Pennsylvania Muslim Cleric Hate

 

Imam Who Threatened Ayaan Hirsi Ali with Death for Apostasy Led Interfaith Service After Paris Attacks

BY PATRICK POOLE

APRIL 23, 2016
PJ Media

A Pennsylvania imam who was fired last year by the Bureau of Prisons for his claims that author and Harvard lecturer Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserved to be killed under Islamic law for apostatizing from

Islam recently led an interfaith prayer service after the ISIS attacks in Paris last November.


Fouad ElBayly, the imam at the Islamic Center of Johnstown, led the Nov. 21 prayer event, where he said:


The Islamic Center of Johnstown and all the Muslim communities in our region condemn the evil doing of the people who carried out that terrible attack against innocent people.

This is similar to the statements he made at a March 2002 prayer service for the 9/11 victims on United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA, not far from ElBayly's mosque:

Imam Fouad El Bayly of the Islamic Center of Johnstown and Somerset asked people to be tolerant. He said the Muslim extremists who hijacked the plane also hijacked the Islamic faith.

"In the name of God, in the name of peace, in the name of brotherhood, in the name of mankind, let there be peace," he said. "We cannot condemn a nation, a religion, for the acts of a few."

But peace and tolerance are are apparently hard concepts for ElBayly to follow himself.

Last year he was fired as a Bureau of Prisons chaplain at the Federal Correctional Institute of Cumberland, MD, after it was reported he was hired under a $10,500 February 2014 federal contract despite his 2007 comments calling for the killing of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He later received another $2,400 contract to teach Islam in the same federal prison in December 2014.

In January, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to the Bureau of Prisons inquiring about the flaws in their hiring process that led to ElBayly's employment.


After it was revealed that ElBayly had been hired, Hirsi Ali penned an editorial in the Wall Street Journal expressing surprise that the imam who had threatened her with death was now employed by the Justice Department.


Philly Cleric Sentenced for Corruption

By JOANN LOVIGLIO
The Associated Press
Monday, September 19, 2005; 2:12 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- A prominent Muslim cleric on Monday was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on racketeering and other charges, the latest in a string of convictions stemming from the FBI's sweeping probe of municipal corruption.

Prosecutors said that Shamsud-din Ali, 67, used his political connections to obtain dubious loans, donations and city contracts. In addition to his 87-month sentence, Ali was ordered to pay restitution. He was released pending an appeal.

The investigation of the so-called "pay to play" culture in Philadelphia's city government has led to the convictions and guilty pleas for more than a dozen people, including a former city treasurer, two bank executives and several business owners seeking city contracts.

The probe became public when police discovered an FBI bug in Mayor John F. Street's office. The mayor has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.

Ali, the leader of a west Philadelphia mosque, was charged with 34 counts. After six days of deliberations, jurors convicted him in June of 22 counts, including racketeering.

According to prosecutors, he and his wife, Faridah, used the Muslim school they ran as a private piggy bank, soliciting donations and public education funds for adult education classes that were never held. The Alis had at least five family members on the payroll, including two adult children who lived out of state.

Faridah Ali was convicted and sentenced to a year of house arrest on related charges.

 

Muslim Cleric's Wife Sentenced To Prison In Philly

Faridah Ali Gets Two Years

February 17, 2006

PHILADELPHIA -- The wife of a prominent Muslim cleric has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in Philadelphia's "pay-to-play" corruption scandal.

Faridah Ali pleaded no-contest to racketeering charges in September. She broke down during testimony at yesterday's sentencing, saying she hopes she can "take something positive from this experience." She said, "I broke the law and I'm sorry."

From the witness stand, Ali said she was guilty of defrauding the Community College of Philadelphia, a car dealership and a bank.

She also admitted to wire fraud, tax evasion, and filing false tax returns.

Ali was ordered to pay restitution of $21,600 to the community college and faces forfeiture of some $87,000 for defrauding from the Mercedes-Benz dealer.

 

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