Questions remain about planned mosque | Letter

Oct 19, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

At the request of Mohammed Riaz Kahn, the community has waited since July for the details about the operation of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo.

Mr. Khan promised those details would be delivered at a town meeting this month. Now he wants a new meeting sometime in January [“Mosque meeting postponed until 2017,” Letters, page 5, Oct. 12].

Here’s what I think: Nix the town meeting. This isn’t about construction or religious worship. It is about public safety and homeland security. It is about the ideology, the functionaries, the funds and the politics of the planned mosque.

All of the defining answers to these questions would be known, or projected, long ago by those agreeing to the legal formation of this project and the commitment to an address in Mukilteo.

Important questions again are: Who are the leaders of the mosque? Are any foreign funds, or the North American Islamic Trust, contributing to this facility? What is the Islamic identity of this mosque? How does “pure” differ from “fundamental” Islam? Is this facility guided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations or the NAIF? If not, then who is guiding the mosque? Where is the Muslim Association of Seattle, the legal parent of the ICOM, located?

These specific questions are important because they form the base of ideology for or against America and our democratic laws. Mosques of both stripes exist in the U.S. What is the intent of the ICOM here?

Until the public is assured that anti-American fundamentalist preaching and instruction and Sharia Law accommodation are not the agenda of the ICOM, this project remains troubling to many in the community.

The Beacon is the proper venue to answer these questions and continue this discussion, where it first began by Mr. Kahn in May.

As our hometown newspaper, The Beacon enables the broadest engagement of the community on the mosque topic, which concerns both Muslims and non-Muslims in Snohomish County, and it should continue the discourse as a service to all interested parties.

Mr. Khan identifies himself as the leader of the project and has been a repeated political candidate in Snohomish County.

To succeed in either of these positions, it first requires an effort to befriend the citizens he wishes to serve – and gain their trust. Avoidance is definitely not leadership, and distrust is the result.

Patricia Morrison,

Mukilteo

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