Orlando-area residents, lock up your infants! Ahmad Saleem is out of jail. Someone paid the $100,000 bond (in two $50,000 installments) to give the 22-year-old Islamist “golden boy” turned pedophile a few weeks of freedom, before he gets sentenced. But life at home cannot be all roses, as he has already taken fire from his once friendly (radical Muslim) colleagues.
Ahmad Abrar Saleem, has been living a double life. On the one hand, he is an Islamist involved with groups connected to terrorism. On the other, he is a sexual predator, who targets minors. Of the two evils, it is the latter that has led to his arrest and incarceration.
Saleem has been around the media in the past, but this time the story is about him. Beginning on May 18th, the Lake and Polk County, Florida sheriff’s offices conducted two sting operations that would nab over 100 individuals, respectively 79 for involvement in prostitution and 22 for involvement in child-sex or pedophilia. Saleem was one of the 22.
Saleem, driving in a car with a specialty plate which read “Invest in Children,” drove to a house located in Clermont, Florida thinking he was going to have sex with a twelve-year-old girl who he met online. But when he opened the door to the house, there were no children inside. Immediately, he was brought to the ground by detectives and arrested.
A mugshot of Saleem grinning was on display, along with his fellow arrestees, during a news conference held on June 2nd and led by Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Indeed, Saleem was among the more high profile of arrests, as he has been a public figure in the local community.
It was only this past March that Saleem was representing the Florida chapter of CAIR as its Orlando Regional Coordinator, to announce on television news networks CAIR’s plans to sue the FBI over the death of Boston Marathon bomber associate, Ibragim Todashev. He was, as well, the Orlando Organizer for United Voices, the group run by former CAIR rep Ahmed Bedier.
CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was established in June 1994 as being part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization acting as a terrorist enterprise run by then-global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the U.S. at the time. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the raising of millions of dollars for Hamas. In November 2014, CAIR was named a terrorist group by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to CAIR’s now-defunct bio of Saleem, he was additionally President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and he was the MSA National Service Director. Photos containing Saleem are still found on the MSA Facebook page. Established in January 1963, the MSA is the first major Muslim Brotherhood organization inside the United States. A number of high profile terrorists, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad co-founder Sami al-Arian, are alumni of the MSA.
Also on his bio was that he had served as a board member of Muslim Youth Project USA (a.k.a. MY Project USA). In a bit of eerie foreshadowing, the group, this past February, posted an article on its website about another Saleem who had been involved in a sex crime, titled “Mohammad Abdullah Saleem: The New Face of Muslim Child Molestation.”
Beginning on January 30th, Ahmad Saleem was a featured speaker at a three day event organized by Young Muslims (YM), the youth group of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and sponsored by ICNA. He also spoke at the December 2014 ICNA-MAS Southeast 20th Annual Convention. The website for the convention still proudly displays a large-size photo of Saleem.
ICNA is the North American affiliate of the South Asian Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami. In August 2006, ICNA was the top donor and partner to Jamaat’s charity, the Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF), when AKF traveled to Syria to hand deliver nearly $100,000 to the global leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashal. ICNA has used the web to promote a number of terrorist organizations, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban. ICNA partners with the Muslim American Society (MAS) for all of its yearly national conventions; MAS, like CAIR, has been named a terrorist organization by United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Speaking at both the ICNA events, along with Saleem, was Hassan Shibly, the Executive Director of CAIR-Florida. Following Saleem’s arrest, Shibly described Saleem as “wicked.” However, Shibly has his own demons. In June 2011, the Tampa Tribune reported that Shibly had stated about Hezbollah that it was “basically a resistance movement” and “absolutely not a terrorist organization.” In August 2014, Shibly tweeted that “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God.” Shibly is also a known follower of anti-gay Islamic lecturer, Khalid Yasin.
Shibly can divorce himself from Saleem, but he cannot divorce himself from himself, just like he cannot divorce himself from an ideology that justifies intercourse with underage girls.
Those who cannot divorce themselves from Saleem are Saleem’s parents, ironically a pediatrician and a school teacher. Both Saleem and his father, Pakistani-born Muhammad Abrar Saleem, are co-managers of Saleem Healthcare, LLC. Saleem’s mother, Samina N. Khan, has also been involved as a managing member of the corporation.
Saleem’s father is also an official of United Muslim Americans for Humanity (UMAH), an Orlando-area charity that partners with the Foundation of Lights radical mosque, whose imam, Ibrahim Habach, preaches that the United States helped perpetrate the September 11th attacks.
Furthermore, Saleem’s father and his father’s business, Central Pediatrics, are respectively the Registrant and Registrant Organization for Ahmad Saleem’s personal organization, Saleem Academy.
Was it Saleem’s parents who foot the bill for his bail? Today, they may be his only friends left.
The slogan for Saleem Academy is “Saving Our Youth, Saving Our Future.” One way to save the youth is to give Ahmad Saleem a harsh sentence, following his June 15 arraignment. And one way to save our future is to shut down the organizations he has been involved with.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.