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Upcoming ISNA Conference to Feature CAIR and MPAC Speakers and Congressman Keith Ellison

April 10, 2011

April 10 2011- Militant Islam Monitor-The upcoming ISNA conference on July 1st until the 4th includes Ahmed Rehab, the Executive Director of CAIR Chicago and Edina Lekovics, the Communications Director of MPAC in Los Angeles. The new Secretary General of ISNA, Safaa Zarzour, is the founding president of CAIR Chicago. http://www.americansagainsthate.org/Safaa_Zarzour.html

Another radical Muslim speaker is Congressman Keith Ellison, who is a frequent speaker at CAIR events. In his article "Keith Ellison, CAIR and Hamas" written before his election to Congress Robert Spencer asks the question:

"What is so troubling about Ellison's connection with Awad and CAIR? Mowbray quotes the assessments of two leading Democrats: Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has declared that CAIR "is unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its association with groups that are suspect." New York Senator Charles Schumer, once said that CAIR "has ties to terrorism" and that Ellison's supporter Awad has "intimate connections with Hamas." http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=2367#

The inclusion of Rehab and Lekovics at the event are further proof that ISNA is promoting a radical Islamist agenda and is not a moderate Muslim organization as the Obama administration would like to have the public believe. It also provides another compelling reason for the Obama administration to cease all interaction with the group and their members.The former head of ISNA, Ingrid Mattson, was chosen to lead a prayer in the interfaith Obama inaugural celebrations. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=33745#

Recently the FBI severed their ties with CAIR due to the organisation's terrorist ties. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/30/fbi-cuts-ties-cair-following-terror-financing-trial/#

Both CAIR and ISNA were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the U.S. vs. Holyland Hamas funding trial. http://www.nysun.com/national/islamic-groups-named-in-hamas-funding-case/55778/

According to Discover the Networks:

"Established in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students' Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) calls itself the largest Muslim organization on the continent. ISNA was created by MSA with the help of one of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's founding students, Sami Al-Arian. Another noteworthy founding member of ISNA was Mahboob Khan…Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz describes ISNA as "one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States." http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6178


The ISNA conference program.

Main Session Topics and Invited Speakers

  • Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony - Yusuf Kavakci, Ameena Jandali, Jamal Badawi
  • Non-Violence and Change - Hamza Yusuf, Sherman Jackson
  • Wholeness of Community with a Youth Focus - Yasir Qadhi
  • Developing American Muslim Culture - Sherman Jackson
  • Empowerment for Muslims: Faith in Public Service - Keith Ellison
  • Racism and Classism - Zaid Shakir, Rami Nashashibi, Najah Bazzy
  • Ethics of Disagreement in Islam - Syed Hussain Nasr, Ingrid Mattson
  • Cultivating a loving heart - Mokthar Mahgrabi
  • Loving the Prophet and Allah (Panel) - Nada Unus, Sheikh Ninowy, Muzammil Siddiqi
  • Inclusive Mosques in the 21st Century (Panel) - Akel Kahera, Meryam Eskandri, Aisah Al-Adawiya
  • Faith, Facebook and Fear (Panel) - Faraz Rabbani, Omar Mahmood, Ahmed Rehab,(Moderator- Edina Lekovic)
  • Harmonious Family: Muslim Couples(Panel – Husband/wife) - Rizwan Jaka, Imam Magid, Syeed Sayeed, Altaf Husain



Senator Charles Schumer and John Kyl inquire about the FBI's severing of ties with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

February 24, 2009

Andrew Wilder or Ryan Patmintra (202) 224-4521

Schumer, Kyl Inquire About Recent FBI Decision to Sever Ties with Islamic Group
Recent Trial and Conviction of Fundraisers for the Holy Land Foundation Revealed Possible Ties Between CAIR and Hamas FBI and CAIR Previously Collaborated on Outreach to American-Muslim Community and Agent Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday that they have requested more information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding its decision to sever its ties with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Officials at the FBI headquarters in Washington recently ordered FBI field offices to end contact with local CAIR branches after an investigation revealed that CAIR had links to Hamas.

In their letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Senators Schumer and Kyl write, "Over the past couple of weeks we have read with interest reports that the FBI has severed its ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). We certainly support that action, and it would be helpful to us to understand the situation more fully."

The senators pose three questions: Do all FBI field offices have the same policy and are there exceptions to this policy? Does the FBI know of any other U.S. government agencies that still have ties to CAIR? Does the FBI have any other contacts with organizations identified as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorism finance organizations and are those relationships affected by the decision to sever ties with CAIR?

Senators Schumer and Kyl hope that the answers to these questions will help clarify the FBI's decision-making process and new policy, and help determine if further action by other federal government agencies is necessary.

The FBI's decision to sever its ties with CAIR comes amid mounting evidence that CAIR is connected to Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group. In a recent trial in Texas, five fundraisers for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) were convicted of sending more than $12.4 million to Hamas. CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF case and reports suggest that a founder of CAIR and CAIR's current executive director had attended planning sessions with HLF and Hamas officials in which the creation of Islamic "front" organizations was discussed. The FBI contended during the trial that CAIR's subsequent creation carried out that plan. In addition, evidence showed a $5,000 donation from HLF to CAIR. Over the years, four members of CAIR's leadership have been convicted of terrorism-related crimes, including one founder who was a high-ranking member of the Hamas-created Islamic Association for Palestine. The FBI previously teamed up with CAIR on national and local outreach to the American-Muslim community and training programs for agents.

The complete text of the senators' letter to Director Mueller is below.


February 23, 2009

The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Dear Director Mueller:

Over the past couple of weeks, we have read with interest reports that the FBI has severed its ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). We certainly support that action, and it would be helpful to us to understand the situation more fully.

For example, would your field offices have the same policy and are there any reservations or exceptions in your policy? And since the Bureau has taken a leadership role, do you know whether other federal government agencies still have ties to CAIR and are they aware of the Bureau's decision? Obviously, we believe this should be government-wide policy.

Finally, given CAIR's status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, we would like to know more about other unindicted co-conspirators. Does the Bureau have any other contacts with organizations or individuals identified by federal prosecutors as unindicted coconspirators in terrorism finance investigations and were those contacts affected by the decision to sever ties with CAIR?

We have appreciated the opportunity to work with you in the past and hope to continue to provide the tools you need to help keep this country safe.


Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Jon Kyl
United States Senator


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