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Naima Khan-Ghany: Broward County School Board Diversity & HR Committee Member Declares 'I Am In This For Islam'

Khan Ghany's 'Conflict Of Interests' & Promotion Of Jihad & Jew Hatred Necessitates Removal From Public School System
June 4, 2023

Islamist Appointed to School Board Human Relations and Diversity Committees

Naima Khan-Ghany promotes divisiveness, hatred of Jews, and the destruction of Israel.

May 19, 2023 by Joe Kaufman

Trinidad-born Naima Khan-Ghany, along with her signature hijab and glasses, wears a big smile on her face. But her friendly and grandmotherly appearance is deceiving, as she promotes vile antisemitism and the destruction of Israel and is involved with those tied to violence and bigotry, targeting Jews, gays and others. It is of major concern, because she has been appointed and recently reappointed to positions within the Broward County School Board that ironically deal with "diversity" and "human relations." Will Khan-Ghany's controversial exploits disallow her from further serving in such positions? Does the School Board embrace her radical activities?

Khan-Ghany is a public school teacher and adviser to local high school and middle school chapters of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), a youth group founded by operatives from the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963. She has sat on the Broward County School Board Diversity Committee, since January 2016. She is also the Chair of the School Board's Human Relations Committee. She was recently reappointed to both by newly elected School Board member Jeff Holness, who is no stranger to Islamist gatherings. Previously, she was appointed by Holness' predecessor Rosalind Osgood, who vacated her seat to run for Florida State Senate.

According to the website for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), "The primary responsibility of the Diversity Committee is to make recommendations to promote diversity through the Superintendent, to the School Board, while maintaining a unitary school system." And "The Human Relations Committee… makes recommendations to the Superintendent and the School Board on matters that foster mutual respect and understanding among people within BCPS. The committee further supports the work of the District as it pertains to policies related to diversity, educational/vocational equity, nondiscrimination, inclusion and character education."

It would seem that the activities Khan-Ghany has been associating herself with fall in direct opposition to the missions of both the Diversity and Human Relations Committees and are huge conflicts of interest.

Khan-Ghany is a former host of Who's Who in America, a show produced by the Al-Hikmat Islamic Network, the media arm of the Darul Uloom Institute (DUI). DUI has been a haven for high-profile al-Qaeda militants, including "Dirty Bomber" Jose Padilla and al-Qaeda Commander Adnan el-Shukrijumah. At Al-Hikmat, Khan-Ghany organized an event with el-Shukrijumah's younger brother, Nabil el-Shukri. The leader and founder of DUI/Al-Hikmat is Shafayat Mohamed, an imam who has been thrown off several Broward County community boards for his talks against homosexuals. Mohamed has claimed that natural disasters are caused by gay sex.

In February 2015, Khan-Ghany was a speaker at a banquet for ICNA Relief, the social services division of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a group that has numerous ties to South Asian terror. In February 2019, Khan-Ghany was photographed with ICNA Relief USA's Government Affairs Coordinator Syed Ammar Ahmed, who has previously joked about threatening to blow up a school. In February 2020, she was photographed with ICNA Relief USA's Chief Operating Officer Abdul Rauf Khan, who has used his social media to promote the Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Semitic icon Louis Farrakhan and to target Jews and gays.

In May 2021, Khan-Ghany was a contact for and provided the introduction for an event featuring former South Florida imam Ibrahim Dremali, titled 'LET'S TALK PALESTINE.' The speech was co-sponsored by Khan-Ghany's Broward County MSA Council. Throughout the lecture, Dremali incited against the Jewish community, telling the crowd, "The Jews… want to destroy the Dome of the Rock," the Muslim shrine. Days prior to the event, Dremali urged others to fund Hamas; implored people to read the anti-Semitic fraud, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion; and said, "If the Arab leaders open the borders for Palestine… the Jews they'll be inside that ocean."

Khan-Ghany makes no secret of her own hatred of the Jewish state. In May 2021, she made a series of posts on her social media questioning Israel's right to exist and right to defend herself and calling for Israel's outright destruction. She wrote that Israel's claim of "self-defense" was a "usual excuse." She posted a call for prayers for the "liberation of Palestine… from the river to the sea." She posted a video of similar statements from members of the condemned Jewish fringe group Neturei Karta, with one outrageously saying, "At the end of the day, the Palestinian flag will be on all of Palestine, from the river to the sea."

After Khan-Ghany posted the logos of over 60 popular US companies, writing, "Boycott these products!" she was called out by an ex-colleague. Former Broward School Board Student Representative Beau Simon wrote, "Ms. Khan I have the utmost respect for you and I enjoyed working with you at the School Board but you really should look into other ways to promote peace in the Middle East rather than 'boycotting' Israeli products. This post and advertisement solves nothing, if anything it divides us more. I highly suggest you reevaluate some things you may post and ask yourself 'is this contributing to the solution or making the problem worse?'"

Khan-Ghany's posts do not just target Israel with hate; some of them go after Jews themselves. Khan-Ghany has used social media to promote videos of notorious anti-Semite, TruNews host Rick Wiles. In one video, Wiles equates Jews with Communists, Bolsheviks and Satanists and refers to European (Ashkenazi) Jews as "so-called" Jews. In another, he spews the libel about Jews owning the media, asking, "Who planted into our minds, here in America, that we should hate and kill Muslims?… [A]fter 9/11… we were saturated with media propaganda. Who owns the media in this country?" On top of the video, one reads the message, "Make this go viral."

With all of Khan-Ghany's extensively documented involvement with militant Muslim groups that are related to hatred and violence and her personal promotion of bigotry and fanatical animosity towards Jews and Israel, one has to ask how she can remain so long on committees associated with the Broward County School Board. This is especially the case, given that these committees deal with diversity and human relations.

The extremists whom she aids and abets cynically view 'human relations' as a vehicle for promoting the advancement of Islamist causes and 'diversity' as a means of placing radical coreligionists in positions of power and influence. As Khan-Ghany herself stated, regarding her work in getting recognition of a "Muslim Heritage Month" in Broward County and a day off from school for Muslims placed on the Broward School Board calendar, "I am not in this for the name, fame or glorification; it is for Islam."

Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.



MIM: Dawah under the guise of diversity.

Naima- Khan- Ghany reveals that the true motives behind all her activities in the Broward County School system is to promote a fundamentalist and supremacist Islamist agenda:

Q:It appears to have been a one person journey for you. What would you like to say to the community?

A:"This has been quite a learning experience BUT it is NOT about me! I am not in this for the name, fame or glorification; it is for Islam".

A conversation with Naima Khan – the woman behind Muslim Heritage Month and Muslim Day

By Sana Saif

Muslim community in South Florida has been celebrating the proclamation of April as Muslim Heritage Month and more recently, May 13th as Muslim Day. This is indeed a huge milestone for Muslims to have been recognized for their service to community. This was made possible by the relentless efforts of Naima Khan-Ghany, who is more commonly known as a BCPS Teacher and Advisor to Broward County MSAs. She is also a board member of Friends of Humanity International Inc.

As the Muslim community is looking forward to commemorate Muslim Day on May 13th, we spoke with Sr Naima to find out more about her journey, motivation and challenges in her efforts towards materializing her dream of 'diversity and equity' in community and making Muslim Heritage Month and Muslim day proclamations possible.

How did the effort start and what was the motivation behind it?

Five years ago, School Board of Broward County initiated American Muslim Heritage Month heralded by the Equity and Diversity Department. That gave me the idea to expand it to different cities as a proclamation. It started first with Broward County Commission making the resolution championed by Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief. It then moved on to the city of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and Cooper City. I was motivated to ensure that our Muslim students and our community were duly recognized as active citizens in South Florida. We make up a large part of the 177 countries represented in Broward County and it is our goal that one day Eid would be recognized as a "Day off" on the school calendar.

Why did you feel there was a need for having a month or day dedicated to Muslim culture?

Ramadan is one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar and Eid is an important holiday for the Muslim community. We wanted to bring awareness of its significance not only to schools but the community at large. As a result, the Muslim Students Association for Middle & High Schools was formed, giving the Muslim students a voice. After four years of getting the proclamation of April/May as American Muslim Heritage month, this year I decided to add Muslim Day as a separate proclamation to commemorate the day of Eid to amplify its importance. It was well received by Broward County Commission, Miramar and Hollywood. With our Muslim population rapidly growing, it is important for us to share our rich and diverse culture.

For me, it is for the Muslims to see that they are part of the community, that we exist and have a sense of belonging. Such initiatives will also help us show the community our rich cultural and religious traditions. Primarily, our goal is to ensure that we live in an equitable community and provide a safe home for our children so that they feel like they belong. Their faces light up when someone acknowledges their faith and understands what Ramadan is and the importance of Eid. These proclamations assist in making this possible.

The MSA for Middle & High Schools is currently planning a series of cultural exhibits to be held at our major libraries and possibly the Cultural Art Center in Miramar. How has the journey been so far and do you see it growing?

My journey thus far has been uplifting and encouraging! Our community comes together in these times and all major organizations work for one common goal – creating an awareness about Muslims and Islam. I have worked with Friends of Humanity International, ICNA-Relief, Emgage, IFSF, CAIR and the Muslim Federation. I thank them for their support!

We are making progress each year and continuously improving our efforts. I am always trying to look ahead and take things to a higher level; thinking of how it can be more creative and enhanced. It started as a small initiative but seeing how governments are responding, we are planning early. For example, next year, we are planning to have banners made and post them across the county to let as many people know as possible. This year we had a Ramadan banner outside McArthur High School in Hollywood sponsored by FHII and MSA. Another banner will be posted next week for Eid. For the coming year, we are planning to take this initiative to more schools and communities.

You make it sound so easy, but was it really the case? What sort of challenges did you face?

The first step is the real challenge. But once you start with the right intention, it all falls into place. It entails of lot of networking, building relationships, meetings and promotions. So far, Alhamdulillah, the cities have been receptive. And when one city does it, another follows. It started two years ago (before COVID), with Commissioner Barbara Sharief hosting a major Iftar dinner with city officials and community leaders. This was a huge success with other cities asking to champion the proclamation. Miramar has hosted iftar dinners for 3 years and one was done in Cooper City. Since then there has been no looking back.

The challenge I face is that I need more individuals to be proactive and contact their city officials with the proposal. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain. It starts with a phone call and YOU!

It appears to have been a one person journey for you. What would you like to say to the community?

This has been quite a learning experience BUT it is NOT about me! I am not in this for the name, fame or glorification; it is for Islam.

Cities have been welcoming and the first step is difficult but once you start, the effort itself is a huge motivation. However, this is a lot of work and there are a lot of cities to cover. I would like to invite individuals who reside in a city that is not on the list to come forward and be proactive in getting the proclamations passed. This is a community effort and requires commitment of time, making that phone call and picking up the momentum. Such efforts are also important for our younger generations to witness so they can become future flagbearers. A lot of my work with the MSA involves grooming young Muslims to take on important responsibilities. They want change to take place but we have to show them on how to make the effort and to take it to next level.

We need to continue to encourage our leaders and elected officials to promote equity and inclusion while embracing diversity, especially in these challenging times!


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