Mark Your Calenders: NEW YORK: February 3rd, Protest the Ground Zero mosque at NYC Council hearings, 49-51 CHAMBERS STREET 12:45PM
WASHINGTON DC: February 11th, CPAC FOR DEBATE AND WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF AFDI/SIOA'S DOCUMENTARY: The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks 3pm Maryland Ballroom.
Earlier today a "new imam" (same as the old imam, essentially) was named to the Ground Zero mosquestrosity. Is there no one in islamic leadership who is not tied to jihad or terror? Or is it that Rauf wants these horrible connections to the terror attacks at Ground Zero?
If this guy is "modern" or a "moderate" or a "reformer," then I am the Pope.
Biography: Shaykh Abdullah Adhami was born in Georgetown, Washington, DC, of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He began his studies of shari’ah at the age of eight, and heard his first scholarly narrative in 1975. He earned scholarly licenses from many eminent scholars from Damascus, Egypt and Morocco, and is honored with the unique and rare distinction of being a certified narrator of hadith.
His works center on exploring the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the linguistic implications of shari’ah texts. His works also strive to relate the eternal relevance of the essence of shari’ah laws as a vehicle to enhance modern lived experience. He is the founder and chairman of SAKEENAH.
Many of the links to his sermons have been taken down. Hmmmmm, I wonder why.
Family & Society Today
by Shaykh Abdallah Adhami
This series discusses many pressing issues of our time, including homosexuality, the relationship between neuro-emotive science and man's spiritual essence, and stem-cell research conducted by Muslim doctors in the second century after hijrah (eighth-century CE).
Here is some background on the new Ground Zero imam Abdullah Adhami (this from "Modern Religion").
Born in Georgetown, Washington D.C., he received his Bachelors of Architecture from Pratt University in New York City. He voluntarily undertook to design the new Masjid At-Taqwa where Imam Siraj Wahaj is the Imam. Shaykh Abdullah taught at the Al-Ghazali full-time Islamic school in New Jersey for one year.
He began his study with scholars in Damascus at the tender age of eight, obtaining ijazahs from great scholars of our time such as Shaykh 'Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Halabi, Shaykh 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaguri, Shaykh Yusuf 'Arar, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Al-Yaqoubi, and numerous others. He has lectured widely in the United States, and taught subjects and texts such as Shafi'i fiqh, al-Shama'il: The Sublime Qualities of our Beloved Messenger (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam), Manazil Al-Sa'irin, Kitab Al-Sidq, and Maqasid Al-Sawm. His current manuscript, an exploration into the implications of gender-related language in the texts of Shari'ah, was based on a seminar that he taught entitled, "Quranic Eloquence: Toward a Higher Gender Adab". Shaykh Abdullah currently resides in Damascus, Syria, with his wife and son.
I will be vetting all these "scholars," but Siraj Wahhaj is well known to infidels and all freedom loving people. He studied in Syria. Who better to know exactly what Abudullah was taught than Wafa Sultan, who describes growing up Islam in Syria in her seminal and breathtaking book, "A God who Hates"?
.....Siraj Wahhaj, the inflammatory imam, has defended convicted bomb-plotters and called the FBI and CIA the "real terrorists."US Attorney Mary Jo White even named Wahhaj one of 170 unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the thwarted plan to blow up a slew of buildings."In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam," Wahhaj said in one of his sermons.
He also said: "if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate."
The Islamic Circle of North America has been named in "a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends" by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on waging "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."Wahhaj, imam of Al-Taqwa mosque, is a former member of the Nation of Islam and was the first Muslim to give an invocation at the House of Representatives.Formal charges were never filed against him by White, although he did serve as a character witness for the defense in the trial of Omar Abdel-Rahman, "the blind sheik" who is now serving a life sentence for his role in plotting the 1993 WTC bombings.
- Advisory board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
- Advocates the replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate
Siraj Wahhaj is an African American convert to Islam. He currently serves as Imam of the Masjid Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York.
Born as Jeffrey Kearse, Wahhaj was raised as a Baptist in New York City. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, where he studied math education. His interest in Islam, he says, arose shortly after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., which prompted Wahhaj to go "looking for more militancy."
In the course of that search, Wahhaj became involved with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan, under whose influence he converted to Islam in 1969. Aligning himself with Islam's Sunni sect, Wahhaj studied at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca in 1978.
In 1981 Wahhaj founded his own mosque, the aforementioned Masjid Al-Taqwa, which initially was based in a friend's Brooklyn apartment (with a membership of fewer than 25 people). Today, however, Wahhaj’s mosque is recognized by Muslims all around the world.
In 1991 Wahhaj, who had managed to cultivate an image as a moderate in the eyes of the American public, became the first Muslim ever to recite an opening prayer before a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives.
That same year, however, Wahhaj, in a speech before the Islamic Association of North Texas, called Operation Desert Storm (the U.S.-led military campaign to drive Saddam Hussein's invading forces out of Kuwait) "one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals of history." Moreover, he predicted that America would fall unless it "accepts the Islamic agenda."
In September 1991 Wahhaj stated the following:
"…And [Allah] declared 'Whoever is at war with my friends, I declare war on them.' ... Your true friend is Allah, the messenger, and those who believe.... Hear what I'm telling you well. The Americans are not your friends ... The Canadians are not your friends ... The Europeans are not your friends. Your friend is Allah, the Messenger and those who believe. These people will never be satisfied with you until you follow their religion ..."
In a 1992 address to an audience of Muslims in New Jersey, Wahhaj expressed his desire to see Muslims seize control of the United States and replace its constitutional government with an Islamic caliphate. “If we were united and strong,” Wahhaj said, “we'd elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him.... [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”
In 1995 Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as a possible co-conspirator to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Wahhaj angrily objected to that designation, noting in his defense that he had eaten "dinner with Secretary of State [Madeline] Albright -- after the list" of co-conspirators had been released.
In the summer of 1999, Wahhaj testified as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. Wahhaj stated, on the record, that he considered it an honor to have had an opportunity to host Abdel-Rahman at his mosque, describing the latter as a “respected scholar ... bold ... [and] a strong preacher of Islam.”
In February 2001 Wahhaj, along with Ihsan Bagby, founded the Muslim Alliance of North America, a predominantly black organization representing Muslims indigenous to the United States.
In August and September of 2001, just prior to the 9/11 attacks, Wahhaj was a guest speaker a "Jihad Camp" in Pennsylvania. The camp was organized by Safet Abid Catovic, a leader of the Benevolence International Foundation, a "charity" that would be shut down in November 2002 on charges that it had provided funding for al Qaeda.
In the wake of 9/11, Wahhaj spoke at a convention in Baltimore sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America.
On October 20, 2001, Wahhaj told a meeting of Muslim activists in Houston:
"[T]his [American] government has already sent in[to] every major [mosque], agent provocateurs. Most of you don't know what that is. All you know is about spies. The government has spies, they have infiltrators. But there's some difference from being a spy and an agent provocateur. What an agent provocateur does, he goes to a [mosque], he looks just like you. He's got a beard just like your beard... And their job is to entrap you no different than the prostitute, the police women dressed as a prostitute, whereas he's coming to the [mosque], dressed as a Muslim."
Wahhaj is a well known speaker on Islamic issues, traveling the U.S. and abroad to lecture on the virtues of his faith. For his talks, Wahhaj typically receives an honorarium of $1,000 to $2,000.
In June 2004 Wahhaj spoke at an event titled “Next Generation Muslims—Education & Survival,” which was organized by the Universal Heritage Foundation, a Florida-based outpost of Islamism and anti-Semitism.
Wahhaj was once an Advisory Board member for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). On June 6, 2006, CAIR's Ohio affiliate held a large fundraiser in honor of Wahhaj. Following the event, CAIR-Ohio issued a press release heralding the more than $100,000 that Wahhaj had helped raise that evening for the organization's “civil liberties work.”
In August 2006 Wahhaj was a guest speaker at an event organized by Young Muslims, where he shared the stage with Mazen Mokhtarm, Youth Director for the Muslim American Society's New Jersey chapter. Mokhtarm has promoted the official website of Hamas, a group which he has called "heroic."
Wahhaj today is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America, and he serves as a Board of Trustees member for the North American Imams Federation.
Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz has said the following of Wahhaj:
"People like Wahhaj went from Nation of Islam to Saudi Wahhabism, and they preach those extreme views to their followers.... Wahhabism is hostile to all 'nonbelievers,' to secular society, certainly to American society, and it can fit with black radical thought. Despite denouncing Islamic terrorism on a number of occasions, Wahhaj has expressed a desire to remain neutral about Osama bin Laden and his complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has said: 'I'm just not so sure I want to be one of the ones who say, Yeah, he did it. He's a horrible man.'"