August 26, 2012

DNC's Islamic "Fun Fest"

A Friday afternoon jummah prayer followed by other unnamed programs and events, leading up to the Islamic Regal Banquet. The next day, an all-day Islamic Cultural and Fun Fest, which will include discussions on the topics of Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis, Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more.

That's a description of "Jumah at the DNC," i.e., the Democratic National Convention's opening events that start at the end of this month.

Leaving aside the fact that discussions about Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis and the like, are not necessarily our idea of a "fun fest," the DNC appears to be making the same mistake the US government has been making for years: Picking those they believe to represent or be representative of certain ethnic, racial or religious groups, in cultures they know little if anything about.

The fruits of our failed foreign policy are evident today in Iran, Egypt, Syria, N. Korea, Afghanistan, Russia, China and Pakistan, to name but a few places. And the same kind of ignorance and naïveté that led to those failures, can now be seen in the DNC's choice of groups/individuals for "Jumah at the DNC.”

Rather than listening to American Muslim activists, who share peaceful goals (e.g., Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser) and experts who are knowledgeable and well-versed on Islamic groups and Islamic terrorism (e.g., Andrew McCarthy, Steve Emerson), the DNC has made a politically expedient choice, instead of an informed and responsible one. Like US foreign bungling policy, this too will (and has) come back to haunt us for years.

Red State  |  August 21, 2012

Radical Islam Joins the DNC

By Breeanne Howe

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Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Photo courtesy:

Starting at the end of this month the Democratic National Convention will open with a focus on Islam. 20,000 Muslims are expected to attend according to the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), the national Muslim American non-profit coordinating the two days of events they claim are non-political. ”Jumah at the DNC” begins August 29 [sic] and will start with a Friday afternoon jummah prayer followed by other unnamed programs and events, leading up to the Islamic Regal Banquet. The following day will be an all day Islamic Cultural and Fun Fest which will include discussions on the topics of "Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis, Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more." 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." However, not all Muslims feel that BIMA represents them and M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., 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 "Jummah at the DNC". The leaders of this event – Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj as advertised are no moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.

A quick Google search by the DNC would have shown them that Hough and Wahhaj are leaders in the separatist American Islamist movement. While they may be able to get a few thousand Muslims to attend the event, they are NOT going to be mainstream Muslims. Most will likely come from Hough and Wahhaj's radical networks that have long been entrenched in the Charlotte area. Make no mistake they are part of the Islamist movement.

This is not about their right of assembly; this group under a different name pulled the same stunt at the US capitol in 2009 claiming 20k and getting 2-3k. THIS IS ABOUT the DNC calling this an "official function" listing these radicals as typical of the DNC community and more importantly about this organization speaking out AS representing supposedly typical American Muslims (or "Mainstream").

If that is who the DNC is consorting with then all Americans, Democrats should be concerned. There are many patriotic Muslims who are part of both parties, and when radical ideologues like this do a demonstration of "solidarity" in the name of our faith and choose an imam like Siraj Wahhaj who I saw with my own eyes in 1995 seditiously say it his duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the US Constitution with the Quran- then we need to speak up!

Their jummah (group) prayer is supposedly against the Patriot Act, the NYPD, and Islamophobia and is actually NOT about...more here


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