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A Radical Imam’s Infiltration of Philadelphia
Posted By Ryan Mauro On June 17, 2013 @ 12:48 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 20 Comments
Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj  isn’t who comes to mind when you think of interfaith partnerships, but two of his associates have served at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia . The two are colleagues of Wahhaj and they lead their own Islamist groups, one of which even used to go by the name of International Muslim Brotherhood.
Wahhaj’s notable quotes  include, “America is the most wicked government on the face of the planet Earth” and “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.” He is also listed  as “unindicted person who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Wahhaj is the Amir of the Muslim Alliance in North America  (MANA). Two of its Shura Council members have served on the board of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. The Interfaith Center boasts  that in 2010 it “served nearly 10,000 individuals, partnered with more than 150 local religious congregations and institutions and two dozen civic and service organizations…”
MANA Shura Council member Anwar Muhaimin is on the Interfaith Center’s board of directors  and is one of its founders. He is also a member of the Interfaith Center’s Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia , which organized  the inaugural prayer services for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Muhaimin currently leads the Quba Institute,  previously called the International Muslim Brotherhood.
Although Muhaimin was educated in Saudi Arabia, he says he is not a Salafist and that his group is not affiliated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. However, its website has said that it’s been long partnered with the Muslim Students Association, a group that a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo  lists as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” More alarmingly, the Quba Institute’s former website said  that Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood cleric Hasan al-Turabi was “instrumental in contributing instruction.” Al-Turabi has been called the “The Pope of Terrorism.” 
Other supporters of the Quba Institute/International Muslim Brotherhood include Abdul-Hamid Abu Sulayman , former rector of the Islamic University of Malaysia and Medhat Hassanein, former Egyptian Finance Minister. The website used to acknowledge  that they and al-Turabi “added their voices and their efforts to replenish and support International Muslim Brotherhood’s educational agenda.”
The former website of Muhaimin’s organization also said  it rejects “’jihad al-saif’ (armed warfare) under one condition: unless in the context of self-defense or guarding the sacred, holy lands of Islam.”
MANA Shura Council member Kenny Gamble, now known as Luqman Abdul-Haqq, was one of the Interfaith Center’s founding board of directors. His United Muslim Movement actually merged with Muhaimin’s International Muslim Brotherhood in 1998 for a period of time. Gamble has been accused  of trying to create Muslim enclaves.
Gamble’s organization says  it is “dedicated to the full implementation of the Qur’an and the Sunnah…” Gamle was originally a member of the Nation of Islam. That is no longer the case, but he still collaborates  with Louis Farrakhan’s radical organization.
Joe Kaufman discovered  that an organization called the Jawala Scouts was registered to the same address as Gamble’s group and Gamble appeared to be its email contact. Photos  show young Muslim boys dressed in military fatigue learning combat skills. The Scouts was started in 2005 by a group called the Sankore Institute of Islamic-African Studies International. As the Clarion Project  reported in April, the organization’s website instructs Muslims to engage in “litigation jihad”  to bring America into greater compliance with Sharia Law.
The group’s leader is undeniably anti-American and the FBI raided its offices in 2006. In 2010, Sankore’s leader condemned the “the pseudo-religion redefined by the pacifist ‘imams’ who deny the obligation of jihad and who have deluded their followers into the fruitless activity of supporting democratic constitutional government.”
The problem of Islamist interfaith engagement goes beyond Philadelphia.
The Council on-American Islamic Relations honors  its interfaith partners at its fundraising banquets which often have radicals as speakers.  The Islamic Circle of North America celebrates the friendships of churches  as evidence that it’s moderate. The Presbyterian Church (USA) uses Islamist groups in interfaith studies. 
These relationships have led to many Christian and Jewish organizations becoming political allies  of groups linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. They join their campaigns  and church leaders endorse  their causes. There are church events about “Islamophobia”  that attack these groups’ critics as bigots. In another case, an interfaith event was used to teach Christians that U.S. involvement in oppression is to blame for terrorism.  On foreign policy, the Islamists’ non-Muslim allies rail against Israel  and protest Israel’s alliance with the U.S. 
This platform helps increase these groups’ political influence to the point where they are courted by the White House  to build support for their policy agenda and offer advice.  Other non-Islamist Muslim groups are left out in the cold. 
This is what the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood envisioned when it instructed  followers to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’, the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”
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 Siraj Wahhaj: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=716
 Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia: http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/
 quotes: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/laura-l-rubenfeld/democrats-embrace-siraj-wahhaj-supporter-of-cop-killer-al-qaeda-and-hamas/#_edn1
 listed: http://www.investigativeproject.org/case/409#_ftn1
 Muslim Alliance in North America: http://www.mana-net.org/
 boasts: http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/us/history/
 board of directors: http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/us/board/
 Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia: http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/cp/rlc/
 organized: http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/docs/rlc/Nutter%20Leads%20Pledge%20for%20Peace%20in%20City.pdf
 Quba Institute,: http://www.qubainstitute.com/
 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo: http://www.clarionproject.org/Muslim_Brotherhood_Explanatory_Memorandum
 said: http://web.archive.org/web/20070306150546/http:/www.imbrotherhood.org/%20
 “The Pope of Terrorism.”: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/884ygeya.asp
 Abdul-Hamid Abu Sulayman: http://globalmbreport.com/?p=917
 acknowledge: http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muhaimin_anwar
 said: http://www.wnd.com/2011/03/275921/
 accused: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2007/11/is-kenny-gamble-building-a-muslim-only
 says: http://www.ummonline.org/
 collaborates: http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/legendary_songwriter_now_march.html
 discovered: http://frontpagemag.com/2010/joe-kaufman-and-beila-rabinowitz/philadelphia%E2%80%99s-islamist-boy-scouts/
 Photos: http://www.americansagainsthate.org/Jawala_Scouts.html
 Clarion Project: http://www.clarionproject.org/
 engage in “litigation jihad”: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/muslim-group-calls-litigation-jihad
 honors: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/cair-misinformation-campaign-honors-christian-allies
 often have radicals as speakers.: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/cair-books-radicals-fundraising-banquets
 celebrates the friendships of churches: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/islamist-interfaith-deception
 interfaith studies.: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/presbyterian-church-uses-islamists-for-interfaith-study/
 becoming political allies: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/american-christians-shocking-support-islamists
 join their campaigns: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/brotherhood-interfaith-partners-pounce-anti-jihad-subway-ads
 endorse: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/florida-megachurch-pastor%E2%80%99s-islamist-associations
 church events about “Islamophobia”: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/interfaith-alliance-ruse
 U.S. involvement in oppression is to blame for terrorism.: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/interfaith-event-teaches-that-u-s-is-aiding-oppression/
 rail against Israel: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/interfaith-financial-war-on-israel/
 protest Israel’s alliance with the U.S.: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/no-blank-check-for-israel-march-coming-to-dc-on-january-19/
 courted by the White House: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/obama-uses-terror-finance-group-to-push-gun-control/
 offer advice.: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/obama-meets-with-pro-hezbollah-groups-ahead-of-mideast-trip/
 left out in the cold.: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/cair-openly-attacks-moderate-muslim-group
 Institute on Religion and Democracy.: http://www.theird.org/
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