Dallas Central Mosque
As a result of the government naming the Council on American-Islamic Relations an unindicted co-conspirator in a major terrorism case, the Muslim community is withholding contributions and distancing itself from the group, a new report reveals.
Washington-based CAIR, which claims to be the largest Muslim advocacy group in the nation, has been identified by the Justice Department as a participant in an ongoing criminal conspiracy to support Hamas, a designated terrorist organization – “a conspiracy from which CAIR never withdrew,”
federal prosecutors charge.
The blacklisting has scared off many of CAIR’s contributors and hurt the organization’s recruiting efforts and overall operations. What’s more, some Muslims have avoided events organized by CAIR and asked the group to remove their name from its mailing list.
The president of CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, for example, complains that his office has suffered a drop in contributions since the naming of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator.
“Contributions to CAIR have gone down, so we can hire fewer people, can run fewer activities,” chapter president Moufa Nahhas said.
“People are afraid to come to events” sponsored by CAIR, he added. “Mosques are also hesitant to open the doors to us, to the organization.”
Even the Dallas Central Mosque in Richardson, Texas – the erstwhile headquarters of the Holy Land Foundation – has pulled up the welcome mat to CAIR since a federal jury convicted the Muslim charity and five of its leaders for funneling more than $12 million to Hamas terrorists.
Holy Land’s top leaders – including a founding director of CAIR’s Texas chapter – were recently sentenced to in effect life terms in prison. The Dallas Central Mosque formerly supported the defendants.
“The mosque doesn’t even want the administration of CAIR to come and pray there, because of fear,” Nahhas complained.
CAIR also is having a hard time recruiting new leaders.
“People don’t want to serve on the board,” Nahhas said. “They say they support us and want to help, but they don¹t want to be named as a member of the board.”
The case has had a chilling effect even on CAIR’s communications with members.
“People don’t want a letter or newsletter from CAIR coming to their house – they don’t want their name on the mailings,” the CAIR official remarked.
Nahhas’ comments were quoted in a 165-page report released last week by the ACLU entitled, “Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity: Chilling Muslim Charitable Giving in the War on Terrorism Financing.” The nakedly sympathetic report says CAIR was “smeared” in the Holy Land case and recommends the government expunge its name from the list of co-conspirators.
In a desperate appeal to nervous members, CAIR’s Dallas office has posted the following on its website: “Take advantage of CAIR-TX, DFW Chapter’s legal, civil rights, workplace and immigration rights workshops to be empowered to act positively and wisely protect your rights. Please remember, your innocence does not make you less vulnerable from entrapment, and/or abuse of power by governmental agencies.”
The chapter’s executive director is listed as Mustafaa Carroll.
Last year, the FBI cut off formal outreach ties to CAIR, citing evidence the group continues to support terrorists.
CAIR’s founding chairman Omar Ahmad recently resigned from the board, and CAIR installed at its helm North Carolina state Sen. Larry Shaw, a black convert to Islam.