Building an Islamic mosque next to where Al Qaeda destroyed the Two Towers outraged many Americans. They wondered why an Islamic place of worship was being raised a mere two blocks from where the 2001 World Trade Center attacks took place.
Some Americans may be cheered to realize that the Islamic mosque built so close to the site of a major terrorist attack is soon to be demolished. However, this cheer may not last long, once they realize that the plan may be instead to build a larger Islamic community center to take its place and that of an adjacent building which is being torn down. Reports state that Soho Properties, owned by Sharif El-Gamal, had plans to eventually construct a $100 million dollar Muslim community center with thirteen stories.
The announcement of the decision to build the original mosque, as already noted, rubbed many Americans the wrong way. Tim Brown, a retired firefighter who escaped the Twin Towers, spoke to the New York Daily News about the decision at the time. “It’s very insensitive to the families,” he said. “This is not about religious freedom. … All we are saying is don’t build this mosque here at Ground Zero on our cemetery.”
Muslims have long converted important religious centers of their enemies into mosques. Islam’s most sacred site, al-Kabba in Mecca, was a pagan shrine for hundreds of years before Mohammed claimed it for Islam. Famously, following the Islamic capture of Jerusalem in 689, the Muslim conquerors arrogantly built on Judaism’s most sacred site, the Temple Mount. Churches were by no means spared. The Muslims transformed the 1,000 year old famous church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople into a mosque when they finished conquering the Byzantine empire.
Some have drawn an analogy between the building of mosques on sacred sites of their enemies to building a mosque next to the location of the largest terror attack against the US. Such an analogy does have its merits. The desire to build a $100 million Islamic center to replace the original Ground Zero Mosque a mere three years after the first mosque was built does raise additional questions about the motivation behind building the mosque. The original mosque was supposedly built as “a platform for multi-faith dialogue. It will strive to promote inter-community peace, tolerance and understanding locally in New York City, nationally in America, and globally.”
Was the mosque built for the benign purpose of tolerance or to insolently remind Americans that the 9/11 attacks were just another Muslim conquest?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom