is raising eyebrows for two reasons: its link to terror, and the fact the city government sold the land for the project at a fraction of its value.
The 60,000-square-foot Islamic Cultural Center will cost $22 million, according to a report by the Christian Broadcasting Network.
The Islamic Society of Boston, which is overseeing the project, allegedly has ties to radical Islam, with its founder, Abdurahman Alamoudi, sitting in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to a plot by Moammar Gadhafi to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, CBN reported.
Another figure tied to the organization, Wahabbi cleric Dr. Yusef al-Qaradawi, has urged Iraqi Muslims to kill American soldiers and has praised Palestinian suicide bombers.
Last summer, British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned al-Qaradawi, who was nearly barred from entering the UK, the network reported.
Said Blair, “Let me make it absolutely clear. We want nothing to do with people who support suicide bombers in Palestine or elsewhere, or support terrorism.”
In 1995, al-Qaradawi told his followers, “We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America!” The Islamic Society of Boston says listing al-Qaradawi as a director was an “administrative oversight” which, it says, “was subsequently corrected,” CBN reported.
Dennis Hale, a Boston College professor, is pressuring the organization to admit its ties to radical Islam.
“This is a mosque that combines Wahabbi theology, Muslim Brotherhood politics and lots of money,” he told the network, “and that’s a very dangerous combination. Everywhere in the world where that’s been found, bad things happened.”
According to the report, the city of Boston is concerned about neither terror ties nor the fact the bulk of the money to build has come from private individuals in Saudi Arabia.
In fact, the city’s redevelopment authority sold the society the land for the mosque for between one-quarter and one-half of its true value, CBN reported.
“The City of Boston sold land to the mosque for $175,000,” real estate developer Steven Cohen explained to the network. “This land was worth some place between $450,000 and $1 million. This is a religious group that can raise $22 million from contributors in the Middle East. Why do they need financial assistance?
“So many citizens are asking the question, why does this mosque, which is preaching such abhorrent views, and has access to millions of dollars raised in Saudi Arabia, why is this mosque being subsidized by the city of Boston?”
A resident of Roxbury has filed a lawsuit, the network reported, contending the land sale violates the “separation of mosque and state.”
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