Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thousands rally to oppose construction of the mosque near Ground Zero in New York
A Rally to oppose construction of the mosque near Ground Zero was organized by “Stop the Islamization of America ”, an organization headed by Pamela Geller, a dynamic speaker and a well known journalist and Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and a prominent expert on Islamic Studies, on June 6th.The rally was a big success. In this rally, 3000 to 5000 people representing Jewish, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ex-Muslims whole-heartedly and enthusiastically participated.Approximately 250 to 300 Hindus and Sikhs from tri-state area led by Narain Kataria, Arish Sahani, President and Vice President, respectively, of Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Satya Dosapati, President, Hindu Human Rights Watch; and Bhupinder Singh Bhurji, Chairman, Namdhari Sikh Foundation of USA, took part in the Rally.Statement issued to national and ethnic media by Narain KatariaFirst of all I would like to tell you that I am the survivor of the Partition of India which took place in 1947 in which more than 10 million Hindus were driven out of Islamic Republic of Pakistan . I have seen with my own eyes, my Hindu and Sikh brothers being murdered by jihadists. I have seen Hindu and Sikh girls being molested and raped by uncouth, crude and brute jihadists. I am the student of History. I have Master’s degree in World History. I have been watching unprecedented brutalities and savageries being perpetrated on Hindus in India , Pakistan and Bangladesh for the last 60 years. I am aware of the massacre of 2.5 million Hindus who were butchered by Pakistani army in Bangladesh in 1971. I have seen the miserable plight of 400,000 Kashmiri Hindus who were harassed and finally chased by jihadists, and are still languishing in refugee camps. I am a Hindu American living in this country for the last 40 years. I consider America as a paradise on earth. America has given all of its citizens individual liberty and freedom of religion. The jihadists have created a fear psychosis all over the world. The rise of radical Islam in this country has created an anxiety and fear in my mind about the safety and security of my children. I have come here to caution my fellow Americans to benefit from my personal experience and oppose the barbarian and totalitarian ideology extolling the virtue of violence, intolerance and hatred.We oppose construction of the mosque near Ground Zero because we feel that it is a very sensitive issue. It is an offensive and reprehensible act. It is an insult and humiliation to the families of more than 3000 victims of 9/11 - fire fighters and security personnel who lost their lives.We oppose the mosque because the terrorists who killed 3000 Americans were trained in mosques from their childhood.Moreover there is some sort of relationship between a mosque and terrorism. Madraasas (Islamic religious schools) are conducted by Imams. After rigorous training in madraasas, Taliban (students) becomes jihadists. After some time these jihadists become full-fledged terrorists. For example, in Pakistan there are 20,000 madrasas. These 20,000 madrasaas produce half a million Taliban every year. Out of these half a million Taliban, 10,000 become dangerous jihadists. These jihadists go all over the world and unleash the reign of terror and slaughter innocent people in the name of Allah.The terrorists who killed innocent people in New York on 9/11, in Mumbai , Madrid , Bali, Beslan, London , Delhi , Nigeria and Cairo were connected with one or the other mosque.In addition to that 75% of these madraasas are controlled by Wahabi sect of Islam who preach extreme form of Islam. Since 9/11/2001, the followers of the so called “religion of peace” have carried out 15101 deadly terrorist attacks and killed more than 75,000 people. (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ )Imam Abdul Rauf, the chief o Cordoba Initiative building the mosque, wants to impose Sharia law in USA . Sharia is antithesis of democracy. Sharia Law denies equal rights to women. It wants women to put on burqa from tip to toe. It does not allow women to drive. Under Sharia law, in Pakistan ’s north western region, Talibans burnt all the music video stores and schools for women. Under Sharia law, if anyone is found guilty, his limbs are chopped off. Sharia Law is completely derogatory in nature and incompatible with our Constitution.Imam Abdul Rauf does not believe that World Trade Center was destroyed by Muslims. Instead of blaming his co-religionists, Imam Abdul Rauf finds fault with America ’s foreign policy. Imam Abdul Rauf is the head of Cordoba Initiative. Cordoba is a city in Spain where Islamists had established Caliphate to rule over Western Europe which lasted until 1236. It was the period of suffocation and enslavement for Christians and Jewish people. During that period, thousands of churches were vandalized and destroyed and untold brutalities and savageries were heaped on Christians and Jewish people. Cordoba is the symbol of Islamic victory and supremacy of Islam over Europe . Muslims feel proud when they talk about Cordoba and the dishonor and degradation of non-Muslims. It is the symbol of Islamic domination over Europe and subjugation of non-Muslims. Imam Rauf wants to establish Islamic ascendancy and authority over America .Turkey is considered to be a moderate Islamic nation. But last month, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said: “the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers”.The other day one Imam Abdullah Faarooq exhorted Muslims to grab gun, grab sword and do you job. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUYIHRRaPmAImam Abdul Rauf is a devout Muslim. He is an expert on Islam. He is a shrewd person. He must be fully familiar with the law of Al Taquia which enjoins on Muslims to lie, cheat, use stratagem and sophistry to promote the cause of Islam. We are not sure whether he is playing law of Al Taquia with naïve and gullible infidel Americans or not.All the above factors have created a concern, suspicion and distrust in New Yorkers about the hidden intent behind the construction of the mosque; and hence the opposition.