CAIR : 'Moderate friends of Terror' perpetrates anti terror fatwa hoax with terrorist cleric Muzammil Siddiqui
Media fails to questiion anti terror fatwa and expose CAIR and Figh Council's support for suicide bombings and terrorism ties
MIM: The phony condemnation of terrorism by Muslim groups can be explained by the fact that terrorism is never mentioned in the Koran - it's called Jihad instead.
MIM: Iqbal Sacranie explains why Muslims cannot be expected to reject terrorism in an article by Melanie Philips.
"...There is no such thing as an Islamic terrorist. This is deeply offensive..."
MIM: A reader in the UK expounded:
"...The logic is this: if it is a terrorist act, the perpetrator cannot be a true Muslim; if the perpetrator is a true Muslim, it cannot be a terrorist act. Thus redefined, Islam can pose as a religion of peace but support violent jihad (not "terrorism") against its opponents..." http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/archives/000989.html
Terror Friendly Organizations Issue Fatuous Fatwa Against Terror
July 28, 2005 – San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews - In a preemptive media broadside designed to deflect the monsoon of public criticism that will soon engulf the organization on August 1, when Ghassan Elashi – Texas board member of CAIR – is sentenced in Dallas on 21 Federal terrorism counts, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] today joined with the Fiqh Council of North America in issuing a sham ruling that in essence can be reduced to the non-controversial statement that "terrorism is not a good thing."
The brazen nature of such terror friendly groups issuing a fatwa on terrorism, is further underlined by the fact that the former chairman of Fiqh Council of North America, Taher Jaber Al Alwani is according to numerous media reports the number 5 unindicted co-conspirator in the current Sami Al Arian terror trial [taking place in Florida] and whose organizations have been raided by Federal authorities as part of the ongoing investigation into the domestic funding of terrorism.
The current director of the Fiqh Council is Muzammil Siddiqui [former director of the Islamist orgainzation ISNA - Islamic Circle of North America]. Siddiqui has additional responsibilities within the Islamist network, serving as the US Director of the Muslim World League.
Item - FBI Raids Muslim World League Offices Friday July 22, 2005
"FBI and Homeland Security agents raided the Northern Virginia office of a Saudi-based charity that has been under scrutiny for possible terrorist ties and detained one of its employees on immigration charges, officials said yesterday.
More about the Fiqh Council and Alwani, a little later:
"On Thursday, July 28, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to release a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism. The fatwa is being issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by major U.S. Muslim groups.
CAIR's participation in this farcical fatwa lends the effort the overall look and feel of bad satire, having already had three of its members convicted on federal terror related charges, and an additional individual who is an advisor to their board - strongly linked with the first  World Trade Center bombing.
CAIR's terrorist connections: Ghassan Elashi, founding board member of CAIR's Texas chapter and businessman, convicted of terrorism-related charges on April 14, 2005. According to AP "Ghassan and Bayan Elashi and their company were found guilty of all 21 federal counts they faced...and are to be sentenced Aug 1...each count carries a...10-year prison sentence."
Taha Jaber Al-Alwani is the director of the Fiqh Council of North America - the organization which issued the above noted "fatwa."
Alwani is also an officer in/and/or directs the Safa Group of companies which include the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences, Heritage Education Trust and other entities [over 100 in total].
Mr. Alwani has been under investigation for at least 10 years by the Federal government. His organizations and personal living quarters were raided in a 2003 joint-terrorism strike [Operation Greenquest] spearheaded by the US Treasury Department.
Operation Greenquest was designed to destroy the US based terrorist funding infrastructure through identification, disruption, prosecution and dismantling of the terrorist funding networks.
[For those doubting the need for and the effectiveness of the Patriot Act, these coordinated raids in various localities were made possible by that 2001 law. Because of the Patriot legislation rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure now permits warrants to be issued by a Federal magistrate judge in any district in which activities related to terrorism may have occurred, even for property outside the district.]
According to the Dept. of Treasury, these raids - "initiated 859 financial investigations involving suspected terrorist financing and referred 1,109 leads on potential terrorist financial activities…[this]…resulted in 47 arrests, 28 indictments, and the seizure of $7.3 million."
Yet we now have the central figure in that raid now issuing a fatwa on terror.
Introduced as evidence in the filing needed to get the warrant for the raid on Alwani's Virginia companies, special agent David Kane proffered to the Alexandria court a letter of support from Alwani to none other than Sami Al Arian.
Mr. Al-Arian is currently on trial in Florida for running a domestic jihad support and funding network for the terrorist groups, Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ] and Hamas.
"60. I have found information indicative of a conspiracy between Safa Group individuals and Sami Al-Arian to support and fund terrorists and terrorist groups including HAMAS and PIJ. A most striking example is a letter seized during the 1995 search warrants, from a central figure in the Safa Group, Al-Alwani at IIIT to Al-Arian."
According to the "Manifesto of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad" which was found on Arian's computer, PIJ rejects - "...any peaceful solution for the Palestinian cause, and the affirmation of the Jihad solution and the martyrdom style as the only choice for liberation." That document characterized the UN as - "is a supercilious tool to pass the plans of the Great Satan America."
The groups that Al Alwani was so fervently supporting in his letter to Al-Arian - Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad - were added to President Bush's Executive Order 13224, the United States official terrorist manifest on October 12, 2001. - Executive Order 13224 assignees
Additionally, In October 1999, a confidential asset of the FBI, who has provided reliable information in the past, furnished the Washington Field Office of the FBI a copy of a fatwa signed by Al-Alwani at some point between December 1988 and November 1989, proclaiming the "truth by the powers invested in us by Allah, that Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine."
So what is going on here?
Organizations up to their necks in terror associations engaging in a supremely insulting sleight-of-hand called takiyya [Quranic approved strategic lying] betting on the come line that the media will play their usual multicultural role and merely pass it along - wink-wink - sans analysis.
But there is so much more...
In some way I feel that PipeLineNews had a hand in planting the fatwa seed in CAIR's spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper's head which today flowered in Washington DC's Press Club so grotesquely.
On the morning of Thursday July 22, 2005 at 7:45AM PST we had a long conversation with Mr. Hooper.
We discussed a number of issues which will be covered in a later piece, the following transcript is relevant and verbatim, as we promised Hooper it would be.
What can be gathered from this?
Hooper had an opportunity to simply state that terrorism was so egregious, so antithetical to Islam that it was appropriate to support a fatwa calling for the death of Osamma bin-Laden, that Muslims should turn him and people like Zarqawi over to authorities, but he refused, on numerous occasions.
He refused because his organization and those associated with it in today's cruel game are merely engaging in an elaborate public relations lie.
The ugly reality is that Islamists have a different conception of truth than other people do.
Radical Muslims look at the world in a unique way.
To them if the cause is justified in their twisted thinking, then any avenue to attain that goal is just.
What else would motivate two organizations - CAIR and the Fiqh Council of North America - with the types of associations just hinted at above, engage in such obvious subterfuge?
At some point today's stunt must be seen for what it is - a charade, a freak-town side show in which the geek bites off the head of the chicken while the barker standing by denies that it happened.
That is what you saw at the National Press Club today, there is no less harsh, nor more accurate way to talk about it.
MIM: This is the CAIR press release announcing the phony anti terror fatwa :
MEDIA ADVISORY -
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com
MIM: This information about Siddiqui's terrorism ties comes from the Northeast intelligence network.
Muzzamil Siddiqi is former president of the Islamic Society of North America and the director of the Islamic Society of Orange County. As a member of the North American Fiqh Council, he also serves on the Shari'ah Advisory Board of Amana Funds (see below). His profile as the ISNA website says the following:
FrontPage Magazine, in an article published December 9, 2003, had the following to say about Siddiqi:
Kenneth Timmerman wrote the following about Siddiqi in an article published March 19, 2004, in Insight Magazine:
MIM: The Figh Council was also raided in connection with operation Greenquest
Other groups that were raided included the FIQH Council of North America, a non-political religious organization which gave a religious ruling in October in support of Muslims joining the U.S. anti-terror effort, the Muslim World League, the International Islamic Relief Organization, and twenty-two other groups, including those mentioned above, some of which shared office space with each other.
MIM: Muzammil Siddiqui spoke at this Islamic Relief fundraiser. The group has offices in Birmingham UK and Burbank California and according to Michelle Malkin, has received a 50,000 from an Al Qaeda operative in the UK. At the fundraisers Siddiqui equated 9/11 with Muslim deaths due to the war in Iraq and explained that Muslims were the real victims worldwide.
Show of Support for Islamic Relief
By Fakhr Ahmad
Buena Park: The Islamic Relief on Saturday night witnessed a great outpouring of support and participation of Muslim community of all shades as it raised a whopping over US $200,000 at the fund-raising dinner held at the Sequoia Conference Center.
The donations from the attendees came in the shape of few dollars to as high as $10,000 pledges, raising the amount to over $100,000 within half-an-hour, while a single unknown southern California businessman pledged to match the $100,000 figure, raising the total amount to over $200,000.
"The amount raised is far greater than our expectations. We are very much pleased to see the confidence of our American Muslim community in us," said Anwar Khan, an international fund raising coordinator of Islamic Relief.
The UK-based, Islamic non-governmental organization (NGO), which began with a donation of just 20 British pence in 1984, has now grown into a gigantic humanitarian setup with offices in the United States, the UK, Europe, Asia and Middle East and with over $9 million operations in Africa, Palestine, India and Kashmir ranging from education, health, water and sanitation, family development projects to emergency projects.
The dinner began with an update on Palestine in a video, followed by a welcome introduction.
After maghrib prayers, Faisal Hamouda, a leading Islamic Relief volunteer from Chicago, delivered the keynote speech. Hamouda spotlighted the importance of charity and how prophet Mohammad (PBUH) helped the needy.
Hamouda was followed by the Chairman of Islamic Society of Orange County, Dr Muzzamil Siddiqui.In his speech, Siddiqui referred to a recent 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero, where guests of honor narrated the names of each and every 3,024 victims who perished when the Twin Towers crashed down. But Dr. Siddiqui observed that since last year's 9/11 tragedy, more than 10,000 children have died in Iraq, 6,000 were killed in India, thousands died in Kashmir and over 30,000 innocent citizens of Afghanistan were killed during bombardment by US planes. He was saddened that there had been little international sympathy for the victims in the Islamic world.
"Do you remember the bombed wedding party in Afghanistan, where dozens died? Do you remember the name of the groom? Do you remember the name of the bride? Do you know the names of the relatives of the bride? Or do you remember the names of the relatives of the groom? Who will remember them?" asked Dr. Siddiqui.
Siddiqui said a brother should feel the pain of his brother the same way as he feels his own. He reminded the audience of the sufferings of Muslims all over the world.
"Islam is not a parochial religion. We should be caring for the whole humanity and believe in the brotherhood for each other," he said.
Following Siddiqui's speech, a video was shown, projecting Islamic Relief's clinics in Bangladesh, Palestine and Chechnya.
The fund-raising was conducted by Anwar Khan. He narrated how a dying boy and his family in Chechnya anxiously awaited the arrival of a team of Islamic Relief doctors with hope but the team reached him too late.