Another Muslim diaspora growing in Brooklyn

Do or die Bed-Stuy. Remember the mosque blasting Islamic call to prayer video on a Brooklyn street recently brought to light by the Logan’s Warning blog? There probably aren’t complaints about the noise because that section of Bedford-Stuyvesant is now Muslim.

via Profile: Senegalese in Bed-Stuy – Bed-Stuy, NY Patch.


The majority of Senegalese emigrants living in Bed-Stuy are practicing Muslims. Their religious experience here in Brooklyn is different than in Africa in a few important ways:

First, the Muslim community in Bed-Stuy bears a more universal character than it does in Senegal. While in Senegal, most Muslims consider their Sufi identity to be distinct from other forms of Islam, the Muslim population in Brooklyn generally consists of followers of the Sunni branch of Islam.

Secondly, Senegalese Muslims here are not connected to sheiks, spiritual leaders on an everyday basis. In Senegal, Muslims are members of Sufi orders known as brotherhoods which follow sheiks (also known as marabout).

Here, disciples still support their sheiks in Senegal by sending remittances to support the religious community back home. The main brotherhoods in Senegal are the Mourides, the Tijaniyyah, the Layene, and the Qadiriyya. In New York, most Senegalese emigrants are Mourides.

For example, Senegalese living in Bed-Stuy join Muslims from many other countries to pray at the well-known Masjid at Taqwa mosque, on Fulton St. at Bedford Ave. The mosque was founded in 1981 by its current Imam, Siraj Wahhaj, an American who was raised Christian and joined the Nation of Islam after converting in the late 1960s.

Siraj Wahhaj is an important leader in the Muslim community and nationally-known, said the receptionist for Masjid al Taqwa, Maajeida Adurrahman. Imam Wahhaj has given invocation at the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Muslim to do so.

Other mosques that Senegalese attend include the Jame Masjid Islamic Center at the intersection of Gates Avenue and Ralph Street, and Masjid Zawiyat on Franklin Avenue with Madison Street.

The Muslim community in Bed-Stuy is diverse, and Muslims living here hail from not only Senegal but also Guinea, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Eastern Europe and the United States.

Masjid al Taqwa was founded by Siraj Wahhaj.

We’ve written about Siraj Wahhaj numerous times – see posts here. Listen to Siraj Wahhaj call Muslims in America to wage jihad below.

The Islamization of NYC includes neighborhoods nicknamed ‘Little Pakistan’, ‘Little Palestine’, and ‘Little Kabul’.

7 Responses

  1. Quote:
    Secondly, Senegalese Muslims here are not connected to sheiks, spiritual leaders on an everyday basis. In Senegal, Muslims are members of Sufi orders known as brotherhoods which follow sheiks (also known as marabout).
    end quote.

    This is not a characteristic of religion.
    Religions generally do not dictate social structure or politics.
    Therefore, Islam deserves no 1st Amendment protections.

  2. It is not a religion.

    It is a totalitarian political system, with similarities to Nazism.

    If there is a religious element it is like a burka on a woman.

    • Not just similarities to Nazism.
      Hard-line historical links that are impossible to deny.
      Muslims served in the SS.

  3. At first glance I thought I the sign read “Masjid al Taqqiya” Oh well, it should have.

  4. Karl Jobst

    Another Muslim diaspora growing in Brooklyn | Creeping Sharia

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