New York’s Disastrous $250K Grant For Organizations Linked To Islamic Extremism

Source: OPINION: New York’s Disastrous Grant For Organizations Linked To Islamic Extremism | The Daily Caller

On Aug. 21, the New York City Council announced $250,000 in grants made to 14 Muslim community organizations, in collaboration with the New York Immigration Coalition. Alarmingly, three of the grant recipients are linked to Islamic extremism — the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Worse, it seems that ICNA, in particular, plans to use the money not for civic improvement but for religious proselytizing.

The grant announcement was made at ICNA’s headquarters in Jamaica, Queens, after the Jumu’ah prayer service. Present were the young speaker of the city council, Corey Johnson, and Councilman Daneek Miller, the sole Muslim member of the council.

Councilman Miller is no stranger to ICNA; his campaign website prominently features a photo of him speaking at the ICNA mosque.

ICNA was established in 1971, ostensibly as a “non-ethnic, non-sectarian” grassroots organization, with the aim of seeking the “establishment of the Islamic system of life as spelled out in the Qur’an.”

In fact, it functions as the American arm of the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami (JI). Indeed, ICNA’s international charity, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), works closely with JI in Pakistan. Worse, in 2017 HHRD openly worked with the “political” wing of the murderous terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

JI has long been linked to political violence, notably during the Bangladeshi war of independence in 1947 — during which Pakistan employed JI groups as death squads. ICNA’s former Vice President Ashraf Uzzaman Khan was convicted in absentia by Bangladesh in 2013 of being part of the Pakistan-backed Al-Badr death squad, and personally murdering 7 professors and intellectuals.

The radical literature of JI’s founder, Sayyid Abul ‘Ala Maududi, is repeatedly emphasized in the 2010 ICNA members’ handbook, which explicitly discusses ICNA’s true goal of setting up a worldwide Islamic state via proselytizing campaigns.

Unsurprisingly, ICNA secretary general Muhammad Rahman said that ICNA’s portion of the grant money would fund “community engagement activities”; he specifically mentioned “Iftar in the Park” and outdoor prayer services.

To pay for prayer services with a government grant is a blatant violation of constitutional law, and all the more so when it is for a proselytizing purpose.

MAS, meanwhile, has been identified in courtroom testimony as the main U.S. front group for the Muslim Brotherhood. And CAIR was founded by the leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine, a front group for Hamas; following the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, which featured strong evidence that CAIR was still coordinating with Hamas, the FBI cut off all contact with CAIR.

CAIR’s New York chapter has been particularly open in its support for terrorism. Former executive director Cyrus McGoldrick has a history of inflammatory rhetoric, including retweeting a statement from Hamas leader Khaled Meshal mocking those who object to its rocket attacks on civilians, and other tweets quoting Hamas slogans.

And CAIR-NY board member Lamis Deek publicly praised a Palestinian drive-by murderer and called him a “martyr,” and bluntly stated that the “Zionist Israeli government does not have the right to exist.” She was even more explicit in 2009: “[I]n choosing Hamas, what [the Palestinian people] chose was one united Palestinian state on all of the 1948 territories from the north to the very south.… [And] we support their right to liberation from violent colonialism.”

New York’s new grant program likely reflects the increasing influence that CAIR has in City Hall. Worth noting is that CAIR-NY President Zead Ramadan is a significant donor to New York politicians, including Mayor Bill DeBlasio. And Faiza Ali, the director of Speaker Johnson’s office, was formerly the community affairs director of CAIR-NY (as well as a civic engagement director for the Arab American Association of New York, which also received grant money).

Speaker Johnson, a councilman from Manhattan, also owes his current position to the support of the Queens and Bronx Democratic machine (to which he has directed considerable pork); this may help to explain his willingness to associate himself with Queens-based groups like ICNA.

It is shocking that an effort to strengthen local Muslim communities is being exploited to fund groups linked to extremism. Sleazy pay-for-play politics do not excuse such reckless policy, nor do they excuse violating the Constitution by funding religious services.

If New Yorkers want to help Muslim communities, giving money to CAIR, ICNA and MAS should be the last thing they do.

7 thoughts on “New York’s Disastrous $250K Grant For Organizations Linked To Islamic Extremism

  1. This is that New York idiocy that permeates the political scene in New York! Giving money to world terrorist, what a disgrace! Giving money to the very people that brought down the world trade center!!!! Why don’t you slit your own throats?

  2. The NY city council needs to be reeducated: Making grants to islamic organizations is TREASON!:
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

    Whoever recruits soldiers or sailors within the United States, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof, to engage in armed hostility against the same; or

    Whoever opens within the United States, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof, a recruiting station for the enlistment of such soldiers or sailors to serve in any manner in armed hostility against the United States—

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 811; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

    “Our animosity is based on religion. We hate Americans for their secular ideology.”

    Tehrik-e-Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan explaining why his group of terrorists are opposed to the American presence in Afghanistan.


    ISLAMOPHOBIA = fear of islam. The koran commands its followers to instill fear in those it wish’s to conquer.. All right thinking people have islamophobia as that is what islam demands!!!!

    Wake up America !!!!!!!
    “Farewell to England”
    This is an interesting “Farewell to England” list of Islamic accomplishments in that country that I thought might give you a better understanding of the insidiousness of Hijrah; that’s the takeover of a nation without going to war. Don’t think for a moment that America is not a target or that there are no American cities where Islamic and Sharia victories and takeovers have already occurred. It’s time for border control, or start planning for a very big goodbye America party
    Here’s what has already happened to England within a few years of opening their borders without entry control:
    How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:
    Mayor of London .. MUSLIM
    Mayor of Birmingham .. MUSLIM
    Mayor of Leeds … MUSLIM
    Mayor of Blackburn … MUSLIM
    Mayor of Sheffield … MUSLim
    Mayor of Oxford .. MUSLIM
    Mayor of Luton …. MUSLIM
    Mayor of Oldham … MUSLIM
    Mayor of Rochdale … MUSLIM
    All the following achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population:
    Over 3,000 Muslim Mosque
    Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
    Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
    Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
    Muslim Women.. 78% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
    Muslim Men… 63% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
    Muslim Families… 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!
    Check your groceries, if a product carries the halal symbol it means tribute has been paid to muslims as a jizya tax

    • Yes,this is true and that plaintiff definitely would have legal standing! We can only hope that someone comes forward to fight this abomination in court. I was born and raised in N.Y.,but left 40 years ago. In recent years I’m glad that I did.

  4. Sheesh…I live in UPSTATE NY…you know…the VAST majority of the state who aren’t RAGING LEFTISTS? Sadly, the Reds in NYC decide to finance terror…and as any NYS resident knows…it’s UPSTATE money they’re using!
    PLEASE can’t we separate NYC!? Let them fiance their own follies…

  5. What a stunningly, repellently vile, treasonous betrayal of the American values of democracy, freedom, equality and peace. The US Attorney General should sue the NYC City council for High Treason and Aiding the Enemy in Wartime. It’s just another example of the radical socialists, Globalists and sick Islamophiles in NYC determined to undermine American values and destroy everything that makes our beautiful country unique and unprecedented. To bad the rest of us loyal Americans can’t secede from them—and while we’re at it, California too. We’re headed for a shooting Civil War and our enemies are all too clear.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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