Suhail Khan receives award from top Al-Qaeda fundraiser Alamoudi on behalf of Al-Qaeda front from SuhailKhan Exposed on Vimeo.
ABDUL RAHMAN ALAMOUDI:
[ARABIC] I didn’t know that salmon would put people to sleep. Did you like your salmon? [ARABIC] What about the coffee? Okay. I am the [UNCLEAR] because he is running late. And I am honored to do that. I cannot fill his shoes, but I’ll try my best. My name is Abdul Rahman Alamoudi who was attacked yesterday by Arlen Specter, if you know. Have all of you heard that? Yeah. Okay. Well, we’ll deal with Arlen Specter, but I was requested to say something about that. Hopefully we’ll say about it when we have taken care of some business here. We have with us a dear brother, a pioneer, somebody who really started political activism in the Muslim community. And somebody different. A young man, not old and grumpy like many of us, but a young man who pioneered from many, many young men and women who started political activism when it was a taboo for the Muslim community, no doubt about it. When Suhail Khan started not too many people were aware that we had to do something. I am really proud to be with Suhail Khan. Some of you saw in today the White House but inshallah soon you see him in better places in the White House. Inshallah. Maybe sometimes as vice-president soon, inshallah. [APPLAUSE] Allah akbar. Suhail Khan is the son of a dear, dear brother who was a pioneer of Islam work himself. Many of you know his late father [UNCLEAR] who was part of all kinds of work and [ARABIC] Suhail inherited from his father not only being a Muslim and a Muslim activist, but also being a Muslim political activist. I’d like to read a small bio about Suhail here. Mr. Suhail Khan earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa college in 1995. His B.A. In political science from the University of California at Berkeley, ’91. He served as campaign coordinator for Tom Campbell campaign for U.S. Congress in ’95 and served as press secretary and legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Tom Campbell from ’96 to ’93. I wish we had the time for Suhail to talk to us in those three years what did he do for his country, for his people but mainly for the Muslim community. But hopefully we’ll see it in a book soon, inshallah. He also served as policy director, press secretary to Mr. Campbell’s campaign for U.S. Senate in 1999-2000. Mr. Khan is currently a full time volunteer in the White House office of public liaison This is not the last that we’ll hear from Mr. Suhail Khan. But I am proud that AMC is willing to honor one of us who’s pioneering political work and I request our vice-president, Dr. Amul al-Akhan [PH] to come here and honor brother Suhail Khan with a small plaque that we’ll honor him with. Dr. Amul al-Akhan. [APPLAUSE] [UNCLEAR] Cameras [UNCLEAR]
DR. AMUL AL-AKHAN:
Thank you. [APPLAUSE] In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful, thank you very much for this honor. And thank you for giving me this opportunity to be with you this afternoon. I appreciate your good wishes and your honoring me this afternoon for this small, very small contribution that I have tried to make for our community and our country. As many of you know, I have long worked as hard as I can for the benefit and the rights of Muslims and anyone else who needs help. And right now, of course, the Muslim community—my family—is one that needs representation, needs help and support. So any way that I can, working with you, I hope, inshallah, that we can keep working together. And please pray for success and pray for the right outcome in so many challenges that we have facing us. I’ll end with just one small thank you for the people that have been helping me keep going. Dr. Basha [PH] of course, has always been a strong and favorite friend. Dr. Ahman Rakhan [PH] and of course my uncle, Elia Bazokook [PH] and Abdul Rahman Alamoudi have been very supportive of me and I want to give them thanks. Many of you, of course, knew my father. He was someone who dedicated his life to the community and I’ve always felt that I have to work in the same—those footsteps. That this is something that’s important for our country as Americans and it is something that I keep in my heart everyday. I remember when my father arrived in New York City in the mid-60s, having borrowed three hundred dollars to come and seek the American dream. He took a Greyhound bus to Colorado and began his journey as an American, as a Muslim in this country. And I still feel that there is—and there was, and there is—the dream that is America. And working with you, inshallah, we’ll make that dream a reality. Salaam Alekum [UNCLEAR] [APPLAUSE]
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