News travels fast. The Daily Times of Pakistan printed an article about Muhammed Masood, former imam of the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE) Sharon, MA mosque, which the Patriot Ledger of Quincy had published last Friday:
"A controversial imam at a Massachusetts mosque, with his visa status already in question, has been given notice to leave his residence on the grounds of the Sharon mosque, headquarters of the Islamic Centre of New England. Imam Muhammad Masood is the brother of Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Pakistan-based Markaz Dawaatul Irshad and Jammatud Daawa. Attorney George Garfinkle has said that the Pakistani cleric has been asked to leave “sometime soon”, though not by a specific date..... Garfinkle also confirmed that some former Islamic Centre board members have been called before a federal grand jury in Boston over the past month in connection with the investigation of Imam Masood’s alleged visa violations."
Totally cribbed from Lane Lambert's article. Oddly enough, the Daily Times article doesn't note that the Chelmsford imam is also related to Hafiz Saeed (brother-in-law).
Hafiz Saeed was quoted yesterday in an Indian newspaper saying "dialogue cannot replace guns."
"NEW DELHI: Even as the Hurriyat team visiting Pakistan met president Pervez Musharraf and made appropriate 'peace noises', the main driver of terror in Jammu & Kashmir, Lashkar-e-Taiba (pictured at left), made it clear that it was not prepared to buy the argument that dialogue could replace guns."
"In an indication that it did not set much store from attempts at normalcy being mounted by Hurriyat, which has often been seen to be more than receptive to signals from Islamabad, LeT boss Hafiz Saeed said: "It is a historical fact that nations have always achieved their independence through sacrifices on the battlefront." Promising to continue militancy in the Valley, he told a gathering after Friday prayers in Lahore that jehadis will "fully support the legitimate struggle for freedom of the Kashmiri people". This made it quite apparent that whatever the Hurriyet may say, the jehadis continue to see Kashmir as a religious and political cause that they are bent on achieving."
Jehadis raised by women such as Umm Abu Dajanah.