November 24, 2004
In Comments To Hyscience Post, CEO of Universal Heritage Foundation Disputes Accusations By Florida Pastor.Topics: National News
In the interest of fairness, Hyscience wishes to provide this updated forum for a reader that has refuted comments made by a Florida pastor in Hyscience's previous post "Christian School in Florida Alleges Wrongfull Eviction By Radical Islamic Group" of Nov 18. The article reported and commented on claims by Pastor Lee Wasson of Kissimmee Christian Academy (KCA) of being harassed off the former college campus it leased from the Muslim-owned conglomerate, Super Stop Petroleum, which installed an organization called "Universal Heritage Foundation" on a section of the premises.
The reader commented on the article and inasmuch as the article was posted more than a week ago, his comments and refutation will receive little attention unless given exposure in a more recent posting. Therefore the reader's comments are provided in their entirety:
I am the founder and the CEO/Chairman of the Universal Heritage Foundation. Neither UHF or anybody officially connected with it has ever made outrageous statements such as "Death to the worshippers of the Cross", or evil statements about the Jews described in the Pastor's statement. I have closely worked with the interfaith groups, NCCJ and many such multi-cultural and multi-religious groups. I have befriended many Rabbis, Ministers and Pastors and still enjoy close and brotherly relations with many of them. It is evil even to think of making such blank statements rest aside actually making them or allowing someone to make them in my presence. The Pastor must bring the proof that anyone connected with UHF has ever made such an evil statement. I am sorry to say that I have never seen such outright lies coming out of a pastor's mouth. I really mean it. I am really sadden by these baseless accusations. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" Mark 12:31
Jesus says in Matthew, "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring forth evil fruit... Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:16-23
We thank the reader for his comments and invite him to continue providing further comments and rebuttle as he deems appropriate.
Update: Dr. Zulfigar A. Shah, Ph.D., founder and the CEO/Chairman of the Universal Heritage Foundation, had further comments that were inadvertantly omitted in the above post. He offers further explanation regarding the rent incident:
The Universal Heritage Foundation is a small organization with only two employees. We have never bothered the Kissimmee Christian Academy or its staff at all. It is nothing but an outright lie that we have ever shut down KCA's electricity, water or any other services. We do not have control over the facility. We are renting just few rooms and working mostly off campus to inform the community at large about the potentails of the future project.
The Pastor had financial difficulties and had been unable to pay the rent. That is why the owner, Superstop Petrolium, sent him legal collection notices. They gave him the legal eviction notice through the court after being unable to collect the rent. The KCA left in February of 2004 on its own though the lease was to expire on July 15, 2004.
The space is still available and the owner gives the assurance that they are willing to lease the property to Kissimmee Christian Academy on the same old terms and conditions if the KCA is willing to pay the outstanding amounts and bills.
This is a rent dispute and has absolutely nothing to do with the religion. I will strongly recommend and actually earnestly request Pastor Lee Wasson to stick to the true Christian spirit, pay the outstanding bills to the owner, and come back to the facility. For God's sake, do not use faith to try to get cheap publicity or run away from financial responsibilities. Faith is higher than these petty material gains.
Again, it is purely a matter of bills and not religions. The staff of Universal Heritage will be extremely happy to see Kissimmee Christian Academy come back to the facility and enjoy a good friendly relationship with them.
Hyscience has not been contacted by Pastor Lee Wasson of Kissimmee Christian Academy. If Pastor Wasson has more to offer regarding the matter, he is welcome to submit his comments which will be appropriately posted. In the spirit of ecumenism, hopefully the two parties will be able to discuss and resolve whatever differences that remain to be addressed. The Universal Heritage Foundation website is Here...
Update 2: Several readers have emailed-in to comment that having looked at The Universal Heritage Foundation's website and it's buildings, "It looks to be a little more than a small two person office(our summary of comments)." Some have commented that perhaps a two person office may be true for the foundation, it seems to be but a part of a larger and well-funded organization. However, regardless of the size of the foundation, that issue alone would not discount the veracity of Dr. Shaw's comments.
Posted by Hyscience at November 24, 2004 5:57 PM
Dr. Shah: "The Pastor must bring the proof that anyone connected with UHF has ever made such an evil statement..."
A: From Jewish News Weekly:
[Imam Abdul Malik, Guest Speaker *Universal Heritage Foundation*]
Jewish students at San Francisco State University were quietly commemorating Yom HaShoah on Tuesday when they were blindsided by a loud and well-attended pro-Palestinian rally on Malcolm X Plaza in which speakers justified suicide bombings, downplayed the Holocaust and claimed Americans “worship Zionists.”
Hillel students reported that speaker Imam Abdul Malik Ali, a spiritual leader at Oakland’s Masjid Al-Islam mosque, urged the crowd of roughly 500 to 800 to “stop calling them suicide bombers. When a person commits suicide, they are oppressed, without hope, depressed. Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, ‘Go honey, go!’”
The Golden Gate Xpress, SFSU’s online student newspaper, quoted Ali as saying, “That ain’t suicide. That’s martyrdom.”
The Muslim religious leader and SFSU graduate also was quoted by both the school newspaper and Hillel students as calling for a right of return for Palestinians, saying that Israelis ought to return “to Germany, to Poland to Russia. The Germans should hook y’all up. You should go back to Germany.”
From Orlando Sentinel:
[Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, Invited guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation]
Al-Sudais said Arabs should bid farewell to peace with the Jews, whom he described as “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the killers of prophets and the grandsons of monkeys and pigs.”
From: The Manila Times:
A top Saudi Arabian Muslim cleric [al-Sudais] prayed to God on [that] Friday to “terminate” the Jews and urged Arabs and Muslims to abandon efforts to make peace with Israel.
He [al-Sudais] prayed to God to “terminate” the Jews, whom he described as “the scum of humanity … the rats of the world … prophet killers … pigs and monkeys
Quotes by Zulfiqar A. Shah, Director *Universal Heritage Foundation*, CHICAGO, (IslamOnline):
“If we are unable to stop the Jews now, their next stop is Yathrib (The Prophet’s city of Medina), where the Jews used to live until their expulsion by Prophet Muhammad (SAW). That’s the pinnacle of their motives.”
From The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs:
[Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Director Universal Heritage Foundation]
Visiting from Florida, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, vice president of the Islamic Circle of North America, assisted Dr. Kasim with the fund-raising. Dr. Shah spoke eloquently of how the blood of Palestine’s youth must wake up Muslims, and that Muslims must come together to liberate Jerusalem…
From Steven Emerson, American Jihad:
[Wagdy Ghuneim, Invited guest speaker Universal Heritage Foundation]
On May 24, 1998, for example, CAIR co-sponsored an incendiary rally at Brooklyn College that featured speakers spouting anti-Jewish rhetoric. One speaker was Wagdy Ghuneim, a radical cleric from Egypt. He told listeners, "Allah says he who equips a warrior of jihad is like the one makes jihad himself." He led the audience in a song with the lyrics: "No to the Jews, descendants of the apes.”
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at November 27, 2004 6:03 AM
Dr. Shah: "The Pastor must bring the proof that anyone connected with UHF has ever made such an evil statement..."
A2: From pipelinenews.org
Imam Siraj Wahhaj - Universal Heritage Foundation Board Member and guest speaker - Kissimmee, Florida
"Take my word; if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us."
Has proclaimed that the “real terrorists" are the FBI and the CIA
"In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam."
He also praises Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who visited Wahhaj’s mosque several years before he [Rahman] was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to bomb New York City landmarks.
he said that America would fall unless it accepts the Islamic agenda
In 1993 two members of his mosque pleaded guilty in connection with charges of plotting to kill the secretary-general of the United Nations, a U.S. senator and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and blow up major buildings and tunnels
He has told his followers that a society governed by strict Islamic law, in which adulterers would be stoned to death and thieves would have their hands cut off, would be superior to American democracy…
Muzammil H. Siddiqi - Universal Heritage Foundation Board Member and speaker
Siddiqi and Wahaj spoke at the Islamic Circle of North America's 2001 convention in Cleveland together with Saudi Shaikh Abdur Rahman al-Sudais, senior imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, who has been quoted vilifying Jews as the "scum of humanity" and "the grandsons of monkeys and pigs." The three were scheduled to speak again in December at an Islamic conference in Kissimmee, Fla.
has spoken at pro-Hezbollah and pro-Hamas rallies, and has supported an Islamic state in the U.S., while praising martyrdom for the Islamic cause
Siddiqui spoke at an Oct. 28, 2000, "Jerusalem Day" rally in Washin gton, that media reported degenerated into a hate-fest in which the crowd chanted, "Death to the Jews!"
Abdurahman Alamoudi, the former American Muslim Council president arrested last year on terrorism-related charges, appeared with Siddiqi at the 2000 protest rally. And he proclaimed: "Hear that, Bill Clinton! We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish to add that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah."
[These are just a few of the people associated with or promoted by the UHF. Dr. Shah has appeared with them on other occasions in the past and since the December 2003 Conference here in Kissimmee.]
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at November 27, 2004 6:12 AM
My previous 2 posts were sufficient answer to Dr. Shah's comment "The Pastor must bring the proof that anyone connected with UHF has ever made such an evil statement..."
As to issues of "back rent".
Our counter-suit is public record of our position.
A question, though...
Does Dr. Shah address me as if he were "just another tenant" on the property, or does he speak in the tone of an active agent for the landlord, making claims against me that are disputed and which are the subject of our litigation?
This might help clear things up:
FROM THE UNIVERSAL HERITAGE WEBSITE:
"The Value [of the property and the donation to them by Super Stop Petroleum]
In April 2000, while the Campus was still being used by the Southeastern
Academy, its Value in Use was determined to be $6.78 million by Primis,
Inc., a State of Florida Certified General Appraisal firm. Based upon the
increase in the property values in general in the Orlando area over the last
four years, a similar valuation today could easily be $9.00 million.
Our wonderful brother purchased this Campus including a great deal of
furniture and equipment for a total package price of $2.5 million. The
property was transferred to his name in August 2003, and he offered the
same to us for use in early September. Based upon our common vision, the
Universal Heritage Foundation, Inc. was born on September 10, 2003."
[We were in the way. Dr. Shah was advertising our building (hey, we were just his neighbors!) on his website shortly after he was on the premises.
Why would he advertise our 6-acre parcel as well as the 10 acres he "leased?"
Because he was slated to take over the entire parcel--and was so anxious to move forward he advertised our location (including pictures) as "The Islamic Center of Orlando."
Can you imagine our shock to see our school and property advertised as anything but our own school? And that while we were JUST beginning our 2003-2004 school year.
Then came the harassment--and we lost students, reputation, money and we were forced out.
Then I was sued.
My counter-claim addresses all the above.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at November 27, 2004 6:37 AM
The above is probably the last post you will see from Dr. Shah...so let us revisit just a part of it:
"It is evil even to think of making such blank statements rest aside actually making them or allowing someone to make them in my presence. The Pastor must bring the proof that anyone connected with UHF has ever made such an evil statement. I am sorry to say that I have never seen such outright lies coming out of a pastor's mouth."
Well, I posted a limited number of such associations and the comments made by those associates, including Dr. Shah himself--and two of the UHF board members.
They would prefer you worry over any back rent he says I owe his landlord.
Does anyone think that my attorney would file such a complete and comprehensive counter-suit against these people if the issue of "rent" were as Shah states?
Our counter-suit includes a demand for a jury trial. A jury will hear, see and believe the facts.
Maybe this blog will awaken people to what some of us are going through. Keep it in mind when your turn comes to defend your rights and reputation.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 3, 2004 6:03 PM
The Pastor has yet to bring the proof that anybody officially connected with UHF has ever made an evil statement such as "death to worshippers of the Cross", as previously claimed by the Pastor.
The Imam Abdul Malik quoted by the Pastor is not the person who attended our conference in December. That Imam Abdul Malik was not even invited to the conference. The Pastor is mixing up between Imam Abdul Malik Ali of Oakland, CA, and Imam Abdul Malik from New York, the person actually invited by the UHF. Imam Abdul Malik, who spoke at our conference, has never visited California in his life, as he has confirmed with me in March 2004 when I spoke to him about these alleged remarks, rest aside speaking at San Francisco State University. Again, it is nothing but an effort to through mud at UHF by alleging that Imam Abdul Malik Ali, the supposed speaker at SFSU, was the guest speaker at the Universal Heritage Foundation's conference. Not at all! He was not the guest speaker and the fact of the matter is that he has never attended any of our programs. Imam Abdul Malik of New York was our guest speaker and he had not made any such remarks.
Yes! Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi was invited to the conference and is a member of our Board of Trustees. He has repeatedly denied the charges quoted by the Pastor and informed the media that he was misquoted. Dr. Siddiqi has participated in many inter-religious dialogues. He spoke at the World Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, Canada and has participated in many seminars organized by the National Council of Churches and National Council of Christians and Jews in USA. From NCCJ he also received the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1999. On September 14, 2001, on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, he was invited by our President George Bush to lead a Muslim Prayer at the Interfaith Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral which was also attended by the former presidents such as Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic-Christian and Islamic Studies in California. He sits on the regional board of NCCJ and is co-author of "Abrahamic Connection" along with Dr. David Gordis and Dr. George Grose.
On October 1, 2001, Fox News reported that," In a phone conversation with Fox News, however, Siddiqi says he was not aware of all the speakers at the rally and doesn't support the extremist viewpoints some expressed.
"I don't support Hezbollah and HAMAS. I don't support any terrorist groups. Terrorism is not what Islam teaches," Siddiqi said." Dr. Siddiqi has met with President Bush in the White House soon after the 9-11 tragedy. Fox also reported Fleischer saying, "I don't think it would surprise anybody that the President often has meetings to discuss a whole host of issues with people that he may not agree with everything they may have said in the course of their lives or careers," Fleischer said.
Dr. Siddiqi has also been invited to speak at the State Department funded institutions such as USIP and many other official gatherings and forums. In response to his critics who objected to his participation in such official forums, Dr. Siddiqi posted the following comments:
Posted March 22, 2004
By Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
Kenneth Timmerman's article, "Pipes Objects to Fox in the Henhouse" (posted March 19) against my appearing on the USIP panel on Islam came to my attention.
I am sorry to say that the author is very much misinformed about me and my opinions. Allow me to say the following:
1. Mr. Timmerman has accused the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) as "a leading Wahhabi front organization in the U.S." The truth is that ISNA is the largest and one of the oldest Muslim Organization in North America. It is highly respected by Muslims and many interfaith and civic groups in United States and Canada. It is not affiliated to any particular sect or school. All Muslims who accept its constitution and by-laws are welcome to join this organization. ISNA operates under its own by-laws and is not a front organization for any foreign body.
2. Mr. Timmerman said that I "accompanied the Saudi officials of the Muslim World League on a fund-raising tour across America." The truth is that I never accompanied any MWL groups on fund-raising tours. I was part of the MWL delegation in 2002 that came to the U.S. to express its condemnation of 9/11 bombing and terrorism in the name of Islam. This visit was highly appreciated by many interfaith and civil leaders in our country. MWL is a religious organization with its headquarters in Makkah. Many Muslim scholars from all over the world are members of this organization. It has been in existence since 1963 and has many offices around the world.
3. Mr. Timmerman accused me of "openly threatening the United States with violence if it continued its support of Israel." He referred to a mutilated version of my speech on Oct. 28, 2000. The fact is that I never threatened any group or country with violence. I always speak of peace and justice toward all people. I remind myself and others the duty to do justice. I fear God and also remind others to fear God and do right things. This I believe was the way of the Prophets of God in the Bible and in the Qur'an (See Det. 27:19; Isa. 59:8-15; Jer. 21:12-14 and Qur'an 11:102 and 21:11-15 etc.) In my speech I only reminded my beloved country and its people to do justice to Palestinian people and fear God. I also said in my speech that I wish God's blessings for America and that is why I am trying to awaken the conscience of America. Timmerman is wrong when he says that "by injustice he meant U.S. support for Isreal." I am not against U.S. support for Isreal; I am against U.S. support for Isreali aggression and occupation and injustice to Palestinian people. There are many American religious leaders -- Muslims, Christians and Jews -- who feel the same way. Some say it and some are afraid to say it in public.
4. Mr. Timmerman says that I "called for a wider application of Sharia law in the United States." I do urge Muslims to live by the laws of God always and I also remind them to respect the laws of the land. I never called for the wider application of the Shari'ah laws on everyone in United States. If Timmerman has any evidence to prove his point, I am willing to look into that.
5. Mr. Timmerman accused me that I "in a 1995 speech praised suicide bombers." I do not recall that in 1995 there were any Palestinian or Muslim suicide bombers. How could I praise something that did not exist? The fact is that I have always spoken against suicide bombing. I do not believe that it is a right way of struggle for justice and liberation. I want Mr. Timmerman to show me any evidence for his claim.
I hope you will publish my letter and remove the misconceptions from the minds of those who are misled by Timmerman's false accusations.
I love nothing but peace and justice for all people of all faiths.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiq
Now, if our President does not consider Dr. Siddiqi a radical or terrorist and feels comfortable inviting him to speak to the Nation on September 14, 2001, just three days after the September 11, 2001 tragedy, UHF and its staff should not be blamed for inviting such a respected, Harvard educated scholar to its programs.
Abdurahman Alamoudi has never been invited and has never spoken at any of our events.
Imam Siraj Wahaj, after all the things allegedly attributed to him, was invited to speak at the Capital Hill and opened a session of the House in June of 1991. He has also been invited to the White House since then.
None of the people officially connected with the UHF had been so irresponsible to make evil statements against the Jewish or Christian community. They have closely worked with their Jewish and Christian brethren to promote peace and justice and have shown their love, appreciation and respect for their beloved country, America, and the American Constitution. It does not however mean that they agree hundred percent with everything our policy makers do. As Americans they differ with some aspects of our foreign policy and they have every right to do so. This is what America has given them; the right of free speech and the right to have a different opinion. They aspire to continue having such a freedom, something they have been deprived of in many of the so called Muslim countries. That does not make them less patriotic or less American as many Americans do differ with the policy makers on numerous issues.
Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis is the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. We sent him an invitation letter due to his position and not because of his views. In fact we were not aware of the comments attributed to him regarding the Jewish community and we did not have any way of verifying what he had actually said and what was wrongfully attributed to him. His office never responded to our invitation and we did not pursue it further after knowing the comments. We had categorically condemned the aforementioned comments in our December conference and will have no hesitation condemning them again at any forum or platform. The office bearers are usually invited because of their positions/prestige even if one disagrees with their philosophy or standpoint.
We also sent out an invitation to Mr. Ralph Nader's office. It does not mean we subscribe to his views or agree with everything he had said or did. We invite many Jewish/Christian leaders and a variety of scholars to our programs without subscribing to their views. We can only take responsibility for what is being said or promoted from UHF's platform and we always make sure that nothing objectionable is uttered or promoted at our functions.
I have to go right now but will be back with more comments.
Posted by: Dr. Z. Shah at December 3, 2004 9:47 PM
My Chicago comments are quoted out of context. They were made regarding Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem and the Greater Israel theory. The comments were not against the Jews or the State of Israel, but, in opposition to the expansionist ideology of leaders such as Prime Minister A. Sharon and Natan Sharansky, Israel's housing minister and deputy prime minister, the ideology that calls for occupation of the entire area between the Rivers Nile and Eupharetes and expulsion of Muslims from there. The word "Jews" has been inserted there, I do not know by whom. I perhaps said, " If we are unable to stop them now…" It will not make me anti-Jewish even if the word was used because that was in the context of a specific issue and not regarding the universal Jewish community. There are some pretty strong words used in the New Testament such as the following statement of the Gospel of John:
"19:3 and they came unto him, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they struck him with their hands.
19:4 And Pilate went out again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him out to you, that ye may know that I find no crime in him.
19:5 Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And [Pilate] saith unto them, Behold, the man!
19:6 When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify [him], crucify [him]! Pilate saith unto them, Take him yourselves, and crucify him: for I find no crime in him.
19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
19:8 When Pilate therefore heard this saying, he was the more afraid;
19:9 and he entered into the Praetorium again, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
19:10 Pilate therefore saith unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to release thee, and have power to crucify thee?
19:11 Jesus answered him, Thou wouldest have no power against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath greater sin.
19:12 Upon this Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou release this man, thou art not Caesar`s friend: every one that maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
19:13 When Pilate therefore heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment-seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
19:14 Now it was the Preparation of the passover: it was about the sixth hour. And he saith unto the Jews, Behold, your King!
19:15 They therefore cried out, Away with [him], away with [him], crucify him! Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
19:16 Then therefore he delivered him unto them to be crucified."
What would the Pastor make of them if they are quoted out of context? Is John or the New Testament anti-Jewish?
Regarding Jerusalem, it is a known fact that it is a disputed territory. It is sacred to the Jews, Christians and Muslims. All lay claim on it. And I do not hide the sentiments that Masjid al-Aqsa is the third holiest place in Islam and the Muslims do not like the fact that it is being occupied or disrespected by the Israeli soldiers. I am not against the State of Israel but against Israeli aggressions. I condemn violence committed by both sides and wish to see a peaceful resolution to this humanitarian disaster.
Posted by: Dr. Z. Shah at December 4, 2004 9:28 PM
Is the Al Sudais (that Dr. Shah didn't know hated Jews and wanted them dead) the same Al Sudais that...
1. ...he was scheduled to appear with at the ICNA Convention in 2001?
2. ...he appeared with and translated a live speech for in Miami?
3. ...he was scheduled to appear with at the Islam for Humanity Conference in 2003?
4. ...he was scheduled to appear with at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference 2004?
5. ...and he knew nothing about Al Sudais' comments made on world-wide radio from Mecca and which were reported on Meet the Press?
I also seem to be getting "credit" for what the Orlando Sentinel, The NY Times, the LA Times, Meet the Press, the Plain Dealer, The Jewish News Weekly, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and a dozen other sources have reported.
Other than that...looks like all the bad comments were either misunderstood, miquoted or misrepresented by the reporters.
By the way...UHF invitee Wagdy Ghuneim, who led the Brooklyn college audience in a song with the lyrics: "No to the Jews, descendants of the apes.”...
Is he just being misunderstood, I wonder?
A picture with the President, with community leaders and appearances or conferences including naive religious figures are nothing more than borrowed bona fides.
Seeing someone in a picture only proves that they are not invisible or dead.
I'm glad to post more on these matters.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 4, 2004 11:13 PM
One thing is telling, I think.
The (Internet) invitation for our school to move back to the property with a warm welcome lacks any credibility.
Dr. Shah claims to be a presence of no more than "just two or so people on the property" and also claims not to have anything to do with our previous business with the landlord (his associate) or our utilities (controls located on his part of the property).
Yet, he is still carrying messages, information and launching accusations FROM the landlord/new-owner.
And, his organization is not only working to purchase the property, but has received the "gift" (look on their website) of millions in equity on the property FROM the landlord/new-owner, (his associate).
And, Sr. Shah himself advertised our portion of the property as his own (while we held a lease and occupied that large part of the property) from the beginning.
Now he obfuscates with the accusation that I am a "liar", that I didn't pay my bills and that I am responsible for the bad press his group has received.
I was quietly operating a small Christian School on leased property until the day the Orlando Sentinel published an article bringing to light the information we discuss.
I thought I was just dealing with an unreasonable landlord/new-owner to that point.
After that point, and into the new problems on site, I followed the facts, the money and the message. The media found me.
Now, after financially decimating my ministry, they offer the phony olive branch (I can move back!) that includes the accusation that I just didn't pay my bills.
Included in the deception are complaints that I am attacking innocent religious people.
They do not like their words repeated outside of the bubble of their own meetings.
What happened to me--happened. I did not declare their motives--I just repeated them.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 5, 2004 8:12 AM
Here is an interesting coincidence:
Dr, Shah assisted in "raising funds for Palestinians under Israeli attack.", according to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
I mentioned his words in a previous post here.
Dr. Shah said, "the blood of Palestine's youth must wake up Muslims, and that Muslims must come together to liberate Jerusalem."
That was at a fund raiser for the "Jerusalem Fund for Human Services" (JFHS). http://www.arutzsheva.com/news.php3?id=72570
[The "bloody" youth are likely suicide bombers. ]
"The organization is called IRFAN (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, ***formerly called the Jerusalem Fund for Human Services).*** According to the report, IRFAN enlists contributions in Canada and transfers the funds to Hamas' civilian infrastructure in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.
“Like other Hamas-supporting funds, IRFAN states that its goals are humanitarian and that it was established to ‘cope with the greater demands of the needy in the world’,” says the report. “It obscures the fact that it deals mainly with Palestinian causes, and makes no mention at all of its ties to Hamas. It presents itself (on its Internet site) as working for the needy in many Muslim countries: the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Turkey, Iraq, Albania and Algeria.”
The description is far from accurate – a simple perusal of the group’s website illustrates that nearly all of the funded activity takes place in the PA. “The institutions the Fund supports (and through which it launches its projects) are almost exclusively part of Hamas' civilian infrastructure in the PA-administered territories and of its terrorist-supporting apparatus,” the report says. “It is worthwhile noting that even the Palestinian Authority has identified IRFAN with Hamas.”
According to the report, the donations, which come not only from Canada but from other countries as well, go directly to Hamas, helping it establishing itself as an alternative to the PA and allowing it to maintain and improve operational capability to carry out terror attacks on Jewish targets. As a non-profit organization, the donations it receives are tax-deductible.
During IDF operations against Hamas institutions in Israel, many documents were found regarding the money transferred by IRFAN to Hamas institutions that have been outlawed by Israel .
[And--if you can stand it ]:
IRFAN (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, formerly the ***Jerusalem Fund for Human Services)***
1 is a Hamas front organization operating in Canada. It enlists contributions and transfers the funds to Hamas' civilian infrastructure ( da'wah ) in the Palestinian Authority (PA)-administered territories. The infrastructure, financed by the donations from Canada and other countries, helps Hamas establish itself as an alternative to the PA and to maintain its terrorism-supporting apparatus. Even during the era of an international battle against terrorism-funding money, and despite the fact that the Canadian government designated the ***Jerusalem Fund as Hamas-affiliated, it continues its activities uninterrupted under its new name, IRFAN.
[Why would Dr. Shah be raising money for the Jerusalem Fund while invoking the "blood of Palestinian youth?]
This information is available on the Internet. It comes from published reports, respected news agencies and government reports--and has not been refuted anywhere that I have seen.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 6, 2004 8:43 PM
The fundraiser was for Muhammad Durra's family, the 12 year old boy who was killed while clinging to his father's lap and was covered by the media all over the world. In October of 2000, when the function was held in Toronto, there were no such thing as suicide bombers. The Pastor is desperate in making something out of nothing. There is no room in Islam for suicide and we condemn it categorically.
I will again request him to settle his issues with the owner and come back to the property. Nobody stops him from doing that. The UHF has never used that portion of the property, not even for a second. It is still available. UHF has nothing to do with the issue between the owner and the Pastor. We will be glad to see him and his ministry back to the facility. It is not a matter of faiths; it really is a money matter.
I have a surgery tomorrow and will be out of commission for a week to ten days. I will be glad to post more comments after the recovery.
Posted by: Dr. Z. Shah at December 6, 2004 11:35 PM
"In October of 2000, when the function was held in Toronto, there were no such thing as suicide bombers."
suicide bomber (SOO.uh.syd BAWM.ur) noun. A person who deliberately kills himself or herself while detonating a bomb.
—suicide bomb, noun. The bomb used by such a person.
—suicide bombing, noun. The act of detonating such a bomb.
This phrase appeared on most of our language radars in 1983 after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden pickup truck into a building housing U.S. Marines at a Beirut, Lebanon airport. Interestingly, the earliest citation is from another Beirut-based explosion.
A thunderous explosion destroyed the five-story Iraqi Embassy today, and as many as 20 people were reported killed. ... A Lebanese police spokesman first reported that a suicide bomber drove an explosives-filled car into the embassy compound past guards' machine-gun fire and detonated it near the building.
—Tom Baldwin, "International News," The Associated Press, December 15, 1981
[I see Dr. Shah keeps chiding me about "back rent".]
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 7, 2004 9:39 PM
Readers (if there are any here),
Get a clue. The Palestinian Authority gets the money:
From: Canada - House of Commons Debates
Mr. Stockwell Day (Okanagan—Coquihalla, Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, yesterday we reminded the Prime Minister of a -->Canadian Hamas fundraising group,Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (Hamas Front)”International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy,The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, IRFAN-Canada,Jerusalem Fund for Human Services
[So, the Jerusalem Fund and The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy are both linked to HAMAS, suicide bombings and long time support of the PA. The money goes to terror groups under the guise of humanitarian aid. So says US and Canadian Government sources.]
It is too bad and a little frustrating the have to post links to what people should already know.
Dr. Shah wants me to "pay my rent". (In case he forgets to post about it again).
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 8, 2004 9:34 AM
How could Dr. Shah be genuine in his "invitation" for me to "pay my rent" and move back in when:
1. The building we leased is now occupied by another Muslim-owned school?
2. And that school is actually owned by the owners/Quershi's?
Answer: He is not. It is an offer only good for propaganda purposes.
All it took was a visit to the property today to see the school and a quick look on the Internet to see who the registered agents for the new school are.
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 9, 2004 5:44 PM
The informed reader might like to visit these websites @ Accuracy In Media:
Posted by: Pastor Lee Wasson at December 22, 2004 8:03 AM
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