Azhar Subedar is an Islamist with a busy schedule. One August day he is at a terror-related mosque in Boca Raton, Florida. The next, he is wakeboarding with someone whom the FBI alleged was a fundraiser for the Taliban. Two days later, he was at a global youth event, in Dallas, Texas, hosted by the US State Department. This past May, Subedar attended a Ramadan celebration at the White House, the invitation of which was from President Joe Biden, himself. Why would a radical Muslim be invited to an official gathering by the State Department or be allowed to step foot into the White House? This is no doubt a threat to national security.
Subedar was born and raised in Canada, which may have contributed to his strong animus towards France; he refers to French people as “conniving.” Subedar currently resides in Texas, where he presides as the imam of the Plano-based Islamic Association of Collin County (IACC), but spends much time in Florida, as well. He too has a fervent dislike towards Floridians. In September 2017, he wrote on his social media, “Stupid + American = Floridians.”
The Boca mosque that Subedar attended (and where he said he had a “fantastic evening”) was the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), an institution founded by individuals linked to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) that received its seed money from an al-Qaeda-related charity. Co-founder Bassem Alhalabi, who before coming to ICBR was an assistant to PIJ leader Sami al-Arian, is currently ICBR Secretary and Registered Agent for ICBR’s corporation. The mosque’s website previously featured an essay labeling Jews “people of treachery and betrayal” and discussing a Judgement Day when Muslims will “fight the Jews and kill them.”
The Taliban-linked individual who Subedar went wakeboarding with (and this was not the first time) was Izhar Khan, an imam who, in May 2011, was arrested and detained for his alleged participation in a scheme to ship $50,000 to the Taliban for the purpose of murdering US troops overseas. Though the court determined Khan “posed a danger” to others, ultimately he was released from jail by a sympathetic judge. Khan is the spiritual leader of Masjid Jamaat-ul-Mumineen (MJAM), a mosque that promotes texts on its website labeling Jews and Christians “enemies,” mandating death for gays, and sanctioning domestic violence against women.
Subedar’s involvement with ICBR and Khan is no aberration. He proudly surrounds himself with such radicals. One is Muslim activist Abdur Rahman Al-Ghani, who has used Facebook to attack Jews, gays and America. Subedar refers to him as “my dear brother.” Another is Shafayat Mohamed, founder/imam of the Darul Uloom Institute (DUI), what has been a haven for al-Qaeda operatives. Mohamed has been thrown off a number of county boards for his extreme rhetoric against gays. Subedar calls him his “mentor.” Subedar has also fundraised and participated in events for Islamic Relief (IR), a group that has been banned by several nations.
Subedar has taken part in functions with: Monzer Taleb, a self-professed member of Hamas, who refers to Hamas militants as “SUPERHEROES” and who wrote, in June 2019, that Jews in Israel “should be relocated to Germany”; Mazen Mokhtar, a former administrator for the now-defunct al-Qaeda recruitment site, qoqaz.net, and who stated, in April 1996, that suicide bombings are “an effective method of attacking the enemy and continuing jihad”; and Sofian Zakkout, the President of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), who was thrown off the boards of anti-crime groups for his support of Hamas and Holocaust denial.
None of this, it seems, has mattered to the Biden Administration. Recently, Subedar was invited to the White House for a May 2nd celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan. The invitation states, “The President and Dr. Biden request the pleasure of your company for a celebration of Eid al-Fitr to be held at the White House…”
Photos from the Eid celebration depict Subedar posing with a number of fellow Islamist leaders. They include: Emgage National Chairman and attorney for high-profile convicted terrorists, Khurrum Wahid, who reportedly spent time on a terrorist watch list, himself; former President and current board member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), former Senior National Director of Islamic Relief USA, and current CEO of Muslim Aid USA Azhar Azeez; and former Secretary General of ISNA Sayyid M. Syeed. ISNA’s early relationship to the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), led the group to be named an “unindicted co-conspirator” to Hamas funding.
None of these individuals should have been allowed to enter the White House, let alone be participants at an official White House function at the behest of the President and First Lady. Yet, for Subedar, he has a significant past with the Bidens, as he spoke, in his capacity as the imam of the Plano Mosque, at the January 2021 Inaugural Prayer Service for the Fifty-Ninth Presidential Inaugural at Washington National Cathedral. A photo on his Facebook page, has him and Biden next to one another with big smiles. Also, according to his bio, he was a member of White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush.
Because of the groups and individuals they associate with, by having Subedar and these others participate at their functions, the White House and State Department are legitimizing Islamic extremism and severely compromising America’s security. Instead of inviting these individuals to galas and celebrations, the US government should look to shut them and their groups down.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.