From the faithful over at Islam In Action:
In the wake of finding out that the FBI had an informant in a California Mosque, 11 major US Muslim organizations have threatened to end all outreach programs with the FBI. Demanding that the FBI changes their ways in dealing with potential Islamic threats. Of course these leading Islamic groups once again try and use our freedoms against us to get their way as they are saying "We want our constitutional rights."
They even go as far as to say that the FBI is to blame for potential Islamic terrorists here in America. This is just another example of US Muslims trying to dictate how our country is run. We need to wake up and see that they are not here to be our equals, they are here to dominate.
US Muslim Groups Mull FBI Boycott
By Muhammed Qasim, IOL Correspondent
Bazian believes that sending infiltrators and informants into mosques leaves the Muslim community with the assumption that they are "guilty" until proven otherwise.
WASHINGTON — Frustrated by mistrust, suspicion and provocative actions targeting their law-abiding community, the major American Muslim groups are considering to rupture all outreach relations with the FBI and the Justice Department.
"The Muslim organizations are very carefully considering to suspend relations with the government agency in order to create some room for the agency to re-consider the way they are dealing with the Muslim community," Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told IslamOnline.net.
Eleven of the most prominent Muslim groups in the country issued on Tuesday, March 17, a joint statement asking the FBI to reconsider its policies of targeting American Muslims and Muslim groups.
"If the FBI does not accord fair and equitable treatment to every American Muslim organization…then Muslim organizations, mosques and individuals will have no choice but to consider suspending all outreach activities with FBI offices, agents and other personnel," said the statement.
"This possible suspension, of course, would in no way affect our unshakable duty to report crimes or threats of violence to our nation."
The signatories stressed that reaching this decision was not swift or easy, but by all means inevitable.
"We are doing this to bring the unreasonable and unfair treatment of the Muslim community to the attention of the government, give them some time, give them some space, to make changes and amendments," Dr. Agha Sahi, Chairman of the American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), told IOL.
Hatem Bazian, President of the California-based American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), also linked the decisions to "the way the FBI deals with the Muslim Community in America."
"Now the organizations are collectively considering to suspend relations with the FBI."
Besides CAIR, AMT and AMP, the other organizations are the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society-Freedom Foundation (MAS-FF), Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA) and United Muslims of America (UMA).
In their statement, the Muslim groups cited some of the recent provocative incidents by the FBI.
"There are a number of reasons, which compelled us to take this step, the first one is the mistreatment of the Muslim scholars and Ulema," Sahi told IOL.
"Many have been arrested on false charges and either deported or set them aside."
He added that FBI agents and informants who come into mosques to spy on worshippers also increased Muslims anger.
"[They] are provoking young Muslims and compelling them on doing unreasonable and stupid things, take them to the courts and jail them for 20 to 25 years," he said.
"The job of the government is not to provoke people."
The Muslim community in California were infuriated last month after it was revealed that the FBI sent a convicted criminal to pose as an agent provocateur in several of the state's mosques.
Last year, media reports unveiled that FBI agents were monitoring mosques in California's cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.
For Bazian, the California Muslim community leader, sending infiltrators and informants into mosques is leaving the community with one assumption.
"The assumption is that they are guilty," he said.
"They are looking at us with suspicion."
Awad, the CAIR Executive Director, agrees.
"To send a criminal to a mosque to instigate violence is not acceptable," he fumed.
"It's really undermining the relationship between the Muslim community and the government that we have made over the years."
"We want our constitutional rights."