Monday, September 13, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque - More of What it Means

This is an interesting little bit of an article that no doubt will be ignored. Caught this linked at Wizbang.

Here's the interesting bit of historical perspective.
Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero? In fact, what is pro posed is not a mosque -- nor even an "Islamic cultural center."

In Islam, every structure linked to the faith and its rituals has a precise function and character. A mosque is a one-story gallery built around an atrium with a mihrab (a niche pointing to Mecca) and one, or in the case of Shiites two, minarets.

Other Islamic structures, such as harams, zawiyyahs, husseinyiahs and takiyahs, also obey strict architectural rules. Yet the building used for spreading the faith is known as Dar al-Tabligh, or House of Proselytizing.

This 13-story multifunctional structure couldn't be any of the above.
In fact, the proposed structure is known in Islamic history as a rabat -- literally a connector. The first rabat appeared at the time of the Prophet.

The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word "raid"). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders.

After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat -- or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias. Later Muslim rulers used the tactic of ghazva to conquer territory in the Persian and Byzantine empires. After each raid, they built a rabat to prepare for the next razzia.

It is no coincidence that Islamists routinely use the term ghazva to describe the 9/11 attacks against New York and Washington. The terrorists who carried out the attack are referred to as ghazis or shahids (martyrs).

Thus, building a rabat close to Ground Zero would be in accordance with a tradition started by the Prophet. To all those who believe and hope that the 9/11 ghazva would lead to the destruction of the American "Great Satan," this would be of great symbolic value.
Further evidence that this isn't a place to put the Mosque. It is clearly worse than insulting to place it at Ground Zero since this is not only an insult to those who were murdered there, but it is as though they are planting a flag of conquest over the site intentionally. If that isn't a propaganda coup for them, I'm not sure what you would call it.

But, I doubt you'll hear any of this in the MSM, since it doesn't go along with the narrative they wish to proclaim about moderate Islam. Nor will you hear this discussed by any politician since it would be a clear eyed understanding that Moslems don't choose to live as we do in the US, they want to turn us all to dhimmi or eliminate us and our culture completely.

And if you haven't caught the discussion of dawa related to all this you should read Andrew McCarthy's writing on the subject.

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