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The offices of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society were also raided in March 2002 with good reason. As Ben Johnson outlines, the former chairman of the mosque, Ahmad Totonji, used to be the Vice President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, another Brotherhood group. The mosque’s legal counsel was also the attorney for Brotherhood operative Abdurahman Alamoudi who is now in jail on terrorism-related charges. Totonji also served as the co-founder of the Muslim Students Association and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, whose offices were raided in 2004. He also has ties to Louis Farrakhan.
Shortly after the raids on ADAMS, Mahid put together an event for “community building” that included various Muslim Brotherhood figures, including the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad. He has vocally supported Hamas, was an official in the Hamas-financier Islamic Association of Palestine and according to the government, he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s secret Palestine Committee in the U.S.
Awad took part in a secret meeting in 1993 where deception was mentioned as an important part of the Brotherhood’s strategy in the U.S. and like ISNA, CAIR was also labeled as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land trial. The FBI later cut off ties to CAIR for this label but continued using ISNA for outreach to the American-Muslim community. This relationship continues despite the extremism promoted at ISNA conferences. For example, on January 15, ISNA had a Diversity Forum Banquet that included Siraj Wahhaj and Zaid Shakir as speakers, two preachers that have a well-documented history of spouting extremism.
In July 2009, President Obama’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement and International Affairs, Valerie Jarrett, spoke at ISNA’s annual conference. At the same exact event, one of the speakers was Imam Warith Deen Umar, the former New York prison chaplain who was fired for praising the 9/11 hijackers as “martyrs” to prisoners. He also referred to U.S. soldiers as “pigs” and called on Muslims to fight the enemies of Islam. As far back as the 1980s, an FBI document stated that ISNA’s conferences “provided opportunities for the extreme fundamentalist Muslims to meet with their supporters.”
If the government wants to bring attention to Muslims who fight against extremism, it shouldn’t be applauding an organization like ISNA that it has labeled as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a terrorism financing trial. ISNA may not have been convicted of a crime but as ruled in 2009, it can be tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It continues to give speaking slots to extremists like Siraj Wahhaj and Zaid Shakir and isn’t fighting to discredit the ideology of preachers like Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi.
The government does no favors to the country or to the Muslim community by advertising ISNA as an organization worthy of support.
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