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June 3, 2008

The Interfaith Youth Core directed by Eboo Patel claims its aim is to "promote mutual respect and pluralism among young people..." Then why did self proclaimed interfaith guru (viewed by many as a moderate messiah) Eboo Patel emcee at the 2007 annual event of The Council on American Islamic Relations a Saudi funded front group for Hamas and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland Foundation Hamas funding trial? CAIR is also a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit which states that:

86. Council on American Islamic Relations and CAIR Canada (collectively, CAIR), have aided, abetted, and materially sponsored and al Qaeda and international terrorism. CAIR is an outgrowth of the Hamas front group the Islamic Association of Palestine. The FBI's former associate director in charge of Investigative and Counter-Intelligence Operations described the Islamic Association of Palestine as an organization that has directly supported Hamas military goals and is a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants. It has produced videotapes that are very hate-filled, full of vehement propaganda. It is an organization that has supported direct confrontation.

87. CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism. These organizations play a unique role in the terrorist network. They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes they are, in reality, a key player in international terrorism. The unique role played by CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to manipulate the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. In addition, both organizations have actively sought to hamper governmental anti-terrorism efforts by direct propaganda activities aimed at police, first-responders, and intelligence agencies through so-called sensitivity training. Their goal is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.

88. The role of CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to wage PSYOPS (psychological warfare) and disinformation activities on behalf of Whabbi-based [Wahhabi-based, DP] Islamic terrorists throughout North America. They are the intellectual "shock troops" of Islamic terrorism. In the years and months leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 these organizations were very effective in helping to ensure that North American law enforcement and intelligence officials were sufficiently deaf, dumb, and blind to help pave the way for the attacks on the United States. The role played by these entities is an absolutely essential part of the mix of forces arrayed against the United States as they help soften-up targeted countries so as to facilitate and enhance the likelihood for a successful attack. http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/12/cair-named-as-a-defendant-in-911-terror.html


MIM: Patel doesn't blame radical Islamists for the 9/11 attacks, but for "spooking us".According to Patel terrorism is a "macabre magic intended to create the illusion of enemies everywhere."

"Religion writer Eboo Patel blames radical Islamists, and 9/11 for spooking us. "Terrorism," Patel wrote in Slate, "is more than heinous murder and guerrilla theater. It is a kind of macabre magic intended to create the illusion of enemies everywhere." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20080604/cm_ucru/theeword

MIM: Patel plays both sides as the kumbaya moderate who runs a da'wa front under the guise of the Interfaith Youth Core. Interfaith is one of the most favored islamist tactics used to sugarcoat da'wa in order to lure non Muslims with a "more in common then we think" feel good dynamic to bring them into contact with Islam.His participation in the CAIR annual event shows he is a stealth Islamist .http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2860


Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director (Ahmed Rehad with Iboo Patel) thanks staff, volunteers, supporters, and guests

Dr. Eboo Patel, event emcee and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), greets Professor David Cole


MIM: IFYC director Iboo Patel counts radical Islamists Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir as his heroes.

"I talked about many of my Muslim heroes, scholars and activists like Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir who have articulated visions of a world where people from different backgrounds come together in positive ways." http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2008/03/the_spell_of_islamophobia.html

MIM:For anyone who needs clearer guidance about a "world where people from different backgrounds come together in positive ways"Imam Zaid Shakir has made a CD to clarify the difference between Jihad and misguided infidel concept of terrorism, which according to him does not exist in Islam.

"The enemies of Islam have linked [Jihad and Terrorism] together as far as we Muslims are concerned, by trying to make one synonymous with the other. They say that Jihad is irresponsible, random, senseless, violence, and terrorism is Jihad... The two are not synonymous; they can't be synonymous." -- Imam Zaid Shakir

Among the topics on the CD are:

-If the enemies of Islam attack Muslim civilians, can we attack non-Muslim civilians?
-What is the role of Muslims living amongst non-Muslims in the West?
-Jihad and terrorism, objective or subjective?
-What is the meaning of the word Jihad?
-Are we obliged to stay in the West?
-Who sanctions Jihad?
-World Trade Center Bombing!
-Hijacking Airplanes!
-Should we vote?
-Hijra or Jihad?



Jihad or Terrorism (CD) Imam Zaid Shakir


MIM: Patel took part in a Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow conference sponsored by the ASMA Society and was on a panel which was moderated by Ahmed Younis of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

The participants on the panel were Imam Rasheed, Precious Muhammed (Imam W.D. Muhammed's community), Behrooz Karjoovary (sufi), Samina Ali (shi'ia), Ahmed Nassef (progressive), Eboo Patel (Ismaili) and Asif Padela (Sunni). Imam Feisal was a respondent, and the panel was moderated by Ahmed Younis of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. http://www.asmasociety.org/religion/mlt_04retreat.html

MIM: Dr.Daniel Pipes summed up the intent of MPAC in his blog "MPAC's True Views"

"Its goal, we learn, is not to promote American interests but to "reflect the sentiment of Muslims worldwide" to Americans. Or, because Muslims have many different views and MPAC has one specific view, a more accurate formulation would be, "reflect the sentiment of Islamists worldwide" to Americans." http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/06/mpacs-true-views.html


MIM: An attendee at an IFYC conference wrote this in response to Patel's article "Smearing Muslims".


The Truth about Eboo Patel

I attended the Interfaith Youth Core conference in October of 2007. This conference was lead by Eboo Patel, and I was very excited about it. That is, until the political agenda became very clear. The conference centered on the superiority of Islam.
Every "interfaith" group or event carried this message. The keynote speaker was an Islamic convert, the interfaith prayer room was covered with Islamic prayer rugs, the keynote professors, one a Muslim convert, from the University of Chicago, claimed that there was no such thing or threat of "Islamofascism"
Eboo's opening address talked about the faith line. He created this idea that there were 2 types of people, interfaith and fundamentalists.
The implied message was that anyone who disagreed with Eboo and the conference agenda was a fundamentalist.
The last event I attended was a panel of Jewish activists that were facilitating meetings with leaders of Hamas. To portray any of these leaders as "spiritual" guides with only a hard-line approach, is simply lies. No one questioned any of these programs because they were under this facade of "interfaith."
I found the entire event very disturbing. The next month, I received Eboo's journal, "The Review of Faith and International Politics." Same agenda. The topics included the weakness of Zionism, convincing Evangelicals not to support Israel, and extremism in Judaism.
Patel even has blog post denouncing Ayaa Hirsi Ali as a money-grubbing capitalist! Well, at least she escaped the "infidel" charge. Quite a step up. Women are now not allowed to question Islam because they want to make money through the medium of selling books.
Daniel Pipes is a scholar who is highlighting the true activities of "moderates" to allow the public to decide. In the USA we have transparency, and if you want to call that a smear, I am truly questioning which side you are on, Mr. Patel. http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2008/05/smearing_muslims/all_comments.html


MIM: Patel uses pluralism as a synonym for Islam claiming as Islamists do that "it is the greatest opportunity for humanity."

VALENTE: Patel says he was deeply disturbed by the fact that the 9/11 terrorists were young men and that the suicide bombers in the Middle East and elsewhere are also young. He sees the world dividing along a "faith line" between what he calls pluralists and religious totalitarians.

Dr. PATEL: Only the smallest part of humanity wishes and acts upon the destruction of others. The pluralists are far larger. Those of us who believe in a world where we live together, we're far larger. The problem is we haven't made our case compelling across the world yet. What we pluralists have to do is say to the people standing on the faith line, particularly the young ones, no. Pluralism is the wish of the creator. It is the greatest opportunity for humanity.http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week1033/profile.html


MIM: The IFYC will be partnering with Tony Blair's new Blair Faith Foundation. According to an article by Patel:

The interfaith movement has lacked what the environmental movement got in 2000 – the presence of a serious global leader willing to engage a serious issue in a serious way: framing debate, galvanizing energy, generating resources, pointing to a major win and convincing the world that we can get there.

Until now.

In two eloquent and important speeches - the first was a month ago in London and the second just last week in New York - Tony Blair articulated why he is committing a good part of the rest of his life to being that figure.

When I met with Blair in Chicago a few months ago, I was struck by the depth of his commitment to the issue, the scope of his vision and the concrete plans for his institution, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation....

Blair will teach a course on Faith and Globalization at Yale University. There are plans for educational material on the intersection of religious devotion and religious diversity, meant for distribution everywhere from corporations to teenagers (through web-based technologies). The Interfaith Youth Core is partnering with the Blair Faith Foundation (and Malaria No More) to bring faith communities together to end malaria in the next 5 – 10 years. http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2008/06/the_tony_blair_faith_foundatio.html#more


MIM: The Interfaith Youth Core in their own words.


builds mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others.
We are the core of the larger movement of people in the world who are promoting religious pluralism. As the core, our role is to provide resources, network, and catalyze the corps of people who are actively engaged in this work in their communities, and provide a platform to showcase their work to the rest of the world.

There are millions of religious young people in the world interacting with greater frequency. That interaction tends either toward conflict or cooperation. Where so many of these interactions tend towards conflict, the Interfaith Youth Core aims to introduce a new relationship, one that is about mutual respect and religious pluralism. Instead of focusing a dialogue on political or theological differences, we build relationships on the values that we share, such as hospitality and caring for the Earth, and how we can live out those values together to contribute to the betterment of our community.

The Interfaith Youth Core is creating these relationships across the world by inspiring, networking, and resourcing young people, who are the leaders of this movement. We provide young people and the institutions that support them with leadership training, project resources and a connection to a broader movement.


MIM: Kareem Irfan the head of the Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago is on the IYC board of directors. Irfan justified the beheadings of Paul Johnson and Nicholas Berg calling them "A primordial sense of retaliation and revenge". For more on Kareem Irfan and the CIOCG's terror funding connections see: http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/177

MIM: More on Kareem Irfan radical Islamist ties and da'wa agenda:

Bernardin Center advisory board member Kareem Irfan is the chairman of the Council for Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago [CIOGC] and a sits on the national board of the Islamic Society of North America. When asked in 2002 by CNN whether he regretted giving $5,000 dollars to Benevolence International Foundation, a charity directly connected to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Irfan replied:

" I definitely do not regret it because I did it under the understanding that this was an outstanding institution." [source, http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110005269]

When questioned about the savage beheadings of Nicholas Berg and Paul Johnson in Iraq, rather than an outright condemnation, Irfan was muted at best:

"At bottom, though, Mr. Irfan believes that the beheadings simply demonstrate "a primordial sense of retaliation and revenge." [source, http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110005269]

In 2002 the CIOGC hosted a high-ranking delegation from the Saudi's Muslim World League [MWL], which has through its efforts established hundreds if not thousands of hard line Wahhabist mosques around the world. The MWL has been labeled by the Center for Security Policy's Alex Alexiev as, "the largest worldwide propaganda campaign ever mounted," and functions as a powerful agent in enforcing radical Islamic religious orthodoxy.



Board of Directors

Stephen Bell Kayla Cohen Tarek Elmasry Sunil Garg Dr. Tasneema Ghazi Dr. Anne C. Hallett, Esq. Rev. James R. Halstead Kareem M. Irfan

Ron Kinnamon Rabbi Andrea London Dr. Harold Richman Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite Rev. Laura Truax



MIM: Interfaith Youth Core Funders

Ansara Family Foundation

Argosy Foundation


Carnegie Corporation of New York

Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation

George Family Foundation

Henry Luce Foundation

Hunt Alternatives Fund

The Jenesis Group

McCormick Tribune Foundation

Nathan Cummings Foundation

Rauner Family Foundation

Rita & Harold Divine Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Rockefeller Foundation

Search Institute

Shingleton Family Foundation

Shinnyo-En Foundation

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

William J. Clinton Foundatio

Woods Fund of Chicago



MIM: Da'wa as interfaith:

Our Vision
Faith Inspired leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. to the Dalai Lama built effective social change movements by encouraging diverse faith communities to come together on the common ground of helping others. The interfaith Youth Core carries on this legacy by bringing diverse young people of faith together to:

  • Connect more deeply with the parts of their own religious tradition which inspire social action
  • Learn to understand, appreciate, and respect other religious traditions
  • Make a difference in the broader society through interfaith social action

The Interfaith Youth Core is a youth-led, Chicago-based international, interfaith organization. In June of 1998, a group of religiously diverse young people from around the world found a common interest in integrating faith, diversity and social action. Since that first encounter, the Interfaith Youth Core has developed a strong program in Chicago while also taking a leading role in national and international youth work.

Our Chicago Action Program uses a shared values methodology to engage a diverse group of local faith commueboo patel, ifyc, and andrew clark, iarfnities in transformative interfaith social action projects.

Nationally, the IFYC focuses on catalyzing, resourcing and networking the emerging field of interfaith youth work.

Internationally, The IFYC has a history of developing and facilitating workshops and presentations:

  • The Next Generation at the Parliament of the World's Religions – Cape Town, South Africa
  • Habitat for Humanity Harmony Build – Hyderabad, India
  • IFYC Presentation at UNESCO Headquarters – Paris, France



MIM: Outreach is a euphemism for da'wa. Jenan Mohajir works as a volunteer at the Nawawi Foundation an Islamist institute which presents all of history from an Islamist perspective. Dr. Ingrid Mattson the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) the largest Wahhabi funded da'wa organisation on the continent is on the board of directors of the Nawawi Foundation. http://www.nawawi.org/aboutus/board.html



Outreach Education and Training Associate

Jenan Mohajir has been extensively involved with the Muslim community through several grassroots initiatives in Chicago. She currently serves as the program associate for the Outreach Education & Training program at the Interfaith Youth Core, where her primary focus is on building relationships between the Muslim community and the Interfaith Youth Movement. Jenan also frequently speaks at various college campuses nationally regarding the importance of interfaith cooperation among young people, in addition to training youth leaders in organizing local interfaith youth service-learning events.
Prior to joining IFYC, Jenan was a full-time teacher at the Universal Muslim Day School, a private institution serving primarily Arab Muslim students. She worked with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network as their coordinator for the Pillars of IMAN youth program and has also been volunteering with the Nawawi Foundation since 2001. She received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from DePaul University in 2002 with a concentration in Islamic Studies. Jenan is originally from India and grew up in Qatar and the United States. http://ifyc.org/about_core/staff/oet


MIM: Makki was a board member of the Muslim Youth Center in Bridgeview and attends the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation. The Bridgeview Mosque is a known Hamas enclave and boasted at least one of the 9/11 hijackers as a congregant.

"...Sheik Jamal[Said] an imam at the mosque ... developed a national reputation and easily attracted prominent Muslim activists to Bridgeview. Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden's spiritual mentor, visited the mosque in the mid-1980s as part of a national tour to recruit supporters for the U.S.-backed Afghan war against the Soviet Union. At least three Bridgeview men signed up. "[Jamal]raised money at one national Islamic conference by asking people to donate in the memory of a Palestinian suicide bomber..." http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/132

MIM: An article about Muslims in America reported on how they were given a tour of the mosque by Makki. After 9/11 a mob wanted to march on the Bridgeview Mosque. Instead of attributing it to anger over the mosque's known radical ties Makki blamed in on "jealously" "by lower class whites" [because] we live in nicer houses than they do".

Hind Makki, a petite student, proudly takes visitors on a tour of the mosque. ...Makki, 25, says that her dream job is to work for the State Department in Washington. She comes from a conservative family.On the day after Sept. 11, when the images of the fallen towers had barely taken hold in the collective consciousness, residents of a nearby trailer park had banded together and planned to attack the mosque. Church elders and the police managed to avert violence, but the group did inflict some minor damage.

"Jealousy was part of it," says Makki, "they were lower-class whites who couldn't stand the fact that we live in nicer houses than they do." http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,505573-2,00.html

In 2006 CAIR conducted an election volunteer training session at the Muslim Youth Center where Makki sat on the board. http://www.cairchicago.org/ournews.php?file=on_election_day_training10112006



Outreach Education and Training Associate

Hind received her B.A. in International Relations, focusing on Global Security and Diplomacy, in May 2001 from Brown University. She returned to her native southwest suburban Chicago, where she worked extensively within the Muslim community on matters regarding integration in American society, interfaith dialogue, education and youth leadership development. She was a board member of the Muslim Youth Center located in Bridgeview and currently sits on the board of the Southwest Interfaith Team (SWIFT), representing the Orland Park Prayer Center. She has been a mentor and team advisor of the Aqsa School Model UN team since 2004. Hind joined the IFYC as a Program Associate in the Outreach and Education Team in August 2007. http://ifyc.org/about_core/staff/oet


MIM: IFYC Partners

Search Institute

Search Institute is a leading innovator in discovering what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. Drawing on extensive research, Search Institute brings solutions to pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities. The Inspired To Serve project is part of Search Institute's new Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence.

YSA Logo Youth Service America

Youth Service America sponsors a Global Youth Service Day in which youth participate in GYSD to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement. IFYC's Days of Interfaith Youth Service campaign is an official partner of YSA's National Global Youth Service Days.

Learn and Serve America

The Inspired To Serve pilot project is made possible through a grant from Learn and Serve America. Learn and Serve America provides grants to schools, colleges, and nonprofit groups to support efforts to engage 1.5 million students each year in community service linked educational goals. Learn and Serve America is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps and AmeriCorps.

Jordan Interfaith Action

The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has partnered with Jordan Interfaith Action (JIA) to coordinate an international interfaith youth exchange between Jordan and the United States. The partner organizations are training two highly talented groups of emerging faith leaders in Chicago and Jordan to be organizers and leaders of interfaith youth service and dialogue. The programs in both cities bring together students that represent the geographic, ethnic, religious and socio-economic diversity of the countries.

America's Second Harvest

America's Second Harvest, the Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. It distributes food and grocery products through a nationwide network of certified affiliates, increases public awareness of domestic hunger, and advocates for policies that benefit America's hungry. Through their affiliates, America's Second Harvest delivers food and grocery products to approximately 50,000 local charitable hunger-relief organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and women's shelters. Their services reach 23 million hungry people, including 9 million children and 2.5 million seniors.

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International works to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the world. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnerships with families in need. They have built over 175,000 houses around the world and provided safe, decent, affordable shelter for over 900,000 people. Because Habitat is a grassroots organization, local affiliates across the world each oversee the work of building houses. Some local affiliates have chosen to offer interfaith builds, which intentionally bring together religiously diverse people and communities to build houses.

MIM: IFYC partners with CAIR,ISNA,MSA and other groups as part of the 'Dialogues for Peace' organisation revealing the radical Islamist core of interfaith.

Our Partners

Americans for Informed Democracy
Interfaith Youth Core
Religions for Peace U.S.A.
AYUSA International
Islamic Society North America
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Muslim Student Association National
Muhammad Ali Center
Meridian International
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
The Public Conversations Project
The Buxton Initiative
The Center for Muslim Christian Understanding
Council on American Islamic Relations
Our Voices Together
Common Tables


MIM: IFYC bulletins which includes a list of donors. Among them is terrorist Bill Ayers, Islamist apologist Scott Alexander and an official of the American Jewish Committee Emily Soloff.


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