The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS) will hold their 41st Annual ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore this spring. Both are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a global terrorist movement, as are two of the scheduled speakers, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, and Dr. Yasir Qadhi.
ICNA has publicly stated how offended Muslims are by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about Islam. They also orchestrated a multi-million dollar campaign to promote Islam as a peaceful belief system. Yet their whining could not be more ironic.
Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam, was listed as an un-indicted 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 was connected to the 9/11 hijackers, praised the Fort Hood shooter’s murderous rampage that killed 14 U.S. military men and women, injuring many others, and supported Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the 2008 underwear bomber’s, failed attempt to kill 278 innocent people.
Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project describes Wahhaj as “one of the most radical imams in the country.”
Dr. Yasir Qadhi is – by his own admission – a proud member of the U.S. terror watch list, and is an instructor at Al Maghrib Institute, a school so extreme in its teachings that an anti-terror consultant, Patrick Poole, labeled the school as “Jihad U.” Its Islamic studies program, he said, taught “messages of religious extremism, racial bigotry and advocacy of jihad and militancy.”
Qadhi was involved with the Al Maghrib Institute’s Islamic Knowledge Fest, a 16-day conference designed to teach young Muslims “the nuts and bolts of Islam.” The Institute supports denial of the Holocaust. For example, in a 2001 lecture, Yasir Qadhi emphasized that the audience read a book, the Hoax of the Holocaust, urging them to “look up yourself what Hitler really wanted to do.”
Qadhi also has been an ardent defender of Dr. Ali al-Timimi, who was convicted of inciting terrorism via the Virginia Jihad Network. al-Timimi urged his followers to take up arms against U.S. troops shortly after 9/11.
Qadhi and Wahhaj will speak at the ICNA/MAS convention– just five months after the groups offered stickers and “certificates of appreciation” to its members, in honor of the mother of the San Bernardino terrorists.
Yet, they still complain about Donald Trump.