All of the problems that the world has experienced with regard to Islamic terrorists can be traced to what one man, Hassan Al-Banna, started in 1928, when he founded the secret society of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The goal of the Brotherhood was to expel the West from the Middle East, and by doing so, reunite the Islamic world under one ruler. The group was never successful in its mission, but it has had many successes, and its numbers attest to its wide influence. Since the early sixties, that influence has reached American shores with a new goal: to replace the West with Islam.
Today, Muslim Brothers across North America, along with their families, will congregate in two large U.S. cities to display their unrepentant unity. Thousands are said to be attending the two three-day weekend events. The list of speakers at each venue reads like a who’s who of Islamic extremists.
One of the conferences, titled ‘Our Youth, Our Family, Our Future,’ is being held at the Westin Galleria Hotel, in Dallas, Texas, and is being sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA was founded through the Muslim Students Association (MSA) by Islamic fanatics like Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian in 1983. [Although, according to ISNA’s website, the group was created in 1963, the year of the founding of MSA.] ISNA was established to act as an umbrella organization for Arab-oriented entities, which includes a large percentage of America’s mosques and Islamic centers.
The other conference, titled ‘Living Islam, Loving Humanity,’ is being held at the Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford, Connecticut, and is being sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). ICNA, like ISNA, was founded through MSA, but instead of having an Arab orientation, ICNA fashions itself towards Muslims of South Asian descent. ICNA was originally established in 1971 to emulate the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami.
Over time, groups such as the aforementioned were feared to be losing their identity with the Brotherhood. The Muslim American Society was founded, in 1993, to be an unwavering public face of MB. On MAS websites across the United States, one can find Brotherhood materials supportive of terrorist organizations, calling for the waging of war against non-Muslims, cursing Christians, and discussing the murder of Jews.
While all of the groups cited might have slight differences from one another, today, they are all working together in unison. And while there will be conferences held in two separate locations, featured participants from both conferences will be shuttled from one city to the other to give speeches at each. These repeat speakers include such extremists as:
- Ingrid Mattson, the current Vice President of ISNA. In September of 2001, in a piece Mattson had written concerning Islamic violence, she described the United States’ vetoing of criticisms of Israel at the U.N. as an American “injustice.” In September of 2002, in a report by the San Francisco Chronicle about the effect of 9/11 on Muslims, Mattson said that it was “logical,” albeit wrong, for terrorists to attack the World Trade Center, since “Israel has attacked and oppressed Palestinians for decades, and Israel gets $3 billion a year in military assistance from the U.S. government.” At ISNA’s 40th Annual Convention held in Chicago in August-September 2003, Mattson stated, “We need to be living Islam, but living Islam in the midst of people who may be hostile.”
- Muzammil Siddiqi, a former President of ISNA and current Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC). At an October 2000 rally outside the White House, where shouts of support for Hamas and Hezbollah were heard, Siddiqi threatened that if the U.S. continues to take the side of Israel, “the wrath of God will come.” In a 1995 speech reported by the Kansas City Star, Siddiqi was quoted as praising suicide bombers. He stated, “Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor.”
- Abdalla Idris Ali, a former President of ISNA and current board member of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the American Muslim Council (AMC). Ali is on video soliciting funds for IslamiCity, a website that showcases brutally anti-Semitic content. In the IslamiCity Library, one finds an article entitled ‘Corruption of the Torah,’ which states, “The ‘people of the Book’ includes Jews…Even though Allah has told us of the hatred they hide in their hearts, He has not command us to hate and kill every single Jew we meet simply because he is a Jew. We are better than that. We serve a higher purpose. For this reason, I am going to provide a very devastating argument against them in order to assist them in seeing the corruption of their forefathers….” Ali says that he allows his children to view this site and that the site “might save millions of our children.”
- Siraj Wahhaj, a former Vice President of ISNA and current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York. Wahhaj’s name is found on the list of potential co-conspirators to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, as compiled by the office of then-U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White. During the 1996 trial for the ‘93 bomb plot, Wahhaj served as a character witness for the spiritual leader of the conspiracy, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. He testified that it had been an honor to host Rahman at his (Wahhaj’s) mosque, and he described Rahman as a “respected scholar.” In a recorded sermon at his mosque, Wahhaj stated about the United States, “In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam.”
In conjunction with the main events, each conference offers separate events for children. At ICNA-MAS’s Youth Conference, entitled ‘Following the Footsteps of the Prophet,’ one of the featured speakers is Mazen Mokhtar, the Youth Director for the New Jersey chapter of MAS. Just prior to 9/11, Mokhtar had created a website that raised funds and recruited fighters for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The site also acted as a portal to the official website of Hamas.
We can say that the children who are being taken to either of these conferences will be brainwashed into the Brotherhood, but common sense should tell us that they were indoctrinated long before they get to their respective venue. That has been a never-ending scenario, since MB began, and it has only continued with the popularity of ISNA, ICNA, and MAS.
Today, the radical Islamist community stands strong in Texas and Connecticut as one unified force, under the aegis and aura of the Muslim Brotherhood, ready to assist the coming generation in its future quest to become even stronger. Unfortunately, the unity that brings these groups together is also the same unity that will attempt to destroy us from within -- all along, while America provides them with a platform to express their anger and assist in our demise.
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