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Maulana Shafayat Mohamed: Terror Promoting Anti Gay Imam Speaks At Democratic Gala One Week After Orlando Jihad

Text Of 911 Call By Orlando Jihad Killer During Massacre
June 29, 2016

One Week After Orlando, Democrats Feature Anti-Gay Imam at Banquet

Shafayat Mohamed decries gay Muslims and claims gay sex causes natural disasters.

June 28, 2016 Joe Kaufman

The Democratic Party used to embrace homosexuals. Now, its Florida leaders are inviting enemies of the gay community to speak at their functions, and only one week following one of the worst episodes of violence against gays in American history. That was the case earlier this month, when anti-gay imam Maulana Shafayat Mohamed was allowed to speak at the Leadership Blue Gala, the annual banquet of the Florida Democratic Party.

On June 19th, the Florida Democratic Party held its annual Leadership Blue Gala event. US Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, was the keynote speaker. Also listed as speakers were House Democratic Leader-Designate Janet Cruz, Senate Democratic Leader-Designate Oscar Braynon, DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, US Senator Bill Nelson, and Florida Democratic Chair Allison Tant. However, one of the other speakers, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed, who partook in opening prayers, should have been the main concern.

Shafayat Mohamed is the imam of the Darul Uloom mosque, located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The mosque has been a haven for terror-related individuals, many of whom have been imprisoned – or, in one case, killed in an overseas anti-insurgent raid – due to their jihadist activities.

"Dirty Bomber" Jose Padilla was a student of Shafayat Mohamed's at Darul Uloom. Now-deceased al-Qaeda Global Operations Chief, Adnan el-Shukrijumah, was a prayer leader at Darul Uloom. And Darul Uloom Arabic teacher Imran Mandhai, along with mosque goers Hakki Aksoy and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, hatched a plot at the mosque to blow up different South Florida structures, including area power stations, Jewish businesses, and a National Guard armory.

Shafayat Mohamed has his own sordid history. In February 2005, an article written by him was published on the Darul Uloom website, entitled ‘Tsunami: Wrath of God.' In it, he claims that gay sex caused the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and that most Jews and Christians, whom he refers to as "People of the Book," are "perverted transgressors."

It is statements such as these that have gotten Shafayat Mohamed thrown off of a number of Broward County boards. Yet, the imam is unrepentant.

In a speech he gave at Darul Uloom in August 2015, titled ‘Quraan Torah Bible Forbid Man Marrying Man,' he claimed that he "got sacked from many [county] boards, because there were a lot of gay people who said, ‘We don't want him on that board.'" He said he had a choice, to "sit in Paradise or… sit on the board and go to Hell."

In the speech, he also lamented the existence of Muslim homosexuals. He decried, "Listen. Don't deny it. They already got Muslim gay communities." He as well spoke of his support for polygamy, an act that is illegal in the United States. He exclaimed, "Here the President [Obama] says a man can marry a man, but you can't say a man can have four wives…!"

Given his documented anti-gay stance, why would the Florida Democratic Party have anything to do with this individual, let alone just one week following an Orlando, Florida shooting attack targeting homosexuals, which left scores of people dead?

On June 12th, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim male who had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, entered the Pulse, an Orlando LGBT nightclub, and shot and murdered 49 people, while injuring 53 more. Omar's father, Seddique Mir Mateen, who himself is a devout supporter of the Taliban, said that the incident had been triggered when Omar, during a trip to Downtown Miami, became angered after witnessing two men kissing in front of his [Omar's] wife and son.

During his speech at the Democrat gala, Shafayat Mohamed, along with asking for blessings that Hillary Clinton would be the next President of the United States, fleetingly offered prayers for the victims of the Orlando attack. Yet, it is rhetoric such as his that caused the attack in the first place. And his rhetoric continues to this day, as his inflammatory article about gays causing the tsunami is still up on his mosque's website, over eleven years after it was originally posted.

Shafayat Mohamed should have been shunned by the Florida Democratic Party; but instead he was embraced, as he was a couple years ago, when he was a warm-up act for keynote speaker former US President Bill Clinton at the 2014 Florida Democratic Party Leadership Blue Gala. From this year's event, there are photos of the imam cozying up to Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel.

It is pathetic that the Democratic Party would welcome such an individual as Shafayat Mohamed to participate at its event, especially given the timing.

In its zeal to win over Muslim voters, the Democratic Party has shamefully pandered to a heavily extremist segment of the Muslim community. The invitation of anti-gay imam Maulana Shafayat Mohamed to speak at its gala event, merely one week following the horrific Orlando attack, is clear evidence of this.

By embracing Shafayat Mohamed, the Democratic Party is not only shunning the gay community – a traditionally loyal constituency for Democrats – but it is as well aiding and abetting a radical Islamist who is spreading the type of bigoted rhetoric that spurs violence against others.

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


Investigative Update Regarding Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Text of Press Release Provided in Both English and Spanish

FBI Tampa June 20, 2016
  • Tampa Press Office (813) 253-1000

ORLANDO—In order to provide an update on the progress of the investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting, the FBI is releasing an excerpt from the timeline of events inside the Pulse nightclub during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016. Out of respect for the victims of this horrific tragedy, law enforcement will not be releasing audio of the shooter's 911 calls at this time, nor will law enforcement be releasing audio or transcripts of the calls made by victims at the Pulse nightclub during the incident. (See joint statement from DOJ.)

The following is based on Orlando Police Department (OPD) radio communication (times are approximate):

Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD)
Omar Mateen (OM)

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]
OD: What?
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What's your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
OD: Ok, What's your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]

(Shortly thereafter, the shooter engaged in three conversations with OPD's Crisis Negotiation Team.)

In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was "out here right now." When the crisis negotiator asked the shooter what he had done, the shooter stated, "No, you already know what I did." The shooter continued, stating, "There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I'm gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid." Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they "used in France." The shooter later stated, "In the next few days, you're going to see more of this type of action going on." The shooter hung up and multiple attempts to get in touch with him were unsuccessful.

(While the FBI will not be releasing transcripts of OPD communication with victims, significant information obtained from those victims allowed OPD to gain knowledge of the situation inside Pulse.)

(An immediate search of the shooter's vehicle on scene and inside Pulse ultimately revealed no vest or improvised explosive device.)

Based on OPD radio communications, there were no reports of shots being fired inside Pulse between the initial exchange of gunfire between responding officers and shooter, and the time of the final breach. During this time, the shooter communicated with an OPD 911 operator and an OPD crisis negotiator, and OPD radio communications reported that victims were being rescued.

The FBI urges the public to provide information about the shooter and any contact they may have had with him. Since the release of the FBI's Seeking Information poster, the FBI has received thousands of tips. The FBI will investigate every tip.

To provide a tip, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit

1?17/17 Update: Omar Mateen wife Noor Salman arrested over Orlando nightclub shooting

The wife of Omar Mateen, who carried out the worst mass shooting in American history, has been arrested in connection with the attack.

A total of 49 people were killed and 53 injured in the massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June last year.

Mateen was shot dead by police following a standoff at the scene. During the standoff he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a 911 call to emergency officials.

In the wake of the attack FBI agents repeatedly questioned his wife Noor Salman about whether she had advance knowledge of her husband's plans. She told the FBI that she had tried to stop Mateen.

The agency has called it both a terrorist attack and a hate crime.

Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney General, confirmed to MSNBC that Salman had now been arrested seven months later.She said: "We said from the beginning, we were going to look at every aspect of this, of every aspect of this shooter's life to determine not just why did he take these actions - but who else knew about them? Was anyone else involved?"

Salman was facing charges of aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice, CBS News reported.

She was arrested in San Francisco and is expected to appear in court there on Tuesday...

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