May 19, 2006 Special Dispatch No. 1168

Columbus, Ohio Muslim Leader Says 9/11 Planned by Americans, Praises the Wanted Al-Qaeda-Linked Yemenite Sheikh Al-Zindani

May 19, 2006
Special Dispatch No. 1168

Dr. Salah Sultan is president of the American Center for Islamic Research (ACIR), a non-profit organization registered in Ohio and located in Columbus. On his website, he asserts that the main purpose of the ACIR is to "serve Allah (God) in the best way possible through the principles laid out in the Quran and Sunnah," to address misconceptions and extremism, to build bridges with non-Muslims, and to provide fatwas. [1]

Dr. Sultan, who has been called "one of America's most noted Muslim scholars," [2] is signatory to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 2005 fatwa against terrorism, [3] and is a former professor and president of the Islamic American University in Michigan. [4] He is president of the American Institute for Religious and Cultural Studies, and active in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (headed by Islamist sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi [5] whom he calls "our great scholar" [6] );the Fiqh Council of North America; and the International Association of Muslim Scholars. [7] He previously served on the board of directors of Islamic American University, and on the Muslim American Society Board of Trustees. [8] Dr. Sultan's resume states that he also serves on the board of trustees of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, and is a member of the Council of Indian Scholars and of the Association of Scholars in Germany. [9]

According to his website, [10] Sultan is an elected member of the Shura Board of the recently founded International Association of Muslim Scholars in London (IAMS), and has written over 20 books, including Muslim Participation in the American Elections. [11]

Sultan lectures frequently at the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, on topics such as the priorities of Islamic work in the U.S. and the role of Muslim men and women in the U.S. [12] According to a calendar on Dr. Sultan's webpage, over the past year he has lectured in Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Detroit; Dallas; San Diego; Montreal; Cairo; Kuwait; Bahrain; Qatar; and Jeddah, Medina, and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He has also spoken at the MAS Youth Center Convention Center in Queens and Brooklyn, New York; the Bronx Muslim Center in Bronx, New York; the Union of Imams Minneapolis in Minnesota; the Omar bin Khatab Mosque and the Bethel Road Mosque in Columbus, Ohio; the Al-Huda and ICB Mosque in Boston; the Dearborn Mosque in Dearborn, Michigan; the Islamic Fiqh Council of India in New Delhi; and the European Council for Islamic Rulings and Research in Istanbul. [13]

According to his online resume, Sultan's "vision" is: "To live happily. To die as a martyr." [14]

Sultan currently attends Columbus State Community College in Ohio; previously, he worked at the Islamic Center of Greater Worcester in Massachusetts and at the Islamic Open University in Washington, D.C. [15]

On May 17, 2006, Dr. Sultan appeared on the Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal-owned Al-Risala TV channel. [16] In his appearance on Al-Risala TV, Dr. Sultan praised Yemenite sheikh Dr. Al-Zindani, who has been categorized by the U.S. government as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" because of his loyalty to Osama bin Laden and his support of Al-Qaeda. [17] According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Al-Zindani "has a long history of working with bin Laden, notably serving as one of his spiritual leaders. In this leadership capacity, he has been able to influence and support many terrorist causes, including actively recruiting for Al-Qaeda training camps." [18]

In March 2006, Al-Zindani appeared on Yemenite TV at a Hamas fundraiser. [19] TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: .

The following are excerpts from Sultan's May 17, 2006 address on Al-Risala TV. TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: .

Salah Sultan: "The film 'The Siege,' starring Denzel Washington, portrayed the Muslims in a very bad light. They are shown calling for prayer, performing the ablution, praying, and then planning multiple bombings - a government building, a security agency, the FBI, a bus carrying young men and women, adults and children. They bombed shops.

"The film came out in April 1999. It paved the way for 9/11, since it was filmed in Brooklyn, New York. The truth is that immediately after 9/11, I said people should view these events in the context of 'The Siege,' because these events were identical.

"This scenario... I still believe to this day... This scenario still baffles me. I share the view of many Americans, French, and Europeans, who say that 9/11 could not have been carried out entirely from outside [the U.S.] - by Muslims or others. The confessions by some people could have been edited. But even if they were not edited, I believe that these people were used in a marginal role. The entire thing was of a large scale and was planned within the U.S., in order to enable the U.S. to control and terrorize the entire world, and to get American society to agree to the war declared on terrorism - the definition of which has not yet been determined.

"The U.S. remains the only country to determine who is a terrorist, and what is the definition for terrorism, and it can pin it on anyone. The most recent instance is the case of Dr. Al-Zindani, who has been accused of terrorism, even though he is known worldwide for his refinement, virtue, and broad horizons."

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[2] Newark Advocate (Ohio), June 23, 2005.



[5] For more on Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi, see: MEMRI TV Clip No. 82, "Sheikh Dr. Yousef Al-Qaradhawi About the Murder of American Citizen, Nick Berg," March 16, 2004, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 96, "Sheikh Qaradhawi: American Culture and Judaism Spread Violence in the World," May 30, 2004, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 382, "Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: "I Have Forbidden the Killing of Americans… But I Asked, 'Who is a Civilian?' November 20, 2004, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 949, "Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi Calls Upon Sunnis to Participate in Iraqi Elections; 'Iraq Must Be Protected From the American Satans,'" December 2, 2005,

[6] "Methodological Regulations for the Fiqh of Muslim Minorities,",64,0,0,1,0.










[16] For more Al-Risala TV, see: MEMRI TV Clip No. 1075, "Iraqi Cleric Ahmad Al-Kubeisi Promotes Jihad on A New Saudi Channel Broadcasting from Kuwait," March 15, 2006, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 1085, "Dr. Abd Al-Basset Al-Sayyid of the Egyptian National Research Center: British Research Proves Holy Stone of Ka'ba to be a Semi-Conductor from Outer Space," March 9, 2006, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 1099, "Director-General of Al-Risala TV Scolds Counterparts at Copenhagen Dialogue for Prophet Muhammad Cartoons," ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 1104, Saudi Author Dr. Muhammad Al-'Arifi on Show Produced by Saudi Ministry of Religious Endowments: Women in the West Marry Dogs and Donkeys; 54% of Danish Women Do Not Know Who Fathered Their Babies, April 6, 2006, ; MEMRI TV Clip No. 1129, "Egyptian Cleric Hazem Sallah Abu Isma'il Lectures on the Jews' Conflicts with Prophet Muhammad and States: 'Eighty-Two Percent of All Attempts to Corrupt Humanity Originate from the Jews,'" April 14, 2006, .



[19] MEMRI Dispatch No. 1129, "Bin Laden Loyalist, Wanted by the U.S. Yemenite Sheikh Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani, in Support of Palestinian Suicide Bombers at a Hamas Fundraiser Live on Al-Jazeera," March 29, 2006.

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