One of the highlights noted on the conference webpage is that they will be receiving a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to deliver a communication to the group from the top Shia religious official based in Najaf. Sistani is the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which operates the Iranian-trained Badr militia as its military wing. The Badr militia not only regularly fought coalition forces in Iraq, but also was responsible for death squads targeting Sunnis. Sistani is also infamous for the fatwa he issued on his own website saying that gays and lesbians should be killed in the “worse, most severe way,” which his Badr militia quickly began to act on.
One of the other listed speakers for this weekend’s conference is Abdul Alim Musa, an American cleric who heads the extremist As-Sabiqun movement in the D.C. area. Musa, a regular staple at Muslim Congress annual conferences, openly advocates for Islamic revolution and global domination. One of his most infamous statements occurred during an interview he conducted with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where he backed Osama bin Laden and denied that Hezbollah and Hamas were terrorist organizations.
Strangely missing from this year’s Muslim Congress conference line-up is another staple of their past conferences, the notorious Mohammad al-Asi. A January 2003 Washington Post article cited U.S. law enforcement and intelligence sources who said that Al-Asi is an Iranian agent who in 1994 pledged his allegiance to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei. In an appearance on Iranian TV, al-Asi said that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. The Anti-Defamation League keeps a running tab of his anti-Semitic statements, such as an article he wrote saying that the final hour will come when “the Muslims deal the deathblow to the Yahud [Jews].”
One of the most risible claims made on the Muslim Congress website is that it “has no ties or links whatsoever to any domestic or foreign entity or organization.” What makes that laughable is the U.S. government has indicted the head of one of their member organizations, the Alavi Foundation, and is currently pursuing a civil asset forfeiture lawsuit against the foundation claiming that it laundered money for the Iranian regime. Included in that lawsuit are the properties of several Muslim Congress member mosques in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, and California.
The FBI press release on the civil lawsuit describes what the Alavi Foundation was up to:
The Alavi Foundation has been providing numerous services to the Iranian Government, including managing the Building for the Iranian Government, running a charitable organization for the Iranian Government, and transferring funds from 650 Fifth Avenue Company to Bank Melli. Likewise, Assa Corporation and Assa Company Limited (“Assa Co. Ltd.”) have been providing numerous services to Bank Melli in contravention of IEEPA and the Iranian Transactions Regulations promulgated thereunder, including transferring rental income generated from 650 Fifth Avenue Company to Bank Melli, following Bank Melli’s instructions with regard to Assa Corporation’s affairs, reporting back to Bank Melli on Assa Corporations’s financial situation and business dealings, and managing the affairs of Assa Corporation for the benefit of Bank Melli.
Not surprisingly, there’s no mention whatsoever of this matter, that the Muslim Congress might lose several of its largest mosques in the U.S. because of their efforts on behalf of Iran, or that many other Muslim Congress member organizations received money from the targeted Alavi Foundation.
As the rest of America celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and its commitment to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it’s doubtful that the residents of Kansas City will be aware that the avowed opponents of such ideals in the form of Iran’s U.S. Khomeini contingent will be rolling into town.