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Terror Financing: It's Time to Take Care of Unfinished Business  National Review  October 6, 2017
Georgetown University Stumps for the Muslim Brotherhood  American Spectator  October 5, 2017
Boston's New Islamic Seminary Is Radicalizing The Next Generation Of Clerics  The Daily Caller  September 28, 2017

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

How One Massachusetts Lawyer -- Muslim, Female And Black -- Manages Identity And Bias  NEPR  October 19, 2017
Scrapping the term Islamophobia from M103 is the best path forward  Toronto Sun  October 19, 2017
Hamas-Supporting CAIR Leader to Lecture Harvard Student Group  Investigative Project  October 19, 2017
Germans Debate Muslim Public Holidays  Gatestone Institute  October 19, 2017
Sex charge should stick in mutilation case, feds say  Detroit News  October 19, 2017

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When Islamists Fall Out

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 7:39 PM

The Bayyinah Institute, a Salafi religious training organization, has filed papers at the Dallas County District Court seeking at least $200,000 from Omar Suleiman, a prominent Salafi cleric and a former "instructor" at Bayyinah.

According to the petition, Bayyinah claims that Suleiman breached his contract and a number of fiduciary duties, stole trade secrets and carried out "business disparagement designed to destroy Bayyinah" by threatening and making "false, defamatory statements."

The main thrust of the lawsuit, however, appears to be about $166,446 paid to a Jordanian production company for a film project. Bayyinah claims Omar Suleiman "convinced the Jordanian company to refuse to deliver the film to Bayyinah as agreed and to refuse to return the $166,446.00 paid by Bayyinah."

Interestingly, Bayyinah's lawsuit was lodged just a week after a number of Muslim women claimed they had been sexually harassed by Nouman Ali Khan, the founder and CEO of Bayyinah. In fact, Bayyinah is essentially just Nouman Ali Khan's personal project. The harassment claims caused a powerful scandal within the American Muslim community, and was even reported in Buzzfeed and as far away as Pakistan.

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Another Anti-Jewish Hire at the Islamic Society of Boston

by Sam Westrop  •  Thu, 5 Oct 2017, 10:57 PM

If you haven't already, make sure to read our recent article on the Boston Islamic Seminary, a new religious educational institution that claims to be training "vibrant members of America's pluralistic society, working collaboratively with people of other faiths."

As our article points out, the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) -- and its parent organization, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) -- are not moderate at all. Both BIS and the ISB have a tendency to employ and promote extremist clerics and activists.

In 2016, for example, the ISB hired an "associate imam" named Abdul-Malik Merchant. Merchant seems to dislike Jews. In a Facebook post discussing Jewish "plotting", he published text claiming: "The Jews wanted to kill Jesus the son of Mary (peace be upon him) because there [sic] normal way or tradition was to kill the prophets." And on a blog run by Merchant, a variety of anti-Semitic scripture is quoted: "Oh assembly of Jews! You are the most disgusting of the creation to me. You killed the prophets of Allaah..."

Now, we have uncovered new evidence of intense anti-Semitism expressed by BIS faculty.

Yahia Abdul-Rahman is an "instructor" at BIS, where he teaches courses on "Islamic finance." Abdul-Rahman is a noted expert in his field. BIS describes him as the "father of Islamic banking." While working at Citigroup, Abdul-Rahman launched the "first ever Sharia-compliant stock portfolio." In addition, he helped establish the Industrial Bank of Kuwait and the LARIBA Bank of Kazakhstan. Under his watch, LARIBA established the first sharia-compliant bank in America. Since then, Abdul-Rahman has written two books on the subject, one of which he claims was a best-seller.

Abdul-Rahman is also, however, a determined anti-Semite. His Facebook page is replete with unpleasant jokes about Jews, support for the Muslim Brotherhood's struggle against Israel and links to neo-Nazi websites.

In August 2015, for example, Abdul-Rahman posted a link to "The Ugly Truth," a website that describes itself as "intelligent 'anti-Semitism' for thinking Gentiles." The website contains conspiracy theories about Jewish control of governments and media, as well as claims of Jewish plots to murder children and discussions about "de-Judifying America."

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Extremist Cleric Siraj Wahhaj to Headline ISNA Conference

by Samantha Mandeles  •  Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 11:03 AM

This Saturday, Seattle, Washington will play host to an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference. Titled "The Power of Faith," the conference—the second such event this year—promises to help Muslims "transform the self and society." Featuring such sessions as "Faith Beyond Words: Finding the Help of Allah," Being a Prophetic Voice in the Age of Trump," and "Enhancing Our Community in Challenging Times," the event ostensibly consists simply of a day of community building, introspection, and prayer.

Yet, the past behaviour of the conference speaker—and even the conference organizers—indicates that the peaceful veneer of the event belies a sinister agenda.

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The 30 Most Important Islamism Stories in September 2017

by David Swindle  •  Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 9:33 AM

For many years now Islamist Watch's senior research fellow David Rusin has maintained an archive of links and excerpts to stories relating to Islamism both at home and abroad. He usually adds 5-10 items each day and here are 23 of the most important picks from this month that you won't want to miss:

1. Independent Journal Review, September 1: After Being Caught Exploiting Houston Flooding, Linda Sarsour Blames 'White Supremacists'

2. Conservative Review, September 1: Notorious lefty & Islamic groups to protest Trump's 'Muslim ban'

3. Conservative Review, September 2: Linda Sarsour, leftist icon, to speak at radical Islamic confab

4. Matthew Vadum at FrontPageMag, September 4: Gambling With National Security

5. Register-Guard, September 5: CAIR sees a role in Oregon

6. Philadelphia Inquirer, September 5: Fear of Islamic health clinic stirs debate in Northeast Philly

7. Breitbart News, September 5: Canadian Muslim Website Publishes Article Defending 'Medical Benefits' of Female Circumcision

8. Buzzfeed, September 6: A Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Islamophobia

9. The Daily Wire, September 8: Sarsour Claims, 'If I Want To Say I'm Black, I'm Black'

10. CAMERA, September 11: Politico Whitewashes Linda Sarsour's Record

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U.S. Charity Openly Funds Violent Pakistani Shi'ite Movement

by Sam Westrop  •  Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 1:41 PM

On May 24, the United Nations' Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations considered requests by ninety-four different non-profit groups from across the globe to attain "special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council." As is usual, a number of UN member-states sought to delay or prevent approval by the Committee: The U.S. questioned the activities of an Iranian charity tied to the regime and a Sudanese charity linked to Al Qaeda, Cuba challenged an Israeli charity, and Mauritania – where slavery is still widespread – demanded more information on the activities of several anti-slavery organizations.

Forty-six other non-profits, however, were not subject to objections or requests for further information, and received approval from the Committee. One of these, a charity named Saviour USA, is nonetheless a controversial choice.

Based in Texas, Saviour USA is a registered 501c3 that describes its work as "instrumental in raising funds to support the families of martyrs in Pakistan." Saviour USA is the U.S. branch of the Shaheed Foundation, a Pakistani Shi'ite charity that operates under the aegis of the Iranian regime.

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Act Now to Block Federal Funds to Islamic Relief Worldwide

by Sam Westrop  •  Thu, 7 Sep 2017, 3:46 PM

At some point in the next few hours, Congress will be voting on Congressman DeSantis's Amendment (115-31), which will ban Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) from receiving federal funds. IRW is an Islamist charity with links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It has a long history of promoting extremist ideology across both America and Europe. IRW claims to have already received $704,662 of taxpayers' money.

Please call your US Representative now. Ask him or her to support Rep. DeSantis's Amendment #115-31​ to the State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354).

Click here to find their contact details: www.house.gov/representatives. Alternatively, you can reach the Capitol switchboard here: (202) 224-3121.

Islamic Relief Talking Points

1. Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is one of the most important Islamist institutions in the world. Established in England in 1984, IRW now serves as the headquarters for the Islamic Relief franchise, managing dozens of branches across the world and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. For its entire history, IRW has been managed by Islamist operatives connected to extremist networks in Europe, America and the Middle East.

2. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates, a key ally of the United States, designated IRW as a terrorist organization because of its links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. This ban followed similar accusations leveled against the charity in Israel and Egypt.

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The 35 Most Important Islamism Stories in August, 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 3:06 PM

For many years now Islamist Watch's senior research fellow David Rusin has maintained an archive of links and excerpts to stories relating to Islamism both at home and abroad. He usually adds 5-10 items each day and here are 30 of the most important picks from August that you won't want to miss:

1. Gatestone Institute, August 1: Europe: The Censored Film They Do Not Want You to See

2. WGME, August 1: State Rep. says female genital mutilation is happening in Maine

3. New York Times, August 1: When Progressives Embrace Hate

4. Fox News, August 2: Lawsuit filed after judge orders participants in public meeting not to say 'Muslim' or 'Islam'

5. WGME, August 2: Female genital mutilation bill dead after Senate vote

6. PJ Media, August 2: Google Manipulates Search Results to Conceal Criticism of Islam and Jihad

7. Daily Caller, August 3: CAIR Offers Guide To America's Civil Rights For Muslims Visiting Repressive Foreign Hellhole

8. BBC News, August 4: Protests at Birmingham mosque over controversial cleric

9. Daily Mail, August 10: Muslim leader Keysar Trad wants Australian men to be allowed multiple wives

10. Shireen Qudosi at Gatestone Institute, August 10: Jew-Hating Imams Need to Be Removed

11. Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review, August 10: Tillerson's State Department hosts CAIR, radical Islamic groups

12. Ayaan Hirsi Ali at The Wall Street Journal, August 10: On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus

13. LBC Radio, August 14: Maajid Nawaz On Why Making Young Muslim Girls Wear Headscarves Is Child Abuse

14. Amber Athey at the Daily Caller, August 16: Women's March's Linda Sarsour 'Sending Love' To Her 'Jewish Siblings'

15. Edwin Mora at Breitbart, August 17: State Department Confirms It Welcomed Visit from Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Group

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Prominent Iran-Linked Imam Detained on Child Pornography Suspicions

by Adam Lomax  •  Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 11:39 AM

On July 6, heavily-armed FBI agents reportedly raided the home of Shia cleric Mujahid Abdul-Karim at his home in Watts, South Los Angeles. According to a press release issued by Abdul-Karim's mosque, dozens of federal agents stormed the imam's residence at dawn, throwing flash grenades that shattered the house windows, and handcuffed Abdul-Karim and his family. Abdul-Karim has reportedly not been charged and he was released shortly after his detainment, although his computer was confiscated.

The account of this dramatic arrest has been provided by the supporters of Abdul Karim. The incident was also covered by media outlets based in Iran known to have strong ties with the regime and the Revolutionary Guards, such as the Tasnim News Agency. Abdul-Karim's supporters have been quick to claim anti-Muslim bigotry and racism are the reasons behind the court-authorized search.

However, Islamist Watch has obtained a copy of the search warrant.

The investigating agent's affidavit reveals that between 2013 and 2017, "The FBI determined that Karim or another individual at the subject premises [Karim's house] was searching for, and viewing, child pornography via the Internet." The court order's description of the internet searches is extremely disturbing.

It is important to point out that Abdul-Karim has not yet been charged. The search warrant itself, however, reveals some other interesting details. According to the investigating agent, the FBI only became aware of the child pornography because: "in connection to an unrelated investigation, the FBI was conducting court authorized surveillance on the KARIM Internet account." It appears that since 2012, or possibly earlier, the FBI has been investigating Abdul-Karim for other reasons. But on what grounds?

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Islamic Relief Chairman Seems to Hate Jews and Love Jihad

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 5:00 PM

Islamist Watch has uncovered further evidence of anti-Semitism promoted by senior officials of Islamic Relief, the largest Islamic charity in America.

Although Islamic Relief is a designated terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates, it enjoys the support of governments and other charities all around the world, including $370,000 from the U.S. government in 2016, along with millions of dollars from the UN, European Union, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As Islamist Watch has previously discussed, these public monies serve to subsidize Islamic Relief's funding of Hamas-linked organizations in the Gaza Strip. All across the globe, in fact, Islamic Relief branches are led by Islamists with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. Islamic Relief's U.S. branch (IR-USA) is no exception.

The current chairman of IR-USA is Khaled Lamada, a prominent Egyptian-American, who has a long history of involvement with Muslim Brotherhood organizations. He does not, in fact, shy away from publicly expressing his support for Islamist causes. His social media accounts are filled with Muslim Brotherhood insignia, including the notorious R4BIA sign – exhibited by Muslim Brotherhood supporters since 2013.

Worst of all, Lamada appears to hate Jews and admire violence against Israel. Writing and sharing posts mostly in Arabic, Lamada has circulated text praising the "jihad" of the "Mujahidin of Egypt" for "causing the Jews many defeats." He has republished claims on Facebook that praise Hamas for inflicting a "huge defeat" against the "Zionist entity."

Further, Lamada has circulated videos that claim the current leader of Egypt, President Sisi, is secretly Jewish, and that he opposes the Muslim Brotherhood on the orders of the Jews. The video further claims that Jews are sowing division among Egyptian Muslims by encouraging sexual activities. Lamada's only comment about these anti-Semitic conspiracies is: "I hope this is not true." Lamada has even disseminated claims that America is controlled by a Zionist lobby, which is working to demonize Muslims and plan an invasion of Sudan and the Nile Valley.

Lamada is not the only anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist running America's largest Islamic charity.

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Deedra Abboud Should Condemn Extremists, Not Share a Stage with Them

by Oren Litwin  •  Thu, 10 Aug 2017, 2:28 PM

Arizona Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is scheduled to appear at a benefit dinner for ICNA Relief, the relief arm of the Islamic Circle of North America, on October 14th. Although Abboud has presented herself as the new moderate face of the Muslim community, she will be sharing the stage with two extremist clerics, Siraj Wahhaj and Omar Suleiman.

When Abboud launched her Democratic bid for the Senate, her biography raised some eyebrows. She was the founding executive director for the Arizona chapter of CAIR, and also served as the Arizona director of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation. Both of these organizations have had pervasive links to extremism. In addition, Abboud has defended several Muslims who committed terrorist acts.

Despite this history, she is better known for her community activism than for any personal extremism. It is disappointing, then, that she is now appearing at the same event with Siraj Wahhaj and Omar Suleiman, who exhibit the worst kind of bigotry and extremism.

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