HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Leaders from a Hampton mosque denied any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood Friday, following claims from a Virginia Beach city councilman.
On Tuesday, the Virginia Beach City Council approved a plan to allow Crescent Community Center to build a mosque at the intersection of Landstown and Salem Roads. Councilman Bill DeSteph cast the only vote against the plan. He later told media outlets he had information linking the Crescent Community Center to the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads in Hampton, and said the Hampton mosque had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
10 On Your Side obtained a document sent by Councilman DeSteph to a constituent. It shows information about members from the Crescent Community Center and the Hampton mosque and raises questions about links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
10 On Your Side's Erin Kelly showed the information to Dr. Ahmed Noor, a trustee at the mosque in Hampton. He denied it proved anything.
"We will not have ties to any of the Muslim groups outside the United States," Noor said. "It really is unbecoming of a person of that stature to make these allegations without any foundation."
10 On Your Side also contacted two trustees from the Hampton mosque listed in the information, but did not receive a call back on Friday.
10 On Your Side made repeated attempts to contact Councilman DeSteph, but he refused to return any calls. A spokesperson said, "We have no comment, and will have no comment on this. We have nothing to add other than what’s already been said."
DeSteph told media outlets he had shared information with federal authorities.
"We would welcome this councilman to come to the mosque, discuss with us whatever information he has, and then make up his mind, but provide proofs," Noor said.
The Crescent Community Center of Virginia Beach issued this statement to 10 On Your Side:
It is disturbing to us to hear one elected official has apparently asserted that our membership constitutes a threat to national security or something of that sort. Crescent Community Center has not received and does not receive funding from residents of other countries nor from the "Hampton Roads Mosque". We have no idea as to the alleged "secret connection" with the Muslim Brotherhood that apparently has been asserted to exist between our Virginia religious organization by an elected official. We have no 'connection.
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