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    Posted: 03-Jan-2006 at 13:43
THE UNHOLY MOSQUE

In April of 1941 Yugoslavia was invaded by the fascist forces of Germany and Italy.

The invaders established the Independent State of Croatia, which grew to encompass most of Croatia proper as well as the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Independent State of Croatia was ruled by Dr. Ante Pavlevic and his fascist Ustase party. The Ustase adopted many of the goals and objectives of Hitler's Nazis and soon a well-coordinated, systematic campaign of extermination began.

The targets of this genocide included the Jews, who's homes were marked with a Z for "Zidov". Zidov is an impolite word for Jew in the Croatian language, roughly equivalent to k-ke in English.

Yugoslavia had been one of the centers of the Sephardic Jewish people. Sarajevo was known as the most Jewish city in the region before the war, but lost 12,000 of its Jewish citizens to the genocide.

Also targetted, with a special enthusiasm, were the Serbs. Although official Ustase policy dictated they should try to convert the Serbs to Roman Catholicism, most generals opted to slaughter them instead. Even the most biased estimates suggest tens of thousands of Serbs were killed and more reliable tallies are much higher.

In the beginning, Bosniaks too were slated for genocide as is demonstrated in official Ustase records and several massacres of Bosniaks in towns along the Una river, which borders Croatia.

However - Croatians, a majority of whom considered Bosniaks to be Croatian Muslims, protested and the Ustase government of Ante Pavlevic bowed to public pressure and opted instead to try to win over the Bosniaks.

Although many Bosniaks played significant roles in the resistance against fascism and several dozen were awarded medals of Righteousness from the Yad Vashem society in Israel, it was sadly not a difficult task for the Ustase to win most Bosniaks over.

Several massacres of Bosniaks by Serbian Royalist Cetniks in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina and a sincere fear of extermination at the hands of all sides combined with a hatred of Serbs and a sense of comradery with Croatia to ensure most Bosniaks who joined the war joined the Ustase.

In Croatia, a city museum was converted into a mosque to accommodate the country's native Muslim population as well as Bosniak soldiers brought in from Bosnia and Herzegovina.



The mosque became a political forum favoring Ante Pavlevic, the Ustase, and their fascist objectives. The Islamic faith was used to justify the extermination of Jews and Orthodox Christians, often at the hands of individuals only vaguely familiar with the belief system.

"Prayers" at the mosque were led by Croatian and Bosniak Imams, as well as visiting Arab religious leaders, and also by representatives of the Roman Catholic church in Croatia.

As the children of Jews and Serbs were beaten, tortured, starved and killed at concentration and death camps across the country, the children of Croatian Muslims and Bosniaks were indoctrinated with the ideals of fascism in an unholy mosque.

The Ustase ensured the mosque became the focal point for Zagreb's Islamic community by enforcing strict bans on holding prayers in private homes or at community centers, where the Croatian Islamic community often gathered due to the absense of a mosque in the capital city.

Propaganda was produced and distributed to passers-by from the steps of the mosque. Information brochures detailed the superiority of the Croatian, and consequently Bosniak, "race". They detailed the reasons why only Roman Catholics and Muslims were the children of God, as well as the various diseases and illnesses carried and spread by Jews and Serbs.

This unholy mosque is, sadly, an example of what is happening in many countries around the world where fascist, hateful, and unIslamic ideas are being spread in the very houses of worship meant to focus members of the faith on living good lives that respect the straight path dictated in the Qur'an.

It is an example of what can happen when temporary political beliefs are allowed to hijack a permanant religion and a lesson to all those who would use religion as justification to hate or even kill others.

It is a lesson many Croatians and Bosniaks - and for that matter Jews and Serbs - have still not learned. What will it take?
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Sarajevo, 1942


A muezzin calls the faithful to prayer from a minaret near Sarajevo's City Hall.


Bosniak women, and those men unable to fight, try to keep the city running.


German soldiers tour their newest territory.
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Zagreb, 1941



March 3, 1941 - Strenuous daily workouts give this young Muslim lady a body so supple that she can twist it into postures that would make you believe she has neither spine nor bones in it. The contortion here is called the human stairs. A student at the City College, Ms. Vubrankovic plans to be either a belly dancer or a gym teacher.
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That is sad. The cycle of political agendas infecting religions has been present since time immemorial. One reason why I think organized religion should be abolished for a more personalized one. If some people werent stupid or fanatical, I would have no problem with organized religion. But Im trying to be realistic here, lol.

As for that woman in the last post....Goddamn, that would make for some interesting love-making sessions.


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Originally posted by Mila

THE UNHOLY MOSQUE

In April of 1941 Yugoslavia was invaded by the fascist forces of Germany and Italy.

The invaders established the Independent State of Croatia, which grew to encompass most of Croatia proper as well as the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Independent State of Croatia was ruled by Dr. Ante Pavlevic and his fascist Ustase party. The Ustase adopted many of the goals and objectives of Hitler's Nazis and soon a well-coordinated, systematic campaign of extermination began.

The targets of this genocide included the Jews, who's homes were marked with a Z for "Zidov". Zidov is an impolite word for Jew in the Croatian language, roughly equivalent to k-ke in English.

Yugoslavia had been one of the centers of the Sephardic Jewish people. Sarajevo was known as the most Jewish city in the region before the war, but lost 12,000 of its Jewish citizens to the genocide.

Also targetted, with a special enthusiasm, were the Serbs. Although official Ustase policy dictated they should try to convert the Serbs to Roman Catholicism, most generals opted to slaughter them instead. Even the most biased estimates suggest tens of thousands of Serbs were killed and more reliable tallies are much higher.

In the beginning, Bosniaks too were slated for genocide as is demonstrated in official Ustase records and several massacres of Bosniaks in towns along the Una river, which borders Croatia.

However - Croatians, a majority of whom considered Bosniaks to be Croatian Muslims, protested and the Ustase government of Ante Pavlevic bowed to public pressure and opted instead to try to win over the Bosniaks.

Although many Bosniaks played significant roles in the resistance against fascism and several dozen were awarded medals of Righteousness from the Yad Vashem society in Israel, it was sadly not a difficult task for the Ustase to win most Bosniaks over.

Several massacres of Bosniaks by Serbian Royalist Cetniks in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina and a sincere fear of extermination at the hands of all sides combined with a hatred of Serbs and a sense of comradery with Croatia to ensure most Bosniaks who joined the war joined the Ustase.

In Croatia, a city museum was converted into a mosque to accommodate the country's native Muslim population as well as Bosniak soldiers brought in from Bosnia and Herzegovina.



The mosque became a political forum favoring Ante Pavlevic, the Ustase, and their fascist objectives. The Islamic faith was used to justify the extermination of Jews and Orthodox Christians, often at the hands of individuals only vaguely familiar with the belief system.

"Prayers" at the mosque were led by Croatian and Bosniak Imams, as well as visiting Arab religious leaders, and also by representatives of the Roman Catholic church in Croatia.

As the children of Jews and Serbs were beaten, tortured, starved and killed at concentration and death camps across the country, the children of Croatian Muslims and Bosniaks were indoctrinated with the ideals of fascism in an unholy mosque.

The Ustase ensured the mosque became the focal point for Zagreb's Islamic community by enforcing strict bans on holding prayers in private homes or at community centers, where the Croatian Islamic community often gathered due to the absense of a mosque in the capital city.

Propaganda was produced and distributed to passers-by from the steps of the mosque. Information brochures detailed the superiority of the Croatian, and consequently Bosniak, "race". They detailed the reasons why only Roman Catholics and Muslims were the children of God, as well as the various diseases and illnesses carried and spread by Jews and Serbs.

This unholy mosque is, sadly, an example of what is happening in many countries around the world where fascist, hateful, and unIslamic ideas are being spread in the very houses of worship meant to focus members of the faith on living good lives that respect the straight path dictated in the Qur'an.

It is an example of what can happen when temporary political beliefs are allowed to hijack a permanant religion and a lesson to all those who would use religion as justification to hate or even kill others.

It is a lesson many Croatians and Bosniaks - and for that matter Jews and Serbs - have still not learned. What will it take?

I thought unholy is becouse of "T.COM" as i saw the picture

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Originally posted by ArmenianSurvival


As for that woman in the last post....Goddamn, that would make for some interesting love-making sessions.



Yeah...it sort of gives new meaning to Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven"...

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Originally posted by morticia

Yeah...it sort of gives new meaning to Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven"...


Haha ya, thats one set of stairs i wouldnt mind tripping on.

But seriously, can you imagine the possibilities? I'd start naming them but it wouldnt be very appropriate. If she could do the splits while in that position, then wow. Enough said
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A picture of the museum as it looked when it was a mosque during the Second World War.



The square was named after Ban Kulin, Bosnia's first ruler, as well.
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  Quote Cunctator Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Mar-2006 at 09:00

Mila,

You have written an interesting piece, as always.

You wrote: "This unholy mosque is, sadly, an example of what is happening in many countries around the world where fascist, hateful, and unIslamic ideas are being spread in the very houses of worship meant to focus members of the faith on living good lives that respect the straight path dictated in the Qur'an."

I am sure you are aware that the Islam traditionally practised by Bosnians is not shared (in fact was never shared) by a great many Muslims in the world, and that many of them would not agree with what you have written. The key is not to try to convince those of us who are not Muslims, but to change the minds of your co-religionists who subscribe to what you have called "unholy". Unfortunately, your task will be a difficult one, since those who disagree with you (including, I might add, the mujahideen who fought and still live in Bosnia) regard your beliefs as "unholy." The possibility of, indeed the basis for, a dialogue seems rather remote.

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