The Islamist leaders at the DCCC fundraiser share many ties and ideological goals with the Muslim Brotherhood and with associated jihad groups, including Hamas.
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928. Its current leaders seek a revival of orthodox Islam, including the supremacy of sharia, which uses Islamic texts to govern many aspects of personal and communal life. For example, sharia denies any role for democracy, ethics or rights, and also subordinates legislators to imams, women to men and non-Muslims to Muslims.
The movement’s slogan is “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
The Muslim Brotherhood is so popular in Egypt that it won half the seats in the newly elected parliament. The country’s new president was a top official of the movement prior to his election.
The ideological and personal links between the U.S. Islamist groups and the Brotherhood have been exposed by a series of pre-2009 FBI investigations.
In 2004, for example, the leading Islamist advocate in Washington D.C., Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi, was jailed for 23 years after pleading guilty to crimes that were part of a Libyan-sponsored assassination attempt against a leading Saudi prince. Prior to that verdict, Alamoudi had met with President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.
In 2007, the extensive network was exposed by the Department of Justice during a trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation. Four Muslims were found guilty of smuggling money to the Brotherhood’s affiliate in the Gaza Strip, Hamas.
During the trial, the Department of Justice named Awad’s CAIR group as an unindicted conspirator in the conspiracy. Since then, FBI officials have refused to meet with Awad.
Another attendee at the fundraiser was Mazen Asbahi, who quit President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign when the Wall Street Journal described his ties to a hardline imam, Jamal Said, who runs a major mosque in Chicago. Said is also on the Holy Land trial’s list of unindicted conspirators.
Perhaps the most senior Islamist at the fundraiser was Jamal Barzinji.
Starting in 1963, Barzinji helped create the overlapping and extensive network of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups in the U.S.
In 2003, David Kane, a senior Special Agent with the United States Customs Service, explained a government request for a search warrant of Barzinji’s office by telling a judge that “I believe that Barzinji is not only closely associated with [Palestinian Islamic Jihad]… but also with Hamas.” (View the request here)
“Analysis … evidences a conspiracy between … Barzinji … and others, known and unknown, to route money through hidden paths to terrorists, and to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful government functions of the IRS,” said Kane’s affidavit to the judge.
One of the founding groups Barzinji helped create is the Herndon, Va.-based International Institute of Islamic Thought.
That group is credited with inventing the idea of “Islamophobia” to persuade American progressives and journalists to view the Muslim Brotherhood’s aggressive ideology as a victimized religion.
Barzinji also helped found the Muslim Students Association, which has chapters in many universities, and the North American Islamic Trust, which holds legal title to at least half of mosques in the United States, according to a U.S. government statement. NAIT was also identified as a Muslim Brotherhood group in the Justice Department’s submission in the Texas trial.
During the May fundraiser, according to IPT, Pelosi sat at the head table with Awad and Barzinji.