Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

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Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is an attorney with focus areas in civil rights and domestic relations law running for Congress in Massachusetts. She is on the board of CAIR - Massachusetts and "took part in a White House 'Know Your Neighbor' Program in December 2015."

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud "is a commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and in that role advocates before the state legislature to enact laws responsive to the needs of women." She is involved "in interfaith outreach and efforts to increase religious literacy in the nation."[1]

Her parents converted to Islam when she was a toddler.

Background

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud "moved to Springfield [Massachusetts] from New York when she was 10 and graduated from Elms College and Western New England University, said that while she’s not a religious scholar, she’s been comfortable with interfaith dialogue for her entire life. It wasn’t until about 18 months ago that she began speaking at colleges and universities, as 'an uptick' in rhetoric, as well as violence, was occurring against Muslims in this country." Tahirah Amatul-Wadud had "Lutheran and Baptist parents converted to Islam when she was a toddler."[2]

From a statement announcing her candidacy:[3]

"Born in Queens, New York, Ms. Amatul-Wadud’s parents relocated her and three siblings to Springfield in 1984. “My parents wanted a different pace for us. They felt strongly that Springfield offered more promise. While we missed our family dearly, we were able to visit often, especially my dear Grandmother,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. “My mother was raised in the Bronx. My grandparents were Christian, attended a Lutheran Church and were very hard working with eleven children. My parents accepted the Muslim faith when I was about four years old. When my great grandmother passed away, I remember her funeral and burial taking place in her parish cemetery down south. It is from this rich history and childhood that I developed and cultivated interfaith harmony in my life,” she said.
"A 1998 graduate of Elms College in Chicopee and a 2005 graduate of Western New England University School of Law, Ms. Amatul-Wadud has been recognized for her legal work as well as her advocacy. Yasmin Ibrahim, a long time Springfield resident, expressed her admiration for Ms. Amatul-Wadud, “I have known Tahirah her whole life. She has always been a resource in our community and a vocal advocate. She truly loves people and personifies the saying that ‘as you climb, you lift’. Tahirah will lift our community into the strong vibrant one we deserve.”
"Ms. Amatul-Wadud is the married mother of seven children, ages 3 years - 24 years of age, and will celebrate her 44th birthday on the night of her official launch. Her siblings and she have all been educated in area colleges and universities. Running on a progressive platform as a Democrat, Ms. Amatul-Wadud will challenge the incumbent Mr. Richard Neal."

Early Activism

"Ms. Amatul-Wadud has been a community advocate as early as 1991 when at 17-years old she joined with Springfield’s Maple High Six Corners Neighborhood Council to demolish an abandoned building in her neighborhood after two young boys were dragged, beaten and left for dead in it. “That crime taught me a powerful lesson. It taught me what it is like to be forgotten. It showed me what happens when certain people are ignored by their elected officials. That a building of its size could sit in disrepair as a death trap, showed me how little value was placed on the lives of the families and children living on Central and Pine Streets,” she states. The young Amatul-Wadud and neighbors demanded the city demolish the building, which had been neglected by its private owner. Ms. Amatul-Wadud has also advocated for various federal policies including immigration, agricultural protection and protection of religious rights."

CAIR Board Member

An announcement was made January 3, 2016 that Tahirah Amatul-Wadud joined CAIR - Massachusetts as a board member.[4] Here is her bio from the CAIR site (archived):[5]

"Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is a litigator licensed to practice in Massachusetts state and federal courts, as well as the federal court in the Northern District of New York. Her practice areas are civil rights and domestic relations law. She is general counsel for a New York Muslim congregation, regularly develops and chairs continuing education courses for legal professionals and members of the non-legal community, sits on a panel for her local bar association, and has served on boards for Western Massachusetts non-profit organizations. Ms. Amatul-Wadud is also an appointed volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women..."

Islamophobia Conference Planning Committee Member

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud was named as a "conference planning committee member" for an Islamophobia Conference held in 2015 by Muslims of America held at the Muslim Community Center (MCC) of the Capital District in Schenectady, NY.[6]

The speakers were Tahirah Clark, Atif Qarni, Julia Reischel, Imraan Sidiqqi, Robert Gavin, Bineta Diop, Dawud Walid, Malikah Jones, Sayeed Shakir, Hanifa Legree and Dr. Umar Bowers. Yasmin Abdulatheem Shahid and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud served as moderators, and Maryam Rahim was the program’s mistress of ceremonies.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud was quoted as saying: “This is not a conference where we get together and talk about the problem. This is a conference where we talk about the problem, talk about the resolution, and publicly commit to joining forces against Islamophobia,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud.

"The delegates, attendees and panelists are invited to join a project called The International United Muslim Forum where the group will actively use the political process to eradicate Islamophobic policies."

Commissioner for the Mass. Commission on the Status of Women

Bio from Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women website (archived):[7]

"Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District for the District of Massachusetts as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
"She runs her own law practice with focus areas in civil rights and domestic relations law. Ms. Amatul-Wadud regularly develops and chairs continuing education courses for legal professionals and members of the non-legal community, sits on the Children's Law Project for the Hampden County Bar Association and has served on boards for Western Massachusetts non-profit organizations. Ms. Amatul-Wadud was a White House invitee December 2015 attending a ceremony entitled, Celebrating and Protecting America's Tradition of Religious Pluralism where the community program 'Know Your Neighbor' was launched.
"Ms. Amatul-Wadud is legal counsel for a Muslim congregation in New York and is an executive board member for CAIR - Massachusetts.
"Ms. Amatul-Wadud is a graduate of Elms College in Chicopee and Western New England School of Law in Springfield.

Radical Islam is not Islamic, it is like the KKK

At an interfaith event in March 2017, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud was quoted as saying:

"I’m not a religious scholar, but I’m going to tell you, they’re not Muslim. They’re a political ideology. They have an agenda that has nothing to do with faith, sort of like the (Ku Klux Klan). I would say it’s not even a radicalized or perverted version of Islam, but that these are people who have issues with their borders, issues with geography. They’re just gangsters."

White House 'Know Your Neighbor'

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud "was among those interviewed by the Obama administration about the chief concerns of American Muslims, and took part in a White House 'Know Your Neighbor' Program in December 2015 — said that because Islam incorporates and validates Judaism and Christianity, Muslims “believe that all three of us are deeply connected.”

Candidate for Congress

On December 19, CAIR - Massachusetts put up a Facebook post congratulating Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a CAIR-MA board member, for her announcement that she is running for Congress, against Richard Neal.

Radical ties

As she notes on her professional website, Ms. Amatul-Wadud is the general counsel for a community calling itself Islamberg, near Hancock, NY. Islamberg was founded by Pakistani cleric Mubarak Ali Gilani. Gilani is the leader of the extremist group Jamaat al-Fuqra, which operates in the United States under the name "Muslims of America" (MOA) — and in fact, Ms. Amatul-Wadud is the lawyer not just for Islamberg, but for MOA itself.

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As noted by Ryan Mauro, national security analyst for the Clarion Project, MOA has been under Federal investigation since the 1970s (resulting in several arrests over the years) for connections with international terrorism, pervasive criminal and fraudulent activity, and the stockpiling of illegal weapons. Videos taken in Islamberg and other MOA "villages" across the country show members undergoing basic guerrilla training; the most promising recruits, FBI sources allege, are sent to Pakistan for more advanced training and religious indoctrination from Gilani personally.

Of course, even criminals are entitled to legal representation (though wise voters would hesitate before electing a Mafia attorney as their representative in Congress). However, Ms. Amatul-Wadud's relationship with Jamaat al-Fuqra is more than just professional.

In 2015, she shared a Facebook post from MOA of a long and unhinged 2014 article by Sheikh Gilani himself. Based largely on the widely-debunked forgery Confessions of a British Spy, Gilani claims that the terror group ISIS (and indeed, Wahhabism itself) is a creation of British intelligence, that 9/11 was an inside job, that WTC-7 was destroyed by controlled demolition, and that America was manipulated into fighting Nazi Germany and Saddam Hussein for the benefit of the Jews. For Ms. Amatul-Wadud to endorse this sort of conspiracy-theorizing is extraordinary.

Furthermore, internal MOA documents from the 1980s and 1990s, which were revealed by Mauro's "Fuqra Files" project, indicated that at least two MOA members with the surname of Amatul-Wadud applied for membership in Sheikh Gilani's secret "Soldiers of Allah" militant force. While Tahirah Amatul-Wadud can hardly be blamed for the extremism of older relatives, this connection does give credence to the claim (made by a former member of MOA) that her schooling was paid for by the Jamaat al-Fuqra, and that she was groomed for her present role.[8]

PDA 2018 endorsement

In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, MA-01.

Indivisible

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In 2018 Indivisible endorsed Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.

Leftists supporting Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud June 14, 2018 ·

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