In August 2006, ICNA was the top donor to JI’s main charity, the al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF), while AKF took a delegation to the home of the global head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, to hand deliver him six million rupees ($99,000). The purpose of the money was to provide assistance to Hamas for the perpetration of future terrorist attacks against Israelis, or in Mashaal’s words, to “wage jihad.”
Shah was the National President of ICNA, while this was going on, as well.
Between his terms as ICNA President, Shah became Chairman and CEO of the now non-existent (in part due to the efforts of this author) Universal Heritage Foundation (UHF), a 31-acre Islamic propagation center, located in Kissimmee, Florida, just minutes from Walt Disney World. Muzammil Siddiqi, the former National President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), another extremist Muslim organization, co-founded UHF with Shah.
One of the keynote speakers for the group’s December 2003 inaugural event (‘Islam for Humanity’) was supposed to be Abdur-Rahman al-Sudais, the chief cleric of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Past statements al-Sudais made, including his call for the murder of Jews, Christians and Americans, led to his appearance being cancelled and the venue being changed.
Shah, himself, has also been known to make offensive statements towards others. In June 2001, he stated about Jews, “If we are unable to stop the Jews now, their next stop is Yathrib (The Prophet’s city of Medina), where the Jews used to live until their expulsion by Prophet Muhammad. That’s the pinnacle of their motives.”
Shah is, as well, seen in video footage obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) praising terror fighters (mujahideen) in Kashmir and calling for violent jihad, at a Cleveland, Ohio rally held in July 2001.
Another radical Muslim organization Shah was involved in was KindHearts, an Islamic “charity” that was established in January 2002 and was shut down by the FBI in February 2006. KindHearts was found to have provided more than $16 million to Hamas.
At the time that the doors of KindHearts’ offices were being padlocked and KindHearts’ funds were being frozen, Shah was acting President of the group’s South Asia Division.
While Shah’s credentials as a “Sharia scholar” may be exceptional, all of the above has shown that he is the last person to be lecturing Americans on what is good or not good for their country. Indeed, with his involvement in KindHearts alone, he probably shouldn’t be giving lectures anywhere, except behind prison bars.
Is Islamic Sharia a threat to America?
Maybe the answer lies with those who are teaching it.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor assisted with this report.
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