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Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami is a Sunni mosque in San Diego, California, on 7173 Saranac Street on the San Diego-La Mesa, California border.[1]

Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusMosque
Location7173 Saranac Street, San Diego, California, US

Anwar Al-Awlaki, who has been accused of being a senior Al-Qaeda recruiter and motivator linked to various terrorists, served as Imam of the mosque from 1996–2000.[2][3][4][5]

Two of the hijackers in the September 11 attacks (Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Almihdhar)[2][6] regularly attended the mosque in 2000, and Al-Awlaki had many closed-door meetings with them, which led investigators to believe Al-Awlaki knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Thornton, Kelly, "Brief N.Y. hearing held for S.D. trio in terrorism case; Release possible after they testify before grand jury," October 3, 2001, accessed December 9, 2009". October 3, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Schmidt, Susan; Imam From Va. Mosque Now Thought to Have Aided Al-Qaeda; the Washington Post, February 27, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Thornton, Kelly (July 25, 2003). "Chance to Foil 9/11 Plot Lost Here, Report Finds". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Sperry, Paul E. (2005). "Infiltration: how Muslim spies and subversives have penetrated Washington". Thomas Nelson Inc., ISBN 1-59555-003-8, ISBN 978-1-59555-003-3. Retrieved December 1, 2009. templatestyles stripmarker in |work= at position 21 (help)
  5. ^ Meek, James Gordon, "Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan 'is a hero': Imam who preached to 9/11 hijackers in Va. praises attack," New York Daily News, November 9, 2009, accessed November 12, 2009
  6. ^ "Eckert, Toby, and Stern, Marcus, "9/11 investigators baffled FBI cleared 3 ex-San Diegans", ''The San Diego Union'', September 11, 2003, November 30, 2009". September 11, 2003. Retrieved March 18, 2010.

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