February 2, 2010, - 6:38 pm

Abu Ratib’s Detention Hearing: I Was There; Meet My HAMAS Terrorist Neighbor

By Debbie Schlussel

On Thursday, I attended the detention hearing of Abu Ratib a/k/a Mohammed Mustapha Ali Masfaka, the terrorist Islamic singer I recently told you about.  It took place in the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit.  Although the hearing was quick, I learned much about Masfaka in the documents proffer put forth by excellent federal prosecutor Mark J. Jebson.  Masfaka worked with the brother of HAMAS’ leader, he raised money for HAMAS from his home just miles from where I live, and he traveled all over America and the rest of the world teaching kids to sing the praises of HAMAS on video.  And he hung out with the worldwide chief of HAMAS’ bro.  More on that later, below.


Extremist Makeover: Abu Ratib w/ Rug and Without



(Note:  “the disabled Sheikh” refers to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the HAMAS spiritual leader who was wheelchair bound, ordered many terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians, and was finally assassinated by the Israelis, with only a wheel from his wheelchair remaining.)

The courtroom was packed, completely by Muslims wearing hijabs and kufis (few of them dressing like Americans and none of them wanting to be a part of American culture), including the “Who’s Who” of the Detroit-area Islamic community, all of the so-called “moderate” leaders the feds repeatedly hang out with.  When they saw me, it was as if “Darth Schlussel” walked in.  Oooh, Debbie Schlussel’s here. They were sorry to see me there.  Tough.  I smiled the biggest smile possible and looked them in the eyes.

Among those in attendance were Haaris J. Ahmad, a board member of Michigan CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), an unindicted co-conspirator in many terrorism trials.  Mr. Ahmad once called in to my Detroit-area CBS radio show and supported Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian’s funding of Islamic Jihad homicide bombings as “free speech.”  A lawyer, he once called his law offices, “Andalusia Legal Services,” in praise and remembrance of Al-Andalus, when Spain was under Islamic control.  Many Muslims, like Ahmad, still refer to Spain as “Al-Andalus,” because they believe that once a country is Muslim, it must remain Muslim.   Mr. Ahmad took great pleasure in outing me at a 2004 CAIR event and sending my picture (in a hijab) around to the Michigan media (but I achieved my purpose:  seeing which Michigan politicians, Dems and Republicans, pandered to CAIR).   Also in attendance: FBI award revokee, “former” Islamic terrorist, and marriage and immigration fraud perpetrator Imad Hamad.


CAIR Board Member Haaris Ahmad Outed Me @ CAIR Event (Yup, That’s Me)

The hearing was short because Abu Ratib was not going to be set free.  Even if the Justice Department set him free, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a detainer for him to be detained and deported, so he’d remain locked up and in their custody, since he ignored his “Notice to Appear” (which my ICE friends call a “Notice to Disappear”) at his deportation hearing.

Abu Ratib looked different from his picture because they don’t allow you to wear a toupee in lock-up.  Now he was bald and in chains and shackles.  Their jangling, as this HAMAS terrorist was led in, was music to my ears, one of the sweeter sounds I heard that day.  Not sweet was the sound of his Arabic translator.  The dude doesn’t speak English, and yet, he wanted U.S. citizenship.  Sadly, there are many like him, as we all know.

The case against Abu Ratib, a Syrian national, is this:  he repeatedly lied on immigration applications about his employment with HAMAS front-group Holy Land Foundation (HLF).  He lied about the fact that he was an employee of the organization, that he repeatedly collected and cashed checks from the organization, that he performed and associated with HAMAS leader Khaled Meshaal’s brother, Mufid Abdelqader (who was convicted and sentenced two 20 years in prison in the HLF trial in Dallas).  He used his Farmington Hills, Michigan home as the Detroit branch of HLF, and he traveled the world to sing pro-HAMAS songs on video with kids (see lyrics above).  Among his frequent travel destinations:  Saudi Arabia, where he spent weeks on end doing who knows what. Why is Abu Ratib even here in the first place? Well, he came here in 1995 on an R-1 religious worker visa, and conveniently converted that to lawful permanent resident status.




And then there is the issue of the terrorist anchor babies he and his U.S. citizen wife  have created.  Abu Ratib fathered five kids, all of whom have U.S. citizenship.  This is the same issue I’ve complained about in the cases of Islamic Jihadi founder Sami Al-Arian, his partner and imam of the 1993 WTC bombers’ mosque Fawaz Abu Damrah, and top Al-Qaeda mastermind Mohammed Al-Churbaji.  They’ve fathered lots of kids here and those kids are, sadly, U.S. citizens by birthright.  No matter how many of their fathers we deport, they’ve already sowed the seeds of terrorism and hate on our shores multiple-fold.  And unless we change the birthright citizenship laws, this will continue to remain a festering problem, a growing cancer.

When Abu Ratib learned that his immigration application was turned down because he lied and got caught, he immediately fled to Windsor, Canada, just over the border from Detroit.  He took a job there, teaching in an Islamic school.  Since June, his wife and kids, who still live at his Farmington Hills, Michigan home, have visited Abu Ratib at least 16 times, lying about it to U.S. and Canadian border authorities.  Finally, on December 9th, Mrs. Masfaka, who goes by the name, Batoul Qaweqji, was asked by Canadian immigrationi officials about her husband and his whereabouts.  She lied, claiming he was in the U.S., and the Canadians turned her back to the U.S.  She told the same lie again on December 19.



Fortunately, Abu Ratib/Masfaka’s case is before federal Judge Paul D. Borman, about whom I’ve previously told you.  He sees the light on jihadists, and doesn’t buy into their BS.  As I noted previously, he stood up for American Airlines and its removal of suspicously-acting Arabs and Muslims from a flight.  I am confident he’ll be consistent in that no-nonsense approach, here.

A quick word about Mark Jebson, the prosecutor in this case.  He’s a Special U.S. Attorney so he can prosecute this case for the Justice Department, but his full-time gig is as one of the top attorneys for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).  I’ve seen him at work, and he is masterful, as when he tried top Al-Qaeda official Mohammed Al-Churbaji in Immigration Court and I was the only journalist covering it.  The guy is brilliant, does his homework, and is not only an excellent researcher, but a great speaker, court performer, and legal pleadings writer.  Plus, he has tremendous passion for what he’s doing–putting Islamic terrorists and illegal aliens behind bars or outside of our borders.  If all of our federal prosecutors were like Mark, we’d be batting 1,000.

Sadly, they aren’t, and we aren’t.

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50 Responses

Debbie, Time to get out of Dodge. These people as nuts.

Apophis on February 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

BTW, you’re lookin good in your full garb. I knew it couldn’t be one of the Arab girls. Cheers

Apophis on February 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Do you have to get special permission to attend these types of hearings?

C: Only if it’s a closed immigration hearing (or otherwise sealed proceedings for some reason), which this wasn’t. DS

cirrus1701 on February 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Hat’s off to the judge and prosecutor (just wish we had some like that up here in Canada!) (I’m reading Caldwell’s “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West” (what a book..I recommend it.)

J.S. on February 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Great reporting…and disguise, how was he able to out you??

Maybe you shouldn’t share pic online for future disguises to be compared??

F: They’ve already posted it online, which is how I got it, and I’ve changed my disguise. I have my ideas about how I was outed, and those I’m not gonna disclose for future disguise purposes. DS

freedom4usa on February 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    you disgust me, he taught in my school and he was one of my nicest teachers. Forgetting to mention one minor job occurs all the time in America and he has been picked on by the FBI solely because he is a famous and influential singer. Your ignorance is so blatantly obvious in this article

    Fariz on June 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Fariz and the rest of you threatening swine: yeah, I’m sure he was nice in person. Hitler was wonderful to work for as a secretary, according to them.

      Occam's Tool on January 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      He speaks English very well. I am an Anglo-Saxon American who converted to Islam. He taught my daughter Quran. People often have translators in court if English is their second language to make sure they fully understand all the small details and hear everything. He is a very kind man. I met his kids and his wife. They are good people. You should not be surprised a Palestinian sings about freedom. South Africans used to sing similar songs until they finally got their freedom. His case came down the errors on paperwork, not terrorism. He is now in Turkey doing charity work for Syrian refugees. May God give him mercy as he did to the Prophet Joseph who was falsely accused and then later proven innocent.

      Did you have a bad experience with a bad person who claimed to be Muslim? Why are you so full of bigotry? Do you hate blacks and hispanics too?


      Mary on September 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

that birthright law is absurd!!!! typical american insanity

drew299 on February 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Are you saying that people who are born on free American soil, have to be punished as if they are NOT free? Then how do we determine who has un-a- LEIN-able rights & immunities coming from the Republic, that can only be taken away by G-D , and who has only government granted “privileges” coming from the Corporate/Military Democracy which can be taken away at any time on a bureaucrats whim? Do you NOT know that America is the only country on earth where everybody’s rights come from G-d, & NOT from some King, Queen, emperor, dictator, tyrant, or government?

    Who cares? on February 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

We love you Debbie!! Your courage and efforts are exemplary in exposing the truth as usual.

BB on February 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

i loved his greatest hits album…..

drew299 on February 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Darth Schlussel? I like it! Keep the spotlight on these creeps. Eventually the truth will get out. By the way, are you feeling any better?

White Rook on February 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Pretty bad this guy was running around the country pimping for HAMAS. Glad he got caught and the good guys got one victory. Like the story about you confronting these losers. Small in stature, BIG in heart. Keep up the good work.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 2, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Great job, Debbie. I hope you are getting better. G-d bless you.

JeffE on February 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

it would be hilarious if we could get your photo in a hijab to stick to googles search. you look good in the get up by the way.

Noah David Simon on February 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

oops… spoke to soon. looks like it already did. lol I had nothing to do with it

Noah David Simon on February 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

May G-d give you victory after victory. I pray to see the day when you are attorney general.

EDS on February 3, 2010 at 12:47 am

That is scary. Debbie, please take care of yourself. Those monsters have no compunction about doing horrible things to people if they feel cornered or threatened.

Worry01 on February 3, 2010 at 2:40 am

Stay safe! These folks are pure evil.

BC on February 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

ur hilarious, i know some ppl that went there and they said that they were happy to c u since ur kind of media type person….i h8 to break it down for u debbie, but no one fears u, ur just a person with a failed political carrier. lmao

gc on February 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

    If she is so insignificant, why are you even bothering to post here? You really do defeat your own boast. It is rather like like a just thrashed bully squealing that he is not afraid of you and flexing his muscles after a thrashing. The act is pretty hollow.

    Worry01 on February 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

    gc, urrrrrrrrrr so dumb that u make moslems look like idiots. Oh, never mind they do such a great job of that themselves…. by following a murderous maniac pedophile and all.

    Perhaps it is good that u do not fear our dear Debbie. That gives u a FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY!!

    Sewsalot on February 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    GC, is that how they are teaching English at ACCESS? They are doing a fine job blowing my tax dollars. I’d much rather have very articulate folks like you than native Michigan children showing their livestock at the State Fair

    BC on February 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

ur hilarious, i know some ppl that went there and they said that they were happy to c u since ur kind of media type person….i h8 to break it down for u debbie, but no one fears u, ur just a person with a failed political carrier. lmao

gc on February 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

And you sound a Muslim barbarian that needs to learn to write in English. Maybe if you spent less time with the Muslim Student Association and more time time studying Western Civilization, English grammar, American history, etc., you could civilize yourself and break away from the Muslim cult.

The Muslim goal: make America into its image and make non-Muslims submit. They fear Debbie and conservatives who oppose Islam; they laugh at PC Americans that compromise with them and help achieve their goals.

JM on February 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    this is to u and ur butt friend ‘joe’. u christian polythiests and jew bag conspirators destroyed the oklahoma federal building faggots. its ppl like u have ur head in ur ass and dont realize that these Muslims are the good guys. they speak the truth and arent afraid of consequences unlike any other money hungry pedophile christian religion. u preach while ur preists screw little alter boys, spread diseases like AIDS while blessing homosexuality in the church and think people (not God Himself) will pardon your stupid ass confessions on sundays. ur pathetic cowards and deserve to perish. this lady is pathetic. im glad she’s wasting her life away with no credibility like the rest of the hillbilly sister screwing trash.

    jones on March 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Well done. I’m printing this post up to distribute at work. A lot of us like to keep track of turds as they wind their way through the criminal justice system.
Nice disguise. It was inevitable you were going to be discovered specifically because you don’t sport the typical ugliness that the typical islamic woman normally exhibits. Although I do see some strange morph of the west and islam when I see these creatures meandering around with the head assembly and skin tight shirt and jeans.

Joe on February 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Bosnian moslem women in the USA wear that skin tight shirt and jeans ensemble all the time here in Florida… even saw it at Disney World this summer.

    Quite yukky looking and probably VERY warm to the wearer…. burn baby burn, disco inferno!! LOL!!

    Sewsalot on February 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm

This is why your blog is so valuable, Debbie. You do serious reporting in addition to writing about others’ reporting so well. Also, when you write about other people’s reporting, you make it plain that you are doing so, unlike certain others.

skzion on February 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Ms Schlussel: I applaud your chutzpah. You are doing the work that elected/appointed officials will not do! You are the Jewish Joan of Arc for Detroit — only the enemy is not the British, but the resident alien horde of jihadis! Bravo!

man_in_tx on February 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Your words make me sick to my stomach; your racist bigotry has no room in this world.
Take for instance, your definition of “American.” Looks like the only Americans are those that follow Judeo-Christian teaching and are more or less white.
You’ve obviously already found Aburatib guilty in your mind. However, I doubt you need to be reminded (all holier than though Debbie) that every person charged is innocent until proven guilty.
So, before putting the guilty verdict in the jurors’ mouths, and convicting everyone in the courtroom who were dressed in a way unsatisfactory to your taste, at least respect the judicial system set in place by others much wiser than yourself.
And referring to your dissatisfaction to the modest dressed Muslims in the courtroom, whom you refer to as not wanting to dress as those in the “American Culture”, happen to be much more American for not conforming to the likings of bigots like yourself, and hold their American Culture of freedom in a very high regard. How can you judge these citizens’ intentions and patriotism when you can not even open your heart and open your mind to see how misguided you are?
I think that it’s high time you just admit to us all (including to yourself) that you hate anyone and everyone whose religion is different from yours and from those who look different than yourself.
I think the world is better off without the venom of hatred that you purposefully spread to others. My sympathies for your following, who is deeply lost in the pit of intolerance.

Wisam on February 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Wisam or shazam whatever your name is. The pit of intolerance is the religion, death cult of islam. When’s the last time a white Christian or a Jew decided to blow an airplane out of the sky or destroy another religions buildings? My stomach turns when I drive around Dearborn and see the signs all turning into squiggly lines with dots over them.

    Joe on February 4, 2010 at 12:34 am

There’s a lot of us who are actually non-muslims in eastern mala*sia aka Borneo. Whether it’s Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, animists and even the atheists – we’re all here. Then there are the muslims as well. And one thing I won’t lie about the muslims in my country is: mess with them and you’re dead. Wisam said DS is ‘deeply lost in the pit of intolerance’. Well sir, you should see just exactly how ‘tolerant’ the muslims where I’m from. Most of us non-muslims would just lie, or simply request to not talk about them if any outsider asks ‘how’re you doing with the muslims?’. Please don’t tell me that I’ve got them all figured wrong when I’ve lived among the muslims all my life and seen what sh!t they’re willing to do to those who are ‘not of their fold’.

rungus on February 4, 2010 at 12:33 am

Wisam I would like to ask you what religious country
that has welcomed 2 other major religions to live
America a Christian Nation thats who!
We are attacked daily be the likes of the aclu,adl,islamist
nuts yet we try to be peaceful.
Something is about to give!

Lillywest on February 4, 2010 at 12:55 am

So how DO you ‘dress like Americans’?? And why do you judge people based on how they dress? Isn’t this (gasp) a free country? Pardon me DS but your bigotry is showing…

justsayin on February 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Well, if everyone above agrees with the statement about birthright, I’d love to know which flight your taking out of the country, because I’m sure the Native Americans would be happy to have your sorry arses out of here.

American Girl on February 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm

if only u know the entire story, i never knew people could be so ignorant and stupid, u have no idea what youre talking about you are worthless and sooooo very stupid, when u get the facts straight you liar then come write this disgusting article, honestly you fool i cant believe how blatantly you are lying and these idiots believe the story right away.

you are something else on February 26, 2010 at 12:15 am

lol the comment above is hilarious, you look like a monster with those eyes too and you need some serious writing improvement especially cause youre writing this to the public.

english on February 26, 2010 at 12:27 am

i curently live in Saudi Arabia, which is a muslim country. I am obviously living with a lot of muslims, and they arent the way you discribed them. Muslims are just like us christians and jews around the world; they are normal humans and non-terrorsits. The extremist groups “terrorists” that have Islamic backgrounds are the ones that give you these incorrect ideas about all muslims around the world. There are many extremsit groups in all religions: The Klu Klux Klan that have christian backgrounds and the Gush Emunim Underground that have Jewish backgrounds. Well what does the word terrorism mean? It means attacking inncocent civilians. Well, living with muslims all my life, i learned that killing innocent people is agaist the islamic religion, just like it is in christianity and Judaism, but certain groups to not abide by the islamic, christain, and jewish rules, therefor killing innocent people for their own personal reasons. I have not encountered a group of people here in saudi arabia that attack me in any way,instead they are very kind to me and befriend and treat me like one of them. I advise all of you to learn a little bit more about islam to see the truth about it and whether everything the media says about islam is true.

Sean on March 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Well Sean, let me ask you. How many Christian churches or Jewish synagogues are within walking distance of where you live in Saudi Arabia? Are you allowed to practice your religion openly? I’m very serious, I want to know the truth.

    John on October 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Abu Ratib,justice will come, those oppressing you will perish…

ar.m on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

this journalist is funded by a church or a jewbag synagogue. maybe both. im going to forward her name to the IRS for tax fraud. she has definitely not claimed much of her income that people are giving her. Wait till her ass gets locked up in jail and she gets to meet her luvly ‘american gal pals’. she’ll be wearing a butt plug for pants

jones on March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

this journalist is funded by a church or a jewbag synagogue. maybe both. im going to forward her name to the IRS for tax fraud. she has definitely not claimed much of her income that people are giving her. Wait till her ass gets locked up in jail and she gets to meet her luvly ‘american gal pals’. she’ll be wearing a butt plug for pants

joe on March 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I don’t know how can some people live with all these hatred in their hearts and still claim to be civilized, Abu Rateb is not a terrorist, He is an singer who should be given freedom to say what he wants.He never carried a gun in his entire life .Pluse he is a doctor who spent most of his life studying and teaching art.This woman has already cnvicted him and all Muslims as terrorists, I asked her a very simple question , In stead of answering me she blocked my previous comment.
I said the occupation killed hundreds of thousands of innocent palistinians , thousand of them were children are you ready to call those murderers terrorists?! and call their state a terrorist state?

Michael Dowe on March 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm

are you jewish, why are you so racist. leave the guy alone.
I wish you will be in his shoes now..

john bikey on April 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm


Farizzle on June 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Debbi I am a Canadian citizen and your facts are not true. He came to canada because he was asked to sing for a huge event hosting over 15000 people muslims and non muslims.

When Abu Ratib learned that his immigration application was turned down because he lied and got caught, he immediately fled to Windsor, Canada, just over the border from Detroit. He took a job there, teaching in an Islamic school. Since June, his wife and kids, who still live at his Farmington Hills, Michigan home, have visited Abu Ratib at least 16 times, lying about it to U.S. and Canadian border authorities. Finally, on December 9th, Mrs. Masfaka, who goes by the name, Batoul Qaweqji, was asked by Canadian immigrationi officials about her husband and his whereabouts. She lied, claiming he was in the U.S., and the Canadians turned her back to the U.S. She told the same lie again on December 19.

he in fact was in Canada. The event he was asked to sing for was on December 22nd. So what you are saying is a lie

Michel strof on August 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Michel strof with friends like these who needs enemies

Michael Dowe on October 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Abu Rateb is a very peaceful person, putting him behind bars is just another example of how ugly the face of America is becoming in this crazy world. Abu Rateb is a poet and an artist he never incited any type of violence nor did he ever carried a gun. He should be freed unconditionally.They gota very wrong person.

Michael Dowe on October 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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