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Deobandis Meet in Virginia to Incite Violence Against Persecuted Islamic Minority  The Daily Caller  November 22, 2017
The Boston Islamic Seminary Is Training the Next Generation of Extremists  The Algemeiner  November 17, 2017
Ohio Lawmakers Meet with Islamists in the Capitol  The American Spectator  November 15, 2017

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

Sipilä: Islam's growing presence a challenge for Finland, Europe  Helsinki Times  November 23, 2017
IPSO clears Sun over 'The Muslim Problem' article - says causing offence is not a breach of Editors' Code  Press Gazette  November 23, 2017
Islamic 'hate preacher' to be expelled  Swiss Info  November 23, 2017
Soros Defends Sarsour  FrontPage Magazine  November 22, 2017
Cardozo School of Law Advertises Event on Anti-Semitism Featuring Speakers Condemned as Anti-Semites  Free Beacon  November 22, 2017

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The Islamic Society of Boston: From One Scandal to Another

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 3:17 PM

Islamist Watch has published an article in The Algemeiner about our recent research into the Boston Islamic Seminary. I recommend you read our op-ed, which is here, and also take a look at our briefing paper.

To sum it up: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) is working to provide an accredited graduate degree program that will "train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts." But as our investigation found, this next generation of clerics are being taught by Islamists among the BIS faculty and regular guest speakers who have long histories of promoting vile anti-Semitism.

Just one example: in 2016, BIS invited Abdelrahman Murphy to lecture its students. Murphy works for the Qalam Institute, which hosts a document on its website warning that Muslims who seek "cleanliness" and "purity" should "not resemble the Jews." Murphy has stated: "There is no such thing as an innocent Israeli."

Murphy used to work for the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). And the Boston Islamic Seminary is, in fact, an ISB project. It was established by the ISB and remains run out of the ISB's mosque in Roxbury -- a neighborhood of Boston. As we noted in The Algemeiner, inaugural trustees of the ISB included Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who was praised by Bin Laden, and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an Al Qaeda fundraiser who was jailed in 2004 for conspiring with the Libyan regime to assassinate a Saudi Crown Prince.

So how will the ISB respond to the latest article exposing extremists in their ranks?

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Now Revealed: Millions of Foundation Dollars Flowing to Islamist Groups

by Sam Westrop  •  Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 4:56 PM

Make sure to read the Daily Caller's lead feature piece from Friday about an MEF campaign to identify and challenge millions of dollars of donations from major American corporate, community and independent foundations to prominent Islamist groups with long histories of links to terror and extremism.

Daily Caller: "Investigation: Foundations Gave Millions To Groups Accused Of Terror Ties"

In a nutshell: since 2000, 51 corporate foundations, 8 community foundations, 1 donor-advised fund, and 9 private foundations have given an astounding $5.6 million to seven Islamist groups: Islamic Relief USA, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), ICNA Relief (the latter's charitable wing), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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The 50 Most Important Islamism Stories in October 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 4:49 PM

For many years now Islamist Watch's senior research fellow David Rusin has maintained an archive of links and excerpts to stories relating to Islamism both at home and abroad. He usually adds 5-10 items each day and here are 42 of the most important picks from October that you won't want to miss:

1. Reuters, October 1: Muslim-American Massachusetts activist launches run for Congress

2. The Washington Free Beacon, October 2: Linda Sarsour Tells Social Justice Rally Attendees to Be Ready to 'Put Their Lives on the Line'

3. Joe Kaufman at FrontPage Magazine, October 2: Terror-Linked Muslim Groups Providing Hurricane Relief

4. Toronto Sun, October 2: Toronto school board recalls, revises controversial Islamic guidebook

5. Gay Star News, October 2: Student 'forced to leave' university after saying extremist Islamic groups kill LGBTI people

6. Emily Shire at The Forward, October 3: Practice What You Preach, Linda Sarsour

7. Orlando Sentinel, October 3: Muslim professor in Orlando sues UCF

8. The Investigative Project, October 4: U.S.-Based MB Supporter Laments Anniversary of Terror Leader's Death

9. Joe Kaufman at FrontPage Magazine, October 5: Congressman Ted Deutch Speaks at Radical Boca Mosque

10. Toronto Sun, October 5: No more changes coming to TDSB Islamic guide

11. Farzana Hassan at the Toronto Sun, October 5: Edmonton terror attacks a reminder that we must take hateful ideology seriously

12. KPBS, October 5: CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

13. Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review, October 6: CAIR's Congress? 3 Democratic candidates you need to know about

14. Douglas Murray at Gatestone Institute, October 6: The Goal of Western Leaders: Avoid Change, Duck Accountability

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CAIR Exploits a Tragedy

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 5:30 PM

In May 2017, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche was stabbed, along with two others, on a train in Portland, Oregon. Meche stepped in, along with several others, to protect two teenage girls - one of whom was wearing a hijab - from the violent tirades of a fellow passenger. Meche and another good samaritan were fatally stabbed, while a third was seriously injured. Authorities have since named the killer as a "self-proclaimed white supremacist."

On November 18, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is hosting a banquet at which Meche will be posthumously named a "Champion of Justice." Meche's mother, Asha Deliverance, is due to accept the award on her son's behalf. She is described in CAIR's event flyer as a "peace and love activist."

The murders in Portland were horrifying. It is only fitting that Meche and the other victims of this hate-crime should be honored by someone. But that someone should not be CAIR.

CAIR is exploiting this tragedy to further its own political agenda. It has organized this event to further the deceit that CAIR works to fight racism and hatred, only to distract from its long history of promoting such racism and hatred. At the very event honoring Meche, in fact, CAIR has also invited one of American's most extreme hate preachers - a Salafi cleric named Siraj Wahhaj.

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When Islamists Fall Out

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 7:39 PM

The Bayyinah Institute, a Salafi religious training organization, has filed papers at the Dallas County District Court seeking at least $200,000 from Omar Suleiman, a prominent Salafi cleric and a former "instructor" at Bayyinah.

According to the petition, Bayyinah claims that Suleiman breached his contract and a number of fiduciary duties, stole trade secrets and carried out "business disparagement designed to destroy Bayyinah" by threatening and making "false, defamatory statements."

The main thrust of the lawsuit, however, appears to be about $166,446 paid to a Jordanian production company for a film project. Bayyinah claims Omar Suleiman "convinced the Jordanian company to refuse to deliver the film to Bayyinah as agreed and to refuse to return the $166,446.00 paid by Bayyinah."

Interestingly, Bayyinah's lawsuit was lodged just a week after a number of Muslim women claimed they had been sexually harassed by Nouman Ali Khan, the founder and CEO of Bayyinah. In fact, Bayyinah is essentially just Nouman Ali Khan's personal project. The harassment claims caused a powerful scandal within the American Muslim community, and was even reported in Buzzfeed and as far away as Pakistan.

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Another Anti-Jewish Hire at the Islamic Society of Boston

by Sam Westrop  •  Thu, 5 Oct 2017, 10:57 PM

If you haven't already, make sure to read our recent article on the Boston Islamic Seminary, a new religious educational institution that claims to be training "vibrant members of America's pluralistic society, working collaboratively with people of other faiths."

As our article points out, the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) -- and its parent organization, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) -- are not moderate at all. Both BIS and the ISB have a tendency to employ and promote extremist clerics and activists.

In 2016, for example, the ISB hired an "associate imam" named Abdul-Malik Merchant. Merchant seems to dislike Jews. In a Facebook post discussing Jewish "plotting", he published text claiming: "The Jews wanted to kill Jesus the son of Mary (peace be upon him) because there [sic] normal way or tradition was to kill the prophets." And on a blog run by Merchant, a variety of anti-Semitic scripture is quoted: "Oh assembly of Jews! You are the most disgusting of the creation to me. You killed the prophets of Allaah..."

Now, we have uncovered new evidence of intense anti-Semitism expressed by BIS faculty.

Yahia Abdul-Rahman is an "instructor" at BIS, where he teaches courses on "Islamic finance." Abdul-Rahman is a noted expert in his field. BIS describes him as the "father of Islamic banking." While working at Citigroup, Abdul-Rahman launched the "first ever Sharia-compliant stock portfolio." In addition, he helped establish the Industrial Bank of Kuwait and the LARIBA Bank of Kazakhstan. Under his watch, LARIBA established the first sharia-compliant bank in America. Since then, Abdul-Rahman has written two books on the subject, one of which he claims was a best-seller.

Abdul-Rahman is also, however, a determined anti-Semite. His Facebook page is replete with unpleasant jokes about Jews, support for the Muslim Brotherhood's struggle against Israel and links to neo-Nazi websites.

In August 2015, for example, Abdul-Rahman posted a link to "The Ugly Truth," a website that describes itself as "intelligent 'anti-Semitism' for thinking Gentiles." The website contains conspiracy theories about Jewish control of governments and media, as well as claims of Jewish plots to murder children and discussions about "de-Judifying America."

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Extremist Cleric Siraj Wahhaj to Headline ISNA Conference

by Samantha Rose Mandeles  •  Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 11:03 AM

This Saturday, Seattle, Washington will play host to an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference. Titled "The Power of Faith," the conference—the second such event this year—promises to help Muslims "transform the self and society." Featuring such sessions as "Faith Beyond Words: Finding the Help of Allah," Being a Prophetic Voice in the Age of Trump," and "Enhancing Our Community in Challenging Times," the event ostensibly consists simply of a day of community building, introspection, and prayer.

Yet, the past behaviour of the conference speaker—and even the conference organizers—indicates that the peaceful veneer of the event belies a sinister agenda.

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The 30 Most Important Islamism Stories in September 2017

by David Swindle  •  Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 9:33 AM

For many years now Islamist Watch's senior research fellow David Rusin has maintained an archive of links and excerpts to stories relating to Islamism both at home and abroad. He usually adds 5-10 items each day and here are 23 of the most important picks from this month that you won't want to miss:

1. Independent Journal Review, September 1: After Being Caught Exploiting Houston Flooding, Linda Sarsour Blames 'White Supremacists'

2. Conservative Review, September 1: Notorious lefty & Islamic groups to protest Trump's 'Muslim ban'

3. Conservative Review, September 2: Linda Sarsour, leftist icon, to speak at radical Islamic confab

4. Matthew Vadum at FrontPageMag, September 4: Gambling With National Security

5. Register-Guard, September 5: CAIR sees a role in Oregon

6. Philadelphia Inquirer, September 5: Fear of Islamic health clinic stirs debate in Northeast Philly

7. Breitbart News, September 5: Canadian Muslim Website Publishes Article Defending 'Medical Benefits' of Female Circumcision

8. Buzzfeed, September 6: A Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Islamophobia

9. The Daily Wire, September 8: Sarsour Claims, 'If I Want To Say I'm Black, I'm Black'

10. CAMERA, September 11: Politico Whitewashes Linda Sarsour's Record

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U.S. Charity Openly Funds Violent Pakistani Shi'ite Movement

by Sam Westrop  •  Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 1:41 PM

On May 24, the United Nations' Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations considered requests by ninety-four different non-profit groups from across the globe to attain "special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council." As is usual, a number of UN member-states sought to delay or prevent approval by the Committee: The U.S. questioned the activities of an Iranian charity tied to the regime and a Sudanese charity linked to Al Qaeda, Cuba challenged an Israeli charity, and Mauritania – where slavery is still widespread – demanded more information on the activities of several anti-slavery organizations.

Forty-six other non-profits, however, were not subject to objections or requests for further information, and received approval from the Committee. One of these, a charity named Saviour USA, is nonetheless a controversial choice.

Based in Texas, Saviour USA is a registered 501c3 that describes its work as "instrumental in raising funds to support the families of martyrs in Pakistan." Saviour USA is the U.S. branch of the Shaheed Foundation, a Pakistani Shi'ite charity that operates under the aegis of the Iranian regime.

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Act Now to Block Federal Funds to Islamic Relief Worldwide

by Sam Westrop  •  Thu, 7 Sep 2017, 3:46 PM

At some point in the next few hours, Congress will be voting on Congressman DeSantis's Amendment (115-31), which will ban Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) from receiving federal funds. IRW is an Islamist charity with links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It has a long history of promoting extremist ideology across both America and Europe. IRW claims to have already received $704,662 of taxpayers' money.

Please call your US Representative now. Ask him or her to support Rep. DeSantis's Amendment #115-31​ to the State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354).

Click here to find their contact details: Alternatively, you can reach the Capitol switchboard here: (202) 224-3121.

Islamic Relief Talking Points

1. Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is one of the most important Islamist institutions in the world. Established in England in 1984, IRW now serves as the headquarters for the Islamic Relief franchise, managing dozens of branches across the world and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. For its entire history, IRW has been managed by Islamist operatives connected to extremist networks in Europe, America and the Middle East.

2. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates, a key ally of the United States, designated IRW as a terrorist organization because of its links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. This ban followed similar accusations leveled against the charity in Israel and Egypt.

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