NYC: A Quick Visit to the Park 51 Mosque

After attending the City Council Walmart meeting on Thursday, a couple of friends and I went for a walk. After walking several blocks one of them said there was a Mosque nearby but was not exactly sure which building it was in. But once we turned the corner it was more than obvious which one housed the Mosque. It was the one that was gated off and had a policeman guarding it.

Once inside one of my friends asked if there were prayers going on. The security guard said yes, but she would have to take her shoes off if she wanted to go into the prayer room. She then asked if she had to wear a headscarf. He said she should and that he would supply her with one, but it was not necessary. While she continued to talk to him I noticed a table off to the left and walked over and took all of the literature it had on it. Then we left.

One of the brochures that was on the table was an advertisement for an “Eradicating Islamophobia” conference which took place on January 14-15 in Atlanta Georgia.

The website of the conference had the following video on it. The video shows us a speech from Imam Abdul-Malik who says that Muslims in America have one of the greatest opportunities in the history of Islam in this country to push Islam forward. He also says that Allah created America and Muslims here should not be afraid of anyone or anything, and that no one can defeat Islam!

There was also a video from the disturbing the peace Brooklyn Imam Wahhaj.

Another piece of literature that I picked up was a flyer asking for donations and plugging the new Park 51 blog.

On their vision page you will see that they state their Muslim identity before being an American.


Inspired by Muslim values and heritage, Park51 is a center dedicated to providing cultural, social and recreational programs and services to the Lower Manhattan community, and to helping weave the Muslim-American identity into the pluralistic fabric of the United States.

The sad part about Islam marching across America is that it is being aided by non-Muslims.

A Welcome Letter from John, a member of the Park51 Team

My name is John Lichten and I have been working at Park51 since September 2010. I was raised Episcopalian and have been attending church (on and off) for most of my life. Maybe this surprises you, as you might imagine Park51 as a purely Muslim organization – or maybe, you imagine it to be the so-called “Ground Zero Mega Mosque!” To the contrary, the presence of non-Muslims like myself in the Park51 community hasn’t been a disruption; we view our presence here as something to be expected.

Of course you and the other non-Muslims working there have not been a disruption. That is because they are using you in their quest to create the Islamic State of America. This is not hard to see.


Even with Park51‘s Muslim foundation, I don’t find myself out of place in the organization. I’ve played an important role in finalizing our vision and mission and organizing and filming many of our interim services to begin this year. My voice can be found on this website, in our press releases, and in many other places within Park51 communications. Of course, it’s not just me that you read; these texts are collaborations amongst all of us at Park51. But if you ever thought, “who is this John Lichten on Facebook wishing Allah would reward all my efforts,” you were reading the work of me and my co-workers (FYI, Allah is not a “Muslim god,” it’s simply the name for God in Arabic).

John, most people think of Islam when the word “Allah” is mentioned. Do you realize that the God of Islam calls for your dominance and the ultimate destruction of your religion?

While several of my co-workers are Muslim, including my boss, Sharif El-Gamal, my Christian background has never affected our interactions at work. Sharif is interested in my faith on a personal level, but what is most important to him is that I produce high-quality work. Additionally, aside from the occasional breaks some co-workers take to pray, and a bit less ham in my sandwiches at lunch, the office is like any other in America.

Sorry John you can try and spin it anyway you want to try and justify you working there, but most offices are not promoting a religion/ideology that wants to overthrow our government.

When I reflect upon my conversations with my co-workers, and I think about the progress we have made, I realize the importance of our diversity to the success of the project. In our offices are Muslims, Christians, a Jew, and a Hindu. So while Park51 was conceived by Muslims, and it will reflect Muslim tradition, it is truly non-sectarian, like any other community center in this city. I invite you to come and be a part of it, too!

Did your Muslim boss tell your Jewish co-worker that the Islamic scriptures call for Muslims to fight and kill Jews to reach judgement day?

Muslim Hadith Book 041, Number 6985:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

Did he tell your Hindu co-worker about the history between Islam and India? In which 10’s of millions of Hindus were slaughtered in the name of Islam.

Of course he didn’t, and I’ll pass on your invitation to help Islam take over America. For those who wish to speak to John about this issue he can be reached @

The final flyer that I picked up was a survey on what the prayer space should be named.

The Park51 blog provides us with some more information on the space.

Prayer Space

Located at 49-51 Park Place, PrayerSpace is a separate non-for-profit, independent of Park51.

Upon completion, it will have the capacity to accommodate approximately 2,000 people. It will offer a range of services and religious programming, including Qur’an classes, Qur’anic recitation [tajwid], Islamic sciences, Arabic, and others.

Currently, PrayerSpace is open for daily prayers, and well as Jummah Friday prayers.

Operation hours: 12:45-6:45 PM

The Islamic onslaught continues….



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11 years ago

John is not really anything as he himself said he attended church on and off. The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church are the biggest enablers of the eradication of Christianity. John is just a useful idiot who will loose his head or convert same as the rest of us. Good luck to ya John you are a brainless wonder today but in the not too distant future you could be a headless all together.

11 years ago

Wow. They’re trying to make emotions illegal.
Next they’ll outlaw love.

11 years ago
Reply to  eib

Iran & Saudi Arabia already outlaws love…no Valentine’s Day! Where the men control it’s just rape!

11 years ago

Rape is the ultimate mockery and insult to love.

11 years ago

Or, perhaps, they’re trying to mould the emotional landscape to one that is friendly to Islam.
Futile, stupid venture.
Did I say it was stupid?

11 years ago

I sent him the following mail:

In our offices are Muslims, Christians, a Jew, and a Hindu. So while Park51 was conceived by Muslims, and it will reflect Muslim tradition, it is truly non-sectarian, like any other community center in this city.

I strongly suggest that you read a bit more about islam, that you look around in this world and witness the onslaught of non-muslims by muslims, just because of there religion.

Let me just give you ONE quote, out the many actually demanding the same from every muslim:
(fight and kill the infidel -> an infidel is a person who is not a muslim)

quran Chapter:2 Verse:193
And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and non-Islamic behavior, discussion, politics, or religion) and religion and politics is only for Allah. […]
More verses, you can find here:

*** Tolerance becomes a crime, when applied to evil [Thomas Mann] ***
islam delenda est.

muslims must come to know muhammad, allah, and islam as they are presented in the qur’an and hadith because informed people will not kill for such a demented spirit. And non-muslims need to know that there is almost no mention of peace, tolerance, or love in islam. We have been played for fools. Western civilazation now has the opportunity to understand islam before it destroys our nation.

Anastasia Blarou
Anastasia Blarou
11 years ago

Christians, Jews, and Pagans lived in Saudi Arabia before the coming of Islam. The day when Christians, Jews and Pagans can become citizens of Saudi Arabia and worship freely in Saudi Arabia, the day women can go to Egypt without a head scarf and without being raped (Lara Logan), the day the punishment is no longer death for apostates in many Islamic countries, the day nonMuslims of all religious faiths are welcomed in Iran and in all Islamic countries will be the day Islam can be thought of as a tolerant religion and a religion of peace and not give anyone cause for concern.

sewing tips
10 years ago

Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to present something again and help others such as you aided me.

10 years ago

Great, another website where the blind are leading the blind (or I guess put more accurately the biased/misinformed leading the too lazy to do their own research).

Before I begin, let me give the disclaimer that I am an orthodox Jew, one who has close friends of people of all faiths and participates in interfaith discussions frequently.

The day that people realize we are praying to the same God is the day the world will be truly better off. Yet sadly, that day will probably never come. I have been a best man at the wedding of one of my closest religious Christian friend’s the same way I have celebrated accomplishments and joys and mourned losses with many of my friends, be they Jewish, Christian or Muslim.

If you people actually think that there is a vast Muslim conspiracy to take over the US with Islamic Sharia Law you’re totally off your rockers (but then again, I’m Jewish so something tells me you’ll probably say I just control the media and the economy so I’m set).

I mean, do you wear tin foil hats because Big Brother is constantly watching us? Are you even sure these terrorists who called themselves Muslims were who the media says they were or are you guys buying into the whole our own country planned 9/11 to invade Iraq?

I’m sorry, there are just so many conspiracy theories you people throw out there and mention on this website and websites like this that I get lost.

10 years ago

“I have done years of research. When you want to grow up and debate the issue let me know.”

Gladly, to start, can you please detail exactly what research you’ve done? I’m not asking for a resume, just a general idea. Let me guess, Fox News, Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller, am I getting close?

So let’s start on my favorite point because it’s one that people like you seem to love to espouse. The ‘creeping hand’ of Sharia Law that is slowly engulfing America. But more specifically, the reason behind this, as you and others like you put it is that the Quran wills a Jihad to slaughter all-infidels (aka non-Muslims) and so it would be easier to subjugate all the infidels into neat little boxes, literally, to lead the sheep to the slaughter. Is that what you’re getting at because it sure sounds like it?

Let me give you a little background on some of the research I’ve done. I’ve spent nearly a decade and a half studying the Torah, the Talmud, the books of Prophets and other related Jewish scriptures. Additionally, I’ve spent a good deal of time (let’s say ~4-5 years to be on the conservative side) studying both the Old Testament and the Quran.

Just as easily as people take out of context the line from the Quran which talks of ‘slaying infidels’ (which if you’ve ever opened a Quran and looked at the text surrounding it you would know it talks of a specific time when the Muslims were at war and not a so-called obligation which the radical Islamaphobic movement would have others believe) I can cite a myriad of lines from both the Torah and the Old Testament where God commands holy wars on non-believers.

Did you know that in Judaism it is a mitzvah (good deed) to kill people of a certain biblical nation (it is debated who those people are today, but scholars have stated have speculated who the descendants are. The people we are commanded to kill carried out a great atrocity against the Jews which is detailed in the Torah).

I honestly don’t have time to play this game more now, but let me just quickly mention the hundreds of years of Christian Crusades during the Middle Ages which weren’t just to combat the Muslim armies at the time but spread throughout the Eastern World at the time and slaughtered countless of innocent Jews as well.

But in the end, it won’t matter what I say because I’m not going to change your beliefs, just like you’re not going to change mine. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree as much as it pains me to allow you and websites like this to seep venom of misinformation into the masses of uneducated citizens that make up our great country.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7

Though I may not be Christian, this is a wise lesson that many of us far too frequently forget.

New Crusader
New Crusader
10 years ago
Reply to  Leo

“But in the end, it won’t matter what I say because I’m not going to change your beliefs, just like you’re not going to change mine.”

If you change your beliefs that’s up to you. Changing your denial is more important. If someone denied the holocaust today, would you bring up the Crusades or Slavery? What is happening in the world of Islam today is not changed by the Crusades, (the Crusades being their excuse) or anything else. The advancement of militant Islam today is taking place throughout the world, denial will not make it go away. How ever you wish to interpret the Quran is inconsequential. How the Muslims wish to interpret the Quran is a different matter. Their action continue to support the interpretations you deny.

Good luck in you studies of the Quran. No doubt it is your favorite among the materials you listed, since it is the one you defended the most.

Michael C
Michael C
10 years ago

“Destroying Western civilisation from within”

That is the Muslim Brotherhood`s “General Strategic Goal” for the USA today.

That is why people are concerned.