HUMA TIED TO AL-QAIDA FRONT: Michelle Bachmann’s letter missed what could be most troubling connection


By Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM — Charges made in a 16-page letter by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. against longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin miss what may be one of the most troubling radical connections – Abedin’s family is directly tied to the Muslim World League.

The League is a Muslim charity known to have spawned terror groups, including one declared by the U.S. government to be an official al-Qaida front.

In her now well publicized letter, Bachmann noted that Huma’s father, Professor Syed Abiden, was the founder of the Institute for Minority Affairs, a Saudi group that “had the quiet but active support,” Bachmann wrote, of Umar Abdallah Nasif, the Secretary General of the Muslim World League.

However, KleinOnline first revealed an even more direct connection to the terror-stained charity – Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin, was the official representative of the Muslim World League in the 1990’s.

Saleha Abedin has been quoted in numerous press accounts as both representing the MWL and serving as a delegate for the charity.

In 1995, for example, the Washington Times reported on a United Nations-arranged women’s conference in Beijing that called on governments throughout the world to give women statistical equality with men in the workplace.

The report quoted Abedin, who attended the conference as a delegate, as “also representing the Muslim World League based in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim NGO Caucus.”

The U.N.’s website references a report in the run-up to the Beijing conference also listing Abedin as representing the MWL at the event.
The website posted an article from the now defunct United States Information Agency quoting Abedin and reporting she attended the Beijing conference as “a delegate of the Muslim World League and member of the Muslim Women’s NGO caucus.”

In the article, Abedin was listed under a shorter name, “Dr. Saleha Mahmoud, director of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.”

KleinOnline has confirmed the individual listed is Huma Abedin’s mother. The reports misspelled part of Abedin’s name. Her full professional name is at times listed as Saleha Mahmood Abedin S.

Al-Qaida links

The MWL, meanwhile, was founded in Mecca in 1962 and bills itself one of the largest Islamic non-governmental organizations.

But according to U.S. government documents and testimony from the charity’s own officials, it is heavily financed by the Saudi government.

The MWL has been accused of terror ties, as have its various offshoots, including the International Islamic Relief Organization, or IIRO, and Al Haramain, which was declared by the U.S. and U.N. a terror financing front.

Indeed, the Treasury Department, in a September 2004 press release, alleged Al Haramain had “direct links” with Osama bin Laden. The group is now banned worldwide by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267.

There long have been reports citing accusations the IIRO and MWL also repeatedly funded al-Qaida.

In 1993, bin Laden reportedly told an associate that the MWL was one of his three most important charity fronts.

An Anti-Defamation League profile of the MWL accuses the group of promulgating a “fundamentalist interpretation of Islam around the world through a large network of charities and affiliated organizations.”

“Its ideological backbone is based on an extremist interpretation of Islam,” the profile states, “and several of its affiliated groups and individuals have been linked to terror-related activity.”

In 2003, U.S. News and World Report documented that accompanying the MWL’s donations, invariably, are “a blizzard of Wahhabist literature.”

“Critics argue that Wahhabism’s more extreme preachings – mistrust of infidels, branding of rival sects as apostates and emphasis on violent jihad –laid the groundwork for terrorist groups around the world,” the report continued.

An Egyptian-American cab driver, Ihab Mohamed Ali Nawawi, was arrested in Florida in 1990 on accusations he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent and a former personal pilot to bin Laden. At the same time he was accused of serving bin Laden, he also reportedly worked for the Pakistani branch of the MWL.

The MWL in 1988 founded the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, developing chapters in about 50 countries, including for a time in Oregon until it was designated a terror organization.

In the early 1990s, evidence began to grow that the foundation was funding Islamist militants in Somalia and Bosnia, and a 1996 CIA report detailed its Bosnian militant ties.

The U.S. Treasury designated Al Haramain’s offices in Kenya and Tanzania as sponsors of terrorism for their role in planning and funding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa. The Comoros Islands office was also designated because it “was used as a staging area and exfiltration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings.”

The New York Times reported in 2003 that Al Haramain had provided funds to the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. The Indonesia office was later designated a terrorist entity by the Treasury.

In February 2004, the U.S. Treasury Department froze all Al Haramain’s financial assets pending an investigation, leading the Saudi government to disband the charity and fold it into another group, the Saudi National Commission for Relief and Charity Work Abroad.

In September 2004, the U.S. designated Al-Haramain a terrorist organization.

In June 2008, the Treasury Department applied the terrorist designation to the entire Al-Haramain organization worldwide

Bin Laden’s brother-in-law

In August, 2006, the Treasury Department also designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of the MWL-founded IIRO as terrorist entities “for facilitating fundraising for al-Qaida and affiliated terrorist groups.”

The Treasury Department added: “Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, a high-ranking IIRO official [executive director of its Eastern Province Branch] in Saudi Arabia, has used his position to bankroll the al-Qaida network in Southeast Asia. Al-Mujil has a long record of supporting Islamic militant groups, and he has maintained a cell of regular financial donors in the Middle East who support extremist causes.”

In the 1980s, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, ran the Philippines offices of the IIRO. Khalifa has been linked to Manila-based plots to target the pope and U.S. airlines.

The IIRO has also been accused of funding Hamas, Algerian radicals, Afghanistan militant bases and the Egyptian terror group Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya.

The New York Post reported the families of the 9/11 victims filed a lawsuit against IIRO and other Muslim organizations for having “played key roles in laundering of funds to the terrorists in the 1998 African embassy bombings,” and for having been involved in the “financing and ‘aiding and abetting’ of terrorists in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.”

‘Saudi government front’

In a court case in Canada, Arafat El-Asahi, the Canadian director of both the IIRO and the MWL, admitted the charities are near entities of the Saudi government.

Stated El-Asahi: “The Muslim World League, which is the mother of IIRO, is a fully government-funded organization. In other words, I work for the Government of Saudi Arabia. I am an employee of that government.

“Second, the IIRO is the relief branch of that organization, which means that we are controlled in all our activities and plans by the Government of Saudi Arabia. Keep that in mind, please,” he said.

Despite its offshoots being implicated in terror financing, the U.S. government never designated the MWL itself as a terror-financing charity. Many have speculated the U.S. has been trying to not embarrass the Saudi government.

Tied to Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood president

Last month, author Walid Shoebat reported that while she acted as one of 63 leaders of the Muslim Sisterhood, the de facto female version of the Muslim Brotherhood, Saleha Abedin served alongside Najla Ali Mahmoud, the wife of Mohammed Mursi, Egypt’s new president.

Clinton met with Mursi last Sunday.

Saleha Abedin and Mursi’s wife both were members of the Sisterhood’s Guidance Bureau, found Shoebat.

Hillary praise

Saleha Mahmood Abedin is an associate professor of sociology at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which she helped to create. She formerly directed the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in the U.K. and served as a delegate for the Muslim World League, an Islamic fundamentalist group Osama bin Laden reportedly told an associate was one of his most important charity fronts.

In February 2010, Clinton spoke at Abedin’s college, where she was first introduced by Abedin and then praised the work of the terror-tied professor:

“I have to say a special word about Dr. Saleha Abedin,” Clinton said. “You heard her present the very exciting partnerships that have been pioneered between colleges and universities in the United States and this college. And it is pioneering work to create these kinds of relationships.

“But I have to confess something that Dr. Abedin did not,” Clinton continued, “and that is that I have almost a familial bond with this college. Dr. Abedin’s daughter, one of her three daughters, is my deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, who started to work for me when she was a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”

With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott

  • Anonymous

    Islam is an Evil Cult that worships killing. The world has suffered far too long at the hands of Islamic killers. Oh the apologists say the Muslim kids and women are not Evil. How naive such apologists are, as it is the women and children that are tools of the Evil Islamic killers. The innocent looking are the spys and espionage agents of Islam. The whole dam lot of them are evil and to save the world all of Islam must be erradicated.

  • H

    The only good muslim (raghead) is one buried with pigs.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m sending this article to Rep. John Boehner and Senator John McCain who disagreed with Michele Bachman’s 16 page letter. 
    Here’s contact info for Rep. John Boehner –  
    Here’s contact information for Senator John McCain:

    Thank you Aaron for an excellent expose here.

    • Anonymous

      How about sending a copy to the potential VP and turncoat Rubio and proven RINO Brown?  I have sent it to all four and received not one reply. The tea party has been used once again for political gain. Our government has been taken over by Marxists and infiltrated by our sworn enemies.  The destruction is almost complete.   

      • Anonymous

        SuzeTX Good to have your support here.  I did also write to Rubio and to Eric Cantor, who could have given stronger backing to Bachmann.  Any further information on Cantor’s response here?  I didn’t bother with Brown as I have given up on him, as he is as you say a, “proven Rino.”  I agree with the remainder of your remarks as well. 

        Are you from Texas?  At least we have some good news from there with the win of Ted Cruz.  Let’s hope he remains as conservative as he appears to be now. 

        • Anonymous

          I am from Texas and it was wonderful night last night. I cried like a baby when the results came in.  I couldn’t believe people who called themselves tea partiers/9-12 were supporting the forked tongue Duckin’ Dewhurst – another Lindsey Graham type. I spoke with Cruz personally at three different townhalls and liked what I heard.  I also assured him that if he betrayed the trust of Texans on a single issue that I would work twice as hard to get him un-elected, to which the crowd chimed in, “amen!”  LOL
          Did I miss remarks from Cantor? I don’t recall seeing anything about him chastizing Bachmann, as did the others. I wrote the rest of the committee and urged them to stand strong, that the majority of Americans supported them.  Bachmann has Texan Louis Gohmert for back up and he is particularly outspoken – love him~!  I then wrote and called all those who condemned her and chastized them for “aiding and abetting our enemies,” especially the sweetheart of progressives, McCain.  I was stunned about Rubio, coupled with his amnesty/Dream Act plan – I wouldn’t vote for him for dogcatcher now.  Illegal is just not that difficult a concept, except for a congress of lawyers!  If our representatives will not follow the Constitution and protect us, we must do it ourselves and I suspect it will get really ugly before November. Keep the faith and let’s hold their feet to the fire because we MUST defeat the scourge in the WH, if America is to survive. Keep in touch!