Islamic Leaders in Houston Disavow Allegations of Extremism

February 15, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

On February 15, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "local Islamic leaders say Houston's Muslim community does not practice the radical, anti-democratic theology preached in some books and pamphlets that a human rights group said were found in two local mosques... In a recent report, Washington, D.C.-based Freedom House said the Saudi government has distributed in U.S. mosques anti-American and anti-Jewish propaganda that reflects a 'totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite violence.' The propaganda, the group said, espouses Wahhabism, the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia. In Houston, Wahhabism-related materials were found at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston North Zone Masjid and at the Masjid El-Farouq."