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Germany’s Quest for ‘Liberal’ Islam

July 6, 2017

Germany’s Quest for ‘Liberal’ Islam, Gatestone InstituteVijeta Uniyal, July 6, 2017

(Please see also, President Trump’s Remarks to the People of Poland. — DM)

Recently, after dragging its feet for years, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany had agreed to call a march against Islamist terror. The Muslim organization boasted 10,000 registered participants for the “Not with us — Muslims and friends against violence and terror” rally, scheduled for June 17 in Cologne. On the much awaited day, only a few hundred people turned up, many of them ordinary Germans flanked by a huge media entourage. “Many Turkish weddings are larger than this demonstration,” wrote Robin Alexander, columnist in Die Welt.

Merkel and Germany’s establishment have their ground game covered ahead of the election, and know full well where their political interests lie. The question is, do the German voters know where their best interests lie?

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However, the media-driven PR campaign backfired as the news of the opening of the Berlin ‘liberal mosque’ reached Muslim communities in Germany and abroad. The liberal utopian dream quickly turned into an Islamist nightmare.

Why do Muslim organizations in Germany fail to mobilize within their communities and denounce Islamist terrorism? Because, if there really is a belief that “international terrorism should not be depicted as a problem belonging to Muslims alone” this view seems to indicate that, in general, Muslims do not see it as their problem.

The newly unveiled ‘liberal mosque’ in Berlin was supposed to showcase a ‘gentler’ Islam. An Islam that could be reformed and modernized while it emerges as the dominant demographic force in Europe. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle touted the opening of the mosque as a “world event in the heart of Berlin.”

“Everyone is welcome at Berlin’s Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque,” Deutsche Welle wrote, announcing the grand opening last month. “Women and men shall pray together and preach together at the mosque, while the Koran is to be interpreted ‘historically and critically.'”

German reporters and press photographers, eager to give glowing coverage, thronged to witness the mosque’s opening on July 16 and easily outnumbered the handful of Muslim worshipers. Deutsche Welle reported: “fervent enthusiasm in the media and political realm.”

“For me there is no contradiction in being a Muslim and a feminist at the same time,” Seyran Ates, the mosque’s female imam told the German reporters.

“With Islam against Islamism,” wrote Germany’s leading weekly Der Spiegel. “Society in general will lionize [Imam Ates] as the long-awaited voice of Muslims that speaks clearly against Islamist terror,” prophesied another German weekly, Die Zeit.

The Washington Post, not to be outdone by German newspapers, hailed the mosque’s female founder Ates for “staging a feminist revolution of the Muslim faith.”

In what can only be described as one-way multiculturalism, a Protestant church in Berlin’s Moabit district had vacated its prayer hall to make way for this new mosque.

Prayers at the opening of the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin, Germany on June 16, 2017. Seyran Ates, the mosque’s female imam, is pictured in the second row, wearing a white robe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

However, the media-driven PR campaign backfired, as the news of the opening of the Berlin ‘liberal mosque’ reached Muslim communities in Germany and abroad. The liberal utopian dream quickly turned into an Islamist nightmare. Islamic fanatics from near and far started flooding the Berlin mosque with death threats. Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the foremost authority on Sunni Islam, issued a fatwa forbidding the ‘liberal mosque.’

The British newspaper The Guardian reported:

[The mosque’s Imam Ates] said she had received “300 emails per day encouraging me to carry on”, including from as far away as Australia and Algeria, but also “3,000 emails a day full of hate”, some of them including death threats.

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah, a state-run Islamic institution assigned to issue religious edicts, issued a statement on Monday declaring that the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque’s practice of men and women praying side by side was incompatible with Islam, while the legal department of Egypt’s al-Azhar university reacted to news from Berlin with a fatwa on the foundation of liberal mosques per se.

After countless death threats, the newspapers reached out to Aiman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of Muslims. He shrugged his shoulders and said there were 2100 mosques in Germany and he “doesn’t need to comment on each and every one of them.” As the Berlin-based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported this week, the ‘liberal’
Mosque’s Iman was finally granted “around-the-clock heightened police protection.”

Within days, this was the second establishment-backed project devised to spruce up the image of Islam in Germany, to go up in flames.

Recently, after dragging its feet for years, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany had agreed to call a march against Islamist terror. The Muslim organization boasted 10,000 registered participants for the “Not with us — Muslims and friends against violence and terror” rally, scheduled for June 17 in Cologne. On the much awaited day, only a few hundred people turned up, many of them ordinary Germans flanked by a huge media entourage. “Many Turkish weddings are larger than this demonstration,” wrote Robin Alexander, columnist in Die Welt.

Germany’s largest Islamic organization, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, DITIB, decided to skip the anti-terror demonstration. DITIB stated that Muslims fasting in Ramadan cannot be expected to “march and demonstrate for hours.” DITIB controls about 900 mosques in Germany and has 800,000 members.

The German daily, Die Welt, reported on DITIB General Secretary Bekir Alboga’s stated reason behind their withdrawal from the anti-terror march:

“We Muslims are striving to feel the spirituality of the special month that gives us power for the rest of the year.” Through the daily Quran recitation, fasting and helping the needy — in addition to the physical exertion from such a demonstration — political initiatives such as the planned anti-terrorism march are minimized during Ramadan.

“Had we been informed early enough about the rally and its date we would have suggested planning it for after the Ramadan and roping in other Muslim — and also non-Muslim organizations — because international terrorism should not be depicted as a problem belonging to Muslims alone.”

DITIB evidently did not want to divert fasting Muslims away from their spiritual pursuits, but it had no problem using its mosques and preachers to spy in Germany on behalf of Turkey’s Erdogan regime. In January, DITIB officials admitted that their preachers acted as informants for the Turkish regime.

This is not the first time in Germany that Muslim leaders thwarted an “anti-terror march”. The so-called “vigil of Muslims” at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, after the Islamist terror attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, was also apparently a disappointment. As it turned out, the “vigil” was not even “Muslim”. It had been financed and stage-managed from the chancellery of Angela Merkel. As Die Welt revealed:

“That time, too, painfully few Muslims turned out. It later emerged that that Muslim organizations only called the vigil after the initiative of a staffer from Chancellor’s office and gentle pressure from the Minister of Interior. The expenses of the ‘Muslim vigil’ were borne by the Christian Democratic and Social Democratic Parties.”

Why do Muslim organizations in Germany fail to mobilize within their communities and denounce Islamist terrorism? Because, if there really is a belief that “international terrorism should not be depicted as a problem belonging to Muslims alone” this view seems to indicate that, in general, Muslims do not see it as their problem.

The Turkish-Islamic organization DITIB would, it seems, prefer to see Christian, Hindu and Jewish organizations address the non-existent problem of terrorism within their communities, than to address the real issue of radicalization of youth within its own congregations or the recruitment by Islamists insides its mosques.

Do not, however, expect the German state to make the Muslim leadership responsible for its failings. The Merkel government continues to hand over millions of euros to DITIB despite what critics regard as behavior that is “unacceptable.”

These stage-managed campaigns to fix the image of Islam in Germany come at an interesting time. With less than three months until the German general election, Chancellor Merkel’s government, with her career at stake, is probably hesitant to take on Islamic organizations with ability to mobilize the “Muslim vote”. Last year’s state election in Berlin already saw such a mobilization.

The September election will effectively be a referendum on Merkel’s “open door” migrant policy. The media’s peddling the liberal, gentler Islam will definitely help ease the German voters’ anxiety, given the ongoing demographic transformation of the country in the wake of the continued mass-migration from Arab and Muslim countries.

Merkel and Germany’s establishment have their ground game covered ahead of the election, and know full well where their political interests lie. The question is, do the German voters know where their best interests lie?

Vijeta Uniyal, a journalist and news analyst, is based in Germany.

PC Pentagon Caves to CAIR, Agrees to ‘Review Anti-Terror Training Program

April 26, 2017

PC Pentagon Caves to CAIR, Agrees to ‘Review Anti-Terror Training Program, Front Page MagazinePaul Sperry, April 26, 2017

(The article does not identify the “Pentagon brass” who committed this atrocity. Are they (he?) Trump appointees or Obama hold-overs? In either event, the swamp needs lots more draining. — DM)

The Pentagon has agreed to formally review an anti-terror training program taught to special forces by a private contractor for material deemed offensive to Islam and Muslims, even though the Muslim group that lodged a complaint against the allegedly “Islamophobic” program has been accused by the Justice Department of supporting terrorism and is currently banned from outreach activities by the FBI.

The instructor hired to teach the program says he fears his class might not get a fair hearing, because military brass have assigned the review to a Muslim military chaplain who graduated from a radical Saudi-funded Islamic school raided by federal agents after 9/11 on suspicion of terrorist activities. He is their second choice for conducting the review. They had originally picked a more radical military chaplain to inspect the training materials before learning he has ties to an imam with a history of ministering to Muslims later convicted of terrorism.

Brass decided to launch the review after receiving a letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations last month demanding the commander of US Air Force Special Operations sever ties with longtime counterterrorism instructor Patrick Dunleavy, claiming his lessons “contain anti-Islamic content.” CAIR, a suspected terrorist front organization, did not cite any examples of content from his “Dynamics of International Terrorism” course to support its claim.

Dunleavy formerly served as deputy inspector general of New York State prisons’ criminal intelligence division and also worked with the NYPD’s intelligence division for several years. His five-day course, which he’s taught complaint-free at the Air Force for several years, covers homegrown terrorism and prison radicalization, which tie directly into recent ISIS cases.CAIR claims to be a “Muslim civil-rights organization,” but the feds have ID’d

CAIR and its founder as “members of the US Muslim Brotherhood,” while designating them both as “unindicted co-conspirators” in a 2008 terror-financing case involving Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a US-designated terrorist group.

“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists,” US prosecutors charged in one court filing.

As a result, the FBI has cut off ties to CAIR until investigators “can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas.”

Air Force Special Operations commander Lt. Gen. Marshal Webb received the CAIR letter and, in turn, ordered Special Operations School commandant Lt. Col. Christopher Portele to initiate a review. It is not clear if Webb is aware of CAIR’s well-documented support of terrorists. A spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

Dunleavy says top brass more than likely are in the dark about the extent of CAIR’s terrorism ties. “I’m sure they don’t have a complete knowledge of CAIR or other Muslim Brotherhood groups,” he said in an interview.

He notes that the military also has a problem vetting Islamic clergy.

Air Force chaplain Walid Habash is expected to begin reviewing slides from Dunleavy’s lesson material later this week, despite the fact that he received his Islamic education from a radical Muslim Brotherhood school in Virginia. Habash’s alma mater  the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, or GSISS, was raided by federal agents in 2002 as part of a post-9/11 terrorism investigation. The longtime director of GSISS — Saudi-tied Taha Jabir Alalwani — is an unindicted co-conspirator in two federal prosecutions related to terrorist financing.

Other GSISS alumni include former New York prison chaplain Warith Deen Umar, who preached that the 9-11 hijackers should be honored as martyrs and that black converts to Islam are natural recruits for carrying out future attacks against the US.

Habash has led Islamic prayer service at the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention camp. In 2005, the FBI busted up what was described as an Islamist “spy ring” for al-Qaida at Gitmo involving other Muslim military chaplains, as well as Arabic translators, accused of “serious breaches of national security.”

Habash was substituted last week for Muslim military chaplain Rafael Lantigua after Air Force brass learned of his radical associations, apparently for the first time.

It turns out that Lantigua sits on the board of directors of an Islamist group with a radical cleric who ran a New York mosque where the terrorists who plotted to bomb synagogues in the Bronx were radicalized. That 2009 case — which touches the cleric, Imam Salahuddin Muhammad — is one of Dunleavy’s presentation slides. Muhammad, a former convicted armed bank robber, was a protege of Umar.

In addition, Lantigua recently spoke at a New York Islamic conference where cop-killer Jamil Al-Amin and Luqman Abdullah, a Detroit imam killed in a shootout with the FBI, were honored. Muhammad gave the keynote address at the February event.

Once this information came to light, and questions were raised over how impartial Lantigua, who holds the rank of captain, could be regarding the subject of Islamic radicalization in the prisons, Air Force brass began a search for a new Muslim chaplain to review Dunleavy’s lesson plan.

“The military has an ongoing problem vetting their Muslim clergy,” Dunleavy told me. “Nobody wants to touch this political powder keg.”

In a press release  CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper accused Dunleavy of being an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece” with a “personal prejudice against Islam and Muslims.” The same spokesman once told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he wants the US to become a Muslim country.

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper said, betraying CAIR’s real agenda.

Nonetheless, CAIR has found success already in convincing law enforcement to alter training programs, including bleaching references to “Islam,” “Shariah,” “caliphate” and “jihad” and other allegedly offensive terms from state and federal anti-terrorist training materials. It has also pressured the sidelining of some instructors.

Emboldened, the group is now targeting military training curricula for censorship. Dunleavy is just the latest subject-matter expert targeted for a smear campaign.

He and other trainers chiefly blame “political correctness” for the capitulation to CAIR at the highest levels of government. Talking honestly about the violent nature of Islam, a minority religion, is taboo in Washington. It’s much safer for career advancement to apologize for it — even though officials know that sweeping the religious doctrines and motives behind growing Islamic terrorism under the rug won’t make them disappear. In fact, it will only lead to more attacks and more American victims.

“The concerted effort by groups like CAIR to remove any material from law enforcement or military training that outlines the process of Islamic radicalization is fraught with danger,” Dunleavy warned, particularly in light of the case of the Paris terrorist Karim Cheurfi.

Cheurfi, an ISIS-tied Muslim who last week fatally shot a police officer while wounding two others with an AK-47, had all the indicators outlined by Dunleavy in the material the Pentagon is now second-guessing thanks to CAIR protesting. They include: prison radicalization, exposure to radical Islamic preachers, and attraction to jihadi violence. In spite of these and other warning signs, Cheurfi escaped close monitoring by authorities. Identifying ingredients in this “radicalizing cauldron” is key to authorities stopping such jihadists, says Dunleavy, author of “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection.”

It’s also important for screening military recruits, especially now that the Pentagon has started issuing more waivers for applicants with prison records.

Dunleavy says the government is basically letting supporters of the bad guys — working on both the outside and inside — blindfold law enforcement and military personnel to the point where they can’t effectively spot the bad guys.

Indeed, his case is the latest example of how baseless charges of “Islamophobia” and “anti-Muslim bigotry” are used to hamstring legitimate counterterrorism efforts, which will only pave the way for more islamic terror attacks in the future.

Sermon At Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center In Falls Church, VA: ‘There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And Current Jewish Community’; ‘We Are Dealing With Manipulation’; Muslims Must Understand That ‘The Children Of Israel’ Killed Prophets – They ‘Take Pride’ In Their ‘Zealotry… Their History Is Like That’

April 21, 2017

Sermon At Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center In Falls Church, VA: ‘There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And Current Jewish Community’; ‘We Are Dealing With Manipulation’; Muslims Must Understand That ‘The Children Of Israel’ Killed Prophets – They ‘Take Pride’ In Their ‘Zealotry… Their History Is Like That’, MEMRI, April 21, 2017

In a sermon at the Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center in Falls Church, in Fairfax County, Virginia, Egyptian-American imam Shaker Elsayed pointed out that “there is a difference between Bani Israil” – the Israelites – “and the current Jewish community.” It was “very smart,” he said, “for the Jews of today to call the state they occupied Israel,” adding “We are dealing with manipulation.” He stressed that Muslims need to understand that the “Children of Israel” killed prophets because they did not like their message, and added that they “take pride that they are a community of zealotry and commitment… Their history is like that.”

The Dar Al-Islam Islamic Center is known for its connection to Yemeni-American sheikh and, later, Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who served as its imam from 2001-2001, and to two of the 9/11 hijackers, who had visited him at the mosque. Also, according to Al-Awlaki, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan had worshipped there during his tenure as imam.[1]

The video of Elsayed’s talk was posted online on March 31, 2017. (The video, in English, is available at the link — DM)

“There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And The Current Jewish Community – These Are Not One And The Same”

Shaker Elsayed: “There is a difference between Bani Israil [the Israelites], the historical community of the children of Prophet Jacob – whose name is also Israel – and the current Jewish community, as we know it. These are not one and the same. So, when you say the word ‘Jews,’ it is not equal to ‘Israelites.'” […]

“Very Smart For The Jews Of Today To Call The State They Occupied ‘Israel’ … We Are Dealing With Manipulation… I Hope Somebody Doesn’t Call Me Antisemitic… I Am More Semitic Than Those Who Claim To Be Semitic”

“It has been very smart for the Jews of today to call the state they occupied ‘Israel.’ It is giving it a name that is significant, important, and honored by Muslims. So now, if you speak against Israel, the state, they construe it as if you are talking against Jacob and his children, and against your own Book. But we have to understand what we are dealing with. We are dealing with manipulation as well. I hope somebody doesn’t call me antisemitic, because I am more Semitic than those who claim to be Semitic.” […]

“We Muslims Really Need To Wrap Our Heads Around These Two Issues: Number One Is The Response Of The Children Of Israel To Four Previous Prophets… The Quran Summarizes It: ‘…You Acted Arrogantly: You Called Some Messengers Liars And Killed Others'”

“We Muslims really need to wrap our heads around these two issues: Number one is the response of the children of Israel to four previous prophets. What was their response? The Quran summarizes it: ‘But is it not true that every time a Messenger brought to you something that was not to your liking, you acted arrogantly: you called some Messengers liars and killed others?'”

“Whenever A Messenger Comes To You [Children Of Israel] With Something You Don’t Like… You… Killed Some And You Belied Some”; They Killed “Three Of Them [Prophets] Consecutively, Right Before Jesus” 

“Isn’t it true that whenever a messenger comes to you with something you don’t like, you either kill or killed some and you belied some. You rejected some and you killed some. Right? So, they killed Prophet Zakariya, named Zechariah in their Book. They killed his son Yahya, John the Baptist in their Book. They killed Elias [Elijah], who has the same name in their Book. [They killed] three of them consecutively and concurrently, right before Jesus. So those three were finished.” […]

“So They Are Saying: “If Anyone Comes With A Message That We Reject, We Will Kill Him”; They “Take Pride That They Are A Community Of Zealotry… Their History Is Like That”

“So they are saying: ‘If anyone comes with a message that we reject, we will kill him.’ So they get rid of the prophet and the message, and it is finished. So they did this, and Jesus was saying that they were going to try to kill him, as they did to Elijah. An amazing prophecy. And it happened – they delivered him to be crucified. So after killing four prophets in a row… Jesus was an attempt – it was not fulfilled, according to the Quran, but they take pride in it anyway.

“[According to the Quran], they say: ‘Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah. And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but [another] was made to resemble him.’ So they still take pride that they are a community of zealotry and commitment, and they are willing to go all the way, to do anything. And they proved that. Their history is like that.

[…]

“This is one big reason – that what happened to these four prophets, besides many other prophets before, that we don’t know the details of what was done to them.”

 

[1] ABCnews.go.com, November 30, 2009; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 2713, On Al-Jazeera.net – First Interview with U.S.-Born Yemen-Based Imam Anwar Al-‘Awlaki on Major Hasan and the Fort Hood Shooting: Nidal [Hasan] Contacted Me a Year Ago, December 23, 2009.

Amazon Video Overlooks Muslim Partners’ Radical Dogma

December 22, 2016

Amazon Video Overlooks Muslim Partners’ Radical Dogma, Investigative Project on Terrorism, John Rossomando, December 22, 2016

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Heartwarming images of friendship between an Anglican priest and a Muslim imam fill an ad campaign produced by Amazon.com, in conjunction with American and British Muslim and Christian groups that debuted before Thanksgiving.

The groups include the radical Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim Brotherhood-connected Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). The Church of England and Christian Muslim Forum – an interfaith group in the United Kingdom –  also participated.

All of this would be charming were it not for the extremist and Islamic supremacist views that Amazon’s Muslim partners have expressed in the past. These include anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments, as well as the need to make their interpretation of Islam dominant over all the Earth.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment from the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The spot for Amazon Prime opens with the Christian clergyman inviting the imam into his living room. The two older men chat comfortably over a cup of tea, each grimacing with knee pain as they stand to say goodbye.

The two men then go online and order knee braces as gifts for the other. The ad ends with each cleric donning the braces before confidently kneeling in prayer.

“In an era of division and disharmony, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is proud to have worked with Amazon, along with other faith-based organizations, on its ad for Amazon Prime. This ad goes beyond its objective of selling a product and highlights true friendship and caring, despite religious and racial backgrounds,” ICNA’s Sisters Wing said in a Nov. 17 Facebook post.

The actors are an actual imam and Church of England priest, according to The Guardian.

“We think it is a legitimate story. We are conscious that some people may be sensitive to it. It is about selflessness and thinking of other people,” said Amazon advertising director Simon Morris.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos praised his company’s marketing department on Twitter: “Love this TV commercial for Amazon Prime. Very proud of our ad team.”

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In addition, Amazon funnels donations to ICNA through its Amazon Smile program. Prime members can designate a charity of their choice, which then receives “0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.” The program includes “almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.”

ICNA’s Extremist Views

ICNA retains a strong spiritual connection with Islamist pioneer Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi, founder of the radical South Asian Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami, from which ICNA’s founders drew inspiration.

Maududi’s works remain on ICNA’s reading lists. Its Sacramento chapter recommends Maududi’s Let us Be Muslims to high school students for its Young Muslims Islamic Quiz. The book has strong anti-Christian overtones, saying the religion is made up of a “hopeless mess of meaningless doctrines and empty rituals which could neither elevate the spirit, illuminate the intellect, nor move the emotions.” It also claims that Christianity degenerated into “the lap of paganism.”

Back in 2012, ICNA’s “Quiz on Competition on Islamic Knowledge and Skills” tested 11th and 12th graders on their knowledge of Maududi’s book, Towards Understanding Islam.

“The greatest sacrifice made in the way of God is jihad,” the book, as it appeared on ICNA’s Youth website, said. “In it man sacrifices not only his own life and belongings, but destroys those of others as well. But the Islamic principle is that we should suffer a lesser loss in order to save ourselves from a greater one. What comparison would the loss of some lives – even if it were thousands or more be to the calamity that would befall mankind as the result of the victory of evil over good.”

In Jihad in Islam, Maududi argues that Muslims should destroy “all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it.”

In addition to Maududi, ICNA’s Southern California chapter recommends books by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb and Islamist spiritual leader Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, Qutb had a strong influence on Osama bin Laden’s thinking. Qaradawi has praised Hitler for killing Jews during the Holocaust.

Like Maududi and Qaradawi, who argue for the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by shariah, ICNA’s 2010 Member’s Hand Book teaches that the group’s ultimate goal is to unite all Muslims under a single Islamic state ruled by a Caliph.

ICNA’s annual joint conventions held with the Muslim American Society (MAS) have featured numerous sectarian, hate-filled speakers.

These include Jordanian professor Amjad Quourshah, who posted a screed on his Facebook page in August 2013 claiming that Coptic Christians in Egypt burned down their own churches. Muslim Brotherhood gangs carried out those attacks following Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s downfall.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Ragheb Elsergany called for violent jihad against Israel at the 2009 MAS-ICNA Convention and returned two years later to call for the Jewish state’s destruction.

Amazon also failed to vet the MCB, which has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. MCB strongly supported Hamas’s European fundraising outlet, Interpal.

Britain’s Labour government cut off ties with the MCB for a year in 2009 after its leaders signed a pro-Hamas declaration.

MCB’s Secretary General Farooq Murad served as a trustee of Muslim Aid as recently as 2014. Muslim Aid is part of the Union of Good, which U.S. Treasury officials blacklisted in 2008 as a Hamas fundraising operation.

Last spring, Huffington Post columnist Kashif N. Chaudhry noted that an MCB-affiliated group called Khatme Nabuwat celebrated the murder of an Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland on social media, saying, “Congratulations to all Muslims.”

A few days later, pamphlets saying “Kill Ahmadis” were found at Khatme Nabuwat’s London mosque. The group’s Facebook page says that it stands for “protection of Islam, and that is the biggest Jihad, anyone who dies fighting for this is a Martyr.”

MCB condemned attacks against Ahmadis, while sanctioning a belief that they could be regarded as non-Muslims.

Critics have accused MCB of stalling an investigation into Khatme Nabuwat and suggested MCB isn’t serious about combating violent extremism.

Holiday messages of peace and friendship are sure ways to warm the heart. But Amazon’s choice of Muslim partners reduces this campaign’s intended message to a hollow public relations stunt.

Canada: Pro-jihad imam welcomed in Alberta legislature, recites Qur’an

December 8, 2016

Canada: Pro-jihad imam welcomed in Alberta legislature, recites Qur’an, Jihad Watch

“The sounds of the Qur’an reverberated off the marble pillars in Alberta’s legislature rotunda Wednesday night as part of Eid al-Adha celebrations.”

Much has been exposed about jihadist messages of conquest openly being spread in mosques, Islamic centres and madrasahs. Even the Toronto Star reported on the alarming study that “Islamic schools, mosques in Canada are filled with extremist literature.”

Yet we keep in denying that a civilizational jihad is happening right under our noses. And now, a jihadist imam delivered his message in front of a smiling audience right in the Alberta legislature in Edmonton in mid-September, as part of Eid al-Adha celebrations.

Imam Jamac Usman Hareed recited verses from Surah Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage), chapter 22 of the Quran. Surah al-Hajj deals with the commandment of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the warnings upon people who do not follow the teachings of Mohammad and the struggles against the disbelievers, the idolaters and polytheists. It reminds the Muslim believers that Allah exterminated the peoples who rejected the message of Islam.

“Imam Jamac Usman Hareed, a native of Somalia, serves as the Imam at Markaz Ul Islam Edmonton.” He was also “the Imam of the MAC [Muslims Association of Canada] Islamic Center (Rahma Mosque) in Edmonton, Alberta.” The MAC boasts openly about its Muslim Brotherhood roots and connection.

Only two days prior to his message in the Alberta legislature in Edmonton, Hareed delivered an openly daring jihadist message in Arabic at the Edmonton EXPO Centre:

O Allah, help our brothers, the Muslims everywhere, and particularly those who are carrying out the jihad in His [Allah’s] path of Him [Allah] and fighting in His [Allah’s] path and making the word of Allah superior and and the word of those of do not believe [in Islam] inferior.

Hareed has also delivered messages of jihadi conquest in the past, stating:

Allah, protect the mujahideen around the world, who are waging jihad in His [Allah] path and striving to make His word superior.

This is what is being preached by a jihadi imam who has been warmly welcomed by trusted, elected officials with smiles on their faces and hosted in a government building — the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, of all places — in flagrant disregard of the public interest and public safety.

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“Pro jihad Imam recited the Quran at Alberta Legislature”, by Jonathan Halevi,  CIJNews, September 17, 2016:

“The sounds of the Qur’an reverberated off the marble pillars in Alberta’s legislature rotunda Wednesday night as part of Eid al-Adha celebrations,” the Edmonton Journal reported. The newspaper posted a photo gallery from the event accompanied with the following caption: “Imam Jamac Hareed recited from the Holy Quran during the Celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid-Al-Adha at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.”

Imam Jamac Usman Hareed, a native of Somalia, serves as the Imam at Markaz Ul Islam Edmonton. Hareed, who studied Islamic studies and Shariah law in New Castle, South Africa and Arabic in Yemen, was as of March 2015 the Imam of the MAC [Muslims Association of Canada] Islamic Center (Rahma Mosque) in Edmonton, Alberta. He is also invited to lead prayers and deliver sermons at mosques across Canada and abroad.

At Eid-Al-Adha ceremony in Alberta’s legislature rotunda, Imam Jamac Usman Hareed recited verses from Surah Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage), chapter 22 of the Quran. Surah al-Hajj deals with the commandment of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the warnings upon people who do not follow the teachings of Mohammad and the struggles against the disbelievers, the idolaters and polytheists. It reminds the Muslim believers that Allah exterminated the peoples who rejected the message of Islam. To see picture from the event click HERE.

Two days before reciting the Quran at Alberta’s Legislature, Imam Jamac Usman Hareed delivered the Eid al-Adha’s sermon at Edmonton EXPO Centre and among other things said the following (originally in Arabic):

“O Allah, help our brothers, the Muslims everywhere, and particularly those who are carrying out the jihad in His [Allah’s] path of Him [Allah] and fighting in His [Allah’s] path and making the word of Allah superior and and the word of those of do not believe [in Islam] inferior.”

Imam Jamac Hareed recited in recent years supplications to Allah asking Him to support the mujahideen (jihad fighters). In one of these videos bearing the the title: “WAKE UP MUSLIMS!” Imam Jamac Hareed said (originally in Arabic 05:09-05:23):

“O Allah, protect the mujahideen around the world, who are waging jihad in His [Allah] path and striving to make His word superior.”

He also asked Allah to give victory to the mujahideen in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Burma.
This video ends with a recorded message of the American-born al-Qaeda’s terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki. The message starts with the following slides: “A Message to the Muslim Ummah. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Then Awlaki is addressing the American Muslims:

“How can your conscience allow you to live in a peaceful co-existence with a nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brothers and sisters? How can you have your loyalty to a government that is leading the war against Islam and Muslims? My advice to you is this. You have two choices: either hijra [emigrating to the Islamic State] or jihad. You either leave or you fight.”

The video was produced by M2Mproductions100 and was published on its YouTube channel on December 4, 2012. This YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos featuring Imam Jamac Hareed’s sermons, lectures and recitation of the Quran.

Imam Jamac Hareed encouraged his followers to subscribe to M2Mproductions100 YouTube channel for promoting the message of Islam. He also shared on his Facebook page the aforementioned video “WAKE UP MUSLIMS!”
Imam Jamal Hammoud recited verses from the Quran at Alberta’s legislature in 2015

In 2015, Imam Jamal Hammoud was invited to Alberta’s legislature to recite verses from the Quran during the Celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid-Al-Adha at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hmmoud, a graduate of Al-Madinah Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, is the Imam of al-Rashid Mosque in Edmonton, the senior Imam in Alberta, a member of Canadian Council of Imams and the senior representative in Canada of Lebanon’s Sunni religious authority Dar al-Fatwa (دار الفتوى).

Imam Jamal Hammoud recited at the Alberta Legislature verses from Surah Fussilat, Chapter 41 of the Quran. Surah Fussilat among other things deals with Allah’s punishment upon the disbelievers and reminds the Muslim believers that Allah exterminated the peoples who rejected the message of Islam.

Muslims are yearning for the Islamic army to emerge

In a sermon at the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking of the fast of Ramadan on August 8, 2013, Hammoud conveyed the following message in part in Arabic (underlined text was translated from Arabic):
“The unity of the [Islamic] nation is a priority for every Muslim, should be like that, and we should care about it, and we should work for it.”

“From this place, O brothers, we should strive and make a real effort, while eagerly waiting for the difficult birth which this [Islamic] Nation is undergoing. This hard labor that plagues the Islamic nation in this earth from its east to its west.

“We are waiting impatiently to the newborn and his birth deprives us from sleeping as we are expecting it every hour and everyday, and it will lead this [Islamic] nation to the right path.

“We are expecting [the emergence of] the army that the Prophet Mohammad], peace be upon him, talked about. When this [Islamic] Nation was about to enter Constantinople he said in this regard: ‘Its commander is the best and its army (that will conquer it) is the best’.”

“We are waiting for the newborn, for the new leader of this [Islamic] nation. The [Islamic] nation is very strong, this [Islamic] nation is going to be united, this [Islamic] nation has so much to lead, but we are waiting for the leader to be born, God Willing, very soon…”

“We are waiting for the easiness coming from God, Gloried and Exalted be He Almighty, so for this [Islamic] nation to take the direction of leading, because Allah, Gloried and Exalted be He, said in the holy Quran: ‘you have been the best nation that has been raised up for mankind, you command beneficence, and forbid maleficence and believe in Allah‘.”

“We are proud of the teaching of Islam, because it is not calling for Muslims or Arabs. The teaching of the holy Quran is for the humanity, for the humanity to work for the cleanliness of the society. We would like to see society… very clean, very strong, people cooperate with each other and that’s the teaching of the holy Quran.”

“Many people think that the teachings of the holy Quran only talk about jihad or the bloodshed. No. Islam is the religion of peace, is the religion of tranquility, is the religion of peace, so you greet everyone you meet.”

“These are the ethics of Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him. O brothers, we are expecting to see more progress in our world, in our societies and in our courtiers, so peace will spread and security will prevail, God Willing, in the entire globe.

DC imam: “We’re going to invite people to a little sweetie-pie Islam…We have to rescue the poor, dumb American people”

November 23, 2016

DC imam: “We’re going to invite people to a little sweetie-pie Islam…We have to rescue the poor, dumb American people” Jihad Watch

“We are going to invite people to Islam… It may be a little sweetie-pie Islam, but it will be fine. It’s good enough. We have to rescue the poor, dumb American people.”

What an interesting way to put it. One might almost get the impression that he means to conceal the violent and hateful aspects of Islamic texts and teachings from those whom he is trying to convert.

Imam Musa wants to establish an “Islamic State of North America no later than 2050.” He also thinks Daniel Pipes and I hacked his web page.

https://www.memritv.org/embedded_player/index.php?clip_id=5762

(MEMRI Video at the link–DM)

“Washington D.C. Imam Abdul Alim Musa: Zionists Brought Trump, Like Hitler, to Power; We Have to Rescue the Poor Dumb Americans,” MEMRI, November 18, 2016:

Washington, D.C. Imam Abdul Alim Musa discussed the results of the U.S. presidential election in his November 18 Friday sermon at the Al-Islam Mosque in the city. The Zionists have “created a ‘Hitlerian’ environment in the U.S,” said Imam Musa. He accused “the Zionists” of carrying out the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and framing the Muslims, and of treating the Palestinians “exactly like the Nazis treated the Europeans.” The sermon was posted on the YouTube channel of Imam Musa’s As-Sabiqun organization. The Arkansas-born imam is the director and founder of As-Sabiqun and of the Islamic Institute of Counter-Zionist American Psychological Warfare, and is also a member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought.

Imam Abdul Alim Musa: “The Zionists began to bomb, murder, and destroy buildings. In 1993, they did the first World Trade Center [attack] and blamed it on us, and then we got all the security acts that we have now, basically. Then the Muslims began to get scared, and they set the Muslims up real good. We say they created a ‘Hitlerian’ environment. A ‘Hitlerian’ environment is an environment in America exactly like the one that existed in Germany before World War II. What do we mean by that?

“You think Donald Trump is the first madman to be openly elected no matter what he says or does? He is not! Now, Adolf Hitler, in 1933, was selected chancellor of Germany, right? He burned the Reichstag – that is, the congress building – and blamed it on you-know-who. That gave him führership, to defend the Fatherland, Deutschland – isn’t that right? To defend the Fatherland against all enemies.

[…]

“What is a ‘Hitlerian’ environment? A ‘Hitlerian’ environment is a policy of the past glory of a people up in smoke, and they create an environment where they bring a person to the forefront because an environment has been created for this. So they say: Oh, the poor white people voted for Trump to bring him in, to bring back the good old days when they were somebody. Well, they brought back Hitler, and they brought back what’s-his-name. What is his speech pattern? It is the same as Adolf Hitler. Who brought him to power? The Zionists brought him to power so they could maintain their global power. They will bring a fool to power any time they can to do their bidding. Isn’t that right? So they brought him to power.

“Now, here we are – the innocent Muslims. Who brought him to power? the people who know more about how he operated than anybody in the world, right? Remember the movies we saw about… in the late ’40s… throughout the ’50s and ’60s – the old movies on TV. They all talk about how the Nazis took over towns, and group punishment, and all of that. Do you know that the Zionists treat the Palestinians – word for word, minute for minute, letter for letter – exactly like the Nazis treated the Europeans? Exactly. No miss at all… He treats Palestinians exactly [the same way] – that is the Zionist.

[…]

“So they created a ‘Hitlerian’ environment, but that ‘Hitlerian’ environment is going to bring them down.

[…]

“What’s the final analysis? Because the world is being threatened by Zionists… They divide the people all up, and we are going to unify all the people. We are going to invite people to Islam… It may be a little sweetie-pie Islam, but it will be fine. It’s good enough. We have to rescue the poor, dumb American people. I’m not saying the Americans are dumb, but I mean, let’s be factual about it. Any trick they want to run – if they want to sell you something… ‘Do you want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge?’ White folks will by it, because they don’t think too much. And I don’t mean to be sounding racist – negroes ain’t no better, just so you know.”

Maryland imam openly endorses the Islamic State, finances jihad terror plots, calls concerns about him “McCarthyism”

October 3, 2016

Maryland imam openly endorses the Islamic State, finances jihad terror plots, calls concerns about him “McCarthyism” Jihad Watch

The idea that the relentlessly clueless, willfully ignorant Obamoid FBI would be persecuting this man out of “Islamophobia” is ludicrous. We can only hope that the feds don’t decide that it is too “Islamophobic” to continue watching him closely.

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“Extremist Imam Tests F.B.I. and the Limits of the Law,” by Scott Shane and Adam Goldman, New York Times, September 30, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, Suleiman Anwar Bengharsa has served as a Muslim cleric in Maryland, working as a prison chaplain and as an imam at mosques in Annapolis and outside Baltimore. He gave a two-week course in 2011 on Islamic teachings on marriage at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where President Obama made a much-publicized visit this year.

But in the last two years, Imam Bengharsa’s public pronouncements have taken a dark turn. On Facebook, he has openly endorsed the Islamic State, posted gruesome videos showing ISIS fighters beheading and burning alive their enemies and praised terrorist attacks overseas. The “Islamic Jurisprudence Center” website he set up last year has condemned American mosques as un-Islamic and declared that homosexual acts should be punished by death.

That is not all. An affidavit filed in federal court by the F.B.I. says that Imam Bengharsa, 59, supplied $1,300 in June 2015 to a Detroit man who used it to expand his arsenal of firearms and grenades. The man, Sebastian Gregerson, 29, a Muslim convert who sometimes calls himself Abdurrahaman Bin Mikaayl, was arrested in late July and indicted on explosives charges.

Nearly a year ago, in fact, the F.B.I. said in a court filing — accidentally and temporarily made public in an online database — that agents suspected the two men were plotting terrorism. “Based on the totality of the aforementioned information and evidence, there is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of” the Islamic State, an agent wrote.

Yet Imam Bengharsa has not been arrested or charged. It appears that the authorities do not have clear evidence that he has broken the law. His inflammatory statements are protected by the First Amendment, and agents appear to have no proof that he knew Mr. Gregerson planned to buy illegal explosives. In his checkbook, next to the notation for the $1,300 check, Imam Bengharsa wrote “zakat,” or charity, the documents show.

The case poses in a striking way the dilemma for the F.B.I. in deciding when constitutionally protected speech crosses into inciting violence or conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

The bureau was sharply criticized for not acting more aggressively on prior warnings about the men who carried out attacks in Orlando, Fla., in June and in New York and New Jersey last month. And in early August, the F.B.I. arrested a transit police officer from Fairfax, Va., after watching him for six years before charging him with providing support to the Islamic State. It was another case that raised questions — even among agents — about why the F.B.I. and federal prosecutors waited so long to act, potentially putting the public at risk.

In testimony before Congress this week, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said the challenge for F.B.I. agents was determining when someone has crossed the line from speech to criminal activity. “It’s even protected speech to say I’m a fan of the Islamic State so-called,” Mr. Comey said.

When the suspect is a cleric, like Imam Bengharsa, the matter is especially delicate.

“It’s very possible that he’s never crossed the legal threshold,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, who has closely followed the imam’s story. But Mr. Hughes called the situation “perplexing and concerning.” The imam “can take his supporters right up to the line. It’s like a making a cake and not putting in the final ingredient. It’s winks and nods all the way.”

Imam Bengharsa appears to have plenty of money. Court records say he received $902,710 in wire transfers in 2014 and 2015, possibly an inheritance. He told The Detroit News that he often helped needy people like Mr. Gregerson. “If that individual turns around and wants to use that money for something else that’s illegal, the person who gave the money cannot be held responsible,” Imam Bengharsa said. “It’s pathetic if they are making those connections. If that’s what this country has become, I’d rather be in jail.”

The documents say he transferred money three times to an unnamed person in Yemen.

Investigators are also exploring contacts between Imam Bengharsa and other people suspected of extremism or terrorism. One is Yusuf Wehelie, 25, a Virginia man arrested in July and charged with weapons possession, which would be illegal because he has a previous felony conviction for burglary.

Mr. Wehelie first came to public attention in 2010, when he and his brother, Yahya Wehelie, both American citizens, were temporarily detained in Cairo and prevented by the F.B.I. from flying home. American officials said such delays were sometimes necessary to assess whether a person posed a security threat. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations protested that the rights of such travelers were being violated.

At Yusuf Wehelie’s detention hearing in July, the authorities said he had told undercover agents that he supported the Islamic State and that if he couldn’t join it overseas, he would attack a military recruiting center, possibly using explosives. (Mr. Wehelie’s lawyer, Nina Ginsberg, said that in later recorded conversations, he disavowed those statements and later stopped replying to the undercover agents.)

In Baltimore, another young man named Maalik Alim Jones was arrested late last year and charged with joining a terrorist group in Africa. Imam Bengharsa had preached on occasion at a Baltimore mosque Mr. Jones attended, but it is not clear that they knew each other.

The F.B.I. has been closely watching the imam for months, law enforcement officials say. A spokesman for the bureau declined to comment.

The authorities are concerned that Imam Bengharsa, who claims an impressive list of scholarly credentials, may be spreading the Islamic State message that violence can be justified against perceived enemies of the faith. In view of the payment to Mr. Gregerson, they also fear he may be financing other supporters of the Islamic State. The F.B.I. has said in court that he is under investigation for conspiring and providing material support to the Islamic State….