The South Florida Muslim Federation (SFMF) Facebook Manager, Abdur Rahman al-Ghani, has bought into many conspiracy theories about Jews, that Jews are demonic and evil, that Jews control the world’s banks and media, that the vast majority of Jews aren’t really Jewish to begin with. So when al-Ghani, last month, posted a cartoon on his Facebook page insinuating that Israel was behind ISIS, no one would think, at first glance, that he was doing something out of the ordinary. That is, except for the fact that al-Ghani, himself, supports a worldwide Islamic State.
SFMF is a relatively new organization. Founded in April 2017, the group exists as an umbrella for South Florida’s many radical Muslim institutions, including entities linked to international terrorism. The Executive Director of SFMF, Nezar Hamze, who also holds the position of Sheriff’s Deputy at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), previously worked for the Hamas-related group CAIR or Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is a member of SFMF. Recently, Hamze has been sporting a new beard to go along with his new job, a sign that his Islamic fundamentalism is growing. The SFMF Public Relations Director, Wilfredo Ruiz, is also from CAIR. He is currently the Communications Director for CAIR-Florida.
Al-Ghani, whose real name is Samuel Pittman, is SFMF’s Facebook Manager. Prior to SFMF, he was the Youth Director for the Islamic Foundation of South Florida (IFSF), a radical mosque located in Sunrise, Florida. He is, as well, currently the Marketing Manager for Divine Connect, an LLC that produces multilingual broadcast systems to be used by Muslims traveling to Saudi mosques, such as for Hajj.
It is interesting that al-Ghani was chosen to manage SFMF’s Facebook page, as his own Facebook page contains an extraordinary amount of very disturbing material, including the worst of anti-Semitism. However, given the group he is doing this for, it makes perfect sense.
Al-Ghani believes Jews are inherently wicked and in control of the media and world banking system, which he refers to as the “Global Zionist Banksters Plan.” In June 2011, under a video al-Ghani posted, titled ‘Jews control World Economy,’ he wrote, “Secular ‘Zionist’ Jews are the one’s destroying The World today.” In March 2012, he quoted little known anti-Semite Elizabeth Templar, stating, “Bolshevic Jews are the children of Satan.” In September 2012, he repeated a wild myth about how most Jews are the descendants of European converts to Judaism, writing, “80% of so-called Jews are really Ashkenazi Zionist, a derivative of the Khazarians.”
In November 2012, al-Ghani quoted Pope Clement VIII, stating, “All the world suffers from the usury of the Jews, their monopolies and deceit.” Also in November 2012, al-Ghani described the Middle Eastern Gulf states as “COWARDS and PUPPETS of the ‘zionist controlled’ US.” In December 2012, he wrote, “Zionist/Israelis are not holy people. They are demonic and the most evil on earth.” And in January 2013, under a story about Saudi Arabian jets aiding US military strikes on Yemen, al-Ghani posted a link to a cartoon depicting an Arab male prostrating himself on a US flag at the foot of a large menorah with a Jewish star atop it.
No doubt, al-Ghani buys into conspiracy theories, when it comes to Jews. That being the case, there should be no surprise, when al-Ghani, at the end of last month, posted a cartoon on his Facebook page insinuating that Jews were behind ISIS.
The cartoon depicts a Taliban-like figure wearing a white turban with a large blue Star of David on it and carrying a bow and arrows. He is facing a target with the word “Israel” above it, yet his arrows have hit everywhere but the target – “Libya,” “Srilanka,” “Syria,” “Yemen,” “Egypt,” “Lebanon,” “Tunisia” and “Nigeria.” The caption on it asks, “Have you ever wondered Why ISIS never attacked Israel?” Under the graphic, the following is written, “ISIS is the only terrorist organization that travels 352 miles to attack Libya and 170 miles to attack Iraq but they can’t travel 52 miles to attack Israel because the dog doesn’t bite its own tale [sic].”
Al-Ghani took the cartoon from the Facebook page for Masjid al-Haram Makkah, a.k.a. the Great Mosque of Mecca, whose imam, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, has referred to Jews as “the scum of humanity, the rats of the world, prophet killers, pigs and monkeys.” and has called on Allah to “terminate” the Jews. Statements such as these have led to al-Sudais being barred from entering the US.
What is strange and inconsistent about al-Ghani posting this particular cartoon, though, is that he is a huge supporter of a worldwide Islamic State, much like ISIS purports to represent.
In April 2011, al-Ghani wrote, “ALL dictators AND monarchies IN THE MUSLIM LANDS MUST FALL ‘NOW,’ TO ALLOW THE RETURN OF THE ISLAMIC KHILAFAH, INSHA ALLAH.” In March 2012, he posted a graphic stating, “ISLAM WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD.” He wrote, next to it, “[Y]es, Allah (SWT) has Decreed that we will over-take the World in numbers…” In June 2012, he wrote, “Resume the Islamic way of life by establishing an Islamic State that executes the systems of Islam and carries its call to the world.”
In September 2012, al-Ghani posted a photo of a group of Egyptians tearing up a US flag and lifting up what has become known as the black flag of ISIS. Al-Ghani’s personal description of this reads, “Anniversary of 9/11 in Egypt. Putting down ‘AMERICAN FLAG’ and Raising the ‘ISLAMIC FLAG - AR RAYAA.’” And in March 2013, al-Ghani posted a graphic, stating, “IF ALL MUSLIM MAJORITY NATIONS WERE UNITED INTO A SINGLE ISLAMIC STATE… It would be the LARGEST nation on Earth.” In the graphic, Al-Ghani’s Muslim nation is represented by the same black ISIS flag.
Shortly after these postings (which are all still found on al-Ghani’s Facebook page), in June 2014, ISIS proclaimed itself a worldwide Caliphate. Al-Ghani got exactly what he wished for, at least in word. However, today, he is blaming this monstrosity called ISIS on Jews. No doubt, al-Ghani is a Jew-hating hypocrite.
Al-Ghani's claim that Jews are behind ISIS, while openly supporting the idea behind ISIS, is a sign of how warped his worldview is and indicates that it is shared by the groups which comprise SFMF, groups that have given him the authority to post what he chooses on their social media.
His hypocrisy, though, is the least of problems regarding al-Ghani. Al-Ghani's incitement poses a real danger to society, as do the groups whose Facebook page he runs. Law enforcement would be well advised to investigate him, his online postings, his organization SFMF, and the organization’s leader, Nezar Hamze, who, as a Sheriff’s Deputy, is unfortunately one of their own.
Both al-Ghani and his group should be investigated and shut down immediately.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.