CAIR’s Tampa Terror Banquet

072408Wahhaj3wfWhen someone linked to the ’93 bombing of the World Trade Center is a featured speaker at a fundraiser sponsored by a group created by Hamas operatives and run by a Hezbollah defender, one could easily surmise that the function described would be taking place in the Middle East. Yet, this event, which was held this past weekend and raised a large amount of money, took place in a major American city, Tampa, Florida.

On the night of Saturday, November 23rd, the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) sponsored a fundraising banquet featuring what should be considered highly controversial figures from the Muslim community. One of these individuals was an imam who goes by the name of Johari Abdul-Malik.

Abdul-Malik is the Outreach Director of Falls Church, Virginia’s Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center. He was brought in to head the mosque, after his predecessor, Anwar al-Awlaki, left the United States to become al-Qaeda’s leader in Yemen. And shortly before Awlaki became the mosque’s imam, Hamas fundraiser Mohammad al-Hanooti held the position. [Today, al-Hanooti is listed on al-Hijrah’s website as the center’s Mufti.] According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, al-Hijrah itself has been considered by federal law enforcement officials to be a front for Hamas.

Since Abdul-Malik has been employed by al-Hijrah, he has supported and/or defended a number of convicted terrorists. They include: Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison, in part for his role in a plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a former al-Hijrah teacher and camp counselor, who is serving a life prison sentence for providing material support to al-Qaeda and for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Ali al-Timimi, who received a life prison sentence for instructing his Northern Virginia followers to wage war on the United States.

Another of the featured speakers at CAIR-Tampa’s Saturday banquet was the imam of Brooklyn, New York’s at-Taqwa Mosque, Siraj Wahhaj.

In 1995, Wahhaj was named by the United States government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” for a federal trial dealing with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, an act which resulted in the deaths of six innocent Americans. Wahhaj had been linked to the bomb-maker of the attack, Clement Rodney Hampton-El, and during the trial, he was a character witness for the spiritual leader of the attack, the “Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, whom Wahhaj has openly praised.

This was not the first time CAIR has brought Wahhaj in as a speaker for one of its affairs, so CAIR’s representatives can’t make the excuse that they didn’t know about his insidious background. Indeed, Wahhaj has spoken at a large number of CAIR events and has previously served as a member of CAIR-National’s Board of Advisers.

In reality, no one can expect CAIR to vet terror-related speakers, when the group itself has been, in large part, associated with terrorism.

CAIR was founded in June 1994 as a part of an umbrella organization led by then-global leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named an “unindicted co-conspirator” by the U.S. Justice Department for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. The three original founders of CAIR, one of which is still the national Executive Director, were coming from the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), the then-American propaganda wing of Hamas. CAIR had used its website to raise funds for the then-American financing arm of Hamas, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF).

Hassan Shibly is the Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa. In June 2011, the Tampa Tribune reported on previous statements Shibly had made regarding Hezbollah. Shibly had stated that Hezbollah was “basically a resistance movement” and “absolutely not a terrorist organization.” In 1983, Hezbollah perpetrated a suicide attack which resulted in the murders of 241 American troops stationed in Beirut, Lebanon. Today, Hezbollah is involved with the government of Bashar al-Assad in the mass slaughter of Syrian civilians.

CAIR-Tampa’s banquet – deceptively titled ‘Faith in Freedom’ – according to Shibly, raised over $200,000. With 400 guests attending, that’s over $500 per person.

Terrorism creates fear in itself. That’s its purpose. But the fact that a group associated with such acts of horror could raise so much money inside the United States should put the fear in all of us.

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  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    Just remember that CAIR could not play its ‘game’ without help from local authorities.

    THEY are the real enemy.

    • defcon 4

      It’s not only local authorities who are corrupt. After all, if the Eye-R-S can spend so much time persecuting the zero’s opposition and groups that support the state of Israel, why can’t they spend their time going after groups which sponsor islam0nazi terrorism?

  • roccolore

    CAIR is the Muslim KKK.

    • mark

      kkk claimed to be christian but did things that proved they were not.

      CAIR is exactly what islam teaches, evil.

      There are no moderate muslims – they all prove this by lying to disguise the evil nature and teachings of islam/muslims.

  • Texas Patriot

    Ignorance is the enemy.

  • Mark McDonald

    Islam is slowly coming apart around the world, they have made their hate stance and now they are being rejected.

    • Ishmael_137

      Actually, I think they are stronger than ever. Hatred and violence are being embraced even by those who consider themselves “moderate.” The DNC’s alliance with CAIR creates quite a formidable political force. The jihad against the West gains a little ground every day.

      • defcon 4

        This is the ugly reality, democracy, freedom and liberty are steadily being eliminated by islam0fascism — all over the world.

  • Pat Nash

    Caring for Muslim terrorist has become pretty foolhardy in our America today. How terrifying.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Look at the mug on it, Would you trust that? I wouldn’t.


    This sweaty Abdul-Malik belongs in an orange jumpsuit in a US prison.

  • USARetired

    Dingle Barry has invited, encouraged and assisted these terrorist at every opportunity! Why can’t our congressmen and senators see this evil person for what he is and eliminate our enemy within!

  • Walter Sieruk

    If Islam is repsented as a tree then the fruit of the tree are the many murderous Islamic groups that put into practing the violence and killing of Islam’s militant jihadism, Sura 9:112. 47 :4. Such grups a al Qaeda , Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko, PIJ, etc. To this the wisdon of the words of Jesus very much do apply. For Jesus taught ” Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, of figs of thisles:? Even so every good tree bringth forth good fruit; but a ourrupt tree bringth forh evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit , neither can a corrupt tree bringth forth good fruit.” After saying this Jesus told them what he told them when he stated “By their fruit ye shall know them.”Matthew 7;16,17. 18,18. [KJV] In conclusion, Islam is a corrupt tree and alos a false religion.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      To add to your post, the Muslims that aren’t violent jihadists are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, as jihad (holy war) is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a holy fundamental obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Thus, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, as Islam, which masquerades as being a religion, is instead a very rabid form of totalitarianism that prevents the freedom of conscience through the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy.

      As a matter of fact, the first and foremost prerequisite of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission of all Muslims to the “will of Allah” under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy. Thus, there is no freedom of choice to believe or not to believe in Islam, as is the case with all true faith-based religions. A Muslim either adheres strictly to his or her total, complete, and unconditional submission to the “will of Allah” or otherwise must be executed. Likewise, all Muslims are either jihadists in one form or another or otherwise blasphemous apostates that according to the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed.

      Indeed, virtually all Muslims don’t have a clue what faith-based religion actually is and as a consequence ignorantly believe Islam to be a religion and most infidels also blindly accept Islam’s false claim to be a religion at face value exactly like sheeple. However, when you closely examine Islam under the microscope of scrutiny, it becomes quite clear that Islam is really a rabid form of totalitarianism as opposed to being a religion.

      By the way, the “will of Allah” that all Muslims must totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy in essence is Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I know that this must sound paranoid to all you political correct multiculturalists out there, but a tiny minority of Muslims isn’t perpetrating terrorism because they are misguided souls or because of America’s exploitative foreign policies. Instead, all Muslims in the world are waging jihad, which is a holy war in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme against all religions and all infidels. In other words, when the political correct multiculturalists that dominate our society, and especially in the Republican and Democrat Parties, relegate what is actually jihad (holy war) to only being a small problem involving a few so-called Muslim extremists that perpetrate terrorism, what they are actually doing in reality is minimizing the issue, since a jihad (holy war) is a far more substantial matter relative to terrorism perpetrated by only a tiny minority of so-called Muslim extremists. In other words, it is an exercise in delusion and denial at the same time.

    The harsh reality is all Muslims in the world are jihadists in one form or another, or otherwise they are not Muslims at all but blasphemous apostates that, per the texts and tenets of Islam, must be executed. Furthermore, Muslims are not terrorists. Instead, Muslims are jihadists fighting jihad (holy war) via both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive means of jihad to ultimately make Islam supreme via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Of course, violent Muslim jihadists always ignore the Geneva Conventions because it emanates from man and instead always employ total warfare tactics in strict adherence to Sharia, which emanates directly from Allah in contrast, and in which is easily confused as being terrorism. Not to mention that non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad is not only far more ubiquitous relative to violent jihad, it is also astronomically far more damaging as well. Yet it operates today with full impunity as it is almost completely ignored thanks to political correct multiculturalism.

    • hiernonymous

      “I know that this must sound paranoid…”

      Got it in one.

      • defcon 4

        Yeah, because islam is really a religion of peace ain’t it Ali Bin Lyin’?

        • hiernonymous

          “…ain’t it Ali Bin Lyin’?”

          If you’re trying to be witty, you’re halfway there!

          • defcon 4

            You’re halfway to being a half wit.

          • hiernonymous

            There’s no getting anything past you, is there?

          • defcon 4

            You’re half past stupid.

  • defcon 4

    You’re half past stupid.

  • surj

    I think America is doomed in decades to come .Now see and

  • Sam

    Its amazing you guys follow this clown named Joe Kaufman. He’s the laughing stock of the right:

  • WhiteHunter

    Since the government routinely seizes cash from honest, law-abiding farmers on their way to cattle auctions or farm equipment sales on the pretext that it is/probably is/might be drug money or from or for some other criminal activity, why don’t they use the same extrajudicial Forfeiture process (and its Orwellian “guilty until proven innocent–and it’s your problem to prove your innocence, at your own expense” provisions) to every dollar collected at this terrorist conclave, arrest the donors at gunpoint, and throw them in jail until they can PROVE that they’re innocent–and then keep the money anyway?
    Oops, I forgot. Obama sees nothing at all wrong with anything his coreligionists do. Including cutting our throats, blowing us to bits, and infiltrating, corrupting, and subverting every government department and civil institution in the land. Silly me.