Does Radical Muslim Malik Ali Speak for the Yorba Linda Islamic Community?

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One could literally write a doctoral thesis on the rabid ravings Hamas-acolyte of Malik Ali. A simple Internet search will turn up a wealth of video evidence of the radical speaker inciting hatred and violence on college campuses.  Malik Ali believes that suicide bombers are “martyrs” and is quoted as saying: “Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, ‘Go honey, go!’ That ain’t suicide; that’s martyrdom.” He promotes Protocols-esque conspiracy theories, for instance, that Zionist Jews control the media, the Congress, the FBI, that they were behind the Danish Muslim cartoon controversy, 9/11, and even “manufactured” the Iraq War. He calls for the Islamic movement to rise up as an Islamic revolution and “implement Islam as a totality [in which] Allah controls every place — the home, the classroom, the science lab, the halls of Congress.”

Believing that “[Israelis] are living in fear [and] it’s about time,” Malik Ali regularly exhorts students to die for jihad. At one campus event, he told listeners, “We will fight you [Zionists] until we are either martyred or until we are victorious.” These events are often hosted by the Muslim Students Association or the Muslim Student Union, which consider Malik Ali an inspirational speaker. He spoke just this past February at the previously suspended MSU of UC Irvine. It was Malik Ali who led the MSA pledge at the 2011 MSA West conference. What does the pledge say exactly? Only some of Malik Ali’s favorite themes:

Allah is my lord/Islam is my life/The Koran is my guide/The Sunna is my practice/Jihad is my spirit/Righteousness is my character/Paradise is my goal/I enjoin what is right/I forbid what is wrong/I will fight against oppression/And I will die to establish Islam.

This pledge, we should point out, is essentially an adaptation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s pledge, which exalts dying “in the way of Allah.”

The other speaker at the ICNA Relief charity fundraiser is no less controversial than Malik Ali. In 1991, Siraj Wahhaj became the first Muslim to recite a prayer before a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives. That following year, however, after becoming increasingly anti-American, Wahhaj began to publicly express radical sentiments, such as the desire to see the U.S. government replaced with an Islamic caliphate. He told one audience of New Jersey Muslims in 1992, “If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him…. [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.” Most disturbingly, in 1995, Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney and Clinton-appointee Mary Jo White as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. In the summer of 1999, Wahhaj testified as a character witness for convicted terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman.

Given the extreme nature of these speakers and their well-publicized history, it would have been outrageous if there had not been a protest over the sudden influx of radicalism in Yorba Linda. Furthermore, even if Malik Ali and Wahhaj did deliver peaceful talks to the Yorba Linda Muslim community, no press was present at the event, and there is no confirmation of what was said. ICNA Relief did not return FrontPage’s request for comment on this matter.

In the wake of the CAIR video, complaints reportedly poured in to the Orange County Human Relations Commission, a group whose self-stated mission is to promote tolerance, understanding and peaceful relations among the various communities of the county. A hearing was convened to adjudicate the matter. Outrageously, as Karen Lugo, who was present at the hearing revealed, nine out of the eleven individuals on the hearing board admitted that they had only seen the CAIR video, yet were prepared to decide on the matter nonetheless. The OCHRC has also not returned FrontPage’s request for comment, and at the time of this printing, a decision had not yet been reached.

Community activists and organizers of the rally have so far stood firm in face of CAIR’s subterfuge. What one would hope the OCHRC would realize is that, while Yorba Linda protesters went to great lengths to keep their rally amicable and they did not attempt to demonize the Muslim community as a whole, the fact remains that the neither CAIR nor ICNA Relief have expressed any remorse or have even been questioned for the decision to bring radical hate activists into their midst — and they have tried to demonize all of the Yorba Linda protesters from an unrepresentative selection. But this doesn’t make any sense — shouldn’t CAIR be in agreement with these protesters? Aren’t the positions of Malik Ali so radical that they should be rejected by the peaceful Islamic community? We will be waiting a long time for any self-imposed accountability from ICNA or CAIR in this regard.


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  • StephenD

    I wouldn't hold my breath for CAIR to ever look directly at it's own in an unbiased light. There is no way they would specify any one person or group as being radical. Shoot, how could they actually want to “build bridges” when a call to fight (Jihad) against non-believers until Islam is the only religion on the earth is part and parcel to their belief system?

  • LEE

    Ever since I first saw the CAIR-CA "hit video," I've questioned its authenticity. Everything seemed too staged. The taunts were too complete, seeming to use every controversial (but true) shot available. I will be shocked if it does NOT turn out to be a put-on.

  • gary fouse

    Hours before the event began, I observed an older couple putting out posters on the street. One said, "Muslims are not welcome in Yorba Linda" I asked them to remove the posters because that was not the message we wanted to send. They refused and were only persuaded to do so by a young pastor from the area who knew them. The lady was herself an immigrant, I think from Latin America-for what it's worth.

    When the chanting began, I made a point to stay away from the area where they were. Later, I heard an accented voice leading chants of
    "Go back home" with a bullhorn. I never saw the lady, but was toild by one who spoke with her that she was from Iran-again, for what it's worth. I later saw a filipina lady emerge from the crowd carrying a bullhorn. I had spoken to her before the event began and I could tell she was a hothead and might be a problem. I was right.

    • posse101

      please excuse the philippina but maybe she's seen someone (or several people, or maybe even several people she knew) in her home country of the Philippines hanging from a telephone poll with their throat cut for all to see, left there by terrorists wishing to establish Sharia. or perhaps just kill some Christians for fun. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY, ALL DAY. if you don't believe me check out the Religion Of Peace (home page) website. it keeps a running tally of all the latest Muslim MURDERS throughout the world. you'll be AMAZED at what's happening while you're busy being appalled by signs and insisting to not speak at rally's and such. so for you to call her a hothead is a bit off-base. remember that witnessing terrorism first hand tends to make someone hate oppression even more. so next time you'll please pardon her "hotheadedness!" it's time to grow up and smell the jihad in the world. it's Springtime and it smells
      suspiciously like Armageddon to me.

  • posse101

    … so i'm at a park in Orange County, California recently and had the extreme displeasure of happening to be there when a CAIR family picnic was going on. many of the people at the picnic had t-shirts on which said: "I'm Muslim, therefore i must be a terrorist."

    cute stuff huh?

    watch out people, there's not an angle this slimy group is not trying to work.


  • gary fouse

    Posse 101.

    I pointed out the fact that three persons in Yorba Linda (hotheads) were immigrants not to bash immigrants (I am married to one) rather to counter the charge that the protestors in Yorba Linda were a bunch of anti-immigrant xenophobes. Maybe the lady from the Philippines has experienced Muslim terrorism in her home country and maybe she hasn't. I don't know.

    As for checking out Islamic terrorism, I really don't need to. I am well aware, and my feelings are just as strong as yours. If you doubt me, research what I write on my blog, and what I do at UC-Irvine. I do draw the line, however, at condemning all Muslims.

    The protest at Yorba Linda as organized was a righteous event, but some people who showed up took it too far and gave ammunition to the other side in their efforts to discredit all of us.

  • Tim

    strange the islamic socety of yorba lidna phone is always off the hook!

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