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Something is grossly wrong in the US

Something is grossly wrong in the US as during the recent months, Islamists have started showing nasty fangs openly thus posing potential threat to national security of the country and American masses who are against religious extremism and radical Islamic terror. Take example for Imam Talib Abdur Rashid, imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood who opposes America’s war on terror and views the US as a nation infested with white racism. He believes that Muslims were in America before Columbus and spread their religion to the Indians, and that a California earthquake was Allah’s warning to America.

Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid was born in 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and moved with his family to the South Bronx, New York in 1959. He recounts that as he came of age in the Sixties, he “was heavily influenced by pan-Africanism, by black nationalism, by the antiwar movement, all of it”.

In 1968 Abdur-Rashid read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which introduced him to Islam for the first time. In 1971 he read a short book titled The Elementary Teachings of Islam, and he became a Muslim that same year.

In the mid-1970s, Abdur-Rashid became a Muslim community liaison to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Around that same time, in 1975, he began a 13-year stint as assistant imam of the Harlem-based Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, a Sunni house of worship founded in 1964 by followers of Malcolm X. In 1989 he became the imam of this same mosque, a position he has held ever since.

In the 1990s Abdur-Rashid became increasingly outspoken in calling for police reform, particularly after three unarmed black men — Shu’aib Abdul Latif, Amadou Diallo and Ousmane Zongo — had been shot and killed by NYPD officers.

Strongly opposed to America’s post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan, Abdur-Rashid helped organize a September 22, 2001 anti-war demonstration in Times Square. On several other occasions, he galvanized members of his congregation for anti-war rallies against the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as well, sometimes coordinating his protests with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Abdur-Rashid said: “The history of Islam in the West rests on the back of Black folks fighting against white supremacy. We are living in the time of the prophetic manifestation of the ‘chickens coming home to roost’.” The motivations underlying Muslim world’s rebellion against “white domination,” he added, had been well explained in Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.

At the American Muslim Council‘s 2nd Annual Imam Conference in April 2002, Abdur-Rashid complained that America’s “selective participatory Democracy … operates according to the dynamics of race and class, and religion”, discriminating “selectively” against those who had “a certain skin color, a certain level of money”.

The Imam defended his refusal to celebrate July 4th by comparing the founding of America and Israel to dropping atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Rashid suggested that the Charlie Hebdo terror attack and the ISIS attack on the Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas were “examples of ‘chickens coming home to roost’”.

The Imam expressed support for a variety of terrorists, including Aafia Siddiqui aka Lady al Qaeda, Al Qaeda medic Rafiq Sabir, and Sami Al-Arian who was tied to Islamic Jihad. He defended former Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s call for destroying Israel and killing millions of Jews as a “sentiment born of the legitimate anger, frustration, and bitterness”, and accused Muslims working with the NYPD of being “collaborators” and “house negroes”.

The Imam also falsely claimed that Black Friday got its name because “the day after Thanksgiving… slave traders would sell slaves for a discount”.

The site for Rashid’s Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood reportedly once featured the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood, “Allah is our goal. The Prophet Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah is our leader. The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way”.

Imam Rashid endorsed Eric Adams in the mayoral election, although about half of the statement which he co-signed was dedicated to virulent attacks on Israel and the United States.

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