Mufid Abdel Qader, the younger half-brother of Hamas’ supreme political leader and world’s leading terrorist, Khaled Mashal (right), was the founder and incorporator for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City mosque, the beheader’s mosque.
Abdulqader, one of the Holy Land 5 jihadists, was convicted of providing material support to terrorists in the largest Islamic terrorism funding trial in our nation’s history.
These mosques are bases of hate and treason, and must be monitored and shuttered if jihad-related activity or preaching is found to be taking place in these fortresses.
Abdulqader worked in concert with many American Muslim leaders, including Hamas-CAIR and its founder Nihad Awad, to fund terrorism. CAIR was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Terror funding trial as well.
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DTN: In addition to his work as a civil servant, for a number of years Abdulqader also performed as a singer in a band named Al Sakhra (“The Rock”), which toured the United States from coast to coast for appearances at Hamas fundraisers. Al Sakhra’s songs were replete with lyrics urging hatred toward Jews, encouraging violent holy war, and glorifying the martyrdom of suicide bombers.
A 1992 video places Abdulqader and Mashal together at a major Hamas fundraising conference in Oklahoma City, where Abdulqader and his fellow Al Sakhra members, all wearing traditional kaffiyeh headscarves and desert robes, sang: “I have nerves of steel, and no threats scare me. Only the one who is proud of carrying the rifle will succeed. No to the peace conference! Yes to jihad!”
“Our people in Al Aqsa are out to revenge, to destroy the enemy,” Abdulqader sang in another Al Sakhra production. “Our revolution is spread throughout the land! With Koran and Jihad, we will gain our homes back … My precious eyes are for Palestine, the agony of death is precious, killing Jews … Death to Jews, is precious. Jews will not fear threats, only action. So Hamas, hit them with the shoe bottoms of Islam and Hamas!”
Videos of Al Sakhra concerts from the 1990s show masked jihadists in camouflage uniforms marching to the band’s drumbeats; children taking the stage to perform pantomime stabbing and shooting motions to the beat of the music; speakers taking the microphone during intermissions to recite accounts of alleged Jewish conspiracies; collection baskets circulating among audience members; and large donations being announced publicly from the podium, amid signs and banners. “If they cut off your water supply,” read one banner, “then Hamas will satisfy your thirst with blood.”
All of these activities were legal in the United States until 1995, when President Clinton designated Hamas as a terrorist organization. But an examination of amateur videotapes of Abdulqader’s performances shows that his lyrics were no less inflammatory after that date. In 1996, for instance, Abdulqader and his band performed at a crowded New Jersey conference where they sang: “With holy war, we regain the land. No to giving in. The blood of martyrs will fall like the water of rain.… To Jerusalem let’s go. The sacrifice is calling.” Another song declared: “Mother, when they bring you the good news of my martyrdom, remember how I sacrificed my head and heart. With my blood I mark the way for my children, and under the ash, Mother, there is still fire.”
Later in 1996, the city of Dallas hired Abdulqader as a civil engineer.
After 9/11, the FBI took note of Abdulqader’s musical performances at Hamas political festivals, where tens of thousands of dollars had been raised.
On July 26, 2004, Abdulqader was named, along with six other men, in a 42-count indictment of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a pseudo-charity that served (prior to being shut down in December 2001 by the U.S. government) as Hamas’ largest clandestine source of funding in the United States. According to an unsealed arrest warrant affidavit, HLF insiders considered Abdulqader to be one of their outfit’s top fundraisers, sending him all over the world to solicit money destined ultimately for Hamas. In one instance, he returned from a trip to Colombia with $85,000 in hand. Photos in HLF literature show Abdulqader at a table crowded with other volunteers, tabulating donations to the cause.
Abdulqader was fired from his Dallas job following the unsealing of his indictment in the summer of 2004. As he awaited his trial, he occasionally gave religious lectures at a Dallas-area mosque.
On July 23, 2007, Abdulqader and six fellow HLF leaders were charged with twelve counts of providing “material support and resources” to a foreign terrorist organization. Additionally, they faced thirteen counts of money laundering and thirteen counts of breaching the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which prohibits transactions that threaten American national security. Along with the seven named defendants, the government released a list of approximately 300 “unindicted co-conspirators” and “joint venturers.”
Among the unindicted co-conspirators were groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Hamas, INFOCOM, the Islamic Association for Palestine, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Arab Youth Association, the North American Islamic Trust, and the United Association for Studies and Research. The list also included HLF co-founder Ghassan Elashi, as well as many individuals affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas. Among these were Omar Ahmad, Abdurahman Alamoudi, Abdallah Azzam, Jamal Badawi, Yousef al-Qaradawi, Mohammad Jaghlit, Mousa Abu Marzook, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, and Ahmed Yassin. Thirty-nine directors, employees and representatives of HLF were also named.
[…] exhibits demonstrated that the PA, like the U.S. government, clearly considered HLF to be a Hamas funder; that an HLF-supported charity committee was fully controlled by Hamas; and that the defendants were well aware that whatever money they were raising in the U.S. was earmarked for Hamas.
On November 24, 2008, a jury convicted Abdulqader and four other former HLF officials — Shukri Abu-Baker, Ghassan Elashi, Mohamed El-Mezain, and Abdelrahman Odeh — of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.
Portions of this profile are adapted from the article “Hamas’s Rock Star,” written by Todd Bensman and published by The Weekly Standard on February 13, 2006.
The media never questions these deceptive mosque leaders. They attack our ads of truth with impunity but handle these jihadists as if they were royalty.
A former imam of the ISGOC is Suhaib Webb, now imam for the Boston bomber’s terror mosque.
From News with Views, 2005: (thanks to larry, the Living Engine)
Specifically mentioned and touted as a moderate voice by the British is a former Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), Suhaib Webb.
England first tried to placate Islamic extremists and got the London train bombing for its efforts. For the British not to reign in the terror meisters and instead turn to Islamic extremist Suhaib Webb shows that England has not learned the lesson not to appease terrorists. England is as wrong in 2005 as it was in 1939 when Neville Chamberlain thought he had achieved “Peace in our time” with Hitler. The appeasement idea that you can buy security by placating the tyrant; be it the swastika or the crescent, hasn’t worked, doesn’t work and will never work.
Mufid Abdul Qader was one of the incorporators of the ISGOC mosque where Webb once was the Imam. Qader is currently under Federal indictment in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case out of Richardson, Texas near Dallas. Qader’s half brother, Khalid Mishaal, is a Syrian who is a high ranking Hamas military executive and a known terrorist. Mufid Qader traveled with a troupe that performed skits portraying violent killings of Jews included at a 1992 conference in Oklahoma City. Mufid Qader is considered by the US government to have been a top fundraiser for Hamas. Hamas is responsible for many deadly attacks including some attacks where even Americans have been killed. The HLF is alleged to be a front for the Hamas terrorist organization through its fundraising efforts.
A co-founder of the ISGOC along with Mufid Qader is Mohammed Elyazgi who, like Mufid was, is an engineer at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. His wife Malaka is on current governor Brad Henry’s Ethnic Advisory Board.
Imam Webb has mentioned several men as having great influence on his Islamic path. One such man is Hassan Al-Bana who founded the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt in 1928. The brotherhood, or as it is known in Arabic as the “Ikwan”, is the father of all modern radical Islamic groups. A famous disciple of Al-Bana is Sayyid Qutb who called for the extinction of America. Links to purchase Qutb inflammatory works are advertised and posted on websites for the ISGOC and NAIT (North American Trust).
NAIT purchases American mosques and in fact it owns the ISGOC, the Norman, Oklahoma mosque, the Majid Al-Salaam in Edmond, Oklahoma and the Tulsa Oklahoma mosque. An article in Newsweek after 9-11 by Sarah Downey and Michael Hirsch notes that NAIT owns about 20% of all American mosques, meaning that NAIT’s influence in Oklahoma is much greater than the national average.
According to the Downy and Hirsch article “over the past four decades, unnoticed by most Americans, NAIT money has helped the Saudi Arabian sect of Wahhabism or Salafism, as the broader, Pan-Islamic movement is called, to seize control of hundreds of mosques in US Muslim communities…”
The San Diego mosque attended by 9-11 hijackers al-Midhar and Al-Hazmi is owned by NAIT. NAIT was created by the Muslim Student Association (MSA). Recently a high ranking member of the MSA at the University of Oklahoma told me in an email that the United States was a “terrorist” state in the same manner as Syria.
NAIT’s executive director is Mujeeb Cheema of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cheema is also an executive in the Islamic society of Tulsa and formerly a managing director for Hawkins International Energy Company of Tulsa that was associated with Bud McFarlane, the former National Security Director under President Reagan during the Iran hostage crisis.
Webb also is friends with and supports Siraj Wahhaj. They have frequently spoken at the same conferences sponsored by groups like the MSA. Wahhaj is an African-American who was the first Muslim to deliver the opening prayer for Congress. Wahhaj has publicly called for the US to accept the Islamic agenda or fail. In 1993 two members of his mosque pled guilty to plotting the murders of the Secretary General of the UN and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as well as blowing up buildings and tunnels. Wahhaj was listed as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the case of the “blind-sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman relating to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Oklahoma City Palestinian landlord Samil Khalil is on the list of un-indicted co-conspirators and is linked to Iraqis accused of helping in the OKC bombing.
According to Webb the greatest influence on him was Sheikh Abu Mustafa of Senegal. This Sheikh was Imam at the Norman, OK mosque on 9/11 where four men, Mujahid Abdul Qaadir Menepta, Mukarram Ali, Hussein Al-Attas, and Zacaharias Moussoui had been attending. Sheikh Abu Mustafa himself has appeared on the FBI terror watch list and his address in Norman was also the address for the Islamic Science Institute.
It is hard to believe that Imam Abu Mustafa was naïve to the goings on in the mosque. Hijacker Nawaf Al-Hazmi traveled to meet Moussaoui and possibly Menepta and Al-Attas in Norman in August 2001. Menepta is a Black Muslim originally from St Louis with the American name of Melvin Lattimore. It was revealed in 2001 Federal court proceedings in OKC that Lattimore, a.k.a. Menepta, was also involved in the 1993 WTC bombing and the 1995 OKC bombing.
Al-Attas admitted lying to federal authorities about his knowledge of Moussaoui’s plans and was apparently himself preparing for possible jihad. Al-Attas drove Moussaoui from Norman to a Minnesota flight school in mid August 2001 and was arrested, taken into custody by and questioned by the FBI along with Moussaoui. Hussein Al-Attas may have used the name Moshen Al-Attas and actually spent time with the 9/11 hijackers Al-Mihdhar, Al-Shehhi and Al-Hazmi in San Diego.
In an interview with a “deenport” (“deen” means “religion” in Arabic) in March 2005, interviewer Hisaham Al-Zoubeir asked Webb about a UK government paper that leaked saying how the UK wanted to market him as a “moderate” voice.
Webb replies, “Actually I was in Cairo when the article leaked. I was rather surprised to see my name mentioned with such luminaries as Sheikh Hamza, Dr. Tariq Ramanan and Ustadh (means teacher) and Amr Khalid (may Allah preserve them). In commenting on this I prefer to follow the lead of our Ustadh and leader Amr Khalid who said, “we have no problems working with anyone towards the spread of good and righteousness amongst others.” However, before working with anyone the overall good and outcomes must be weighed and there should be serious counsel taken from the local Muslim communities as well as their leadership.”
Given this reply one might ask “whose overall good” is he referring to? Given the Bush-Blair relationship I wonder who may have recommended Webb to Blair? Could it have been Bush’s close Islamic advisor, Hamzi Yusuf, another dubious rising star just like Suhaib Webb, who the British are also touting as a moderate voice?
Imam Webb has become a “star”. His rapid ascent as a former gangster turned Imam is curious. His international acclaim and promotion suggests that he has been “chosen” as a spokesman for Islam. It appears that the Blair government is accepting Webb as a worthy role model to be emulated. But the Brits should carefully scrutinize Webb’s background especially in Oklahoma. The facts suggest that Webb may actually be far less “moderate” than portrayed, as his associates, role models and influences are hardly a comfort to those searching for true accommodation between Islam and the West.
The term “moderate,” as it applies to Islam, must be carefully defined and understood. A practicing Muslim who is a real moderate accepts separation of church and state and does not advocate a universal caliphate. A Muslim who publicly renounces terrorism may not be a moderate at all depending on his definition of terrorism. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. If a Muslim leader says he rejects all terrorism and killing of innocents, its possible he believes the action does not qualify as terrorism and that the victims are not innocent.
Mitchell Gray has a BA and JD from the University ofOklahoma as well as three years of Arabic Language study. He served as a JAG officer in the Oklahoma National Guard during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Gray is an immigration attorney who was widely quoted after 9-11 in newspapers such as the Washington Post concerning Immigration Law and Moussaoui’s roommate at the University of Oklahoma, Hussein Al-Attas.
Mr. Gray has studied Arabic, the Middle East and domestic terrorism for many years. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about Middle Eastern connections to the OKC bombing case.
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