Mahdi Bray's Louis Farrakhan and Muslim Brotherhood odyssey.
It’s said that you wouldn’t want to wish serious illness on your worst enemy. Well, in December 2010, such an illness did indeed come to one of America’s worst enemies, Muslim extremist Mahdi Bray. Bray, then-Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation, the former activist arm of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front, the Muslim American Society, suffered what was described as a “massive stroke.” Now, three years later, he is back doing what he does best, embracing hatemongers and getting involved in the pro-terror cause.
Johari 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. Since Abdul-Malik has been employed by al-Hijrah, he has supported and/or defended a number of convicted terrorists, including one that plotted to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah; one that plotted to assassinate President George W. Bush; and one who instructed his followers to wage war on the United States.
Abdul-Malik has a YouTube page, where he actively uploads videos. On September 25, he uploaded a 28-second one featuring himself and the Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam al-Marayati. Marayati, who is close to the Obama White House, is a defender of Hezbollah and has previously suggested that Israel be named a suspect in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
However, the main event of Abdul-Malik’s video short was Mahdi Bray and Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), hugging and professing their love for one another.
Farrakhan is known for his inflammatory rhetoric against whites, Jews and homosexuals. He has called whites “potential humans [who] haven’t evolved yet.” He has referred to Jews as “satanic” and “wicked.” And he has called gays “degenerate.” Farrakhan’s group currently publishes a number of anti-Semitic books and DVDs for sale on its website, including such titles as ‘And the Jews Planned’ and ‘Jews Selling Blacks.’
The scene from the video is not the first time Bray has embraced such a vile individual as Farrakhan. In March 2009, a photo of Ahmed Yassin, the former spiritual leader and founder of Hamas who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, was uploaded to Bray’s personal web page found on what used to be a MAS Freedom website. [The MAS Freedom organization was shut down shortly after Bray’s stroke.]
The Muslim American Society was founded in 1992 by associates from the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who would later become the international head of the Brotherhood. Given the radical roots of the organization, it stands to reason that Bray would cling to such extremism – as he did last month, when he attended an event sponsored by a group advocating for the restoration of the regime of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi in Egypt. Morsi was taken from power by the Egyptian Military, which has since outlawed the Brotherhood, designating the Islamist group a terrorist organization.
As reported by Steve Emerson and the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), also attending was ex-USF professor Sami al-Arian, who previously had been sentenced to prison for his role as a North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and is currently under a separate indictment for criminal contempt in another terrorism case.
The affair’s sponsor, the Egypt Freedom Foundation (EFF), was incorporated in Washington, D.C. in October 2013. The group’s organizer is Ahmed Bedier, a former director for the Hamas-related CAIR and former unofficial spokesman in the media for al-Arian. Bedier’s involvement with this new group can, at least in part, be explained by the fact that his beloved brother, Amir, a fervent supporter of Osama bin Laden, was shot dead by the Egyptian Military during a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration, which Amir had taken part in.
The similarity between Bedier’s group’s name and Bray’s former group’s may not be all coincidence. MAS has coordinated activities with EFF, co-sponsoring at least one event together at the Chicago-area Mosque Foundation (MF), a radical mosque that has held fundraisers for Palestinian terror-related entities.
In its short existence, EFF has managed to attract terrorists, run events in terror-related mosques, and on top of that, invite Nazis to speak at their functions, as they did when they organized a lecture at Georgetown University featuring Egyptian Nazi Party co-founder, Ramy Jan.
About the particular event Mahdi Bray attended, he [Bray] tweeted, “Attending hearing on democracy & rule of law in #Egypt…” Ahmed Bedier, for his part, posted on Facebook and tweeted a photo of Morsi behind bars with the caption, “DEMOCRACY IN A CAGE.”
Bray, Bedier and most probably the other attendees confidently believe that the ousting of terror-leader Morsi was a blow to democracy, and the “rule of law” Bray mentioned was, no doubt, the Sharia law that accompanied Morsi to Egypt’s highest level of power.
It is fair to say that most people in civilized society reject the radical views and hatred which Louis Farrakhan and Ramy Jan espouse. They also realize that terrorist leaders such as Mohamed Morsi are antithetical to democracy. But Mahdi Bray, Ahmed Bedier and their ilk exist in a parallel universe where good is evil and evil is good. The fact that they live and prosper in the West makes their world view all the more perverse.
It is this sociopathic lack of conscience and any vestige of morality which makes the Islamist a menace to society and the greatest danger facing Western civilization in our time.
Beila Rabinowitz, director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
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