An Islamic scholar who serves as vice president of an organization that supports the terrorist group Hamas and whose president sanctioned the killing of American soldiers in Iraq met with senior Obama administration officials at the White House earlier this month.
In a posting on his website, brought to The Daily Caller’s attention by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah revealed that he met at the White House on June 13 with Gayle Smith, senior director of the National Security Council, and Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s special envoy Organization of the Islamic Conference, among other officials.
The posting also initially stated that the “national security adviser” was at the meeting, without naming him directly, though that part of the post was removed shortly after TheDC contacted the White House to see if National Security Adviser Tom Donilon was in fact at the meeting. According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Arabic version of the post was also changed to say that the deputy national security adviser attended, not the national security adviser.
Among the topics the post says Bin Bayyah addressed at the meeting was how to “lift the injustices from vulnerable peoples such as the Syrian people, the Palestinians, and the Muslims in Myanmar” and for the U.S. to do more to aid the Syrian revolution.
According to Bin Bayyah’s website’s account of the meeting, it was the White House who asked for an audience with him.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed to TheDC that the meeting took place, but declined to confirm whether all the officials listed by Bin Bayyah’s website, including the American “national security adviser,” were in attendance. The official claimed that the meeting was set up to learn about Bin Bayyah’s efforts to “counter the al Qaeda narrative.”
“Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith and members of the National Security Staff met with Shaykh Bin Bayyah to discuss a wide range of issues including poverty, global health efforts and Bin Bayyah’s efforts to counter the al Qaeda narrative,” the official told TheDC. “Ms. Smith stated that she looked forward to working with him and with other faith leaders on issues of mutual interest.”
Bin Bayyah, who was ranked in one survey as the 30th most influential Muslim in the world in 2009, is a Islamic scholar from Mauritania currently teaching at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia.
He is also a vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), an organization founded and led by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a radical Muslim preacher banned from entering the U.S. since 1999 who has praised the Holocaust, publicly prayed that Allah would allow Muslims to commit the next Holocaust of the Jews and legitimized the killing of American soldiers in Iraq.