After years of accusations of terror links and lawsuits, the mosque formerly known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center opens today. After the 2002 groundbreaking, the mosque came under fire for its sweetheart land deal and ties to terrorist sympathizers and terrorist groups.
Daniel Pipes has a detailed time line of the mosque’s controversial history.
In 2002, the Boston Redevelopment Authority,sold the 1.9-acre lot to the Islamic Society of Boston for a mere $175,000.
One year later, the Boston Herald ran a two-part investigative series on the planned mosque and its ties to terrorist groups and sympathizers. The Herald revealed the Islamic Society of Boston’s ties to following individuals: (credit Pipes)
- Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Islamist whose outspoken backing for Hamas led the Department of State to bar him from entering the United States in 1999
- Abdurahman Alamoudi, the American Islamist recently arrested on terrorism-related charges (on him, see “United States of America v. Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi“) who in the past has publicly supported Hamas, Hizbullah, and other terrorist organizations.
- Osama M. Kandil, the Islamic Society of Boston’s leader for over a decade. Turns out that in addition being a former instructor at Harvard Medical School and the founder and chairman of an Egyptian pharmaceutical company, Biopharm Group, he is also associated with the notorious Safa group of Saudi businesses and “charities” headquartered outside Washington, D.C. and was a founding director of the Muslim Arab Youth Association, one of the most radical Islamist organizations in the United States.
The Herald expose was only the beginning. Read the time line and be prepared to be outraged.