This American Muslim is not the only troublesome blog Shaikh has been involved with. This past March, he admitted to launching the blog Muslamics four or so years ago. In fact, the site still lists him as a contributor.
On every page of Muslamics, there currently resides a link to the official website of Anwar al-Awlaki. This is the same Anwar al-Awlaki that was a confidant to various high profile terrorists, including Times Square bomber Faizal Shahzad, underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, who brutally murdered 13 American servicemen.
The link was up on Shaikh’s blog in January 2009, when al-Awlaki posted on his site his ‘44 Ways to Support Jihad,’ which urged Muslims to engage in weapons training and to fight the West. It was on Shaikh’s blog in November 2009, when al-Alwaki referred on his site to Nidal Hasan as a “hero.” And it was on Shaikh’s blog, when al-Awlaki called on American Muslims to attack their fellow Americans.
This is compounded by the fact that Shaikh, himself, has disclosed that he listens to lectures given by al-Awlaki.
While placing a link on a website or listening to a terror leader’s lectures on tape doesn’t constitute actual terrorist activity, it is a tacit way of supporting that activity without overtly proclaiming that support, especially when there’s an extremist history with the individual(s) involved.
Shaikh and many of his fellow colleagues at CAIR have skirted the edges of support for terrorists and terrorist groups by propagating anti-Western rhetoric and by showcasing that which is derived from those engaged in terrorism. This veiled defense of fanaticism allows CAIR to continue to exist in the United States as a legal entity, while at the same time allowing CAIR to prolong its radical activities.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH) 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, the Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
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