Islamic media has reported on a newly-emerging organization whose leaders are tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and which is designed to help elect Muslims to local governments in the Chicago area. According to an OnIslam report:
07 January 2013 CAIRO – Reclaiming their political rights, an increasing number of American Muslims is running for local elections, creating a new generation of future leaders within the Chicago area Muslim community. ‘I think (Muslims) are awakening because we made this our home, so we need to get involved,’ Nazneen Hashmi, who is running for one of three Hanover Township trustee seats, told the Daily Herald. Engaging in the political live as early as in the 1980s, Hashmi, a single mother with two children in college, decided it was time to give back to her community of Streamwood. An information technology professional, Hashmi was appointed to the village’s Community Relations Commission where she worked to promote diversity and organized a forum on marriages around the world. Hashmi is among several Muslim candidates running for elected office in the suburbs this spring who have caught the eye of the group Project Mobilize. The project aims at fostering a greater civic involvement and helps the political campaigns of first-time candidates through training, networking, fundraising and providing resources to reach target demographic. ‘We wanted to be the vehicle to help those individuals gain leadership skills,’ group co-founder Reema Ahmad said. ‘Project M is a tool that they can wield. We do not have any political agenda beyond helping communities that are politically marginalized have a voice.’ Working previously with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, Ahmad began to recognize the potential for growing future leaders within the Chicago area Muslim community. ‘It was time for the Muslim community to kind of take the next step and take ownership of the political process and run ourselves for political office,’ she said. ‘That was the motivation for starting Project Mobilize, which was founded in May 2010. Our goal was to build our leadership from the bottom up.
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In November, a post reported on another one of the innumerable front groups of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, this one calling itself the Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC).
According to its website, the following individuals are members of the board of Project Mobilize and are known to have ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood:
- Safaa Zarzour (Secretary-General of the Islamic Society of North America who has extensive ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
- M. Yaser Tabbara (former Executive Director of Council on American Islamic Relations Chicago chapter)
- Oussama Jammal (Vice President of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois, known to have been a center for terrorism fundraising)
A follow up post at GMBDR, Further Global Muslim Brotherhood Ties Of Chicago-Area U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Political Group:
Project Mobilize, a group identified in yesterday’s post as an organization tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood that is attempting to elect Chicago-area Muslims to local government, has even more extensive connections to the Global Muslim Brotherhood than first reported. Project Mobilize President M. Yaser Tabbara, a former executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), was also part of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a group that until recently had been the largest Syrian anti-government coalition. As a post from August reported, Mr. Tabbara was identified as a third individual tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood that was also a part of the SNC, a group described on its website as “ …a council that includes competent national figures to serve as a political umbrella for the Syrian Revolution in the international arena and support the just cause of the Syrian people, who yearn to be liberated from tyranny and create a civil democratic state.” According to a Middle East Forum report, Mr. Tabara promoted many causes close to the heart of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood while heading CAIR-Chicago:
CAIR has its own man in the SNC: Yaser Tabbara, a founding member of the Syrian resistance group. After helping launch CAIR’s Chicago office, Tabbara served as its executive director until 2006; he currently sits on its board. Tabbara’s time at the helm of CAIR-Chicago was marked by multiple controversies. He played a major role in the successful drive to get Thomas Klocek dismissed from his post as an adjunct professor at DePaul University, following an out-of-classroom argument in which Klocek defended Israel against the smears of pro-Palestinian students. Tabbara also led CAIR-Chicago’s efforts to circle the Islamist wagons when the family of an American teenager murdered by Hamas sued U.S. charities believed to fund such terrorists. He called the trial a ‘lynching and a mockery of justice,’ but a jury awarded the plaintiffs $156 million. Around the same period, the FBI accused CAIR-Chicago of having ‘compromised or impeded’ an investigation into an alleged hate crime by ignoring the bureau’s request not to issue a premature press release about it.”
The SNC website confirmed that Tabbara was a council member. Previous posts had noted that the SNC included at least two other known members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood- Louay Safi, a leader in the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Najib Ghadbian, a board member of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). The relationship between the SNC and Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi should also be noted. A post from November reported that despite the SNC’s efforts to thwart the move, the group was swallowed up by a new, broader-based Syrian opposition group that included SNC members.
In addition to Mr. Tabara’s former position at the SNC, it should also be be noted that he is a principal at the law firm of Zarzour, Khalil, & Tabbara LLC, indicating an even closer relationship to Saffa Zarzour, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Society of North America and who, as indicated in the original post, has extensive ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood).
Finally, the OnIslam report that was the original source of yesterday’s post identified one of the Project Mobilize candidates for local office as Zuhair Nubani, a local attorney who represented Abdelhallem Ashqar. A post from October 2009 reported that Ashqar, part of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support network in the U.S and a co-defendant with Hamas operative Muhammad Salah, lost his appeal of his 11-year prison sentence for refusing to testify before a U.S. grand jury in 2003 that was investigating Hamas.
According to the OnIslam report, Project Mobilize has already had an impact on area elections:
Mobilizing American Muslims during congress elections, Project M officials proved success after they managed to defeat the re-election bid of US Rep. Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District after he made anti-Muslim comments. ”(Asian-American and Muslim) communities in the Northwest and Western suburbs are becoming more politically involved increasingly in a strategic and intentional way,” Ahmad said. ”We sent over 9,000 mailers to Muslim American voters in the 8th Congressional District, basically highlighting some of the hateful and reprehensible stances that he holds.” The group plans to support Muslim candidates running in suburban races in the April elections.
Read both links and then find out what’s going on in your community.
As Creeping Sharia told readers about Project Mobilize two years ago, Muslim women run for local office, aim for White House:
Project M or Mobilize is, according to their web site:
Project Mobilize or Project M is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to the education, development, and political advancement of the Muslim American community locally, statewide, and across the country.
Due to the political activities undertaken in the name of this organization, donations made to Project M are not tax deductible.
And they have only one-person listed on their Staff page…who was, or is, a CAIR employee:
Reema Ahmad is the Executive Director of Project Mobilize. She was previously Government Affairs Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago.
Furthermore, their Vision states:
A Muslim American lobby to be reckoned with will be functioning on behalf of the issues and concerns of this previously slighted population.
A CAIR offshoot? It sure appears to be, at least highly influenced and linked to the Hamas front group.
Project M aligns perfectly with the Muslim Brotherhood’s objective of a civilizational jihad:
In order for Islam and its Movement to become “a part of the homeland” in which it lives, “stable” in its land, “rooted” in the spirits and minds of its people, “enabled” in the live [sic] of its society and has firmly-established “organizations” on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry [sic] out this grand mission as a “Civilization Jihadist” responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country.
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Proecess” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal…
2- Politicallv IThe Political Oreanizationl: to include:
– A central political party.
– Local political offices.
– Political symbols.
– Relationships and alliances.
– The American Organization for Islamic Political Action
– Advanced Information Centers.. . .and things like that.
From local school and library boards to the White House. A coordinated effort.