Tampa Muslim Brotherhood group hosts Da’wah charity event – again
TAMPA, FL – On April 26, 2015, the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance held it’s 18th Annual Islamic Charity Festival at MacFarlane Park. Along with the distribution of toys, food and clothes given away to “pre-identified and deserving homeless people”, the event featured inflatables, face-painting and cartoon balloons for children, as well as vendors with men’s and women’s clothing.
Speaking at the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival at MacFarlane Park on Sunday, Ali, a member of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, told a crowd including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, that people will be “honored” for “everything we do in our lives.”
Conversely, said Ali, who drew from the Quran, the religious text of Islam: “We will be held accountable for the things we do.”
Ali spoke as festival organizers prepared to give away about 90 bicycles to needy children. Food, toys and clothes also were distributed Sunday to “pre-identified and deserving homeless people” at the event, organized by the Muslim Alliance.
The event was from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drew a crowd of about 2,000.
“When we give to charity in the name of Allah, we verify that which we say we’re about,” Ali said. “It’s a way to verify the intentions in our heart.
“Although we manifest different acts of worship, true righteousness is a belief in Allah and a reality greater than (what) we see.”
Malik Abdullah, a Tampa resident and longtime volunteer at the festival, acknowledged that there are misconceptions many Americans have about Islam and Muslims.
Islam, he said, is about “love for people, obedience to Allah and service to the community.”
“We do good, speak the truth and obey our God,” Abdullah said. “We’re a peaceful religion.
“There is a misconception that we believe in more than one God, but it is one God who created all of us to honor one another,” he said. “We are not terrorists.
“The Quran does not advocate terrorism, greed and hate. It says you are created to know one another. The goal is obedience of God.”
The Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance (TBMA) was created in 2000 and one of the founding directors was USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Founder of the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF) in Tampa and admitted member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Arian was also associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a US Specially Designated terror organization. Charges against Al-Arian were dropped in 2014 and in 2015 he was deported to Turkey.
Al-Arian also formed the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) which investigators found was heavily funded by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) another Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Since it’s creation, the Chairman/Director of the TBMA has been Dr. Husain Nagamia who also is the chairman of the Islamic Medical Association of North America ( IIIM). The IIIM is a division of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) , an organization identified as part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The late Ahmed Elkadi, former head of the U.S. MB was a past president of the IMANA (1974-75).