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U.S. state gives Muslims 'JIHAD 1' license plate

“JIHAD 1” license plate spotted in Missouri (Photo: KMOV-4 screenshot)

A terror-linked Muslim group in the U.S. is defending a Missouri couple’s “JIHAD 1” license plate, arguing the term means “someone struggling to be better” and not a terrorist’s holy obligation to kill “infidels.”

A KMOV-4 viewer wrote into the station to report the plate sighting in St. Louis, Missouri, telling reporters he found it “insulting and actually a bit scary [especially] with the latest shootings in San Bernardino,” referencing the December 2015 terror attacks in California that killed 14 and wounded 21 at the Inland Regional Center, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

Faizan Syed, executive director of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (Photo: KMOV-4 screenshot)

The station learned the plate belonged to a Muslim couple who declined to speak on camera. The mother and father explained that “Jihad” is the name of their 14-year-old son.

They told KMOV-4 the term “jihad” has nothing to do with terrorism and has another spiritual meaning in Islam.

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That’s when the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – a group named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror-financing case – got involved.

“Jihad is very common, and it doesn’t mean Holy War,” said CAIR St. Louis Chapter Executive Director Faizan Syed. “It means someone who is struggling. So when you name your kid Jihad, it means someone who is going to struggle to be better.”

Syed told the station people who are offended by the term are merely confused.

“It has the ability to confuse people,” he said. “And because the average American thinks of jihad as a certain thing, it’s probably better for this individual not to use it.”

According to the KMOV-4, Missouri rejected another plate with the word “J1HAD” in 2009.

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WND has reported on the history of the effort to sugarcoat the term “jihad.”

The word is defined by Muslim apologists as the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution, yet it is also the term for a religious war against infidels undertaken by Muslims, a holy obligation often cited by terrorists as the reason for their violence.

“Freedom fighters have successfully educated the American people about the most brutal and extreme system of governance, the Shariah: Americans know how inhuman it is, and Muslim Brotherhood operatives are still reeling from that stunning defeat,” wrote Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative in her 2012 WND column. “So now they hope to whitewash jihad? That’s oceans of blood they would have to conceal. Oceans of blood.”

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Geller continued, “This usage of jihad is much more influential and widespread among Muslims worldwide than the benign and whitewashed understanding of it being pushed by Hamas-tied CAIR, and the fact that some Muslims don’t think of jihad as involving violence does not cancel out the fact that many do. It is reprehensible to put a happy face on mass murder, ethnic cleansing, honor violence and religious persecution.”

In fact, San Bernardino terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik had discussed their commitment to jihad and martyrdom in private messages they sent in the years before their bloody massacre, according to the FBI.

“We can see from our investigation that in late 2013, before there is a physical meeting of these two people resulting in their engagement and then journey to the United States, they are communicating online, showing signs in that communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom,” FBI Director James B. Comey said in December.

Muslim terrorists Syed Farook and wife, Tashfeen Malik killed 14 and wounded 21 in the December 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino California

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Perhaps it’s no surprise CAIR is defensive when it comes to the meaning of “jihad.” The organization began as a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. in the early 1990s.

Former FBI agent Mike Rolf reported in the book, “Muslim Mafia,” “CAIR has had a number of people in positions of power within the organization that have been directly connected to terrorism and have either been prosecuted or thrown out of the country.”

A review of the public record, including federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations, reveals that CAIR has been associated with numerous convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.

FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.

The list, compiled by WND, includes:

Nihad Awad
Mohamed Nimer

CAIR filed a lawsuit in 2009 against former federal investigator Dave Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, after their findings were published in the WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Dec. 17, 2015, that CAIR has no legal basis to claim its reputation was damaged by an undercover investigation documenting its ties to global jihad.

In its lawsuit, which is scheduled to go to trial, CAIR originally alleged it suffered damages after the younger Gaubatz, posing as an intern, obtained access to some 12,000 pages of CAIR internal documents under false pretenses and made recordings of officials and employees without consent.

CAIR complained of the loss of donor revenue and the loss of contact with legislators and policymakers. When asked by defendants in the discovery process to identify its donors and name the lawmakers it has contacted, CAIR replied by stating it was no longer claiming damage to its reputation.

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U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said CAIR’s filing of a motion to reopen discovery so it can depose an expert witness on the economic impact of damages to CAIR’s reputation was “too late in the game.”

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