Hat tip Discover the Networks and the Investigative Project on Terrorism
Hussam Ayloush- Director of Southern California CAIR
Yesterday, I posted the live stream video of a meeting at the Islamic Society of Anaheim mosque featuring a debate between CAIR's Southern California director, Hussam Ayloush and a female Muslim journalist Sana Saeed. The issue was, "Should American Muslims condemn ISIS?" Ayloush argued that they should while Saeed argued that they should not. (I should point out that Saeed was not defending ISIS itself, merely arguing that it did no good for Muslims to condemn ISIS.)
As I pointed out in my posting, had I not known more about Ayloush and had he not kept bringing Fox News into the debate, I would have concluded that he was pretty impressive in his condemnation of ISIS. He said that as a human rights and civil rights activist and as a Muslim, he felt it was his duty to condemn ISIS. That is all well and good.
Unfortunately, there is much more to Hussam Ayloush when it comes to condemning Islamic terror groups. It is easy to condemn ISIS, Boko Haram or Al Qaeda. But what about that other US-designated terror group called Hamas? Ask Ayloush to condemn Hamas and you get an angry response as one questioner did in November 2013 at the annual CAIR convention in Anaheim.
It should be noted that one of the featured speakers at that Anaheim event was the Brooklyn-based imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, who testified for the defense in the trial of the so-called Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman. In addition, Wahhaj has called America a "filthy garbage can". and made many similar incendiary comments about jihad in America. When I asked Ayloush about this at a Riverside church event a few days after the Anaheim event, he called me a bigot.
And if you still believe Ayloush is a human rights activist, consider his speaking appearance at an anti-Israel rally in Los Angeles on October 22, 2000, when members of the UCLA Muslim Student Association were chanting, "Death to Israel" and "Death to Jews".
As noted in the above link, Ayloush also shared the stage with none other than radical, pro-Iranian, anti-America, Abdul Alim Musa in August of 1999. Musa is as about as despicable as you can get.
And then there is Ayloush's omission of Yusuf al Qaradawi (among others) when he tells audiences that no Muslim scholar he knows of condones terrorism.
"The reality is, I don't know, I cannot think of one Muslim scholar that I know of, that I have ever heard of, who has actually condoned terrorism. I can come up with a list of actually every head of Islamic department, Islamic religious authority, in every Muslim country in the world that has actually strongly condemned unequivocally 9/11 attacks, the terrorism attacks, the beheadings that we watched in Iraq. There is no debate actually within the Muslim world. There is no scholar that says otherwise."
Qaradawi is the spiritual mentor of the Muslim Brotherhood and is considered within the Muslim world as one of the most highly respected Islamic scholars in the world. Incidentally, he is now the subject of an international arrest warrant.
This photo of Ayloush and Qaradawi together was released in 2001 two years after Qaradawi was banned from entering the US.
Had I been present at this event last night, I would have liked to ask Ayloush what he thought of the arrest warrant for Qaradawi.
To sum up, it is fine for Ayloush to condemn ISIS. How could anyone not condemn ISIS? However, his refusal to condemn Hamas combined with his associations with despicable hate-mongers like Musa and Qaradawi put the lie to his self-description as a human rights activist.