Alaska gets first mosque; refugees helping fuel diversity boom in Anchorage

In the Modern Day Trojan Horse:  Al-Hijra the Islamic Doctrine of Immigration authors Sam Solomon and E Al Maqdisi explain that migration is jihad and mosque-building is an important part of the migration and ultimately the establishment of the Islamic state.  If you haven’t read it yet, please do.

The new mosque (minarets will arrive soon). Photo: Brian Adams for Al Jazeera America

Now the migration has spread to Alaska and is being helped along by the US State Department’s Refugee Admissions Program.  According to our handy list, Catholic Social Services can be thanked for resettling Muslims there as the State Department refugee resettlement contractor.

From Aljazeera (of course!):

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s first mosque has risen quietly over the last few years in a gravel lot in a South Anchorage commercial district, a neighbor to a Korean Presbyterian church, a couple of auto repair garages, a drive-through Chinese restaurant and a Sons of Norway hall.

A few weeks ago, Sam Obeidi, vice president of the Islamic Community Center Anchorage Alaska, turned a key and pushed open the mosque’s door, flipping on a light in a hallway that smelled of drywall plaster and new carpet.

Palestinian by birth, Obeidi came to Alaska as a teenager to join his father, a refugee, who settled in Anchorage in the 1960s.

The Islamic holy land may be more than 6,000 miles away, but Anchorage has increasingly become a destination for Muslims, who now number as many as 3,000 in the city, the ICCAA estimates.

The draw is partly economic — Alaska’s economy was barely touched by the recession — and partly connected to waves of government refugee resettlement in Alaska’s largest city. White non-Hispanics now make up just over half the population of Anchorage. The rest is made up of a diverse mix of cultures: Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, Asians, Africans and Hispanics. More than 100 languages are spoken in the Anchorage schools.

That striking diversity is amplified among Muslims, who are far more likely to be immigrants and refugees. While many mosques in U.S. cities are tied to a single ethnic group, Friday prayers in Anchorage might draw Gambians, Pakistanis, Albanians, Somalis, Sudanese, Egyptians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Bangladeshis, Burmese, Russians and Malaysians, among others.

There is more, read it all.

By the way, in the Netherlands they are starting to ‘get it’ about mosque construction and the same goes for Germany.

Did you ever wonder why mosques are being proposed in places where there doesn’t seem to be enough supporting population for them?   Solomon and Al Maqdisi say that the mosque is a kind of territorial marker (my words) used to pull a Muslim population to it where the numbers will grow and expand until some set up another mosque and migrate to the new area.  It is a religious obligation to migrate (even to places like Alaska!).

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