Florida-based nonprofit corporation whose stated mission is “to serve God Almighty and His creation by promoting equality, justice, and a peaceful coexistence through education, community service, and outreach”
In 2003, held a conference inviting militant Islamists as guest speakers
A subsidiary of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society, the Universal Heritage Foundation (UHF) was foundedon September 10, 2003 as a non-profit corporation based in Kissimmee, Florida. Located on a 31-acre campus 15 miles from Disney World, UHF’s mission is "to serve God Almighty and His creation by promoting equality, justice, and a peaceful coexistence through education, community service, and outreach programs; [and] to promote a greater understanding and respect for, and among, people of all faiths, colors, and gender." UHF further professes its devotion to helping create "a society where we appreciate our diversity and common heritage, while moving forward as one humanity with respect and love for all of God's creation."
On December 19-21, 2003, UHF held its inaugural conference, titled "Islam For Humanity."Prominent among its list of guest speakers were militant Islamists with strong anti-American, anti-Israel value systems. These included:
Altaf Ali, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Florida Director who wavered on the question of whether or not the people who had died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 were innocent, and who used a joint press conference with the FBI to defend Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah, UHF’s current Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, and the former President of the Islamic Circle of North America
Shaikh Waleed Basyouni, Imam of the Ta'leemul Islaam Masjid in Houston, and an instructor at American Open University
Sohail Ghannouchi, the Muslim American Society President who admitted to raising funds for Imam Jamil Al-Amin, a Georgia-based Muslim leader who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a sheriff's deputy in Atlanta
Tariq Rasheed, Imam of the Jama' Masjid spiritual center in Orlando, Florida (Rashid defended Palestinian-American businessman Jesse Maali, who federal authorities claim "financially supported terrorist groups" and wrote "an essay and poems [expressing] sympathy for suicide bombers in Israel.")