Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids Promotes Global Islamic State

December 3, 2011
The original “mother mosque” in Cedar Rapids, at 1335 Ninth St. N.W., is now the Iowa Islamic Heritage and Cultural Center. The older mosque stands as a monument for peace.(Puff piece for Cedar Rapids – Desmoines Register) The original “mother mosque” in Cedar Rapids, at 1335 Ninth St. N.W., is now the Iowa Islamic Heritage and Cultural Center. The older mosque stands as a monument for peace. / KYLE MUNSON / REGISTER PHOTOS

The nation’s first full mosque to be built from the ground up opened here in 1934 and has come to be known as “the Mother Mosque of America.” A humbler basement mosque was built in 1929 in Ross, N.D., but that structure did not survive. In 1888, Hajj Abbas Habhab, Aossey’s maternal grandfather, was the first documented Muslim to settle in Iowa.

In 1907, Aossey’s father, Yahya Mohamad Aossey, arrived at age 16 from the Lebanon region of Syria. He initially worked as a farmhand for a German family and was given the name “William.”

Aossey graduated from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids and also received degrees from Cornell College in Mount Vernon and the University of Iowa.

He received a Fulbright Grant in 1966 for research in Vietnam.

His family history is flush with firsts — helping in 1948 to establish the first Muslim National Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, in addition to the original Mother Mosque and the newer Islamic Center that opened in 1971.

At the Islamic Center, Vicki Habhab at first mistook me for the plumber ready to fix a toilet. We had a good laugh, and then I found out that this is the second year she has helped lead a Montessori preschool in the center for kids ages 3 through 6. All nine students currently enrolled are Muslim, but Habhab and the staff are courting children of all faiths.

(h/t creeping sharia)

Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids Promotes Global Islamic State | FrontPage Magazine.

…Aossey…

If you need proof that radical Islam is spread across the country, look no further than Iowa’s Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, whose extremism is plain for all to see online. One of its most notable attendees is Bill Aossey, a Muslim Youth Camps of America (MYCA) official and president of Midamar Corporation, a leading supplier of Halal foods that was given a loan guarantee of $1.75 million as part of the stimulus package. On August 13, 2010, Aossey sat at President Obama’s table in the White House to enjoy an Iftar meal.

The Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids (ICCR) was built in early 1962 with the assistance of Khalil al-Rauef, a close friend of the Saudi Royal Family who reportedly shared a common interest in Arabian horses with Eleanor Roosevelt. The publication of the Saudi state ARAMCO oil company states, “Nobody remaining in the Cedar Rapids Muslim community remembers just why al-Rauef settled there.” It is assumed that he was drawn to the success of the Muslim community.
Al-Rauef paved the way for Saudi King Faisal to donate $45,000 to the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids in 1974. The government of Kuwait followed suit, donating $6,000. The government of Libya provided Korans. It is unclear if this happened under Qaddafi’s tenure.
The ICCR’s website happily tells the story of how Muslims from across the world came to America from all sorts of backgrounds in the early 1950s. It mentions “moderate groups like” the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in Kuwait named Islah; the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan and the Muslim Brotherhood of Sudan. The website praises how “radical groups banned in many Muslim countries” like “Jihad” (presumably the Egyptian Islamic Jihad), Takfir al-Hijra (an Al-Qaeda affiliate) and Hezbollah were able to come to the U.S. In the past, the website linked to Al-Haramain, a Saudi charity that fundraised for Al-Qaeda.
“Here they are able to forge links with students of other nations providing the nucleus for an international network of leaders committed to the creation of an Islamic state, or an Islamic world order,” the ICCR website states.
The mosque blames “ultra-conservative Christians” for causing terrorism. It claims that Islamic extremists “become a kind of mirror image of their Christian counterparts.” It says that “Many of them are being turned by their American experience into anti-Western, anti-Christian Islamic revivalists.” The ICCR teaches that the “root of the problem is the perception of many resident Muslims that the nation as a whole is prejudiced against them.” Disturbingly, a school for children up to nine years old named My Iman Montessori is located within the ICCR.
The ICCR engages in political activism. On January 2, 2008, the Muslim American Society (MAS) and two other unnamed groups held a class at ICCR to prepare Muslims to participate in the Iowa caucus. The MAS is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. The MAS official involved, Miriam Amer, is now the leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Iowa chapter.
She said at the time, “If we can get even one-half of one percent of the Muslims in this state [to] participate in the caucus—with some even serving as precinct captains—we can insure that the proposed planks will become adopted at the state conventions, and help to shape U.S. policy in the future.” In the MAS website’s post on the event, she is quoted urging Muslims to “take part in a historic event that can tip the balance of power in this country.”
Houses of worship cannot campaign on behalf of a political party. The ICCR and MSA were aware of this mentioned that Amer has worked with both parties. It was still obvious that they were trying to get Iowa Muslims to turn out for the Democratic caucus and later, the Democratic presidential candidate. It noted that 44% of Republican voters in the Iowa caucus are evangelicals and said, “Overall, the GOP candidates have basically ignored the immigrant and Muslim vote this time around, opting instead to focus on the Conservative Christian vote.”
One of the ICCR’s most prominent attendees is Bill Aossey, who founded the Midamar Corporation in 1972 that provides Halal foods around the world. His maternal grandfather came to Iowa in 1888 as the first documented Muslim settler in the state. His father helped found the “Mother Mosque” of Cedar Rapids, the oldest standing mosque in the U.S., and the ICCR. In 1963, Aossey became the first Muslim to enter the Peace Corps.
Aossey sat on the board of directors of the American Muslim Council. Its former executive director is the notorious Abdurahman Alamoudi. He is a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah and is in jail on terrorism-related charges. Another former executive director, Eric Erfan Vickers, suggested that the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia over Palestine, Texas was a judgment from Allah.
Midamar Corporation is a sponsor of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society. All are Muslim Brotherhood fronts. The first two were labeled by the federal government as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the Holy Land Foundation trial. The government presented evidence tying them to Hamas. In 2002 Aossey spoke at the Muslim Students Association’s Iowa conference alongside Siraj Wahhaj. In 2003, he spoke again for the event, along with Nihad Awad.
Despite these facts, Aossey sat at President Obama’s table for the August 13, 2010 Iftar dinner at the White House.[i] He said they did not discuss political matters. Midamar received a $1.75 million Small Business Administration loan guarantee as part of the stimulus.[ii]
Aossey is a representative of the Muslim Youth Camps of America. The organization had been leasing a 114-acre site at Coralville Lake from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build one of its Muslim youth camps. On April 26, Aossey sent an email to inform the military that MYCA would not be renewing the lease.
There are other Islamist organizations worth mentioning in the Cedar Rapids area. On September 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations opened up a new office in the city, according to its Facebook page. The coordinator of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Iowa chapter, Shams Ghoneim, resides a little over 30 miles away in Iowa City. She is a critic of anti-Islamist Muslim activist Zuhdi Jasser. After he spoke at the University of Iowa, she wrote that “The Shariah issue is fake, as no credible American Muslim is advocating it…Contrary to Jasser’s allegation, Islam has never advocated theocracy.”
CAIR, ISNA and the other prominent Muslim-American organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood say they are committed to fighting extremism. If that is so, they should take a stand against the teachings of the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids.

Moderate Islam in the News

January 4, 2010


At a demonstration near Ramallah Sunday night, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told a crowd that a future Arab state in Judea and Samaria must be free of all Jews. Fayyad, who was never elected to his office democratically, was an economist for the International Monetary Fund until being handpicked by former United States President George W. Bush to lead the PA.

Maybe President Obumbler’s attorney general can explain why that kind of statement and the ethnic cleansing that underlies it, which would not be tolerated in the United States, are okay for our region. I’m sure Eric Holder would tell you that it’s fine but there is no logical way to explain why.


keep in mind that Fayyad is the one who is supposed to give Palestine a new way to think… through helping with economic issues…. apparently killing Jews has been thrown into his monetary system

Kurt Westergaard is known for controversial illustrations that have angered

(CNN) — The attack on a Danish political cartoonist “runs totally against the teachings and values of Islam,” the umbrella organization representing Muslim countries has said.

If the attack was a reaction to Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of the Muslim prophet Mohammed with a turban shaped as a bomb, “then it should be rejected and condemned by all Muslims,” the Organization of the Islamic Conference said in a statement Sunday.

via cnn.com

The students pay close attention as Sheik Ahmad Al-Jilani (not pictured) tries to sway them from the impulses of their belligerent pasts.

the Saudi government tends to explain its rehabilitation program in purely Islamic terms, as an effort to correct theological misunderstandings, the new program also addresses the psychological needs and emotional weaknesses that have led many young men to jihad in the first place. It tries to give frustrated and disaffected young men the trappings of stability — a job, a car, possibly a wife. Though international human rights groups continue to sound the alarm about Saudi Arabia’s habit of detaining suspects without charging them and of punishing certain crimes with floggings and amputations, these young men seem to have become the subjects of a continuing experiment in counterterrorism as a kind of social work.

“Of course we want to make God’s word highest, but not every Muslim leader has this as his goal. There are right jihads and wrong jihads, and we must examine the situation for ourselves. For example, if a person wants to go to hajj now, is it right?”

“I didn’t have the chance,” Azzam said, sounding defensive. “For months, we went from safe house to safe house. There wasn’t anything to do — no action, no training. Finally, they asked me to be a suicide bomber. But I know that suicide is forbidden in Islam, so I came back home.”

Many of the former jihadists seemed to feel unappreciated, their sense of injury plain. Jilani and his colleagues encourage the former militants to examine those feelings, even to think of themselves as victims. Yes, they were tricked and manipulated by deviant ideology (a favorite Saudi catchphrase for Islamic extremism), but now they have a chance to turn back.

Of all the concepts addressed in classes at the rehabilitation center, takfir is the one that tends to evoke the most anger among mainstream Saudi Muslims. The idea that there’s a slippery slope from jihad to takfir comes up regularly in discussions with Saudi clerics.

via nytimes.com

In Islamic law, takfir or takfeer (تكفير) refers to apostasy in Islam, or the practice of declaring oneself an unbeliever or kafir (pl. kuffār), previously considered Muslim. The act which precipitates takfir is termed themukaffir.


“Some of our young people don’t listen to the right scholars,” Jilani told me. “First they start to think that they have the right to go to jihad at any time. After that, they start to think that we have the right to kill any non-Muslim.

“Then they start to say that our leaders are kuffar, infidels,” the sheik continued. “After that they start to say that our scholars, too, are kuffar. Before long, they’ve declared war against the whole world.”


So they say… but does their scripture say? http://xrl.us/Islamic

is this merely about timing? should these guys just check their calendar to murder Jews? And were Abdulmutallab just poor disaffected youth? The son of the chief of the Nigerian central bank is hardly ”middle class” in Africa. the poor are in touch with their element. it takes money to have the time to think about being unloved. it takes money to start looking for some kind of systematic love. and then it takes money to blame g-d on false religion. cloud 9. these kids want a taste of reality. the answers to terrorism is to be strong and not give them what they want. reality is like porn for these kids. don’t let them see you. they chase tangibility to their grave. they want to see you so they can martyr you. stand strong and attack them when they can’t see you. don’t give them what they obviously want. they don’t deserve to consume us.

A Lebanese Web site on Sunday quoted Saudi newspaper al-Madina as reporting that Iran nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met with Hamas and Hizbullah officials, including Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, in Damasucs and asked them to orchestrate “operations” against Israel.



Iran doesn’t believe Israel intends to give Obama the time he has requested for sanctions against Iran to take effect. Obviously Mahmoud knows that can’t be.

The report said that Jalili also traveled to Beirut and urged Hizbullah and Amal representatives to launch attacks.

Jalili reportedly also asked Hamas and Hizbullah to coordinate their attacks.


once we figure out it is Islam we are dealing with that is the problem, then we can strategize that Islam has division from within and we can use one enemy against the other in such a way that they will do our fighting for us. Islam has always been broken. there is no moderate and orthodox fundamentalism. there are no good guys or bad guys. there is only keeping out of their way. If we can acknowledge that essence then we will know that there is no reason to permanently occupy an entire country. our goals should be little bases through out the middle east to be seconds away from an arial attack. ground troops just give our enemy an immediate reason to suspect a power that they fear. we should be invisible but always there. They might not be afraid to die, but the little villages will learn to free themselves of this element if they know that there is immediate responses to any terrorism. we should not be anxiety ridden every time we decide to strike back. we should always be ready as a routine in the future. the lesson Israel learned from 2006 in Lebanon and 2008 in Gaza is that while there is an immediate public relations problem from returning fire… that it does contain the violence. our bases need to be balanced with a public relations war.

I believe we are not fighting. We are nothing but Saud henchmen. this is no way to win. We must not be leashed by the Saudis. We must have little bases through out the Islamic world… and we must not occupy whole countries. Invisibility is the only way to fight an enemy. they will blame whatever power that is visible. let them destroy themselves. the people will learn to reject these regimes if they feel these regimes cause the wrath of missiles. why are we sending ground troops? why are we spilling our blood to nation build countries that can not be rebuilt? they need to evolve themselves. We merely need to exercise Pavlovian technique. the rats and mice don’t know where the shock comes from. invisibility is how you destroy a reactionary enemy. let them live in fear of the concept of the west if they must… there is nothing we can do about that. but why send our own bodies out there?


Moderate Islam in the News

January 4, 2010


At a demonstration near Ramallah Sunday night, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told a crowd that a future Arab state in Judea and Samaria must be free of all Jews. Fayyad, who was never elected to his office democratically, was an economist for the International Monetary Fund until being handpicked by former United States President George W. Bush to lead the PA.

Maybe President Obumbler’s attorney general can explain why that kind of statement and the ethnic cleansing that underlies it, which would not be tolerated in the United States, are okay for our region. I’m sure Eric Holder would tell you that it’s fine but there is no logical way to explain why.

keep in mind that Fayyad is the one who is supposed to give Palestine a new way to think… through helping with economic issues…. apparently killing Jews has been thrown into his monetary system

Kurt Westergaard is known for controversial illustrations that have angered

(CNN) — The attack on a Danish political cartoonist “runs totally against the teachings and values of Islam,” the umbrella organization representing Muslim countries has said.
If the attack was a reaction to Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of the Muslim prophet Mohammed with a turban shaped as a bomb, “then it should be rejected and condemned by all Muslims,” the Organization of the Islamic Conference said in a statement Sunday.
via cnn.com

The students pay close attention as Sheik Ahmad Al-Jilani (not pictured) tries to sway them from the impulses of their belligerent pasts.

the Saudi government tends to explain its rehabilitation program in purely Islamic terms, as an effort to correct theological misunderstandings, the new program also addresses the psychological needs and emotional weaknesses that have led many young men to jihad in the first place. It tries to give frustrated and disaffected young men the trappings of stability — a job, a car, possibly a wife. Though international human rights groups continue to sound the alarm about Saudi Arabia’s habit of detaining suspects without charging them and of punishing certain crimes with floggings and amputations, these young men seem to have become the subjects of a continuing experiment in counterterrorism as a kind of social work.

“Of course we want to make God’s word highest, but not every Muslim leader has this as his goal. There are right jihads and wrong jihads, and we must examine the situation for ourselves. For example, if a person wants to go to hajj now, is it right?”

“I didn’t have the chance,” Azzam said, sounding defensive. “For months, we went from safe house to safe house. There wasn’t anything to do — no action, no training. Finally, they asked me to be a suicide bomber. But I know that suicide is forbidden in Islam, so I came back home.”
Many of the former jihadists seemed to feel unappreciated, their sense of injury plain. Jilani and his colleagues encourage the former militants to examine those feelings, even to think of themselves as victims. Yes, they were tricked and manipulated by deviant ideology (a favorite Saudi catchphrase for Islamic extremism), but now they have a chance to turn back.
Of all the concepts addressed in classes at the rehabilitation center, takfir is the one that tends to evoke the most anger among mainstream Saudi Muslims. The idea that there’s a slippery slope from jihad to takfir comes up regularly in discussions with Saudi clerics.
via nytimes.com

In Islamic law, takfir or takfeer (تكفير) refers to apostasy in Islam, or the practice of declaring oneself an unbeliever or kafir (pl. kuffār), previously considered Muslim. The act which precipitates takfir is termed themukaffir.



“Some of our young people don’t listen to the right scholars,” Jilani told me. “First they start to think that they have the right to go to jihad at any time. After that, they start to think that we have the right to kill any non-Muslim.
“Then they start to say that our leaders are kuffar, infidels,” the sheik continued. “After that they start to say that our scholars, too, are kuffar. Before long, they’ve declared war against the whole world.”


So they say… but does their scripture say? http://xrl.us/Islamic

is this merely about timing? should these guys just check their calendar to murder Jews? And were Abdulmutallab just poor disaffected youth? The son of the chief of the Nigerian central bank is hardly ”middle class” in Africa. the poor are in touch with their element. it takes money to have the time to think about being unloved. it takes money to start looking for some kind of systematic love. and then it takes money to blame g-d on false religion. cloud 9. these kids want a taste of reality. the answers to terrorism is to be strong and not give them what they want. reality is like porn for these kids. don’t let them see you. they chase tangibility to their grave. they want to see you so they can martyr you. stand strong and attack them when they can’t see you. don’t give them what they obviously want. they don’t deserve to consume us.

A Lebanese Web site on Sunday quoted Saudi newspaper al-Madina as reporting that Iran nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met with Hamas and Hizbullah officials, including Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, in Damasucs and asked them to orchestrate “operations” against Israel.





Iran doesn’t believe Israel intends to give Obama the time he has requested for sanctions against Iran to take effect. Obviously Mahmoud knows that can’t be.

The report said that Jalili also traveled to Beirut and urged Hizbullah and Amal representatives to launch attacks.

Jalili reportedly also asked Hamas and Hizbullah to coordinate their attacks.


once we figure out it is Islam we are dealing with that is the problem, then we can strategize that Islam has division from within and we can use one enemy against the other in such a way that they will do our fighting for us. Islam has always been broken. there is no moderate and orthodox fundamentalism. there are no good guys or bad guys. there is only keeping out of their way. If we can acknowledge that essence then we will know that there is no reason to permanently occupy an entire country. our goals should be little bases through out the middle east to be seconds away from an arial attack. ground troops just give our enemy an immediate reason to suspect a power that they fear. we should be invisible but always there. They might not be afraid to die, but the little villages will learn to free themselves of this element if they know that there is immediate responses to any terrorism. we should not be anxiety ridden every time we decide to strike back. we should always be ready as a routine in the future. the lesson Israel learned from 2006 in Lebanon and 2008 in Gaza is that while there is an immediate public relations problem from returning fire… that it does contain the violence. our bases need to be balanced with a public relations war.

I believe we are not fighting. We are nothing but Saud henchmen. this is no way to win. We must not be leashed by the Saudis. We must have little bases through out the Islamic world… and we must not occupy whole countries. Invisibility is the only way to fight an enemy. they will blame whatever power that is visible. let them destroy themselves. the people will learn to reject these regimes if they feel these regimes cause the wrath of missiles. why are we sending ground troops? why are we spilling our blood to nation build countries that can not be rebuilt? they need to evolve themselves. We merely need to exercise Pavlovian technique. the rats and mice don’t know where the shock comes from. invisibility is how you destroy a reactionary enemy. let them live in fear of the concept of the west if they must… there is nothing we can do about that. but why send our own bodies out there?