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Al-Awlaki Led Prayer Services for Congressional Muslim Staffers Association After 9/11 (PJM Exclusive)

In 1991, the first Muslim cleric to deliver opening prayers for Congress was Siraj Wahhaj. Two years later he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial. He also served as a character witness for the defense of terrorist leader Omar Abdel Rahman. Wahhaj has openly called for the destruction of American democracy, to be replaced by an Islamic state governed by shariah.

Another regular fixture on Capitol Hill for more than a decade was Abdurahman Alamoudi -- friend to Democrats and Republicans alike, and arguably the most prominent Islamic leader in America. As president of the American Muslim Council, he advised U.S. presidents and was courted by a number of presidential candidates. He established the Muslim chaplain program for the Department of Defense, worked with Republican activist Grover Norquist to establish the Islamic Institute lobbying organization, and served on the advisory board for CAIR.

Today, Abdurahman Alamoudi is no longer roaming the halls of Congress, or having lunch at the White House. He was arrested in 2003 and is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for his role in a plot to assassinate Saudi King Abdullah at the request of Libyan intelligence.

In July 2005, the U.S. Treasury Department publicly admitted that Alamoudi, while he was the most influential Islamic leader in Washington, D.C., was also the top al-Qaeda fundraiser in America.

Treasury officials stated that Alamoudi’s arrest was “a severe blow to al-Qaeda.”

This is precisely the kind of infiltration and willful blindness to the threat to America posed by Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, as cited in our report issued this week. Continuing to ignore this threat, as urged by the CMSA and CAIR, will only lead us further into submission to the advocates of a global Islamic state and the imposition of shariah.