Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is out as the religious face of the Park 51/Cordoba House mega mosque community center complex proposed to be built near Ground Zero. Rauf became too radioactive for the project’s developers, so he was pushed aside. Despite efforts by some apologists to defend this faux ‘moderate, the evidence of his true stealth jihad agenda was overwhelming.
Therefore, to keep moving ahead with their Ground Zero mosque project, the developers turned to Shaykh Abdallah Adhami as Rauf’s replacement. This is just like rubbing more salt into the wound. All that the new imam represents is a different mask hiding the same radical Islamist agenda.
As Jamie Glazov wrote in his Front Page Magazine column, there is terror behind both Rauf’s and Adhami’s masks.
Let’s start with the fact, uncovered by Pamela Geller on her Atlas Shrugs blog, that the new Ground Zero Mosque imam has a deep admiration for Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and advocates the replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate. Adhami has called Wahhaj “Our Beloved Imam” and the “voice of the spirit of Islam in America and its pride.”
Imam Adhami’s website Sakeenah has also carried a glowing description of Siraj Wahhaj:
Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the first in the Celebrating Our Elders series. He was selected not simply because of his devoted leadership to the community, but also for his role as a pioneer in the American Muslim experience. Since the 1970s, Imam Siraj has tirelessly laid the foundations for many scholars and leaders that would follow him. From activism to challenges, to the Nation of Islam to revolutions, follow Imam Siraj as he retraces the footsteps of his life.
I wonder if this retracing of Siraj’s footsteps included his testifying as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman or telling his Muslim audience in New Jersey that
If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him. . . . [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.
Maybe, to give the new Ground Zero Mosque imam the benefit of the doubt, he just wasn’t aware of this side of Imam Siraj, although Adhami’s website did mention favorably Siraj’s association with the Nation of Islam. And maybe it’s not fair to ascribe Siraj’s radical views to Admani through a single episode of guilt by association.
I might possibly be inclined to cut Imam Adhami a break if we were talking about only this one questionable association. But unfortunately that is not the case.
For example, Shaykh Abdallah Adhami showed up as a guest speaker at the annual convention of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) back around Thanksgiving 200o. The theme of the convention was “All Palestine is Sacred!” Adhami was joined at the speakers’ rostrum by Dr. Sami Al-Arian who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to contribute services to or for the benefit of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.