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Contact: Cindy Roberts
September 24, 2009
Will President Obama support an anti-Semitic, anti-American Islamic day of prayer?

The Islamic community hopes to have 50,000 Muslims surrounding the U.S. Capitol for Jummah prayer this Friday, September 25.  While all people are of course free in America to pray according to the dictates of their own conscience, a look at the leaders of this prayer event raises serious questions about whether this event is good for America.


The imam who will lead the recitation of the Koran, Sheikh Ahmed Dewidar, is a Manhattan cleric who once said that “through the domination of Islam and its ideas, the White House will change,” and spoke approvingly of another cleric who said that one day “the White House will become...the Muslim House.”


The main organizer of the event, Hassen Ibn Abdellah, was, according to the New York Times, the “most aggressively combative of the lawyers” representing the terrorists who staged the 1993 WorldTradeCenter bombing.


In 2004, he tried to get Numan Maflahi off the hook. Maflahi is a New Jersey Muslim who was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in terrorism financing schemes.

In 2007, Abdellah came to the defense of Mahmud Faruq Brent, a Baltimore cabdriver who pled guilty to attending a jihad terrorist training camp in Pakistan, and who, under Abdellah’s instructions, refused to cooperate with authorities or testify against other defendants.


He has also claimed that Zionists “control the government, the politics, the economy, and the media in the U.S.”


AFA president Tim Wildmon said, “It seems clear that this Islamic prayer event is being led by men who hold both anti-Semitic and anti-American views. Given the radical views of the organizers, we don’t think the president – or his spokesman – should issue any statements in support of this event at all, and we hope he won’t.”


AFA’s Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer, noted that President Obama has barely acknowledged the Christian heritage of the United States, refusing to participate in the National Day of Prayer and issuing only a perfunctory proclamation which he was required to do by law. Yet he has hosted a dinner celebrating what he called “the Holy Month of Ramadan” in the White House, and recently issued a proclamation at the end of Ramadan which concluded with an Arabic blessing.


For more information and links:

Taking Islamism to the Streets - Front Page Magazine

Islam on Capitol Hill? - Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch



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