What Goes on in a Mosque – Evidence from America

By • on June 7, 2011

Do you want a mosque near you? You may say you don’t mind, so long as it isn’t run by the small minority of extremists.

If so, think again.

Please subscribe to Middle East Quarterly for a copy of the report “Sharia and Violence in American Mosques“, by Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi. Its surgical logic is matched by its unflinching conclusions.

The study is relevant to British people because Islamic integration is assumed to work better in America than in Europe.

Messrs Kedar and Yerushalmi ask two basic questions: first, whether there is a link between sharia-adherent behaviour in American mosques and the making available of books and videos sanctioning violence; and second, whether there is a link between violent materials in a mosque and that mosque’s leaders advocating violent or supremacist behaviour?

The researchers appear to have been sampled cautiously and impartially. Data came from a random, representative sample of 100 US mosques in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia:

A surveyor visited a subject mosque in order: (a) to observe and record 12 Sharia-adherent behaviors of the worshipers and the imam (or lay leader); (b) to observe whether the mosque contained the selected materials rated as moderate and severe; (c) to observe whether the mosque contained materials promoting, praising, or supporting violence or violent jihad; and (d) to observe whether the mosque contained materials indicating the mosque had invited guestspeakers known to have promoted violent jihad.

The Sharia-adherent behaviour was selected for its significance according to “Reliance of the Traveller”, “Fiqh as-Sunna”, and other standard – if unsavoury – sharia discourses:

Among the behaviors observed at the mosques and scored as Shari’a-adherent were: (a) women wearing the hijab (head covering) or niqab(full-length shift covering the entire female form except for the eyes); (b) gender segregation during mosque prayers; and (c) enforcement of straight prayer lines. Behaviors that were not scored as Shari’a-adherent included: (a) women wearing just a modern hijab, a scarf-like covering that does not cover all of the hair, or no covering; (b) men and women praying together in the same room; and (c) no enforcement by the imam, lay leader, or worshipers of straight prayer lines.

Violent materials – mainly books and videos – were divided into ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’.

The moderate-rated literature was authored by respected Shari’a religious and/or legal authorities; while expressing positive attitudes toward violence, it was predominantly concerned with the more mundane aspects of religious worship and ritual. The severe material, by contrast, largely consists of relatively recent texts written by ideologues, rather than Shari’a scholars, such as Abul Ala Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb. These, as well as materials published and disseminated by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, are primarily, if not exclusively, aimed at using Islam to advance a violent political agenda.

This choice of materials seem to have been chosen because they “are not Islamic legal texts per se but rather are polemical works seeking to advance a politicized Islam through violence, if necessary. Nor are these authors recognized Shari’a scholars.”

The results of the survey were unambiguous: most mosques offered pro-violence materials, but the mosques most likely to do so were the ones encouraging sharia-adherent behaviour.

The survey’s findings, explored in depth below, were that 51 percent of mosques had texts that either advocated the use of violence in the pursuit of a Shari’a-based political order or advocated violent jihad as a duty that should be of paramount importance to a Muslim; 30 percent had only texts that were moderately supportive of violence like theTafsir Ibn Kathir and Fiqh as-Sunna; 19 percent had no violent texts at all.

And:

The study found a statistically significant association between the severity of violence-positive texts on mosque premises and Shari’a-adherent behaviors.

In addition mosques containing severe material were likely actively to encourage terrorism and the funding of it:

The survey found a strong correlation between the presence of severe violence-promoting literature and mosques featuring written, audio, and video materials that actually promoted such acts. By promotion of jihad, the study included literature encouraging worshipers to engage in terrorist activity, to provide financial support to jihadists, and to promote the establishment of a caliphate in the United States. These materials also explicitly praised acts of terror against the West; praised symbols or role models of violent jihad; promoted the use of force, terror, war, and violence to implement the Sharia; emphasized the inferiority of non-Muslim life; promoted hatred and intolerance toward non-Muslims or notional Muslims; and endorsed inflammatory materials with anti-U.S. views… [O]f the 51 mosques that contained severe materials, 100 percent were led by imams who recommended that worshipers study texts that promote violence.

And there doesn’t seem to be much difference between moderate and severe mosques when it comes to violence against the infidel.

[M]osques containing violence positive materials were substantially more likely to include materials promoting financial support of terror than mosques that did not contain such texts. A disturbing 98 percent of mosques with severe texts included materials promoting financial support of terror. Those with only moderate rated materials on site were not markedly different, with 97 percent providing such materials.

These results were comparable when using other indicators of jihad promotion. Thus, 98 percent of mosques that contained severe-rated literature included materials promoting establishing an Islamic caliphate in the United States as did 97 percent of mosques containing only moderate rated materials.

Remember this if you thought that you would only be concerned about a mosque in your neighbourhood if it was run by members of the small minority of  unrepresentative extremists. The moderate mosque may not attract violence, but it’s just as likely to encourage it.

Depressing stuff. But what makes the picture even worse is the number of people coming to hardline mosques compared to moderate ones:

Mosques that contained written materials in the severe category were the best attended, followed by those with only moderate-rated materials, trailed in turn by those lacking such texts. Mosques with severe materials had a mean attendance of 118 worshipers while mosques containing only moderate materials had a mean attendance of 60 worshipers; mosques that contained no violence-positive literature had a mean attendance of 15 worshipers.

Read that last paragraph again. Do the arithmetic. Nearly three quarters of mosque-goers attend ‘severe’ (offering modern materials with a violent political axe to grind) mosques; just over one fifth go to moderate (predominantly worship and ritual with some positive attitudes towards violence) mosques; and 3.5%, or one in thirty, go to mosques with no violent materials in them.

 

 

 

Comments

By Ann on August 10th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

On my recent departure from Qatar, a black American called into our house to do an inventory. We got talking and he told me he had married a Somali woman and converted from Christianity to Islam as his main residence was in Somalia. He spoke fluent Arabic and therefore attended a local mosque in Qatar. He said he was utterly shocked at the hatred that was preached at Friday prayers so much so that he didn’t want to repeat what was said. The mind boggles but one can only suspect that it was anti-western bile. Muslims speak with forked tongues and from my personal experience I would never trust an Arab or muslim.

By WHATEVER on August 14th, 2011 at 2:38 am

How would you know all this? Have you ever even been to a mousque? You people are racists. You hate Islam right? Some muslims might hate your religion but not everyone’s like that. If you turn everyone against your religion then you will regret it. I can assure you that. Also whatever happens then your people will regret it! That’s all I want to say. Thank You.

By ibi ahmed on September 5th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

rite, some muslims are dead but majority is good persons than europians

By Dajjal on September 18th, 2011 at 9:02 am

Hate literature? Violence? What do you imagine that Milestones, Jihad in Islam, Join the Caravan & In Defense of Muslim lands are based on? What mosque does not have a Qur’an? What mosque does not have Sahih Bukhari? Visit my web site, go to the Blog Posts page and read “What’s Wrong With Islam/Muslims?”.

By ProstateApostate on October 1st, 2011 at 3:06 am

I was in Saudi on Sept. 11, 2001 and saw the celebrations in the streets of Al Khobar by the Muslim slime. Killing is a joyful thing to them.

By Bob Wasabi on October 6th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

This article is very true. I live in east london stepney and there they have a mosque and i swear on my dads grave i heard them once speacking of terrorism. they were supporting it and saying it is a good thing. They also hold such meetings in whitechapel

By Sami on November 4th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I am shocked at this report. It’s not even correct. I attend mosque am white (or european decent) am American (born and raised) attended church (southern baptist) and I never hear about violence. On the contrary, last year our imam gave a lecture on how we should be good to our neighbors and how Islam prescribes this…even if they are Christian. Such a biased internet article. Oh well, what can you do. One of the signs of “end of days” is that ignorance will be abundant. The older I get (and I’m only 40) the ignorance I have to put up with.

Go to a mosque and see how your welcomed to even just learn and not convert over. Muslims in America are very loving people. Islam has taught me one thing of many…racism needs to die. I sit, stand, pray and socialize with a whole community that accepts me for me. That’s more than I can say for my fellow Americans at times. I learned this from Islam. Amazing.

By SJAJR on November 9th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

If I had never known any Muslims, or been to a mosque, I could join in your hysteria. After reading this it is obviuos A- you have never been to a mosque, and B- you have no clue about the religion of Islam. Not everyone is ignorant as to whats goes on in the world. Its sad people see what looks like a legitimate site, and don’t understand that someone is using it as place to further an agenda. I notice you take donations. I hope you are enjoying the money you are getting by promoting this rubbish. The sad thing is people that use words like Freedom, Heritage, Family, Patriot are using it as a front for there ignorant right wing agenda.

By Ms Bridgit on November 12th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I see nothing wrong with Islam being celebrated in an Islamic country.

By Peter on November 13th, 2011 at 11:38 am

Out of all the main religions/cults etc, Buddhism,Christianity,Hinduism,Islam seems to be the only one that finds ways to justify killing ie public stoning, beheadings, behandings, polygamy.

By The Ender on December 12th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Stop crying Rasist >WHATEVER<!(you do not know what you are talking about) Islam is a Non peacefull Ideology, and have nothing to do in the Modern Western World.
Muslims are first to Yell "rasist" how come?

By On Rise on December 16th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

they come in every colors, size, in all religions, culturs !! who ?? rapiest,thievs,morons,seriel killers,wifebeaters, childmalestors, rasists and the owner of this website,,, Hitler was biggiest enemy of jews, nazi,, if u pull ur head out of ur ass ull notice that they still exist in every western contry, so if the europions have em and north americans have em then could it be possible that middle east and far east contries could have pplz with shit field in their head???? or no wait a mint dont tell me you were expecting perfection out there?? the east and the west should understan that if kkk can exist in stats then the same can and is out there too if people out there have fell in the traps of the extreamest its cuz lack of education and knowledge what is your excuss?? the islamic extreamist who dont alow a church to be build and you are the same in every eye who says good and bad exist in all
ps porden my spelling and again website holder get ur head out of ur ass and take a look around you

By LOL on December 31st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

LOL you guys are so ignorant its hilarious. Do you not see these things are written by Jews. Of course they’re gonna make Muslims look bad. I bet you non of you have ever even met a Muslim. Look you’re using Arab and Muslim interchangeably. Shows your level of intelligence btw. smh.

By Sandra Ducain on January 18th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Islsam cannot exist in any country for long, at some point it will want to
conquer as it has done up to now. Islam is exactly CANCER of the soul. It must
be destroyed or it will destroy us.

By Steven Callahan on February 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I got to this site through articles in my local paper’s website. Keep up the good work. Throughout America there is a tendency to see veiled women and even little girls wearing the hijab and requests by Muslims, such as Somalis, to practice female circumcision.

From what I can see in the “intellectual” class in both America and Britain, there is a desire to blame Jews and Israel for problems in the world, when Israel is a tiny country that has taken in the Jews of N. Africa and Arabia, where they have lived for thousands of years. Israel is tiny yet Jews, Christians and Muslims practice freely, unlike Muslim countries where only Muslims are allowed freedom. Israel contributes many scientific advances, Islamic countries none.

LOL’s comment was typical: say “jews write these things” and so divert attention from the horrors of Islam to hatred of Jews and therefore covertly continue the Islamization of all countries. It must be stopped.

By sako70 on February 24th, 2012 at 10:47 am

I was born muslim,though we should brake islam not fighting sick people.one of most important question to the radical muslims(scarf& beard) in the west is[ WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE FOR YOUR GOD SAKE?] go back to your ((islamic gardens]]and try build it in stead of ruin our life with your superstitions …

By Bobby on February 25th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

The ignorant Mohammedans come to this website and talk about how things are racist. Please tell me what race is Islam? Islam is not a race we are not racist we are just against your Satanic Barbarian Death Cult.

By Steven Callahan on February 25th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Read about the Caliphate Conferences designed to help Muslims infiltrate Christian countries to bring Sharia law and Islamic rule:

http://www.stonegateinstitute.org/2866/caliphate-conference

By Jackie on February 25th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

It’s called Taquiyya. They lie for the furtherance of Islam. Wake up people. Do your research. Chrisitanity Never tells you to kill your enemy where they are. It says LOVE your enemy, do good to those who use you. God is Love. You can have a personal relationship with Him. There is no scale system of good and bad deeds. It is about repentance and belief in the ONE true God, Jesus who layed down His life for us while we were yet sinners. He does not promise us sex with virgins in heaven but He goes to prepare a place for us, and he will be back. Not for men only. For all who accept Him and repent of their sins.

By MCHallenberg on February 25th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Plenty of dhimmi’s around these parts. Taqiyya for two anyone? I’d like to see the Tea Party and EDL join forces. I like what Ben Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately”.

By Steven Callahan on February 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

74% increase in mosques in US in past decade. Any bets how long their “assimilation” will hold?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46572172#.T05cy4ePWVo

By J Parry on April 11th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Those who think that Christianity, (or even a “free” post-Christian society), and Islam, are in any way compatible probably have little knowledge of either faith.

Of course many Muslims are good neighbours, helpful and honest citizens, kind and loving to their families and hate violence and terrorism. But that is because they do not fully follow the Quran’s teachings. “Fundamentalist” Muslims actively support terrorism because their holy book tells them to.

By contrast, “fundamentalist” Christians are supposed to do good to others – even their enemies – because the Bible says we must!

Islam’s aim is world domination – by force if necessary. Muhammed ordered his followers to bring surrounding tribes, nations, and eventually the whole world, into subjection to Allah.

The first step is to persuade or compel as many people as possible to become Muslims. In a society where Muslims are weak in numbers and influence they are allowed to make friends of “infidels” and form treaties with them, with this purpose in mind. When they become strong enough they have a DUTY to begin to actively advance the Islamic cause. It’s OK – even necessary – to use deception or force, whichever best suits the situation. To break those treaties and betray those friendships is fine by Allah.

In places where Islamic law is followed as the Quran demands, anyone refusing to become a Muslim is heavily taxed, enslaved or killed. If someone converts from Islam to another religion, especially Christianity, members of his own family have a religious DUTY to kill them if he will not recant.

In an Islamic society women are mere chattels. Muhammed himsf married a child of six and claimed to have consummated the marriage when she was nine! He and his followers were allowed by their god to rape women whose husbands they killed in battle, and take survivors of their raids as slaves (THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING NOW, in the Sudan for example).

By J Parry on April 11th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

SJAJR said:
“If I had never known any Muslims, or been to a mosque, I could join in your hysteria. After reading this it is obviuos A- you have never been to a mosque, and B- you have no clue about the religion of Islam.”

My friend, it is you who have no clue. I used to know a lovely Muslim family and was often in their home. The man was devoted and kind husband and father – indeed he was almost like a father to me too.

My heart bled for them because they really believed Islam was good. But except for things like ritual prayers they didn’t follow Muhammed’s teachings – thankfully. If they had they would never have welcomed me, as the Quran says not to make friends with an “infidel”! Probably they had never read the Quran or other Islamic writings, except in Arabic which they did not understand.

Good people enslaved to an evil religion.

By Steve on May 3rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It’s strange how some people think not liking arabic folk tales is racist.

By Esther on June 19th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

If Islam is such a wonderful religion and mosques are places of peace and friendship, why in the UK are non-Muslims, and the authorities not permitted to visit and see what goes on in them? After 7/7 it was suggested to the Muslim Council of Britain,there was an uproar because it was considered “spying” and “discrimination”. The Muslim Council of Britain did everything in its power to subvert and sabotage every initiative to bring Muslims closer to integration in the UK.

People of all faiths are welcomed into Churches and Synagogues – nobody is turned away. We non-Muslims cannot be blamed for believing that what is said and preached in Mosques is against anybody who is not Muslim. Why else are non-Muslims discouraged from “popping in to see what happens in them?”

Here is another thing that proves what is preached in mosques by imams is less than peaceful. Every single riot, violent upheaval, rampage by Muslims against any slight (more often imagined) happens after Friday prayers. Muslims are members of the herd. So-called “observant” Muslims are not permitted to have original thoughts other than those contained in the koran. They have to copy their prophet in all ways, and they are conditioned to believe that the imam is the nearest thing to Mohammed. The imam therefore winds them all up, incites them, and off they go to cause trouble.

With this in mind how can we afford to bend over backwards to appease Muslims who want a mosque on every corner, each one bigger and more intimidating than the last? Well done mosquebusters, well done Gavin Boby – we need more like you.

By Khushi on July 17th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Great job, Gavin Boby.
May there be more and more fearless people like you.
People who are not scared of being taunted of being racist (even though islam is NOT a race) and people who are not afraid of stating facts and calling a spade a spade.
I am sick of all this political correctness nonsense peddled by the mainstream media who think all their readers are foolish.
Congratulations on winning all the no-mosque cases.
I hope you continue your efforts and keep winning :)

By mark on July 17th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

“By LOL on December 31st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

LOL you guys are so ignorant its hilarious. Do you not see these things are written by Jews. Of course they’re gonna make Muslims look bad. I bet you non of you have ever even met a Muslim. Look you’re using Arab and Muslim interchangeably. Shows your level of intelligence btw. smh.”

Yes satan gives his demonic hatred of Gods chosen people, the Jews, to his loyal muslims.

By Kaafir on July 18th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

What race is islam? So stupid you don’t even know that islam isn’t a race. We don’t need to experence islam to know that it is bad for a person, that is just like saying you have to drink some poison to know that it will kill you. Islams track record speaks for itself. Pure evil and a dangerous political ideology hiding behind the sham of religion. But not for long. As was said “No problem, no problem” Peace to all non-moslems with a brain to see what it is.

By 123321123321 on July 19th, 2012 at 2:09 am

Muslims would exterminate themselves if they were walled away from the Western world because Mohammad taught that in the last days there would be 73 sects of Islam and all of them would be in the fire (Hell) except one. His companions asked him which sect of Islam was the “true sect” and he said “the one that is doing what me and my companions are doing”. What was it that Mohammad and his companions were doing? Murdering non-muslims and false muslims (he and his companions burned down their mosques). There are far more sects of Islam than 73 these days, but the one thing they all have in common is this command to murder non-muslims and false muslims. That is why the saying, “muslims are the first victims of Islam” was coined. It’s true, but sadly even when they are being murdered by a supposed “true muslim”, they still think that Islam is the only true religion. Incidentally, if there really are any sects of muslims that are truly non-violent and peaceful, the murderous sects of Islam will murder them for being murtads (Apostates). Islam is bankrupt, but then again, so is Secularism and it is unable to defend itself against this hideous onslaught.

By Michael on July 26th, 2012 at 9:56 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3179/france-mega-mosques

This is what is in store for all countries and will occur, if people and organizations such as the “Law and Freedom Foundation” did not exist. We must all stand up and stop this cult taking over our countries and our lives. When will reason and common sense prevail, and when will we all see sense and stand up to stop it ? People; this isn’t racism, it is self-defence !

By TN on December 28th, 2012 at 12:25 am

I would also recommend the following research report:

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released the first-ever study of what radical Saudi Wahhabists are preaching to their followers about the United States and non-Muslims on social media sites.

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media
Jonathan Schanzer, Steven Miller
7th May 2012 – FDD Press

http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/fdd-releases-cutting-edge-study-of-saudi-social-media1/

I wouldn’t put too much faith in all of FDD’s other views. Any organization that invents a “radical Islam” as a separate entity from Islam in general is going nowhere and can never come to the right conclusions or offer solutions.
There is no “radical Islam”. This is a bogus invention by the West in efforts to be pathetically pc. Muslims laugh about it. Islam is Islam. Either you’re hardcore dedicated or not. That’s the only difference. The religion doesn’t change content, only the intensity of the dedication changes. It’s not more difficult to grasp than that.

By TN on December 28th, 2012 at 12:33 am

I have one question for the Law and Freedom Foundation:

Are there any legal or policy efforts being made to change the legal definition of Islam from religion to a political ideology?

I think most of our problems in dealing with Muslim issues is that the definition of Islam is categorized in the wrong slot. It needs to be officially and legally termed to be a totalitarian political ideology, and not a religion, since that is exactly what it is. Religious rights, faith freedom, etc really does not apply to a political ideology.

By raju bhai on February 19th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Why mosques have a fort like architecture?A very big premise with a very small gate.Nothing can be seen from outside.A church; a temple all have open architecture.

By Mo on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:46 pm

@raju Bhai, because
1] You’re blind
or
2] You’re a racist

Your choice pick one.

By Floyd on September 1st, 2013 at 10:47 am

All this talk of Racism but islam & muslim are not races, get it? I deplore everything islam & the sharia law preach & the fascistic messages it spews out in these disgusting carbuncles called mosques on our once green & pleasant land. But everything you deplore of our western living, you still arrive in your droves with your backward 6th century desert stories you call the koran! You have absolutely no intentions of integrating with the kind people of the particular country you decided was better than the awful one you just departed.

May I suggest to all who do not like the country they were welcomed with open arms, please find one that fits your ideologies & you may live in peace & harmony because surely that is what life is all about, isn’t it??

By Anon on September 30th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I used to have a Muslim friend. We often spoke about Islam and what it was about. He seemed very nice and even invited me to Lebanon to meet him. He said I would be welcomes as a great guest. Then he started pushing that I should changed from Buddhist to Muslim. Then one day we started talking about how someday real soon there will be only Islam in the world. He said those that don’t convert will be beaten, raped or killed. He admitted that this war has already started. He said that it’s been in the plans for a very long time. He said that he looks forward to the day when he can come to the USA and beat, rape and kill those that don’t accept Islam . This is what is happening right now. We have a president who is at least a sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood or at worse a mole and member if the brotherhood. The last war has started and it is going to get ugly real quick!

By mengland on October 29th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thank you for your website, I’ve read you mention debate doesn’t work. The more I think about this the more sense it makes. Debate, in my opinion, appears to be a luxury of democratic societies and extreme Muslims don’t seem too much in favor of that. The educated elite are a lot cleverer than most at presenting their arguments and seem very skilled at defeating a mumbled less educated argument even if that argument is reasonable and logical. Anyway just wanted to say I was very surprised by such a different approach and will bookmark this site and visit again soon.

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