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October 27, 2006
Jihad Merit Badges for Boca Boy Scouts?
By Beila Rabinowitz
October 27, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a recent series of articles [UK In Mortal Danger As Al-Qaeda Sleeper Cells Proliferate and World Assembly of Muslim Youth - WAMY - Operation Fits New UK Terror Model] PipeLineNews called attention to the radical European Muslim community's newfound interest in youth scouting and how some of these recruits found themselves being used as instruments of terrorism in the 7/7 London bombings.
It is therefore with a certain sense of alarm that we note this same phenomenon taking place in the United States...
When the Islamic Center of Boca Raton applied to the Gulfstream Council http://www.gulfstreamcouncil.org/0support.html for a charter to incorporate a Boy Scouts of America troop, they joined the approximately 95 Muslim troops nationwide.
The BSA's national spokesman Gregg Shields told the Sun Sentinel that:
"Boy Scout troops do not require that members adhere to a particular religious faith, as long as they profess belief in a higher power. We make so attempt to interpret God or the practice of religion. Really it's the role of the scout's family and his religious leaders…" - http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/8/afa/242006f.asp
But what if the scout's family and religious leaders preach and practice jihad?
This seems to be the case with ICBR, since the same website page which advertised the newly chartered troop also carries a piece claiming:
"…it is the month of Jihad, and the first decisive battle in Islam, the Battle of Badr, occurred during Ramadan…" http://www.icbr.org/
The same page which contains the Ramadan/jihad claim also announces a Boy Scout camp retreat with a sleepover on the ICBR grounds, perhaps a good opportunity to inspire the fledgling troop with tales of Mohammed's military conquests "...additionally the Messenger of Allah victoriously entered Mekkah during this blessed month" and explain why the "first decisive battle of Islam" represented only the beginning of a jihad to which they remain religiously obligated to wage.
The ICBR homepage also carried an announcement for a building fundraiser, for what has been referred to as "the incredible shrinking masjid" due to the fact that for the past five years the ICBR's grandiose plans for a replica of the grand mosque of Medina have never gotten off the ground, and a small school "The Garden of the Sahaba," was built in it's stead. - http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/113
The building project's difficulties are due in large part to the flight of the previous Imam and other mosque officials who felt compelled to leave Florida to avoid law enforcement scrutiny which had already resulted in the arrest of congregant Rafiq Sabir in 2004, for swearing an oath of allegiance to al-Qaeda and planning to start a jihad camp in Long Island.
For now it seems, the ICBR will have to adjust its sights a little lower, settling on the Boy Scout troop instead.
Speakers at a recent ICBR building fundraiser included Imam Radwan Koualti, the overseeing Imam of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, who also runs the "LoveAllah.net" website.
LoveAllah teaches Muslims that, "As believers, our mission is to completely and fully enslave ourselves to Allah…The nature of believer's love for Allah is sacrificial. …This means that believers out of the love to their Lord sacrifice that which is beloved to them…"
Koualti's rather chilling strictness is echoed by the previous ICBR Imam Ibrahim Dremali, who recently told a television audience in Des Moines [where claims he was forced to seek refuge from people who revealed his terrorist affiliations, such as this writer] that:
"Muhammad and Allah are more valuable to us than our own lives, the lives of our children, mothers and fathers..."http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060207/NEWS08/602070382/1001/SPORTS12
Less obscure, in 2000 ICBR Imam Dremali spoke at a rally in Miami where Israeli flags were burned, children were put in mock graves, and the crowd shouted, "With jihad we'll claim our land, Zionist blood will wet the sand." At this event Dremali exhorted the crowd "not to be sad for those who were martyred and to not be afraid to die for what they believe in."
In May of this year Ibrahim Dremali, ICBR spokesman Daniel McBride, and "overseeing Imam" Radwan Koualti were all speakers at an a Da'wa [i.e. proselytizing to recruit converts to Islam - jihad through conversion] convention in Iowa.
In the event's logo the "O" in "Iowa Muslims" been replaced by a crescent and star, a clear signal that radical Islamists such as Dremali' intent to Islamize America's heartland.
ICBR as an institution has been thoroughly discredited, for example its spokesman McBride was arrested and charged with tax fraud in 2005.
Also in 2005, Dremali created a personal website which contains a page in support of the convicted U.S. terrorist Ali Al Timimi.
Timimi was convicted on April 26, 2005 in Virginia's U.S. District Court of soliciting others to levy war against the United States, acting as a Taliban recruiter. He is currently serving a life sentence plus 70 years with no possibility of parole.
Dremali's site also contains links in support of Achmed Deedat, the South African Islamist who ran the International Center for the Propagation of Islam, which was directly funded by Osama Bin Laden and whom Deedat had met with several times.
The present line up of activities and speakers at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton should have precluded the mosque from ever having been granted a Scout charter.
This was brought to the attention of the Gulfstream Scouting Council together with the article "Boca Raton City of Terror" which documented ICBR's connections to a global jihad network and exposing former Imam Ibrahim Dremali - a member of the Muslim Brotherhood - who, together with his co-wife and brother, ran a "charity" which fund raised for Hamas in Gaza.
The ICBR's website at one time included a highly promoted link to a site supporting Islamic jihad in Chechnya which was used to recruit for al-Qaeda.
When ICBR congregant Rafiq Sabir was arrested for swearing an oath of loyalty to Bin Laden, this writer commented on efforts of his fellow ICBR members to portray him as a good Samaritan who wanted to help holy warriors in need.
"ICBR spokesman Daniel McBride is whirling faster then a dervish on speed, together with Altaf Ali, the FL (Florida) director of CAIR, to portray Dr. Rafiq Sabir [who is being denied bail on the grounds that he is a threat to the community] as a Muslim who is being unfairly victimized. According to McBride and Ali's Islamist weltanschauung, Sabir's intention to minister to wounded Jihadis and train fellow Muslims for Jihad is simply the Muslim version of Florence Nightingale and a Boy Scout." - MilitantIslamMonitor
ICBR's recent past history as well as acting Imam Radwan Koualti's close ties with both Ibrahim Dremali and Daniel McBride should be raising red flags at the Gulfstream Council and among the parents of scouts who might be interacting with the ICBR troop.
While these scouts may have gotten their charter partly because they fulfilled the Boy Scouts of America's condition that they believe in God, in our opinion this effort fashions them as a Trojan Horse, placed inside the quintessentially American bastion of scouting. This is yet another way for the mosque to pursue its Islamist agenda - jihad of the tongue.
Muslim scouts have been instructed on how to conduct Da'wa in a scouting situation, including being told to pray outside their tents in order to awake curiosity which then might lead to questions about religion.
"The Muslim troops, in some ways, serve as goodwill ambassadors for their religion and people. They reach out to peers who might have little or no understanding of Islam and whose exposure to it comes from television images of terrorism and Muslim extremists.
A Muslim Girl Scout troop from Santa Clara was featured in an ad campaign, "We're Americans and We're Muslims," sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A picture of smiling Muslim troop members from a recent multicultural fair at the Islamic Center adorns the 2005 annual report of the Girl Scouts' San Diego-Imperial Council.
Non-Muslim guests were won over by the hospitality of their hosts." http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060511-9999-7m11scouts.html
Non-Muslim scouts who are often incapable of articulating their own religious beliefs, might prove no match for their Muslim "brothers" from the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, who are steeped in Islamist teachings.
One must wonder if Muslim scouts and their leaders who succeed in convincing non-Muslims to convert to Islam will be given jihad merit badges?
The noble intent of the BSA a group whose mission statement is to "serve America's communities and families with it's quality values based program" didn't take into account that they would one day be confronted with a religious group whose beliefs and values were antithetical to and would override everything the BSA stands for.
Attempts to warn the BSA not to become involved with the Islamic Center of Boca Raton have so far been met with the nonsensical attitude that they could not "discriminate" unless people involved with the troop had proven to be outright terrorists, hence there was no grounds to deny the ICBR a charter.
The ICBR for their part, acted with the usual unctuousness shown to "kuffars" as a means of furthering their Islamist agenda.
In our opinion the Islamist bent of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, its support of both Hamas and al-Qaeda operatives should have been ground for refusal to grant them a BSA charter.
But in an age were cowardice borne of ACLU threatened lawsuits rules supreme, common sense and self-preservation are now mislabeled bigotry and discrimination.
We again call attention to the way in which similarly constructed Muslim scouting programs in Europe have been abused with deadly results.
In our opinion, ICBR's BSA charter is being abused with the resultant troop merely functioning as another facet of cultural jihad which - long term - is every bit as threatening as the more violent form which is seen with all too much frequency, on the evening news.
MIM: The announcement for the Boy Scout and Cub Scout camping event at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as it appears on the ICBR website. The' Information for Ramadan ' article is below with passage calling Ramadan 'the month of Jihad' highlighted.
"Terror linked Islamic Center of Boca Raton to start first Muslim Boy Scout troop"
ICBR Fundraiser - Saturday October 7th, 2006 - ICBR 6th Annual Fundraiser. Time 6:30 - 10:00. The event will be held at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton.
* Ramadhan Mubaarak! Based on confirmed moon sightings in various Islamic countries, ICBR announced that the first day of fasting is Saturday 23 September 2006.
* The Islamic Center of Boca Raton follows the Fiqh opinion "Wehdatul Mataale'" or "Unification of Horizons". According to this opinion (adopted by many famous scholars in the past and present) - we start and break our fast according to the first officially confirmed sighting of the moon anywhere in the world
* Daily Taraweeh prayers by Imam Hosam after the Isha prayer. The Iqaamah for Isha is at 8:45 pm.
* Community sponsored Iftar is provided daily during this holy month. If you wish to contribute towards the cost of the daily iftars or would like to sponsor one, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561 395-7221.
* Volunteers are needed during the Iftar. To sign up please send an email to email@example.com or sign up after the Friday prayer.
* Ramadan prayer calendar can be downloaded form the ICBR web page or picked up from the Masjid.
* Saturday, October 7th, ICBR New Masjid Project Fundraising: Please encourage each other to come and support this noble event. Let's repeat History and say what the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said while carrying the bricks to build the foundation of his Masjid "O Allaah! There is no Goodness except the Goodness of the Hereafter" - [Al-Bukhari]
* We ask Allaah (Ta'ala) to purify our hearts, tongue and every limbs of the body with the start of this blessed month. Once again, Ramadaan Mubaarak!
Importance of Ramadan
Ramadhan is the most important month of the year. It is the month of fasting, prayer and blessings, during which the doors to gain Allah's Mercy will be wide open. Muslims around the world await the coming of Ramadhan because, as the Prophet has stated, "When Ramadhan begins, the gates of Paradise will be opened, the gates of Hell will be shut closed, and the devils will be chained." [An-Nasaii]. It is the month in which the Quran was revealed, [The Month of Ramadhan is the one in which the Quran was sent down as a guidance for mankind, and a clear proof of guidance and criterion (of right and wrong).] [2:185]. Also, Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of the Decrees), which is better than a thousand months, falls in Ramadhan. Furthermore, it is the month of Jihad, and the first decisive battle in Islam, the Battle of Badr, occurred during Ramadhan. Additionally, the Messenger of Allah victoriously entered Makkah during this blessed month. Fasting is ordained by Allah upon the Muslims as a means of increasing At-Taqwa (fear) of Him in their hearts, [O you who believe, Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may have Taqwa.] [2:183]. Therefore, Allah has ordained fasting so that Muslims can acquire At- Taqwa and act upon it. At-Taqwa protects Muslims from Allah's punishment by encouraging them to be obedient to Him, and also reminds them to remember Allah so that He is not forgotten. Furthermore, it is an honorable way of thanking Allah for His Bounties. Fasting creates in Muslims the strength to disobey their desires by erecting a barrier between them and shameless speech and sinful acts. The Prophet said, what translated means, "When it is the day when any of you is fasting, he should avoid shameless speech and neither behave in an obscene manner nor quarrel (with others)." Fasting also helps Muslims to restrain themselves from anger, and changes their behavior and attitude to the better. Muslims refrain form eating, drinking and sexual intercourse while fasting, thus demonstrating their effort to please Allah. Also, while fasting, Muslims abandon all sins, big and small, whether committed in public or in private. The Prophet said, what translated means, "If one does not abandon uttering falsehood and abiding by it, then Allah does not need that (such a person) fasts from (consuming) food and drinks." [Al-Bukhari]. This does not mean that those who sin while fasting do not have to fast at all. Rather, it means that one cannot perfect his fast unless he realizes in his behavior the goals behind Allah ordaining the fast, that is achieving Taqwa and refraining from all types of evil. The Prophet said, what translated means, "There are those who fast but gain nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst." [At- Tabari].
Some of the Salaf have used to say: "Indeed Allah, the Most High, has made the month of Ramadan as a competition for His creatures, in which they may race with one another to His pleasure, by obeying Him. Thus, one group comes first and so they prosper and another group comes last and so they fail." Lataa'if-ul-Ma'aarif of Ibn Rajab
Dear brothers and sisters: Protect and preserve your fast from the evil deeds that may adversely affect it. Ask Allah for forgiveness at all times, but especially while fasting. Teach yourselves the habit of reading the Quran, especially during Ramadhan. Try to achieve Taqwa and then preserve it by performing righteous, good deeds. Fear Allah and preserve His Law. And be certain that Allah's Reward is not far from those who truly worship Him, and that His Punishment is not far from those who disobey Him. We ask Allah that He helps us to always stand firm on His Path and to continue performing righteous, good deeds throughout our lives. He is the One Who hears the supplication and the only Who can answer it.
We are appealing to all Muslims to contribute in the completing of the house of Allah. The prophet (peace be upon him) said in an authentic Hadith "For anyone who builds a Masjid for the sake of Allah, Allah will build him a house in paradise" (Bukhari & Muslim). The Islamic Center of Boca Raton is working very hard to finish this project! Click here for overview of the project.
This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2489