Friday, February 5, 2016

Who Is Mohamad Adam El Sheikh?

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Mohamad Adam El-Sheikh

With President Obama's speaking appearance at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque this week, much attention has been drawn on its former imam, Mohamad Adam El Sheikh. had a profile on El Sheikh that mentioned his comments condoning suicide bombings and connections to the notorious Dar al Hijraj mosque in Falls Church, Northern Virginia, which he helped found.

But there is more.

El Sheikh, unfortunately, is still around. He is among the leaders of the Fiqh Council of North America, an Islamic body which deals with issues of Islamic jurisprudence. The current executive director  of the Fiqh Council is Muzammil Siddiqi, past president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)  and head imam at the Islamic Center of Orange County in Garden Grove, California. ISNA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and was one of the numerous addressees in the Explanatory Memorandum to the "North American Brothers" from the MB, which was seized by the FBI in 2004 at the Dar al Hijrah mosque and put into evidence at the 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, which concerned funds from US Islamic charities funneled to Middle East terror groups. The memorandum instructed the North American Brothers as to their task of helping destroy the US from "within its own rotten house".

Siddiqi, for his part, has convinced a lot of people that he is a true moderate, a bridge-builder and man of peace. And that list of people includes former president George W Bush, who invited Siddiqi to the White House in the wake of 9-11. Yet, Siddiqi hosted the so-called Blind Sheikh, convicted terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman at his mosque in the early 1990s and translated Rahman's sermon on violent jihad into English. Siddiqi also shared a stage with the radical, Iran-loving, America/Israel-hating imam Alim Abdul Musa and imprisoned terrorist Abdul Rahman Alamoudi across the street from the White House in October 2000 during which he (Siddiqi) warned America not to incur the wrath of God by continuing to support Israel. Siddiqi also insists that Sharia law is "generally" compatible with the US Constitution-as long as it doesn't conflict with Islamic principles.

In addition, both Siddiqi and El Sheikh are recipients of the Freedom Letter from Former Muslims United sent to 200 of America's leading Muslims in 2009 and 2012 asking them to sign a simple pledge that American apostates from Islam should not be harmed. Neither has signed it. (Only a couple have.)

It is amazing that every time you start checking into these names, the same troubling connections and associations keep popping up. Surely somebody in the FBI is capable of putting a flow chart together.

*Correction: The Mohamad Adam El Sheikh who is the main subject of this article is not the same as Mohamad A El Sheikh, who is a member and leader of the Fiqh Council of North America and a recipient of the Freedom Letter.  The former imam of the Baltimore mosque went to Yemen as an Al Qaeda leader and was killed in a US drone strike in 2011. The error is mine.

*Update: After further checking (and reverting this post to draft status) I have concluded that my initial report was correct, and that reports saying El Sheikh had been killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 are erroneous. It was Anwar Al Awlaki who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in that year. El Sheikh is, indeed, still alive and serving on the Fiqh Council of North America. The below two links should clarify the issue.

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