For years, the Miami Heat NBA team has been linking up with others to run different heritage nights, as a way to pay homage to South Florida’s many diverse cultures. Last month, though, the team partnered with those tied to terror and bigotry for its first annual ‘Muslim Family Night.’ The team even allowed the groups’ leadership onto the arena floor bearing the Heat logo to practice shots. The Heat have embraced and continue to embrace the controversial Black Lives Matter movement as part of their ‘Social Justice Efforts.’ Do they view radical Islam the same? In a push to celebrate culture and diversity, the team has legitimized fanaticism in the process.
The Miami Heat event (that appeared) to honor South Florida’s Muslim community was held on Friday, January 27th. An announcement for it was found nine days earlier on the Facebook page of the South Florida Muslim Federation a.k.a. Soflo Muslims. It included both the Heat and Muslim Federation logos and stated, “The Miami HEAT invites you to South Florida Muslim Federation Family Night at the FTX Arena when the Miami HEAT host the Orlando Magic…” It further stated, “The first 50 tickets purchased through this special offer will include access to shoot (1) foul shot on the official HEAT court following the game!”
If the flyer advertising this event is true, the following question needs to be asked: How could the Miami Heat NBA basketball team name an event after and lend its logo to a Muslim extremist group with ties to hatred and violence? And furthermore, how could the team allow such a blatant threat to the public onto its floor to shoot baskets?
The Muslim Federation is an umbrella group comprised of South Florida’s many radical Muslim institutions. These institutions include entities with ties to overseas terrorism. One member organization is the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an outfit that has foundational and financial ties to Hamas. Another is the US chapter of Islamic Relief (IR), an organization that has been banned by a number of nations. Yet another is the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a group that has links to South Asian extremists and, for decades, has harbored a convicted death squad leader, placing him in top ICNA positions.
The Federation also includes radical mosques. One, Masjid Jamaat al-Mumineen (MJAM), promotes material calling Jews and Christians “enemies,” sanctioning domestic violence against women, and mandating death for gays. Another, Darul Uloom, has been a haven for al-Qaeda operatives. Another, the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSF) has an imam who refers to Jews as “the lowest of the lowest,” blames women for rape, jokes about sacrificing cats, and promotes violent jihad. One more, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), was founded by a website designer for Hamas and a former assistant to a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader.
In May 2022, the Federation was a co-sponsor of an anti-Israel rally, where there were calls for Israel’s destruction. Attending the rally was Federation President Samir Kakli, who, three days before, posted on Facebook that Israel is the “world’s leading terrorist organization.” This past December, Kakli posted about Israel, “[T]heir ‘nation’ is built on lies & fantasy.” Kakli has, as well, called for the release of leaders of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), who were convicted of raising millions of dollars for Hamas; he has shared material posted on Facebook by Hamas media; and he promoted the Palestinian “Day of Rage,” which targeted Jews with violence.
Also sponsoring the Heat game was Qure Sports, an Islamic group that purports to bring people together via athletics. On its website, Qure has its own sponsor page, which includes the logos for CAIR, ICNA, and Islamic Relief. It further has the logo for Basmah, which, like the others, is a member of the Muslim Federation. Basmah has sponsored events featuring Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn, New York imam, who was named a party to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and was linked to the bomb-maker of the attack, and Monzer Taleb, a self-professed member of Hamas, who posted on Facebook that Jews in Israel “should be relocated to Germany.”
Attending the ‘Muslim Family Night’ was Muslim Federation Field Coordinator and Columbian-born convert to Islam, Gibson Munir Lopez (Gibson Nicolas Lopez Avila). Prior to coming to the Muslim Federation, Lopez was active in ICNA and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an extreme anti-Israel group that is notorious for its harassment and intimidation of Jews and others on American campuses. At the Heat event, Lopez is shown on video practicing his shooting on the Arena floor.
According to Muslim Federation President Samir Kakli, ‘Muslim Family Night’ “will go bigger next time inshallah.” However, if the Miami Heat are planning on hosting this event again, they should disallow the South Florida Muslim Federation and any of their members from taking part in it. These groups’ associations with terror and bigotry should render them unacceptable for such a function. Their history and behavior must not be legitimized.
Additionally, the Miami Heat management should issue an apology for allowing this travesty to transpire in the first place, especially for the fact that it occurred on the same day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which the Heat made sure to mention and pay tribute to in a tweet.
Instead of attaching themselves to extremist groups, who harbor a violent and destructive agenda, the Miami Heat should live by what they tweeted and say “Never Again” to the South Florida Muslim Federation and the like.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
It was satanic islam that ran the BLACK slave trade out of Africa! It was muslims that sold the BLACKS into slavery out of Africa!
Don’t be a stupid Black!!! Islam is satanic!!!
Angel Jacob says
Blacks are still mental slaves to muslims.
Spurwing Plover says
Wait to see even more empty seats during their games wat t o see fewer viewers to their games
Kaufman: “However, if the Miami Heat are planning on hosting this event again, they should disallow the South Florida Muslim Federation and any of their members from taking part in it.”
Yes, but what Muslim organizations CAN be cited that are actually pro-American, anti-Shari’a, lack hostility to other religions (especially Judaism) and to Israel (and, for that matter, India), and reject jihad and Muslim supremacy? I can think of none whatsoever…except for M. Zuhdi Jasser’s organization, which has almost no membership, nearly all of them being non-Muslims.
Howard I Novick says
When posting a comment such as this it is wise to offer a good reference for those who wish to further educate themselves on this matter. May I suggest the book:
Islam’s Black Slaves by Ronald Segal (author of The Black Diaspora)
Walter Sieruk says
One lie about the religion of Islam that the Western news media keep telling the public is that there are to different kinds Muslims such as a “Radical Muslim” and a “Moderate Muslim.”
Likewise the falsehood of the folly of the idea that there are two different types of Islam which are “Radical Islam” and “Moderate Islam.”
Many scholars on Islam ,such as Brigitte Gabriel and Robert Spencer, had explain that the terms “Radical Islam” and “Moderate Islam” Western terms and are unknown to the Islamic world. As one of their leader said “Islam is Islam”
Furthermore, a Muslim in an Islamic country would view that a Westerner would call a “Radical Muslim” in a Muslim nation he would be seen as a “devote Muslim” who is totally committed to the cause of Islam by the way of the violent jihad,
By contrast what a Westerner would call a “moderate Muslim’ many Muslims in Asia as well as the Middle East call a Muslim who is not really living up to his faith in Islam by not taking up arms in the violence and killing of the jihad for Islam.
Therefore many of Muslim, overseas , would call him a “hypocrite” This is way many devote Muslim who are violent jihadists gather together in a group and chant “Death to infidels and hypocrites ” Meaning “Death to non-Muslims and non-violent, jihadist Muslims.
Walter Sieruk says
The terms and Radical Muslim” as well as “moderate Muslim” is actually a misuse of terms. “Moderate Muslim” are actually Western term and not that well known in the Islamic Middle East. This is because what In the Islamic mindset in the Muslim Middle East as well as in Indonesia and other Muslim controlled countries what the non-Muslims of the Western nations view as “radical and “extremist” the Muslims of those places in the world see as “Normal” and even Devout and committed to the Cause of Islam.”
In addition , those “Moderate Muslims” are those of the Islamic worldview and non-devout and non –committed Muslims. The violent jihadists even see them as “hypocrites.” Therefore, this explains the jihadist chant of those jihad-minded Muslims in different Islamic terror organizations. When they chant out loud “Death to infidels and hypocrites.” Meaning Death to people who and not Muslims and people who are non- jihadist Muslims.
Concerning the last part of this above essay, the violent spirit of that vicious jihadist chant “Death to infidels and hypocrites.” The later word of the chant “hypocrites” in the jihad –minded Muslim worldview is further explain in the book titled JIHADIST PSYCHOPATH by Jamie Glazov , for on page 42 the reader is informed that “Islam mandates that devout and real Muslims must punish , and in some circumstances kill, those Muslims whom they regard as neither legitimate nor properly devout.”
Tex the Mockingbird says
Have they consitered granting the same for Christians?
Professional Sports of all kinds is catering to the enemies of liberty. But so is the US Government. From BLM to Islam, the Communist social engineers are being enabled by not only by ignorant Americans but by traitors among us.
My advice is to arm the family with AR-15 rifles, lots of magazines, and a thousand rounds of ammunition per rifle. A gun safe is mandatory. Then learn to be a rifleman. Appleseed clubs exist to train civilians in the art of the rifleman. Look them up. Become proficient at shooting. One day you might need that skill to save your life. Or make the difference between hunger and meat. Because terrorism and civil strife is only one day away.
“Racism is Ok when we do it!”