The government of Turkey is completing a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 as part of his official visit to the U.S., according to a report by the Clarion Project. The event was also attended by the leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood affiliates.
The mega-mosque “will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished, according to the Muslim Link. In his remarks May 15, Erdogan said he would return for the opening ceremony next week. He also warned against “Islamophobia,” branding potential critics as paranoid bigots. Erdogan recently stated that “Islamophobia” and Zionism are equivalent to fascism and anti-Semitism, saying they are a “crime against humanity,” according to the Clarion Project.
On U.S. trip, Erdogan brought with him the father of one of the Islamists killed on a Turkish flotilla that was trying to break Israel’s weapons blockade of Gaza. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, a designated terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.
The leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in attendance included Naeem Baig, president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo lists ICNA as one of “our organizations.” The memo says its “work in America is “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within,” according to the Clarion Project.
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