Islamist Group Sparks Controversy With Event Preceeding Democratic Convention

Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., where an Islamic rally is slated to take place in advance of the Democratic National Convention. According to the published itinerary of the upcoming Democratic National Convention to be held next week in Charlotte, North Carolina, 20,000 Muslims are expected to an event in advance of the convention itself, called “Jumah at the DNC” that is being sponsored by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA).

BIMA is a national Muslim-American non-profit group that seeks status with the United Nations as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO).

The Charlotte Observer reports that the event will kick off on August 31 with a Friday afternoon jumah prayer service (Friday is traditionally a day for special communal prayers in Muslim communities) in Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte, followed by an Islamic issues conference that will address such topics as “Islamophobia,” “Anti-Shariah,” “Middle Eastern Crisis,” “The Patriot Act,” “The National Defense Authorization Act” and more. The gathering will be capped off with the Islamic Regal Banquet and an Islamic cultural festival. The purpose, according to BIMA, is to attract national and international attention to the plight of American Muslims and to hold political parties accountable for issues that affect them.

At a press conference early this month, Jibril Hough, the spokesman for BIMA and a local activist said, “Thousands of Muslims are going to perform the Friday ritual prayer. We hope our people will leave feeling rewarded about who they are and what their issues are and have a candidate checklist.”

However, not all Muslims feel that BIMA represents their perspectives and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy has expressed serious concerns. “It is troubling that the Democratic National Convention has decided to promote and lend its name and national political platform to the organizers of the “Jumah at the DNC.” The leaders of this event, Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj are advertised as moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.”

Dr. Jasser added that, “Their jumah group prayer is against the Patriot Act, the NYPD, and Islamophobia. Their views on these topics have nothing to do with preserving our democracy as we know it, but it is about empowering their Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers into the very fabric of the political system so that Americans become anesthetized. We need American Muslims to speak up and marginalize these radicals. The DNC needs to understand and reject them because of their radical history and ideas.”

As the leader of the Islamic Center of Charlotte; (a Sunni mosque), Jibril Hough is known as being an outspoken opponent of North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee. He has called her plan to expose and enact legislation against jihadist activity in America “a fear campaign” and has labeled it as the “new McCarthyism (or Myrickism)”. Moreover, Jibril Hough is the North Carolina leader of the Islamic Political Party of America (IPPA), based in Charlotte. According to Dr. Jasser, in 2002, the IPPA issued a press release claiming the Jews were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He asserts that the IPPA has close ties to another organization known as Jamaat Al Muslimeen (JAM), The Islamic Peoples Movement, who have gone on record as being Holocaust deniers.

During an interview with radio station talk show host Keith Larson on the WBT station in Charlotte it was revealed that Hough’s mosque is owned by The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an organization blacklisted by the U.S. Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history. According to government reports, NAIT is also a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in America. Hough denied any knowledge that his mosque was owned by NAIT and said he was unaware that they had been blacklisted, although during the interview he defended Hamas and accused the U.S. and Israel of the only “real” terrorism.

The other organizer of the “Jumah at the DNC” event is Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who heads the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York. He is the leader of The Muslim Alliance in North America and is a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. During the 1995 trial of Omar Abdel Rahman (the Blind Sheikh), who was convicted of plotting to blow up the World Trade Center and other New York City landmarks, Wahhaj served as a character witness, describing Rahman as a “respected scholar” and as “bold; as a strong preacher of Islam.” Wahhaj is also a Board of Trustee member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) (whose website, as of this writing, currently features an anti-Jewish, anti-black rant), and is also considered to be a Muslim Brotherhood front organization. Like Hough, Wahhaj is connected to NAIT by way of his membership in the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was also found by the government to be a front for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to the Militant Islam Monitor web site, in 1992, while addressing an audience of New Jersey Muslims, Wahhaj said that if Muslims were more clever politically they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. “If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if 6 to 8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us,” he was quoted as saying.

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