• Cause for Concern? Presidential Hopefuls Campaigning at Radical Islamists’ Event

    Surge Summary: Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro are scheduled to appear at an event sponsored by a radical Islamist group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

    “Rest assured that if the media even gets an inkling of any confidential President Donald Trump-Russian government communications, they will drop everything and pursue another bite at the Trump/Impeachment apple. However, since it is Democratic Party presidential candidates who are meeting and possibly colluding with radical Islamists and actually giving a presentation at a Muslim convention connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, they’re not only appalled at the prospect of standing with a group one of America’s sworn-enemies.” – Chief Jim Kouri, New York State Division of Housing Police

    On Tuesday, August 6, Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro announced that they have agreed to speak at the convention of a radical Islamist group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and hostility towards progressive Muslims and values.

    Sanders and Castro will participate in a “presidential forum” held by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) during its international convention in Houston on Saturday, August 31,2019. When questioned about the invitation and the Sanders and Castro RSVPs, ISNA officials say it is inviting other Democratic presidential candidates and President Donald Trump is welcomed to address its audience.

    The U.S. Justice Department lists ISNA as an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical and often violent arm of the Islamist global political project. The Brotherhood’s goal is a worldwide caliphate with all of humanity living under sharia law.

    The Trump administration announced three months ago that it was contemplating designating the Brotherhood as a domestic terrorist organization.

    As was reported in June, Trevor Noah, the progressive host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, is also slated to speak at the ISNA convention. Noah is one of the most deranged anti-Trump Democrats in the country. He is also filled with apparent hatred for the United States and its citizens.

    Like Sanders and Castro, Noah is unaware of—or is unconcerned with—ISNA’s radical ideology, including expelling Muslims for Progressive Values, a pro-LGBT group, from its conference in 2017 or the fact one of ISNA’s past presidents endorsed the execution of homosexuals by sharia-based governments.

    By speaking at the event, Noah, Sanders and Castro are helping ISNA appear as pseudo-moderate leaders of the Muslim-American community. Having these left-wingers on their stage and helping ISNA raise money through ticket sales only gives these radical Muslims respectability and positive media coverage.

    The same presidential forum is also being hosted by Emgage Foundation and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group that has an inflammatory and Islamist-friendly history but has taken a stronger public stance against the Islamist ideology in recent years.

    ISNA was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history – that of the Holy Land Foundation, an entity founded by the Muslim Brotherhood to finance Hamas (the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing).

    It was during the Holy Land trial that the U.S. Justice Department explicitly listed ISNA as an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood’s American network. This determination was supported by large quantities of publicly available evidence and internal Brotherhood documents.

    The Holy Land Foundation actually operated from within ISNA, with money for Hamas passing from ISNA accounts to the Holy Land Foundation for distribution to the terrorist group.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis upheld the designation of ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in 2009, citing “ample” evidence linking ISNA to the Hamas/Brotherhood operation.

    The current president of ISNA, Sayyid Syeed, was one of ISNA’s founders when it was established by the Brotherhood. ISNA was listed in a 1991 Brotherhood memo, which described their “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

    Syeed was filmed in 2006 saying, “Our job is to change the constitution of America.”

    The Fiqh Council of North America, once a part of ISNA but now an official “affiliate” of ISNA, also has radical members and underpinnings.

    By speaking at ISNA’s event, it is clear that these top leaders in the progressive movement still have a blind spot when it comes to the Islamist ideology. They usually don’t want to name it, exert no effort to identify it and seem uninterested in taking the time for a simple Google search to vet groups like ISNA.

    The presence of Trevor Noah, Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro and possibly more Democratic presidential candidates helps ISNA hide behind a moderate veneer and cleverly uses its progressive partners to advance its anti-progressive agenda.

    If Sanders, Castro and Noah are genuine about the need to detoxify our political environment of extremist rhetoric and ideologies as they say they are, they should cancel their appearances at ISNA’s convention.


    The Al Mahdi Islamic Seminary is a brand-new online Shiite school in the United States with ties to Islamic extremists. Launched in May of 2019, Al Mahdi’s target demographic is American Muslims, who it seeks to turn into “credible” and “pious” scholars.

    Its mission isn’t the issue, though. Instead, it is who is helping to fulfill it, like Sheikh Hamza Sodagar, who has openly expressed his support for the Iranian regime and its proxy terror group in Lebanon, Hezbollah.

    In Al Mahdi’s launch video posted May 3, 2019, Sodagar said:

    A word with the community

    Launching Al Mahdi Islamic Seminary

    Posted by Al Mahdi Islamic Seminary on Friday, May 3, 2019

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Muslim Brotherhood logo; by Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38129181

    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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