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by David M. Swindle • Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 11:02 PM
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) shared a video in support of Al Qaeda jihadist Aafia Siddiqui on one of its Facebook pages.
Siddiqui has been described by FBI Director Robert Mueller as "an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator."
She is currently serving an 86-year sentence on two counts of attempted murder. At the time of her arrest she had on her possession "handwritten notes and a computer drive containing recipes for bombs and weapons of mass destruction, instructions on how to make machines to shoot down U.S. drones, descriptions of New York City landmarks with references to a mass casualty attack, and two pounds of cyanide."
by David M. Swindle • Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 3:20 AM
We have recently published two compilations of sermons by the Islamist cleric Siraj Wahhaj, one of the most popular preachers at some of American Islam's biggest conferences.
Now, we have put together a compilation of his sermons on adultery, theft and hatred of non-Muslims. He is frank about his views: stone to death adulterers; chop off the hands of thieves; lashes for people who drink; do not be intimate with "those outside your race"; and non-muslims are "foul and corrupting."
The sermons illustrate, once again, the extremism of the Islamist clerics preaching to thousands all across America.
by David M. Swindle • Tue, 7 Feb 2017, 6:13 PM
Last week the PBS series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly only lived up to half of its name when it presented a hagiographic depiction of Omar Suleiman, instructor at the Salafist Al Maghrib Institute and founder of the Yaqeen Institute, which is advised by prominent Muslim Brotherhood intellectual Tariq Ramadan. The program featured footage of Suleiman bringing American Muslim youth to visit Syrian refugees and extoling the work of the terrorism-linked charity Helping Hand for Relief and Development.
The show's producers chose to ignore Suleiman's associations with extreme Islamist movements and instead featured a smiling imam visiting Syria with American Muslim youth and donated necessities. Suleiman is friendly and likable, with a child on his shoulders, playing soccer, delivering blankets, handing out sneakers, and introducing refugees to two-room trailer homes courtesy of Helping Hand.
by David M. Swindle • Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 9:09 PM
Siraj Wahhaj is the Imam of the Taqwa mosque in New York. He is a prominent Islamist cleric with a long history of involvement in extremist causes.
Last week, we published a compilation of his sermons on homosexuality, in which Wahhaj condemns homosexuals as a "disease of this society" and cites the the death penalty stipulated by the Quran.
This week, we have put together a compilation of Siraj Wahhaj's comments about jihad, which are even more extreme. In the first few clips, Wahhaj is raising money for the Benevolence International Foundation, which the Treasury Department designated in 2002 as a "financier of terrorism." Its leader, Enaam Arnaout, was a close associate of Bin Laden. According to prosecutors, the Benevolence International Foundation raised funds "to support Al Qaeda and other groups engaged in armed violence overseas."
by David M. Swindle • Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 2:24 PM
While Sarsour's progressive allies at publications like The Huffington Post sought to portray criticism of her as inspired by "Islamophobia," even the New York Times challenged the activist's support of Islamist patriarchy: "Linda Sarsour is a religiously conservative veiled Muslim woman, embracing a fundamentalist worldview requiring women to 'modestly' cover themselves, a view which has little to do with female equality and much more of a connection with the ideology of political Islam than feminism."
Next month Sarsour has a speaking engagement on her calendar that further reinforces this narrative of her valuing deceitful Islamism over authentic multicultural liberal tolerance.
by David M. Swindle • Mon, 23 Jan 2017, 12:13 PM
Siraj Wahhaj is the Imam of the Taqwa mosque in New York. He is an Islamist preacher with a long history of involvement in extremist causes.
The U.S. Attorney for New York named him as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing. Wahhaj is a former advisory board member of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and continues to speak regularly at CAIR events.
Now, Islamist Watch has discovered previously-unknown sermons, which reveal Wahhaj's deep-seated hatred for homosexuality. He encourages his audience to hate homosexuals, and reminds them that the Islamic punishment for homosexuality is death.
by Oren Litwin • Mon, 9 Jan 2017, 11:07 PM
Hamza Yusuf is one of America's most prominent Muslim voices. He is the co-founder of the Zaytuna College and a popular speaker at American Muslim events across the country.
On December 24, 2016, Yusuf appeared as a star speaker at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention in Toronto, an annual Islamic event that draws crowds of thousands. Interviewed by the British Shi'ite journalist, Mehdi Hasan, Yusuf discussed strident anti-Semitism within the Muslim community, and attacked the "plague" of Islamism that has gripped so much of Western Islam.
Hamza Yusuf on Islamism:
by David M. Swindle • Thu, 5 Jan 2017, 4:02 PM
In July 2016, Suleiman was invited to address an "interfaith service" held for the victims of the Dallas police shootings. On national television and in newspapers across the country, Suleiman could be seen sitting just a few feet behind the 43rd and 44th first couples: George and Laura Bush, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
Suleiman is treated by the media and the political establishment as a moderate cleric. In front of a Muslim audience, however, what sort of Islam does Omar Suleiman preach?
by Oren Litwin • Tue, 27 Dec 2016, 7:35 PM
We are only two days into the annual joint convention of the Muslim-American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Islamist Watch has previously written about the MAS-ICNA conference and its many extremist speakers, leading to Keith Ellison's withdrawal. But we weren't expecting the conference to become a propaganda event for Reccep Tayyip Erdogan.
Today, Turkish president Erdogan's daughter, Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, addressed the MAS-ICNA conference, peddling the official line (for which they have little evidence) that the recent coup attempt was the work of the "Fethullah Terror Organization" (FETO), which is how the regime now refers to the followers of Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.
Bayraktar called FETO more dangerous than the Islamic State: "It is easier to turn some hopeless, desperate, uneducated people into militants. They have little to lose.... FETO on the other hand takes possession of the minds and hearts of well-educated doctors, engineers, generals, scientists [because of] its highly hierarchical and closed system using the method of dissimulation." In response, she said, "Our state will defend the integrity, security and public will of our country with full vigor and force..."
by Dr. Oren Litwin • Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 12:21 PM
From December 23rd through 25th, Toronto will play host to the 15th Anniversary "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" convention, which will feature a number of prominent extremists. They will be joined by several non-Muslim speakers, including Rabbi Michael Lerner and Pastor Bob Roberts.
Any moderate speakers ought to reconsider their participation. They will be sharing a platform with Islamist clerics and activists who have in the past advocated for violence, extremism, racism, and hate. Among the worst include:
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah: Shaikh Bin Bayyah, in addition to his many government positions in Mauritania, is also a former vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, which is headed by notorious radical cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In 2004, while Bin Bayyah was a member of the IUMS, it issued a fatwa declaring that violent resistance against the US presence in Iraq was a defensive jihad that did not require the authority of a Caliph, and was therefore "a duty on every able Muslim in and outside Iraq". Bin Bayyah himself defended Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in 2011.