Asbury Park-Connected Sheikh, Who Avows Terror, Now More Influential Than Ever

 

UsmaniIt was revealed earlier this year that Asbury Park New Jersey’s boardwalk real estate is owned and controlled by an Islamic company from the Middle East, Capital Guidance. That company maintains a “Sharia Board” headed by a powerful Pakistani Shiekh, Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani.

Usmani wrote a book, Islam and Modernism, urging jihadists to lay in wait in Western countries until they have enough people here to launch “jihad with power.” He wrote that jihadists should continue to kill until we submit to his religion, Islam.

You’d think the man who wrote that book would not be allowed to do business in America. Shockingly, in addition to Asbury Park’s boardwalk buildings, that same company owns a subsidiary selling Sharia-compliant mortgages and has closed over 10,000 loans in 23 states. They did so with the help of your tax dollars, through the Department of Treasury’s Freddie Mac program. Housing “sharia adherents” all over America is an interesting business for a man who says America needs more terrorists.

Shiekh Usmani is a leader of the Deobandi movement. Deobandi is a huge movement formed in 1867 seeking a stricter adherence to fundamentalist Islamic principles. Usmani runs a Deobandi madrassa (school) with 10,000 adults studying Sunni/Hanafi ideas.

Deobandi has had at least four terror offshoots, one of which you’ve certainly heard of: The Taliban in Afghanistan. Usmani was the go-between when Pakistan wanted to talk to the Taliban. In addition to the Taliban, Deobandi has birthed terror organization less known in America but feared elsewhere: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Usmani’s madrassa is Darul Uloom Karachi. It reportedly has terror ties. As reported in Stanford University’s study, “Mapping of Militant Organizations,” citing the South Asia Terror Portal, a man known as Maulvi Sibghatulla had ties to that school. He also ran the Al-Rashid Trust with two others, who turned out to be the conduit to funnel money directly to Osama bin Laden.

When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi and killed, three members of the aforementioned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi that led police to his body, buried on property owned by the very same Al-Rashid Trust.

Sheikh Usmani has famously refused to sign a fatwah (formal Islamic opinion) opposing suicide bombings in Pakistan, and it was lamented that lives would be saved if he did.

Last year the heads of many prominent madrassas were summoned to a meeting by the Pakistani government, because a bank froze over 200 accounts that were in the name of unregistered schools. The accounts were actually fronts for terror funding. That followed a government initiative against terror which ensued after a bomb killed nearly 150 schoolchildren. Usmani was one of those madrassa chiefs summoned to the meeting. While the clerics agreed to have their bank accounts monitored, he and the other clerics complained about the government “harassing their students” and how bad it looks whenever they get raided.

Why revisit Sheikh Usmani now? Each year the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center issues the “Muslim 500” report, which lists the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. Last year Sheikh Usmani was 22. This year he has moved up to six. To put that in perspective, there are approximately 50 majority Muslim countries. Sheikh Usmani is more influential than the heads of state of 45 of them.

Interestingly, a new addition to the Muslim 500 this year is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s most trusted advisor, with this bio:

Huma Abedin is currently vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for President. She has worked for Clinton in different posts (deputy chief of staff, traveling chief of staff) since starting as an intern in the White House in 1996. She is regarded as the closest aide Clinton has, and this accessibility to the likely next President of the USA makes her influential.

Note that well: Hillary is “likely” to be the next President. You heard it from the Muslim 500 first.

The Company Usmani advises here in the United States, Capital Guidance, also has another member of their Sharia Board on the Muslim 500, Sheikh Yazim Yaquby of Bahrain.

What keeps a man as repugnant as Sheikh Usmani doing business in America? Money — lots of money. Usmani is a rock star in Islamic Finance, a $1.1 trillion industry where only a few scholars are allowed to approve transactions. Not only does our own Department of Treasury hold its nose and do business with Usmani, Usmani advises companies all over the globe to ensure their products are in keeping with Sharia law.

To question the sixth-most influential Muslim in the world’s views about terror, you’re going to draw attention from a great deal of rich and powerful people around the world, which is why, I suppose, no one ever does.

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  1. Profile photo of Podkayne of Israel Member

    Pay attention, people. This is important.

    • #1
    • October 13, 2016 at 7:36 am
  2. Profile photo of Old Bathos Member

    No problem. President H. Clinton will present him with a bright red ‘reset’ button labelled with “overcharged” in Arabic.

    I wonder if Capital Guidance or any of the madrassas provide contraception and health coverage for gay or lesbian employee spouses. Muslims must be very nice to women and gays because no one from the left ever protests at Muslim-owned entities.

    I don’t have a problem with Sharia-compliant mortgages or Sharia-compliant contracts between consenting parties. I do have a problem with any law enforcement deference to groups that openly hate the USA. Preach jihad? Then spend your life scrutinized and your gatherings monitored as suspect.

    Until we start seeing news stories about American Muslims turning on guys like Usmani and demanding different leadership at Muslim institutions, it is unreasonable to expect non-Muslim Americans not to be suspicious of all Muslim affiliations.

    
    					
    • #2
    • October 13, 2016 at 8:16 am
  3. Profile photo of Rightfromthestart Thatcher

    Apparently these are no sharia dentists.

    • #3
    • October 13, 2016 at 8:44 am
  4. Profile photo of Lois Lane Coolidge

    Terrifying.

    • #4
    • October 13, 2016 at 9:11 am
  5. Profile photo of Miffed White Male Member

    Old Bathos: No problem. President H. Clinton will present him with a bright red ‘reset’ button labelled with “overcharged” in Arabic.

    How about she gives him a dental referral instead? Maybe he’s just cranky because of the constant mouth pain.

    • #5
    • October 13, 2016 at 9:46 am
  6. Profile photo of Ron Selander Member

    This is truly unsettling!!!!

    If this doesn’t convince a lot of people to finally realize the unspeakable awfulness of an HRC presidency, and can’t imagine what will.

    • #6
    • October 13, 2016 at 9:57 am
  7. Profile photo of Vance Richards Member

    Tommy De Seno: Usmani wrote a book, Islam and Modernism, urging jihadists to lay in wait in Western countries until they have enough people here to launch “jihad with power.”

    And if you are not willing to sit back quietly and let that happen then you are clearly a bigot.

    • #7
    • October 13, 2016 at 10:02 am
  8. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    Some folks here seem to think this is a joking matter. They’d be wrong.

    Thank you @tommydeseno for bringing this to our attention.

    • #8
    • October 13, 2016 at 10:36 am
  9. Profile photo of Gumby Mark Member

    I remember your previous post on this guy. What an appalling situation. It’s a disgrace there is not wider media, political & law enforcement attention on this. If only he were a registered Republican!

    • #9
    • October 13, 2016 at 11:00 am
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    Israel P.:Some folks here seem to think this is a joking matter. They’d be wrong.

    Thank you @tommydeseno for bringing this to our attention.

    We laugh to keep from crying.

    • #10
    • October 13, 2016 at 11:10 am
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    Tommy De Seno Post author

    Mark:I remember your previous post on this guy. What an appalling situation. It’s a disgrace there is not wider media, political & law enforcement attention on this. If only he were a registered Republican!

    I’ve been making this same argument around my home town. If I found out that the boardwalk was owned by Donald Trump they’d be burning it down.

    • #11
    • October 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm
  12. Profile photo of Front Seat Cat Member

    Mark:I remember your previous post on this guy. What an appalling situation. It’s a disgrace there is not wider media, political & law enforcement attention on this. If only he were a registered Republican!

    You bring up the point of the hour – the wider media is not focused on what is important. You cannot find truth in reporting – it’s opinion – this story should be front page, but look at any media site, it is not. Also, you can see that many many adversaries are counting on a Hillary win – Trump would throw a wrench in this guy’s plans right away.

    • #12
    • October 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  13. Profile photo of Ann Member
    Ann

    Thank you for continuing to stay on top of this story and keep us informed.

    • #13
    • October 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm