Flashback: Anwar al-Awlaki Leading Muslim Prayers on Capitol Hill, 2002

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


In 2002, PBS produced a documentary on the life of Muhammad, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. I wrote in a National Review article at the time that the documentary presented an “attractively packaged, sanitized version of Islam.” It features Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong; Daisy Khan, the deeply deceitful “moderate” who shot to national prominence in the Ground Zero mosque controversy, and others of that ilk.

But now Jihad Watch reader Carolynn has alerted me to the fact that it is also noteworthy for capturing the slain jihad terror mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, who was in contact with Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas underwear jihadist; and others, leading Muslim prayers on Capitol Hill. Screenshots above show the minute mark where you can see him in the video.

Of course, the New York Times hailed al-Awlaki on October 19, 2001 as one of “a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West,” and so he was widely reputed to be a “moderate” at the time, but that’s just the point. One of the supposed “gotcha” quotes that Leftists and Islamic supremacists like to use against me is one in which I said that there is “no distinction in the American Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists.” This video, however, shows that to be absolutely true: no one was getting up and walking out on al-Awlaki, or saying he shouldn’t be preaching or leading the prayers. Many argue that al-Awlaki really was “moderate” then and became “radicalized” later, but even then, there is no record of his former friends and associates repudiating his new “radical” views.

What we do not see is Muslims in the U.S. pronouncing takfir on those who believe in the Islam of al-Awlaki — that is, declaring them non-Muslim and excluding them from Muslim communities. The reality is that one who holds to the idea that jihad (violent and non-violent) must be waged against Americans in order to impose Sharia upon them is not put out of American mosques, and those who by their actions earn the media title of “extremist” move freely among Muslims in the U.S. until they commit their act of “extremism.”

More evidence comes from the same PBS documentary. For also present for al-Awlaki’s sermon was Hamas-linked CAIR’s Nihad Awad, and I believe that the gentleman to Awad’s left is his henchman Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper:

Awad and Hooper, of course, are routinely cited in the mainstream media as if they were “civil rights leaders.” And also present was another man who had been an employee of Hamas-linked CAIR: Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, who is now serving a 20-year sentence for jihad terror plotting. In this screenshot he is on the right:

So if there is a distinction in the Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists, it certainly wasn’t evident at this Capitol Hill prayer meeting, where a jihad mass murder mastermind preached the khutba for a group containing a jihad terror plotter, two leading “moderate” Muslim spokesmen, and a congressman’s chief of staff.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    What the west knows about Islam and its leaders can fill a thimble, if that – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/21/repeat-until-

    And the fungible definition of who is a terrorist leads to the likes of Al-awlaki leading US prayers, even while Bush was at the helm – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/14/fungible-defi… the cognitive dissonance is now full blown, chiefly because the Islamist-in-Chief is of like-mind!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Patd

      We know that they will kill anyone and everyone that they feel is their right….their actions have proven that more everyday…and you ignorant pissant could never start to understand that the UN declared action on Iraq and the US house and Senate passed the bill to move the one man at the top signed what the world and this Nation requested. But of course you being the idiot that you are you have forgotten that the muslims in the name of islam were trying for 17 years to destroy the twin towers and then accomplished it because America allowed the trash into this country under tolerance and wound up with over 3000 dead. But now the same criminals still have their hands out for the almighty dollar and the western ways. They are all trash that follw the muslims and always will be!

    • JacksonPearson

      Right on Adina. President Bush mislead the American people after 9/11 with Islam has been hijacked by radicals, and is really a peaceful religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ever since 620AD, Islam have never been at peace, and never will be.

      Then fast forward to closet Muslim president (not mine) Barack Hussein Obama stating we will never be at war with Islam. Another BS statement. If the West is not fighting Islam, than who? Every Muslim conflict world wide is being fought in the name of Allah, and his false prophet Mohammad.

  • Asher

    If you don't understand the Islamic goals of flying their flag over the White house, then you have been in the dark for the last 4 years.

  • davarino

    There is no way this country is going islamic. There is no way this country will adopt sharia. It aint happenin. This country has gone soft in the past trying to believe the best in people until the worst is revealed, then its over. You mooslims enjoy your moment in the sun : )

  • Guest

    Who ever thought this country would become socialist with the envy and hatred of those that have been and are successful. But that is exactly what you now have and it started in the 60's….took some 50 years to accomplish but it has been accomplished. Same thing going on with Islam. Here is how it works:
    http://christianfaithinamerica.com/2010/06/30/isl

  • carrie

    Islam is internet on gaining power and wealth.
    PBS can sell all the lies it wants. The outcome of muslims moving into a country are well documented and always end the same.
    Just as Awaki and CAIR prayed with fanatically on Capital Hill while plotting terrorism .

  • Hell's Gatekeeper

    Anwar al-bugger-all is dead. He is in hell. End of story.

  • Ghostwriter

    Old Anwar Al-Awlaki is probably roasting in Hades right now.

  • JacksonPearson

    Anwar al-Awlaki was a home grown enemy, born within. There are probably thousands more like him that have been allowed the good graces and opportunities of this country, that are waiting to do us harm. Because, evil Islam by any other word, is still evil Islam.

  • Beth

    In response to Hell's Gatekeeper and Ghostwriter:

    First, I'd like to mention that self-defense is not murder. Islam declared war on non-muslims a long time ago – through their koran. But…

    1Jo 3:15 no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    With that, – I suspect that the both of you are absolutely correct in your posts. For the murderers, there is no hope for eternal life – ever. But for their victims, there may be. And that is what I call Sweet Eternal Revenge upon the liars and murderers.

    Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy BOTH soul AND body in hell.

    And in that Day, He'll have His Sweet Eternal Revenge upon them….those who feel it is their duty to take lives they did not give….nor can give back after taking them, because they're not God (an abominable act).

    The both of you are absolutely correct – according to Scripture. I have no doubt that Anwar al-bugger's soul is in the place reserved for the wicked….for taking lives he did not give – nor can give back – ignoring the fact that all die anyway and then comes the Judgment – from God, Himself. This is what needs to be shown to anyone contemplating becoming a muslim.

  • Klm

    Anwar al-walki was a frequenter of prostitutes. He like many of his ilk are false prophets speaks of being a good and just man while being a low form of scum . His burnt corpse will not be missed.

  • DOBA DODU

    America is the biggest terrorist in the world. World war 2, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam war, Korean War, Iraq war, Afghanistan war are some of the greatest terrorist activities of America. America is trying to fool the world in the name of war on terror! If someone has to be punished for terrorism it is America!