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Florida University Paid $1,250 Speaker Fee for Radical Imam

Sun, August 25, 2013

Siraj Wahhaj shown here speaking at the University of Central Florida in 2011.

Siraj Wahhaj shown here speaking at the University of Central Florida in 2011.

Ryan Mauro

The United West, an activist organization that says its purpose is “defending Western civilization from Shariah Islam,” has provided the Clarion Project with documentation that the University of Central Florida paid $1,250 to an anti-American imam to speak on its campus.

On August 2, the University of Central Florida complied with an open records request from the United West about its hosting of Imam Siraj Wahhaj as a guest speaker. The documents show that the Muslim Students Association on campus used part of its budget to pay Wahhaj for an event on February 25, 2011.

The United West previously released a video of the speaking engagement that showed Wahhaj telling the audience that “What is the punishment according to the Koran for those who commit fornication? What’s the punishment? 100 lashes.”

The video also includes comments from a close associate of Wahhaj that attended the lecture. His name is Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, who has been upheld by the New York Times as a moderate. He is recorded saying that he’d like to see Sharia law replace the U.S. Constitution “by all means.” He also confirms that Muslims who leave the faith and prostitutes should be executed.

Wahhaj’s extremism shouldn’t have caught the Muslim Students Association chapter or the college off-guard. It is easily discoverable with a simple Google search.

“If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a Caliphate. If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if eight million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us,” Wahhaj said in 1992.

Since 9/11, he has moderated the delivery of his message a bit but the message itself is intact. At a conference in 2011, Wahhaj said, “The trap we fall into is having a premature discussion about Sharia when we are not there yet.”

The Muslim group that booked Wahhaj most likely knew exactly what it was purchasing. The question is, did the University of Central Florida, and if not, why didn’t they do their homework?

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.