The Muslim Brotherhood front group, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), proved incapable of drumming up much interest for The American Muslim March on Washington, which turned out to be quite the flop for its organizers on the evening of 23 July 2016. The logistical planning for this “Star Spangled Shariah” program on the National Mall near the Capitol Building began months ago, including a video introducing the event on the 9 May 2016 and a press conference held just 2 1/2 weeks after the 12 June jihadist rampage at the Orlando, Florida nightclub. Effusively portrayed as an opportunity for Muslims to unite “Against terrorism, hate, and violence” and rally for “Peace, Truth, Unity”, the American Muslim March on Washington instead went wobbly in its goal to “send a strong message to the rest of our nation and to the world.” It would appear that the dismal turnout of fewer than 200 people may indicate something of a factional division between Muslim Brotherhood rivals in North America.
Dismal attendance for Muslim Rally against ISIS and Jihad
While the Brotherhood leadership in the United States should have had ample time to rally its memberships, neither the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) nor the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) promoted this gathering, intended to deliver a patriotic-themed taqiyya narrative about a peaceful Islam after a series of bloody jihadist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. A possible internal conflict between the leadership of ISNA and USCMO members has resulted (thus far) in ISNA still declining to become a member of the USCMO long after the announcement of its formation in March 2014.
Likewise during the recent Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) – Muslim American Society (MAS) conference over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, Maryland, there was an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood leadership to promote and encourage members to support this upcoming march in the nation’s capital. Despite ready access to a host of social media resources amply used for other events, the USCMO and CAIR did not go out of their way to dedicate time or promote The American Muslim March on Washington.
Indicators of such a divide have surfaced previously. In August 2014, Tariq Ramadan slammed ISNA when he said, “We cannot be forever silent: what kind of active and responsible citizenship does the ISNA leadership offer young American Muslims? What kind of example? That of silent, fearful sycophants–or of free, public-spirited citizens who, while defending the values of human dignity and justice, serve their country in the most sincere and critical way? That of the unconditional loyalty of the timorous, or the critical loyalty of free individuals? To attend the ISNA convention would be to endorse their silence.”
Event screenshot showing partners for the American Muslim March on Washington
Noted speakers on the agenda for The American Muslim on Washington slated to last from 5pm – 9:30pm included Imam Mohamed Magid (Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society), Dr. Muzamil Siddiqui (member of ISNA Majlis Ash-Shura and Fiqh Council of North America), Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed (ISNA National Director, Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances). Representation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) included SSA Melanie Jimenez and Sarah Saenz. Paul Monteiro, an Obama-appointed former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, represented the U.S. Department of Justice. This sparsely-attended ISNA event never drew the tens of thousands Muslims billed by its organizers. The deafening silence from Muslims in America who failed to attend and criticize the Islamic State’s adherence to shariah speaks volumes.
The Muslim Brotherhood leadership obviously faces a significant public relations challenge trying simultaneously to present themselves as peaceful, civil rights-oriented activists, while balancing their solidarity with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in support of his dreams for a shariah-compliant neo-Ottoman Empire. The steady drumbeat of Islamic terrorists pledging allegiance to the Islamic State before slaughtering innocent civilians cannot be helping the Muslim image much either. Evidently, The American Muslim March on Washington was either just not a top priority, proving too difficult to muster the voice of Muslims, or the organizers bit off more than they could chew without the support of the USCMO and CAIR.
In a March 24 New York Times article, “Feeling G.O.P. Peril, Muslims Try to Get Out Vote,” Alan Rappeport wrote about how three Muslim groups and organizations in the United States are organizing to elect Democratic candidates this fall because of perceived hostility toward American Muslims by Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
Rappeport indicated these Muslim organizations especially object to Senator Cruz’s call to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.
Given the strong liberal bias of the New York Times, it was not a surprise when this article failed to mention that the alleged “Islamophobic” statements by Senator Cruz and Mr. Trump were in fact criticisms of radical Islam and President Obama’s refusal to name or confront this threat.
It was surprising that all of the Muslim groups cited by Rappeport have ties to radical Islam that he failed to mention.
The most stunning example of this is the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia which Rappeport says has been holding voter education workshops to convince its members to vote against Republican presidential candidates.
Rappeport neglected to mention the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s notorious past. Anwar al-Awlaki, a key official with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011, was Imam at this mosque between January 2001 and April 2002. Two of the 9/11 hijackers worshipped there. There also have been reports of violent materials found in this mosque.
The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center may be the best possible example proving the need for Senator Cruz’s call to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.
Rappaport also omitted the Islamist radicalism of other American Muslim groups cited in his article he says are encouraging mosques to turn themselves into voter registration centers.
One is the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) which claims to be “America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization.” However, its record shows this is far from the case.
CAIR was named in 2007 as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case — the largest terrorist financing case in U.S. history.
Two days after the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter, tried to blame U.S. policy for this deadly attack when he told CNN’s “New Day,” “some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West have fueled that extremism . . . We are partly responsible.”
In July 2014, while Hamas was firing rockets at Israel from Gaza, attendees at a CAIR-Florida-organized protest praised the Hamas attacks at a rally in Miami by chanting, “We are Hamas!” “We are Jihad!”
Two other Muslim American Group cited by Rappaport, The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), also have radical Islamist ties that he did not mention.
ICNA preaches a global caliphate and Islamic shariah law over America to its members and reportedly has an “ultimate goal of the establishment of Islam as the sole basis of global society and governance” according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. ICNA also was named as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.
The USCMO is an umbrella organization of American Muslim groups. CAIR and ICNA are two of its founding members. Another founding member, The Muslim American Society, has been described by federal prosecutors as the “overt arm” of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.
In a related development, Hillary Clinton used an appearance at a panel last week sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) to condemn Republican presidential candidates for pitting groups against one another and giving in to fear. In reporting Clinton’s remarks, no one in the mainstream media mentioned MPAC’s extremism and how it has followed a consistent pattern of defending designated terrorist organizations and their supporters, opposing U.S. counterterrorism efforts and spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The battle to defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda requires recognizing and defeating a radical ideology that is at war with Western civilization: radical Islam.
Alan Rappeport’s article and Hillary Clinton’s MPAC panel proves that they, like President Obama, are still in denial about this threat.
“In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech” – Benjamin Franklin
As presidential candidate Donald Trump headed to Chicago for a campaign rally on 11 March 2016, violent protesters took to social media and then to the streets to shut him down in President Obama’s hometown. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, MoveOn.org, and Bernie Sanders supporters joined in solidarity with Muslim Brotherhood loyalists and other jihadis, Marxists, leftists, progressives, and even the convicted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, a former leader of the Weather Underground. They assembled to protest Trump’s rally at the Pavilion on the premises of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), a campus stronghold for Muslim Brotherhood front organizations and regular staging area for leftists and antisemitic demonstrations. The chain of events that led to that assault on Americans’ First Amendment free speech rights began long before that fateful date, however, among a motley assembly of forces that coalesced that night and with intent to expand and replicate elsewhere along the campaign trail. This was truly a ‘Red-Green Axis’ of groups that include the Muslim Brotherhood in America, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a collection of communists, leftists, progressives and socialists whose sole unifying objective is to bring down the U.S. government. Those who fund them include many of the top U.S. and international liberal foundations, as detailed in a superb January 2016 article by Jim Simpson, “Black Lives Matter: The Roots of Black Lives Matter.”
When George Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin killing in July 2013, the BLM launched its Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. As explained by Jim Simpson, “Exploiting blacks to promote Marxist revolution is an old tactic. The late Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, understood from personal experience how white communists exploited blacks and other minority groups.” Since its inception, the BLM movement has become synonymous with support for radical leftist causes as well as blatant promotion of vicious racism. As Simpson explains, “…while justifying violence to achieve ‘social justice,’ the movement’s goal is to overthrow our society to replace it with a Marxist one.” Now, with an eye on the 2016 election cycle, the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella organization constituting the first U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, and indeed the first religious identity political party in the history of this country, openly is allying itself with far-left anti-American, racist, revolutionary movements like Black Lives Matter.
Prior to the creation of the USCMO in March 2014, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) whose own leadership historically has been directly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood also understood the importance of these strategic relationships with leftist causes and organizations. On its website at the “Who We Are” section, the CIOGC states: “The Council not only builds and nurtures unity within the Muslim American community, but it also leverages the strength that comes with unity to work in coalitions and partnerships on shared issues and on common concerns with community-based and interfaith groups as well. This further empowers the Muslim American voice while lending its strength to the broader communities in which we live.” This includes a CIOGC partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In the beginning of 2012, the CIOGC shared information about programs offered by ICIRR with assistance from the far left Wellstone Action, a national leader in electoral organizing and training.
On 4 March 2016, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, past chairman of the CIOGC (2005-2008) issued a post on his Facebook page about the protest against the Republican Party presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump’s rally at the Pavilion on the University of Illinois Chicago campus. He also confirmed in the statement his planned presence at this protest. Mujahid, founder of the Chicago-based Sound Vision, has troubling ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
ICNA is also a founding member of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), which operationalizes the Brotherhood’s responsibility to purse Civilization Jihad in the U.S. in a specifically political way. In the course of national conventions by front organizations representing the Brotherhood in the United States, these entities were closely studying the BLM movement. Additionally, they sought ways to utilize alienated, angry minority populations to further the aims of the Brotherhood’s Muslim community.
It is significant to note that ICIRR played a role in the protests on the 11th of March 2016. ICIRR partners also happen to include the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), CIOGC, and the Mosque Foundation. ICIRR is an array of organizations that promote hardcore leftist causes. ICIRR’s board includes two leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood leadership: Zaher Sahloul and Ahmed Rehab (Executive Director for CAIR Chicago). Sahloul is a member of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and past president of the Mosque Foundation. Both CAIR and The Mosque Foundation are USCMO members.
CAIR and ICNA previously were identified as front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood during the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial which concluded in 2008. Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, who has worked with Ousama Jammal (Secretary General of the USCMO and current Mosque Foundation board member) at The Mosque Foundation, was listed by name as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. According to documents entered into evidence at the HLF trial, he was a “registered agent for HLF in Illinois” who acknowledged fundraising for the HLF from the mid-1990s until 2001. Mustapha has also raised money for MAS and ICNA initiatives during their annual conferences in Chicago.
That the Muslim Brotherhood has a leadership role within ICIRR is not coincidental, as USCMO members have routinely manipulated the civil rights narrative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and social justice themes to establish their credibility among radical leftist organizations in the U.S. The Muslim Brotherhood’s ground game in these areas has been the focus of its leadership, which is evidenced in programs held during yearly MAS-ICNA, ICNA-MAS, and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) national conventions. The planning process for the Brotherhood’s involvement in this arena has benefited from the expertise of a well-experienced international Brotherhood leader who served as a conduit among USCMO members in 2014 and 2015.
In August 2014, a Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood leader named Sabri Samirah (banned from the U.S. from 2004-2014 as a national security risk) revealed plans at The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview Illinois, which are instrumental in the promotion of the ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’. Samirah’s research to determine Muslim population centers in jurisdictions where they could affect key election outcomes was indicative of his underlying strategy for the Muslim Brotherhood to establish a unified voting bloc. The launch then of an ambitious voter mobilization program aligned with key issues inevitably set the stage for the upcoming 2016 presidential election cycle.
But most importantly, the strategy emerged clearly when Samirah and fellow operatives discussed co-opting non-Muslim African American and Latino communities with which Muslims proposed to join in solidarity through exploiting such themes as civil rights issues, in return for these communities backing issues of prime importance to the Muslim community. By the end of 2015, USCMO members, including CAIR (its key leadership group), had a very clear direction for commandeering the Black Lives Matter movement.
During the 14th Annual Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) Convention held in December 2015 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Brotherhood leadership discussed their role within the BLM movement and how they could impart lessons to African Americans by holding up the Brotherhood as the community that staged revolutions across the world. The Center’s video, “Star Spangled Shariah or Muslim Brotherhood Revolution?”, from that convention highlights the radical statements of three of its top jihadi leadership figures that should be chilling to all Americans who cherish the Constitution and oppose the expansion of shariah.
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine (another USCMO founding member), issued a statement via Twitter on 12 March 2016 about the previous night’s protests in Chicago. Crucial to note, Bazian was elected as a chairman of the National People of Color Student Coalition and an executive board member of the United States Student Association in the late 1980s. Not only was he an outspoken advocate for affirmative action as a student then, but he also supported the Central American Solidarity Movement, which advanced communism.
In July 2014, Bazian condemned the U.S. for its deportation of illegal aliens and suggested that more than two million African Americans were incarcerated because of their skin color. As shown in his tweets, Bazian echoes points of strategy delineated by Brotherhood leader Sabri Samirah and urges the funding of progressive efforts.
On 13 March 2016, as Chicagoans continued to absorb the impact of previous days’ violent events before the start of the weekend that began the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, a convicted jihadist was represented at the afternoon community gathering “Political Repression, the National Security State & Collective Legal Resistance” hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Chicago chapter.
The event was described on a Facebook page as the following: “Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States–and dissidents in particular–have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.”
A representative from the national Free Rasmea Odeh campaign was invited to speak alongside other presenters, as individuals gathered to discuss their grievances about the arrests of protesters made by the Chicago Police Department the previous Friday evening.
Rasmea Odeh had been convicted in federal court in Detroit in November 2014 on charges that she lied on her immigration and naturalization forms. She was found guilty of falsification of information by her denial that she’d ever been arrested, convicted or imprisoned, stemming from her role as a convicted bomber of the SuperSol supermarket in “West” Jerusalem in 1969, which resulted in two fatalities.
Evidently, these facts of the Odeh case did not matter to the National Lawyers Guild, Chicago organizers whose focus was legal support for the lawbreakers promoting progressive social movements.
In response to the subversive elements that gathered in Chicago to suppress protected First Amendment free speech, Abdul Malik Mujahid smugly issued the following statement in praise of their actions on his Facebook page on 12 March 2016.
As the country heads into the next months of supercharged presidential electioneering, it is important to identify those taking to the streets in protest and violence for what they represent: an in-your-face challenge to our Constitutional rights, law and order, and the very foundational principles of the Republic itself. As Jim Simpson so presciently noted in his Jan 2016 article, “Islamist organizations have also jumped on the BLM bandwagon, reminding us of the unholy alliance that exists between them and the radical Left. In September 2015, the Muslim Brotherhood front-group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined BLM activists in storming California Governor Jerry Brown’s office. CAIR also participated in the Ferguson protests. Meanwhile ISIS is recruiting American blacks for its cause.”
Make no mistake: in true Alinsky form, the aim of the Red-Green Axis is anarchy. Divisiveness, racism and violence are their means—but shutting down the free speech of those who call them out for what they are (street thugs) is top of their To Do list. Our best defense remains a vigorous exercise of the right of free speech that is enshrined in the First Amendment.
To conclude as we began this essay, with Ben Franklin: “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved,” wrote Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in The Pennsylvania Gazette.”
2014 saw the founding of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella organization constituting the first U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, and indeed the first religious identity political party, in the history of this country.
USCMO founding members CAIR and ICNA were previously identified as front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood during the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial in 2007. Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, who has worked with Ousama Jammal (current Mosque Foundation board member) at The Mosque Foundation, was listed by name as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. According to documents entered into evidence at the HLF trial, he was a “registered agent for HLF in Illinois” who acknowledged fundraising for the HLF from the mid-1990s until 2001. Mustapha has also raised money for MAS and ICNA initiatives during their annual conferences in Chicago.
Now, with an eye to the 2016 election, the USCMO is allying itself with far-left racialist and revolutionary movements like Black Lives Matter. The following video highlights the radical statements of 3 Islamists that should be chilling to Americans who cherish the Constitution and oppose the expansion of shariah law:
“We are the community that staged a revolution across the world. If we can do that, why can’t we have that revolution in America?” – Khalilah Sabra
Photo of page 8 from MAS-ICNA 14th Annual Convention program book showing Saudi Sheikh Ayed Al-Qarni slated to speak with Tariq Ramadan on Saturday, 26 December 2015.
While Americans are celebrating the Christmas holiday with their families, United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) members—Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)—are hosting the 14th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention from 25-28 December 2015 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Perhaps hoping for a bit of a slip stream from Christmas, the USCMO chose for this year’s theme “Muhammad: Peace Be Upon Him, Mercy to Mankind.”
The Muslim Brotherhood political action group suffered a setback, though, when Saudi cleric Sheikh Ayed al-Qarni was denied entry into the United States and prevented from boarding his U.S. connecting flight from Istanbul, Turkey. In an email issued by MAS-Chicago on 24 December 2015, the convention organizers expressed “dismay and frustration” that one of their key speakers would be a no-show, but did not elaborate about why Sheikh al-Qarni finds himself on a U.S. No Fly list.
Screenshot of 24 December 2015 E-Mail from MAS-Chicago
It is likely, though, that both Sheikh Al-Qarni and the USCMO know full well why his name is on a U.S. No Fly list.
On 21 December 2015, during a press conference that followed an emergency national summit of Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the wake of the San Bernardino jihadist massacre, the USCMO announced that one of its campaign goals was to “enhance national security” in the United States. Yet, even as the USCMO advances under the banner of a “Star Spangled Shariah”, its leadership was planning for Sheikh Al-Qarni to address the Muslim Brotherhood faithful gathered in Chicago from around the world, despite a public record showing that he urges violent jihad and admits to praying daily for America’s destruction.
Previously, in December 2012 at the 11th Annual MAS-ICNA convention in Chicago, then-future USCMO founding member Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR, the U.S. branch of HAMAS) came to the defense of al-Qarni by protesting his exclusion from entering the U.S. In an interview with an Arabic language news outlet, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad stated, “We defend all Muslims who are subject to arbitrary measures, and by this logic, we will act but not formally plead, unless we obtain authorization from him.”
The Muslim Brotherhood described Al-Qarni in 2012 as a “renowned Muslim scholar and inspirational speaker. Known for his logical discourse and balanced views, he promotes understanding and collaboration between all people, regardless of their faith, background, or language.” The laudatory tone here belies the reality of a Saudi cleric with a long history of inciting jihad against the U.S, Israel, Christians, and Jews.
According to Congressional testimony from Steven Emerson and Jonathan Levin before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, entitled “Terrorism Financing: Origination, Organization, and Prevention: Saudi Arabia, Terrorist Financing and the War on Terror”, the U.S. government learned in 2003,
“There is growing evidence of Wahhabi activities in Iraq. Last month’s issue of The Future of Islam, a monthly [WAMY publication]…carried a cover interview with Saudi cleric Ayed al-Qarni. Al-Qarni, an adviser to Prince Abdel-Aziz bin Fahd, youngest son of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, stated that he prays for the destruction of America several times a day. He also urged Saudi subjects to go and fight in Iraq or contribute money.”
Further, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) flagged a 2005 sermon, in which al-Qarni described jihad against American forces in Fallujah as
“a source of pride, downing their planes, destroying equipment, slaughtering them, taking them hostage, and proclaiming ‘Allah Akhbar’ from the mosques, and the worshippers and the preacher cursing them in their prayers…throats must be slit and skulls shattered…”
Although USCMO members since 2014 have gathered in solidarity at anti-American and antisemitic demonstrations in Chicago and elsewhere across the U.S., Al-Qarni previously mocked Muslims for their failure to take action in “harming the Jews.” Invoking his hatred for Israel’s targeted killing of HAMAS leaders Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, Al-Qarni has prayed that Allah
“will destroy the Jews and their helpers from among the Christians and the Communists, and that He will turn them into the Muslims’ spoils. I praise the Jihad, the sacrifice, and the resistance against the occupiers in Iraq. We curse them all of them every night and pray that Allah will annihilate them, tear them apart, and grant us victory over them…”
As the Muslim Brotherhood’s USCMO launches its 2016 U.S. election cycle campaign, is “One America” really its theme or are directives from Al-Qarni such as this: “Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered…This is the path to victory, to shahada, and to sacrifice”? Which is it?
It remains to be seen if MAS and/or CAIR under the auspices of USCMO leadership will once again protest Al-Qarni’s continued ban from entering the U.S. with complaints to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State. On the one hand, feigned ignorance about the legitimate reasons for his ban serves the Brotherhood’s contrived image of benign Muslim advocacy—but on the other, Al-Qarni’s open incitement to jihad violence is a matter of public record. His invitation to speak at this year’s MAS-ICNA conference must therefore expose yet again the brazen hypocrisy of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, which poses under the patriotic imagery of a “Star Spangled Shariah” while in fact remaining steadfast in its “civilizational jihad” to “destroy the Western civilization from within…”
While it might have been educational to hear what Al-Qarni would have told the Muslim Brotherhood faithful gathered in Chicago this weekend, the MAS-ICNA invitation itself to an openly jihadist Islamic supremacist speaks volumes about the unity of purpose among al-Qa’eda (a Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot), the Islamic State (an al-Qa’eda affiliate), and the Muslim Brotherhood itself, which has been called the “granddaddy of them all.” If USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal and his leadership believe Al-Qarni, who has been described as influential among Al-Qa’eda followers, has an important message to disseminate to the Muslim Brotherhood following in North America, thousands of whom will be in attendance at the 2015 MAS-ICNA Conference, this should serve as a clear indicator and warning of the reality of the Global Jihad Movement we face. It is not just the violent jihad groups that threaten our choice to live free of jihad and shariah, but also all who support the ideology of Islamic supremacism.
Jamal Barzinji, a major U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader has died.
Barzinji was one of the co-founders of the Muslim Brotherhood Think Tank known as the International Institute of Islamic Thought, located in Fairfax, Virginia. Barzinji was also a founding member of the Muslim Student’s Association (MSA), the founding general manager of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a member of the Majlis Ashura of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and director of the SAFA Group, a network of charities and companies headquartered in Northern Virginia, and raided by federal authorities over funding to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Barzinji was also a founding member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS) and Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE), both early Muslim Brotherhood organizations established out of the MSA.
Barzinji’s funeral was held on Sunday at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, itself a Muslim Brotherhood organization tied to the SAFA Group. Many notable Muslim Brotherhood leaders have commented on the occasion of Barzinji’s passing, including Jasser Auda, a IIIT official with close ties to MB chief jurist Yusuf Al Qaradawi, and head of the Council on American Islamic Relations Nihad Awad. The Islamic Circle of North America, the front for Pakistan-based Jamat-e-Islami, which merged with the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1990s, published a press release which, “expresses its deep sorrow at the passing away of Dr. Jamal Barzinji, a pioneer in establishing Muslim American institutions.” ISNA Vice President Altaf Hussain said, “Personal legacy is not what drove him, rather it was the development of self-sufficient, thriving institutions (MSA National, ISNA Headquarters just to name a few) which could at once serve the Muslim community and society at large.”
As we get further away from the generation that produced the Muslim Brotherhood documents submitted in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, it will require increased effort to identify and track younger U.S. Brotherhood members. These younger Brothers will have risen to prominence with newly established organizations during a period where they were accustom to the risk of surveillance of their radical activities that the earlier generation had not experienced. As a result open source researchers into the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. networks will need to redouble their own efforts.
Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) have called for Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to be banned from the country, in a recent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry. The two Muslim lawmakers allege that Geert Wilder’s strong stance against the immigration influx of primarily Muslim migrants to Holland and his opposition to Islamization equates to a violation of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act.
On its face the assertion is patently absurd. As Freedom House reports, the Netherlands maintains nearly perfect scores for political and civil liberties. Wilders is a lawmaker in his native Netherlands, and can be expected to weigh in on issues of importance to his constituents, which is exactly what the Dutch court found in 2011 when he was acquitted on charges that his comments regarding Islamic immigration rose to the level of criminal hate speech.
In comparison, Carson and Ellison both wrote letters in praise of the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) for their 16th annual dinner, which featured attendees from such repressive states as Sudan, Qatar, UAE and Oman, all of whom rank as “Not Free” on Freedom Houses’ reports. Sudan in particular is ruled by an indicted war criminal, Omar Bashir, known for its genocidal campaign against the predominately christian South Sudanese and against ethnic minorities throughout Sudan including Darfur. There’s no indication Carson or Ellison complained to CAIR about these states’ representatives.
Indeed, Reps. Ellison and Carson are more likely to be sharing the stage with the kinds of individuals who really ought to be banned from the United States.
Also on the stage was Tariq Ramadan, a key European Muslim Brotherhood leader who was banned from the United States for his financial support for charities tied to Hamas until the Obama Administration reversed the decision. In 2013 Carson’s office also arranged for a room on Capitol Hill for an event by the Egyptian Freedom Foundation, a group close to the Muslim Brotherhood which was attended by convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad organizer Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian was deported from the United States two years later.
Rep. Keith Ellison has similar associations. Ellision also shared a stage with Badawi, in 2011 in Minnesota, and the two were both highlight speakers at the 50th Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in 2013. ISNA was also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF funding trial and in that case Federal Judge Jorge Solis wrote that the government provided “ample evidence” for connecting ISNA to Hamas. Ellison has also shared the stage with Tariq Ramadan which he did during a Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) event in 2010. Ellison also expressed support for Sami Al-Arian, urging listeners of a Tampa Bay radio station to support al-Arian during the PIJ organizer’s terrorism trial.
Ellison and Carson are pretending that open and honest debate by an elected official about the role of Islamic immigration to the Netherlands is on par with incitement to commit violence.
Yet, when it comes to those who actually incite violence, or provide material support for terrorism, they are far more likely to be in the United States at Ellison and Carson’s invitation than against their objections.
News is breaking today that Noelle Velentzas, one of the two women indicted in New York City court for an alleged bomb plot in support of Islamic State, had ties to the Islamic Circle of North America, a U.S. Islamic group. CNN reports ICNA admitting it’s connection to the woman saying:
“She stayed for a short period of time between 2008 and 2009,” the statement said. “While she was staying in our shelter, our staff helped her get on her feet. During this time she successfully completed studies to become a home health care provider after which she became gainfully employed. She left the facility when she married.”
Velentzas appeared to have experienced hardship in her life but was “working towards self-development and long-term stability,” the statement said.
“She also appeared to be someone who had greatly benefited from the assistance ICNA Relief provides through our shelter system, so we asked her to speak about the experience of our shelter. She appeared at several fundraisers and was the subject of videos as well.”
But who is ICNA, and why is it significant that they played a part in the life of Noelle Velentzas?
ICNA has described itself as being founded on the principles of massively influential Jihadist ideologue Abul Ala Maududi, founder of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI). Specifically they describe themselves as:
“using the organizational development methodology of [JI founder] Maulana Mawdudi and the Jamaat Al-Islami of Pakistan, which lays special emphasis on spiritual development, ICNA has developed a strong foundation.”
ICNA is widely considered JeI’s front in the United States, and ICNA Relief has been accused of soliciting funds for a Pakistani charity known to donate to Hamas. ICNA’s former Secretary General Ashrafuzzaman Khan was convicted in Bangladesh of engaging in war crimes as part of a JeI militia operating on behalf of Pakistan during Bangladesh’s liberation war.
Maududi’s writings on the political nature of Islamic doctrine, and especially “On Jihad“, and was highly influential on a number of key Islamist figures, including Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al Banna, MB ideologue Sayyid Qutb, as well as Al Qaeda and Hamas Co-Founder Abdullah Azzam, whom the two New York girls reportedly praised by name.) While relying on established Islamic sources, Maududi’s writing married Islamic doctrine with more a modern language of “world revolution.” Maududi wrote:
Muslims are in fact an international revolutionary party organised under the ideology of Islam to implement its revolutionary programme. Jihad is the term, denoting the revolutionary struggle to the utmost, of the Islamic revolutionary party to bring about Islamic revolution.”
ICNA’s 2010 “Tarbiyah Guide” for it’s “Sisters’ Wing” features heavy use of Maududi’s works, along with other ideologues including Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al Banna, Chief MB Jurist Yusuf Al Qaradawi, and other MB members, including Canadian Muslim Brotherhood Member Jamal Badawi, who was subject to the DHS “Hands Off” List current being investigated by Sen. Chuck Grassley. ICNA unified with the Muslim Brotherhood in North America in the 1990s, according to Muslim Brotherhoodarchival documents acquired by Federal law enforcement and submitted during the Holy Land Foundation Trial. The Tarbiyah guide does not shy away from commenting on Jihad, noting in a comment on regarding the As’hab us-Suffah (Men of the Platform, a group of men close to Muhammed who were homeless following the hijra to Medina and known for their learnedness and memory):
Their services to Islam were not limited to the Suffah and whenever the call for Jihad was made they were ever ready to sacrifice their lives on the battlefield despite being hungry, without proper provisions and with insufficient armor.
Ironically, Noelle Velentza was herself homeless when she encountered ICNA.
If it was ICNA that helped Noelle Velentza with her “Self-development” in the manner of Abul Ala Maududi and the JeI, then perhaps we should not be surprised by the outcome being a young woman enamored of jihadist violence and seeking to join the “Caliphate” as she has been taught is her obligation. Until we are prepared to address the actual role of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami in training and indoctrinating young people that they have an obligation to engage in jihad, Islamic State will continue to find potential recruits susceptible to their message.
“The path that the West has chosen will take the world to a third world war,” [JI chief Sirajul Haq] said on Friday. He was addressing thousands of people at a rally, organised to protest against the insulting caricatures published in Western publications, particularly French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The JI chief demanded that the United Nations make laws to discourage blasphemy of all religious personalities. He said France must apologise for hurting sentiments of billions of Muslims across the world.
There have been several major protests in Pakistan organized by JI to protest the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, some of which have turned violent.
Jamaat-e-Islami may also have been behind the recent Stand With the Prophet Rally and fundraiser, held at the Curtis Cuwell Center in Garland Texas, January 17th. The event, which was billed as an effort to “build a movement”, and compared those who drew cartoons of the prophet with ISIS terrorists.
Mujahid is the past president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) which was founded on the principles of ,and which is widely considered a front group, for Jamaat al-Islami (JI) in the United States. ICNA formally joined with the Muslim Brotherhood to present a united front in the 1990s, according to Holy Land Foundation Trial documents. ICNA is believed to have solicited donations for Pakistani charities known to have donated to Hamas. ICNA’s founding secretary general was convicted of war crimes for engaging in genocide against Bengalis when Jamaat al-Islami militias fought on behalf of Pakistan in Bangladesh’s war of liberation. ICNA’s showed its true nature in 2010 when it published a handbook which contained the stated goal of establishing Shariah law and Islamic rule through a worldwide Caliphate.
Given the views expressed by JI’s chief, it’s no surprise that a former ICNA president’s organization would also describe the issue of “defaming the prophet” in terms of war metaphors like describing cartoons of the prophet as “attacks, which are no accident.”
“Qital [killing] is an essential element of Islam. And sometimes you don’t like it. Qital is ordained upon you, though it is hateful to you, but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you…. And one example is, now we have 60 or so Muslim countries, and not a single one of them wants to go for Qital and Jihad for Bosnia. Qital is ordained upon you though it is hateful to you.
While the organizers of the Stand with the Prophet Rally may color up their support for a sharia blasphemy-based approach to make it palatable for an American audience, their Pakistani counterparts appear to have no such compunction about stating their position, or the threat they pose to the West.
The Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) just concluded their 13th annual convention held at the McCormick Center in President Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago from 25-28 December 2014. Notable among the scheduled contributors at this gathering of high level international and national leadership representing the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood was keynote speaker U.S. Congressman André Carson, a Democrat from Indiana’s 7th District. The presence at this convention of an elected U.S. lawmaker who has received financial donations from Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations ever since he was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in early 2008 must be a matter of serious concern.
Controversy surrounds the appearance of Congressman Carson at the MAS-ICNA 2014 Convention in Chicago where he was a scheduled panelist together with Mazen Mokhtar, National Executive Director for the Muslim American Society, which was founded as the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Worse yet, according to the testimony of federal agents in federal courts, MAS National Executive Director Mokhtar facilitated operations for running an Al-Qa’eda website responsible for raising funds for the Taliban. In March 2014, MAS was just one of several Muslim Brotherhood-affiliates that joined together to establish the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the first U.S. political party openly founded by members of the North American Brotherhood network.
At the December 2014 MAS-ICNA Convention, Carson and Mokhtar were scheduled to speak on a panel addressing “Ferguson Is Our Issue: We Can’t Breathe.” The following picture is from the actual program of the MAS-ICNA 2014 Convention issued to attendees, which clearly shows that Congressman Carson was scheduled to appear on a panel 26 December 2014 with Mazen Mokhtar, the executive director of USCMO member MAS National. (The program date is printed erroneously, as the last Saturday in December 2014 was the 27th, not the 26th). Nevertheless, Carson’s later official statement that he didn’t even find out about this panel until sometime on Sunday 28 December seems questionable.
Prior to his scheduled appearance on this panel for Saturday evening, Congressman Carson did make an appearance as scheduled as the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention Appreciation Dinner—after which he seems to have disappeared, with no comment from the Convention organizers about the empty seat at the Ferguson panel. The following picture is a screenshot from the MAS-ICNA 2014 convention website providing details for his appearance.
There’s no question the Congressman was present at the Convention Center on the date in question. The following images are from Muslim Brotherhood leader Sabri Samirah’s organization UMMA and UMMA Board of Trustee member Darwish Mabruk’s Facebook pages, showing photos taken during the MAS-ICNA convention where Congressman Carson is pictured meeting with various Muslim Brotherhood leadership figures, apparently just prior to the dinner.
Later, as the back-pedaling began, Congressman Carson issued a press statement on 31 December 2014 as shown in the screenshot below from his official Twitter account. In both the press statement and Tweet, however, he strangely neglected to mention the Muslim American Society, which was the co-sponsor of the MAS-ICNA Convention chaired by Hussein Ata (president, Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois, where USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal is a past president and current Chairman of MAS-PACE).
In Carson’s statement that appears on his Congressional website, the following message was delivered to his constituency on 31 December 2014:
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Congressman André Carson released the following statement in response to his attendance at the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Chicago convention last weekend.
On Saturday, December 27, I attended the ICNA Chicago convention to deliver a speech on the importance of civil engagement and developing leaders in the community.
On Sunday, December 28, I learned that ICNA had also scheduled me to sit on a Ferguson panel Saturday night – which I had not planned on participating in. At no point had I ever confirmed to attend any other events other than the dinner. Any reference to my participation or appearance on the Ferguson panel during the ICNA conference is not factual.
As a former law enforcement officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the anti-terrorism unit, it is critical that Americans know that I would never associate with any individual or organization trying to harm the United States of America or its citizens.
The absence of the Muslim American Society’s name in Congressman Carson’s press statement and Tweet is peculiar. It’s not as though he’d avoided associating with MAS in the past—but of course, that was before the United Arab Emirates (UAE) listed MAS as a terrorist organization, as Patrick Poole noted here. But it’s also not the first time Carson has attempted to conceal details of such problematic associations. In June 2014, Congressman Carson was featured as a keynote speaker for the USCMO’s inaugural banquet, an event shrouded in secrecy with no transcripts, audio, or video having been released, as would usually be customary. Both Congressman Carson and Congressman Keith Ellison (Democrat, MN-5th District) were invited by USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal to speak at the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party’s event on 10 June 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel near Washington, D.C. To date, their respective congressional offices have refused to make publicly available either the text or video of the remarks delivered by Carson and Ellison at this high level Muslim Brotherhood function, held at a time when the Obama administration’s foreign policy supporting Brotherhood revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Syria was collapsing in failure.
So, perhaps the Congressmen’s reticence might have something to do with the all-star Muslim Brotherhood line-up that attended that banquet, a couple of which groups, as noted above, were named in November 2014 by the UAE to its new terrorist organizations list (on that list are both CAIR and MAS, along with the Muslim Brotherhood itself.). As reported by the Muslim Link Paper for this historic Muslim Brotherhood leadership gathering, 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 (CAIR); Naeem Baig, President, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); Mazen Mokhtar, Executive Director, Muslim American Society (MAS); 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.
Nor was the December 2014 MAS-ICNA Convention Carson’s first appearance at the annual event. Two years prior to the June 2014 USCMO event launching the first ever U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, Congressman Carson participated at the MAS-ICNA summer 2012 convention. Striking a somewhat exaggerated tone of aggrieved victimhood, he told the gathering that “America must understand that she needs Muslims. There are over 7 million Muslims in this country. While we are under attack, we cannot retreat. We have been a part of America since the inception of America…” Congressman Carson continued, “Now, it is unfortunate that there are those who are thinking at this convention right now, we are having secret meetings that we are plotting to destroy this country. But I say to those who are here undercover, Allah will not allow you to stop us.”
Despite his attempt at projecting a patriotic image, though, Congressman Carson’s congressional voting record on national security issues demonstrates a rather different profile. On 15 October 2014, the Center for Security Policy released its 11th annual 2013-2014 Congressional National Security Scorecard for the 113th Congress. The Center scored a total of 27 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 15 votes in the U.S. Senate on issues related to national security. Topics covered included nuclear deterrence, terrorist detainee policy, border security, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and funding to Syrian rebel groups. The national security scorecard scores all Representatives and Senators on key national security votes in their respective chambers over the past two years. And while Congressman Carson claims “As a former law enforcement officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the anti-terrorism unit, it is critical that Americans know that I would never associate with any individual or organization trying to harm the United States of America or its citizens,” he achieved only an extremely low 11% on the CSP Congressional scorecard.
Making matters even more serious for Congressman Carson, he has in fact been taking money from a number of self-identified Muslim Brotherhood front groups, including some that are members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party (the USCMO). The following table includes political donations, as reported from 26 January 2008 through 30 June 2014 by the Federal Election Commission. In this chart, the “Confidence” level refers to the Islamist Watch certainty about names, name spellings, and correct identities.
Total amount of donations listed above: $33,911
It seems that André Carson wants to have it both ways: consort with the Brotherhood, take political donations from Brotherhood front groups, enjoy VIP status at Brotherhood events—and then try to cover his tracks by withholding transcripts and videos, issuing questionable media statements, and remaining mute as social media entries and other websites are scrubbed of information that might link him to events and groups and individuals now perhaps seen as too dubious even for André Carson.