What’s more outrageous, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives allowing an Imam with multiple connections to individuals and groups whose stated goal is to take down the United States from within OR calling the Speaker a traitor for doing so? There will, no doubt, be those who think calling the Speaker a traitor is irresponsible, despite what he’s done.
THAT is what is the most outrageous.
When Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ) took to the House floor on November 13th, he delivered a prayer that was blasphemous to Christianity. A cursory look at his background and affiliations will demonstrate that he doesn’t want to stop there. Delivering an Islamic prayer was about conquest. Boehner introduced Chebli and bowed his head in deference. It was Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) who two months earlier had invited Chebli to speak and who delivered a gushing introduction of Chebli:
So who exactly is Imam Chebli and does the Islamic Society of Central Jersey have anything to do with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)? This is important because in a 1991 document, the ISNA was named as having pledged to abide by the following statement:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
On September 8, 2012, ISCJ formally opened its new mosque. On hand was none other the Imam Mohammed Magid, President of ISNA and Rep. Holt:
As for other highly questionable individuals Chebli has associated himself with, how about Amir Abdel Malik? There are several photos of Malik at the ISCJ giving speeches, leading prayer at the mosque, and even breaking bread with Chebli.
In 2006, at UC Irvine, Malik stood behind a podium that read, “Israel is the 4th Reich” and delivered an extremely anti-Semitic speech in which he mocked Ariel Sharon being in a coma; praised Jihadists who were willing to kill Jews; praised Hezbollah and Hamas; and insisted there is a “holocaust” and a “genocide” happening in the “Holy land” (Palestine). At different points in the speech, the crowd yells, “Allahu Akbar”.
Other quotes of note from Malik include:
“Rupert (Murdoch) is a straight up Zionist Jew. Put THAT on Fox News.”
“Your days are numbered. We will fight you. We will fight you until we are either martyred or victorious. That’s how we look at it.”
“It’s about time (the Jews) live in fear.”
At one point, after suggesting that there will be “another 9/11”, Malik then says “they did it anyway” (implying that he’s a 9/11 truther).
See for yourself:
If you led a house of worship, would you embrace such a man? Chebli has. He’s even given Malik a microphone and allowed him to deliver sermons from the pulpit:
During his visit to ISCJ, Malik also spoke at other events:
Abdel Malik and Magid are not the only individuals who believe in the conquest of the West, whom Chebli welcomed into his inner circle. Another Imam who has visited the mosque and received a tremendous welcome was Suhaib Webb; he is currently the Imam at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC).
In addition to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) being founded by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a convicted terrorist, it was attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. Prior to traveling to Cairo in 2004 to attend Al Azhar University (also attended by Chebli), Webb was the Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), the same mosque attended by Alton Nolen, who beheaded a woman earlier this year.
Webb will plead that all of that amounts to guilt by association but according to a man who used to attend ISGOC, Webb would preach sympathy for suicide bombers in Gaza but insist such sentiment not be spoken about outside the mosque.
Two days before the 9/11/01 attacks, Webb shared a podium with Anwar al-Awlaki at a fundraiser. Webb remains affiliated with the mosque where al-Awlaki served as an Imam (Dar al-Hijrah). The current Imam at Dar al-Hijrah – Shaker Elsayed – was once the Secretary General for the Muslim American Society (MAS) and admitted that the group was founded by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to an FBI document, both Webb and al-Awlaki were affiliated with the MAS.
As Shoebat.com reported, in 2009, months before al-Awlaki’s inspired Jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan would murder 14 and injure 32 at Fort Hood, Webb attended the U.S.-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF), an event co-sponsored by the Brookings Institute and the Nation of Qatar. In the program, Webb was identified as being a member of the MAS. Future CIA Director David Petraeus was one of the featured speakers at the US-IWF event that year.
Webb’s troubling associations don’t end there. In 2008, he wrote about his visit to the mosque of Siraj Wahajj, who became infamous and notorious when it was learned that Sheikh Omar Abdelrahman (the “Blind Sheikh”) paid several visits to his Brooklyn mosque. The “Blind Sheikh” was convicted as a mastermind in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator.
Webb gushed about his visit with Wahhaj, as Shoebat.com reported.
Speaking of Wahhaj, just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, he and Imam Chebli shared a podium at a Muslim town meeting in New Jersey that had connections to Muslim Brotherhood front groups:
One month later, with ground zero in New York City still smoldering, Chebli was far more concerned about fear mongering and the alleged mistreatment of Muslims than he was in lifting the veil that hid Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. In November of that year, New Jersey’s Governor-elect visited Chebli’s mosque:
The Justice Department has said that cooperation with the questioning will be voluntary, but that has not eased the concern in the Muslim community. That concern was apparent at the Islamic Center, where McGreevey made a brief appearance during afternoon services.
Imam Hamad Chebli, the religious leader of the mosque, told 1,000 worshipers that federal agencies have rounded up almost 1,200 immigrants since the Sept. 11 attacks and have held most of them without charges.
Chebli said some of those imprisoned have been deprived of their rights.
“There are people whose families are waiting,” he said. “They don’t have any rights to make phone calls or anything. There are at least 5,000 people who are to be questioned. It could be any of you who hear the call from the FBI.”
On a webpage for Dar El Salam that has since been taken down, there is a list of Imams under the heading, “Our Imams”. The first one listed is Dr Muzammil H. Siddiqi, who served as President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) from 1997-2001, which makes him a predecessor to Mohammed Magid, who was in attendance at the grand opening of Chebli’s mosque.
Chebli is also listed as one of the Imams on the Dar El Salam webpage.
In the days after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush embraced Siddiqi and even shared a pulpit with him at the National Cathedral just three days after the attacks.
Earlier this year, Shoebat.com published information about another New Jersey Muslim outfit, known as the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS). This organization also has distinct ties to MAS. A prominent speaker for IIS is a man named Mazen Mokhtar, who is identified as, “the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society (MAS) National, a member of the New Jersey Chapter, and a member of the Board of Trustees of MAS.”
In 2004, the Washington Post tied Mokhtar to Osama bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam through a website named after Azzam:
Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam and political activist, operated a Web site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.
The affidavit said the New Jersey home of the mirror Web site operator, identified on a Web site as Mokhtar, was searched in the recent past and that copies of Azzam Publications sites, operated by Ahmad, were found on Mokhtar’s computer’s hard drive and files.
Earlier this year, Mokhtar proudly displayed the Muslim Brotherhood symbol as his twitter cover photo:
What does all this have to do with Chebli? In 2005, the Islamic Society of Rutgers University held a Fast-a-thon and featured three speakers. Chebli and Mokhtar were two of them:
When it comes to New Jersey politics, the Governor of that state – Chris Christie – has some extremely questionable affiliations as well. In addition to the skepticism heaped on him for appointing Sohail Mohammed as a Superior Court judge, Christie took even more heat for befriending Imam Mohammed Qatanani, who has distinct connections to Hamas; Qatanani supported funding the officially designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and was once even arrested by the Israelis for his membership with Hamas.
Chebli has served on at least one Board with Qatanani.
You can read about Christie’s disturbing connections to Sohail Mohammed and Qatanani at Shoebat.com, to include audio recordings of Christie praising Qatanani at the Governor’s mansion but in this space, let’s take a look at someone else Christie has elevated and who has connections to ISCJ.
His name is Ali Chaudry. In November of 2001, Chaudry was the first Pakistani elected as a U.S. Mayor. he served in that capacity until 2007. Here is a video of him giving an interview to a local news program after his election (note he’s identified as a Republican):
Chaudry is also a friend of and regular visitor to the ISCJ. Here he is inside the mosque with Chebli:
Last year, in a letter to Chaudy, Christie lauded the former Mayor and appointed him as a member of the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service.
Incidentally, Chebli’s bio boasts of being appointed to the Governor’s Leadership Summit on Diversity, though the Governor who did so is not named. Based on Christie’s disturbing affiliations, he’d certainly qualify.
We may be getting closer to understanding why Boehner broke down on 60 Minutes after getting elected in 2010. Treason has a way of making you feel bad:
Now that you’ve watched that, take another look at this from November 13th: