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    MUSLIM PROTESTERS SAY FEDS DEFILED MOSQUE DURING RAID Associated Press, 6/12/04 PHILADELPHIA - Federal agents desecrated a mosque when they detained an imam
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      MUSLIM PROTESTERS SAY FEDS DEFILED MOSQUE DURING RAID
      Associated Press, 6/12/04

      PHILADELPHIA - Federal agents desecrated a mosque when they detained
      an imam during a raid two weeks ago, leaders of local mosques said
      Friday.

      The 150 federal agents defiled the Ansaar Allah Islamic Society when
      they entered the mosque with weapons drawn and dogs, said Isa
      Abdulmateen of the Majlis Ash-Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware
      Valley, an umbrella group of local mosques.

      "They defiled our house of worship on this bogus pretense of
      terrorism," Abdulmateen said.

      About 100 people protested the raid outside the Philadelphia federal
      building, many shouting "Allahu Akbar!" meaning "God is great" in
      Arabic. Protesters waved signs reading "Stop state terrorism of
      Muslims" and "Mosques are the house of Allah, not dogs..."

      Local imams said the raid was meant to intimidate and antagonize
      Muslims, and federal officials should have handled the situation more
      sensitively.

      "It is a disrespect to Muslims all over America that you (federal
      agents) would bring your dogs into our house of worship - and without
      taking your shoes off," Imam Shahdeed Baiian said.

      Internal Revenue Service agents searched the mosque and an adjacent
      home in the city's Bridesburg section, plus a third home in Northeast
      Philadelphia on May 27. No one was arrested on criminal charges, but
      immigration authorities detained Egyptian cleric Mohamed Ghorab, the
      imam of the small mosque.

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