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Another questionable speaker?

September 14, 2009

Are there no moderate Muslim lecturers?  It seems that many visiting speakers have worrisome connections.

Mohamed Diini is going to speak at an Eid celebration in Saskatoon.

Who is he?  According to the poster, he’s an “activist and international Islamic lecturer” from Columbus, Ohio.  He’s affiliated with an Islamic center which has been in the news recently.

Fathima Rifqa Bary is a 17-year-old woman who converted from Islam to Christianity and now fears for her life after her father threatened her.

The court documents from that case reveal some interesting information about Mohamed Diini.

Diini’s published biography provides important information about this the Noor Center Somali youth worker’s own radicalized background.   According to his biography, he previously studied at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Fairfax, Virginia. That school, which was an arm of the al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was closed and raided by the FBI in July 2004 under a sealed search warrant.  That followed the State Department’s decision to revoke the visas of 16 faculty members that January as what one senior U.S. law enforcement official described as part of “an ongoing effort  to protect the homeland” and an attempt to “curb the spread of extremist Islamic rhetoric in this country”.   All of those faculty members held diplomatic credentials from the Saudi Embassy.

Other evidence indicates that prior to coming to Columbus, Diini was a regular speaker at the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, where two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Al-
Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar, attended. The former imam of the mosque, Anwar al-Aulaqi, is now believed by the FBI to have aided the hijackers and is currently living in Yemen.129 Another former imam at the mosque, Mohammad Al-Hanooti, has been identified in FBI memos as a top U.S. fundraiser for Hamas.130 The current imam, Shaker Elsayed, has spoken at the Noor Center fundraisers and openly supported suicide terror attacks (see above).

Are there no speakers available without these connections? I wonder if there is a financial component to which visiting lecturers are attracted to Saskatoon.

How can speakers visit Saskatoon for fundraisers with low-ticket prices?  The prices need to be low to attract large numbers of people but the funds raised couldn’t even cover travel expenses for the lecturers.  The Eid lecture only costs $5.

Perhaps they are able to come because Saudi Arabia supports Muslim groups and mosques which could then send out speakers at no cost to individual mosques?  Saudi Arabia has a lot of money available to spread their version of Islam, Wahhabism.

Note for those who are not reading this clearly:  I am not saying that Diini is paid by Saudi Arabia.  I don’t know that.  I’m just saying that Saudi Arabia does fund many Islamic institutions in Canada and the United States and that it’s possible that imams and other lecturers are on salary from Saudi Arabia and are therefore able to travel where ever they are welcome to spread the Wahabi version of Islam.

You can watch Diini in an interview about Somali men who live in the United states “disappearing” then turning up in Somalia as fighters.  Diini speaks about returning “kids to their parents.”  Kids?  One 27-year-old US citizen blew himself up as a suicide bomber.  That’s not a kid.  That’s a man choosing to become a terrorist.

Diini seems like a well-spoken man and I’m sure that he will give a rousing lecture.  Somehow I doubt that he’ll speak about apostasy but, if he does, I’d love to hear what he says about Rifka.

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