Scottsdale, AZ: Not-so-moderate imam urges crowd against self-proclaimed moderate Muslim

Similarly, CAIR outed a Muslim FBI informant and their Hamas-brethren executed at least 17 suspected informants. via Muslim: I was bullied for criticizing Hamas. h/t TROP

Even in America, leading Muslim organizations and clerics bully with threats of ostracism those Muslims who dare to dissent. Old-guard ideologues, too, used to monopoly control, make it crystal clear to their Muslim critics: Take us on and we will make an example of you as a traitor to the Muslim community (the ummah).

On July 28, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr (Holiday of the Feast) marking the end of our holy month of Ramadan, a spiritual month of daily fasting from all food and drink. In Ramadan, we focus on scripture, self-reflection and atonement. My family and I attended the holiday Eid prayer service at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley of which we are longtime members.

Little did we know Imam Yaser Ali, a Valley attorney, would use this otherwise joyous family holiday occasion to target me in the presence of my wife and children.

With more than 500 local Muslims in attendance, he riled up the crowd, demanding a community “effort” against those Muslims “who go on Fox News and speak ill against our Muslim brothers and sisters … who make the mosques look bad.” These individuals, he said, “hate Islam” and “vilify Muslims.”

Apparently, the Scottsdale mosque’s leadership decided, or at the minimum voiced no disagreement, that for Muslims this Ramadan it is not Hamas, al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood, or the evil regimes from Assad’s Syria to Iran or Saudi Arabia or even radicalized American jihadists in Syria that deserve targeting from the pulpit, but only a local, reform-minded activist — Zuhdi Jasser.

This imam meticulously described what he knows too well would garner me a death sentence as a munafiq (hypocrite), or murtad (apostate), for the crime of riddah (apostasy, treason) according to the interpretation of Shariah law accepted by Saudi Arabia and most Muslim-majority countries.

What was the crime prompting my metaphorical flogging in the presence of my wife, children and friends’ families on this holiday?

A few days earlier I had criticized the radicals of Hamas on national television for their supremacist Islamist doctrine hatched from the Muslim Brotherhood that daily and viciously oppresses the people of Gaza. I urged Hamas to stop the war mongering, refusal of cease fires, and launching of thousands of rockets that victimize Palestinian women, children and families, and I criticized CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

To Imam Yaser Ali that was worthy of takfir, a declaration of public apostasy. The mosque board and audience responded to his call to action against me, a Muslim he described as of “those who hate Islam,” with a resounding “inshallah” (God willing).

In the days to follow, local social media filled with subtle and not-so-subtle threats against me and my family from some rather prominent Valley Muslims.

While the venue was new, the mantra was a cheap rehash of the old, scorched-earth smear tactics peddled by the CAIR. Right after declaring me the enemy of all Muslims, Mr. Ali spoke of the so-called religious obligation to donate generously to CAIR. This was all reminiscent of the May 9, 2014, sermon, visiting CAIR-LA director Hussam Ayloush, who regularly takes to Twitter with other CAIR directors to call me an “Uncle Tom” and a “monkey,” gave across town at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe to slam me as an “Islamophobe.”

While CAIR claims to simply be a Muslim civil-rights organization, in response to a U.S. Senate inquiry, the FBI is on record since 2009 that, “until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”

Their silence on the terror tactics of Hamas speaks volumes to terror apologia. Why is it that so many abuses of Muslims by Muslims go undiscussed – yet when the Jewish state acts, it becomes an Eid sermon?

All politics are local. Islamism (political Islam) is a mind-numbing, theo-political groupthink that fears and smothers critical thinking. Not only over there but here. Muslims squander this rare opportunity to reject both the evils of Arab fascism and Islamism for a new third path, the path of liberty.

Zudhi Jasser finding out his religion is not one of peace.

Michigan: Muslim cleric popular with ISIS owes govt $250,000

via Mich. cleric popular with Islamic State owes $250K. h/t Atlas Shrugs.

DETROIT — A cleric in Dearborn popular with supporters of the Islamic State owes a quarter-million dollars in restitution and other costs stemming from his fraud convictions, according to newly filed court records.

Ahmad Jebril, 43, who has gained an international following among Islamic State fighters and sympathizers, is on probation after serving 6 1/2 years in prison. After being released in 2012, he has used social media to become what experts say is the most popular religious leader for Islamists from the West fighting for the Islamic State.

Federal authorities in Detroit are trying to collect more than $250,000 in restitution from Jebril and more than $3,600 in special assessments for 42 counts of fraud. So far, Jebril has paid only $2,790, according to a motion filed Aug. 11 by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit. On Aug. 12, U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen approved the government’s motion, which calls for “actions necessary to enforce the collection of the restitution.”

In the motion, federal prosecutors wrote that a probation officer said she has “financial information about (Jebril) that would be helpful” to set up an “appropriate repayment schedule.” Jebril’s liability for restitution expires 20 years after his release from prison, which means he would have to pay more than $1,000 a month to pay his amount in full, which he is not meeting, said prosecutors.

Jebril and his attorney did not returns calls or an e-mail seeking comment. He was to appear for a deposition in the case on Aug. 13.

The government’s move to collect money from Jebril comes after Rosen placed restrictions on the Dearborn cleric in June because of his probation violations. Jebril was traveling out of state to speak at Islamic centers, but now is not allowed to leave the eastern half of Michigan and must share information about his computer activity to his probation officers if asked. The restrictions came after a Free Press report in May that noted his extensive activities online.

The Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence released a report in April that said Jebril was the most popular inspirational figure for Western fighters flocking to the Middle East to join forces of the Islamic State. Jebril’s “popularity is particularly strong among groups like” this, the report said. Among the militants the center surveyed, more than half of those who liked Jebril on his Facebook page and followed him on Twitter were with the Islamic State.

“A number of British (Islamic State) fighters have told us that they watched his (Jebril’s) lecture series … before embarking on jihad,” the report said, which was written by three security experts for a center affiliated with five universities.

Jebril often interacts on Twitter with fighters associated with the Islamic State and other groups, the report said.

Jebril also is popular with Jabhat al-Nusra, another extremist group that operates in Syria. Jebril’s Facebook page was the most popular among the fighters surveyed, according to the report.

Jebril and his father were convicted in 2005 of 42 counts of fraud of almost $400,000 that included mail fraud, bank fraud, failure to pay income tax and money laundering.

The two deliberately defaced rental properties in order to collect insurance money. They also were convicted of trying to bribe a juror in their trial by offering to pay for her wedding if she helped acquit them.

Meanwhile, supporters of Jebril are rallying online to the defense of the Dearborn cleric, saying the government is unfairly cracking down on him.

In recent weeks, followers have tweeted support for Jebril, claiming he is being silenced, but the government has not banned him from speaking out or posting online. Jebril’s popular Twitter (26,000-plus followers) and Facebook (219,000-plus likes) accounts have not posted anything since July 9.

Muslim Leader in Miami Boasts about ‘Conquering’ American Jews

via Palestinian Leader in Miami Boasts about ‘Conquering’ American Jews.

“Praise be to God, each day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel. Your brother, Sofian”

One should know several things about “Brother Sofian”: his full name is Sofian Zakkout; he is a Palestinian “proudly born in Gaza; he lives in Florida; and – despite the outrageous statement above and others like them, the organization he runs is funded by agencies of the U.S. government and has excellent relations with a range of Jewish organizations.

Screenshot of Sofian Zakkout’s Facebook post from July 25, 2014, where he writes only in Arabic: Praise be to God, each day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel.” 
[Text below converted from original format to bullet points to highlight each organization Zakout has fooled]
  • Zakkout served on the US Commission on Civil Rights–Florida State Advisory Committee in 2002-10.
  • In 2005, the FBI attended an event organized by Zakkout’s non-profit, the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA).  Jeff Green of the FBI’s Miami office explained there: “We just want to let the community know we’re part of the community like they are. We protect the rights they have. Events like this help us to promote a greater understanding of community and law enforcement.”
  •  The Department of Homeland Security awarded $70,000 in 2007 to an organization Zakkout founded, American Muslims for Emergency Relief (AMER).
  • The Miami-Dade County Corps Council awarded Zakkout for his “outstanding” service.
  • Miami-Dade commissioners appointed him to the Community Relations Board and the Asian Advisory Board.
  • Former Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs appointed him to the Broward County Diversity Advisory Council.
  • As of 2010, his bio informs us, he was an active board member at Miami Dade County Citizen Corps, Miami-Dade Crime Watch for Citizens, and Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.

Zakkout boasted in 2011 that “The Justice Department and other government agencies have put my organization’s name on their list of organizations that they are going to work with.”

As for Jewish organizations:

  • He took part in J Street South Florida’s 2012 Passover Seder.
  • He is co-chair of the Jewish-Arab Dialogue Association (JADA). 
  • He spoke at Temple Israel in Miami.  He co-sponsored an “Interfaith Dialogue” at Temple Sinai in North Miami Beach.  At the same synagogue, a rabbi lauded Zakkout in a sermon, no less: “I know you work very hard to build understanding and respect between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities, so again, thank you.”

How can someone delusional about Israel and with such repulsive intentions toward American Jews have these prestigious affiliations and activities?  Simple: In part, by hiding his views from those who would object.  He posted his “conquer the American Jews” statement only in Arabic; in English, he limited himself to less incendiary statements.

In part too, Zakkout spouts politically-correct verbiage that masks his meaning. Witness these lines from AMANA’s website:

 “Our mission at AMANA is to make our communities stronger, safer and best prepared to respond to the danger of Islamophobia and the threats of terrorism, hate crimes, public health issues and disasters of all kinds (may Allah forbid). Our mission is to provide a better understanding of Islam to Muslims and information on Islam and Muslims to non Muslims. Our mission is to build more understanding more knowledge and respect between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities.”

That last sentence stands in stark contrast to his statement that each day “we conquer the American Jews.”

Zakkout was also an organizer of the July 20 anti-Israel demonstration in Miami where the crowd yelled “We are Hamas,” “Hamas kicked your ass,” and “We are Jihad.”  In Arabic, the protestors also chanted “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jew, Muhammad’s army will return” a reference to a seventh-century massacre of the Jewish community of Khaybar.


Read it all and if you just read this and carry on business as usual, your children and theirs will be be next because You Did Not Speak Out” (video).

Zakkout is also a CAIR crony, documented by Daniel Pipes:

Zakkout is so close to CAIR, he’s effectively a staff volunteer: he coordinates with it, is quoted by it, seeks help from it, and is listed as a contact by it.

It seems Zakkout is no stranger to law enforcement either, read:

On Oct. 23, 2003, Sheikh Ahmed Hamman Mahmoud Hamman claimed he needed assistance as he boarded Delta Flight 1586. Banducci, who was flight coordinator that day, escorted the Egyptian imam, dressed in a flowing robe, to his seat. As she helped him get seated, Hamman remarked in heavily accented English how good she smelled and asked her name.

As she began to recoil from the bearded man’s passes, he suddenly grabbed her face with one hand and wouldn’t let go. Banducci told him he was hurting her and asked for help from passengers in the immediate area. She was able to pull away, but then His Most Holiness grabbed both her breasts and again would not release his grip. Banducci yelled at him to let go, but he refused, squeezing even harder. Only after she screamed for help and two air marshals broke cover did the man back down.

As authorities questioned him, Hamman acted like he couldn’t speak any English. The Miami-Dade Police Department took him into custody where he was booked the next day for felony battery, the police report says.

A local Muslim leader bailed the violent groper sheikh out of jail. Authorities say a man named Sofian Abdelaziz (aka Sofian Zakout, aka Sofian Abdelaziz-Zakout, aka Sofian Zakkout) representing the American Muslim Association of North America, or AMANA, posted bond for the 35-year-old Hamman, who was visiting Florida during Ramadan. Abdelaziz-Zakkout, a Kuwaiti native, was his trip sponsor.

Tennessee: Judge dismisses lawsuit, allows Islamic cemetery at mega mosque

Laws don’t really matter to Muslim immigrants. They had already buried at least one Muslim before the mosque was even approved. And kept building after a court order to stop. via Judge dismisses mosque cemetery lawsuit | WBBJTV

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a permit that was issued allowing a Middle Tennessee mosque to build a cemetery on its property.

A group of residents filed the suit after Rutherford County officials approved the request from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/Ummi0o) reports senior Judge Paul Summers, who sat on the case after local judges recused themselves, issued his opinion on Thursday. He ruled that the Board of Zoning Appeals properly approved the permit.

ICM attorney John Green said he was pleased with the ruling.

A lead plaintiff in the case, Bonnie Golczynski, and her attorney, Duncan Cates Cave, declined to say whether they would appeal. The plaintiffs had cited concerns about possible water contamination and traffic problems in their lawsuit.

The mosque was Built on a Foundation of Lies. It was illegally approved and forced on citizens by Obama’s Dept of inJustice.

One Judge ruled Murfreesboro mosque construction must stop. And a Judge blocked the occupancy permit for Murfreesboro mosque. Many more truths can be found in our archives.

After hearing about the government approvals, many people complained and filed a lawsuit about the county approving a larger mosque that included long-term plans for the cemetery without giving enough public notice about it.

 Or no notice at all.

The mosque recently Hosted a Prominent Muslim Brotherhood Leader.

A New Mega Mosque Rises…in Alaska

via A New Mosque Rises—in Alaska | WSJ.

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On the edge of this northern outpost an unfamiliar sight is emerging: twin minarets. Alaska’s small but growing Muslim community is building the state’s first newly constructed mosque.

All too familiar for anyone watching the death and destruction Muslims are bringing wherever they go.

“This is our future,” said Osama Obeidi, one of the Muslim-Americans leading the building effort for the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage. “We have second-generation Alaskans now, and new people coming all the time. We need a place to call home.”

The 15,000-square-foot mosque, taking shape near a Sons of Norway Viking Hall, will eventually include a Sunday school and a community center. Heated floors will make worship in the bitter winters more comfortable.

The mosque is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Islam in the U.S. is rapidly pushing beyond traditional population centers such as Detroit and Los Angeles. As the number of American Muslims grows through both immigration and higher-than-average birthrates, domes and minarets are sprouting in areas as varied as the eastern mountains of Kentucky and Louisiana’s parishes.

The building boom reflects American Muslims’ desire for a sense of permanence as their religion shifts from one mainly imported by immigrants to one practiced by their American-born children and grandchildren, Muslim leaders say.

The Muslim population in the U.S. is expected to more than double by 2030, to 6.2 million, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center study. By then, Muslims are expected to represent 1.7% of the U.S. population, making them as numerous as American Jews or Episcopalians today, the study says.

By 2030 it’s likely to double that estimate with Obama’s preference for Muslim refugees and illegally importing millions of people from the Middle East and Africa. The Muslim population has grown it’s fastest since Muslims attacked America on 9/11.

A 2011 survey of U.S. mosques found a 74% increase in the number of Muslim congregations established between 2000 and 2011, rising to 2,106 from 1,209. About 30% of those congregations built new mosques, said the report sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and a coalition of Islamic organizations.

Where did the money come from to build all these mosques, many of extravagant size and cost. And what’s being taught in them?

In 2000, the study counted 314 “purpose-built” mosques; by 2011, that number had more than doubled to 632.

Even as their presence grows, Muslims continue to struggle to find their place in American society. A Pew Research study released in July showed Americans view Muslims “more coldly,” or negatively, than any other major religious group—including atheists—on a so-called “feeling thermometer.”

Though there is at least one other congregation in Alaska worshiping out of an existing space, Anchorage, with a population of about 300,000, has been one of the few sizable U.S. cities that lacked a purpose-built mosque, U.S. Muslim leaders said.

So far the mosque, which has its minaret bases but not yet its towers, hasn’t been met with much opposition, as projects have in some other parts of the country, say local Muslims and police. The only incident of note was when some Bibles were left at the construction site. They were donated to a Catholic school.

Fifteen years ago, Anchorage’s Muslim community was small enough to gather in an apartment for services. About seven years ago, the congregation began renting a 1,200-square-foot storefront in a strip mall. Over the last five years, its numbers have risen, mostly due to refugee-resettlement programs.

The congregation finally scraped together enough money to break ground on the new mosque in 2010. So far, the project has cost roughly $2 million; completion is expected to require another $1.5 million.

The Anchorage congregation also is yet to woo an imam. So some in the congregation take turns giving sermons.

 The last time we checked in on Alaska they were banning sharia law and had caught a local Muslim whose jihad hit list included members of media, military.

 

Dearborn: ‘Ex-Muslim’ Sentenced by Muslim Judge for Burning Korans

 …  in front of Mosque run by Imam who wants to Criminalize Speech, via Shoebat.com.

 Last month, an Iraqi man was arrested after burning Qur’ans in front of the Dearborn mosque headed by Husham Alhusayni, exposed by Shoebat.com in the past. The circumstances surrounding the burnings were suspicious, so much so that it was believed the man who burned them was Muslim [here, here, and here].

According to the Detroit Free Press, the man who burned the Qur’ans is an “Ex-Muslim” who has had “psychological problems” and has a habit of burning Qur’ans. The judge who sentenced the man is Muslim:

 A Dearborn judge fined a 51-year-old Detroit man $400 today for two misdemeanor offenses stemming from the burning of Qurans in Dearborn.

Chief Judge Sam Salamey of 19th District Court in Dearborn fined Ali Hassan Al-Asadi $200 each for open burning and littering in the June 25 incident outside a Dearborn mosque, Karbalaa Islamic Education Center. Al-Asadi paid the $200 fine for the open burning charge and owes $200 for the littering charge, which must be paid within 60 days.

Al-Asadi told the Free Press last month he started burning Qurans after having some disputes involving money with a Muslim man at a local mosque. Al-Asadi said he was raised in Iraq as a Shia Muslim, but converted to Christianity and attends local churches. He told the Free Press he has a history of psychological problems and has burned about a dozen Qurans over the past year.

 The details surrounding the reason why Al-Asadi burned the Qurans are still fuzzy. The only information provided comes in the last paragraph:

Dearborn Police Sgt. Douglas Topolski said that Al-Asadi told police he “repeatedly asked mosque officials for help with getting his money back and help with paying his bills,” but got no help.

This is a confusing statement. Last month it was reported that Al-Asadi had legal disputes with multiple mosques, not just the Karbala Center.

Al-Asaidi told police that he sought help from local mosques to solve a legal matter, but when he was turned down, he became angry at the faith and decided to burn Qur’ans in retribution.

It is not known what this “legal matter” is or how many mosques it involved, based on these reports.


If the judge’s name sounds familiar, he’s the same judge in this honor killing case exposed last week, Dearborn Muslim tortures, stabs, strangles sister to death.

As Shoebat.com notes, the imam of one of the mosques involved rallied Dearborn Muslims to take steps to nullify First Amendment free speech rights.

 

Chicago Islamic Center imam urges true Muslims to wage jihad (video)

via Memri Tv . h/t Jihad Watch

Following are excerpts from Friday sermons delivered by Sheik Mohamed Elimam at the Chicago Islamic Center on July 18-25, 2014, and then posted on the Internet:

July 18, 2014

Mohamed Elimam: Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine. However, if you are collaborators with those who give you weapons and money, then keep indulging yourselves with this money of yours.

[…]

[The Koran says:] “Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.” All the Arabs have abandoned our brothers in Palestine, and the Muslims are oblivious to them, but Allah supports them. They have prepared for battle. Even if the resistance cannot match [Israel] in numbers and equipment, it does in spirit and steadfastness, as mothers sacrifice their sons and wives sacrifice their husbands for the sake of Allah.

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