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Shaykh Kabbani's Response to False Allegations About State Department Speech

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In response to the statement issued on February 26, 1999 by several Muslim organizations ("American Muslim leaders demand retraction and apology"), the Islamic Supreme Council of America issued the following statement.

As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

It is regretful and shameful but also revealing that AMPCC, American Muslim Alliance, AMC, CAIR, MPAC, ICNA, ISNA, and MSA have issued a very misleading statement condemning Shaykh Hisham Kabbani's recent speech at the US State Department. Instead of following the Islamic etiquette of disagreement and speaking directly with Shaykh Kabbani about their "concerns," they followed a path more typical of tabloid journalism, seeking a broad-based dissemination of their defamatory claims without regard for the truth. Even more disheartening, they also chose an approach reticent of the "Salem Witch Hunts" in America, which sought to enforce its ideological perspective, regardless of the costs to human life, dignity, and mutual tolerance and respect.

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Islamic Extremism: A Viable Threat to U.S. National Security

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An Open Forum at the U.S. Department of State, January 7, 1999

Transcript of a presentation by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. It is a greeting in the Arabic language which means peace be upon you all. I was very happy to see that my name was written double "shaykh." Because you know that shaykh might mean oil shaykh, or a fundamentalist, extremist. So two opposites make a positive -- two negatives multiplied by each other become a positive. So those who wrote that were very clever... thank you very much.

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CAIR and Terrorism

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(The Washington Times, 2004) Earlier this month, five Palestinian brothers were convicted in federal court of conspiring to use their Texas-based computer company to make illegal shipments of high-tech goods to Libya and Syria, two nations the State Department considers sponsors of terrorism. One of the brothers, Ghassan Elashi, the company's vice president of international marketing, was convicted of three counts of conspiracy, one count of money laundering and two counts of making false statements about the shipments. Mr. Elashi, along with two of his brothers, also faces a separate federal trial on charges relating to business dealings with Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy political leader of the terrorist organization Hamas. Mr. Elashi is also the founding board member of a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter in Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. In February 2003, the Muslim Legal Fund held a fund-raiser for the Elashi brothers, hoping to raise $500,000 for their defense. As the Morning News reported then, two of the Fund's board of directors had ties to CAIR.

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Muslim Charity Leader Sentenced to Prison

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(CHICAGO, 2003) - A Muslim charity leader linked by prosecutors to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in federal prison for defrauding donors. Enaam Arnaout, 46, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen who says he has met bin Laden but opposes terrorism, was calm as the sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon.

The government's investigation of Arnaout and his Benevolence International Foundation, based in suburban Palos Hills until it was shut down in 2002, has been a major component of the war on terrorism. Attorney General John Ashcroft traveled to Chicago to announce the charges against Arnaout when he was indicted. Arnaout (pronounced ARE-not) pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge, admitting that he diverted thousands of dollars from his Benevolence International Foundation to support Islamic military groups in Bosnia and Chechnya.

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