Those associated with the Universal Heritage Foundation claim that they are moderate and devout Muslims. Towards that end, they have engaged in a broad public relations effort to convince the unaware that they are interested in interfaith dialogue, outreach to other religions and peaceful coexistence.
Unfortunately the actions directly taken by them against the Kissimmee Christian Academy and their public statements reveal that UHF is populated by some of the most radical Islamists in America and that is the reason why they find themselves under surveillance by US law enforcement.
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah - Director, Universal Heritage Foundation, Former ICNA President--Kissimmee Florida
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah was president of the Islamic Council of North America [ICNA]. ICNA has already been documented as voicing support for Hamas, violent jihad and as engaging in jihad fund-raising. It is sometimes called the North American branch of Jama'at-I-Islami or is described as "allied" or "linked" with Jama'at-I-Islami. Referring to the invited speakers at the ?Islam for Humanity" ?said that "I personally have never heard any of these individuals say anything hateful" although he as appeared at or hosted conferences with them since before 2000 Quote by Dr. Shah:"If we are unable to stop the Jews now, their next stop is Yathrib (The Prophet's city of Medina), where the Jews used to live until their expulsion by Prophet Muhammad. That's the pinnacle of their motives." "If the Jews can put so much pressure on U.S. policy, why can't the Muslims? "We need to take the Palestine cause as a Fard (a religious obligation) When he was president of ICNA, Shah said that President Bush must stop associating with people who, like Jerry Falwell, are prejudiced.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj - Universal Heritage Foundation Board Member and guest speaker - Kissimmee, Florida
"Take my word; if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us." Has proclaimed that the ?real terrorists" are the FBI and the CIA "In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam." He also praises Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who visited Wahhaj?s mosque several years before he [Rahman] was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to bomb New York City landmarks. he said that America would fall unless it accepts the Islamic agenda In 1993 two members of his mosque pleaded guilty in connection with charges of plotting to kill the secretary-general of the United Nations, a U.S. senator and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and blow up major buildings and tunnels He has told 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 American democracy?
Muzammil H. Siddiqi - Universal Heritage Foundation Board Member and speaker
Siddiqi and Wahaj spoke at the Islamic Circle of North America's 2001 convention in Cleveland together with Saudi Shaikh Abdur Rahman al-Sudais, senior imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, who has been quoted vilifying Jews as the "scum of humanity" and "the grandsons of monkeys and pigs." The three were scheduled to speak again in December at an Islamic conference in Kissimmee, Fla. has spoken at pro-Hezbollah and pro-Hamas rallies, and has supported an Islamic state in the U.S., while praising martyrdom for the Islamic cause Siddiqui spoke at an Oct. 28, 2000, "Jerusalem Day" rally in Washington, that media reported degenerated into a hate-fest in which the crowd chanted, "Death to the Jews!" Abdurahman Alamoudi, the former American Muslim Council president arrested last year on terrorism-related charges, appeared with Siddiqi at the 2000 protest rally. And he proclaimed: "Hear that, Bill Clinton! We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish to add that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah."
Dr. Talat Sultan - Islamic Circle of North America President and Guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation, Kissimmee Florida
a group that is under investigation by FBI counterterrorism agents for terror ties a group that published material supporting suicide bombings against Israel a group whose past conference speakers face terror-related indictments a group who has explained that "martyr operations are not suicide."
Imam Abdul Malik - Guest Speaker Universal Heritage Foundation, Kissimmee Florida
voiced empathy and support for suicide bombers, denied Muslims were involved in 9-11, characterized the war on terror as a conspiratorial Zionist blamed attacks on affirmative action on "the rise of the Jewish cracker," urged a crowd of roughly 500 to 800 to "stop calling them suicide bombers Stated that Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, 'Go honey, go!'"Stated that Israelis ought to return "to Germany, to Poland to Russia. To the Jews: ?The Germans should hook y'all up. You should go back to Germany."praised the terrorist group Hamas
Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Sudais - Senior Imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and Invited guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation, Kissimmee, Florida
said Arabs should bid farewell to peace with the Jews?"the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the killers of prophets and the grandsons of monkeys and pigs." called on the Muslim world to unite against a vast conspiracy of Jews, Christians and "idol-worshipping Hindus The Jews "have tyrannized, terrorized, and indulged in tyranny and corruption," ?[the Jews] whom God cursed, got angry with, and turned into monkeys, pigs, and tyrant worshippers... Their course is supported by the advocates of credit and worshippers of the Cross." prayed to God to ?terminate" the Jews and urged Arabs and Muslims to abandon efforts to make peace with Israel. ?We must say farewell to peace initiatives with these people (the Jews),"
Tayabb Yunus - Muslim Youth leader, Webmaster and guest speaker for Universal Heritage Foundation Kissimmee, Florida
In 2000, Muslim Youth leader Tayabb Yunus urged parents at an ICNA conference to "send your children to fight Jihad in Chechyna." How many of you can actually say that you want to send your youth to fight in Jihad or to send them to?to these Islamic Institutions to become educated? ?I honestly believe in my heart that this is the time, right now is the time
Imam Maulana Shafayat Muhammad - Invited guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation ? assisting with current fund-raising for UHF?s Kissimmee purchase
Principal of the Darul Uloom Institute & Islamic Training Center in Pembroke Pines. Dirty-bomb suspect Josť Padilla who is accused of plotting with al-Qaeda to explode a bomb containing radioactive materials in the United States attended his mosque. his mosque was also the place where two individuals were said to have plotted attacks on a National Guard Armory and South Florida electrical power stations. All three are in custody today; the latter two have been convicted. And the local Darul Aloom is part of a worldwide network of Darul Alooms, many of which have been cited as having had ties with al Qaeda. Shafayat Mohamed, on his website, has a picture of himself shaking the hand of Ahmed Deedat. According to the FBI, Deedat has received millions of dollars from Osama bin Laden. And his own son claims to be a friend of bin Laden's. In fact, the picture of Shafayat Mohamed with Deedat was taken in what was then called the Bin Laden Center, located in Durban, South Africa.
ISNA's North American Islamic Trust - Two Universal Heritage Foundation Board members were previously on this Board and the third a guest speaker at Kissimmee, Florida
Orlando [Kissimmee] conference invitees Abdullah Idris Ali, Siraj Wahhaj (the unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), and Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui have all served as members on the Board of Trustees for ISNA's North American Islamic Trust. The North American Islamic Trust, which owns the Albany, NY Central Avenue mosque raided by authorities, controls a growing number of mosques in the United States, a handful of which have been linked to terrorist activities, according to published reports. Last year, an Islamic school in Florida owned by the trust was described as a base for a local terrorist cell in a federal indictment. Another trust-owned mosque outside Chicago was investigated last fall for terror-related money laundering, according to local news reports. And this past December, the trust was added to a massive federal lawsuit filed in New York City by insurance companies and survivors' families over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sayyid M. Syeed - Invited guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation (Secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North America)
Former director of academic outreach at the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Federal agencies raided the institute last year on suspicion of funneling money to suicide bombers.---major donations made, while Syeed was there, to an organization founded by Sami Al Arian, who was arrested and charged with racketeering by federal prosecutors in February. A 50-count indictment accuses Sami Al Arian of leading Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a U.S.-based terrorist group suspected of funding and helping to organize suicide bombers in Israel. "Many participants, [Kissimmee Conference] such as Dr. Syeed, belonged to an extremist party based in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan called Jama'at-I-Islami. It is the parent group of several organizations indicted as terrorist groups.. "Jama'at-I-Islami helped Osama bin Laden in the creation of al-Qaida, and he wrote that from 1980-84 he [Syeed] used to frequent one of their headquarters to hand over donations."
Sheikh Wagdy Ghunaim - Guest Speaker Universal Heritage Foundation
He had also referred to Jews as "monkeys" and "pigs" during a Brooklyn College conference of the American Muslim Alliance on May 24, 1998. Before leading the audience in anti-Jewish verse, Ghuneim said: "The Jews distort words from their meanings. ... They killed the prophets and worshipped idols. Speaking about suicide bombings that took place in Israel in 1996: "Those young people who explode themselves to kill the Jews were not committing suicide but jihad," Ghuneim said, "They are mujahedeen because there is no way to struggle and fight the Jews except that way. Allah bless those martyrs." On May 24, 1998, for example, CAIR co-sponsored an incendiary rally at Brooklyn College that featured speakers spouting anti-Jewish rhetoric. One speaker was Wagdy Ghuneim, a radical cleric from Egypt. He told listeners, "Allah says he who equips a warrior of jihad is like the one makes jihad himself." He led the audience in a song with the lyrics: "No to the Jews, descendants of the apes."