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The Muslim Radical Islamist Day Parade

September 8, 2007

On September 9, 2007, a pre-9/11 celebration of sorts will be taking place in New York City, as Islamists from across the Tri-State area will congregate there for the 22nd Annual Muslim Day Parade. If past parades are any indication, law enforcement will need to be on high alert, as the participants have been amongst the most radical in the nation. Will the city allow this denigration of a very somber day to take place, or will it remember its many victims of terrorism and shut it down?...

On the MFA website, in addition to the parade photo gallery, there is also a section titled, "USEFUL LINKS." Four out of the five links listed (complete with their logos) are national organizations which have been found to be part of the violent Muslim Brotherhood overseas. They include the aforementioned ICNA and ISNA, as well as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). CAIR was created by the American propaganda wing of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), in 1994, and the MSA was the first organization created by the Brotherhood within the United States, in 1963.

Along with the parade, the MFA will be holding an essay contest for children and young adults. The themes for the different age groups vary. For those age 9 – 13 it is ‘Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best Role Model,' for ages 14 – 18 it's ‘The Man is the Best Creation of Allah (SWT),' and for ages 19 – 23 it's ‘The Purpose of my Life.'

The organizers of the parade state that one of their objectives is "to demonstrate and clarify Islamic values and traditions." However, considering the individuals that have been participating in this parade, and understanding the radical nature of the groups that appear to be aligned with the MFA, we must ask what values and traditions they are talking about. Despite its name, as the American Muslim Day Parade, it is clear that this event has nothing to do with American values and traditions and has more in common with the ideology of the 9/11 hijackers.

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MIM:From the American Muslim Day Parade website :

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/press_relase.php

As-Salaam Alaikum

Welcome to the new website for the Muslim Foundation of America!

We are extremely grateful for the dedicated members of the Board of Trustees who work so hard to promote unity and understanding among all people of good will. This website is another avenue that will enable us to reach the broader community. We appreciate all who contribute their time, money and organizational skills all year long in support of our efforts.

Each year, with the support and dedication of many individual muslims, masaajid and Islamic organizations, the Muslim Day Parade, which is our premier event, has grown incrementally in size, but as we approach our 21st year, we need to redouble our efforts to increase membership in the Foundation and to make the Muslim Day Parade and Youth Essay Contest bigger than ever!

We also need and welcome the participation of the entire community to work on all the other initiatives that the Muslim Foundation of America has always had as its goals, such as:

• Private recreational facilities for the comfort and security of our sisters and our youth
• A Muslim hospital to serve our community's health and dietary needs
• Stronger support of our various Islamic school systems throughout the country
• Coordination of Muslim media sources

Inshallah, we look forward to your support through your donations and through your participation. Allah will not make a change unless we make a change in ourselves.

May Allah bless us to enter through the Gate of Truth and Honor, and may we exit through the Gate of Truth and Honor.

Elbert Shamsid-Deen
Director,
Muslim Foundation of America

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LEVEL I - Why I Love Quran:
(Ages 7 - 10)

Winners:

1. Rida Naeem $300.00
2. Taha Sherwani $200.00
3. Joham Rais $100.00

LEVEL II - Practicing Islam In USA:
(Ages 11 - 14)

Winners:

1. Asma Siddiqi $600.00
2. Annam Farooq $300.00
3. Muazz Zahid $150.00


LEVEL III - AL-Quran: The Foundation of Human Civil Civilization.
(Ages 15 - 18)

Winners:

1. Batool Z. Ali $800.00
2. Mariam Alvi $500.00
3. Asad Baig $300.00


Total For All Prizes: $3250.00

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/winner.php

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/useful_links.php

Useful Links United American Muslim Day Parade

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Images from the website of the Muslim Foundation of America (MFA), www.muslimdayparade.com, which advertised Congressman Keith Ellison
as the Grand Marshal of the 2007 Muslim Day Parade

Click to view larger version of images and more...

http://www.americansagainsthate.org/


MIM: Muslim Day Parade pics from 2006 with Dhabah Almontaser ex principal designate of Khalil Gibran International Academy.

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/gallary.php

Photos 13 until 18 she is seated on the podium

The last picture is of Muzzamil Siddiqui who said the US deserved 9/11 because it had "incurred the wrath of Allah"


Photos of alleged death squad leader and former ICNA president Ashrafuzzaman Khan -he is wearing a red and white pinkish hued keffiyah on his shoulders and dressed in white.

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/gallary2.php


http://www.muslimdayparade.com/press_relase.php

As-Salaam Alaikum

Note that the event is being sponsored by every radical Islamist group in the city including CAIR:

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/useful_links.php

Useful Links United American Muslim Day Parade
http://www.muslimdayparade.com/mission_statement.php

Mission Statement United American Muslim Day Parade
For almost twenty years, the MFA has annually sponsored our biggest event, The United American Muslim Day Parade in Manhattan. It is held on the last Sunday of September each year. The Parade's purpose is to bring communities of various ethnic and religious groups together to promote a better understanding of Islam and to establish interfaith cooperation between Muslims and all other religious/community groups. Each year, the parade grows in size and significance. Each year, we also host a Parade Fund-Raising Banquet to help raise funds for the parade. We welcome and appreciate the participation and support of all people of good will!
Note that the new head of ICNA was at the AMD fundraiser together with Shamsi Ali who is on the KGIA advisory board:

http://www.muslimdayparade.com/winner.php

Board of Trustees United American Muslim Day Parade
Elbert Shamsid - Deen 914 964 9660 Fax: 914-964-2959 Elbert@insurer.com
Syed Sajid Hussain 516 620 0637 Sajid@shussain.com
Ainul Haque 718 777 5563 Fax: 718 278 7108
Ade A Rasul 7189924256 718 9924255 wchd126@aol.com
Imam Abdul Azeem Khan
A.Q Muhammad 718 647 3010 718 647 6404 aqmec@aol.com
Bayram Mulic
Imam Shamsi Ali 212 722 5234 212 972 8333 msali95949@aol.com
Jabir Choudhry 516 681 1104 516 433 4090 jabir@ix.netcome.com
Sajid Shah 516 633 7290 718 452 2686 Wk: 718 453 6866
Khaled Lamada 917 770 3505
Lutf Ullah Chowdhry 516 867 8200
Imam Yusuf Hasan 917 294 8107
http://www.muslimdayparade.com/trustees.php

http://www.islam-watch.org/JamalHasan/defiant_yet_brutal_face.htm

The Ashrafuzzaman Khan affair: When the News from Bangladesh on November 10, 1999 published "The Travail of Ashrafuzzaman Khan's Infamous Diary" (later on republished in South Asia Tribune with a new title, "Why to read Ashrafuzzaman Khan's Infamous Diary") many readers at home and abroad were introduced once again to the heinous killer of 1971. Before the NFB publication, he was a sought out man in just liberated Bangladesh. His photo was posted in various dailies as a "Most wanted fugitive." Later on, a few books on killers and collaborators depicted his picture and the details of his murderous act. This man was directly responsible for killing seven Dhaka University teachers before the final moment of Bangladesh's liberation from the occupational forces. In early seventies, in a Bangladesh court, Ashrafuzzaman Khan was found in absentia, to be guilty of the crime. Today, this criminal is living freely and openly in USA. After the publication of the article in NFB, an advocacy group, namely Bangla Nuremberg was formed with some dedicated Bangladeshi expatriates. Some of them were living in the North America while others were living in Europe. Thanks to a handful of dedicated expatriate activists in America, soon Ashrafuzzaman Khan became a household name in various law enforcement bodies of USA. This war criminal's thirty-year-old photo along with his present day portrait and his writing samples were in possession of a powerful law enforcement body of USA. The US State Department was not left out either. The lobbyists met Bangladeshi Ambassador to USA and had a few meetings with the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regarding extradition of the war criminal to his native land. Sheikh Hasina's typical oratory was as if she was the greatest champion of the Bangladesh liberation cause. The activists got a different picture altogether. While the US State Department took some interest in the case and followed up the matter with another US law enforcement agency, the US officials' position was - "The ball is in Bangladesh's court." That means US government wanted to see Bangladesh being more proactive in resolving the war criminal issue. One reliable source was quoting a highly placed law enforcement official who said with frustration, "The Bangladesh Government had been pressing US Government a number of times to extradite Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killers back to their home country. Not one time, the Bangladesh Government approached US Government asking for extradition of Ashrafuzzaman Khan or any other war criminal who might be living in the United States." The Hasina Administration failed miserably pursuing the case. Therefore, a war criminal has the last laugh. The other day, New York-based Bangla weekly Thikana published a news story on the killer of 1971. Today, Ashrafuzzaman Khan is a renowned Islamist, a busy body in Bangladeshi community affairs in the greater New York area. The Thikana report said he gave an emotional speech at an award presentation ceremony for the Quran reciters. He expressed his frustration as he spoke of the expatriate Bangladeshis stating that only twenty percent of the Muslims attend the mosque. He said that if the Muslims did not practice their religion in a nonbelievers' land, their identity would go away in course of time. The Office of Special Investigation (OSI), a division of the US Department of Justice has successfully apprehended a good number of Nazi war criminals who were hiding in the United States. In fact, OSI became synonymous with successful prosecution of Nazi criminals on US soil. In most cases, those Nazis living in the land of opportunity kept a low profile, occasionally bearing aliases. Some of them were working in factories; some of them were making a living by menial jobs. In case of Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a leader of the Islamic Circle of North America, the situation is quite the opposite. Not only did he not change his former name, neither does he hesitate to be in the limelight. As a son of the soil, he knows the pulse of the Bangladeshis and Bangladeshi leaders. He knows that in Bangladesh the political wind is now blowing favorably in his direction. He does not see any threat coming from Bangladesh now that an Islam Pasand government is in power over there. Also, he knows it very well that he will die peacefully and gracefully in an alien infidel land.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin saga:

While Ashrafuzzaman Khan story may sound amazing, Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin episode is as incredible as it could be. Like Ashrafuzzaman Khan, this war criminal from Bangladesh is leading a rather elegant life in UK. Ashrafuzzaman Khan did not get any bad rap in the US press, also the majority of the Allah-fearing Muslims living in North America are presumably not aware of his murky past

http://www.hvk.org/articles/1202/195.html

The Travail of Ashrafuzzaman Khan's Infamous Diary

Author: Jamal Hasan
Publication: News From Bangladesh
Date: November 10, 1999
URL: http://www.shobak.org/bangla_nuremberg/ashrafuzzaman_khan/nfbnov99.html Who's Ashrafuzzaman Khan? Why is it so important that we now know the content of his dairy? Please be patient and read this write-up. I will let you draw your own conclusion regarding the culpability of this man. It was the first week of December of 1971 -- it was also the final chapter in our nine month long days of fire and blood. Forces under the joint command of our valiant Mukti Bahini and the Indian army had almost encircled Dacca from all directions. But even as all seemed lost for the beleaguered Pakistani armed forces, sinister forces were at work at the Governor's House determined more than ever to deliver the coup de grâce to the "upstarts" who had refused to accept the fate of a subject race. General Niazi was huddling with his comrade the infamous Major General Rao Farman Ali, and their chief troubleshooter, Major Siddique Salek. They had just received the list they had been expecting from Al-Badr and Al- Shams. Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a commander of the brutal Al-Badr, had just compiled a list of Bengali intellectuals for the "benefit" of the high command in the Governor's House. It was the list of intellectuals who have been targeted for elimination. The plan was to kill them immediately so that if Bangladesh becomes an independent nation, it will have to make do without those that can contribute significantly to rebuild the infrastructure of the devastated nation. It would be Pakistan's parting kick to Bangladesh, so to speak. Many of the Bengali intellectuals listed by Ashrafuzzaman Khan were taken out of their homes in the dead of night in that eventful week of December in 1971. Needless to say, none of them lived to see the light of day. Even in the moment of their defeat, Generals Niazi and Ali must have relished the thought that they have forced Bangladesh to pay an extremely heavy price for its independence. It must have given them no little pleasure to imagine that Bangladesh will fall apart in no time without the services of so many of its leading intellectuals. Bangladesh was liberated on December 16, 1971. Unfortunately, it took longer than it should have taken for the new administration to attend to its tasks. By the time the investigators arrived at the residence of Ashrafuzzaman Khan, he had fled. However, in haste, he had left behind a crucial piece of evidence. The investigators rummaging through his leftover items managed to recover that piece of the puzzle from his house. They found Ashrafuzzaman Khan's diary. In it was that infamous list of intellectuals in his own handwriting. It was indeed a gruesome find that shocked the people. Ashrafuzzaman Khan was a wanted man. Photos of the suspect were posted in all Bangladeshi newspapers. People were urged to apprehend the criminal. But all this was too late. Ashrafuzzaman had managed to flee not just his residence, but his country as well by the time the search was on for his arrest. Today, Ashrafuzzaman Khan leads an active life of all places in New York. He has assumed a role of leadership in the Islamic movement in the city. Ashrafuzzaman Khan is now the President of the Islamic Circle of North America. I was reminded anew of his terrible past as I read a recent issue of the Washington Post (November 1, 1999). It carried a statement by Ashrafuzzaman Khan on the tragic Egypt air accident. Ashrafuzzaman Khan was quoted as saying, "Sometimes, we face that we are helpless.... another man lost his parents. Nobody knows anything. Everybody is sad. But we have to put our faith in God." This is coming from the man whose infamous list had left so many children without their fathers in that fateful week in December of 1971. What an irony it is that this conspirator par excellence of Bangalee intellectual killings in 1971, is now a dyed-in-the-wool humanist, after all these years! But, is he a humanist? No. He is just a wolf in sheep's skin. That is what he is! We, Bangladeshis, seem to be singularly devoid of self-esteem. Bangladesh had failed miserably to bring the war criminals to justice after the surrender of Generals Niazi and Ali on 16th December 1971. And today, Sheikh Hasina seems to be more interested in pursuing only those that had killed her kith and kin on 15th August 1975. No one seems interested to bring the killers of 1971 to justice. To me, this is the greatest travesty of justice in Bangladesh. Of course, Ashrafuzzman Khan hasn't quite been allowed to forget his criminal past. A few years ago, Shahriar Kabir, a leader of Ghatok Dalal Nirmul (Efface the killers and conspirators) Committee exposed the whereabouts of Ashrafuzzaman Khan who, needless to say, stoutly denies any wrongdoing. But editions of the directory of collaborators, "Ekatturer Ghatok Dalal Kay Kothai" (Where are the killers and conspirators of 1971?") continues to carry Ashrafuzzaman Khan's photo together with a print of the pages of his infamous diary. The Nirmul (Efface) Committee has branches in almost all States of USA. Most of the members were very active under the leadership of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam. They had even sent a lawyer to assist the prosecution during the epoch making People's Trial of Prof. Golam Azam and his cohorts. When will they go after Ashrafuzzaman Khan? In America, it shouldn't be too difficult to force a war criminal to answer in a court of law. The million-dollar question is -- who will bell the cat? (Jamal Hasan writes from Washington, DC. His email address is: poplu@hotmail.com)

http://www.cair-ny.org/pages/splash.aspx
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MOSQUE OF ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD

"Let there arise out of you an umma (nation, group) of people, inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. They are the ones to attain success." (Qur'an 3:103)

The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and the School of Islamic and Arabic Studies was founded in 1964. Incorporated in 1967, The M.I.B.is the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque Inc. started by the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) , in 1964, after his departure from the organization known as the Nation of Islam. The founders of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood had been members of the M.M.I.

The formation of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood was very necessary and timely. It had become obvious that the then existing Sunni Muslim communities lacked knowledge and discipline, and were thereby exposed to manipulation and apparent use as a political arm. This unfortunate situation was rapidly resulting in confusion, and un-Islamic teachings within the Sunni Muslim communities, and the alienation of many people, who wanted a true understanding of Islam.

"As Muslim Americans of African descent, we believe in the principle of self-determination and strive for its actualization as a community of believers. Therefore our expressed purpose is to give a true presentation of Sunni Islam to American society. We intend to vigorously utilize our energies, as well as our facilities, to teach and spread this eternal message of all of the Prophets. And it is our hope and prayer that the American of African descent (Kushite) will be in the forefront of those, who accept this gift of (Almighty God) Allah.

It is also our expressed purpose to create an indigenous Islamic intelligentsia, thereby reserving the right to look to ourselves for Islamic scholarship and leadership, because it is our belief, that by the sincere expression of the words Allahu Akbar (Allah is Supreme), an individual must look within him or herself, and from that place find the answer to their prayers."


Allah is our goal
The Prophet Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah is our leader
The Qu'ran is our constitution
Jihad is our way
And death in the way of Allah is our promised end.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MOSQUE OF ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD

"Let there arise out of you an umma (nation, group) of people, inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. They are the ones to attain success." (Qur'an 3:103)

The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and the School of Islamic and Arabic Studies was founded in 1964. Incorporated in 1967, The M.I.B.is the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque Inc. started by the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) , in 1964, after his departure from the organization known as the Nation of Islam. The founders of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood had been members of the M.M.I.

The formation of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood was very necessary and timely. It had become obvious that the then existing Sunni Muslim communities lacked knowledge and discipline, and were thereby exposed to manipulation and apparent use as a political arm. This unfortunate situation was rapidly resulting in confusion, and un-Islamic teachings within the Sunni Muslim communities, and the alienation of many people, who wanted a true understanding of Islam.

"As Muslim Americans of African descent, we believe in the principle of self-determination and strive for its actualization as a community of believers. Therefore our expressed purpose is to give a true presentation of Sunni Islam to American society. We intend to vigorously utilize our energies, as well as our facilities, to teach and spread this eternal message of all of the Prophets. And it is our hope and prayer that the American of African descent (Kushite) will be in the forefront of those, who accept this gift of (Almighty God) Allah.

It is also our expressed purpose to create an indigenous Islamic intelligentsia, thereby reserving the right to look to ourselves for Islamic scholarship and leadership, because it is our belief, that by the sincere expression of the words Allahu Akbar (Allah is Supreme), an individual must look within him or herself, and from that place find the answer to their prayers."


Allah is our goal
The Prophet Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah is our leader
The Qu'ran is our constitution
Jihad is our way
And death in the way of Allah is our promised end.

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Imaamur-Raatib (Resident Imam)

Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid


Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is the religious and spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, New York City. He has been a Sunni Muslim since 1971, a member of the mosque since that time, and its imam since 1989.

Imam Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is also the Amir (leader) of the Harlem Shura, a coalition of seven Harlem mosques. He is a Deputy Amir of the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of New York, and Deputy Amir of The Muslim Alliance in North America. Further, Imam Talib (as he is popularly known) serves on or advises several interfaith bodies located in New York City. They include Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, A Partnership of Faith in New York City, The Temple of Understanding, The Interfaith Center of New York, The N.Y.C. Dept. of Education Chancellor's Interfaith Advisory Committee to the NYC Dept. of Education, and the Bertram Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty.

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He has given sermons and lectures in Mosques, Churches and Synagogues throughout New York City and beyond. Further, he was a presenter at the Parliament of World Religions in both Chicago (1993) and Capetown, South Africa (1999). He was also the key American Muslim speaker at the International Conference on Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies, in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in 2002. One of the original Muslim participants in the Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, the Imam has served as a counselor to and advocate for Muslims living with AIDS, and their families, since 1990. He is the co-founder of the African-African American Commission on HIV/AIDS , Prevention and African Orphans.

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Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid has also has served the city and state prisoners of New York as a Muslim Chaplain, since 1977. He worked in that capacity at the Sing-Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York for 11 years, and is currently a part-time employee for the New York City Department of Corrections. As a religious activist for human rights, social justice, and the liberation of his people, Imam Talib is a member of the National Committee to Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (the former H. "Rap" Brown).

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The Imam's work has been the object of several featured articles in the New York Times , and is featured in the books American Islam, by Richard Wormser, Working on God, by Winifred Gallagher,and Restoring Faith: America's Religious Leaders Answer Terror with Hope ,edited by Forrest Church. He is the author of both A Muslim Manifesto on Darfur , and Healing Indigenous Muslim Families in America , as well as the forthcoming Justice for the People of Darfur: Hell on Earth Must End, Social Justice According to the Prophetic Paradigm Muslim ,and Reclaimed Legacy: Indigenous and Immigrant Peoples, and The History of Al-Islam in America . Imam Talib is the host of a monthly Harlem-based radio show, entitled "Prophetic Echoes" (broadcast the 4th and 5th Friday of each month,at 90.3 FM in the NYC area, and whcr.org via internet stream). For media accounts, conduct internet search (e.g. google) for "Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid"

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PHOTOS ABOVE:

1- Imam Talib (as he is popularly known) circa 1995

2- At a graduation ceremony of the Banu Hilal Islamic Academy, Imam presents an award to a child (Abdul-Hakim Kamil) who is now an adult and haafiz (complete memorizer) of the Qur'an

3- Imam Talib (seated) with his mentor Shaykh Tawfiq in 1974 . The Imam was the Shaykh's student for 17 years and Assistant Imam for 13 years

4- Imam Talib appeared on the cover of the Muslim Journal newspaper, circa 1992

5- Current picture of the Imam

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