Florida: Trial opens of imams accused of misunderstanding Islam, funneling money to Taliban

Don’t these imams know that jihad is just making sure your kids brush their teeth?

“Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial,” by Jay Weaver for the Miami Herald, January 4 (thanks to Darcy):

Hafiz Khan, a hunched man with a flowing white beard, was called the “Santa Claus imam” by the youngsters who attended his modest Flagler Mosque in Miami.

But on Friday, a federal prosecutor portrayed the 77-year-old Muslim cleric as an evil man who spewed hateful words about his adopted country and funneled at least $50,000 to support the Pakistani Taliban terrorist organization in violent attacks against U.S. interests overseas.

His goal, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley said in opening statements of Khan’s terrorism trial, was to help arm the Taliban militants with weapons for their mission to topple the Pakistan government and carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. military abroad.

“This is no man of peace,” Shipley told the 12-person federal jury Friday. “This is not a religious leader that any of you would respect.–

Khan and his 26-year old son, Izhar Khan, a Muslim scholar who served as imam of a mosque in Margate, are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. Both imams, who have been detained without bail since their arrests in 2011, say their financial support was intended not for terrorists, but for relatives, friends and school children in Pakistan who have struggled for survival. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Charges were dismissed last year against another son, Irfan Khan, because of a lack of evidence. Two other Khan family members charged in the case, Amina Khan, a daughter, and Alam Zeb, her son, are in Pakistan. Another defendant, Ali Rehman, accused of distributing Hafiz Khan’s funds to the Taliban, is also in Pakistan.

The FBI investigation, launched in early 2009, was built on recordings of Hafiz Khan’s phone conversations, a confidential informant who infiltrated Khan’s mosque, and Khan’s bank records in South Florida and Pakistan.

Hafiz Khan’s attorney, Khurrum Wahid, said in opening statements that prosecutors have created a “caricature” of his client, asserting that his words were “hyperbole” and “contrary” to the Taliban’s violent campaign. Wahid said his client was driven by a “love” for the people in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, where he was born and raised before becoming a Muslim leader and founder of a madrassa religious school.

“You”re going to hear he loved helping the poor and needy,” Wahid told jurors. “You”re going to hear he’s not pro-Taliban. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. … You”re going to hearing of no evidence that the money went for guns. …You”re going to hear it was for the madrassa, the love of his life.”

The younger Khan’s defense lawyer, Joseph Rosenbaum, minced the prosecution’s case against his client, saying that Izhar rarely came up in FBI-recorded phone conversations and was not personally responsible for sending any money to the Taliban.

Rosenbaum said that Izhar never heard a potentially incriminating voice mail message left on his answering machine by his father to pick up $300 from a South Florida donor, that the father said had been “approved for the mujahideen,” or Taliban militants.

“It was impossible for Izhar to hear that voice mail,” Rosenbaum told jurors, noting that the July 11, 2009, message lasted one minute and 58 seconds and that Izhar called his father back 19 seconds after it was left on his answering machine.

“The government has no evidence that Izhar listened to the voice mail message,” the lawyer said. “The government is asking you to assume Izhar heard the voice mail.”

Then Rosenbaum told the jurors that they were the only thing “standing between the government steamrolling someone who is not guilty.”…

Central to the prosecution’s case against the Khans are more than 1,000 phone calls and other communications intercepted by the FBI from 2009 to 2010. Based in large part on those calls, prosecutors say the Khans wired at least $50,000 to help finance the Pakistani Taliban’s acquisition of guns and ammunition.

In addition, Shipley, the prosecutor, said Hafiz Khan’s Swat Valley religious school, which he had founded in the 1970s, was used by the Taliban to train and indoctrinate children in fighting Americans. The madrassa was shut down in 2009 by the Pakistani army.

Court documents also show that the recorded conversations contained anti-American rhetoric and strong support for the Taliban, mainly on the part of the older Khan.

In July 2009, for example, the FBI said Khan “cursed the leaders and army of Pakistan, and called for the death of Pakistan’s president and for blood to be shed in violent revolution.”

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  1. says

    Hafiz Khan, a hunched man with a flowing white beard, was called the “Santa Claus imam” by the youngsters …..

    Ah yes, Santa Claus Khan and the gift of Islam, the gift that keeps on taking!

    Clown!

  2. says

    Florida: Trial opens of imams accused of misunderstanding Islam, funneling money to Taliban

    Don’t these imams know that jihad is just making sure your kids brush their teeth?
    …………………………….

    This last is a reference to Hamas-linked CAIR’s meretrocious “#MyJihad” campaign, which implies that Jihad is nothing more than a personal self-improvement program. More here:

    “Hamas-linked CAIR applies cosmetics to the concept of jihad”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/hamas-linked-cair-applies-cosmetics-to-the-concept-of-jihad.html

    More:

    “Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial” by Jay Weaver for the Miami Herald, January 4
    …………………………….

    Note the phrasing. Jay Weaver”or whoever writes headlines at the Miami Herald’slyly hints that this portrayal is all wrong.

    More:

    Hafiz Khan, a hunched man with a flowing white beard, was called the “Santa Claus imam” by the youngsters who attended his modest Flagler Mosque in Miami.
    …………………………….

    Aw”what could be more innocent? Of course, the beard in Islam has a rather more sinister aspect than it does on the “jolly old elf”, where it is just seen as sweetly avuncular.

    And note this “misunderstander’s” moniker””Hafiz” is not a name like “Ahmed” or “Mahmoud””a Hafiz is a Muslim who has memorized the Qur’an.

    In other words, a Hafiz *knows his Islam*.

    More:

    Khan and his 26-year old son, Izhar Khan, a Muslim scholar who served as imam of a mosque in Margate, are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. Both imams, who have been detained without bail since their arrests in 2011, say their financial support was intended not for terrorists, but for relatives, friends and school children in Pakistan who have struggled for survival…
    …………………………….

    This is always the problem”Money for Jihad is always palmed off as “charity”. And why not? “Zakat””which is usually simply translated as “charity””is more intended to support violent Jihad than to provide charity as we would use the term.

    More:

    In addition, Shipley, the prosecutor, said Hafiz Khan’s Swat Valley religious school, which he had founded in the 1970s, was used by the Taliban to train and indoctrinate children in fighting Americans.
    …………………………….

    Exactly. Despite Alan Colmes hysterical assertion that “‘Madrassa’ just means ‘school’!”, the fact is that most Madrassas are hardly simply schools as we would use the term, but rather centers for indoctrination into violent Jihad.

    More:

    In July 2009, for example, the FBI said Khan “cursed the leaders and army of Pakistan, and called for the death of Pakistan’s president and for blood to be shed in violent revolution.”
    …………………………….

    And this is true of all too many Muslims who have now set up in America and the other nations of the free West.

  3. says

    Is that really you, “our” Darcy?? We miss you here, lady!

    Meanwhile, isn’t it time to start deporting these evil people from our midst? There’s no reason in the world for them to be here–considering their malicious intent–and every reason to send them back to the islamic paradii from whence they came. Really, it’s time…

  4. says

    Wow, that’s odd. Really odd. Hope the jurors pick up on it.

    The father’s attorney is talking about how the money went to support a school (see, he supports education, family, friends), this guy doesn’t support the Taliban and so on but the son’s attorney is talking about how the son could not have possible picked up a potentially incriminating voice mail from his father to pick up money which is designated for “approved for the mujahideen,” or Taliban militants.

    It will be interesting to hear how the father’s attorney spins the he doesn’t support the Taliban and leaves a message contradicting that for the son. It will also be interesting to hear if the son picked up the money.

  5. says

    Hmm.

    I take a stroll through the recently archived articles, and right here at the end of the comments thread a Mohammedan boggart has laid a stink-bomb or a rotten egg or a fresh t**d, threatening American posters with ‘more Katrina, more Sandy and more Sandy hooks’ if ‘you guys lie on the Muslims’.

    What charming sentiments…NOT.

    What an expose of the Mind of Islam, right there. Threatening, and ill-wishing.

    Of course, the fact is: nobody here, who reports the evil things that Muslims plot and plan, the evil things that Muslim texts contain, the evil things that many Muslim actually *do* (and there is no way that such things as the ritual Islamic murder of Miriam Monsonego can be described as anything else than pure EVIL), is lying at all.

    We’re not telling lies about Muslims, or Islam.

    We’re just discussing the truth, plain and simple. Ugly truth: we, all of us, not only Americans but Indians and Filipinos and people in Thailand and people in Indonesia (Christians, not Muslims), and Australians and British and Germans and non-Muslim Africans, are simply stating The Thing Which Is. We’re describing what we read, see and hear, right there in the texts of Islam and the ranting, blood-curdling sermons chock full of occult cursing and hatred and ill-wishing and boasting and threats, and the murderous deeds and the murderous plots, some of them fortunately foiled.

    We’re calling it how we see it; how it *is*.

    And if Sharida Abdoel doesn’t like it, he can lump it.

    And the blessings and praises that *we* say, are more than adequate to cause his occult curses and ill-wishings to disappear like little puffs of smoke; like f*rts.

    Here’s a powerful blessing. Anyone here who wants to bless America, in particular, since this nasty Muslim has just been ill-wishing: just click on the link, listen in and…sing along.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFxpzgc0B48&NR=1&feature=endscreen

    And here is the whole universe singing the praise of the Holy One…who is *very* different from that grubby little would-be usurper, ‘allah’.

    Psalm 150, in Hebrew

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Am1uUU2clg

    And for good measure, another blessing, the ‘Gaelic blessing’.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GSWtHc22t8