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Former CAIR Florida Chairman Atif Fareed Heads American Muslim Community Centers (AMCC)
June 8, 2012
Former CAIR Florida Chairman Heads American Muslim Community Centers
Atif Fareed a former chairman of CAIR Florida is now the president of the American Muslim Community Centers (AMCC). (Note that the name is plural.). The group recently opened a center in Longwood Florida which is the first of its kind in the Sunshine State. The opening was attended by the Mayor and four city commissioners who were treated to a Mediterranean meal and presented with a free copy of the Quran. Fareed says that the center intends to hold "open houses" and "interfaith" events for the public which translates into da'wa (proseltysing) activities. He says that Muslims have not done "as good a job as they should" to "reach out" to the community. In an interview (see link below) Fareed stated "My job is to invite [people to Islam]".
He heads a youth group called "Future Muslim Leaders of America" and started the United Islamic Center of America Inc. now defunct. Besides his work with CAIR Fareed volunteered for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) an Al Qaeda linked group which organised "jihad camps" before 9/11. (For a profile of Fareed's activities see below).
CAIR is a Saudi funded front group for Hamas and was an unindicted co conspirator in the Holyland Foundation Hamas funding trial. CAIR is also a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit. The suit claims 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…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."
The AMCC Islamist expansionist enterprise is not the first started by a former CAIR member. Ahmed Bedier the former executive director of CAIR Tampa now heads an Islamist oriented organization with the misleading patriotic name United Voices for America (UVA). http://www.unitedvoices.com/?page_id=2
In February Bedier was part of an AMCC delegation which attended a speech by Michelle Obama showing that there are zero degrees of separation between the CAIR the AMCC and UVA. http://www.amccenters.org/latest-news/313-amcc-joins-michelle-obamas-lets-move-saturday-february-11th-at-northland-church
(see photo below)
. According to the Orlando Sentinel:
"The 17,000-square-foot facility is the first of its kind in Florida, and features a gymnasium, combo squash-and-racquetball room, library, kitchen, and prayer room.
City officials praised the group for its conversion of a rundown warehouse into a family-oriented facility for Muslims throughout Central Florida.
"I love that the focus is on chldren. Anything for kids, I support it," said Longwood Mayor Brian Sackett, a fifth-grade teacher.
The grand opening Wednesday was attended by about a dozen city officials and employees, including four of the city's five commissioners. After a tour, the two-dozen people attending the event were served a Mediterranean meal and provided complimentary copies of the Qur'an.
American Muslim Community Centers President Atif Fareed thanked city officials for their support and cooperation in locating the center in Longwood." http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/features-the-religion-world/2012/06/07/longwood-muslim-community-center-opens/
Longwood Mayor Brian Sackett, left, and AMCC President Atif Fareed
An AMCC delegation to Michelle Obama's speech with former CAIR Tampa exective director Ahmed Bedier on the right
The AMCC logo
The UVA logo note the red white and blue colors a standard tactic of groups who hide their Islamist agenda under the guise of patriotism.
Bio of Atif Fareed from the CAIR Watch website.
Chairman of CAIR-Florida
Fareed participated in a rally for the defense of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian, on the opening day of Al-Arian's trial in Tampa. (Islam Online, 'Arian Trial Case of Freedom of Speech: Lawyer,' June 7, 2005)
Prior to getting involved with CAIR, Fareed was a representative for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), an Islamist political lobby group that has, in the past, defended Hezbollah and has called for Israel's destruction. (Zionist Organization of America, 'ZOA: White House Was Wrong To Send Representative To Convention Of Pro-Terrorist, Anti-American Group,' December 23, 2003)
"Ariel Sharon is a warmonger and only the United States can stop him." (statement by Atif Fareed, International Herald Tribune, 'U.S. support for Israel,' LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, April 24, 2002)
Fareed, a pilot for Southwest Airlines, has admitted to being questioned by the FBI for nearly three hours, asked if any Arabs approached him for flying lessons and if he would submit to a lie detector test. (Los Angeles Times, 'Vegas Muslims: Private Moments in the Public Eye,' August 12, 2004)
"On September 10, I was a good guy. I became a bad guy on September 11." (Los Angeles Times, 'Vegas Muslims: Faith and Vice Under a Neon Sky,' August 12, 2004)
"It took skill to fly sophisticated planes nearly 500 mph into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon." (stated by Atif Fareed, Las Vegas Weekly, 'The reality-propaganda gap: Mainstream media slammed for whitewashed news,' November 1, 2001) http://www.americansagainsthate.org/cw/profiles_cw.php
MIM: For more on Atif Fareed see:
"CAIR Florida welcomes Southwest Airlines pilot Atif Fareed on board as new chairman"
"Atif Fareed, a commercial pilot for 25 years, was angry after an interrogation by the FBI. Look, we are law-abiding Americans, he says. What do you want us to do? I am not going to change my religion."
MIM: For several media segments about the AMCC Center in Longwood including interviews with Atif Fareed click on the link below. Fareed was born in Saudi Arabia and is of Indian descent.
"The American Muslim Community Centers is establishing a center in Longwood, Fl. The facility will include meeting rooms, a prayer hall and athletic areas. Atif Fareed, president of the organization, explains the plans for the center and speaks to the post 9/11 atmosphere for Muslims in Central Florida. Longwood City Commissioner Joe Durso describes how the city welcomes this newest addition to the growing community."