You may have been following the Islam on Capitol Hill event, as we have since it was mentioned at the ISNA event in DC over the July 4 weekend (where the motto written on the walls was “what happens here stays here”).
The expected gathering of up to 50,000 Muslims praying on Capitol Hill had been a non-story until recently. Blogs typically skeptical of Islamist infiltration all but ignored the event despite some obvious indications that there might be ulterior motives. For example:
- A new website, islamoncapitolhill.com, created just for this event even though the mosque organizing the event has its own, existing website.
- The new site is adorned with the slogan ‘Our Time Has Come’. As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch asked yesterday, “Is the Islam on Capitol Hill day of prayer meant to be a declaration of Islamic supremacism — that Sharia law’s “time has come” in the U.S.?“
- The website is also adorned with depictions of the Qur’an side by side with the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the image of the Quran takes up slightly more space, perhaps hinting at a nudging of the Constitution out of the proverbial picture?
- The foreground of the image shows two hands shaking, one with Arabic writing, the other with red, white, and blue. This imagery of the Preamble to the Constitution’s “We The People” juxtaposed with Arabic writing and Quranic verse is quite symbolic and worthy of its own analysis and commentary (any takers?).
- The event was unofficially announced at the annual conference of an unindicted co-conspirator (the Islamic Society of North America or ISNA), a group who bragged about speaking with president Obama and Attorney General Holder at a recent Ramadan dinner at the White House. The same ISNA conference where one imam stated that July 4 was an Islamic holiday marking Islams defeat of the Crusadors. The Capitol prayer announcement was made by anti-American imam (Abdul Malik) who has stated he wants to “Islamize democracy,” and “paint the White House black” after hearing As-salamo-alaykom shouted from the White House.
- The initial launch of the website listed the jihad-preaching, unindicted co-conspirator to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing Siraj Wahhaj as the top sponsor of transportation to the 9/25 event. Wahhaj, among many inflammatory statements, told the NY Post he hoped all Americans would become Muslim; and
- The mosque coordinating the event recently hosted an imam who lied about his Hamas background on immigration papers.
The website, the official banquet, private events, video crews, tours of the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, and the call to prayer “echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill.” This is perhaps the most symbolic event in American Islamic history other than 9/11.
Of course, this group will have you believe the stunt is about inter-faith and prayer:
“The objective of this gathering is to invite the Muslim Communities and friends of Islam to express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam.”
Yet who exactly are the friends of Islam and how do they diversity? The Qur’an says this about whom Muslims should take as friends (and protectors):
“O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends…” ~ Qur’an, Surah 5, verse 51
Fortunately, although none of the above was enough to set off any alarms with the Capitol Police who issued a permit, nor anyone in the media (as expected), we the people slowly started researching. Several weeks have passed since the official announcement and site launch, two speakers were added to the program, and the key individuals associated with this event are now being exposed. They include:
As we noted from the beginning, imam Abdul Malik has been involved. He made the announcement at the ISNA conference. He’s organizing it, working behind the scenes. He confirmed months ago that more than 20,000 Muslims had already signed up and that 50,000 were expected.
Here is Abdul Malik in his own words, from Facebook (audio of this speech also available online):
As-salamo alaykom .. I’ll try that again : As-salamo alaykom … I like the way that sounds, let me see it again : Salamo … As-salamo alaykom (wa alaykom es-salam wa rahmat Allah wa barakato) ! I look forward to hearing it out one day in the White House .. and then paint it black !
I want you to hear me very clearly : we must remember as Muslims, we submit and we surrender to nothing and no one : not the government, not the police, not the FBI, not the CIA. We submit and we surrender Allah alone, nothing else. Nothing else.
It is that we worship nothing, nothing except Allah and Allah alone. And there is a price for that, there are people who are giving their lives, so that you and I can have the privilege to say :
There is a price on the shahada, it’s not for free. There are people, from the beginning of time, who had die for this truth, that we say we want to be recipients up. We need to know that there’s a price that has to be paid if you want to walk with Allah.
I wish I had more time. I can tell you today brothers and sisters, the real terrorist, the real terrorist, are the people who profess to bring peace and democracy and liberation to the world. The blood of the innocent is all in their hands, and they are like vampires. They plan the death and the destruction of those whom they hate and despise. I’m telling you, make it to here after, make it to here after. Trust Allah, and don’t be intimidated. I tell American people everywhere I go : Islam cannot be stopped. And I tell people everywhere I go, they ask me the question : should Islam dominate or democracy? I tell them real simple, and this is my last comment to you, this is part of submission. I tell them real simple, there is a verse in the Quran : Allah says : it is He, Allah, who has sent his messenger, “bilhouda”, with the guidance that it may dominate and knock out the brains of falsehood, and that it may prevail even if the mushrikine despise it. Democracy is not revelation, and democracy does not equal freedom, for in democracy you have apartheid, you have slavery, you have homosexuality, you have lesbianism, you have gambling, you have all of the vices that are against the spirit of truth; so no we don’t want to democratize Islam, we want to Islamize democracy! That’s what we want. That’s what we want. And they play games with the mind of young people today. They wanna ask you : do you believe in the prophet Mohamed and he was married to a young girl name Aicha. And we start shaking : “the prophet Mohamed really married ** young, they evilly do it?” The same people that asked you that, they marry man onto man and woman onto woman! You’d better wake up ! You’ve got the best message and the best example, you’ve got to know that you are the lions of the jungle don’t turn in into a pussy-cat!
May Allah bless you, Salamou alaykoum
From Discover the Networks:
Abdul Malik, chaplain of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority and former Office Manager of CAIR-New York: Malik has likened President George W. Bush to a “slave master,” and has stated that “we don’t want to democratize Islam, we want to Islamize democracy.” link
Imam Abdul Malik, formerly of CAIR-New York, is the New York City Metro Transit Authority Chaplain, and is called by Islam On-Line “the permanent khatib [speaker] at the United Nations Masjid [Muslim place of worship] in New York.” In a letter addressed to the White House, Marty Elsant, the co-founder of the Virtual Israel Political Action Committee (VIPAC), stated that, in an October 17, 2002 speech given to a student organization at the City College of New York entitled “Women in Islam,” Malik had “defended terrorist-murder in Israel.” link
Here is that video of a speech entitled “Women in Islam” at CCNY where Malik infers Americans are of Satan.
The blog Square Mile Wife (SMW) picked up on Hassen Abdellah, a Jersey lawyer who is chairman of the board at Elizabeth’s Masjid Dar ul Islam, the mosque organizing the event. She highlights that Abdellah has represented several suspected and convicted terrorists as far back as the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. That is not a crime and, the lawyer, Abdellah’s statements don’t seem unlike those any lawyer would present for his clients, which may be why he is the front man.
It is telling however, that a key organizer of the largest Islamic event on Capitol Hill makes a living defending Islamic terror suspects – and some whom have admitted their guilt, including a Muslim involved in the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks, as Square Mile Wife uncovered:
Mr. Abdellah was briefly the lawyer of Mohamed el-Atriss, who was convicted of selling fake IDs to two of the 9/11 hijackers. Atriss did provide the fake IDs, but claimed he did not know what they would be used for.
Read more about Abdellah’s terrorist clientèle at SMW.
Robert Spencer, writing at Human Events, identified two more of Abdellah’s clients:
As an attorney, Abdellah has represented Mahmud Faruq Brent, a Muslim cabdriver in Baltimore who pled guilty in April 2007 to attending a jihad terrorist training camp in Pakistan. At the time of the guilty plea, the Washington Post reported that Abdellah said that “Brent does not intend to cooperate with authorities or testify against the other defendants.” Abdellah also represented Numan Maflahi, who in 2004 was sentenced to five years in prison for, according to the New York Times, “lying to investigators during an investigation of terrorism financing efforts that they said were centered in Brooklyn.”
SMW followed up with background on more individuals connected to the Jersey mosque in Part II of her reports on Islam on Capitol Hill. In it she identifies someone we highlighted in our first post – Muhammad Al-Qatanani (and covered previously here). The DHS-friendly imam faced deportation for lying on his immigration papers about being in an Israeli jail as result of being a member of the terrorist group Hamas. Like, Siraj Wahhaj, he too has made inflammatory remarks on audio, including calling followers of Jesus hypocrites condemned to hellfire. SMW on Qatanani (her post has more as well):
Qatanani was the moderator of an imams meeting at an ICNA conference in 2001, since the event several participants have been arrested or deported on terrorism related charges. Qatanani allegedly admitted he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (if you believe Wikipedia as a reliable source). He also has encouraged supporting the children of suicide bombers, publicly prayed for Hamas linked defendants, spoken at conference hosted by the Islamic Association for Palestine – which for years was a central player in Hamas’ U.S. support network.
Listed as a speaker on the website of unindicted co-conspirator ISNA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization, his bio reads as follows:
Sheikh Mohamed Jebril graduated from Al-Azhar University in Egypt in Shariah law and has lead Ramadan taraweeh prayers in Masjid Amr Bin Al-Aas in Cairo since 1988. He is among the most prominent reciters of the Holy Quran in the Muslim World today.
Sheikh Jebril has served as an instructor of the Qur’an at the University of Jordan and has prepared religious programs for Jordanian Television. He has traveled the world to lead worshippers in mosques and delivered lectures at Islamic centers in Quranic Studies. He has recorded the Holy Qur’an for radio and television broadcasts for Egyptian Television and many Arab television networks.
Jebril is connected to the Islamic Center of Raleigh (North Carolina) – the same mosque attended by seven of the eight Muslims recently arrested in North Carolina for plotting jihad, and where the resident imam preached jihad in the 199o’s. For those interested, here is the Youtube video of Jebril opening prayers at ICR.
Robert Spencer points out, as he did in 2005, that Dewidar shares Abdul Malik’s sentiments on Islamizing the White House:
According to a transcript provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Dewidar recalled that “in 1995, I heard some sermons, saying that Muslims should march on the White House from some of the mosques.” He recounted that “one cleric said in his sermon: ‘We are going to the White House, so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become…the Muslim house.’”
Dewidar explained that this cleric meant that “through the domination of Islam and its ideas, the White House will change.” He said that this wouldn’t happen, however, “unless the Muslims abandon their slogans and become a role model.” He criticized Muslim spokesmen who engage in “patronizing, condescending rhetoric that ‘Islam is coming, and it will change the face of the earth,’ while at the same time he cannot even change the face of the Islamic capitals, which overflow with garbage.”
At first glance this seems like a sober call for responsibility, but note well that Dewidar did not take any issue with the idea that the White House would become the “Muslim House” through the “domination of Islam.” He issued no declaration of allegiance to Constitutional freedoms.
Couple Spencer’s thought with Islam on Capitol Hill’s imagery of the Constitution and Quran (above).
The MEMRI transcript (video available by registration only):
The following are excerpts from an interview with the imam of the Islamic Center in New York, Dr. Ahmad Dwidar, who is also a lecturer at Manhattan University. The interview was aired on MBC TV on June 9, 2005.
Host: With us is Dr. Ahmad Dwidar, Imam of Islamic Center in Mid New York and an Islamic culture professor at the Manhattan University
Dwidar: In 1995 I heard some sermons, saying that Muslims should march on the White House from some of the mosques.
Host: What do you mean by “march on the White House”?
Dwidar: One cleric said in his sermon: “We are going to the White House, so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into the Muslim house.”
Host: How? I don’t understand.
Dwidar: This is simply a slogan. I’m only saying this to…
Host: Are they going to occupy the White House or what?
Dwidar: No, they say that through the domination of Islam and its ideas, the White House will change.
Host: This will happen one day, but not this way. Islam will be victorious, no doubt, but not this way.
Dwidar: It will not happen unless the Muslims abandon their slogans and become a role model. If a Muslim doctor who invents a cure in the hospital or performs an important operation successfully – all the media will broadcast it live and announce it worldwide. The Muslim who makes do with breaking the wooden podium, with screaming, and with patronizing, condescending rhetoric that “Islam is coming, and it will change the face of the earth,” while at the same time he cannot even change the face of the Islamic capitals, which overflow with garbage – this path will lead to no good.
A 2005 New York Sun piece quoted Dewidar on the same topic:
On June 15, Dr. Dewidar was interviewed by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Web site, http://www.ikhwanonline.com. When asked about how the attacks of September 11, 2001, impacted the spread of Islam in America, he said that he witnessed hundreds of Americans converting to Islam. Hinting at an American government conspiracy related to the attacks, he said, “Whether or not these events were planned, or pinned on the Muslims, or something else – [it] provided an opportunity for [the American government] to legislate dubious laws that restrict the growth and presence of Islam in the U.S.”
Regarding American skepticism toward Islam following September 11, 2001, he said, “The media – most of which is under Zionist control – has helped to spread this perception.” Later in the interview he said that “the Jews” control the press. When asked, “What is the extent of the Muslim community’s influence on American society?” He answered, “The Zionist community numbers only 3 million, but they control the government, the politics, the economy, and the media in the U.S.”
Also while speaking to the Web site of the Muslim Brotherhood, he denounced President Bush’s policy in the Middle East, claiming it was dictated by Natan Sharansky: “This Jew has despicable goals, and we see their effects today in America’s actions in the region, imposing its opinion and its outlook on democracy, education, and political involvement on our countries.”
Muslims refer to Ramadan as the month of jihad for good reason – as covered in this Creeping Sharia post. It is recognized as a time when the epic battles of Islam have been fought. Will September 25, 2009 go down in history as another of the epic battles of Ramadan?
PS: We’ve also heard chatter that there will be professional agitators at the 9/25 Islam on Capitol Hill event looking to initiate trouble and capture it on film to use as anti-Islam propaganda for the Islamist cause. Even if there are no incidents, expect to see the resulting propaganda videos shortly after the event.
Update: Another image from the IoCH website: