Muslim groups in the U.S. continually use American holidays to plot their advances. Memorial Day is no different. The 2011 ICNA MAS Convention, Towards a Just and Balanced Way.
Some background on the Muslim American Society for newer readers, via Discover the Networks:
Founded in 1992, the Muslim American Society (MAS) describes itself as “a charitable, religious, social, cultural and educational, not-for-profit … Islamic organization.” In 2004, MAS secretary-general Shaker Elsayed said that his organization had been founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
MAS’s mission is to promote “Islam as a total way of life”; to “encourage the participation of Muslims in building a virtuous and moral society”; to “offer a viable Islamic alternative to many of our society’s prevailing problems”; to “promote family values in accordance with Islamic teaching”; to “promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: brotherhood, equality, justice, mercy, compassion, and peace”; and to “foster unity among Muslims and Muslim organizations and encourage cooperation and coordination amongst them.” MAS identifies the Muslim Students Association and the Islamic Society of North America as Muslim organizations that are rooted in the same “Islamic revival movement” as MAS.
In May 2005, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reported in The Weekly Standard that MAS is a U.S. front group for the Muslim Brotherhood — a claim supported by a September 19, 2004 Chicago Tribune story that stated: “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” This Tribune article was later reproduced on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb.
MAS, like the Muslim Brotherhood, wishes to see the United States governed by sharia, or Islamic law. ”The message that all countries should be ruled by Islamic law,” writes Gartenstein-Ross, “is echoed throughout MAS’s membership curriculum. For example, MAS requires all its adjunct members to read Fathi Yakun’s book To Be a Muslim. In that volume, Yakun spells out his expansive agenda: ‘Until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments, every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful.’”
MAS’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood were confirmed on August 14, 2007, as The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported:
“As the terror-support trial of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) continued today, FBI agent Lara Burns testified that a phonebook found at the home of Ismail Elbarrasse — un-indicted co-conspirator and former assistant to HAMAS leader Musa Abu Marzook — listed the names and numbers of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the United States. On the first page of the phonebook under the title ‘Members of the Board of Directors’ were fifteen names. Among those names are Ahmad Elkadi, Jamal Badawi, and Omar Soubani: the founding incorporators of the Muslim American Society (MAS).”
This year’s convention Program Overview can be found here in Word format and includes these highlights:
Islamic Sharia: A Divine Legal Framework for a Prosperous Society
Q&A with ICNA Shariah Council
The Pursuit of Happiness through the One and Only God [Allah]
How Justice and Balance offer “The Solution” [Sharia]
Islamic Sharia Law: A Closer Look
- Islamophobia: The rise of Anti-Muslim sentiments
- Did the American declaration of Independence has anything in common with the “Islamic Sharia”
Take a look at the entire program and the supremacist tilt of the event.
As usual, most Muslim Brotherhood-linked events in the U.S. feature some of the the most virulent and notorious Muslim speakers in the U.S. The 2011 ICNA-MAS convention, like their previous conventions, is no different. Full list here.
Keynote speaker is an unindicted co-conspirator to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and defender of the attack mastermind.
Badawi was a Board of Directors member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and a founding incorporator of the Muslim American Society.
In 2004 Badawi issued a fatwa for Islamonline, outlining six different conditions in which a wife may properly be beaten according to his understanding of “Islamic teaching,” because, he stated, “there are cases … in which a wife persists in bad habits.”
Badawi played a part in a November 2004 fatwa by the International Union of Muslim Scholars decreeing that it was a religious “duty” for all able-bodied Muslims inside and outside Iraq to wage jihad against the American military.
In an IslamOnline Internet forum in June 2006, Badawi justified Muslim suicide bombings as a legitimate tactic of jihad. (Discover the Networks and Militant Islam Monitor)
Yaser Qadhi via Pipeline News
Qadhi is an influential American Salafi Muslim [the most radical of the Sunni sects] whose professorial appearance belies his radicalism. In a nearly 9,000 word piece in the NY Times magazine [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/magazine/mag-20Salafis-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1] reporter Andrea Elliott writes about Qadhi’s avoidance of the subject of violent jihad, fearing prosecution, “For an ultraconservative cleric like Qadhi, the picture is more complicated. Engaging in a detailed discussion of militant jihad — a complex subject informed by centuries of scholarship — risks drawing the scrutiny of law enforcement and, Qadhi fears, possible prosecution…”
Qadhi is also a Holocaust denier, in a lecture available at [http://vimeo.com/5496661] he is heard recommending a book entitled, “The Hoax of the Holocaust,” as well as stating that the Jews, “…want to destroy us.”
Ingrid Mattson via American Thinker, and much more In Her Own Words:
Mattson’s radical record
includes endorsement of the “Islamic reformation” image projected by the adherents of Saudi Wahhabism (even though Wahhabism is the theological inspiration for al-Qaeda), false claims that Wahhabi clerics have uniformly denounced terrorism, and denial that terrorist cells operate in the U.S. In the immediate aftermath of the atrocities of September 11, 2001, Mattson joined in efforts by academia and media to distance Islam from terrorism. As described by Washington Times religion writer Larry Witham in reportage published on September 24, 2001, Mattson hurried
to articulate the claim that armed jihad refers only to “defensive” combat. It is appalling that a leading academic on Islam, with credibility in the White House and other exalted venues, should have supported this deliberate falsification of Islamic history; armed jihad to spread Islam is a well-established concept in Muslim theology.
Mattson’s views have not changed in the years since 9/11. With the recent end of her term as ISNA president, Mattson remains devoted to putting out the flames of discontent over radical Islam wherever opposition to its ambitions may appear. These efforts demonstrate Mattson’s determination to build on the fame she gained while leading ISNA to advance radical Islam with a North American face.
Then there is the other sponsoring group ICNA, the Islamic Council of North America (they have the Sharia Council noted on the program schedule). From Discover the Networks:
ICNA has established a reputation for bringing anti-American radicals to speak at its annual conferences
. Moreover, experts have long documented the organization’s ties to Islamic terrorist groups. Yehudit Barsky, a terrorism expert at the American Jewish Committee, has said that ICNA “is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to establish the Taliban.” (Pakistani newspapers have reported that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leading architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was offered refuge in the home of Jamaat e-Islami’s leader, Ahmed Quddoos.) On September 27, 1997, another Pakistani Islamist leader, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed, played host to an ICNA conference at his Florida-based fundamentalist madrassa (religious school), which served as a recruitment center for Taliban fighters.In 2000, CNSNews.com made public a press release, originally posted on a Middle Eastern website, from a July 2000 ICNA meeting, which read: “Jamaat e-Islami’s supporters have an organization in America known as ICNA …” The press release also recounted some of the views expressed at the aforementioned ICNA meeting. These included an exhortation that “Islam must be translated into political dominance”; pleas for support for “jihad” in “Chechnya, Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq [against U.S. forces], southern Sudan, and … in Bosnia/Kosova [sic]“; an appeal for unity among Pakistani Muslims against “Hindu Brahmins and Zionist Jews”; and an endorsement of Muslim women’s inclusion in carrying out jihad. One Islamic leader present at the ICNA event complained about “human rights violations” being carried out by the U.S. government against the terrorist mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman, spiritual leader of Egypt’s Islamic Group.
If the company they keep is any indication, Memorial Day has an entirely different meaning to ICNA-MAS goers.
Your elected officials really should be aware, particularly in Connecticut. Remember those who have fallen and start fighting for those who remain. Contact them.
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