On October 15, 2004, Magid accused elements of the Bush administration of being “intent on dismantling Muslim organizations and bringing them down.” Magid and other ADAMS officials have relationships with a wide array of Islamic entities that have been targeted in terrorism investigations.
The former president of ISNA from 1997 to 2000, Muzammil Siddiqi, supports the Sharia-based governance Cain declared his opposition to. In October 2008, he proclaimed at a rally:
America has to learn that because if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come.
In 2001, he said:
Once more people accept Islam, insha’allah, this will lead to the implementation of Sharia in all areas.
In another speech, Siddiqi saluted the “Intifada movement in Palestine.” He continued:
We shall be celebrating insh’allah the coming of Jersualem and the whole land of Palestine insh’allah and the establishment of the Islamic State throughout the area.
Siddiqi remains on the governing board of ISNA.
ISNA events promote extremist literature and host radical speakers such as Siraj Wahhaj, Zaid Shakir and Imam Warith Deen Umar, the New York prison chaplain who was fired for celebrating the 9/11 hijackers as “martyrs” to inmates. In 2008, ADAMS held a fundraiser where Luqman Abdullah spoke. Abdullah led a group called “Ummah” that sought to establish Sharia-governed enclaves within the United States. He was killed on October 28, 2009, after he opened fire on the FBI agents trying to arrest him. The federal affidavit said he called “on his followers to an offensive jihad, rather than a defense jihad. He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric.” (Unsurprisingly, ISNA’s fellow Brotherhood affiliate, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, denounced the FBI.)
To be fair to Herman Cain, he is just one on a long list of officials who have embraced ISNA and other Brotherhood fronts. On March 6, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough spoke at ADAMS and specifically praised Imam Magid and ISNA. He said that he, “along with my White House colleagues — have benefited from the advice of many of your organizations through our Office of Public Engagement.”
ADAMS was so impressed with Cain that they are willing to let him give an apolitical “brief sermon” as a Baptist preacher. If he agrees, it will be a stunning development to have one of the most vocally anti-Islamist candidates help legitimize a Brotherhood front tied to Hamas.
If Herman Cain wants to be the darling of the anti-Islamist voters in the Republican primary, he has shot himself in the foot.