Backgrounder: Muslim American Society
Support for Terrorism
Posted: December 23, 2009
Several MAS leaders have expressed support for terror and worked with other groups that support terrorism against the state of Israel.
- Salah Sultan, a MAS founder and former president of the Islamic American University (IAU), a subsidiary of MAS based in Southfield, Michigan, was also a regular guest at conventions of the now defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas-affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization in the U.S. In a recorded speech he gave at IAP's 1999 convention, Salah Sultan said: "This is the method of the Jews… This is what the text of the [Jewish] talmud says: "If you come across a non-Jew kill him!" …I want every child to sleep on the wound of Palestine and the action of martyrdom…"
- Raeed Tayeh has served as a political consultant to the MAS Freedom Foundation, the "public affairs arm" of MAS in charge of advocacy, after working as its Public Affairs Director for a number of years. Tayeh was involved with other Hamas-linked organizations, including IAP and the United Association for Studies and Research, a think-tank established by Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzuq.
Shaker El Sayed is former Secretary General of MAS. During his leadership, El Sayed spoke at MAS' first joint convention with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in Baltimore in 2002, where he said, "The Islamic scholars said whenever there is an attack on an Islamic state or occupation, or the honor of the Muslims has been violated, the Jihad is a must for everyone, a child, a lady and a man. They have to make Jihad with every tool that they can get in their hand."
Mohammad Al Hanooti is a religious leader active with MAS and directs the educational activities of the Dar Al Hijrah MAS-affiliated mosque in Virginia. Al Hanooti, who served as the first president of IAP, also raised money and helped to coordinate Hamas' activities in the U.S., according to FBI officials. For years, al Hanooti has provided fatawa' (religious edicts) for MAS members on its Web site, as well as those provided in MAS's magazine, American Muslims. His fatawa pronouncements are still available on MAS site.
- Mazen Mokhtar is the Youth Division Director of the MAS NJ Chapter and a member of the Board of Trustees of MAS. He also speaks at many MAS events, as well as at the Young Muslim camps run by ICNA. From August 2001 through November 2005, Mazen Mokhtar was the administrator of the Web site created to mirror a jihadi propaganda site called Azzam Publications. Azzam Publications regularly disseminated statements by Al Qaeda leaders and videos until it was shut down after September 11. An ongoing federal investigation seeks to determine if the Mokhtar's site attempted to solicit funds and recruit fighters for the Taliban and the Chechen mujahideen. In a reportedly unrelated case, Mokhtar was arrested on April 24, 2007 after a federal grand jury indicted him on tax fraud charges.