Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Newbury Park Mosque in Conejo Park opens doors to curious

Imam answers Islam questions...

The Islamic Center of the Conejo Valley opened its doors Sunday to welcome visitors and those interested in discovering more about the religion of Islam.

It's the fourth year in a row that the members of the mosque in Newbury Park have participated in a regional initiative called Open Mosque Day, which was established in 2002 by the Shura Council of Southern California.

"No question about Islam should be off-limits," Imam Ahmed Patel told about 25 people who gathered for one of his question-and-answer sessions about what Muslims believe. "If you have any concerns, or any questions, about our religion, please feel free to ask and God willing, we shall try our best to give you the correct answer."

Everything sounds hunky dory, doesn't it? Hah! Thanks to an astute and informed commenter, THE VERACIOUS 1, we are able to get the real low down. Veracious 1, I salute you!

Did anyone ask about Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi founder of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, http://www.shuracouncil.org/ the umbrella organization for The Islamic Center of the CONEJO VALLEY who is being held without bail awaiting sentencing in Federal Prison facing a statutory maximum sentence of 61 years in federal prison?

Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi is also founder of the Hejrat Foundation http://www.hejrat.info

Both serve as umbrella organizations that serve to connect Mosques and Muslim organizations throughout Southern California including the THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF THE CONEJO VALLEY!

Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi was ARRESTED on August 22, 2007. He has been CONVICTED and is scheduled to be sentenced mid-October.

Check out what the FBI has to say about Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi at

Followers have been actively soliciting money and signatures to free their LEADER

Wonder what Rana Elgamiel's husband, a member of The Islamic Center of the Conejo Valley, and one of only two Muslim FBI agents on the West Coast, thinks about all this??

Of the 250 families who are part of this organization, the wife of an FBI agent was quoted, in what I see as a manipulative attempt to give this organization credibility so people will let their guard down.

About the Shura Council of Southern California...don't you find it strange that a "religious organization" would have these topics on the front page of their website?

Checking out the events calendar we find this:

Addressing your concerns about Airport Security Event Date 8/21/2008
Time: 12/30/1899
Location: 19164 E. Walnut Dr. North, Rowland Heights 91748
Organization or Sponsors: Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley
Speaker(s): Larry Fetters, Transportation Security Administration and Jenny Presswalla, DHLS Policy Advisor Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

and this:

Addressing your concerns about Airport Security
Event Date: 8/22/2008
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 3194-B Airport Loop Dr.
Organization or Sponsors: Islamic Education Center of Orange County
Speaker(s): This event will be presented by the Director of TSA & U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Description: Time: 7:00 PM

The event will address two major community concerns: privacy related to new screening technology called millimeter wave technology and those who are stopped as a result of a government watch-list.

I question why a religious group would be so concerned with these issues - if they're all so innocent and not doing anything wrong.