Gadahn’s Extremist American Imam
was becoming very extreme in his ideas and views. I never
thought that he would go to that level."
what Muzammil Siddiqi says about Adam Gadahn, the American
convert to Islam and one of seven suspected Al-Qaeda operatives
sought by the FBI.
the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County—Gadahn’s
former mosque, is the real extremist. Siddiqi taught regular
classes and delivered the weekly Friday afternoon sermons
at Gadahn’s mosque. And given his views, it’s
no surprise that Gadahn is now suspected of involvement with
Siddiqi praised jihad and martyrdom in the Kansas City Star.
"Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and
their place is with [Allah], and they receive the highest
position, because this is the highest honor."
wants the United States to become a Muslim country through
"gradual change," and that shariah (Islamic law)
should become our law. "Allah’s rules have to be
established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead
to that direction," he wrote in 1996.
Muslims serving in the U.S. military or defending the U.S.
"Islam will not allow a Muslim to be drafted by non-Muslims
to defend concepts, ideologies, and values other than those
of Islam . . . . A Muslim shall defend non-Muslim lands not,"
Siddiqi said in an article entitled, "Basic Principles
of Involvement in War in Islam," in 1991.
has to learn," Siddiqi said at an October 2000 protest
outside the White House. "If you remain on the side of
injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please! Please all
American, do you remember that, that Allah is watching everyone
. . . . If you continue doing injustice, and tolerating injustice,
the wrath of God will come."
the L.A. Times asked whether he agrees with the death sentence
fatwa issued by Iran against author Salman Rushdie. Instead
of saying no, he said that it would have to be determined
by Islamic law.
is one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in America. Until
late 2001, he headed the Saudi-funded Islamic Society of North
America (ISNA), which owns and controls at least 27% of America’s
mosques and many American Islamic schools through an ISNA
at the forefront of promoting extremist Wahhabi Islam and
often uses extremists to take over and seize control of relatively
moderate mosques. Sometimes that involves violence, such as
a May 1987 scuffle at a Tampa mosque by the family of the
now indicted, alleged Islamic Jihad frontman, Sami Al-Arian.
In a letter, Al-Arian refers to an official at an ISNA conference
agreeing to donate $20,000 to his terror efforts.
Siddiqi headed the ISNA, the group aided Hamas Political Director
Musa Abu Marzook, by giving his legal defense fund a platform
at its conferences around the U.S. In an open letter published
in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Marzook thanked
ISNA while he was in prison awaiting extradition. Marzook
was unsuccessfully fighting deportation. Now in Syria, the
United States has indicted him.
and ISNA aren’t the most disturbing things in the Adam
Gadahn saga. More disturbing are the failure of Gadahn’s
parents to check into Siddiqi, who headed their son’s
Bush shares that failure.
Siddiqi was a frequent honored guest of the Bush White House,
which chose him as the Muslim representative to lead the national
prayer service at National Cathedral right after 9-11. Bush
gladly accepted a Koran from Siddiqi at a September 26, 2001
White House meeting, reminding Americans that Siddiqi "led
the service at the National Cathedral." "He did
a heck of a good job and we were proud to have him there,"
the media, including the New York Times and LA Times, which
took great pains to distance Gadahn’s extremism from
Siddiqi’s "moderation." Rather than mention
a single radical view of the extremist cleric, the L.A. Times
refers to him as "the Harvard-educated" Muslim leader.
As if one educated at Harvard couldn’t possibly be the
least bit radical.
President, the media, and America’s Muslims honoring
extremists like Siddiqi, the resulting Adam Gadahns are no
surprise. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.