On November 3, 2013, a small group of about 25 protesters from the surrounding area met in front of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, in order to protest the appearance of Dr Jamal Badawi, a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation. He is one of the founders of the Muslim American Society, a Brotherhood entity. His name is listed in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory. In 1999, he justified suicide bombings. In 2009, he praised the “martyrs” of Hamas and endorsed “combative jihad” in March 2010. He is also closely linked to Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi. And it was well that we showed up, as I managed to make it inside to listen to the misdirections of Dr Badawi and his explanation that all too often the Q’uran is misinterpreted; this is the same man who minutes into his speech was mesmerizing his mostly white liberal crowd with glib, disingenuous tales of how jihad has nothing to do with “Holy War” and nowhere in the Q’uran does it command Muslims to commit “Holy War.”
Which Dr Badawi are we to believe?… The Badawi praising Hamas and endorsing “combative jihad” or the one telling us that such a thing doesn’t come from the “Holy” Q’uran.
The theme of this conference, ‘God’s Books _ Reading Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam’, appeared to center immediately from the first few words of the first speaker, Sheikh Ossama Bahloul (Imam of ICM), on the frequency of misinterpretation of the Q’uran, which on the face of the argument is quite valid. Anything can be misinterpreted, and many things often are. But how can they reconcile such glaring gaps between their own words and actions, as in the example of Jamal Badawi? They can’t!
Pretty spoken words in front of a crowd of Sunday’s People means little, when with the next breath one hears of them endorsing terrorism abroad and at home. Badawi protested to the crowd that jihad had nothing to do with Holy War, after explaining that jihad was more of a personal battle, and then, in the very next sentence he stated, “Oh…but there is a type of jihad fighting (a military war) for unprovoked aggression or suppression.” And just who makes this determination, if not the imams/sheikhs and Islam’s religious leaders?
Am I misinterpreting Badawi or is he misleading and misdirecting the “dhimmis” of America….those all to willing to place America in harms way for a handful of false promise?
Bahloul and Badawi would have us believe that this clash of civilizations is just all one big misunderstanding stemming from the misinterpretation of the Q’uran by Muslims as well as non-Muslims.In order to fully understand Islam they said one must be well studied in all the verses on any particular topic, so it is seen in its historical context, as well as its entirety. Badawi later expanded on this as he differentiated between “normative” Islam and “the reason behind each revelation”, as decided by Islamic “familiar researchers”, and “interpretive” Islam, as it is practiced by cultural groups within Islam and the various Islamic nations; the same verse of the Q’uran may have several different interpretations, depending upon one’s location.
In one example, Bahloul stated that when the Q’uran says “to kill the Jew, God was talking specifically about the community in Medina.” Little good this has done the Jews across the centuries. I’ll just bet the Jews wish someone had sent out that memo to all the Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria over the centuries, as their property was confiscated and they were murdered by the millions; 750,000 Jews were forced from their homes in Islamic nations in 1948 alone, because of Islam’s “peaceful and tolerant” nature.
In April 2004, radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue and Hamas spiritual leader, much touted at the ICM,Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi credited Allah with providing Palestinians “human bombs,” instead of the planes,missiles and weapons that Zionists have. In addition, his Friday sermons at the Umar bin al Khattab mosque, a government sponsored mosque in Doha, have been regularly broadcast live on Qatar television.In a 2005 sermon, while speaking about notable Hamas leaders killed by Israel, Qaradawi asserted, “Their fate was paradise. They died martyrs. They met the death that every Muslim wishes for himself, which is martyrdom in the cause of God;” Qaradawi is also influential through a wide network of affiliations. In the U.S., he is the chairman (in absentia) of the Michigan based Islamic American University (IAU), a subsidiary of the Muslim American Society (MAS) , according to the MAS Website. The university aims to provide Islamic higher education, especially to converts and non-practicing Muslims, according to the IAU Web site. Qaradawi is also listed by the IAU as a faculty member.
Is Qaradawi misinterpreting his Q’uran, Allah’s and Islam’s desires for his actions, or is he simply following the true path for any and all devout Muslims, as detailed in the Q’uran?
As I watched the opening address by Ossama Bahloul and the obviously white, liberal, smiling faces in the crowd (see Dr Ron Messier’s 3/18/2011 speech at the International Institute of Islamic Thought), I realized this was pablum for their consumption. Basically he was suggesting that there exist bad and good Muslims. He wanted the crowd to believe he and his crowd are the good Muslims, when he stated: Sunni or Shia…liberal or conservative…they all use the same book. He or she can have their own translation; keep in mind this may not be the true meaning of the Holy Q’uran.”
Misinterpretation or misdirection…increasingly, we also see a number of individuals who find justifications for killing other people by identifying the U.S. and other countries as enemy countries open for war. That is something unfortunately that is inherent in Islam and Islamic scripture; Sayyid Qutb’s writings and legacy are admired by parts of the Muslim Brotherhood and found in Al Qaeda’s ideology in advocating violence against every current government and society because all are in a state of “Jahiliyyah” (Apostasy). Qutb advocated Jihad to force society to submit to God alone. His book “Milestones” has become a manifesto for Jihadists seeking to free Muslims from Jahiliyyah and to establish “Divine Law” (Sharia) to bring about man’s submission to God, and this influence was heavily felt during the Arab Spring.
It is hard to accept the words of Dr Jamal Badawi as honest, once one learns that he has regularly engaged in terrorist support/finance activities (e.g. Holy Land Foundation conspiracy). But even more troubling was the fact that not too many Muslims felt that this event was important enough to attend, which may suggest that they don’t accept the concept either; all Muslims may not be terrorists or dangerous or bad and cruel, but we see an increasing number of people who are finding in Islamic scripture justifications for cruel behavior toward non-Muslims and even the people of their own respective societies. And, the silent Muslim majority have a hard time condemning fellow Muslims who are violent because they feel they can’t criticize the Koran, since they have all been indoctrinated with the idea the prophet Mohammad is infallible, he can do no harm, he has done no harm, he was a pure man. He’s out of bounds and that’s the predicament: As Badawi uttered, “Peace Be Upon Him”, he stated that in any difference of opinion among Muslims, one must accept Mohammed’s words as the “final interpretation”.
- Civilization Jihad in Tennessee (counterjihadreport.com)
- Open Letter to Rabbi Mark Shaftan The Temple Nashville (counterjihadreport.com)
- Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to Host Prominent Muslim Brotherhood Leader (creepingsharia.wordpress.com)