The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is holding their 41st Annual ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore this spring, and they’ve invited some very curious guests to speak.
The group recently issued multiple statements denouncing Donald Trump’s alleged bigotry towards Muslims, and placed over 100 billboards nationwide in an attempt at providing “accurate information” and dispelling “popular stereotypes” about Islam.
Despite claiming to be harbingers of peace, the ICNA has raised eyebrows by inviting Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Dr. Yasir Qadhi to speak at their convention.
Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam, was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured over a thousand more. He served as a character witness for the defense in the trial of Omar Abdel-Rahman, “the blind sheik” now serving a life sentence for his role in plotting the bombings.
Wahhaj has spoken at other ICNA conventions, most notably alongside radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in July of 2002. Awlaki had been connected with three of the 9/11 hijackers, heaping praise on the murderous rampage by the Fort Hood shooter that took 14 lives, and the failed attempt by the underwear bomber to kill 278 innocent people.
Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, has labeled Wahhaj “one of the most radical imams in the country.”
Then there is Dr. Yasir Qadhi.
Qadhi is – by his own admission – a proud member of the U.S. terror watch list, and an instructor at an institution so extreme in their teachings, that an anti-terror consultant once dubbed the school ‘Jihad U.’
He crossed paths with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, better known as the aforementioned underwear bomber, at a 16 day conference held in 2008 to teach young Muslims “the nuts and bolts of Islam.”
This conference, known as Islamic Knowledge Fest, was organized by the Al Maghrib Institute where Qadhi is the Dean of Academic Affairs, an establishment not exactly known for its mainstream teachings. In fact it had earned the nickname ‘Jihad U’ by anti-terrorism consultant, Patrick Poole, who in 2007 voiced his concern that their Islamic studies program was preaching “messages of religious extremism, racial bigotry and advocacy of jihad and militancy.”
The following list confirms those thoughts, and apparently is what passes as ‘mainstream Islamic stuff’ these days:
- Holocaust denial always seems to be a favorite of terrorists, and Qadhi is no exception. In a 2001 lecture Yasir Qadhi highly recommends that listeners read a book known as the Hoax of the Holocaust, urging them to ‘look up yourself what Hitler really wanted to do.’
- Qadhi served as a guest speaker at a conference organized by the Islam Channel, whose Chief Executive Officer was convicted terrorist Mohamed Ali Harrath.
- Qadhi has been an ardent defender of Dr. Ali al-Timimi, convicted of inciting terrorism via the Virginia Jihad Network. The good doctor urged his followers to take up arms against U.S. troops shortly after the 9/11 tragedy.
Qadhi and Wahhaj will be speaking to the ICNA convention just 5 months after the group was found to have issued stickers and certificates of appreciation for membership to the mother of the San Bernardino terrorists.
But hey, this is just another example of moderate Islamic preachers. No red flags, and nothing to see here. That Trump guy on the other hand, he’s the real terrorist.