The son of a Brooklyn imam who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has been accused of training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, according to prosecutors.
Siraj ibn Wahhaj, the son of Siraj Wahhaj, is the father of a missing 3-year-old Georgia boy, and authorities are waiting to hear results of an analysis by medical examiners to determine if human remains found at the compound were those of the boy, the Associated Press reported.
Court documents say authorities who raided the compound Friday found 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions along with assault rifles.
Siraj ibn Wahhaj is being held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults facing child abuse charges.
“He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” wrote prosecutor Timothy Hasson.
The child, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta, after the father told the boy’s mother he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. Later, the father said he was taking the child, who suffers from a rare disorder requiring daily medication, to a park and didn’t return.
Sheriff Hogrefe of the Taos County Sheriff Department said in a statement the children had been at the site for months without food and were so skinny their ribs were showing.
“I’ve been a cop for 30 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. Unbelievable,” he told ABC News.
The Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, 68, the leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America, has not commented on the arrest.
As WND has reported, the imam is on record urging a violent overthrow of the “filthy” U.S. government, assisted by jihad warriors armed with Uzis.
He has advocated turning the U.S. into an Islamic state governed by Saudi-style Shariah law, and has supported stoning or jailing apostates of Islam.
Over the fourth of July weekend, prominent progressive and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the Women’s March, praised the elder Wahhaj at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood front in the U.S.
Her call for Muslims to wage “jihad” against President Trump was widely reported, but she also mentioned her “favorite person in this room,” Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who she called a personal “mentor, motivator and encourager.”
Wahhaj, a witness for blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, has served as a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group and itself an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in American history.
Wahhaj was also the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. A year later, he told an audience of New Jersey Muslims that if only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.
On a religion blog, he was quoted as telling his followers that a society governed by strict Islamic law, in which adulterers would be stoned to death and thieves would have their hands cut off, would be superior to the American republic.
Wahhaj has also called FBI and CIA agents the “real terrorists.”
The New York City-based Clarion Fund points out Wahhaj was featured on a panel in 2005 titled “Replacing the Constitution with the Koran: ‘Conquest or Conversion’ through Islamic Propagation.”