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Al Qaeda linked cleric, Hamas 'charity' fundraiser' to speak at Muslim Youth camp in Villanova PA

July 6, 2006

Al Qaeda linked Imam and suicide bomber supporter among speakers at upcoming youth camp in Villanova PA .

Residents protesting premises expansion cite security concerns at Foundation of Islamic Education Youth camp venue.

The Muslim Youth division of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society have announced their upcoming summercamp to be held at the Foundation for Islamic Education in Villanova, Pennslyvania on August 2nd to August 6th.

In 2001 the FIE was the location of Young Muslims Jihad Camp.

.The YM camps no longer go under that name, but several of the speakers who attended the Jihad Camp will be among those lecturing at the upcoming Muslim Youth camp at the FIE in Villanova.

According to the Philadephia Inquirer article linked to above the Foundation is "... a New York non profit religious group headed by a Saudi businessman agreed to to buy the campus of the Northeastern Christian Junior College , the former Morris Clothier estate, for 2.7 million.."

MIM has uncovered further information on the Saudi (Wahhabist) ties which go directly to the Saudi government:

The foundation's trustees are based in Saudi Arabia . The president of the board is Mahmoud Abdullah Taiba, a member of the Jajlis Ash Shura and former secretary of the the Energy and Electricity in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.


The speakers at the upcoming Muslim Youth camp (see original announcement below) have documented terrorism ties and reads like a Who's Who of radical Islamists.

The residents of Villanova have good reason to be concerned about security issues and should do everything possible to stop the planned expansion of the Foundation for Islamic Education.

More information can be found by doing a search for the speakers names on MIM - as well as the original Jihad camp registration form for the camp which took place at FIE in Villanova in 2001.


* Mazen Mokhtar a New Jersey Imam who is under investigation by the FBI for ties to Al Qaeda and bomb plotters in the UK. In 2004 the Washington Post reported on a previous Youth Camp appearance by Mokhtar :

This year's camp is to be held at Villanova Academy, an Islamic school in Pennsylvania, and its theme is "A Few Good Men/Lives of the Khulafa Rashideen (Pious Caliphs)."

Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the group's summer gatherings were called "Jihad Camp." Advertised speakers in August 2001 included Imam Siraj Wahaj, identified by federal prosecutors in 1995 as a "possible unindicted co-conspirator" in the terrorism case against blind sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and Saffet Catovic, a Bosnian associated with the Benevolence International Foundation, a now-defunct Muslim charity accused by the U.S. government of financing terrorism.http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/239

*Jamal Badawi an Imam based in Canada who recently justified suicide bombings in an 7/29/06 forum on the Islam Online website with the theme Dying for Allah :"Martyrdom in Islam let's discuss it " Badawi was asked 'what is the difference between a martyr and a a sucide bomber?' and responded:

Not every martyr is a "suicide" bomber. As indicated earlier, a person who is killed in the battlefield is also a martyr; also a woman who dies in a difficult child birth is also a martyr (of a lower degree).

Not every "suicide" bomber is a martyr if that action violates any of the conditions detailed in the answers to the first question (Mr. Jacob). It should be made clear that defense against unprovoked aggression and resistance to reduce oppression are legitimate causes for combative jihad provided that all other conditions, qualifiers and ethics of war are strictly observed. It should also be noted that in all nations and according to the UN charter and international law, the Islamic causes are basically the same. Also, it should also be noted that all nations and peoples have lots of praises for those who not only put their lives on the line but also sacrifice their lives for what they consider as defense for their country or people.

It is known that people from various backgrounds sacrificed their lives in a way that many may classify as "suicidal operations" such as the Japanese pilots in the Second World War. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2074

* Siraj Wahaj an alleged unindicted co conspirator in the WTC 1993 bombings and Imam of Al Taqwa Mosque in New York who justified the cartoon riots at a demonstration saying that Muslims "Had to make sure that they (infidels) do not do this again."

Wahhaj likened the response to the rioting in American cities that followed the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. While King's death was not the cause of the riots, he said, it served as a catalyst because the loss was seen as a symbol of the deprivations suffered by African-Americans. Likewise, he said, the extreme Muslim reaction to the cartoons relates to the political and economic oppression of Muslims in parts of the world. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1662

* Faisal Hammoudeh : A leading Islamic Relief volunteer form Chicago: Last month the Gaza coordinator of Islamic Relief was arrested and deported from Israel for fundraising for Hamas:

MIM: The Young Muslims Summer Camp Announcement with speakers list to beheld at the Foundation for Islamic Education in VIllanova PA

YM Summercamp NE 2006
Deen and Dunya: Finding the Balance
Brothers only!

Camp info

Aug. 2nd - Aug. 6th

Villanova, PA

Invited Speakers:
Siraj Wahhaj
Abdul Malik
Faisal Hamouda
Mazen Mokhtar
Nouman Ali Khan
Jamal Badawi
Ibrahim Negm
Shamsi Ali
Amin Abdul Latif
Azeem Khan


Please follow these steps to register:

1. Click here to register for the camp.
2. Print out waiver form, read it, and fill it out.
3. Click on the payment link on the final page or check your email for the link.
4. Choose one of the payment options to pay online and confirm your spot.
5. Bring the suggested items and the waiver form to camp with you.

Price includes accomodations, food, and transportation to camp site.
Note: Transportation is only provided to those coming all the days of the camp!

You must pay to confirm your spot!

Suggested Items

1. Required: Signed waiver form
2. Required: Qur'an
3. Sleeping bag/bed sheets/pillow
4. Toothbrush/toothpaste
5. Soap/Shampoo/Deodorant
6. Towel
7. Poncho (long raincoat)
8. Flashlight with batteries
9. Insect repellant
10. Thick clothes
11. Sports equipment (gloves, bats, etc.)

For any questions or problems, please email [email protected].

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