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by David 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 Dr. 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 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 Dr. 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.
Fri, 9 Dec 2016, 9:53 PM
On December 11, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is hosting its annual convention. A number of prominent non-Muslim politicians are expected to attend. They will be sharing a platform with a couple of problematic Islamist activists: MPAC official Edina Lekovic and Imam Jihad Saafir.
While at UCLA, Edina Lekovic worked for a publication named Al-Talib. The July 1999 issue, which lists her as managing editor, features Ayatollah Khomeini and Osama bin Laden on the cover celebrating "the spirit of jihad." One article in this issue, written by "Al-Talib staff," states: "When we hear someone refer to the great Mujahid (someone who struggles in Allah's cause) Osama bin Laden as a 'terrorist,' we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter." The July 1999 issue was published after the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa and Bin Laden's declaration of war against the U.S.
Another issue of Al-Talib, also bearing Lekovic's name, alleges that the Holocaust is exaggerated.
by Islamist Watch • Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 2:47 PM
There is a new Islamic institute in town. Founded recently by the prominent cleric, Omar Suleiman, the Yaqeen Institute claims to tackle "the rise of Islamophobia on one side, and extremism on the other," as well as the "rise in the Muslim community" of "Atheism and Agnosticism."
Islamist Watch does not discourage any attempt, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, to challenge genuine anti-Muslim hatred.
Our expertise, however, is Islamist extremism. If the Yaqeen Institute is serious about its commitment to fighting extremism, then we suggest it reconsider some of its staff, including its founder.
Omar Suleiman has been already condemned by moderate Muslim activists after he described homosexuality as a "disease" and a "repugnant shameless sin." He refers to the Islamic death penalty for the "people that practiced sodomy."
by Dr. Oren Litwin • Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 4:25 PM
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) recently announced their latest conference, to take place on February 25th, 2017. As usual, many of the headlined speakers have histories of Islamist extremism.
Mehdi Hasan, a prominent British journalist and political editor of several news programs, has been caught on video saying that non-Muslims "live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfill any desire."
by Islamist Watch • Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 4:28 PM
If you haven't yet read the Islamist Watch exposé of the Qalam Institute, a Texas-based seminary and training organization, you can find it here.
In addition to the information already published, here is a collection of sermons and screenshots of posts by the Qalam Institute's main three officials:
by Islamist Watch • Fri, 11 Nov 2016, 6:07 PM
Over the last decade, Islamist Watch, along with several moderate Muslim organizations and other anti-Islamist groups, have spent a considerable amount of time documenting and analyzing the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States – examining its officials, finances and ideology.
We have sought to understand how this minority extremist movement of political activists has managed to impose its own unelected leadership on historically moderate American Muslim communities.