WASHINGTON — Public debate over a proposed mosque in Prince William County has focused on whether waste should flow into a public sewer or a septic system, but some wonder whether the controversy stems from anti-Muslim bias.
In 2014, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) purchased land in Nokesville, with plans to build a 22,400-square-foot mosque.
Rizwan Jaka, chairman of the board for ADAMS, said that Muslims in the area have been using rented space in Manassas for prayers.
American dream has always been to have a location in western Prince William County,” Jaka told WTOP.
In December, the county planning commission voted 6-2 to approve the project, with the caveat that the building would use a septic system.
“We appreciate it was approved,” said Jaka. “We would like to advocate for public sewer, which we believe would be more environmentally friendly.”
Many houses in the area are required to use septic systems, but Jaka said larger facilities are better-served by the public sewer system.
Jaka said many of the properties near the proposed mosque are connected to the public sewer.
“The county did approve a public sewer for the church across the street. We would like to have that same treatment,” said Jaka.
Opponents have expressed concern about the building height, parking lots, increased traffic and development in what’s known as the Rural Crescent area, which lies between rural Fauquier County and the more urbanized eastern half of Prince William County. Jaka said an elementary school and high school are nearby.
One neighbor in opposition to the mosque, Tammy Spinks, said ADAMS “knew the property they bought was in the Rural Crescent and that sewer is not allowed.”
“They bought it anyway because the property was cheaper than the developed area,” Spinks said.
Jaka said the group is dedicated to being good neighbors, and has made several concessions to promote cooperation.
However, Jaka said 30 proposed mosques around the country have been hampered by anti-Muslim bigotry, disguised as land-use issues.
“We do not see as much explicit bias as we’ve seen in those other cases around the around the country,” said Jaka.
In December, the Justice Department sued Culpeper County alleging discrimination after the Virginia county denied a request for a permit to build there.
Jaka doesn’t believe that will be necessary.
“We hope we can work with the county to come up with a win-win solution for Prince William County, our community, and the neighbors to make this a great addition to western Prince William County, said Jaka. “But obviously we want to advocate for our rights under the Constitution of the United States and equal protection under the law.”
Jaka is hopeful the Prince William County Board of Supervisors will agree, when it takes up the issue at a still-unscheduled, upcoming meeting.
Notice the veiled threat of legal jihad? Any win for this group is a loss for non-Muslims in the area.
More on the terror mosque from a piece that exposed DHS doing the same, via Mosque Tied to Muslim Brotherhood:
Federal agents raided the ADAMS Center during a 2002 terrorism investigation into organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to court documents published by the Clarion Project.
“A government affidavit said the group is ‘suspected of providing support to terrorists, money laundering, and tax evasion through the use of a variety of for-profit companies and ostensible charitable entities under their control, most of which are located at [the ADAM Center’s offices at] 555 Grove Street, Herndon, V.A.,” according to the report.
Additionally, several accused terrorists have allegedly spent time at the ADAMS Center, including Farooque Ahmed, who was arrested for planning to bomb the Washington-area subway.
Patrick Poole, a terrorism analyst and national security reporter who has written about the ADAMS Center, called the DHS secretary’s scheduled appearance concerning.
“The ADAMS Center has been a documented hub of extremism that even in the most generous interpretation has a poor record of dealing with terrorists in their midst,” Poole said. “It was no coincidence that the Attorney General of the United States was canceling outreach meetings due solely to the presence of Mohamed Magid.”
The fatwa mentioned in the invitation to the event was signed by at least one individual “who is currently in prison in Egypt convicted of terrorism charges,” Poole noted.
There goes western Prince William County, down the sewer.