Accused Islamic terror supporter featured speaker to Detroit Muslim youth

“Both the president and the secretary of state have made it clear that the U.S. government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” — State Department spokesman Darby Holladay

Tariq Ramadan to visit Detroit MuslimFest

From Arab American News
April 4, 2013

DEARBORN – Tariq Ramadan will be the keynote speaker on April 11 in Detroit. He will address a Sound Vision benefit speaking on the topic of “Jihad within young hearts: Toward positive engagement.” The event organizer, Sound Vision, says that young Muslims today face tremendous pressures. These pressures arise from a variety of sources: adjusting to a culture different from their parents’ culture, living and working in environments often hostile to Islamic values, facing outright prejudice that results from the constant negative portrayal of Muslims in the media.

Muslim youth are among the least happy and the most angry among American youth groups, according to one Gallup poll; 16% of Muslim youth participate in binge drinking; and 29% use some other name to hide their faith.

Speaking for Sound Vision, Quaid Saifee said that the April 11 benefit offers multimedia presentations on these topics along with what is being slated as a MiniMuslimFest. It will feature a live Adam mascot which is the main character in the children’s Adam’s World series produced by Sound Vision. The Sunday event will take place at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.

This is the first time Tariq Ramadan will be visiting the Detroit area. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently ended the U.S. visa ban on Ramadan allowing him to enter the country. State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said “Both the president and the secretary of state have made it clear that the U.S. government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

Full Article: http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/index.php?mod=article&cat=Pressreleases&article=3002

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Tariq Ramadan had his U.S. work visa revoked  by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.  DHS spokesman, Russ Knocke explained this had been done in accord with a law that denies entry to aliens who have used a “position of prominence within any country to endorse or espouse terrorist activity.” According to Mr. Knocke, it  was based on “public safety or national security interests.”  As indicated in the above article, the visa ban was removed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010.

Ramadan is a Swiss-born philosophy professor and Islamic lecturer.   His maternal grandfather was Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).  His father was Said Ramadan, a major MB figure in Egypt who fled to Switzerland in the late 1950s.

When addressing western audiences, Tariq Ramadan presents a moderate depiction of Islam.  In 2011, The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR) wrote Ramadan wanted to reassure the west that, “concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood waiting in the wings to impose Islamist regimes in Egypt and Tunisia are overblown.”    In front of Arab speaking audiences, it’s reported that he “he vents his deep-seated hatred of the West and his endorsement of Wahhabism, the most extreme form of Islam” .

In her 2004 book, Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tarik Ramadan, French feminest Caroline Fourest analyzes Ramadan’s writings and audio tapes.  She concludes that he is not a promoter of peace, but rather a “war leader” and the “political heir of his grandfather.”

To have Tariq Ramadan plant his philosophy and radical Islamist teachings in the minds of young American Muslims (a group the article identifies as being troubled) is disquieting.  The MB agenda has recognized the advantages of working through young, impressionable minds in order to achieve its stated goals.  The event organizer, Sound Vision has been employing this tactic for a number of years.

Event details: http://www.soundvision.com/TariqRamadan/Home.html

Side note: The president of Sound Vision is Abdul Malik Muhajid, former CAIR Chicago Chairperson.  He is reported to be the national coordinator of the Bosnia (Kosovo) Task Force, an organization composed of 16 Islamic special interest groups. The organization is suspected to have  ties to the Benevolence International Foundation, a fund raising front for Al Qaeda.  Several of the group members were named unindicted co-conspirators  in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation.

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