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PARTICIPANTS IN OBAMA’S FEBRUARY 2015

MEETING WITH AMERICAN ISLAMIST LEADERS
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Director Women’s Basketball Operations, Indiana State
University

The youngest of seven children in a devout Muslim family, she was always
taught to practice her faith and be proud of whom she was. Since she was
African-American basketball came naturally to her. But the rules of
International Basketball Federation (FIBA) forbade the Islamic headscarf or
hijab in matches. The ban was justified by FIBA as a way to remain
religiously neutral.
The case of young Bilqis has won support of the Islamist group, the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which called for allowing hijab in
basketball matches. “Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, an American Muslim woman who
wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), is unable to pursue a professional
career as a basketball player at the international level due to Article 4.4.2 of
the FIBA Official Basketball Rules banning ‘headgear.’ We believe this rule
violates Ms. Abdul-Qaadir’s religious rights and contravenes international
human rights norms,” CAIR wrote in a letter to FIBA President Yvan Mainini.
“No athlete should be forced to choose between faith and sport. Muslim
women seek to participate in sporting activities should not face artificial and

arbitrary barriers to that participation.” FIBA caved in and changed the
rules.
Islam forbids sports as its outcome has already been created by Allah as
are games of chance. It is banned in the Islamic State.
Arshia Wajid Founder
American Muslim Health Professionals
Arshia Wajid is the founder of American Muslim Health Professionals
(AMHP), a national non-profit organization that brings together MuslimAmerican professionals working in various sectors within healthcare to
tackle public health issues within their communities.
In February 2011, a series of well-attended forums were held on Capitol Hill
showcasing the support of the American Muslim community in their effort to
prevent violent extremism. Sponsored by the ADC 1 and Muslim Public
Affairs Committee2, (MPAC) the forums were in response to the hearings
planned by Rep. Peter King (RNY) on homegrown Islamic terrorism. The
Legal Director for ADC, Abed Ayoub, said that the forums were a way to
remind King that, “the community has been cooperating with law
enforcement for a number of years.” In response to King’s first hearing on
ADC was a signatory to a March 17, 2003 letter exhorting members of the
U.S. Congress to oppose Patriot Act II on grounds that it contained “a
multitude of new and sweeping law enforcement and intelligence gathering
powers … that would severely dilute, if not undermine, many basic
constitutional rights.” In 1994, then-ADC President Hamzi Moghrabi said, “I
will not call [Hamas] a terrorist organization. I mean, I know many people in
Hamas. They are very respectable … I don’t believe Hamas, as an
organization, is a violent organization.” Two years later, his successor, Hala
Maksoud, defended Hamas’ partner in Mideastern terrorism, Hezbollah. “I
find it shocking,” Maksoud said, “that [one] would include Hezbollah in …
[an] inventory of Middle East ‘terrorist’ groups.” In 2000, new ADC President
Hussein Ibish characterized Hezbollah as “a disciplined and responsible
liberation force.” James Abourezk called Hamas and Hezbollah “resistance
fighters.”
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March 10, 2011, American Muslim organizations such as MPAC and CAIR
joined a coalition of 40 advocacy groups, including the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), the Rutherford Institute, and the Bill of Rights
Defense Committee, in publishing a letter to King. It said, in part, the
hearings “risk chilling fundamental First Amendment freedoms of religion,
speech, and association.” Another letter organized by Muslim Advocates
and signed by over 50 groups, including Amnesty International and Indian
Muslim Relief & Charities, was sent to House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to “object to the
hearings in their current form” and called for King to examine “violence
motivated by extremist beliefs, in all its forms, in a full fair and objective
way.”
Dean Obeidallah, Comedian, Dean of Palestinian Comedy
Lebanese Families in Solidarity with Palestinian Families with the
cooperation of the Palestinian Cultural Club at AUBinvites you to a night of
standup comedy featuring Maysoon Zayid and Dean Obeidallah. The two
Arab-American standup comedians will be performing for the first time in
Beirut in support of the “family to family program” which supports 130
Palestinian families under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
Kameelah Rashad Founder Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim
Chaplain of University of Pennsylvania

Kameelah Rashad demonstrates

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, outside
the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia.
A federal appeals court appeared concerned that the New York Police
Department may have spied on Muslim groups following the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks solely because of their religion. The three-judge
panel questioned whether police had any specific leads to justify the
surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups in New
Jersey following 9/11. The practice went on from 2002 to at least 2012,
according to a lawsuit filed by several Muslim groups.
U.S. District Judge William Martini of Newark had thrown out the lawsuit,
concluding that police could not keep watch "on Muslim terrorist activities
without monitoring the Muslim community itself." However, the judges on
the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned why
the surveillance wasn't more targeted. Baher Azmy, legal director of the
Center for Constitutional Rights, argued for the Muslim plaintiffs. "You
cannot use religion as a proxy for criminality," he said.
Diego Arancibia, Board Member and Associate Director, Ta’leef Collective
Farhan Latif, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Policy Impact, Institute
of Policy and Understanding
These dudes are Sufis, a sect hated by the Sunni’s and Shi’ites.
Sherman Jackson, Professor of Religion and American Studies and
Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Jackson is a native born African American Muslim. His line is that Shar’ia
law should not dominate every aspect of Muslim life.
Azhar Azeez, President, Islamic Society of North America. This is the Muslim
Brotherhood pure and simple, the same scum Obama invited to his Cairo
Speech which contributed to the Islamists temporarily taking over Egypt.
Farhana Khera, President, Muslim Advocates

Part and parcel of the Muslim Brother. Head of group of attorneys who
security strip America in the name of Civil Liberties but whose real agenda
is to create an environment conducive to the initiation of terrorist
operations.
Rahat Hussain, President, Universal Muslim Association of America This man is
a representative of the Iranian government.
Hoda Hawa, National Policy Advisor, Muslim Public Affairs Council
MPAC claims it is a non-Sharia Law organization
Many of the Muslim Majority states who claim to be
implementing Sharia do not have a good record in
implementing or preserving many of the above principles. One
reason is that they have reached conclusions that run counter
to the spirit of Sharia by basing their interpretations on the letter
of classical law which is outdated because it was written for and
by the people of a certain historical period and specific set of
circumstances and which has not since gone through a rigorous
process of Ijtihad (Critical Reasoning) or reform. There are also
those governments, which may have institutionalized Sharia
principles into their legal code, but because of corruption or a
desire to preserve power and wealth, fail to enforce the laws.
But MPAC’s worldview is revealed by its many additional public
statements on a wide array of issues and events: MPAC co-sponsored
pro-Palestinian rallies in the fall of 2000, where MPAC speakers chanted
“Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the Army of Muhammed is coming for you!”
The rally featured literature and many placards calling for the annihilation of
the Jews and Israel.
A few hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, MPAC Co-Founder Salam
Al-Marayati told a Los Angeles talk radio audience: "If we're going to look at
suspects, we should look at the groups that benefit the most from these
kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the

suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in
the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and
occupation and apartheid policies."
In 2003, MPAC opposed the designation of Hamas and Hezbollah as
terrorist groups and suggested that the designation was “based on political
considerations.” MPAC was a signatory to a MAY 20, 2004 Joint
Muslims/Arab-American Statement on Israeli Violence in Gaza , which "strongly
condemn[ed]" Israel's "indiscriminate killings of innocent Palestinians,
including many children," and its "demolition of Palestinian homes" -- but
made no mention of Arab terrorism. On March 23, 2005, MPAC National
Director Ahmed Younis spoke at a Muslim Students’ Association sponsored
event, where he explained that because Adolf Eichmann was himself a Jew,
it could accurately be said that Jews had killed themselves in the
Holocaust.
MPAC endorsed a November 1, 2001 document characterizing the
9/11 attacks as a legal matter to be addressed by criminal-justice
procedures rather than military means. Ascribing the hijackers' motives to
alleged social injustices against which they were protesting, this document
called on the United States "to promote fundamental rights around the
world."
Opposed to efforts to shut down Islamic charities that fund
terrorism -- alleging that such efforts interfere with freedom of religion and
the exercise of the Muslim obligation to give to charity -- MPAC states that
the U.S. government should instead investigate what it terms Jewish
“terrorists” like the Jewish Defense League. The Council signed and
sponsored a petition to reinstate the assets of Hamas’ charitable front,
the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development , after it was designated as a
front for terrorist financing.
According to MPAC, “A major threat to the safety of the Muslim
community is the Islam-bashing that has been very evident since 9/11.
There has been a steady stream of attacks on the Quran … These attacks
are vicious, mean-spirited, and politically motivated. … [T]he most

sustained and vitriolic [attacks] are from right-wing Christian groups led by
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.”
In a May 7, 2004 statement, MPAC said: “The scandal of Abu Ghraib
was not an isolated incident but a manifestation of hate rooted in a
distortion of American culture. The soldiers charged for torturing and
sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners were reflecting, among other things, an
irrational hatred against Arabs and Muslims. Hatred in Abu Ghraib is
inextricably linked with hatred increasingly fostered by some elements of
our government, our media, and other major national institutions.”
After a series of arrests made in connection with an August 2006
airline terror scare in London, President Bush called the uncovered plot “a
stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use
any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.”
MPAC spokeswoman Edina Lekovic reacted, “When the people we need
most in the fight against terrorism, American Muslims, feel alienated by the
President’s characterization of these supposed terrorists, that does more
damage than good.”
On October 19, 2011, MPAC was one of 57 organizations to co-sign
a letter that Farhana Khera, executive director of an Islamic organization
called Muslim Advocates, wrote to Barack Obama’s then-Deputy National
Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (and later
CIA director) John Brennan. The letter demanded that Obama officials “purge
all federal government training materials of biased materials.” Joing MPAC
as signatories were such groups as the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
the Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Relief USA, theIslamic Society of North
America, and the Muslim American Society. The Obama Administration
immediately complied with the letter's demands.
In November 2011, MPAC held a Washington, DC event in honor of Rachid
Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda, the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate
that had recently emerged victorious in the political elections in Tunisia.
Ghannouchi is a longtime Islamist who, during the 1990s, was invited to the

United States by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian but was
banned from the country. Yet by MPAC's reckoning, Ghannouchi is “one of the
most important figures in modern Islamic political thought and theory.”
Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute
Maya Berry highlighted importance of obtaining and disseminating proper
intelligence about the motives of the Tsarnaev brothers. “What I don't want
to see are policymakers speculating [on the facts of the Boston bombing
case],” she said referring to the onslaught of unsubstantiated theories
regarding suspects and motives. In the hours after the attacks, policy
makers and members of the media, in a brash attempt to make sense of
the attacks, pointed the finger at the American Muslim community. Rep
Peter King, Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism
and Intelligence, said that the Boston bombing proved that increased
surveillance of the American Muslim community, such as the NYPD’s
spying program, was necessary to protect against future attacks.
Imam Mohamed Magid, ADAMS Center. Appeared in the media as an FBI
snitch?

Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO, Webs