Yet his son Izhar merits only a few sentences in the indictment. On June 11, 2009, Hafiz Khan allegedly asked Izhar to collect money from a donor in the United States that was to be used for the mujahideen. Five days later, Izhar wired $900 to his sister Amina in Pakistan.

Izhar and Hafiz Khan have both pleaded not guilty and are being held in solitary confinement in a federal detention center.

Khurrum Wahid, the Margate attorney representing Hafiz Khan, calls Izhar a sweet, outgoing guy who likes basketball and sent money to his sister at his dad's direction. As for Izhar's father, Wahid (pronounced WAH-head) says the case against Hafiz Khan is based on rhetoric — the rants of an older man talking to his children. "Does rhetoric make you a terrorist?" Wahid asks.

Attorney Khurrum Wahid calls terrorism cases the civil rights battles of his generation.
George Martinez
Attorney Khurrum Wahid calls terrorism cases the civil rights battles of his generation.
Nauman Abbasi runs a nonprofit group dedicated to getting Muslims more involved in politics.
George Martinez
Nauman Abbasi runs a nonprofit group dedicated to getting Muslims more involved in politics.

The Khans allegedly began sending money to the Pakistani Taliban beginning around April 2008, two years before the Pakistani Taliban was labeled a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. According to the indictment, the money transfers continued until at least November 2010.

Interestingly, the Khans were not arrested for six more months. The feds finally cuffed the imams in May, shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed and the world turned its attention to the people who harbored terrorists in Pakistan.


Women arrive for Friday prayer at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen mosque with traditional head­scarfs, hijabs, covering their hair and necks and layers of shimmery fabric concealing their bodies. Friday is the most important prayer day of the week in Islam, similar to Sunday for Christians.

There are separate entrances to the mosque, one door for men and one for women. A man who days earlier attended a hearing in the Khan case stops to welcome a visitor, making sure she knows where to go. Older ladies smile and welcome her with the traditional greeting, As-Salaam-Alaikum — peace be unto you — before slipping off their shoes and entering the building.

Upstairs, the women's prayer hall is a windowless room with green striped carpeting. A small sign on the wall urges: "Sisters: No eat/drink/speak in prayer hall!!"

Sweet-smelling lotion and soap perfume the room. Roughly 50 women sit in rows on the carpet, some cross-legged, others leaning against the walls, keeping their eyes down as they listen to the imam preach. His service downstairs is broadcast on TV screens mounted on the wall. In Islam, there is a tradition of men and women praying separately to avoid being distracted by the opposite sex.

Some of the women wear all black, but others have red, gold, and turquoise scarves. Toddlers babble and wander around the room. One little girl, with dark curly hair and a mischievous grin, keeps trying to play with the vacuum cleaner as the adults turn and kneel toward Mecca. In the back of the room, teenagers cluster and peek at their cell phones. Lying on a nearby wooden shelf is an informational pamphlet titled "Women's Rights in Islam — Respected, Honored, Cherished."

On the TV screen, the imam preaches about devotees failing to follow religious laws in their daily lives. He scolds them for sacrificing Muslim rules of modesty to fit in with American society — shaving their beards and changing their clothes to go out in public or fly on a plane. "This is what we do," he says in disapproving tones.

Later, he provides a legal update. Defense attorneys had been to the mosque weeks earlier to update them on the Khan case, and the trial is scheduled for November. "Inshallah, this case it will take approximately six weeks," the imam says. "Let us... pray for imam Izhar and his family to resolve this sooner than later."

The women in the prayer hall register no reaction to this announcement, listening as quietly as they have throughout the service.

In the days after the Khans were first arrested, the civil rights division at South Florida's chapter of CAIR received a stream of complaints. The masjid in Margate, the Flagler Mosque, and Masjid An-Noor in Miami all said they received hate mail. Flag­ler Mosque got two hate calls, along with a van parked outside with a sign that read, "This place needs to be razed down."

When first questioned about the impact of the arrests on the community, Hamze can't recall anything but the spike in hate mail and phone calls. Then he remembers the Margate protest. "Obviously the hate groups use the Khan case," he admits.

Hamze's group, CAIR, is a nonprofit that protects civil rights and promotes understanding about Islam. It doesn't help his cause to discuss Muslims being scared away from mosques or worried about having their phones tapped. Instead, he highlights the good news: no violence, no chaos. "We really grounded the community and explained the [legal] process to them," he said.

After the arrests last summer, he says, members of the community launched a statewide initiative, the Florida Muslim Congress, aimed at teaching Muslim leaders about terrorism laws and organizations. The goal is to help ordinary citizens work with law enforcement officials and avoid being accidentally linked to extremists. "OK, I'm sending money home to my family; what do I need to know?" Hamze explains.

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Sid
Sid

"Nauman Abbasi runs a nonprofit group dedicated to getting Muslims more involved in politics."There in a nutshell is your proverbial "Kiss of Death"

FQS9000
FQS9000

Any Muslim who will let his daughter or sister marry a Christian or who doesn't hate a Muslim who converts to another religion is welcome in my neighborhood, life and home.

The rest need deportation, as they are killers beneath their oily smiles.  

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Its sad really.  People just trying to live their lives, but cant thanks to right wing propaganda.  They have been made into the monsters under the bed thanks to all the paranoia.  Not all Muslims are terrorists, much like not all christians are.  Yes, there are bad people of both religions who do evil things, but they are a small percentage of the whole.  People like the criminal Alan West only make things worse.  You would think that they would get the idea into their heads that maybe, just maybe, if you stopped killing and trying to really tick them off, maybe even that small percentage of terrorists  would start to fall off.  Yet, there are still atrocities committed against them.  Any wonder why they REALLY dont like us?  Here is a thought..think of everything we do to Muslims, then turn it around.  How would YOU feel if all this happened to YOU?People need to just grow up.

Guest
Guest

The author fails to mention that the men ALSO stay silent in THEIR prayer room. They ALSO sit with their eyes downcast, and they would ALSO register no reaction to the speaker's comments.

During the Friday sermon, nobody speaks. I can already hear the outraged commenters using the author's oversight as a polemical weapon.

Beware of c.a.i.r....
Beware of c.a.i.r....

Yeah Pete, it is really sad that there are so many dhimmies(look it up) like yourself who are brainwashed by terrorist related(hamas) organizations such as c.a.i.r. into thinking that all muslims are discriminated against, etc. If you look up the F.B.I. hate crime statistics for the last 5 years, you will see 5 times as many hate related crimes against Jews vs. muslims. There is no such thing as islamaphobia, it is a word made up by the muslims from c.a.i.r. to stoke their propaganda and lies in order to deceive dhimmies like yourself into thinking that the poor muslims are picked on. Have you ever noticed that any time a mosque in the U.S. is "vandalized," it is ALWAYS very superficial to the structure(very little damage) and the "criminals" are never caught...? That's because the muslims do the damage themselves to gain sympathy from the dim witted American sheeple!!You know nothing about what the koran says and the world wide caliphate of islam, do yourself a favor and study it, your life may depend upon it in the near future...

Sboyce4
Sboyce4

 Yeah Beware of c.a.i.r.....you know nothing about what the bible says, or the torah or the koran or any other holy book....all you know is the hatred in your heart -- what would Jesus do?

Lvedve
Lvedve

@ Beware of CAIR you are an idiot I'm an American born Muslim and there is no grand Islamic plan to take over this country or the world all we want is to be left alone to worship in peace but clowns like you,Kaufman,Allen West,and the rest of the know nothings want to spread lies,hate,and ignorance

Beware of c.a.i.r....
Beware of c.a.i.r....

Jesus will save me, what will your koran do for you...? There's no hate in my heart, don't have time for it, I'm a realist in the here and now. The muslim's sharia law is the biggest threat to the U.S. Constitution, there is no place for it whatsoever in our system of law. The problem with muslims is that they do not assimilate into Western society and they never will, their sharia forbids it. One of the co-founders of c.a.i.r., Omar Ahmad, has publicly stated that, "islam isn't in America to be equal to ANY other faiths, but to become dominant. The koran, the muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and islam the ONLY accepted religion on Earth."If you're not muslim and you don't get angry after reading that garbage from Omar, then you're not American... c.a.i.r. is DANGEROUS, they are a clear and present danger to the American way of life, they have to be stopped...!!!

 
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