|http://www.examiner.com/article/fort-worth-police-department-s-outreach-and-friendship-the-muslim-communityFort Worth Police Department’s outreach and friendship in the Muslim community
Police Academy’s field trip to [Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR-connected] Masjid Ibrahimi
Dina Malki — Dallas Islam Examiner
December 24, 2013
“It was supposed to be another quiet Monday morning at the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Located in a quiet urban neighborhood in Fort Worth, the mosque on Diaz Street is only a few years old, but the Muslim community that attends its services has been around for several decades. Except on Muslim holidays and Fridays, IATC has no traffic outside the five daily prayers times. But yesterday morning was an out-of-the ordinary Monday. IATC hosted a multicultural training event for the Fort Worth Police Department. Over 60 police trainees attending the Police Academy and their officers marched in the building, had lunch with a few Muslim members, toured the mosque, and attended a multicultural presentation about American Muslims.
“An unusual event like this didn’t come by chance; indeed, the Fort Worth Police Department has been preparing for this initiative for the past two years. In 2012, they developed a multicultural committee to help them understand the diverse needs of the citizens they serve. For this, they located the need to get educated about seven diverse Fort Worth communities: the Homeless, the Middle Eastern/Muslim, Asian/Pacific/[Bhuddist! Hindu!, but no mention of outreach to them], African-American, GLBT, Latino/Hispanic, and Deaf/Hearing impaired.”
[What? Multicultural? Homeless, Muslim, GLBT, Deaf? How did those four get in there? And why not the Blind? And the Seventh Day Adventists? And the Straight Homed?]
“Before even meeting with citizens representing these groups [if I’d known, I would have volunteered to represent the Straight Homed], the department trained its officers about how to facilitate and mediate dialog. Then, Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey W. Halstead sent out a letter inviting citizens representing those different groups to a dinner reception at the Police Academy. This is how the Citizen Peer initiative was planted to grow later into a network of community cooperation and conversation.
“For seven months, the Muslim members in Citizen Peer met with their two officers, Lt. Robert Rangel and Sgt. Gilbert Banda. They discussed everything about American Muslims; from beliefs and religious practices to traditions and cultural behavior. A special session was dedicated for misconceptions related to the Muslim community. [Oy vay, always those pesky misconceptions that follow Islam around. Though I don’t know who would have thought to bring them up in this seven-month conversation.]
“Lt. Rangel, who has a background in Homeland Security, admitted that when he was assigned this group he was hesitant, for he knew nothing about Islam or Muslims [oh, obviously the perfect candidate. But how could he not know anything? I get it about not knowing because he worked at DHS — but doesn’t he read anything? Pay no attention to the dead piling up in Africa and the Middle East and Indonesia? Has he heard of 9/11?]. Before his first meeting with the group, he bought a little yellow book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Islam. Sgt. Banda, whose background is in Narcotics, diligently took notes during each dialog session, the conclusions of which were to be presented to the whole department. The Muslim members came as volunteers [I’m just sure they were plucked at random out of the mosque itself, for the meetings?] for this dialog but had no idea of their officers’ backgrounds. Nonetheless, they continued the conversation and as Lt. Rangel noted, that after the first hour of discussion he had already gone through a total mental transformation, with barriers of misconceptions brought down. [Oh my god. Sorry, don’t mean to offend anyone with that, but this is nuts. They talked for SEVEN months, but Rangel was sold in the first hour? Was it Banda who was the caveman who couldn’t get with the program that it had to last that long?]
“Hence, yesterday’s Police Academy’s field trip to a Muslim mosque came as a rewarding experience for all participants among the Police Department and the Muslim community. Despite initial moments of silence at the beginning of the event, the small building hall turned into a loud space with everyone chatting, laughing and of course eating. Everyone was comfortable and pleased: Muslims welcomed their esteemed guests into their home, and the Police Department experienced a ground-breaking cultural outreach. And it all happened on the Monday before Christmas.
“Such outreach on the part of the Police Department speaks a lot about true citizenship and leadership. It is great enough for American police officers to be courageous and go out in the face of criminals to protect citizens, and to put one’s self in danger to secure others. But to reach out further with friendship and community for better understanding and mutual cooperation towards the common good, that is outstanding bravery. [This young lady has no idea what bravery is if she thinks visiting a mosque is an example. Or maaaaaybe she does.] And America needs more Police Departments across the nation join this choir of true citizenship.”
Well, yikes, I don’t think so! Not if it’s going to fail to protect its citizens like this one is doing, by 1) hiring people from DHS who don’t know anything about Islam . . . . Homeland Security = SEE-CURE. Against people who say they want to kill you. And are killing people all over the world. And 2) by apparently not doing an ounce of due diligence. (I will discuss the book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Islam, and it’s author, Yahiya Emerick below.)
Now, granted, I knew where to look (but it wouldn’t take long to find me after asking, would it?) to get the background on the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque. It is Muslim Brotherhood, which means it is inherently dangerous to the citizens around it (unless it is predominantly Islamic, which it could be) because it promotes Sharia law and jihad and distrust (at the least) of non-Muslims. It could very well be one of the 81% of “radicalized” mosques that David Yerushalmi, American Freedom Law Center, identified in his Mapping Sharia study in 2010 of mosques that carry literature that features violence against non-Muslims. My proof of the ties?:
The IATC Facebook page has a picture of CAIR’s logo (the Council of American Islamic Relations, a HAMAS/Muslim Brotherhood organization), next to the picture of the mosque. And there’s CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem second from the right in the picture with the story . . . .
This is the history on Facebook:
1977 IATC constitution drafted. Birth of IATC officially. [You don’t need a constitution if you’re not in the Hood.]
1982 Service of full time resident Imam Moujahed Bakhach were acquired from Muslim World League (see below). He resigned in 2004.
1993 True concept of Shura [overseeing Sharia law board of directors] was introduced.
1997 Service of Hafiz [a man who’s memorized the Qur’an] were acquired every Ramadan from Egypt. [Home of Muslim Brotherhood.]
2006 IATC adopted FCNA moon-sighting criteria for Eid al Fitr and follow Saudi Arabia for Eid ul Ahda: The Fiqh Council of North America (see below) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
Presidents of Majlis Ash-Shura (Board of directors) . . . Nizam Peerwani (1991) . . . .
- Muslim religious figures from 22 states founded the Muslim World League in Mecca in 1962. It was established as a counter-initiative to the Arab nationalism of the then Egyptian leader, Gamal Abdul Nasser [assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood]. Saudi Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz was its founding figure. The League is widely regarded as promoting the strict Wahhabi [al-Qaeda] brand of Islam but broadens its reach by teaming up with other Islamic movements, in particular, the Ikhwan al Muslimin, the Muslim Brotherhood.
- The Fiqh [Sharia Law] Council of North America, aka the Shura [literally: Council, but can be interpreted as “guiding”] Council of North America is Muslim Brotherhood. These are the best of the best imams/scholars of the Sharia. They know the law. The first Fiqh council was established to make sure the original Muslim Brotherhood members sent here in the ’60s from Egypt were following Sharia law precisely. Just like within any government operation, the original group spread out and set up departments where needed, and now FCNAs can be found all over the states. Click here for an explosion of information on who’s in it: http://www.investigativeproject.org/FCNA-CAIR.html. They are a bad bunch of jihadis.
- The Majlis Ash-Shura is a smaller Islamic law advisory group to, in this case, the Ibrahimi Mosque. “A president of the Majlis Ash-Shura (Board of directors) was Nizam Peerwani in 1991) . . . .”
Peerwani is an interesting character, but not one I’d say practices the truth in the way we in the States understand it. He’s an expert in the Qur’an and the law. He has to be, to be on the majlis ash-shura, so he knew he was practicing Islamic lying (taqiyya), or at the least, kitman (concealing) when he stood up in front of a Republican women’s group in April, 2009 (rudely interrupting me, the guest speaker), and flatly denied in clear, ringing tones that there was no such thing as holy jihad in Islam, doing his best to make me look like mad-eyed Islamophobe. “Nowhere in the Qur’an does it say there is holy jihad!” he said.
That’s true; it doesn’t. People “die in the way (jihad) of Allah.” People “fight in the Path (jihad) of Allah.” People “war against the non-Muslims to establish the religion,” though, in the Sharia, clearly stated as Jihad, on page 599 of Reliance of the Traveler, which he is no doubt totally familiar with.
I doubt he has any idea how many women he infuriated that day at that meeting. For one, he wasn’t invited. Second, he was rude to the speaker, by not speaking to the speaker but the crowd. But three, he took them en masse for dumb females, which is never a good idea. Oh, and by the way, there were three other uninvited Islamists who showed up at that meeting that day. You might all have heard of one of them: Mohamed Elibiary. Oh, yes, the Ibrahimi Mosque is definitely Muslim Brotherhood. If we were living in the real world, we’d say it was “mobbed up.”
Think of the MB as an organizational chart like the FBI set up La Cosa Nostra:
- National MAS/ISNA/MANA – Fiqh Council
- The State Associations of Masjids (which could have titles like the Freedom and Justice Foundation, as does Mohamed Elibiary’s in Colleyville)
- The Islamic Association of North Texas
- The Islamic Association of Fort Worth
- The Islamic Association of Tarrant County
- The Islamic Center of Irving, TX (whose imam is VP of ISNA)
The Islamic Society of Greater Houston, etc.
Which brings me to Lt. Robert Rangel with his background in Homeland Security, who knew nothing about Islam or Muslims (well, I suppose that’s possible since Napolitano didn’t either), and who bought “a little yellow book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Islam.” By Yahiya Emerich, of all people. I wonder who told him about that one? There are so many good books out there, that truly explain Islam; how did he end up with this biased one?
Here’s the book description: “An up-close and up-to-date look at an often misunderstood faith. [Lt. Rangel, that’s code for “You are about to get a load of hogwash.”] This completely revised and updated guide explores the tenets of the Qu’ran [Qur’an, actually] (aka Koran) [!], examines the history of the religion and its relationship to Christianity and Judaism, and features an expanded section on the true story behind “jihad.” [Oh, the quotes, like it’s not real.] It explores Islamic views on war and terrorism, including the Muslim perspective on the tragic events of September 11, and the subsequent U.S. presence in both Afghanistan and Iraq. [And since the quotes are a giveaway that jihad isn’t real, just how honest would these views be?]
“*Excellent sales for the first edition [Above, though, it says THIS version is completely revised. Why, I wonder?]
“*Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, with more than six million devoted followers. [An exaggeration; there are maybe 3M. For the heck of it, I checked out the Ft. Worth population, 2013. 741.2K; 2.2% are Muslim, or about 17K. I don’t know how the FWPD divides its time up, but the Hispanic pop is about 34% and the black pop is about 20% — did the reps of those groups get seven months of meetings that the 2.2% got? I truly hope so.]
“*Features an expanded section on women in Islam, including their status within the Taliban, and the Islamic practice of polygamy.” [????]
Not wanting particularly to read the book, I peeked at the reviews. These are from Amazon:
“Not really a fan of paperback books but this one changed me whole life! Although it is directed a lot of attention (in my opinion too much attention) to the discussion of the difference between extremism and true islam, it still gave a good overview of the islam as a whole. . . . I would also recommend this book people who have stereotypes about what islam and muslims [?] are all about based on 9/11 and taliban etc, etc. because the book really drives home the point that you cant blame the religion for the violent and hateful actions of individuals who CLAIM to be a part of that religion.”
“It tries to convert u to islam instead of infoming u how islam works and the basis of there beliefs it was informative.”
“. . . The Guide writes about the “friendly” Islam and mostly ignores the “other” angry religion. As a result, the book glosses over or ignores a lot of controversial issues that I wanted to know more about.”
“This was very enlightening. I learned things about Islam I had zero knowledge of. This book convinces me that to create peace even among the various sects of Islam will be extremely difficult never mind between Muslims and the rest of the Western world!”
“. . . I couldn’t continue after reading about what Christianity has not YET accepted – hmmm.”
“Too “rah, rah” for Islam, I’ll re-read sometime in the future, maybe.”
“Too defensive. Spends a lot more time trying to debunk negative views of Islam than just teaching what Islam is all about.”
All the rest of the 12 or so (in both lists) were positive and just luvvvved it.