Imam Rauf’s Extremist Speaking Engagement

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Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the Ground Zero mosque, is kicking off his nationwide speaking tour at the Islamic Society of North America’s Diversity Forum Banquet in Detroit on January 15. He will be speaking alongside extremists like Siraj Wahhaj and Zaid Shakir, contradicting the moderate image he’s trying to put forth on his tour.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) denies being an extremist organization, saying it “rejects all acts of terrorism, including those perpetrated by Hamas, Hizbullah and any other group that claims Islam as their inspiration.” This statement, however, does not necessarily mean they oppose the Islamist political agenda. In fact, ISNA has been listed by the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land Foundation trial that found the charity to be guilty of financing Hamas. ISNA has tried to have this designation removed, but a judge ruled on July 1, 2009 that the government “produced ample evidence” to justify it.

The organization was founded in 1981 by the Muslim Students Association, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, with help from Sami al-Arian, later convicted of being a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader. An FBI investigation around that time found that ISNA’s conferences have “provided opportunities for the extreme fundamentalist Muslims to meet with their supporters.” One of the Muslim Brotherhood’s own documents written in May 1991 listed ISNA as one of its fronts.

ISNA websites have promoted extremist preachers like Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi and its conferences have included “some of the world famous Islamists and advocates of Jihad.” The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a subsidiary of ISNA, is also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land case. The court learned that checks deposited into joint ISNA/NAIT bank accounts for the Holy Land Foundation were often written to “the Palestinian Mujahadeen,” a term referring to Hamas.

Also speaking at ISNA’s Diversity Forum Banquet is Zaid Shakir, one of the founders of Zaytuna University in California. Shakir opposes attacks on civilians, such as the hijacking of airliners, but then says, “If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that’s something else.” The New York Times wrote in June 2006 that “he said he still hoped that one day the United States would be a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law” and he voices 9/11 conspiracy theories.

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  • Abhinav

    I am amazed that christians, despite their superior military might as compared to muslims, are increasingly under seige of jihadi murderers. from egypt to iraq to ivory coast in africa. while you guys in america are rightly worried about the killing of christians in iraq & egypt, you people are probably unaware of what’s about to happen in ivory coast. the marauding muslims of the north are trying their best to butcher the christians of the south, using the pretext of ‘unfair’ elections. christians of the world, i have said it before and i’ll say it again, let not your technological progress and material comforts blind you to this ever-advancing muslim threat. learn from the centuries-long plight of hindus of indian subcontinent at the hands of muslims, learn before it’s too late even for you, just like it’s too late for hindus of indian subcontinent now.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Thank you Ryan, for keeping this issue alive. Nothing in this life – besides death and taxes – is a fait accompli. We have to keep fighting this mosque right up until the last brick has been laid, and even then.

  • davarino

    So Wahhaj want to arm the little buggars huh? Well, there are a lot of us Americans that are armed as well and we know how to use them. You muslims want to keep believing this crap they feed you about how bad America is? Can you still remember the shiite holes you came from and still say America is worse?

  • Mach1Duck

    I would really like to see a bunch of Jihadist cowards try and hijack an airplane full of the 82nd Ariborn. What a hoot..Ever see a Muslim fly.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Rauf’s unwavering determination to get his victory monument built, which even top Saudis have been wise enough to recognize as a hot potato to their cause, suggesting that another location would make more sense, is helpful to America because his actions help wake up the few blinded Americans to Islam’s Jihad against America. Rauf is a man possessed and that exposes him and his cause more effectively. He should be given all the space available in media. The Ground Zero mosque will never be built and if by some evil miracle construction does get started, New York will experience civil war that will have repercussions all the way to the White House.

    • stephencuz

      Andres, The problem isn't the building Rauf wants. The problem is the totalitarian system called Islam. NYrkrs will get over hurt feelings about a building. They don't have a problem even now with Muslims in their presence. They should, along with the rest of us, have a real problem with the socio-politico-theocratic system being espoused by those in positions of Mullahs and imams and eventually Caliph. America is a Constitutional Republic with individual freedom being its corner stone which would be in direct opposition to a Theocracy. Islam, ultimately insists on the imposition of Sharia Law which is at its heart an enemy of the US Constitution and should be fought on all fronts by AMERICANS. Those that would support such efforts of the likes of Rauf (like Bloomberg) are actually enemies of America. Giving them the benefit of the doubt and saying they are merely ignorant can only last until Islam is exposed for what it really is.

  • Steve Chavez

    We all know who these people, and their fronts are, but I'd like to know how many Democrat Congresspeople and Senators show up for this "Hate Infidel America" gathering. Also in the audience will be operatives of the Communist Party USA and their fronts like United for Peace and Justice who justify, legitimize, and symphatize with the likes of Hama, Hezbollah, Iran, terrorists who are killing our soldiers, and any group whose agenda, hidden or open, is to destroy Israel! These front groups will then report to their Democrat comrades!

  • jacob

    I believe there are enough mosques and madrassas already in good old USMA
    and that WE DON'T NEED ANY MORE HATE PREACHING AND TEACHING
    PLACES THAN WHAT WE ALREADY ALLOWED.
    PERIOD.

    It will pay to remind the American people that the present White House tennant
    was a participant in Mad Dog FARRAKHAN's Million Men March and that he holds
    him as a GREAT MAN, now that it has been hinted he might run for reelection…

    I'm of the opinion we have allowed this Muslim dominance issue to go far
    enough and time is already pasee to read to their whole conglomerate the
    RIOT ACT…
    The hell with the stupid "Political Correcteness" and each and every one of its supporters, White House tennat and sidekicks included, which will end up
    burying us all as, if GOD forbid they ever get the upper hand, we will then
    experience the "Political Correctness" of their religion of "PEACE" in action…

    AND AS SURE AS HELL AND TAXES, WE AIN'T GONA LIKE IT…!!!!!!

  • USMCSniper

    Here is the type of people that really exist – and the reason this guy is a public speaker for teh State Department and not tarred and feathered and run outta town. watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGwtG8nVpUU

  • jgreene

    These IslamoFascist Liars must be stopped and Islam and Sharia Law exposed as the Totalitarian Political and Legal System it is. Religion? Eliminate Sharia Law and Muslims can still practice their religion.

  • Neil

    About three months ago, or so, Imam Rauf was interviewed on WABC- Radio in N.Y.C., by Aaron Klein, during his weekly two (2) hour Sunday show. During that interview, Mr. Klein asked the Imam if he'd be willing to condemn Hamas and/or its activities. Surprise, surprise, the Imam Rauf would NOT condemn that terrorist organization. The Imam, according to his fans/admirers, like Mayor Bloomberg, is the voice of "moderate" Islam.

  • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

    Sir,

    To: International citizens
    BAN ISLAM

    TO: THE WORLD COURT

    IN THE INTEREST OF HUMAN VALUES AND UNIVERSAL LOVE, WE DIRECT THIS PETITION TO THE WORLD COURT FOR JUDGEMENT.

    WE, THE UNDERSIGNED INTERNATIONAL PETITIONERS, REQUEST A BAN ON THE ORGANIZATION CALLED ISLAM. WE REQUEST THIS BAN DUE TO THE CRIMINAL ACTS OF ITS FOUNDER, MOHAMMED AND THE KORAN'S DOCTRINES WHICH PRESENTLY LEGITIMIZES THE CRIMINAL ACTS OF PAEDOPHILIA, ASSASSINATIONS, THE OPPRESSION OF WOMEN BY SUPPRESSING THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS, THE PENALTIES OF STONING AND DISMEMBERMENT, THE UTILIZATION OF TERROR AS A WEAPON OF INTIMIDATION AND CONTROL.

    View Current Signatures
    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

    Sincerely,
    http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/

    • scum

      By pedophilia, are you refering to the type practiced by the international criminal organization known as the Catholic Church??

      • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

        Mohammed as the spiritual founder and messenger of a so called God named Allah functionong as a Paedophile, obviously does not compare to a Buddha or Jesus. Obviously many followers of man made religions are perverted. But to call Mohammed the Noblest of all men as Muslims do is truly sick.
        Islam is a perversion of the concept of religion, just as the Astecs heart carving rite to feed their blood needing entity, or the Pheonicians worship of Baal and the human sacrifice of a Baby as a rite.

  • flaedo

    IN BRED. Statistical research on Arabic countries shows that up to 34 % of all marriages in Algiers are consanguine (blood related), 46 % in Bahrain, 33 % in Egypt, 80 % in Nubia (southern area in Egypt), 60 % in Iraq, 64 % in Jordan, 64 % in Kuwait, 42 % in Lebanon, 48 % in Libya, 47 % in Mauritania, 54 % in Qatar, 67 % in Saudi Arabia, 63% in Sudan, 40% in Syria, 39% in Tunisia, 54% in the UAE,45% in Yemen (Reproductive Health Journal, 2009 Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs)