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Faisal Gill, VMPAC, and Herndon’s Day Laborer Center

By Greg L | 23 May 2007 | Illegal Aliens, 51st HOD District | 12 Comments

Yesterday I reported on Faisal Gill’s endorsement by the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee, which opposes measures to reduce the number of illegal aliens present in our communities. Folks have been looking at VMPAC trying to figure out what the heck this organization is, and courtesy of google, it would appear that Faisal Gill has yet another entanglement with those who support terrorists. Don’t just google Faisal Gill. Do it for everyone.

Front Page Magazine has looked into VMPAC before, in relation to it’s opposition of Congressman Frank Wolf’s efforts to help stop the genocide in Darfur. Because that means trying to bring economic pressure on the government of Sudan, which is financing and supporting militia organizations that are slaughtering innocent civilians, VMPAC opposes divestment and economic sanctions initiatives because it might harm an ostensibly Islamic government. So Steve Emerson dug into what’s going on at VMPAC, and guess what he came up with? Links to Sami Al-Arian, the Safa Group, and Hamas. Sound familiar?

VMPAC is headed by a man named Mukit Hossain. Hossain is the founder of an organization called Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH). In January 2006, Wachovia bank closed the accounts of FAITH,[2] stating that certain account activity “was significantly different from that which Wachovia would expect to see in an account established for a charity.”[3] FAITH’s offices are located in an office complex in Herndon, Virginia,[4] which housed a series of organizations and charities linked to radical causes, including International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – the chief American sponsor of convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian’s Tampa think tank - as well as the “Safa Group” and the SAAR Foundation, currently under federal investigation.[5] M. Yaqub Mirza of IIIT, Safa and SAAR bankrolled FAITH to the tune of $150,000 in April, 2005.[6]

In 2004, another Hossain-led organization, the Muslim American Political Action Committee (MAPAC), received nearly $10,000 from Ahmad Totonji, also of IIIT, and his wife, Susanna. The Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, who once lamented the death of Hamas founder Sheikh Yassin and referred to him merely as “a quadriplegic Palestinian religious leader,”[7] honored Hossain as the “Herndon Citizen Of The Year” in 2004.[8]

Bearing this background in mind, the fact that the VMPAC is attempting to stymie efforts to end the genocide in Darfur should come as no surprise. Radical Islamic groups and Islamist apologists have long tried to distract from the carnage in Sudan both by minimizing the deadly nature of the conflict and blaming the situation on their traditional bogeyman: the Zionists.

VMPAC Director Mukit Hossain has been busy in the Herndon area where he lives. He’s one of the founders of Project Hope And Harmony, which was instrumental in establishing a taxpayer-funded day laborer center in Herndon and is the group that now operates the center.

From Militant Islam Monitor we learn:

The War on Terror suffered another setback when the ‘Virginistan’ Senate honored Mukrit Hossain, an Islamist who has used his ‘charitable’ work - for Da’wa and to undermine the interests of the United States. Hossain has not only parlayed giving food and coats to illegal migrants into a federally funded exercise in Da’wa (Islamic propagation), he has assisted those who broke the law with legal aid to help them fight to stay in the US . Hossain exploits his ‘charitable’ work for furthering his Islamist agenda,and openly proclaims this to be his political mission as well….Hossain is also active in MAS, the Muslim American Society, the group which is in the forefront of campaiging for the release of jailed presidental assassin wannabe Omar Abu Ali. MAS also lauded Hossain as a ’supporter’ of their organisation which is directly linked to ICNA and by extension Al Qaeda. The trustee of MAS’s Islamic American University is Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi who proclaimed that Muslim women have an Islamic duty to become suicide bombers.

And there’s more:

Perhaps most outrageous of all is that the FAITH ‘charity’ -Foundation for Appropriate and Temporary Immediate Help- which Hossain is being lauded for which helps illegal migrants get around American law and enables him to expose them to Islam, is registered at 500 Grove Street an address which was raided by law enforcement because ‘it housed more then 100 interlocking Muslim organisations… which gave material aid to terrorists.’ Besides Hossain and FAITH’s activities in recruiting illegal migrant converts to Islam, one must also conclude that the potential for these people to become terrorist operatives is just as likely.

That “500 Grove Street” address was the headquarters of the Safa Group. So here we have radical islamists supporting illegal aliens as a means of proselytizing Wahabbi Islamic doctrine. And they’re endorsing Faisal Gill, despite his claim that he wants to do something about illegal immigration. We not quite sure what, but he says he wants to do something about it.

See also:
WHO IS FAISAL GILL, Michelle Malkin, June 22, 2004 (part 2, part 3)
The Faisal Gill Affair, Frank Gaffney, Frontpage Magazine, July 19th, 2004
The Faisal Gill Affair, Jihad Watch, July 19th, 2004
Faisal Gill, Cooperative Research, March 2004
Concerns About Faisal Gill, Northern Virginiastan, May 14th, 2007
The Strange Candidacy Of Faisal Gill, GoodbyeKen.com, May 28th, 2007
Faisal Gill, Political Noose, Not Larry Sabato, February 16th, 2007
Why Faisal Gill May Hurt The Virginia GOP, RedState, 2007
Pr. William GOP Consulting Gig Raises Eyebrows, Washington Post, May 4th, 2007
How secure is the Department of Homeland Security?, Salon.com, June 22, 2004
Senators Inquire on DHS Appointee, Jihad Watch, August 12, 2004



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12 Comments

  1. Patty said on 23 May 2007 at 5:27 pm:
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    Greg,

    I wonder if these “hotels” that we are experiencing in our neighborhood are being funded by these or like organizations.

    Did you ever find out about 10131 Lomond Drive? I still think that house and the back yard parking lot is breaking zoning laws.

    By the way there is a crew of workers living at 7702 Woodstock. One of the tenants was racing his van down our street one day. I talked to a Hispanic gentlemen at that house who could speak English. He informed me that his worker needed to test his vehicle which he proceeded to do several times at over 25 mph.

    Are these houses company houses with ties to illegal alien organizations? What a wonderful place to raise your kids!
    What does John Stirrup say? Did he have any answers about 10131 Lomond Drive?

    [Ed note: working on this, but this is pretty off-topic. Feel free to email me.]

  2. Had to Say said on 23 May 2007 at 7:07 pm:
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    Do we still have our big “conservative republican” names attached to Gill after all of this? If so I question their judgement and their capabilities to run any part of our government. People have short memories but the June primary is just around the corner. I hope everyone takes notice and won’t vote for Gill. This is really scary stuff here.

    If enough of these people are elected into office there is no telling were the terror trade will go.

  3. Had to Say said on 23 May 2007 at 7:08 pm:
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    BTW- Where’s the MJM and the Post? Oh I forgot they won’t do stories they have to actually investigate.

  4. anon said on 23 May 2007 at 9:37 pm:
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    Hossain, of the Virginia Muslim PAC which endorses Faisal, was a political consultant to the Muslim American Society. He given and accepted their award for Herndon citizen of the year. Well guess who the Muslim American Society partners with:

    Mexicanos Sin Fronteras and
    A.N.S.W.E.R.

  5. Local Yokal said on 23 May 2007 at 10:37 pm:
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    I’m insulted and angered by Bashir’s accusations against Zionist Jewish organizations! Gill’s acceptance of their endorsement in the 11th hour is his way of saying to the Lucas camp F-U. He is a tyrant that must be stopped! I urge all registered delegates to attend the June 2nd convention and vote against Gill!

    “VMPAC is headed by a man named Mukit Hossain. Hossain is the founder of an organization called Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH). In January 2006, Wachovia bank closed the accounts of FAITH,[2] stating that certain account activity “was significantly different from that which Wachovia would expect to see in an account established for a charity.”[3] FAITH’s offices are located in an office complex in Herndon, Virginia,[4] which housed a series of organizations and charities linked to radical causes, including International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – the chief American sponsor of convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian’s Tampa think tank - as well as the “Safa Group” and the SAAR Foundation, currently under federal investigation.[5] M. Yaqub Mirza of IIIT, Safa and SAAR bankrolled FAITH to the tune of $150,000 in April, 2005.[6]

    In 2004, another Hossain-led organization, the Muslim American Political Action Committee (MAPAC), received nearly $10,000 from Ahmad Totonji, also of IIIT, and his wife, Susanna. The Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, who once lamented the death of Hamas founder Sheikh Yassin and referred to him merely as “a quadriplegic Palestinian religious leader,”[7] honored Hossain as the “Herndon Citizen Of The Year” in 2004.[8]

    Bearing this background in mind, the fact that the VMPAC is attempting to stymie efforts to end the genocide in Darfur should come as no surprise. Radical Islamic groups and Islamist apologists have long tried to distract from the carnage in Sudan both by minimizing the deadly nature of the conflict and blaming the situation on their traditional bogeyman: the Zionists.

    For example, influential Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusef Al-Qaradawi told a newspaper in Qatar, “Look for the Zionists behind every disaster. We have found their fingers in Darfur.”[9]

    The Khartoum regime itself has tried to spread such ideas throughout the Muslim world in an effort to shield itself from criticism and allow its vicious campaign against Darfuris to continue uninterrupted. The Washington Post reported on Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s efforts, writing[10]:

    Bashir blamed unnamed Zionist Jewish organizations for stoking public opposition in the United States against his government, through the organizing of nationwide protests against the violence in Darfur.

    “I’m not talking about Jews,” he said. “I’m talking about Zionist organizations that have motives in Sudan. They have objectives in Sudan. They want to weaken Sudan. They want to dismember Sudan.”

    Taking their cues from Qaradawi and Bashir, Islamist organizations in the United States are doing what they can to protect Khartoum, which endorses continued violence and genocide.”

  6. Anonymous said on 23 May 2007 at 10:45 pm:
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    Profile: Faisal Gill
    Faisal Gill was a participant or observer in the following events:
    March 2004: Homeland Security Official Keeps Job Despite Tie to Radical Militant
    Faisal Gill. [Source: Salon]It is discovered that the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division policy director has disturbing associations with known radical militants. Faisal Gill, a White House political appointee with close ties to powerful Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist and no background in intelligence, failed to disclose on security clearance documents that he had worked with Abdurahman Alamoudi, a lobbyist with suspected terrorist ties. This is a potential felony. Jailed at the time, Alamoudi will be sentenced to 23 years in prison later in the year for plotting with Libyan agents to kill the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia (see October 15, 2004). Gill is briefly removed from his job when his incorrect disclosures are discovered, but it is ultimately decided that he can keep his job. Salon notes that “Gill has access to top-secret information on the vulnerability of America’s seaports, aviation facilities, and nuclear power plants to terrorist attacks.” Gill previously worked in an organization tied to both Alamoudi and Norquist. One anonymous official says, “There’s an overall denial in the administration that the agenda being pushed by Norquist might be a problem. It’s so absurd that a Grover Norquist person could even be close to something like this. That’s really what’s so insidious.” Another official complains, “Who is Abdurahman Alamoudi? We really don’t know. So how can we say there is not a problem with his former aide?” [Salon, 6/22/2004]
    Entity Tags: Grover Norquist, Abdurahman Alamoudi, Department of Homeland Security, Faisal Gill
    Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline

  7. John Light said on 23 May 2007 at 11:18 pm:
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    When will it end, lol. Don’t vote AGAINST Faisal “the terrorist” Gill, vote FOR Julie Lucas. Not only is she MUCH more qualified and will do a MUCH better job than the terrorist or the Dems, but she has ZERO baggage!!!!

  8. oldie said on 23 May 2007 at 11:49 pm:
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    Faisal is a not a terrorist. He is just a brown skin muslim american running for an office.

  9. Watching said on 24 May 2007 at 7:12 am:
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    “Faisal is a not a terrorist. He is just a brown skin muslim american running for an office.”

    No, he’s not a terrorist. He’s a terrorist sympathizer. He’s a terrorist apologist. He’s a terrorist’s spokesman. He’s an associate of convicted terrorsts, and a defender of accused terrorists. Worst of all, he is an employee of terrorists, a money launderer of terrorists, and a spreader of terrorists political influence.

    That’s enough for me, oldie. He may not be a duck, but he sure’s hell a goose.

  10. John Light said on 24 May 2007 at 11:46 am:
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    Any lawyer please chime in as there has been numerous rullings in the past on this. If a person drives a car to a bank knowing the intent of his passengers. Said passengers then leave the car to rob said bank, kill some people inside, then take off in the getaway car, isn’t that driver just as guilty of the crime committed? If not, then at least an accessory to the crime.

  11. Parilis said on 26 May 2007 at 1:14 pm:
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    This is what Faisal feels about Immigration

    Question: Do you oppose tax funds for day labor centers?
    Faisal Gill: Yes. I oppose any funds being used for illegal immigration.

    Question: do you support state and local government using the ICE 287G program (ed: a program to help state/local law enforcement identify criminals who are illegal immigrants, and turn them over to ICE for deportation)?
    Faisal Gill: Yes. I think the state should have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ICE on the state level. This will ensure uniformity and can be better managed. It will also be more efficient, since every jurisdiction in VA will not have to get a MOU.

    Question: Do you have a position on the current illegal immigration bill in the Senate?
    Faisal Gill: I oppose it. I don’t think that illiegal behavior should be rewarded.

    I believe I also saw this on another blog also.

  12. Jonathan Mark said on 26 May 2007 at 7:01 pm:
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    Here is a question. If an illegal alien hires the immigration law firm of Gill and Gallinger does Faisal’s firm report the illegal immigrant client to the ICE?

    Do you really want to nominate someone who may be hiding from the government his own knowledge of where illegal aliens are living and who they are?

    Faisal’s stated support for 287g is not on Faisal’s website, where his supporters would see it. Faisal has some namby-pamby non-statements about immigration on his website that will not reduce the number of illegals in the United States by even one person.

    Julie Lucas, on the other hand, makes her support for 287g a centerpiece of his campaign.

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