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America Bashing Olympic Hijabi Ibtihaj Muhammad Visits Terror Funding "Charity" Islamic Relief USA

August 10, 2016

MIM: Islamic Relief USA and Islamic Relief Worldwide are interconnected and linked to international terrorism.Which begs the question of why and how US Olympic team member Ibtihaj Muhammad visited them in the first place.

"...In 1999, the IRW accepted a $50,000 check from Osama Bin Laden. In 2006, Israel arrested its project coordinator in its Gaza office, Iyaz Ali, for funneling money to Hamas. In November 2012, the British Bank UBS closed the IRW's account and blocked its customers from donating to the charity. In June 2014, Israel officially declared the organization to be illegal and banned it from operating in Israel and the Palestinian territories due to its financing of Hamas. In November 2014, the United Arab Emirates declared the IRW to be a terrorist group.

Legally, the IRUSA as an institution and charity is separate and independent from the IRW. However, as an IRW affiliate, it has many links to the IRW, and therefore has many links to terrorism. The IRUSA's CEO, Abed Ayoub, is an IRW governance committee member. Its president, Mohamed Amr Attaiwa, is on the IRW's Board of Trustees. In addition to the relationship between the IRW and the IRUSA created through shared leadership, money flows between the two organizations. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, the IRUSA sent the IRW $5 million, $6 million, and $9.5 million, respectively. Most IRUSA programs are funded through IRW grants; in 2010, the IRUSA received approximately $22 billion from the IRW.

The IRUSA has multiple officials with direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)..."

MIM: In his article "Muslim- American Olympian Criticizes Her Country" Joseph Klein wrote:

"...Rather than focus on the fact that she was representing America as part of Team USA, Ms. Muhammad chose to distance herself from her fellow Americans. Before the competition even began, she complained about not feeling safe in America because she was a Muslim. She has been whining about how she feels threatened because of her faith, and has politicized the Olympic Games with derogatory comments regarding Donald Trump's candidacy for president...I wish that, not just my life, but the lives of Muslims all over the world were a little bit easier, particularly in the United States," Ms. Muhammad was quoted by the Associated Press as saying after arriving in Rio for the competition. (Emphasis added.)


Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7pm Dinner Provided Location Crowne Plaza Austin 6121 North Interstate Highway 35 | Austin, TX 78752 Special Guests Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Medal Winning Fencer Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Founder and Director of Qalam Institute Bilal Aslam, IRUSA International Programs Coordinator Sheikh Saad Hassanin, IRUSA Development Coordinator Contact... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MIM: Below the account of Muhammad's visit to the IRUSA office. It mentions video recordings and may be alluding to IRUSA using Muhammad (who has become a celebrity in Muslim circles and was praised by Hillary Clinton) to further their fundraising efforts.

Clinton tweeted: "In Rio, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American Muslim athlete to compete while wearing a hijab".

Ibitihaj Muhammad We're Rooting For You!

Christy Bectel reflects on Ibtihaj Muhammad's visit to Islamic Relief USA. Christy was a Public Affairs Intern this summer at Islamic Relief USA. She is originally from Michigan and is a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Middle East Studies and German.

The morning of July 21 was a bit more exciting than usual at IRUSA as news got around that Ibtihaj Muhammad would be stopping by for a quick visit. Most of the staff was already familiar with the 30-year-old athlete who will be the first U.S. woman to wear a hijab when she competes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August. Many of us had been following her journey as a rising sabre fencer and were overjoyed when she qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

However, it is not just her hijab that makes Ibtihaj Muhammad noteworthy. Her presence as an African-American woman in a largely white-dominated sport highlights the lack of diversity in fencing, a sport that is limited to those who can afford the expensive equipment and lessons. Ibtihaj is keenly aware of this; The New-York based Peter Westbrook Foundation where she trains is one organization addressing this problem of access by providing fencing lessons for youth in underserved communities. Likewise, Ibtihaj's presence as a Muslim female athlete challenges the very narrow understanding of who a Muslim woman is and the notion that Muslim women do not or should not participate in sports. The recognition and visibility she is now receiving for her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team is not only important for aspiring young girls, but also for the general public in seeing the celebrated diversity of America representing our nation at the Olympics.

The morning Ibtihaj stopped by the IRUSA office, we all gathered in the lobby around noon to wait for her. Though we received word she would be delayed, I lingered with a few others, too excited to go back to work and not wanting to miss her entrance. From overhearing animated conversations, to reading the encouraging messages in a card being passed around, I could sense a feeling of pride among the staff. Ibtihaj Muhammad represents so many different communities, admirable qualities, hard-won struggles, that we all see in her a symbol of progress at this moment in our nation. In a time when hateful and disturbing political rhetoric can make it seem like our nation is regressing, this progress is something to hold on to.

When she did arrive, the whole office broke out in cheers and applause as she walked inside the doors. After pictures, a brief meeting, and a few video recordings, she departed for the next engagement in her busy schedule in the run-up to Rio. We hoped to send our encouragement and support with her.

Ibtihaj, you make us proud. From all of us at Islamic Relief USA, we're rooting for you.

Ibtihaj Muhammad visits Islamic Relief USA

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