Note that the pro-Taliban group has the court order. From the New York Times, :
Muslim factions at odds over involvement with the Taliban and terrorism squared off yesterday at a Queens mosque, where the issue divided the congregation after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Armed with a court order and a phalanx of police officers, a group that had been ousted from the mosque in 2001 demanded entrance. The group, which recently won its case in State Supreme Court in Queens, said it was the true founder of the mosque, the Hazrat-I-Abubakr Sadiq in Flushing, and demanded the departure of the current imam, who charged after 9/11 that the group had been supporting the Taliban.
The group, the Afghan Turkistan Islamic Foundation in America, found neither the imam (who was sitting in a darkened kebab house a mile away) or entrance (the imam's supporters had locked the temple doors and offered no keys).
An uproar promptly broke out, as both factions crowded into the courtyard in front of the mosque, whose entrance bears the inscription, "Enter ye here in peace and security." Both sides shouted angrily at each other, and police officers stepped in to break up standoffs and physical struggles.
Supporters of the imam, Mohammed Sherzad, shouted that the incoming faction only wanted to use the temple, the largest Afghan mosque in the New York area, as an outpost for the Taliban to finance terrorist activities.
Foundation supporters responded that Imam Sherzad, whom they had originally hired as a spiritual leader, had abused his position and illegally seized ownership of the building, a smooth gray marble mosque on 33rd Avenue serving many of the roughly 20,000 Afghan immigrants in the New York area.
"Don't touch me, you bloody fool," shouted Syed Hassan, a supporter of the imam, as he engaged in a struggle with Kabir Yaqubie, a foundation board member.Several feet from the chaos, dozens of Afghans, from both factions, conducted their Friday prayers, kneeling on brown paper spread across the asphalt parking lot.
The acrimonious split has unsettled the thousands of Afghan immigrants who rely upon the mosque as their religious and social center.
The power struggle erupted when the imam accused the foundation of funneling money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan. In turn, foundation members accused Imam Sherzad of exceeding his role as a spiritual leader by supporting certain warlords fighting against the Taliban.