Is CAIR Lying about a Rally for Hamas?

by Daniel Pipes
Gatestone Institute
August 22, 2014

A “Stop the Bloodshed in Gaza” rally in downtown Miami on July 20 featured aggressive Islamist chants typical of anti-Israel events. In English, the demonstrators yelled “We are Hamas!” and “We are Jihad!” (as can be seen and heard here). In Hebrew, a Hamas partisan screamed at an Israel-supporter, “Son of a bitch” and “Go to Hell!” and made an obscene arm gesture. In Arabic, the crowd chanted the infamous “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jew, Muhammad’s army will return” (a reference to a massacre of Jews under the auspices of Islam’s prophet in A.D. 629).

As I say, just a typical anti-Israel demonstration, and far from the worst. Typical – except that some of its sponsors desperately seek respectability.

In a July 23 report on the demonstration, investigative researcher Danielle Avel posted a scan of a glossy paper flier advertising the event, listing its seven sponsors:

American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Syrian American Council of South Florida (SAC), American Muslims for Emergency & Relief (AMER), and American Muslims Foundation.




The event’s Facebook page lists a coalition of eight organizations, some of which overlap with those on the flier:

Join us & spread the word! In coordination with our coalition: Al-Awda Coalition, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-FL, POWIR, Broward Green Party, CAIR, National Lawyers Guild (South Florida), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) – FAU, and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) – FIU.



Two groups in particular, CAIR and ICNA, caught Avel’s eye because they aspire to invitations to the White House, appearances on network television and at leading universities, and other signs of public acceptance. What took place in Miami, she correctly noted, reveals their true extremism.

Six days later, on July 29, CAIR’s Florida chapter responded with a denial:

CAIR-Florida was not part of, did not plan, did not sponsor, did not participate in, and had absolutely nothing to do with the July 20 rally. If any document lists CAIR-Florida as a sponsor of the event, that listing was included without CAIR-Florida’s permission.



I doubt the veracity of this denial for several reasons.

  • CAIR’s mendacity is so widespread that I have an entire bibliography of my writings exposing the reasons not to trust it.
  • The flier, of which I have a copy, twice states that Sofian Zakkout organized the rally. Zakkout is so close to CAIR, he’s effectively a staff volunteer: he coordinates with it, is quoted by it, seeks helpfrom it, and is listed as a contact by it. (For more on Zakkout, see Avel’s exposé.) A year earlier, he listed CAIR’s Florida branch on another rally flier. It beggars the imagination that he would list CAIR without authorization.
  • The Facebook page still lists CAIR as a sponsor, two weeks after CAIR’s statement of denial.
  • Perhaps CAIR seeks to conceal the truth through semantics. Both the national organization (on the Facebook page) and the Florida chapter (on the flier) are listed as sponsors. The July 29 statement only denies permission from the latter, not the former. It is more than credible that CAIR nationalgave its permission to be listed as a sponsor while CAIR’s Florida chapter did not.

Given these facts, I disbelieve CAIR’s statement.

I do believe it sponsored the vile event in Miami; that its denial of that sponsorship is false; and that the despicable words at the Miami rally revealed the true face of CAIR.

CAIR must not be validated by invitations and appearances. It should be treated as a marginal and despised group like the Ku Klux Klan or the Nation of Islam.

Daniel Pipes (DanielPipes.org) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2014 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

 

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U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Political Party Convenes for Inaugural Banquet in Washington, DC Area

USCMOCenter for Security Policy, June 30, 2014:

Weeks following the March 2014 announcement in Washington, D.C. by executive leadership from some of the most prominent American Muslim organizations about their formation of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, and indeed the first religious identity political party in the history of this country, began preparing for its inaugural banquet to be held at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

While limited information exists regarding the actual content of speeches and proceedings from the USCMO inaugural banquet, the Muslim Link Paper reported nearly “250 guests of the member organizations, leaders and imams of masajid, elected and government officials, dignitaries, civic and interfaith partners attended the banquet.” Two members of the U.S. Congress, Representatives André Carson (Democrat, IN-7th District), Keith Ellison (Democrat, MN-5th District), and Hassan El-Amin, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit (Maryland) joined together on the speaker’s dais with Muslim Brotherhood leadership to address the attendees.

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A guest at the inaugural USCMO banquet takes a “selfie” photo with Congressman Andre Carson.

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The founding leaders of USCMO react to Congressman Keith Ellison’s address.

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ICNA Relief’s board chairman Mohsin Ansari talks to Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota

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US Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson with USCMO Members

 

As reported by the United States Council of Muslim Organizations, confirmed speakers for its inaugural banquet included the following:

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WahhajImam Siraj Wahhaj

MustafaSister Ayesha Mustafa SuleimanImam Omar Suleiman El-AminJudge Hassan El-Amin BillooSister Zahra Billoo HusainDr. Altaf Husain

Dr. Ihsan Bagby, who delivered the keynote address, is from the University of Kentucky and a convert to Islam, board member of both ISNA and CAIR, and General Secretary for the Muslim Alliance in North American (MANA). Bagby shared with the audience “a short sojourn through the history of American Muslims starting from the early Africans who were forcibly brought by slave traders to early immigrants to the present. He traced the history of other umbrella organizations that had formed and pointed out the reasons of their demise, urging the council to learn from their mistakes.”As reported by the Muslim Link Paper, others in the speaker line-up included Dr. Ousama Jammal, Secretary General, USCMO; Dr. Osama Abu-Irshaid, Board Member, American Muslims for Palestine; Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations; Naeem Baig, President, Islamic Circle of North America; Mazen Mokhtar, Executive Director, Muslim American Society); Khalil Meek, Executive Director, Muslim Legal Fund of America; Imam Delawar Hussein, Dr Lynne Muhammad, Founder, Making A Difference Through Discoveries, American Islamic College, Whitney Young Magnet High School; and W.D. Mohammed II, President, Mosque Cares.

The June 2014 USCMO inaugural banquet was sponsored by Helping Hands USA (also known as Helping Hand for Relief and Development), ICNA Relief USA, and Guidance Residential, the largest U.S. provider of Sharia-compliant home financing. Notably, the only Muslim charity invited to speak at the formation of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations in March 2014 was ICNA’s fund, ICNA Relief USA.

Maqsood Ahmad, Executive Director, ICNA Relief USA stated during the banquet that “America is our home and ICNA Relief USA has a goal of making it a better place with Islamic values of compassion, care and giving.” Recall that ICNA is the progeny the Muslim Students Association and the jihadist Jamaat-e-Islami movement.

In 2012, ICNA Relief USA received a $30,000 grant from none other than Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a Michigan-based Islamic charity with links to a Pakistani front charity that funds HAMAS. In 2006, the Pakistani charity Al-Khidmat Foundation gave a 6 million rupee check to HAMAS leader Khaled Meshaal.

Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, who established the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin in Egypt in 1928 is quoted in the 1988 HAMAS Charter declaring that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

The Muslim Link Paper declared that “the [USCMO] banquet was the official introduction for the Muslim community to a platform that promises to open effective communication between Muslim organizations in America and build a national vision.”

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, member of ICNA’s Shariah Council, represented next generation Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the U.S. and “spoke about what diversity and race relations means to his generation. He expressed great hope for the growth of the council.”

The USCMO’s selection of Zahra Billoo and Altaf Husain as its emcees for the June 2014 inaugural banquet is regrettably notable, especially as USCMO General Secretary Ousama Jammal began the day by introducing “the mission of the council to the audience: bringing American Muslim organizations together.” In scope and ambition, this mission appears to be part of the “broad agenda” that Nihad Awad discussed – “In the past, many people have tried to unite on a limited agenda, but this is a broad agenda for the American Muslim community” – when the USCMO officially announced its formation in March 2014. Broad, indeed, in an anti-American, antisemitic agenda if public statements of at least one of its emcees are part of that. Earlier that same day before the USCMO inaugural banquet began, Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR’s San Francisco Chapter, known for her history of publicly-expressed anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment, revealed on Twitter her sympathies for the Taliban, stating that she felt “more responsible for and outraged by US military terrorism in Pakistan than Taliban terrorism there. I fund the former not the latter.” Billoo self-describes as an “American, Pakistani, litigious, feminist, hippie, anarchist, outspoken, rebellious, socially conscious Muslimah.”

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Although the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is not yet an official member of the USCMO, emcee Altaf Husain is a member of ISNA’s Majlis Ashura. Husain serves as a faculty member of COMPASS – the Muslim Student Association’s state of art management training program; he is also a board member and chair for ISNA’s Leadership Development Committee. He was past two-term national president of the Muslim Student Association and an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. It is likely only a matter of time before ISNA officially joins forces with the USCMO.

Since the announcement of the USCMO’s formation in March 2014, three new Islamic organizations have joined its founding members: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, United Muslim Relief, Virginia, and Islamic Center of Wheaton, Illinois. Just over eighteen months ago, Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, served as a catalyst for action from Muslims in the U.S.

On Sunday, 21 December 2012, Ramadan issued a strong directive to Muslims participating at the 11th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and emboldened the audience when he stated,

So this is why Muslims when they say we are at home should institutionalize the presence in the country…We     are at home, show it! Not show it with what you say, show it with the institutions you have in this country –        institutionalize the Muslim presence as Americans. This is home; this is where we can say ‘that’s where we are’…I think we are reconciling the West with the very essence of our universal principles – if we understand Islam the right way, if we understand why we are experiencing this historical moment of the Muslim presence in    the West.

As the USCMO members actively institutionalize their presence, the new coalition of U.S. Muslim organizations would seem to be off to a successful launch, a feat that eluded earlier efforts to unify ideologically-similar but nevertheless discrete American Muslim Brotherhood groups under any sort of political umbrella organization. Previously, in December 1997, seven national Islamic organizations had convened unsuccessfully in Sunnyvale, CA to “signify support for the unity process” and provide “coordinated advice to America’s six million Muslims on political issues and candidates with creation of a national Coordination Committee.” Those organizations at the time included the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Fremont, CA; American Muslim Caucus (AMC), Dallas, TX; American Muslim Council (AMC), Washington, DC; Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington, DC; National Council on Islamic Affairs, New York City; the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Los Angeles; and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

This history of failed efforts by earlier U.S. Muslim organizations to combine efforts and unify leadership for political ends underlines the importance of the current and apparently more successful USCMO initiative. Certainly, the current political climate offers opportunity not previously available to achieve the long-time Brotherhood goal of advancing the “Phases of the World Underground Movement Plan” in accordance with the framework articulated by influential Muslim Brotherhood theoretician Sayyid Qutb in his seminal 1964 monograph Milestones.

Farid Foundation defends ICNA donation

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The Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) is the progeny the Muslim Students Association and the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami movement.  ICNA was previously directed by Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who was convicted in absentia by Bangladesh last year for war crimes committed during that country’s war of independence in the 1970s.

Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of the fruit basket company Edible Arrangements, and trustee of the Farid Foundation, has donated money to ICNA.  This revelation comes from the Farid Foundation’s own website and from Farid’s attorney, who wrote last week that, “…the Farid Foundation’s only contribution was to a special fund of the ICNA called ‘ICNA Relief USA’, an organization in New York City, which, among other things, helps women with temporary housing.”  The lawyer’s statement was made in response to an article published at Blue MauMau, a website for franchisees.

The Blue MauMau article highlighted a lawsuit filed by former Edible Arrangements controller Tara Perino, who says that Farid maintained a hostile workplace and discriminated against non-South Asians and non-Muslims.  The lawsuit also describes the Farid Foundation’s support to ICNA:  “Farid and his brother, Kamran Farid (Edible Arrangements’ Chief Operating Officer), at all relevant times hereto have been the two trustees of a foundation called the Farid Foundation, operated out of the same location as Edible Arrangements. Farid Foundation makes significant contributions to Islamic causes and organizations,  including the Farid Foundation Pakistan; the Salma K. Farid Academy; Islamic Circle of North America Relief; the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut; the Inner-City Muslim Action Network; the Wallingford Islamic Center; Masjid AI-Islam; and the Islamic Association of Southern Connecticut.”

The author of the Blue MauMau article, Corbin Williston, noted that, “The head of ICNA at the time the suit was filed was Ashrafuz Zaman Khan”—the same man convicted of war crimes—and that the argument that the ICNA donation was “only” to a special fund wouldn’t comfort the people whose loved ones were tortured and murdered by Khan.

Read more at The Terror Finance Blog

CAIR Promo Tools – courtesy of U.S. State Department

By Cultural Jihad:

One wonders if the creators of the original outreach program envisioned it becoming a propaganda tool for Islamic special interest groups falling under the Muslim Brotherhood.

A recent twitter feed from CAIR National ‏(@CAIRNational) included a link for “American Muslims” with a URL featuring a usembassy.gov web address.

Clicking on the link results in a page index of American Muslims with links to about 30 online articles by the U.S. State Department.

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While the latest religious demographic information for the United States shows Muslims compose roughly 0.6 % of the population, the U.S. State Department  works with the international community.

01_groupsKeeping this in mind, the current breakdown of world religions according to the Pew Research center shows Christians being most prevalent at 31%  followed by Muslims composing 23%.

A search of the Embassy website for “American Christians” (the quotes were used to match exactly on the phrase) showed 11 results.

A similar search was made on the phrase “American Muslims” with the result of387 results.

The Pew Research center data shows a global population that is 15% Hindu and a search of “American Hindus” showed 2 results on the Embassy/State Department website.

To round out this little exercise, a search for “American Jews” did result in15 results.

What does all this searching signify? -Absolutely nothing … well,  almost nothing …

There was a definite department focus on presenting American Muslim “fluff” articles in 2014.  Almost all those listed in the link tweeted by CAIR show publication dates of April 1, 2014.

Was it part of an organized PR campaign pushed by Islamist backed special interest groups?  Probably.  The U.S. State Department and satellite agencies have provided a comfortable home for a number of individuals that promote an Islamist agenda.

Have your doubts of the influence?  The State Department produced and funded the video “American Muslims: Who Are American Muslims?” – part of a four-part series on American Muslims.

The start of this campaign can be traced back to the outreach effort started by President Bush/Secretary of State Rice to provide U.S. Embassies and Consular officers with a publication – Being Muslim In America – to alleviate fears that Muslims were actually being persecuted in the United States.

Of special note: The U.S. State Department has never produced a similar pamphlet for other faiths, let alone work a program at the level that resulted in the recent media releases.

A quick scan of the  articles being pushed brings up some serious concerns as to what exactly the U.S. State Department is supporting … or if they even have a clue what is being promoted by them (with U.S. tax dollars).

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‘Mainstream’ Muslim Org. Puts Out Shocking Jihadi Educational Guide

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ICNA’s guide teaches that jihad is the fight against forces that “oppose the Islamic Call” and the waging of war so that only the “evil sovereignty of beings other than Allah is wiped out.”

By Ryan Mauro:

An educational guide produced by the Chicago chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) demolishes the group’s pretenses that it’s moderate. The book, produced for ICNA members, tells Muslims to wage jihad to conquer the West and establish sharia and repeatedly references the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood as a source.

ICNA’s annual convention is one of the largest Muslim-American events year. The group is part of a newly formed Islamist coalition that hopes to unite Muslims into a single voting bloc. Its “moderate” presentation is so effective that it has formed partnerships with churches. ICNA’s own internal documents conflict with its contrived image.

The training guide produced by the Tarbiyah Department of ICNA’s Chicago chapter was provided to the Clarion Project by former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo.

The book repeatedly references Hassan al-Banna, the extremist founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sayyid Qutb, a Brotherhood cleric whose teachings inspired Osama Bin Lden.

That makes sense since ICNA was named in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The stated goal of the Brotherhood network in the U.S. was to wage “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”

Read more at Clarion Project

 

American Islamist Coalition Launches with Empty Rhetoric

New Coalition of U.S. Islamists to Attempt to Form Voting Bloc

CAIR unindictedBY RYAN MAURO:

In 1991, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directed its components to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’” in order to wage “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Seemingly in fulfillment of that directive, eight Muslim groups (seven with solid Islamist records) will announce a coalition on March 12 to increase their political influence.

The new coalition will be announced at the National Press Club. Its name is the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and one of its objectives is to develop a census that will “create a database that will be used to enhance political participation in upcoming elections.” This coalition undoubtedly will use these census results to make political candidates bend to their will.

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The Secretary-General of USCMO is Oussama Jamal. Press reports have alternatively titled him as the President and Vice President of the Mosque Foundation that has extensive links to the Brotherhood and Hamas. Jamal accuses the U.S. government of following the “Zionist agenda” in its counter-terrorism investigations and has questioned whether Arabs were actually involved in the 9/11 attacks.

The coalition consists of eight Muslim organizations. The only one without an extensive Islamist record is the Mosque Cares, part of the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed:

  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is labeled by the U.S. Justice Department as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity (specifically part of its Hamas support structure) and an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history. The FBI has officially stopped using CAIR as an outreach partner and federal prosecutors have definitively said in court that CAIR uses deception to disguise its involvement with terrorists.
  • The Muslim Alliance in North America is led by a virulently radical cleric named Imam Siraj Wahhaj. The NYPD watches his mosque because of evidence linking it to terrorism and his anti-American record is indisputable. He remains committed to implementing Sharia in America but tells Muslims that it’s better not to talk about it to non-Muslims.
  • American Muslims for Palestine is a group that holds conferences with an all-star line-up of Islamists that support the Brotherhood and Hamas. Its leaders have spewed anti-American rhetoric, spoken in support of violence and preached that Muslims should launch an intifada in the U.S. modeled after uprisings by Palestinians and Iraqis.
  • The Muslim American Society was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America” according to federal prosecutors. Some of its chapters held protests in response to the overthrow of the Brotherhood in Egypt.
  • The Islamic Circle of North America is listed in Muslim Brotherhood documents as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Its national conferences are filled with Islamist speakers and are held jointly with MAS. It is a derivative of the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami and one of its leaders is wanted in Bangladesh for war crimes.
  • The Muslim Legal Fund of America has strong links to the Muslim Brotherhood, with one of its founders joining the Islamist opposition in Syria. The organization raised money for the defense of terrorists convicted in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. That charity is another Brotherhood entity that was shut down for financing Hamas.
  • The Muslim Ummah of North America is mentioned in U.S. Muslim Brotherhood documents as one of its components. An internal plan for 1991-1992 tasks its Youth Department/Committee with “arranging the youth’s relationship with ‘MUNA’ [Muslim Ummah of North America]” and “supervising the administrations” of MUNA.

The formation of this coalition is an example of the Brotherhood’s own words being followed. As mentioned, its 1991 strategy document told its various fronts to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions.’”

Read more at Clarion Project

ICNA’s Lates Billboard Campaign Obscures Group’s Role

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Local media has reported on the latest billboard campaign of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). According to a Detroit News report, the campaign is being conducted under the auspices of an organization by a different name:

urlThe Detroit News, February 2, 2014   Perched along Interstate 96 near Milford Road for the past month, a large red billboard asks travelers in the thousands of vehicles that pass it daily: ‘What is Islam? Who are the Muslims?’

The sign in Oakland County also lists a phone number and website for GainPeace, a Chicago nonprofit associated with the Islamic Circle of North America.

The curious who follow through have the chance to earn a free copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and learn more about the religion, which is the aim of the group’s campaign.

‘We want to do away with the misconceptions people have about the fundamentals of Islam,’ said Sabeel Ahmed, national director of GainPeace. The initiative, launched in cities nationwide and in Canada, started several years ago yet gained momentum in the wake of the controversy in 2012 surrounding the film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’

The video shared online was considered anti-Islamic and sparked international outrage. Inaccurate depictions and beliefs about Muslims have persisted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Ahmed said.

Countering that with education, he said, is essential not only for improving perceptions but fulfilling one of the Muslim faith’s goal of educating others.

Read the rest here.

The website of GainPeace describes it self as “a non-profit organization whose main goal is to educate the general public about Islam and to clarify many misconceptions they may hold” and acknowledges that it “works under the umbrella of Islamic Circle of North America..”

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and considered to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself allied with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA is particularly close to the Muslim American Society and the two organizations have been holding joint conferences in recent years.

Our predecessor publication had first reported on the ICNA billboard campaign in 2008 and 2009.

Sharia on Tour

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If you live near Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta or Rochester and want to see a Sharia-promoting show, you’re in luck. The Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society, two groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, have announced four conferences featuring rock stars of the Islamist movement.

ICNA is identified as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends” in a once-secret 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo. It explicitly states the network’s “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”

The organization is a derivative of the Jamaat-e-Islami group in Pakistan. One of ICNA’s former leaders, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, was recently sentenced to death in Bangladesh for his involvement in Jamaat-e-Islami’s war crimes. Unsurprisingly, ICNA is upset at the ruling.

The 2010 ICNA handbook advocates a gradualist strategy that culminates in a “united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah (Islamic law).” The Islamist leaders that the handbook looks to for guidance include the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood’s current spiritual leader and the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” according to federal prosecutors in a 2008 case. Last year, a former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader testified that “everyone knows that the MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Both groups have held rallies to protest the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi in Egypt.

Houston is the first stop on the ICNA-MAS Sharia tour. From November 29 to December 1, they will be holding their joint South Central Convention at a JW Marriott Hotel. The overall theme is, “Blueprint for a Lasting Legacy.”

One of the speakers is Imam Khalid Griggs, the chairman of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. Former CIA case officer Clare Lopez found out that he used to be involved with the Islamic Party of North America, a group that explicitly preaches “a revolutionary Islam.” Its inspirers include Khomeini, Qutb, Qaddafi and Maududi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Another speaker is Sheikh Omar Suleiman. According to his bio, he studied under Sheikh Salah As-Sawy and Dr. Hatem al-Haj. These are two Salafist clerics that lead the very radical Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. The closest the organization can bring itself to foreswearing violent jihad is to oppose itbecause “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].”

On November 30, ICNA is holding its first conference in upstate New York at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, themed as “Islam: The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Speakers include the notorious Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose version of “pursuing happiness” includes violent jihad and replacing Western democracy with Sharia Law.

Wahhaj has an undeniable, documented record of extremism that would make any genuinely “moderate” Muslim group sprint away from him. He’s had to tame down his anti-Americanism and support for violent jihad and theocracy in the post-9/11 atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean his beliefs have changed.

Read more at Front Page

ICNA New York Scrubs Accused War Criminal From Web Page

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ICNA-MAS Linked Professor Attacks Christians on Facebook

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ICNA’s Parent Organization Outlawed in Bangladesh

The Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned from elections for being unwilling to support the constitution.

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By Ryan Mauro:

A Bangladeshi court has banned Jamaat-e-Islami, the parent group of the New York-based Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an organization that puts together some of the largest Muslim-American conventions.

ICNA describes itself as “a leading grass roots organization which seeks to obtain the pleasure of Allah (SWT) through working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life.” Approximately 32,000 Muslims were taught that the U.S. Constitution is inferior to ShariaLaw at ICNA’s last conference.

The Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami group, essentially a branch of theMuslim Brotherhoodis now outlawed in Bangladesh from participating in elections because of its opposition to the secular constitution. The group would have to delete its Sharia agenda from its platform and declare allegiance to Bangladesh’s secular identity in order to become eligible for next year’s elections. The court, however, did not ban the group from continuing its activites.

Jamaat-e-Islami said it will appeal the ruling and organize mass protests on August 12-13. Its leader also asked the Muslim world to take unspecified action to defend his group from the Bangladeshi government’s “state terrorism.”

Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami are on trial in Bangladesh for war crimes committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan. When one leader was sentenced to life in prison instead of execution in February, massive anti-Islamist protests erupted. Canadian Muslim Tarek Fatah said it was “the first time ever in the Muslim world there has been a popular uprising against the fascism of Islamist parties.”

Also on trial is Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a former Secretary-General of ICNA. Khan was formally charged in October 2012 with being the “chief executioner” in at least 18 gruesome political assassinations in 1971. He had to be charged in absentia because he is currently living in New York. Khan says he is innocent and never belonged to the Al-Badar death squad, but three eyewitnesses contradict him.

Khan is still on the executive board of ICNA’s New York chapter (as discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism) and is president of the North American Imams Federation. He also leads its New York regional office. The organization’s stated purpose is to “facilitate cooperation, coordination and fellowship between the leaders of mosques and Islamic Centers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Terrorism researcher Joe Kaufman discovered in 2007 that ICNA’s website is registered to a Jamaat-e-Islami website, and ICNA’s logo is identical to that of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing.

Read more at The Clarion Project

Egypt MB Protests Underscore Hypocrisy of America’s Islamists

by John Rossomando
IPT News
July 31, 2013

MUST READ: Lucky Cypress, Texas has not one, but two, mosques!

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Cypress, Texas, a suburban bedroom community in northwest Harris county, is now home to not one, but two mosques! They are the “Islamic Outreach Center” (IOC) and the “Cypress Islamic Center” (CIC). The two mosques are less than two miles apart, as the crow flies.

The Islamic Outreach Center is a project of ICNA, the Islamic Circle of North America. ICNA is a Muslim Brotherhood in North America front group whose “…work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny…”

The Islamic Outreach Center (another taqiyyah term for a mosque) opened in the summer of 2012. The address is 19025 Wilks Dr, which is off Mueschke Rd (north of Schiel Rd and south of Bauer Hockley Rd). Neighbors have already complained of the increased noise, traffic and lowering property values. In it’s one year existence, the masjid has already hosted a number of supremacist and intolerant Islamic spokesmen.

In February 2013, the masjid hosted a presentation on Islamic financing, sponsored by an Islamic bank in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which advocates strict sharia compliance. What’s the problem with sharia finance, you ask? Well, educate yourself. On the IOC’s Facebook page, they promote the ICNA Relief’s Houston banquet in June 2013, which featured speaker Yasir Qadhi, who was exposed in a video on this blog for saying “Christians are filthy, evil, impure, dirty kufar whose life and property hold no value in the state of jihad.” The masjid has recently hosted Sheihk Waleed Basyouni, who in 2006, stated that “…Muslims are “the only people who know God” and, as such, are uniquely righteous and clearly distinguishable from nonbelievers.” Are you feeling the inter-faith love, the Islamic outreach, and the Muslim-Christian understanding?

The resident imam of the “IOC” is Fahad Tasleem, who studied Arabic at Georgetown University (home of John Esposito and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding). Brother Tasleem is also very proud of his time spent in Mecca & Medina. Br. Tasleem wasted no time in engaging in deceptive dawa with the neighboring ignorant kufar, as demonstrated by his lectures given at the IOC about the Jesus of Islam and at the “Good Shepherd” church:

 

 

Here’s a little more about the good brother: “In 2007, Fahad Tasleem founded Dawah Corps – an organization with a mission to ignite, for Muslims living in the West, a passion for Islamic outreach. Fahad’s expertise in the realm of dawah stems from a number of years of experience with the various outreach efforts of MSA’s, [Muslim Students Association] Islamic centers, and Islamic organizations across North America. Fahad has also served as a khateeb [person who delivers Koran narrations] and lecturer for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.  …   He is the founder and lead instructor at the DC [Dawa Corps] Seminary along with being an adjunct professor at various other universities and colleges.  …  Fahad Tasleem recently joined ILF [Islamic Learning Foundation] Texas, a teaching project of ICNA. He is an instructor for ILF Houston on site classes at Islamic Outreach Center (IOC-Cypress).” Coincidentally, the MSA is also a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

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