- Former spokesman for the terrorist-linked Global Relief Foundation
- Former spokesman for the terrorist-linked Care International
- Former political director for the Islamic Institute
- Has had close ties with the radical American Muslim Alliance
- “We [Muslims] are here [in the U.S.] not just to be nice to people, not to say great things about people, but to bring truth and justice and Islamic ways to this country. . . . you should rule by Islam otherwise you’re a Kafir (unbeliever, non-Muslim).”
Asim Ghafoor was a political consultant, spokesman, and public relations director for the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which the U.S. government shut down in December 2001 because of the organization’s ties to terrorism. Ghafoor was also spokesman for the Committee to Free [GRF’s] Rabih Haddad, and he was the legal assistant to GRF attorney Ashraf Nubani.
GRF is not the only organization with ties to terrorism with which Ghafoor has been involved. While he was with GRF, Ghafoor was also the spokesman for Care International. The December 6, 2002 Wall Street Journal reports: “Records indicate close ties between [Care International] and the Boston branch of Al Kifah Refugee Center, the Brooklyn branch of which was named by prosecutors as the locus of the 1993 conspiracy to bomb the World Trade Center. . . . Al Kifah’s Boston office on Commonwealth Avenue is located in the same suite that Care International listed in its 1993 incorporation documents. A website registered by Al Kifah has been used by Care International. . . . And the militant Islamic newsletter Al-Hussam (The Sword) listed [as] its publisher Al Kifah until April 1993, after which it listed Care International as its publisher.” According to another report, “Care International gave more than $180,000 over the last five years [from 1996 to 2001] to Global Relief Foundation.”
Asim Ghafoor acted as the “custodian” of “Dr. Naheed’s Legal Defense Fund.” On June 22, 2001, in the midst of a divorce and custody battle, Naheed Morrill did not appear for the scheduled court hearing. Instead, she and her three daughters were en route one-way to Pakistan, via London. Morrill was arrested by authorities and accused of kidnapping “with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of the parental rights of Clarence Grant Morrill.” Naheed Morrill was also accused of “diverting funds to support al Qaeda.”
Asim Ghafoor is well entrenched in politics. He was previously the political director for the Islamic Institute. According to Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, the “Islamic Institute was instrumental in establishing Islamist connections with the Bush administration.”
On October 20, 2000, as a legislative assistant in the office of Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, Ghafoor represented the Democratic side of a debate taking place on Islam Online (www.islamonline.net). Islam Online is a website that “publishes religious/legal opinions in support of suicide bombings” and a site that once sponsored a live internet chat with Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin.
Before the 2000 Presidential election, in another political debate sponsored by radioislam.com, Ghafoor said, “we are here not just to be nice to people, not to say great things about people but to bring truth and justice and Islamic ways to this country. . . . you should rule by Islam otherwise you’re a Kafir (unbeliever, non-Muslim).”
In the past, Asim Ghafoor has had close ties to the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), which the group Judicial Watch has described as an organization of “Radical Islamic activists.” Hillary Clinton returned a $50,000 donation the AMA had made to her New York Senatorial campaign for statements made by members of the group she deemed “offensive and outrageous.” Ghafoor was upset that Rick Lazio, Hillary’s opponent in the election, called the donation “blood money.”
On October 4, 1997, Ghafoor participated in the AMA’s second national convention in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a featured speaker, along with the following individuals:
1) Abdurahman Alamoudi: In October 2000, this former executive director of the American Muslim Council (AMC) shouted, at a rally outside the White House, “We are all supporters of Hamas. . . . I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.” [On June 25, 2002, Asim Ghafoor participated as a “moderator” in AMC’s 11th Annual Convention.]
2) Eric Vickers: In February 2003, Vickers, a former executive director of the AMC, was castigated by a United States Congressman for suggesting that the “loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its entire crew was an act of divine retribution against Israel.”
3) Maher Hathout: On June 18, 1998, this senior advisor of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) stated at a National Press Club event, “Hezbollah Members are Freedom Fighters. . . . Hezbollah is fighting for freedom. . . . This is legitimate.”
4) Abdeen Jabara: This ex-president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a lawyer whose list of clients includes Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric convicted in New York Federal Court of supporting terrorism.
5) Nihad Awad: Awad is currently the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). While he was with the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) in a March 22, 1994 symposium at Barry University in Florida, Awad stated, “after I researched the situation inside and outside Palestine, I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
6) Mahjabeen Islam-Husain: She is a founding board member of the United Muslim Association of Toledo (UMAT). In her virulently anti-Jewish piece, entitled ‘A Muslim-American Traveller Along the American Way,’ she gave her explanation of what she called a “Zionist Agenda.” It included: (A) “Media . . . the first bastion of power is demonstrably so well controlled by the Zionists”; (B) Muslim and Arab organizations are infiltrated by apparently innocuous means . . . in inter-faith dialogues . . . the workers of our organizations are studied”; (C) “divide and impede”; (D) “creating dssent”; (E) stting up stooges and organizations of their own choice;” and (F) getting a “death grip on the political system.”
7) Rafiq Jaber: Jaber is the executive director of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Known as a front for the terrorist group HAMAS, the IAP is the organization that published the Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) in Palestine.
8) Sami Al-Arian: On February 20, 2003, this University of South Florida (USF) professor was taken into custody by the United States government for being the North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). First Coast News, in Tampa, described Asim Ghafoor as a “supporter” of Sami Al Arian, who had “met Al-Arian several times.”
9) Ahmad Sakr: Sakr is a founder of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). [Asim Ghafoor is currently on the MSA National Speakers List.] As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Sakr made excuses for Palestinian child martyrs when he stated, “Nobody is telling them [youths] to go and die. . . . But they have seen. They are out of jobs, out of school, out of money and out of home. What do you expect from them?” In Sakr’s book, Pork - Possible Reasons For Its Prohibition, he writes this about Jews: “It is known that some of the children of Israel regularly disobeyed Allah and as a result were cursed. Some of them stagnated spiritually and mentally and hence became idol-worshippers; others lost their mission in life as human beings and became entertainers like monkeys, apes and chimpanzees, and still others became filthy of mind and body, gluttonous eaters of carnivorous animals, and lived totally a corrupted life as swines.”
Asim Ghafoor also participated in both the 3rd and 4th Annual National Conventions of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), and he was a contact for the AMA National Leadership Training Conference on July 21, 2001.
At the International Business And Trade Forum 2002, held in Washington, D.C., Ghafoor moderated an event that featured speaker Bassam Ossman, who chairs the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a Saudi-funded corporation that owns between 20 and 27 percent of all United States mosques. NAIT also owns the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF). According to World Net Daily, “The IAF was described as a criminal enterprise in the federal indictment handed down . . . against school founder Sami al-Arian and others alleged to be Palestinian Islamic Jihad fund-raisers.”
Asim Ghafoor is the founder and currently the Managing Director of AG Consulting Group. The management team of AG Consulting Group includes Hady Amr, who was the national director of Ethnic American Outreach for Al Gore’s presidential campaign and is co-president of the Arab Western Summit of Skills. Amr is also passionately anti-Israel. In her article entitled “Why Capitol Hill Supports Israel,” she exhorts those opposed to Israeli policies to make their presence felt via political activism and fundraising. “Those who curse Sharon and his supporters in Congress from the comfort of the couch should be ashamed of themselves,” she writes. In her piece, “Policies, Presidents and the 2004 Elections,” Amr tells of her feelings for President George W. Bush. “I drove down to Nashville,” she writes, “and spent September and October and November working for peanuts and eating cheap tacos for lunch and dinner because I was willing to do what I could to keep George Bush out of the White House.”