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Dr. Haitham Danny Bundakji

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Islamic Society of Orange County

1 Al Rahman Plaza

Garden Grove, California 92844

United States

Company Description

The Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC) was established in 1976. ISOC is the largest Muslim community center in Southern California, serving more than 10,000 Muslims throughout the area. Located in Garden Grove, California, in the heart of Orange Co ... more

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Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce

Muslim Chaplain

Orange County Sheriff's Department

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Majlis-e-Shura (Board of Directors) – ISOC [cached]

Haitham Bundakji Vice-Chairman

Mormon Cult Quiz - Mormon Temple Garments - Salamander Society [cached]

"When I go to a Mormon church I feel at ease," said Haitham Bundakji, former chairman of the Islamic Society of Orange County.

"They threatened to kill our students, ... [cached]

"They threatened to kill our students, blow up our school, rape our women," Haitham Bundakji, who was then the society's president, told me. Bundakji set up an interfaith initiative to ease tensions and invited the police to advise the society about security. He had a guardhouse installed on the society's grounds, and he hired guards to sit in it.

Bundakji had been a witness at Gadahn's shahada. A stocky man with a goatee and a quick smile, he talks about "building bridges" with other religious groups. He works closely with the local police department, where he is a chaplain, and believes that Muslim Americans should participate more actively in electoral politics. He is a Sunni, born in Jordan, but his wife is Shiite, so he likes to tell people that he is "Sushi. When he was young, he dabbled in Sufism, but he now holds more conservative religious beliefs. He loves music, but it is a guilty pleasure.
"Adam asked me for a job, and I gave him one as a security guard," Bundakji told me. Gadahn began working the night shift in the mosque's guardhouse, often arriving after his evening discussion group disbanded.
The men in the group, Bundakji said, were becoming increasingly hostile to the mosque's leadership and were especially upset about his interfaith efforts. Bundakji's nickname among non-Muslims is Danny, and sometimes, he told me, the men in the group called him "Danny the Jew. Gadahn's relationship with Bundakji grew hostile, too. One night, Bundakji caught him asleep while on duty. "I had a few words with him," Bundakji recalled. "I said, 'How could you sleep on the job? Don't you understand that it's just like stealing? You expect me to pay you money, but you haven't earned it.' " Gadahn was angry, Bundakji told me, but he didn't say anything. Bundakji fired him.
Bundakji also barred the discussion group from gathering at the mosque.
At the mosque, they regarded Haitham Bundakji with animosity, Olson told me. "Hisham and Khalil hated Danny.
As the call to prayer began, Haitham Bundakji noticed Gadahn's scattered belongings.

Joseph Smith: Mormon Prophet | LDS Blogs - Part 2 [cached]

"When I go to a Mormon church I feel at ease," said Haitham Bundakji, former chairman of the Islamic Society of Orange County.

The Message | LDS Blogs [cached]

"When I go to a Mormon church I feel at ease," said Haitham Bundakji, former chairman of the Islamic Society of Orange County.

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