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Wahhabist missionary banned from U.S. -lectured on "How kuffars tried to take the light out of Islam" worked with Saudi embassy in DC
December 23, 2005
Dec. 23, 2005, 12:23AM Islamic teacher will miss lecture here Set to speak at Texas conference, he was denied entry to U.S. at Detroit airport
By EDWARD HEGSTROM Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
A Canadian Islamic teacher scheduled to speak at an upcoming Houston conference has been barred entry to the United States.
Yahya Ibrahim arrived at the Detroit airport Monday, where an immigration inspector denied him entry. Ibrahim, who was traveling from Australia, could not be reached for comment.
He was scheduled to speak at the Texas Dawah Convention, an annual event for Muslims expected to attract 4,000 participants from across the country. The government confirmed that Ibrahim was denied entry, but refused to say why.
"We don't release specific details of the reason for denial," said John Mohan, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington. Mohan confirmed that Canadian citizens are not required to carry visas to enter the United States, but he said they can still be denied entry.
"Suffice it to say the burden of proof is always on the alien," Mohan said. He would not specify what it is immigrants must prove.
Conference organizers have asked for a better explanation.
"The message (Ibrahim) promotes is the message of peace and moderation," said convention director Waleed Dasyouni. "Turning him away sends the wrong message."
Ibrahim was born in Canada and holds an engineering degree, Dasyouni said. He lives in Australia, where he is an administrator at the Australian Islamic University in Perth, according to the conference Web site. He has lectured at universities worldwide and spoke at the conference here last year.
He has given statements to the Australian media in which he advocates moderation. In early 2003, he told the Australian news service AAP that he opposed the invasion of Iraq but supported the ultimate goal of removing Saddam Hussein from power.
"Saddam Hussein is the embodiment of everything that's un-Islamic in his attitudes and dealings with his own people and with his neighbors," he said.
The Web site for the Australian Islamic University includes lectures he has given, including ones titled "We are more worthy of Jesus than they are," "Principles of the Quran" and "Family life in Islam."
The Texas Dawah conference has been held annually for five years. This year's conference is slated for the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The conference has faced controversy before. In 2003, critics raised questions about two of the scheduled speakers, including Sheikh Salah Munajiid, who had a Web site in which he described Jews as "plotters, conspirators and traitors." His speech was canceled.
MIM: The information on Yahya Ibrahim website may give a clue as to why he was banned from the US.
MIM: Note that Riyadh ul Haq is one of the featured speakers at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference which will be taking place in Toronto on December 29th. Muslim attendees of the conference with American citizenship, lost a lawsuit which would have prevented border officials from scrutinizing them upon their return. The US government sucessfully argued that the conference would be used as a means of abetting terrorism.. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1468
The list of the Da'wa conference attendees in the previous year, which included Ibrahim read like a Who's Who of radical Islamists. The only ones missing from the list are Osama Bin Laden and Al Zarqawi, and it is surprising that the conference had no video link up to accomodate them. Ibrahim's biography also informs us that he is a "consulting editor for the IFTA department of the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC'.
IFTA is the Wahhabist version of the Nazi "Ministry of Propaganda and National Enlightment'.
A look at the website of Ibrahim's Islamic Invitation Centre - which includes his translations of the 'work' of Saudi Sheik Abdurahman Al Sudais, who went on Saudi television and exhorted Muslims to kill "Jews and worshippers of the Cross". Ibrahim himself lectured on". How kuffars tried to take the light out of Islam".
MIM: This is the biography of Ibrahim which was on the website of last year's Houston Da'wa conference.
Yahya Ibrahim Of Egyptian descent, Yahya Adel Ibrahim, was born in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. In his quest for authentic, classical Islamic knowledge he has traveled to meet and study with some of the most prominent Islamic educators of our era. Being proficient in Arabic and English, he began translating for visiting Islamic dignitaries and has reached proficiency in simultaneously translating Arabic to English.
Yahya is a regular lecturer to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences throughout the world. He is a regular guest lecturer in the Faculties of Law, Philosophy and Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Notre Dame University (Fremantle). Currently based in Perth, Western Australia where he works as the Assistant Deputy Principal of one of the largest Islamic school in Australia – THE AUSTRALIAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE www.aic.wa.edu.au.
He regularly lectures in New Zealand, USA, and Canada the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia and South East Asia. He remains a part of the University of Toronto (Geology and Geographic Information Systems) and a student of Education and Student Development traveled the world to meet, translate and study with Islamic scholars and students of knowledge.
He has benefited greatly in this regard from Dr. Salih as-Sadlan, Shk. Saud ash-Shuraim, Dr. Muhammad Musa Nasr, Shk. Ali Hasan al-Halabi, Shk. Saleem al-Hilali and numerous others.
Being proficient in Arabic and English, he has translated books and various works from Arabic to English for visiting Islamic dignitaries. Yahya Ibrahim has been a consulting translator/editor for the IFTA office of the Saudi Embassy (Washington, D.C), where he has translated and reviewed for them numerous articles and collection of Sermons that are/were delivered from the pulpit of Mecca's Grand Mosque by Shk. Saud ash-Shuraim to be out in print in three volumes).
MIM: Homepage of the Islamic Invitation Center ak Islamic Invitation to Conversion run by Yahya Ibrahim- note the listing of Al Sudais's work (Al Sudays) and lectures on "How to survive in Society".
Yahya Ibrahim Australian Islamic College 139 President St. Kewdale, Western Australia 6105 email@example.com://aic.wa.edu.au Office (61)(8) 9362-2100 Mobile (61) (4) 0396-5522 Fax: (61)(8) 93625810
Of Egyptian descent, Yahya Adel Ibrahim, was born in Waterloo, Ontario Canada.
In his quest for authentic, classical Islamic knowledge he has traveled to meet and study with some of the most prominent scholars of our era. Being proficient in Arabic and English, he began translating for visiting Islamic dignitaries and has reached proficiency in simultaneously translating Arabic to English. He has had the honour of translating on numerous occasions for the likes of:
Dr. Salih as-Sadlan
Dr. Muhammad Musa Nasr
Sh. Sudais (Imaam of al-Masjid al-Haraam)
Sh. Sa?ud ash-Shuraim (Imaam of al-Masjid al-Haraam) , having translated 3 of his books.
Sh. Hussein Al ash-Shaikh (Imaam of al-Masjid an-Nabawi)
And many other dignitaries.
One of his greatest personal achievements is memorizing the Quran in its entirety. He began memorizing the Quran at the age of 16 and finished 20 months later receiving an Ijaazah. He began lecturing at the main mosques in Toronto at the age 17. Being proficient in Arabic and English, he has translated books and various works from Arabic to English and reviewed numerous articles, and the collection of Sermons that are/were delivered from the pulpit of Mecca's Grand Mosque. Selected publications and translations:
Tearful Moments from the Life of the Prophet
The Hypocrites: Descriptions from the Quran and Sunnah by Muhammed Musa Nasr
Beacons of Light - Lectures from the Grand Mosque (VOL. 1, 2, 3) - Lectures of Saud ash-Shuraim
Misconceptions Regarding the Prophets of Allah by Dr. AbdulAzeez as-Sadhaan
Yahya is a regular lecturer to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences throughout the world. Currently based in Perth, Western Australia where he works as a religious advisor and senior staff member of the largest Islamic school in Australia ( www.aic.wa.edu.au ) .
Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) that the conference was able to invite speakers who are well-known in the Muslim community as highly educated and moderate in their Islamic views. Some overseas scholars, who will not be coming to the States, will participate by video-conferencing because of their extremely demanding schedule in their local communities. These scholars are also well known and respected in their lands and abroad for their pure message of following the middle, moderate path of Islam.
We ask Allah that the conference participants be benefited by these speakers with their message of peace, justice and authentic Islamic knowledge based on the Quran and the Prophetic way along the lines of the conference theme. See the likes of esteemed shayookh and famous callers to Sunnah: Dr.Zulfiqar Shah, Siraj Wahaj, Yahya Ibrahim, Yasir Qadhi, Yasir Birjas, Salah as-Sawi, Yasir Fazaqa, Abdul Bary Yahya, Waleed Basyouni, Mohammad Faqih, and many others! Scholars via videoconference from KSA & Egypt: Ibrahim Duwaysh, Mohammad al Munajjid (Islam-QA), Mohammad Hassan, Jafar Idrees, Zaghloul El-Naggar, and more! The following table will provide you a regularly updated snapshot of expected speakers, and other pertinent information. Click on speaker name to see more biographic information. Even though most of the speakers are shown as 'confirmed', their participation may change at anytime.