Islamophobia Monitor

Former Muslims United (FMU) is an anti-Islam group founded by Nonie Darwish. After a yearlong period of inactivity, FMU reinvigorated their efforts in September 2014. FMU is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.

Key Individuals

Nonie Darwish (Founder)

Nonie Darwish, a self-styled "former Moslem," has written that "Islam is cruel, anti-women, anti-religious freedom and anti-personal freedom in general."

After the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, Darwish wrote, “The existence of nice, educated Muslims should also never blind us from seeing the deep problems within the ideology of Islam and its jihadist goals.’ She also falsely asserted, “Islam is the only religion that requires its followers to kill those who do not believe in Allah, and to take revenge in the name of Allah.”

During a speech in 2011, Darwish asserted that “Islam should be fought and should be conquered and defeated and annihilated.”

She told the New York Times: "A mosque is not just a place for worship. It's a place where war is started, where commandments to do jihad start, where incitements against non-Muslims occur. It's a place where ammunition was stored."

In a June 2014 post, Darwish stated, “The so called ‘moderate Muslims’ who advocate that the US Constitution is Sharia compliant, are dangerous because they are stealth jihadists who have no loyalty to the US Constitution and what America is all about.”

Kamal Saleem (Board Member)

On February 19, 2008, the Village Voice reported, “Kamal Saleem, whose real name is Khodor Shami, worked for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network for sixteen years, and was hired by Focus on the Family in 2003. In 2006, he launched Koome Ministries, whose mission is to “expose the true agenda of [Muslims] who would deceive our nation and the free nations of the world... America must wake-up and set a continued Christian agenda of Liberty and Truth as a standard to follow throughout the free world.”

His bizarre claim that "in my family was the Grand Wazir of Islam" prompted Calvin College history professor Douglas Howard to investigate Saleem's background. [NOTE: The title "Grand Wazir of Islam" has never existed.] "I concluded this person is a fraud," said Howard after his investigation into Saleem's claims. Howard says Saleem "preys on people's lack of information and their worries and their fears and their wanting to find a way to justify their own attitudes toward Islam and Middle East policy."

Saleem’s claims to being a former terrorist have similarly been debunked. As one example, in 2012 Tim Murphy reported in Mother Jones, “Saleem claims that local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have 'reached out' to him to learn about 'the Islamist mindset and tactics'". But Kathleen Wright, an FBI spokeswoman, says she has "no information that Kamal Saleem has spoken at an FBI-sponsored event."

In October 2012, Right Wing Watch posted a video of Saleem and noted that in that video, “Saleem alleged that Obama’s top speech writer and Sasha and Malia's babysitter are both Islamic fundamentalists that are wielding secret power. ‘The right-hand of our President today, his name is Hasan Rashad, and he is sworn to destroy the United States of America,’ Saleem said (possibly referring to the White House’s representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Rashad Hussain), ‘our President’s babysitter wears abaya and keffiyeh just like those ninjas, you don’t see her face everything is covered, that’s the babysitter of his children.'"

Similarly, in January 2013, Right Wing Watch posted video of Salaam bizarrely claiming that a UN Resolution “will subjugate American people to be arrested and put to jail and their churches and synagogues shut down.” Salaam claims this resolution will affect America “as early as January.”

Wafa Sultan (Board Member)

Sultan is on record stating “Believe me, personally, I don`t believe Islam really can be reformed unless we recreate a totally new belief system and keep the name.” She later added, “I don`t see any difference between radical Islam and regular Islam...You cannot be American and Muslim at the same time.

 

Sultan admits, “I have decided to fight Islam. Please pay attention to my statement. To fight Islam. Not the political Islam. Not the militant Islam. Not the radical Islam. Not the Wahhabi Islam. But Islam itself.

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