The Crescent Report

November 13, 2009


Filed under: civil-rights, Muslim Americans, Muslim Issues — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 10:16 am

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Contact: MAS Freedom National
Mahdi Bray, Executive Director
Email: mahdi.bray AT
Office: (202) 552-7414
Cell: (202) 421-3623

Faith Community Called Upon to Seek Independent Probe Regarding Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC  (MASNET) Nov. 13, 2009 – MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), expresses serious concern and consternation regarding steps taken on Thursday by U.S. government prosecutors to seize four Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston, owned by a non-profit Muslim organization.

Today MAS Freedom is engaged with members of the American faith community in seeking answers to this unprecedented encroachment of religious freedom.

MAS Freedom feels that independent legal scrutiny should be required before measures as drastic as this are taken, particularly in light of the U.S. government’s prior actions toward American Muslim charities based solely on government representation.

“The American Muslim and faith communities must not allow houses of worship to become pawns in geopolitical struggles. The tension between the United States and Iran must not be played out in the mosques of America. Muslim houses of worship in America are not secular government entities, but rather religious sanctuaries, and as such are sacred and should be respected,” stated MAS Freedom Executive Director, Imam Mahdi Bray.

It has been reported that no allegations of wrongdoing have been made against tenants or occupants of the properties and that while the protracted legal process plays itself out in the U.S. judicial system, the mosques and the office tower will remain open. However, it is an abiding concern among the American Muslim community that this action is just the beginning of a backlash after last week’s Fort Hood shooting tragedy.

What will happen to the seized property, including more than 100 acres in Virginia, and a 36-story glass office tower in New York, if the U.S. government prevails in its action is unclear; however, typically property seized through forfeiture is sold.

For additional inquiries can be made by contacting MAS Freedom at (202) 552-7414, (703) 642-6165 or 1-888-627-8471 or sending an email to: info @

MAS Freedom (MASF) is the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots, charitable, religious, social, cultural, civic and educational organization in America – with 55 chapters in 35 states.
MAS Freedom
1325 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 552-7414
or (703) 642-6165
Toll Free: 1-(888)-627-8471
Fax: (757) 299-9961
MASF on the Web
Contact MASF by Email

1 Comment »

  1. Am I able to use paypal to pay for this?

    Comment by tower 200 — March 5, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

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