Masjid An-Noor’s imam, Hasan Abunar (at center)
It remains a mystery: Where did the alleged Times Square terrorist – a Muslim man with an apparent zeal for Islam – go to mosque?
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it surveyed the mosques in suspect Faisal Shahzad’s home state of Connecticut and concluded Shahzad did not worship at any of them and therefore was not religious.
“I’ve asked everyone, ‘Have you seen this person, have you heard of this person?'” said Mongi Dhaouadi, spokesman for CAIR’s Connecticut chapter. “And the answer is ‘no.'”
WND, however, has learned that federal agents investigating the alleged car bomber paid a visit to a radical mosque in Bridgeport, Conn., with ties to terrorism. Shahzad has lived in the Bridgeport area for nearly a decade.
FBI agents questioned leaders of the Masjid An-Noor, also known as the Bridgeport Islamic Society, after arresting Shahzad on terrorism charges.
The mosque serves a sizable population of Pakistani immigrants in the area, and Shahzad, recently naturalized as a U.S. citizen, was born and raised in Pakistan.
Masjid An-Noor’s imam, Hasan Abunar, did not deny Shahzad attended his mosque, arguing only that he did not attend regularly. He allowed that he may have turned up a few times to pray.
Investigators say the Bridgeport Islamic Society and Masjid An-Noor are owned and controlled by a pro-jihad front group for Hamas, a federally designated terrorist group and its radical parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The front group, North American Islamic Trust, holds title to the large Bridgeport mosque. NAIT is the financial arm of the Islamic Society of North America. Both entities have been blacklisted by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in a criminal plot to underwrite Palestinian terrorism, including suicide bombings that have killed Americans.
NAIT also holds the deed to Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, the large mosque outside Washington where the Fort Hood terrorist and some of the 9/11 hijackers worshipped.
This radical custodian of the Bridgeport Islamic Society also publishes and distributes jihadi literature that exhorts Muslims to “kill” any Westerners who get in the way of spreading Islam, as WND has previously reported.
“No political system or material power should put hindrances in the way of preaching Islam,” asserts one Islamic book distributed by NAIT. “If someone does this, then it is the duty of Islam to fight him until either he is killed or until he declares his submission.”
Current NAIT Trustee Gaddoor Saidi was individually listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case – the largest terror finance trial in U.S. history, which ended in guilty verdicts on all 108 counts.
Chicago-based NAIT also handles the finances for CAIR, which along with NAIT has been criminally implicated in the Hamas terror conspiracy, according to the book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
CAIR has vehemently protested the FBI’s use of undercover informants in mosques and its recent seizure of several mosques in America. Last year, a Detroit mosque leader supported by CAIR was fatally wounded in a shootout with FBI agents who sought his arrest on felony charges.
CAIR’s claims that Shahzad was not religious and lacked ties to the Muslim community do not square with evidence found in his apartment or with accounts by neighbors and witnesses canvassed by FBI agents.
Federal investigators say one of the sole possessions found in Shahzad’s apartment was a copy of the Quran. Found alongside it were prayer beads. He was also working on a scale wooden model of a mosque in his hobby room.
Shahzad shopped at a neighborhood Islamic grocery, Fresh Halal Meat and International Food. His wife used halal cosmetics, investigators say.
Neighbors say Shahzad, who wore a full beard, was seen wearing traditional Muslim robes at his home. And his wife, they say, often wore a veil.
While media reports say Shahzad only recently turned orthodox, investigators say he was schooled in a radical madrassa growing up in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a Taliban and al-Qaida hotbed.
Abunar condemned the failed car-bomb plot and says he lectures against violence at the Bridgeport mosque, which requires women to worship separately from men.
WND has learned, however, that the imam recently lectured at events to support the pro-jihad Muslim American Society’s youth programs. MAS, a front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood, runs “jihad camps” for Muslim boys.
MAS’s tarbiya (indoctrination) guide exhorts Muslim youth to “wage war,” according to former FBI agent John Guandolo, quoted in “Muslim Mafia,” until the U.S. is “wiped out” and only the law of Allah reigns supreme.
MAS youth indoctrination is steeped in the teachings of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna, who argued for “increasing the number of youth groups (and) igniting in them the spirit of Islamic jihad.”
Abunar is also listed as a member of the North American Imam Federation, a sister organization to CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, and another American front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The NAIF directory, in fact, lists Abunar on the same page with Luqman Abdullah, the Detroit imam recently gunned down in a firefight with the FBI.
Bylaws for Masjid An-Noor, which is planning an expansion, have added an unusual rule, one not normally required for a place of worship:
“There shall be no weapons of any kind, or weapon-making instructions or weapon-making material, allowed on the premises.”