Margate Imam Arrested for Taliban Connection, but His Mosque Sure Seems Nice!

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Mufti and imam Izhar ul-Haq Khan has just been arrested, accused of providing material support to the Taliban in Pakistan, planning the murder of Pakistani civilians, and plotting to overthrow the Pakistani government and replace it with a theocracy. But there's a lot more to the man! He also "has a great passion for promoting Islamic culture among the youth and young adult[s]" and he's "always available" for individual counseling, according to the website of his Margate mosque, Masjid Jamaat al-Mumineen

Izhar Khan was arrested along with his father, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan (an imam with a congregation in Miami), and his brother, Irfan Khan (who isn't an imam at all). Three accomplices who are "at large" in Pakistan have been charged too, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Izhar Khan's mosque seems to be a thriving center of Islamic life in South Florida. If you're looking to get on the side of a "beneficent" or "merciful" god, as the mosque's webmasters put it, and if you can look past the unfortunate business with the civilians-killing and government-overthrowing, you might wanna take a look at its website.

Once there, you can sign up your kids for Sunday madrassah (girls, don't forget your hijabs!) or a youth group, join a ladies' group that does bake sales, or listen to a worried-sounding man giving lectures that begin in Arabic, transition to English for some sniveling deity-licking, transition back to Arabic, and then devolve into paranoid little anecdotes that go like this:

(Note: The following is a partial transcript from the lecture titled "Satan: Know Your Enemy Part 1")

Do not die unless you are in a state of al ISLAM!

Before I begin my topic, I wish to introduce it with an example of how the Shaitan can lead a Muslim away from [unintelligible]. Our topic with you is knowing that the Shaitan [unintelligible] IS THE ENEMY! I introduce it by giving you an example of a Muslim sister -- extremely bright, intelligent, received a scholarship to the most PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA! Very bright girl.

But the city that this school was in was of a different state AND SHE WOULD HAVE TO LIVE IN THE RESIDENCES OF THE UNIVERSITY away from home and her parents. And being parents who were honored to have a smart girl, who earned a scholarship, they wholeheartedly shipped their daughter off. And she lived IN THE COMPANSIONSHIP OF A BUDDHIST! Two Christians, and two Hindus. She ate with them. She used the same bathroom they used. She went out with them and attended classes with them. Twenty-four hours of her day was in the company of these people. But this Mus sister used to wear a hijab ... And I SAY SHE USED TO! TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WILL COME I AM FORECASTING WHAT WILL HAPPEN! SHE USED TO WEAR A HIJAB! And she was very enthusiastic of being in university. And people who are sophomores and seniors in university would label freshman -- people who were entering school for the first time -- as "fresh meat." The "fresh meat" were young girls.

And she began to run articles defending Islam in the weekly chronicle of the university.

Tragically, she became infatuated secretly. She loved a person who was an atheist. She never mentioned it. But this atheist man began to sit with her and discuss Islam. "Tell me about your religion? Why do you wear hijab? Why are you named this type of ethnic Islamic name?" And she began to enjoy her conversations. And it built. Day after day. To the point that he convinced her that hijab was dishonor. And oppression. And subjugation of women. And that it eliminates your rights and causes you to be inferior to men. An atheist!

So she removed her hijab without informing her parents. ALL THROUGH THIS YEAR THAT SHE WAS LIVING AWAY FROM HOME HER, PARENTS NOT ONCE VISITED HER! PAID HER A SURPRISE VISIT! Not once. Finally, after attending university for two years, she wrote her parents a letter, and her parents and her sister -- her younger sister -- emailed me, asking what we should do. Because the letter states: "I can no longer live a life built on lies. I must inform you that I no longer believe in YOUR GOD. In fact, I believe in no god."

...Do not follow the steps of Shaitan. Shaitan didn't come to the sister the first day and say "Be non-Muslim. Take off your hijab. Disbelieve in [unintelligible]." Steps, footsteps, small or large, he is constantly moving forward. So this Muslim sister -- this previous Muslim sister's family writes: "Is she permitted to enter  our home? Can we spend on her? Can we give her food from our HALAAAAAAAAAL food? Are we permitted to discuss the issue with her? Her younger sister says: 'Can I debate my sister?'"

So we sent the question to our [unintelligible] and they replied that her family are to not EVER feed her, allow her in their home, allow their younger daughter to even see her or interact with her. It becomes FARRRRD for the Muslim community other than her family to call her back to Islaaaaaam so she will not influence her own immediate family.

So you can see what they mean by "beneficent" and "merciful."

Please note that visitors to the mosque's website are invited to take a poll in which they are asked: "What is the biggest misconception about Islam?" The available answers: A) Muslims are violent, terrorist, and/or extremist; B) Islam oppresses women; C) All Muslims are Arabs; and D) Muslims worship a different God. Having listened to the above lecture and read about the extracurricular activities of imam Izhar Khan, I'm convinced it's a trick question.
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Tony
Tony

Based on the lack of Muslim condemnation of these creeps I for one do not believe Islam is a peaceful religion. to bad if that is not PC

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

The funny thing is, back in the day when I was forced to go to church, I heard very similar sermons.  So hey, christians and muslims have even more in common!So glad I figured out at a young age that it was just another bunch of mythology.

Christy
Christy

Shout out to Bob Norman, Miss your writing.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Every religion is a vehicle of self promoting validation. None better or worse than the others.  They all operate with the same set of instructions.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

As Billy Shakespeare once said this piece is mosque ado about nothing

Islamispeace
Islamispeace

Hmm... Brandon THORP? Any chance that you are Jewish and therefore trying to misdirect peoples attention from all of the misdeeds by murderous zionists by drumming up BS stories about  PEACEFUL Muslims? Just a thought....

Islamispeace
Islamispeace

This whole article stinks of Islamaphobia! You sound like Allan West, accusing two respected Imams (spiritual and community leaders, sort of like pastors)  of being terrorists!  These two well-respected leaders have mainstream, highly visible congregations in large urban centers. Their congregants are main-stream, "typical" AMERICAN Muslims!!!! Not some imaginary, scary. bearded jihadist stereotype of an image that so many of you ignorant people seem to associate with Islam in AMERICA!!!! Just because they do some crazy sh*t in the name of religion overseas doesn't mean it has anything at all to do with AMERICAN Muslims. This is the type of grand-standing, islamophobic demagoguery that keeps people from understanding that there IS NO INTERNAL THREAT FROM ISLAM!!!The author should immediately apologize to these outstanding, MAINSTREAM, Islamic community and spiritual leaders for bashing them and calling them terrorists. I'm surprised that you're allowed to publish this racist crap and expect more from a supposedly "liberal" village voice media publication. The author is obviously some right wing fear mongering extremist who belongs on glenn becks show,not writing for the NTs. We aree in an  enlightened era and tired of this Bush-era race baiting and fear mongering WITH NO FACTUAL BASIS!!!

Guest
Guest

I want to hear from the Muslim congregation denouncing these Bastards!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

The moral of the story?

Atheists will set you free from the dogma and oppression of organized religion.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

The answer should be E: None of the Above

TrueJewish
TrueJewish

 You are 110.025% RIGHT this writer is Jewish and hate monger. Has no quality of objective journalism.

Joe6
Joe6

Commies hate Israel......how boringly predictable. Kind of amusing is that Joseph Stalin supported   the birth of Israel back in 1948.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

 Good point, whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?  Were they supporting the Taliban or just people over there who needed aid?  Were they family?I dunno, and I reserve judgement until I see more facts.

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

 ...actually, I'm a liberal homosexual atheist. But thanks for asking!

Fact is, these imams were arrested for aiding the Taliban. Of course, they may be innocent. Who knows? And if so, that's too bad -- I hope they're released and receive all their due apologies. But even if they are innocent, it's a matter of record that they've advocated the abandonment of a college-aged girl by her family just because she happened to develop some unorthodox religious views. And that's reprehensible. Any sect which aims to control the familial relationships or police the contacts of its members is totalitarian by definition, and should be opposed anywhere it alights.

- BKT

Islamispeace
Islamispeace

lol you are FUNNY!!!! I specifically praised the authors articles that shone a critical light on islam and I explicitly stated that I was "trolling" for a reaction...and you STILL gave me one! Thanks! You are, indeed, the type of reactionary DB I was aiming for...although not THE particular one I was guessing would respond.  Although you did get that D B to respond to your response, so it all ties in nicely.

TrueJewish
TrueJewish

YOU ARE A PURE HATE MONGER. JUST QUIT WRITING AND SELL BURGER AT MCDONALDS 

Joe6
Joe6

Don't be deterred.Islam is not peaceIn fact Islam means submissionAs in submission to allah and his false prophet muhammedMuhammad was a huge warlord and killer and is the "example" that all  Muslims are urged to follow today and through the centuries. Not all do and they are the slackers. The call their Muhammed the perfect man. The most perfect man who ever lived who all should emulateJesus was the opposite. He did not make warsThe Hebrew prophets engaged in battles but Jews are not commanded to emulate them today plus they are never viewed as perfect men. There are many prophets in Judaism while in Islam there is only one named Muhammad. You will know Islam when you read a good biography of this killer. Oh yeah, the Mulsims will tell you that Muhammed only engaged in defensive wars. Lol....what a joke

After Muhammad died you had the four caliphs. Over the next 150 years they continued Muhammad's campaigns of war and mass killing and rape. And conversion by the sword. They wiped out the Christian communities of the Middle East as best they could. The Crusades were a late response to that

Islamispeace
Islamispeace

LOL sorry man, that was called "trolling"! Infrequent but semi-regular reader of this blog and had a bored urge to set off some anti-semitic, er, excuse me, anti-ZIONIST ranting from some of my favorite commentators. Middle-of-the-road, heterosexual agnostic that occassionally enjoys inflaming the extreme ends of the political spectrum.Have enjoyed your articles raising LEGITIMATE concerns about the socio-political aspects of the philosophy and religion of Islam as practiced and subscribed to by many of its adherents.Don't believe that all Muslims are terrorists or that Islam is just a "religion of peace". Was trying to mirror the tone of some of your critics of previous articles that youve written.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

In response to you other comment above, liberals don't have a love affair with Islam. We despise all religious zealots equally.

That would include zealots like you who have perverted the Jewish religion.

P.S. I know a lot of young Jews who are very pissed off at you for what you did to that professor at FAU. And most of them are not liberals, but would vouch for that professor and his character.

And you? They think you're a jag-off and an embarrassment to Jews.

Joe6
Joe6

You sound like a leftist or commie nut. You don't seem to be Muslim. Just a big defender of that cult. You should find a more productive hobby. Why do lefties have such a big love affair with Islam  while hating Israel? It is because Islam is a 3rd world phenomena while Jews have been an important in the civilized world for centuries. You can verify this by checking out the Nobel prize winners in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine. It is full of Jews but zero or nearly zero Muslims

Guest
Guest

OK you're a Master Baiter....now bend down and tie my shoe

Islamispeace
Islamispeace

ATG - I appreciate your label but would like you to acknowledge that I am a master of that 

Guest
Guest

Then you're a baiting hypocrite, man. 

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