Monday, May 14, 2007

Islamberg... in New York.

"I shall always hear and obey, and whenever given the command, I shall readily fight for Allah's sake."

That is the oath signed by residents of Islamberg, a community of African Americans comprised mostly of inner city prison converts to Islam.

"...Situated within a dense forest at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains on the outskirts of Hancock, New York, Islamberg is not an ideal place for a summer vacation unless, of course, you are an exponent of the Jihad or a fan of Osama bin Laden.

The entrance to the community is at the bottom of a very steep hill that is difficult to navigate even on a bright sunny day in May. The road, dubbed Muslim Lane, is unpaved and marred by deep crevices that have been created by torrential downpours. On a wintry day, few, save those with all terrain vehicles, could venture forth from the remote encampment.

A sentry post has been established at the base of the hill. The sentry, at the time of this visit, is an African American dressed in Islamic garb - - a skull cap, a prayer shawl, and a loose fitting shalwat kameez. He instructs us to turn around and leave. "Our community is not open to visitors," he says.

Behind the sentry and across a small stream stand dozens of inhabitants of the compound - - the men wearing skull caps and loose fitting tunics, the women in full burqa. They appear ready to deal with any unauthorized intruders.

The locals say that some work as tollbooth operators for the New York State Thruway, while others are employed at a credit card processing center that maintains confidential financial records." (Read the entire article)

Believe it or not, it has it's own website. The site claims that "There will be more villages in the future." You don't have to worry about clicking the link, according to the author of this piece --this group is yet to be placed on the Terror Watch List. That befuddles me...as does seeing "berg" on the end of Islam....

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