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  1. Islam center's eerie echo of ancient terror

    In theory, at least, the culture of American Muslims should be American. Of course, this being America, each ethnic community has its distinct cultural memories — the Iranians in Los Angeles are different from the Arabs in Dearborn.

    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 this reason why imam Rauf is so adamant that this rabat is built at GZM – there is no other place in America except at the Pentagon.

  2. Don't expect the PC Liberal MSM to give an accurate accounting of attendance at any rally or demonstration that has not been approved by our 'Dear Leader' or any of his commie cabal.

  3. I agree, the official meme is that there were competing rallies, however this one had 40 000+ and the other around 1 500. A big diff.

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