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Guess Who Came to Iftar for Dinner?

by Diana West (10/05/07)

“ . . . In 2003 and 2004, Pres­i­dent Bush asked Faizul Khan, who is affil­i­at­ed with the Sau­di-fund­ed Islam­ic Cen­ter of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and serves on the board of direc­tors of the Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca (ISNA), to give the bless­ing. This year, the Jus­tice Depart­ment offi­cial­ly labeled ISNA as a U.S. branch of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the move­ment aim­ing to estab­lish a glob­al Islam­ic empire, and also as an unin­dict­ed co-con­spir­a­tor in the Hamas fund-rais­ing Holy Land Foun­da­tion for Relief and Devel­op­ment tri­al still await­ing a ver­dict in Dal­las. . . .”

Com­ment: Sad­ly, obser­va­tions like this come almost exclu­sive­ly from a hand­ful of con­ser­v­a­tive blogs and com­men­ta­tors, some of whom are will­ing to set forth the Bush/GOP/Islamist con­nec­tion. Faizul Khan was one of the pri­ma­ry spir­i­tu­al men­tors to Major Hasan (the Fort Hood shoot­er)! He (Khan) is also linked to the milieu of the insti­tu­tions tar­get­ed by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002! Khan’s (and Hasan’s) mosque is linked to the Amana Mutu­al Fund, whose founder–Yaqub Mirza–set up the insti­tu­tions raid­ed on 3/20/2002.

One of the direc­tors of the Amana Mutu­al Fund is Talat Oth­man, a for­mer direc­tor of Harken Ener­gy, a close per­son­al friend and polit­i­cal advis­er to both Pres­i­dents Bush, the man who deliv­ered a Mus­lim bene­dic­tion at the 2000 Repub­li­can con­ven­tion; a direc­tor or Grover Norquist’s Islam­ic Insti­tute and the man who inter­fered on behalf of the indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions tar­get­ed by the 2002 Green Quest raids!

Take a Look at Hasan’s Old Mosque

by Stephen Schwartz (New York Post; 11/7/2009)

” . . . We’ve also learned that, before his trans­fer to Ft. Hood last year, Hasan served as a psy­chi­a­trist at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and reg­u­lar­ly attend­ed Fri­day prayer at the Mus­lim Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter in Sil­ver Spring, Md.

The Sil­ver Spring cler­ics have issued for­mal state­ments con­demn­ing the car­nage at Ft. Hood. But Imam Faizul Khan, long the main prayer leader at the mosque and a friend of Hasan, said he nev­er believed Hasan capa­ble of such an act. . . . And Khan is a lead­ing board mem­ber of the Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca — the main Wah­habi-lob­by group in the Unit­ed States, estab­lished by Sau­di Ara­bia to impose extrem­ism on Amer­i­can Mus­lims. ISNA has a long and dis­grace­ful record of pro­mot­ing rad­i­cal Islam.

On the ros­ter of the ISNA board (list­ed on its Web site), the Sil­ver Spring cen­ter’s Imam Faizul Khan is the fourth mem­ber under its pres­i­dent.

But the mosque has worse asso­ci­a­tions. On its own Web site (mccmd.org), it pro­motes a Sharia-based finan­cial prod­uct — the Amana Mutu­al Fund, put togeth­er by the Wah­habis at the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Islam­ic Thought (IIIT), in north­ern Vir­ginia.

Fed­er­al antiter­ror­ism agents raid­ed IIIT in the Oper­a­tion Green­Quest raids of 2002. That oper­a­tion remains an ongo­ing inquiry; IIIT and the Amana fund are still under inves­ti­ga­tion. Con­vict­ed Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad leader Sami Al-Ari­an is still in US fed­er­al cus­tody because of his refusal to give evi­dence about the Vir­ginia Wah­habi ring caught in Green­Quest. . . .”


One comment for “Guess Who Came to Iftar for Dinner?”

  1. Excel­lent obser­va­tion, Dave. The point being, as I see it, that “con­ser­v­a­tive” and “reac­tionary” are two dis­tinct things. Cur­rent­ly, most Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tors and paid noise­mak­ers from Fox, et al, know their task is to mud­dy the dis­cus­sion, and gum up the process­es and agen­das — lib­er­al, con­ser­v­a­tive, what have you — and of course to get re-elect­ed by the very vot­ers they are screw­ing over.

    Mean­while, ANY admin­is­tra­tion can dine with whomev­er they please, as long as the core con­stituen­cy is served the largest help­ing. (Is it passé to call it the mil­i­tary-indus­tri­al com­plex?) It will be inter­est­ing to see if and how Brand Oba­ma gets thrown to the dogs before ’12, but so far the bailouts and the grow­ing war machine in Afghanistan have kept the mas­ters hap­py.

    Posted by Rob Coogan | January 31, 2010, 6:05 am

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