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9/11 Museum Controversy


[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. There has become another 9/11 controversy again…this time by Muslims and Interfaith dhimmis.]

The problem is in a short film that will be played at the museum, the title of it is “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” and it refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The film speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, from video clips in foreign-accented English translations, and it is narrated by NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

With the museum opening on 21 May, it has shown the film to several groups, including an interfaith advisory group of clergy members. Those on the panel overwhelmingly took strong exception to the film, believing some of the terminology in it casts aspersions on all Muslims, and requested changes. But the museum has declined. In March, the sole imam in the group resigned to make clear that he could not endorse its contents.

“The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, wrote in a letter to the museum’s director.

“Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”

Museum officials are standing by the film, which they say was vetted by several scholars of Islam and of terrorism. A museum spokesman and panel members described the contents of the film, which was not made available to The New York Times for viewing.

“From the very beginning, we had a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group,”

Joseph C. Daniels, president and chief executive of the nonprofit foundation that oversees the memorial and museum, said.

But the disagreement has been ricocheting through scholarly circles in recent weeks. At issue is whether it is inflammatory for the museum to use terms like “Islamist” and “jihad” in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attack, without making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. The panel has urged the use of more specific language, such as “Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism” and doing more to explain the meaning of jihad.

The terms “Islamist” and “jihadist” are often used to describe extremist Muslim ideologies. But the problem with using such language in a museum designed to instruct people for generations is that most visitors are “simply going to say Islamist means Muslims, jihadist means Muslims,” said Akbar Ahmed, the chairman of the Islamic studies department at American University in Washington.

“The terrorists need to be condemned and remembered for what they did, but when you associate their religion with what they did, then you are automatically including, by association, one and a half billion people who had nothing to do with these actions and who ultimately the U.S. would not want to unnecessarily alienate.”

Dr. Ahmed said.

The group members screened the Qaeda film and grew alarmed at what they felt was an inflammatory tone and use of the words “jihad” and “Islamist” without, they felt, sufficient explanation.

What is sad is that the Interfaith (Chrislamic) group, does not know what jihad means…they only go with what they were told it means, which is that one must fight within himself to fix problems he has that goes against allah, which is known to Muslims as the “greater jihad”, and all Muslims are mandated to perform this, as well as the “lesser jihad” that, according to ALL the Islamic “sacred” text, mandates this. Lesser jihad is the jihad that, according to Shari’a, the Qur’an and Islamic scholars, is HOLY WAR. The interfaith Chrislamic belief, as well as the whitewashed Islamic falsehood is that there is only one jihad and it is only self cleaning.

One item that the documentary does not show nor explain, is that Al-Qaeda was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, the same MB that vowed to take over America internally in 1991, the same MB that told Muslim ummahs (congregations) to vote for Barack Hussein Obama, the same MB that has created a plethora of other terrorist groups, like Hamas and the “Freedom Fighters” of Libya and Syria, and also the same MB that made Egypt a violent country when their MB president Morsi was being kicked out.

Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy was correct when he said that “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site”, because people that do not have enough intelligence to learn about Islam will not know the differences the Muslim Brohood and Muslim Imams/Sheikh /Mullahs do not want unsophisticated visitors to learn about true Islam.

I would like to thank the 911 Memorial Museum (email), attention Joseph Daniels, for his and his staff’s wanting to get the truth out there.

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