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).
Group claims pro-Palestinian students in US tied to terror
Clip produced by advocacy group Hamas On Campus purports to show growing Islamist influence in universities
From: The Times of Israel, October 5, 2014
A new YouTube video is targeting two of the most vocal pro-Palestinian student bodies active on US campuses, attempting to expose the alleged ties between the groups and the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as to out several of the organizations’ leading members as supporters and initiators of terrorist activities across the globe.
In the video, which was produced by the advocacy group Hamas On Campus, the narrator claims the Muslim Brotherhood has been bankrolling student bodies and effectively using them as proxies in order to spread a message of radical Islam throughout American universities. The video then highlights the Gaza-based terror organization Hamas’s connection to the Brotherhood.
The narrator goes on to assert that the Muslim Students Association and the Students for Justice in Palestine organization have served as hotbeds for potential terrorists, citing several former members of the student bodies who had gone on to join and establish terror groups in the Middle East.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: We recently posted a story about a Students for Justice in Palestine event, “The Hidden Genocide: The Story of Palestine. A Banquet.” scheduled for September 2014 at the University of South Florida (USF). It was to feature motivational speaker Monzer Taleb, a former Hamas fundraiser who had sung with a band** called Al Sakhra (“The Rock”).
It appears the The Story of Palestine USF event was cancelled but promotional material indicated the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Muslim Connection (TMC), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of South Florida and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) were the sponsors. The participation of these groups seems to validate the Hamas on Campus contention that the Muslim Brotherhood is,” bankrolling student bodies and effectively using them as proxies“.
The Muslim Connection (TMC) is a local Islamist group based in Tampa Florida. According to it’s corporate filing, TMC focuses on “bring youth closer to Allah”. It is affiliated with the Islamic Community of Tampa-Masjid Al-Qassam (ICT). The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports:
Al-Qassam mosque was incorporated by Sami Al-Arian in 1992 under the name “The Islamic Community of Tampa, Inc.” Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiring to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Federal investigators say that, at the time, Al-Arian was the North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
An initial member of the Board of Trustees of Al-Qassam Mosque, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, has been the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Syria since 1995. In addition, Al-Arian’s brother-in-law Mazen Al-Najjar was a founding board member and served as mosque imam until 2001. Al-Najjar appears on the Islamic Community of Tampa’s annual reports up until 2001, when he was arrested by the INS for a visa violation. Al-Najjar was deported by the U.S. in 2002 for staying in the U.S. after his student visa lapsed. In addition, he served on the PIJ’s Shura Council, or governing board, and was indicted along with Al-Arian for providing material support to the PIJ. Since he was deported, Al-Najjar never stood trial on those charges.
Sami Al-Arian was a former tenured USF computer science professor.
One of the current directors of the Islamic Community of Tampa is Osama Kayali. Kayali is listed a business associate with several businesses of the Elkadi family. Former Muslim Brotherhood leader, Ahmed Elkadi was based in Panama City, FL during the 1980s – 90s. He later moved to Northern Virginia then to Tampa, where he died in 2009.
**The Investigative Project on Terrorism has a copy of one of the band’s performances (with a transcript) calling for death to Jews. Taleb is featured singing “I am Hamas” on a second video, around the 3:47 mark. In a 2006 Weekly Standard article, “HAMAS Rock Stars,” Dallas-based investigative reporter Todd Bensman described the band as follows:
It wasn’t exactly feel-good music in the conventional sense. Mufid’s Al Sakhra (“The Rock”) band crooned a gospel of death and hatred toward the Jews at Hamas fundraisers, while the collection plates moved through wildly enthusiastic Arab-American audiences.
Can only hope the conspiracy crowd doesn’t latch
on too tightly and cloud the waters. Of course there
may be some that would welcome the diversion.
FBI’s attempt to water down judicial order denied; 9/11 documents begin to flow to judge
By: Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers, April 18, 2014
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.
Hours after the order was filed, a government lawyer filed court papers saying the Justice Department had delivered “27 pages of classified material” to the court for the judge’s private, or “in camera,” inspection.
The legal developments are among a flurry of recent activity in the Freedom of Information case that was filed by BrowardBulldog.org in 2012. The suit seeks records from a once secret FBI investigation into apparent pre-9/11 terrorist activity in Sarasota.
“What’s important here is that the Justice Department was seeking wholesale reconsideration of the prior order and the judge instead issued a stern rejection of the idea that he undo what he had previously ordered,” said the Bulldog’s Miami attorney, Thomas Julin.
The investigation focused on a Saudi family with ties to the Royal family and apparent connections to some of the 9/11 hijackers and another terrorist figure who once lived in Broward. The investigation began after Abdulaziz al Hijji and his wife, Anoud, abruptly moved out of their upscale home in a gated community about two weeks before the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, leaving behind cars, furniture, clothing and food in the kitchen.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This is a very interesting case centering around the al-Hijji family that lived in a Sarasota, Florida community- just south of Tampa. In short, the original FOIA request resulted in a reply from the FBI that there really wasn’t any information of interest and what they did have, could not be released because of privacy concerns. As the legal filings went back and forth, the FBI contradicted itself repeatedly – going from claiming nothing to suddenly having 27 boxes of documents – many claimed to be not releasable because of national security concerns.
The FBI eventually did release around 30+ documents. To add to the head-scratching, the FBI stated that there were no connections found between the Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorists – BUT – within the released documents are FBI investigative notes saying there is a connection. There are also allegations the FBI kept these Florida ties from a Congressional inquiry into 9/11 – apparently there was a similar situation in California.
Can only hope the conspiracy crowd doesn’t latch on too tightly and cloud the waters. Of course there may be some that would welcome the diversion.
“These courses are part of the comprehensive curriculum aiming to develop the attributes of the ‘Ideal’ Muslim American Activist Leader.” – OakTree Institute
With the news coverage of the Boston bombing, it was reported that much of the media was missing the Tsarnaev brothers’ ties to the Muslim Students Association (MSA). At this point, little will probably be learned of the actual connection to the MSA – clean-up is well underway, if not already completed.
For the most part, MSA and other Islamic special interest groups are not focused on violent acts in the United States. Terrorist actions tend to be counter-productive to fundraising and the MB’s stated methods towards a goal of the desired “grand Jihad”.
The Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. (MB) has provided documentary evidence along with member interviews that provide a very clear understanding of their agenda to establish the dominance of Islam and sharia in the west. Subordinate organizations working to this end have been identified and the role of the Muslim American Society (MAS) to act as the MB’s public face was explained.
Mohamed Akram’s An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, indicated:
“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.“
Realizing that “settlement” takes several generations, MAS/MB groups in the U.S. work closely with youth and student organizations to educate and groom the next generation of cultural jihadis. The Boston bombing actually caused the postponement of a MAS training event by the OakTree Institute, with offices in Tampa, Florida.
Established in 2011, the OakTree Institute is an Islamic Education and Leadership Development Institute that has been providing lectures, seminars and camps. Their website states it acts as a “leadership academy developing value driven, action focused, results oriented citizens of tomorrow. OakTree Institute is an affiliate of the Muslim American Society (MAS).”
According to the OakTree Institute’s Facebook page:
Courses: Both content and skills based, delivered onsite and online, to understand fundamental Islamic principles that shape the individual, family, and community at large. In addition, an intensive spiritual & character development track will be implemented to build the faith and principles of the young Muslim Activist Leader. These courses are part of the comprehensive curriculum aiming to develop the attributes of the “Ideal” Muslim American Activist Leader. Each course will include expansive reading materials, supplementary video and audio lectures, workbooks, homework assignments and exams to asses the students progress through the course.
We added the bold-type.
The staff of OakTree includes some familiar names from MAS. The financial officer, Almas Shodhan, had worked for four years as the Head of Finance at Islamic Relief USA. Islamic Relief USA’s activities have been suspicious at best.
OakTree’s listed instructors includes Qatari professor Dr. Jasser Auda, affiliated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and a host of other MB organizations. IIIT was one of many groups associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia and raided in 2002 for financing of terrorism. IIIT was also reported to have provided at least $50,000 in funding to a Tampa, Fla.-based group World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), founded by Sami Al-Arian.
OakTree’s board of directors consist of:
AMR ABOUZIED – Doctor of Internal Medicine, Tampa, FL
(past president of MAS Tampa)
AMR MORSY – Anesthesiologist, Wayne, NJ
MOHAMED OSMAN – Cardiologist, Davie, FL
AHMED ABOBAKER MOHAMED – Pediatrician, Lynn Haven, FL
HAYTHAM (S) MOHAMED – Anesthesiologist, Shrewsbury, MA
In regards to Ahmed Abobaker Mohamed, the city of Lynn Haven is adjacent to Panama City, FL. Florida corporate records disclosed that at one time, Dr. Mohamed shared an address with Panama City pediatrician Dr. Yahia Rahim.
In the 1992 Phone Book seized during the Holyland Foundation investigation into terrorist funding, Dr. Rahim (Y. Abdul-Raheem) was listed as the economic head of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Dr. Rahim is currently listed as the NAIT contact for the Bay County Islamic Society and is a director of the the Panama City Advanced School Corporation.
With the MAS affiliation, staff MB connections, and self-described as targeting the “‘Ideal’ Muslim American Activist Leader”, the OakTree Institute presents a disturbing new trend for those concerned about Islamists working through American youth – especially on college campuses.
Jihadist activity has taken place in Massachusetts since at least 1993 and includes in-state fundraising for terrorism
Jihadists use Beantown for base, report says
From Washington Free Beacon
By Adam Kredo, April 30, 2013
Muslim extremists with ties to al Qaeda have been using Massachusetts and the city of Boston as a jihadi headquarters since at least 1993, according to a recent report by a top terrorism analyst.
At least 26 residents were found to have ties to al Qaeda, according to the report by the Henry Jackson Society. The activity dates from before the Tsarnaev brothers, radical Muslim immigrants to the United States, were identified as the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Jihadist activity has taken place in Massachusetts since at least 1993 and includes in-state fundraising for terrorism, “those convicted of planning jihad, and even those who have been killed while fighting abroad,” according to the report by terrorism analyst Robin Simcox.
“The city [of Boston] and state of Massachusetts has a long history of ties to AQ [al Qaeda] and AQ-inspired militancy,” the report states.
Full Story: http://freebeacon.com/boston-harbors/
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Boston is only one of several financial centers/base of operations established in east-coast areas by the Muslim Brotherhood. Others were in Northern Virginia and the Tampa area of Florida. The main organizational structure came primarily from planning conducted in the 1980s by a core group working for Ahmed Elkadi.
The media needs to move it’s focus more towards domestic ties to the Boston bombing and those involved. As offensive and unbelievable it may be to western sensibilities, groups with an agenda to destroy our current society are well entrenched in the United States.
- City Of Boston Gave ‘Subsidy’ To Jihadi Bombers’ Radical Mosque (patdollard.com)
“Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
— Prosecutor Christopher Bodnar.
Accused Alabama terrorist claims free speech; government releases new details of recordings
By Brendan Kirby, March 22, 2013
MOBILE, Alabama – To the defense, the terrorism charges against Randy “Rasheed” Wilson are an amorphous amalgam of vague allegations about conduct that never amounted to more than speech.
In asking a judge to throw out the charges, defense attorney Dom Soto asked if it is possible to “conspire to conspire.”
Federal prosecutors, in a written response this week, argued that the intent of Wilson and co-defendant Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukdair to maim and kill in the name of Islam was very real and that they took concrete steps to make it happen. The court filing includes new details of recordings made by an informant working with the FBI.
“Wilson and Abukhdair face serous terrorism charges not because they espoused their religious beliefs or their disdain for this country,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Bodnar wrote. “Rather, they are charged with forming an agreement to engage in criminal activity. Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
The issue now is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose, who must decide whether charges will stand against Wilson, a Mobile man who lived for a time in Birmingham and attended an Islamic school there.
Plan for violent jihad alleged
Federal agents arrested Wilson in December as he was about to board a plane in Atlanta bound for Morocco. Authorities alleged that he planned to travel from there to the African nation of Mauritania and meet up with Abukdair, who had moved to Mobile from Egypt after the two struck up a friendship online in 2010.
From Mauritania, according to authorities, the defendants planned to find a place – perhaps in neighboring Mali– to wage violent jihad.
Soto acknowledged that that Wilson made plenty of negative comments about the United States in the hours on conversations that the FBI recorded. But he argued that even objectionable speech is protected by the First Amendment. He cited a World War II-era decision prohibiting the government from revoking the citizenship of German immigrant Carl Wilhelm Baumgartner, who had espoused pro-Nazi views.
The case became a bit confusing when the FBI advised an affidavit it had submitted, claiming Wilson was a former roommate of Daphne-born jihadist Omar Shafik Hammami, was incorrect. The connection between the two forms the basis of the criminal complaint against Wilson, but even Wilson’s defense attorney admitted that the two did know each other. Daphne, AL is about 20 minutes away from Mobile, AL were Wilson grew up. Both locations are along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
When asked about where there are Muslim communities in the U.S., most people would point to major cities in the northeast, Northern Virginia, and areas in Illinois and Michigan. To the average American, the deep south brings up visions of staunch Baptists and families that have established American roots for many generations. Very few would associate it with Muslim immigrants, let alone Islamist radicals and terror related activity.
The Gulf Coast states are home to a number of influential Muslim communities. Many of the mosque’s and Islamic based schools are funded and controlled by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Here are several examples related to radical Islamic activity:
- Holy Land Foundation, Richardson, TX
- Al-Shabaab terror group, Houston, TX
- Dr. Ahmed Elkadi, U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Panama City, FL
- Mohammad Yunus, Islamic Circle North America (ICNA), Bonifay, FL
- Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Tampa, FL
- Iman Elkadi, Mercy USA, Tampa, FL
During the late 1970s/early 1980s, a number of young Muslim professionals (doctors, engineers, educators) moved to these southern locations, identified as areas that would welcome Muslims and provide an environment favorable for dawah. Most of these professionals were/are affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood groups such as the Muslim Students Association (MSA). As they became established, the local populations viewed these professionals and their families as outstanding members of the community, and usually above reproach. This view is still prevalent despite documented evidence that shows activity promoting the goals and agenda of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
- Second terrorism suspect in Mobile-based investigation pleads not guilty
- Prosecutors seek court order restricting non-classified information in Mobile terror case
- Federal grand jury indicts Mobile terrorism suspect; trial set for March
- 2 Alabama men arrested in Ga. on federal terror charges; allegedly planned violence overseas
- FIRST ON CNN: Bounty on two Americans tied to Somali terror group (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Accused Alabama terrorist claims free speech; government releases new details of recordings (al.com)