“This is the atmosphere we live in. These are the environmental circumstances that we encounter as we try to practice our daily Islam,” Abdul Alim Musa, the Imam of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, DC, told Press TV during an interview conducted on Thursday local time on the US East Coast.
That has turned many Muslims into “government informers” and reinforced the “state of suspicion and paranoia” in which Muslims live, Musa added.
“Many new immigrants that come to the United States are hired right off the boat, to go to the masjid (mosque), right, and become spies for the government,” he said.
“In fact, the government, seems that they are importing spies from our countries, right, to infiltrate Muslim group movements and organizations,” the Masjid Al-Islam Imam asserted.
Musa made the comments shortly after a May 2006 intelligence report was released which suggested that New York police officers should expand their covert operations against Shia communities in the northeastern region of the US, solely because of their religion.
“This document is a continuation of the oppression, the spreading of fear and suspicion, not only to the general public, about Muslims, but also amongst Muslims themselves,” Musa said.
According to many Muslims, hate crimes, racial profiling, and discrimination have increased in the US since the 9/11 attacks.
In January 2012, it was revealed that the New York Police Department (NYPD) had used an anti-Islamic documentary film entitled “The Third Jihad” as a training video in 2011.
The video, which was used to train over 1,500 NYPD anti-terrorist police cadets, depicted Muslims as violent and supportive of extremism.