I received a comment today on the blog post about the Roxbury mosque documentary. This person has many concerns and questions about the new mosque and apparently, with the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) and its imam, Basyouny Nehela (if I'm correctly reading between the lines). The comment in its entirety:
"There is a large Muslim community in Boston. Majority of them are trying to live their life under the law of the land (as the Muslim Prophet,PBH, has asked the Muslims to do when they go to a different land)."
"This Muslim community has to build places of worship. The question that needs answer is not that some red bricks soared to the sky and the result looks like a Middle Eastern Mosque but what "ideology" will flow through there? Is it the 'ideology' subscribed to by the Majority of the Muslims in the Boston area or in some stealth way leadership was imposed on the community (and by foreign money involvement also)?"
"What is the democratic structure of the organization building this place of worship? And since in America freedom of speech is still practiced, can a Muslim without fear ask this question: 'Oh Grand Builders, what is your denomination?' And expect to get an answer?"
"There is no Mosque in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, where the Builder Trustees live,that has no 'denomination'. After all you are connected with Mosques in the Far Lands. Why not state this openly?"
"There is lot more one could write about the 'tsunami' nature of a certain 'ideology'. But for practical purposes I will give a concrete example. There is a 100 year old Muslim community in Boston area (Quincy to be exact) that existed under the Islamic Center of New England. Did the Trustee Builders allow their Imam to carry money (in stealth way) to start schools in the buildings of that Community (ICNE) and send its Vice President to become a Board Member in that Community and - in violation of all rules - separate the Religious Director from the Community.(Just google...newspapers were full of it). When the Community does not have a place to sit with its choice of Religious Director, does it not disintegrate (from 2000 members it is down to 450 or so). Was that a very 'Islamic' act? (I am told for this particular 'ideology' that is very Islamic because now they can make this community 'true Muslims'.)
"They will not answer the question about 'denomination'. But it will come out. Even classified material gets declassified (with passage of time) in the United States of America!"
"Let me ask a simple question? The Islamic Center of New England had a constitution that stated that 'all religious activity is under the Religious Director........ So anyone becoming a member of that community agreed to abide by this rule. But the Builder Trustees allowed their Imam to be a Member of ICNE, actively vote in the ICNE elections, actively take his own flock from Cambridge to vote in the elections of ICNE."
"This was all done without the permission of the Religious Director of the ICNE. There is a rule in Islamic Communities that you do not go as Imam in the community of another Imam (for religious interaction) without his permission. (I am told similar rule applies in Christian and Jewish communities). Builder Trustees surely know this rule. Does this Imam (of the Builder Trustees) not know this rule? Or he thought no one is watching? Will they answer this simple question?