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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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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