Preface: This is very long and detailed, but I encourage those interested in the truth (and not blindly shilling) to read this entire post (and please read all of the links) and do whatever independent investigation one feels necessary.
I would also like to mention that I – at one time – believed that the government was on a blind and indiscriminate witch hunt against completely innocent Muslims, and emotionally defended these brothers without knowing the facts of the cases. I know that this hurts, but we must face facts here if our community is to grow
Recently I have begun to identify what I have termed the “Immigrant Muslim Syndicate” that has, with the exception of Imam W.D. Mohammed’s community and the notorious Salafi movement, completely dominated Muslim discourse in the United States for at least the past 25 or 30 years . I’ve discussed in detail, and with scathing criticism, how that syndicate systematically appropriated Black Muslim leadership resulting in the complete marginalization of their issues and concerns, relegating them to the “back of the camel”
However, I went quite a bit further than that. I charged that this syndicate (the Arab wing of it), represented today by groups like CAIR, MAS, MSA, (and many others) has direct and indirect links, associations, connections, whatever language you want to use, to middle-eastern terrorist groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah. These groups I have come to abhor not because I don’t sympathize with the suffering of everyday Palestinians, but because those terror groups promote a sick and depraved culture of death and mayhem. Here is a “culture” that employs puppets to teach children the love of the suicide belt, extreme antisemitism, and an unquenchable lust for blood! A culture where cold-blooded murder of innocent people is celebrated as some sort of “jihad”, all done in the name of Islam. I also understand completely that there are many sincere and devout Muslims employed by CAIR and MAS and view them as the only organizations fighting for Muslim rights in this country. They have nothing to do with this and I am not talking about them.
These are of course very strong charges for which we have every intention to substantiate in this post (insha Allah). But many have asked why even go down this road? It seems not only extremely tangential but down right slanderous. They say it makes me sound like the Islamophobic wack- jobs out there. However as we will see momentarily, the facts speak for themselves. Most importantly though, it is absolutely impossible to understand how Blackamerican Muslims move forward without knowing first hand the exact nature and workings of this immigrant syndicate.
Before proceeding though, I should like to pause for a moment and comment on what I find to be an acute lack of political sophistication on the part of Blackamerican Islam. What I’ve painfully attempted to get across in all of my writings thus far in that historically speaking, Muslim political authority has always been dominated by a long succession of racial, ethic, and cultural dynasties, and excepting the rule of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and his four righteous successors, it has never been any different. When we study Islamic history closely – the Umayyad’s, Abbasid’s, Fatimid’s, Moguls, Ottomans, just to name some of the more famous regimes – we find a record replete with political intrigue, coups, plots, revolutions, assassinations (we Muslims invented the term), and theories of political succession which amount to nothing more than the law of the jungle.
The point here is that if Blackamerican Muslims desire to seize control of the agenda, and plot a new course in America, they must rid themselves of the dreamy, idealistic, “I’m just a Muslim” conceptions of religion which cloud their ability to recognize that power is the rightful property of the strong, and they’ll never attain it without a clearly defined sense of self and a tightly-knit, strong-arm organization. I have found that young Blackamerican Muslims don’t understand this and are woefully ignorant of Muslim history, especially the Muslim Movements of the modern era.
The two most powerful and influential Muslim organizations to emerge in the twentieth century are the Pakistani Jamaatul Islaami , founded by Abul Al’a Maududi, and most importantly to this discussion, the immensely powerful Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwanul Muslimeen) founded by Hasan Al Banna in Egypt. It is this “Brotherhood” that is the force behind CAIR, MAS, MSA, MPAC, IIIT and on and on. And all of these groups – in many cases – largely serve as public relations and lobbying outfits for groups guilty of atrocities in Muslim lands, especially in Palestine! Where is the evidence? There is only a mountain of it!
A Believer is Never Bitten From the Same Whole Twice
The time has come to begin thinking critically and stop swallowing all the ideological, conspiratorial nonsense – “Kool-Aid” – that the “Immigrant Muslim Syndicate” continually dispenses! Long before the names Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR, and Sami Al Arian, Palestinian “political prisoner”, came to the fore, there was Abdurrahman Alamoudi, Executive Director of the now defunct American Muslim Council.
Alamoudi was the Godfather of the Syndicate many years before the birth of CAIR and MAS, and was portrayed to all and sundry as a “moderate”, mainstream leader whose principal purpose was to fight for Muslim rights in this country. Sound familiar? It was Alamoudi who managed to get Imam Siraj Wahhaj to open one of the wells of the congress in du’a (prayer). In fact, it is no stretch to say that he was quite a beloved figure in the community. And just like CAIR and MAS’s propaganda today, back then he “met with law enforcement officials” and political leaders and even over saw the program certifying Muslim Chaplains in the military.
When Steve Emerson released his now infamous documentary “Jihad in America”, Alamoudi, in this clip from 1994, confidently assures the Muslim community to continue giving money to whatever organization they wanted…
Where is Alamoudi today? He is serving a 23-year sentence for terrorist related charges which he plead guilty to . You can read the full plea here.
On July 30, 2004, Alamoudi pleaded guilty to three federal offenses: one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which imposes terrorism-related sanctions prohibiting unlicensed travel to and commerce with Libya; one count of false statements made in his application for naturalization; and a tax offense involving a long-term scheme to conceal from the IRS his financial transactions with Libya and his foreign bank accounts and to omit material information from the tax returns filed by his charities.
As part of a plea agreement, Alamoudi agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully in any and all investigations, including an ongoing investigation into a plot to assassinate an ally in the war against terrorism. Under the terms of that plea agreement, Alamoudi also agreed that he should be sentenced under the terrorism provision of the federal sentencing guidelines, and he agreed to forfeit all proceeds from his illegal dealings with Libya, which total at least $910,000, including $340,000 seized from him in the United Kingdom.
This individual, projected as one of the pillars of the community and a major leader of it, was caught trying to move a briefcase containing $340,000 through a London airport! This was after the US government learned of his role in a Libyan plot to assassinate the ruler of Saudi Arabia. Keep in mind that part of Alamoudi’s plea agreement, like every plea deal in America, involves sharing whatever information he has with the government, even if that involves testifying against his former “colleagues” in crime. Since, alhumdulliah, most of us are not criminals, we don’t understand that this agreement to cooperate is standard operating procedure in plea agreements. It is important to remember that in light of the latest onslaught of “Syndicate” propaganda surrounding the Sami Al Arian case.
But before turning to that matter let us note once again just how powerful this man Alamoudi was. Though today he is a forgotten figure, during the 90’s and the early part of this decade, he was the real power broker in the American Muslim community. And not unlike CAIR and MAS today, he was a self-appointed leader. No one, other than the powerful “Muslim Brotherhood” and their big money, elected him to anything. This is the point I want to impress upon Blackamerican Muslims, that individuals and groups were doing things in the name of Islam that ultimately brought infamy and suspicion on the entire Muslim community. We have a moral responsibility to make our voices heard and to repudiate the dubious, unseemly, and even sometimes criminal activities of powerful immigrant organizations which operate in this country. We can no longer sit idly by, sanctioning with our silence, the orgy of blood, carnage, and unmitigated hate practiced by Muslims. And we certainly must not do it to protect some fraudulent concept of “unity”, a unity by the way that keeps us at the “back of the camel”. Whether it be kidnappings, beheadings, “honor” killings, suicide bombings, or female genital mutilation (which I’ve learned is rife in this country), we must condemn it in no uncertain terms! We are thinking, rational, moral agents with a voice of our own, and not some passive, inanimate cogs in the “syndicate” wheel.
Finally on this point, it is important to mention that it was only with the demise Alamoudi and the vacuum his absence created that the Nihad Awads and Sami Al Arian’s gained greater prominence as the public face of the “Muslim Brotherhood” in America. I now ask, invoking the Prophets (p.b.u.h) tradition, will the Believers be bitten from the same hole twice?
The Case of Sami Al Arian
I have a little story to tell here. It was a bitterly cold winter in 1990 when as a student of Howard University, I cashed my minuscule “work study” check and took a bus trip to Chicago during of a fierce blizzard. As a relatively new Muslim, I was going to attend an “Islamic conference” to learn more about my religion. The conference was held by Al Arian’s organization, and if memory serves me right, I’m almost positive it was the Islamic Association for Palestine. I saw Palestinian nationalist flags everywhere and kids running around wearing checkered “kifiyas”. Much of this conference was captured in Emerson’s “Jihad in America”, and while I couldn’t have known it then, it hosted a veritable “who’s who” of Palestinian terrorists leaders. In particular, I remember meeting a big sheikh by the name of Awdah, who was enveloped in layers of security, and who’s full identity I only later learned was Sheikh Abd Al Aziz Awdah, spiritual leader and now wanted terrorist for Palestinian Islamic Jihad . There was very little (I can’t remember any right now) Islam discussed at that event, but a great deal about the impending first gulf war.
One participant during a panel discussion openly counseled the Muslim audience to “strike the American Interests” in the event of a US invasion. And this Imam was an American. I’m ashamed to say it now, but at the time I was still under the spell of Malcolm X’s more unflattering opinion of America and having once been a militant Black nationalist, didn’t find the statement particularly jarring. Now, as a man approaching my middle age, I wouldn’t sit still for this crap! These are the same people who scream “constitutional rights” whenever they get caught in their nefarious activities! And at the conclusion of the conference who would I have the fortune to ride back to DC with? None other than Alamoudi himself, who had just founded the American Muslim Council.
The point in all of this is that before 9/11, these types of conferences, and the anti-American rhetoric they spewed, were common occurrences in this country, and fund raising activities for groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and HIzbollah was done openly. Now we’re suppose to believe that Sami Al Arian is some type of hero, and that the government’s charges against him are just a complete pact of lies.
Al-Arian has managed to convince a huge segment of the American left-wing, and just about the entire Muslim community, that he is being “persecuted” by the US government for no other reason than he supports the Palestinian people and condemns Israel. (MAS is alleging that he is being tortured!!)
A very skillful propaganda campaign has been recently launched which includes a handsomely financed, slickly produced tear-jerker of a film entitled “USA vs. Sami Al Arian” that would make Joseph Gerbles proud. The accusations of Al Arian and his supporters are utterly ridiculous in view of the fact that HE PLEAD GUILTY TO AT LEAST ONE OF THE COUNTS. Not only that, this country is full to the brim with people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who have taken up the Palestinian cause, some being quite strident and vocal in their protests. Others, like Sami Al Arian himself, are tenured university professors with enormous reputations. So why pick on Al Arian? Why did the government spend fifty million dollars to prosecute this individual and not the thousands of others who obstensively BELIEVE as he does? I ask, do not prominent personalities like Dr. Aminah McCloud, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Zaid Shakir, and left-wing journalists like Amy Goodman support the Palestinian people? In fact, with the overwhelming dominance of the “immigrant Muslim syndicate” and its air-tight control of the message, delivered through countless conventions and rallies over the years, is there even ONE Muslim in America who doesn’t support the Palestinian people. This is almost all we have heard (with the exception of Kashmir and Bosnia now and then) over the past twenty five years. In all of this Blackamerican Muslims, not wanting to be branded as traitors to Islam, went along and drank the “Kool-Aid”. We were told what slogans to chant and what signs to wave. We say “NO MORE”. I’m proud to announce that those days are over.
After having plead guilty to financing the activities of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (see plea agreement here), which in essence means suicide bombers, he now wants to cloak himself in the mantel of Gandhi and Martin Luther King by embarking on a “hunger strike”, his third now, attempting to white-mail the Muslims and the American public into releasing him from prison before providing valuable information the government needs. He claims the government’s demand that he testify in other terrorist related matters violates his plea agreement, which supposedly frees him of any commitment to do so, and which is of course non-sense. As we had discussed earlier, when you make an agreement with the government, they can require you to testify whenever and wherever they want, sometimes even decades later. As any reasonable, thinking person can see – not to mention PhDs like Al Arian and his well trained lawyers – that THE GOVERNMENT MADE NO SUCH PROMISE Of IMMUNITY FROM FURTHER TESTIMONY, A FACT CERTIFIED BY AL ARIAN’s OWN SIGNATURE!
This constitutes the entire agreement between the government and the defendant with respect to the aforementioned guilty plea and no other promises, agreements or representations exist or have been made to the defendant or defendant’s attorney with regard to such guilty plea.
So are we to believe that the government gave a reduced sentence to him (and only him) in exchange for nothing when all others were compelled to testify? So I ask brothers like Amad, how is this manipulation of the system? Requiring people who cut plea deals to testify in other cases is not manipulation of the system. It is the system. Why should he not testify when other brothers (as I will show below) also testified?
This makes Sami Al Arian, the producers of the USA vs Al Arian , CAIR and MAS, and the entire left-wing in this country A PACK OF LIARS! But how many of us Muslims, especially Blackamerican Muslims, are going to take the time and study the facts? Its so much easier to drink the Kool-Aid in a desperate attempt to find validation for our Islam.
Consider also this damning fact; for what reason did Al Arian give for refusing to testify against International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Herndon, VA,
“Former Florida professor Sami al-Arian declined to answer questions before a federal grand jury in Alexandria last month, according to documents unsealed in federal court in Tampa. Arian, who was acquitted in one of the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases but then pleaded guilty to a single charge, believes his life would be in danger if he testified, his attorneys told a judge”. (Washington Post, Nov. 14th, 2006)
So there you have it. Sami Al-Arian claims that if he testifies he will be killed. Just let these people run their mouths long enough and they give themselves away. What does it say about the murderous nature of Al Arians colleages, or for that matter the shady dealings of IIIT, that debriefing ONE’S OWN GOVERNMENT about them carries a death penalty? Its time to open our eyes and take in the cold, hard, ugly facts. These people are no saints.
The Virginia “Paintball” Trial
Because I live in the Washington, DC area, I was able to observe firsthand the proceedings of one of the first terrorist related trials since 9/11. Composed of young converts and second generation Muslims, a small group of brothers in the Northern Virginia area got completely caught up in the romantic, irresponsible rhetoric of “jihad”, and managed to land themselves in prison FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES! And why? Because someone convinced them to wage war against their own country and its allies, that’s why. How do we know this? Because one of the brothers regarded as the leader of this group, and a former CAIR employee named Randall “Ismail” Royer, MADE A DEAL WITH THE GOVERNMENT which included telling all he knew. This entailed “giving up” his teacher and Sheikh, Ali Al Tamimi, who, according to Royer in sworn grand jury testimony, read to them a Saudi fatwa sanctioning the 9/11 attacks, and counseled them to go to Afghanistan and help the Taliban fight Americans!
These are not my words, it’s what Ismail Royer told the government AFTER MAKING HIS PLEA DEAL. That’s right, Ali Tamimi is doing life because Ismail Royer testified against him. He himself would probably be serving a life sentence if he hadn’t agreed to cooperate, but even then he was still given a TWENTY YEAR sentence. This “Paintball Trial” brought shock and profound sadness to the entire Muslim community in the DC metro area. It was senseless and tragic, and for many of us, brought a time of deep reflection on what was happening, and made us all reevaluate where we were as Muslims in this country. I attended both trials regularly – the first Paintball trial and the subsequent prosecution of Al Tamimi – in a journalistic capacity, and saw up-close and personal the destuctive nature of this kind of thought on our youth!
I am pictured at the right walking out with Al-Timimi at his trial
Suicide is Prohibited in Islam
Sami Al Arian is now, as we’ve learned from his coddlers at MAS, on his third hunger strike and has lost so much weight that he had to be hospitalized. This is as if to say, “we better release him or he might tragically die in prison”!
However Al Arian, like us, is a Muslim, and not just any Muslim, but a Muslim leader. He knows full well that suicide is absolutely prohibited in Islam, and that harming one’s health, even to the point of death, is a major sin in this religion. Yet in spite of that, has even one of the many esteemed scholars, Imams, shiekhs, muftis, qadis, or even common Muslims associated with CAIR, MAS, MSA, IIIT, or the Darul Hijrah Masjid reprimanded their brother for this? Has any one of them had the moral courage to issue a “fatwa” denouncing what Sami is doing as completely un-Islamic, with a view to safeguarding the people’s religion?
However, the response of almost the entire Muslim Leadership has been nothing but deafening silence! In fact they have supported this. That is because they positively enable these shameless acts of propaganda with their religious credentials! Therefore we will adjudicate it for what it is; a brazen piece of stage craft designed to manipulate the public once again. I don’t believe for even a moment that he wants to kill himself, but in the unlikely event that he does, the moral culpability is in his hands and not ours. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM AT ALL and we should not be held hostage and made to feel guilty!!
The Aims and Objectives of the “Immigrant Muslim Syndicate”
I guess I have saved the best for last. This document (in Arabic and English…English translation begins on page 16) constitutes what is in my view the smoking gun of the existence of an Immigrant Muslim Syndicate in this country. If it doesn’t for you, it should. That’s because its never been disowned by the CAIR/MAS crowd and spells out in clear, unambiguous terms the aims and the objectives of the “Muslim Brotherhood” in America, going as far back as 1987. The contents of this document are explicit and require no commentary.
The document was seized from the home of Ismail El Barrasse, part of the government’s crackdown on the Holy Land Foundation in Dallas, Texas (another post for another day). It is a memo from a high ranking “Brotherhood” official dated 1991, wherein the philosophy and tactics of the Syndicate are discussed in great detail, essentially revealing how they planned to “destroy western civilization” from within.
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack….
The above paragraph charts a course of action that has been followed to the letter over all these many years. This is what I have been speaking of. It also speaks about “absorbing” indigenous Muslim initiatives as follows:
Absorbing Muslims and winning them with all of their factions and colors in America and Canada for the settlement project, and making it their cause, future and the basis of their Islamic life in this part of the world
Here is proof in plain English that there was a plan to control the agenda from the very beginning and use the indigenous Muslims as pawns for their initiatives. And how those initiatives would be pushed in the direction they want it to go,
“With their capabilities, human, financial and scientific resources, the Ikhwan will not be
able to carry out this mission alone or away from people and he who believes that is wrong, and God knows best. As for the role of the Ikhwan, it is the initiative, pioneering, leadership, raising the banner and pushing people in that direction“.
Long before I ever laid eyes on that document, which has only been relatively recently, I had already had intimate knowledge of the guerrilla tactics employed by these people. It just confirmed what I had experienced as a student leader at Howard University, where with the help of another Blackamerican Muslim, Johari Abdul-Malik, they completely captured control of the MSA and rendered it an appendage of the Darul Hijrah Masjid, the Syndicate headquarters in Falls Church Va. Abdul-Malik was later rewarded for this by being given a job at the masjid as “Imam of Outreach”, or something like that. I plan to do an entirely separate post on that history, inshallah.
I also saw the workings of these people when I was brought into an ongoing struggle at the Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg, MD, where the ” Muslim Brotherhood” at that time seized control of the board of trustees and were running the place like their own little fiefdom. In fact, the biggest open secret in the American Muslim community is the almost universal hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood. Wherever they go, they bully and abuse the people in their relentless grab for power and control!
I realize that this information is a tough pill to swallow, but these are the facts. These people knew that it was easy to dupe us because we didn’t know their history; were unaware of their power politics; were susceptible to “just a Muslim” thinking (that made it easier for them to feed us this agenda) and that we were sincere in our efforts to practice Islam. I too was duped at one time and bought the company line until I did the research. I was shocked at what I found.
I have now seen many of the sick, demented and truly evil video footage from overseas praising bloodshed and attempts to turn us into sadists. In retrospect, I have observed that what has been pawned off as Islam here in the United States for the past 20 years is in reality a hodge podge of cultural madness and a foreign political agenda.
Americans that loved their country, family and friends, converted to Islam at a young and impressionable age, then threw their lives away when they bought into this nonsense. Now their children are growing up without them and they can now only regret ever having met these people. Saying all of this makes me sad and angry.
Sad for the victims.
Angry at those who plotted the agenda and tricked us
So as we can see, it all comes together. Our being “just a Muslim” was indispensable to their plot, as it was imperative that Blackamerican Muslims buy into this agenda and set aside their own. Yes we are also at fault for not doing our homework and investing into this ideology wholeheartedly, but now we have the information and there can be no more excuses…