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Imam Omar Suleiman Who Spoke At Dallas Police Memorial Is Radical Islamist Tied To CAIR Black Lives Matter Supporters
July 13, 2016
MIM: Imam Omar Suleiman was the Islamist speaker at the memorial for the five Dallas policemen who had been executed by a Black Lives Matter terrorist. He is a radical stealth Islamist who is a member of the Al Qaeda linked Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Shari'a Council and specializes in Da'wah (proseltytising to non- Muslims).
He is a resident scholar at the radical Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Irving, Texas and teaches at the Al Maghrib Institute, which advocates an Islamist supremacist ideology and whose founder and director, Muhammad AlShareef wrote that Jews were cursed.
Omar Suleiman is also an avid CAIR supporter.The Council on American Islamic Relations has openly aligned themselves with Black Lives Matter. http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/09/14/cair-supporters-issued-threat-at-black-lives-matter-protest/
CAIR continues to publicly promote its role in the Black Lives Matter movement. In July CAIR National attorney Jennifer Wicks said that BLM was "absolutely intertwined with the Muslim community.".. http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/09/14/cair-supporters-issued-threat-at-black-lives-matter-protest/
Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said it plainly at the 14th Annual MAS-ICNA (Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America) Convention in December 2015: "Black Lives Matter is our matter. Black Lives Matter is our campaign". http://www.frontpagemag.com/
Last August CAIR worked together with BLM on a protest ..."CAIR-Chicago encourages community members to join activists in a #BlackLivesMatter solidarity march on August 29 at noon.."http://www.cairchicago.org/blog/2015/08/cair-chicago-calls-for-police-accountability/
CAIR Philadelphia is holding an event during the DNC convention which will feature CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, Linda Sarsour, Congressman Keith Ellison and a BLM speaker. http://pa.cair.com/news/town-hall-dnc-events/
MIM: The American Friends Service Committee also advertised the event. CAIR Philadelphia rents space on the AFSC Friends Center and holds many events on their premises.
"...In response to this eruption of Islamophobia, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are organizing and hosting a free Town Hall Meeting — on the evening before the opening of Democratic National Convention— in the historic 800-seat Philadelphia Friends Center, one block from the Convention Center.
Below is the Google listing for the event.
"1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102 ... (AFSC) and the
The speaker is Kameelah Rashad, the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn.
"In addition to Kameelah's involvement in mental health advocacy and religious life, she is a proud social justice activist and founding member of Muslims Make It Plain, a coalition of concerned Muslims working to inspire, empower and support grass roots mobilization and direct action to address police brutality, racial & religious profiling, unlawful surveillance and the overpolicing of America's Black & Brown communities. In December 2014, Muslims Make It Plain organized the first Muslim led rally and march in the country in support of BlackLivesMatter." (see below for more info)
MIM: In November 2015 UPenn Muslim Chaplain Kameelah Rashad and Linda Sarsour took part in a panel discussion entitled: Activism And Islam: Black Lives Matter.
"The discussion will center around our responsibilities to be active in our communities particularly in the fight against injustice. Also brought to light will be how the Black Lives Matter movement of today is and should be of central concern to the Muslim community along with everyone else. The work of each of our panelists towards achieving this will also be highlighted.
MIM: Zahra Billoo ,the executive director of CAIR in San Francisco, mentioned Kameelah Rashad's Muslim Wellness Foundation and linked to a video by Omar Suleiman in her screed promoting Muslim support for Black Lives Matter. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2016/07/what-can-muslims-and-others-do-to-support-the-blacklivesmatter-movement/
MIM:In June 2015 Omar Suleiman made a video calling for support of CAIR Florida. https://www.cairflorida.org//video/shaikh_omar_suleiman_support_cair_florida.html
On October 9 2015 Suleiman posted this message:
"Looking forward to being at CAIR's annual fundraising banquet in Virginia next Saturday insha'Allah along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman and Dean Obeidallah. Be there if you can! And even if you can't be there, continue to support CAIR in the great work that they do."
Omar Suleiman is also anti gay. "...Omar Suleiman, who has recorded numerous promotional videos for CAIR, has called homosexuality a "disease" and a "repugnant, shameless sin."..." http://www.meforum.org/6069/cair-doesnt-like-homosexuals
MIM: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) a Saudi funded Muslim Brotherhood da'wa enterprise features
Omar Suleiman posted the comments below on his Facebook page headed: "My thoughts on today's memorial."
He writes that he "sought advice" from "his teachers" like Linda Sarsour, head of the Arab American Association of New York who is a known Hamas supporter and CAIR award recipient.http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3049
Altaf Husain is the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and past president of the Muslim Student Association.http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6178
Linda Sarsour is scheduled to speak at a CAIR event in Philadelphia featuring a BLM speaker UPenn Chaplain Kameelah Rashad. (see above) Download PDF Flyer
"My thoughts on today's memorial:
A few days ago, I got the invitation from Mayor Mike Rawling's office to offer an invocation at the service to pay tribute to our fallen officers which would be attended by President Obama. I immediately sought advice from a large group of my teachers, leading activists like Dr. Altaf Husain, Tariq Toure, and Linda Sarsour, family, and many brothers/sisters. All of them said I should do it and frame my invocation in a way that makes it real and meaningful. So I agreed to be a part of it. To my surprise yesterday when I received the program, I noticed the names of former Pres. George W. Bush, his wife, Ted Cruz, and others. If I was going to be uncomfortable before, this boosted my discomfort x 1000. Then I found out I would be sitting directly behind the President, first lady, and the Bushes. But I wasn't there for them. I was there for my city, my faith, and my country to deliver a message of peace and justice.
Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep last night. I had to write an invocation that would not exceed two minutes and be meaningful, unapologetic, yet respectful to the occasion. It is not easy when you know that you have two minutes to speak to millions of people as a representative of your faith. So I spent hours crafting my invocation word by word. Today was a beautiful ceremony. Yes, I was uncomfortable at some points, but we need to step out of our comfort zones for the greater good. I knew my words would offend some, but I also knew that I had a unique opportunity to reach the hearts of people that also don't want to see a country or world full of hatred and violence.
I knew that those who look for things to pick on wouldn't understand my presence and would call me a sellout. Overzealous youth would question my decision to attend. Context is often lost when seeing these things play out in small clips. I also knew that Islamophobes would orchestrate vicious smear campaigns and here they come. But we cannot be deterred.
I want to thank all of my colleagues, scholars, and activists who have shown so much support. I also want to thank each one of you for your prayers last night. Today I felt at ease when I spoke and I know that is probably through one of your sincere supplications. It has been a rough week in Dallas. I'm grateful to Mayor Mike Rawlings who has been a great leader and called upon me to be by his side throughout this ordeal. And I'm grateful to my colleagues at Faith Forward Dallas that have been great partners and friends."
MIM: Omar Suleiman was part of the Black Lives Matter demonstration where 5 Dallas policemen were executed by a Black supremacist terrorist.
"...Recent events hit close to home for Suleiman, an imam at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center outside of Dallas. He was at the demonstration against police brutality last Thursday night when the shooting started. He fled for his life.
"I went out there to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I think there's no doubt that black lives have not mattered, or have not been treated with the same dignity as other lives, for a very long time," says Suleiman..." http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-13/imam-louisiana-survived-dallas-shooting-here-are-his-thoughts-race-america
MIM: Suleiman teaches at the Islamist supremacist and virulently anti semitic Al Maghrib Institute whose goal according to its founder, president and instructor Imam Muhammad Alshareef is to:
"...become the largest and most beneficial learning system in the history of Ummat Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. We envision our learning system entering every nation of the world, and being accessible to all people who seek to gain a deeper understanding of Islam. In each place it enters, AlMaghrib Institute will build sincere, dedicated and brilliant students of knowledge who will go on to become leaders, bringing their communities to new heights. History will look back on AlMaghrib Institute's pioneering work as being the driving force that awakened the Ummah giant.http://www.almaghrib.org/vision.php
The courses which were created by Alshareef promote the idea that Islam is meant to be the ruling religion on earth and that Muslims will acheive global supremacy in the near future. One course is called :
Islam Invulnerable: The Making of the Modern Muslim World and reassures Muslims that:
"...Despite the fact that the Muslim Ummah has degenerated in relative material terms over the past several centuries, Islam is incorruptible and impossible to harm. In other words, Islam is invulnerable.
MIM: Excerpts from Alshareef's article "Why the Jews were cursed" which appeared under the heading 'Nothing can save the Jews from Islam'.
"...When I was in high school, studying in journalism class, our teacher
It is this same press that molds and programs the aqeedah of a huge
This khutbah is our media and in sha' Allah we shall learn in
MIM: For more on the Al Maghrib Institute see: http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1729
MIM:The Valley Ranch Islamic Center is headed by Yaser Birjas a radical Islamist cleric whose bio says he is "originally from the holy land of Palestine". (see below)
MIM:Bio of Omar Suleiman from the Al Maghrib Institute.
Profile Omar Suleiman
Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the young evergreen scholar with the big smile. Born and raised in Louisiana, he has a unique way of relating to a western audience through his character, and has gained the love of people of all ages and backgrounds. As an AlMaghrib instructor, he teaches the hugely popular "Behind the Scenes" seminar which focuses on the strengthening of the soul and disciplining the nafs.
His journey of seeking knowledge started in 2000 in the United Arab Emirates where he spent a few years at the feet of prestigious scholars such as Shaykh Tariq Ibn Rajah and Amr Al Sheshany. Since then he has sought knowledge and studied under Shaykh Salah As Sawy, Dr Hatem Al Haj, his father in law Shaykh Abul Abed, and Al Allamah Shaykh Omar Al Ashqar (rahimahullah).
Shaykh Omar has two Bachelors degrees in Islamic Studies and in Accounting, a Masters degree in Islamic Finance, and is currently pursuing a Phd in Islamic Studies from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
He previously served as Imam for Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddique in New Orleans for 6 years and has since dedicated himself to fulltime teaching. He has taught with Mishkah University (formerly Sharia Academy) since 2008 under Shaykh Salah As Sawy and also currently serves as the Director of the Islamic Learning Foundation in Texas, as well as being the resident scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Centre.
Shaykh Omar is also a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He served as the field coordinator of ICNA Relief in Hurricane Katrina and also co founded the East Jefferson Clergy Interfaith Council. In 2010, the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans awarded him for "Outstanding Civic Achievement". He is a current member of the ICNA Shariah Council.
MIM: Bio of Omar Suleiman resident scholar at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center.
Sh. Omar Suleiman is a world-renowned Islamic scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the last 14 years, his journey of pursuing traditional Islamic learning has led him to spend years in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Malaysia. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelors degree in Islamic law, Accounting, a Masters degree in Islamic finance, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the Islamic University of Malaysia.
Upon returning to New Orleans, he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and was also the Director of the Muslims for Humanity Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He co-founded the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association and was awarded for his outstanding civic achievement by the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans in 2010. He has since been a guest at various national functions to share his experiences in community building.
In the year 2012, Sh. Omar moved to Dallas where he established the Islamic Learning Foundation of Texas and dedicated himself fulltime to teaching with several prestigious international institutions of higher learning such as Mishkah University, AlMaghrib Institute, and Bayyinah Institute. He also currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center.
MIM: About Yaser Birjas Imam of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center
Sh. Yaser Birjas is originally from the holy land of Palestine and was born in Kuwait in 1970. He grew up in Kuwait visiting different mosques and leading different youth activities and programs. Upon completing high school in 1988, he moved to the UAE to study Electronic Engineering. While back in Kuwait in 1990 for a class in management and business administration, the war started in Kuwait and his university career came to a halt.
In 1991, Sh. Yaser Birjas moved to Jordan where he stayed with family members for a year before going to Madinah in KSA to study Shariah. In Jordan, he attended some of the circles of knowledge with the renowned scholars of the area and other students of knowledge. At that time he had the difficult task of making a decision between continuing a secular education in Germany or studying Shariah in Madinah. Having decided on a path of Islamic knowledge, he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1996 from University of Madinah's College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usul) and was awarded "The City of Madinah" award for excellent academic achievement. He had the honor to interact and learn from a number of highly respected scholars such as Shaikh Al-Uthaimeen (rahimahuAllah) and Shaikh Ash-Shanqitee.
After graduating, Sh. Yaser Birjas went on to work for four years as a youth counselor and relief program aide in the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. where he served as an Imam (spiritual leader and advisor) at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas until 2009 and then briefly after that in Orland Park Prayer Center in the Chicago area. He is currently serving as an Imam at Valley Ranch Islamic Center, Irving, Texas. Sh. Yaser continues to enhance his knowledge in various arenas and most recently obtained a Masters of Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix, Class of 2013. In addition to his responsibilities as an Imam, Sh. Yaser is a father of four children, he's an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, and a national speaker appearing at many conventions and conferences around the country. He is very popular for his classes and workshops covering a wide range of topics related to the youth, marriage, parenting and family life among other social matters related to the Muslim community. His counseling services, in office and online, include providing pre-marital training, marriage coaching and conflict resolution for Muslims living in the West.
Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Shaykh Omar Suleiman is a world-renowned Islamic scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana. Since the year 2000, his journey of pursuing traditional Islamic learning has led him to spend years in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, and other places as well.
Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Islamic law, Accounting, a Master's degree in Islamic finance, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the Islamic University of Malaysia in Islamic Thought and Civilization as well as another Master's Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Political History.
Upon returning to New Orleans, he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and was also the Director of the ICNA Relief Muslims for Humanity Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He co-founded the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association and was awarded for his outstanding civic achievement by the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans in 2010. He has since been a guest at various national functions to share his experiences in community building.
In the year 2012, Imam Omar moved to Dallas where he became the director of the Islamic Learning Foundation of Texas and founded the ILMFlix website and APP which has about 200,000 subscribers worldwide. He's also one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed "Inspiration Series" which has reached millions of Muslims and Non-Muslims through YouTube and Islamic Television stations worldwide. He's also known for his series on Quran weekly as well as his contributions to Hadith of the Day.
He now serves fulltime with Bayyinah Institute as the head of its history department and as an instructor in Quran, Hadeeth, and Tazkiyya studies.
He also currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Dallas Texas.
MIM: Omar Suleiman's ICNA bio:
Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the Imam of Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddiqe in New Orleans, LA and a member of the ICNA Shariah Council. Since 2008, hes been an instructor with the Sharia Academy of America through which he conducts online university courses and intensive weekend seminars in the areas of aqeedah, fiqh, dawah, and hadeeth. He also teaches courses with the Islamic Learning Foundation in tafseer and seerah. He remains very heavily involved in community work and charity through his capacity as the outreach director of ICNA Relief in Louisiana. Born and raised in the United States, he embarked on a journey to study traditional Islamic Sciences in the United Arab Emirates in 2000 under Sheikh Tariq Ibn Rajah (rA) and other scholars of the region. Since then, he has acquired a wide array of certifications in various Islamic disciplines with emphasis on tafseer, jurisprudence (fiqh), and dawah. He holds a bachelors degree in Islamic studies along with a bachelors degree in accounting. He is currently pursuing a masters degree with emphasis on the "fiqh of minorities."
MIM: Description of a November 2015 discussion with Linda Sarsour and Kameelah Rashad entitled "Activism And Islam: Black Lives Matter".
The discussion will center around our responsibilities to be active in our communities particularly in the fight against injustice. Also brought to light will be how the Black Lives Matter movement of today is and should be of central concern to the Muslim community along with everyone else. The work of each of our panelists towards achieving this will also be highlighted.
$3 CUID and $5 non-CUID
Panelists include Kameelah Rashad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York.
Kameelah serves as the Interfaith Fellow & Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. As Chaplain, Kameelah acts as a counselor and advisor to the Muslim students on campus and facilitates discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth. She is also a resource to the wider Penn community and administration on Islam and Muslims.
Kameelah is a 2014 Ariane deRothschild Fellow and a recipient of the 2014 Student Multiculturalism and Education Awards from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. National Council for Behavioral Health selected Kameelah for the prestigious 2015 Mental Health First Aid Community Impact Award and she was honored at the national conference as a "passionate, committed, and outstanding behavioral health leader". In February of 2015, Kameelah was one of 14 American Muslim Leaders invited to attend a Roundtable discussion with President Obama (and other Senior officials) at the White House. At that meeting, Kameelah shared her concerns regarding the psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry on the Muslim community, particularly as it effects youth and African Americans.
Kameelah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and M.Ed in Psychological Services. She has pursued further graduate education, completing a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and obtaining a post-Masters certificate in Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center. Kameelah is a certified instructor in Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid and a trained PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. Kameelah is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA
She is originally from Brooklyn NY and now resides in Philadelphia with her husband Qasim Rashad and their blended family of 5 children.
Linda is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate. In the wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. LInda is also the co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, the first of its kind in New York City. She has received numerous awards and honors including "Champion of Change" by the White House, the New York City Council's Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award and received the inaugural American Muslim of the Year honor from the Council on American Islamic Relations. Linda is also a board member of the New York
She has been profiled by PBS, Yahoo News, NY1's One on One With Budd Mishkin and the Guardian. She has written for and been featured in local, national, and international media discussing impact of domestic policies that target Arab and Muslim American communities,