Flim flam man speaks at Muslim Bro forumJune 7, 2012
Nihad “Need A lot” Awad, director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, has lectured the “9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum” on mechanisms for promoting Islamic charity, according to the Brookings Institute.
What did Awad talk about? How to beg Muammar Qaddafi for money? How to fail to file tax returns? How to conceal your foreign donors to violate U.S. law? How to solicit donations after your charity has been stripped of tax-exempt status? How to work hand-in-hand with a major U.S. charity (HLF) that funded Hamas? How to lie about how the 9/11 commission says Al Qaeda was funded?
Given his history of duplicity and financial & legal mismanagement, inviting Awad to speak on the topic of Islamic charity is flabbergasting. Sadly, his remarks to the Islamic Forum are only be the tip of the iceberg. The real crime is that this was essentially a conference of the Muslim Brotherhood. One supposes that Awad was invited to help the Muslim Brotherhood raise more funds. TGMBDR has done a superb job of summarizing the affiliations of the attendees. Here’s their rundown:
9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum Features Middle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood And Charity Session With CAIR Leader
The program for the the 9th Annual U.S. Islamic World Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Brookings Institution and opening today, indicates that for the first time members of open Middle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood groups will be participating and features a seminar on promoting Islamic charities that includes the leader of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to the program, the following members of MIddle Eastern Muslim Brotherhood organizations are scheduled to participate:
- Suleiman Abdel Qadir (Former General Observer, Muslim Brotherhood, Libya)
- Esam al-Haddad (Foreign Relations Committee Officer, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt)
- Mohamed Gaair (Senior Official, Muslim Brotherhood Libya)
In addition, the following individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood are also featured:
- Tariq Ramadan ( son-in-law of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood)
- Jasser Auda (colleague of Tariq Ramadan, multiple affiliations)
- Rachid Ghannouchi (head of Enahda, the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia)
- Abdallah bin Bayyah (King Abdulaziz University, European Council for Fatwa and Research)
- Awakkol karman, Activist (2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Islah Party- Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen)
The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is also represented and includes:
- Sherman Jackson (Islamic Society of North America)
- Mohamed Magid (Islamic Society of North America)
- Radwan Masmoudi (Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy)
Nihad Awad, the leader of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also listed as participating in a session on Islamic charities titled “Developing New Mechanisms to Promote the Muslim Charitable Sector.” A recent post reported reported that new Congressional legislation contains a report recommending that the Attorney General sever its ties with CAIR as the FBI has already done. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled ”The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas. Nevertheless, the session was scheduled to include U.S. counter-terrroism officials from the State and Treasury Departments.
Also participating in the Forum were the following individuals either part of or close to the U.S. government:
- Steven Simon (Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council, White House)
- Farah Pandith (Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State)
- Rachid Hussain (U.S. envoy to the OIC, history of ties to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
- Dalia Mogahed, (Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, close to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
- Emile Nakhleh (former head of CIA Political Islam program)
TGMBDR has more on Qatar’s involvement with the conference and the Muslim Brotherhood here.