By Helen Kumari and Lorena Mongelli December 4, 2015
The California terror couple had an Allah-praising sticker slapped on a dresser drawer in their town house that traces back to a Muslim organization with headquarters in Queens, The Post has learned. The decal, which has a prayer for coming out of the bathroom, is from the Islamic Circle of North America Sisters’ Wing, and says, “Praise to be Allah Who relieved me from the suffering and gave me relief.”
The mother of terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, attended classes at the ICNA’s Los Angeles branch, and graduated from a course titled “Journey through the Quran Session” in the summer of 2014. A “certificate of appreciation” awarded to Rafia Farook was found inside the couple’s Redlands home when reporters were allowed to enter on Friday.
The conservative organization, which was first established in 1968 and is headquartered in Jamaica, Queens, has drawn fire from Jewish groups in recent years.
“At the 2010 ICNA-MAS convention in Rosemont, Illinois, several speakers delivered anti-Semitic remarks, including portraying the Jews as having undue influence on the U.S. government and linking Judaism to theft and oppression,” the Anti-Defamation League wrote.
They also cited a convention in 2009 in Chicago where religious scholars and activists allegedly called for “the eradication of the state of Israel and accuse the United States government as waging a war against Muslims at home and abroad.”
According to the Albany Times Union, US law-enforcement agencies have investigated the group for terrorist connections, but no one has ever been prosecuted.
And in 2009, five ICNA members from Alexandria, Va., were detained in Pakistan for allegedly trying to join terror groups and fight US forces, according to the ADL.
Following Wednesday’s San Bernardino attack, the ICNA issued a statement saying it is “appalled at today’s mass shooting.”
The husband of Rafia’s teacher, Munira Ahmad, said they knew Rafia and one of Farook’s sisters as part of their congregation.
“We are upset about the killings, too,” Mahmoud Ahmad said. “We cannot believe what has happened to these victims and their families.”
“We Muslims are uncomfortable with them because they translate the Koran into an out-of-context, absurd ideology,” he added. “They are fanatics and they would not hesitate to kill us, too.”
An assistant imam at ICNA headquarters in Queens also blasted the killers, saying, “We don’t support this type of irrational act.”
“We have a saying that if you kill one innocent person, it’s like you are killing the entire humanity, and if you save just one person, it is like you are saving the entire humanity,” said Syed Rahman.