Telling the Truth about Terrorism and Islamic Charities

download (78)By Michael Curtis:

The link between “charity” groups and terrorist organizations is frequently not recognized or is ignored. The chairman of the British Charity Commission, William Shawcross, on April 20, 2014 expressed his concern about charities being used as vehicles for such groups. He warns that the “problem of Islamist extremism… is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities but is potentially the most deadly… and it is growing.”

The growth is evident from the analysis in the British list of terrorist organizations proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000. Of the 55 organizations, 33 are Islamist, alphabetically, from the Abu Nidal Organization, whose declared aim is the destruction of Israel, to Saved Sect or Savior Sect, a group that has disguised its name on a number of occasions and which seeks to establish an Islamic Caliphate ruled by Sharia law.

Shawcross’s rightful concern was that some charities in the UK as elsewhere in Western democracies purportedly raise funds to provide aid for desirable objectives, and do so to some extent, but that they are also engaged in money laundering to organizations that are involved, directly or indirectly, with terrorist groups. More specifically, Shawcross found that some people accused of terrorist offenses serve as charity trustees.

Oxfam International, which showed such courage in trying to prevent the powerful Scarlett Johansson from taking a job with the Israeli company SodaStream, appears naïve and politically inept in not grasping this link. In January 2014 Oxfam was about to cosponsor an exhibit on Gaza in the East London Mosque together with Ibrahim Hewitt, a trustee of Interpal, officially the Palestine Relief and Development Fund, a so-called charity organization.

Oxfam, though now universally famous for its acute knowledge of the precise conditions in Israeli settlements, did not know, as every schoolboy in London does, that the East London Mosque is a notorious cauldron of anti-Western and anti-Semitic hatred. One of the individuals, Sakeel Begg, due to speak at another event at the Mosque, describes jihad as “the greatest of deeds.” The Mosque has also entertained other speakers such as Saad al-Beraik who refers to Jews as “monkeys,” and calls on Palestinians not to “have mercy or compassion on the Jews,” and to wage jihad against them.

It is also well known that the Mosque is an organization close to the Bangladeshi wing in the UK of Jamaat-e-Islami, a violent Islamic terrorist group, responsible for mass murder in 1971, and linked to the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

Oxfam understood that Hewitt was due to speak at the Mosque in conjunction with the Gaza exhibition it was cosponsoring. But then it cancelled the event not because of the hatred expressed in Hewitt’s remarks about Israel but because of his comments about homosexuality about which Oxfam had been previously unaware. Hewitt is reported as wanting homosexuals to suffer “severe punishments” for their “great sin.” He is not clear, at least officially, whether gays should be executed or whether they should simply be subjected to stoning. In spite of the cancellation, the irrepressibly naive Oxfam still “looks forward” to working with the Mosque to “highlight the plight of children of Gaza.”

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UK: Multiculturalism vs. Islamism

In the West, the Arabization of Muslim communities has occurred with government assistance, which, through imposed policies of multiculturalism in the name of diversity, has effected the destruction of South Asian culture.

by Samuel Westrop:

Britain’s multiculturalism policies have imposed Islamist leadership upon Britain’s Muslim communities and brought about the destruction of South Asian culture.

British suicide bomber and jihadist, Abdul Waheed Majeed, in his last moments before ramming a truck laden with explosives into a Syrian prison, posed in a white Islamic tunic and black scarf for the cameras. Asked by the cameraman to say a few words in Arabic before his “martyrdom,” Majeed replied: “Sorry? I can’t speak. Everyone asks me that and … I’m not a very good speaker.”

 

Abdul Waheed Majeed (left), of Crawley, England, poses for photographs moments before driving a truck-bomb into a prison in Aleppo, Syria. (Image source: Jabhat al-Nusra video)

Majeed, like a large number of British Muslims, was not an Arabic speaker. He was of Pakistani heritage. About 70% of British Muslims are, in fact, South Asian. A mere 6.6% are believed to be of Arab descent. And very few British Muslims can actually speak Arabic.

Nevertheless, British Islam is firmly focussed on the Middle East. The poet Hamza Beg, writing in the journal of a taxpayer-funded organization, Asfarnoted: “Since 1999, Pakistan, for example, has had a military coup, a purported return to democracy, and the assassination of the leader of the opposition, Benazir Bhutto. However, an entire generation of British-born Pakistanis have been more interested in Israeli incursions into Lebanon, the occupation of Palestine, and the war on Iraq. How has this occurred and what does it mean?”

British Muslims, Beg continued, have rejected “their parents’ cultural understanding of Islam as a religion. British-Pakistani Muslims have become Muslims first, and are losing patience with the Pakistani practice of the religion embedded in Sufi traditions.”

“In rejecting a culturally conditioned Islam,” Beg concludes, “Muslims in Britain have given up their equal footing and fallen prey to Arab imperialism.” Indonesian scholar Azyumardi Azra refers to this process as “Arabization.”

In a similar story, one South Asian blogger in the United States writes, “Why hasn’t South Asian poetry, art and dress impacted any of the large American Islamic organizations of today? Why are nearly all Muslim converts distinctly Arabic in appearance, style, and culture? … This idea of Arabization of tongue and culture, of course, has been devastatingly successful, and fed right into the weaknesses of the colonized South-Asian inferiority complex. Hence South Asia began marginalizing their own culture only a few decades after the Saudi’s [sic] began the propaganda machine. The rich colors of the South Asian woman have been discarded…”

Over the past century, Arab-focussed Islamists have attempted to homogenize Islamic cultures outside the Middle East. This process initially occurred in South Asia – Pakistan, Bangladesh and parts of India.

The Indian academic Baladas Ghoshal blames the “Wahhabi creed” of Saudi Arabia, which, he claims, has attempted to purge South Asian Islam of its cultural practises and emblems, and has instead imposed a “pure and ideal form of Islam to be followed by Muslims all over the world.”

Wahhabis, Ghoshal writes, believe that the “adaptation of other customs, traditions and cultures in its path toward the expansion of the religion had only led to aberration and corruption of original and pristine ideas of Islam. It is only through the practice of mediaeval [sic] Arab traditions and way of life that the evil eyes of other religions can be kept at bay.”

Islamist movements in South Asia also adopted these efforts at Arabization. In the 1930s, ideologues such as Abul Hasan Nadwi – part of the radical Islamic Deobandi sect, which later gave birth to the Taliban – attempted to establish in India a single, unique Islamic identity based on “pure Islam.” According to Nadwi, this meant dressing like Arabs, speaking Arabic and reading the Arabic language press.[1] Islamic revivalism, Nadwi claimed, required “emphasizing its affinities to his Muslim confreres in the Middle East.”[2]

Islamist groups such as Jamaat-e-Islami have since adopted these ideas; they claim that culture cannot exist outside of Islam and that Pakistani Muslims were part of the “Arab nation.” The Jamaat-e-Islami ideologue, Abdul Ala Mawdudi, has said that culture destroys the “inner vitality” of Islam: it “blurs its vision, befogs its critical faculties, breeds inferiority complexes, and gradually but assuredly saps all the springs of culture and sounds its death-knell.”[3]

Over the past decades, since Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have distributed vast amounts of money to non-profit groups and schools run by South Asian Islamist movements, Jamaat-e-Islami, for example, set about purging Pakistani and Bengali Muslims of their cultural ideas. The Muslim writer Sazzad Hussainobserved the consequences of Islamist-led homogenization of his culture in the Indian state of Assam:

“The Islamist fundamentalist has one very distinctive characteristic—the denial of modern nation-state identity of Muslims to form a uniformed ‘Islamic’ identity at the cost of local tradition and cultural practices. … These days the Muslims of Assam are not identified as Assamese Muslims or Muslim of East Bengali descent. Instead they are merely homogenized as ‘Muslims’ … The use of Burqa and Hijab are alarmingly rising among the Muslim women in Assam. The ankle length Thaub, a Bedouin male dress and the red and white chequered headgear Kaffaiah are now in fashion for many Mollahs and Maulvis [clerics] and Madrassa students in Assam. It has reached to such an extent that this red-white or green-white chequered Kaffaiah is now replacing the Phoolam Gamocha, the symbol of Assamese culture…”

“Arabization and Islamization,” Ghosal writes, “are inseparable parts of a single cultural ideal.” In the West, and particularly in Britain, the loss of South Asian identity to the pervasively unifying label of “Islam” is readily apparent. The change of Muslim dress, some British Muslims believe, is a telling sign of this Islamization. Muslim cultures in the West, some claim, became Arabized before parts of the Muslim world itself. Pakistani writer Bina Shah has written:

“Growing up in Pakistan, I’d never seen anyone wear a hijab …. It was only in the late 1980s that I saw my first hijab, worn by the mother of a Pakistani-American girl from Peoria, Illinois. Saudi-Wahabi social influence filtered to Pakistan and much of the rest of the non-Arab world throughout the next two decades, thanks to a campaign that attempted to export the kingdom’s religio-social values to its would-be satellite states. Slowly, more and more women started to wear the black burqa and the tight hijab.”

The Islamization of Western Muslim communities has occurred with government assistance, which, through imposed policies of multiculturalism in the name of diversity, has effected the destruction of South Asian culture.

British multiculturalism has encouraged British society to exist as a federation of communities in which each minority community was not required to adopt the values of the majority. This inverse segregation only served to chain particular communities to their self-appointed community groups. Among Britain’s South Asian community, these groups were Islamist-run. Consequently, multiculturalist polices served to homogenize a community whose very diversity it had promised to preserve.

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Farid Foundation defends ICNA donation

ICNA relief USABy A. D. Kendall:

The Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) is the progeny the Muslim Students Association and the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami movement.  ICNA was previously directed by Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who was convicted in absentia by Bangladesh last year for war crimes committed during that country’s war of independence in the 1970s.

Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of the fruit basket company Edible Arrangements, and trustee of the Farid Foundation, has donated money to ICNA.  This revelation comes from the Farid Foundation’s own website and from Farid’s attorney, who wrote last week that, “…the Farid Foundation’s only contribution was to a special fund of the ICNA called ‘ICNA Relief USA’, an organization in New York City, which, among other things, helps women with temporary housing.”  The lawyer’s statement was made in response to an article published at Blue MauMau, a website for franchisees.

The Blue MauMau article highlighted a lawsuit filed by former Edible Arrangements controller Tara Perino, who says that Farid maintained a hostile workplace and discriminated against non-South Asians and non-Muslims.  The lawsuit also describes the Farid Foundation’s support to ICNA:  “Farid and his brother, Kamran Farid (Edible Arrangements’ Chief Operating Officer), at all relevant times hereto have been the two trustees of a foundation called the Farid Foundation, operated out of the same location as Edible Arrangements. Farid Foundation makes significant contributions to Islamic causes and organizations,  including the Farid Foundation Pakistan; the Salma K. Farid Academy; Islamic Circle of North America Relief; the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut; the Inner-City Muslim Action Network; the Wallingford Islamic Center; Masjid AI-Islam; and the Islamic Association of Southern Connecticut.”

The author of the Blue MauMau article, Corbin Williston, noted that, “The head of ICNA at the time the suit was filed was Ashrafuz Zaman Khan”—the same man convicted of war crimes—and that the argument that the ICNA donation was “only” to a special fund wouldn’t comfort the people whose loved ones were tortured and murdered by Khan.

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Academia Legitimizes Extremist Speakers

by Samuel Westrop:

What chance do Muslim and non-Muslim students — who oppose the incitement to hatred against non-Muslims and the subjugation of women — have of exposing extremists such as Al-Kawthari, if he is pronounced a “representative voice of Islam” by academics who claim to be experts on the British Muslim community?

Extreme Islamic preachers do not only appear on university campuses at the request of radicalized students; increasingly, extremists are afforded a university platform, with all the credibility that comes with it, by the academics themselves.

The Centre for the Study of Islam, based at the University of Cardiff in Wales, for instance, has recently announced a lecture series starting this February. The Centre was opened in 2005 by Yusuf Islam, the former musician known as Cat Stevens who has called for apostates and adulterous women to be stoned to death. In keeping with that spirit, one of the presentations this February is to be delivered by Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari, who will be discussing “The Role of a Mufti in Modern Society.”

 

Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Speaking to Wales Online, the Centre’s Director, Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray, said, “We’ve managed to attract some of the leading experts to offer thought-provoking insights into various aspects of Muslim life in the UK.”

In 2011 several student societies at the University of York actually organized a campaign against a proposed visit by Al-Kawthari to the University; they claimed he promoted intolerant and violent ideas

It seems he supports the killing of adulterers:

“If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who is sane, mature, Muslim and is married to a spouse who is also sane, mature, Muslim, and that their marriage is consummated, then the legal punishment is that he/she will be stoned to death (rajm). The Imam, witnesses and other Muslims would take part in the stoning. … If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who does not qualify to be in the above category, then the punishment is that he/she will be given 100 lashes. These whips and lashes will be spread over the body, avoiding the head, face and the private parts. A pregnant woman will not be whipped until she gives birth to her child and after her post natal bleeding (nifas). However, if she is to be stoned, then this may be carried out straight after giving birth.”

When asked, “When Is Jihad an Obligation on Me?” Al-Kawthari appears to encourage Muslims to travel and fight overseas:

“If the Muslims who are being attacked are incapable of defending themselves or they are neglectful, jihad becomes Fardh Ain [compulsory] for the Muslims nearest them and then those nearest them and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims of the East and the West … If the people of Kashmir, Chechnya, etc. are not capable of defending themselves or if they are neglectful, then Jihad will become personally obligatory on the Muslims nearest them, e.g. Muslims of Pakistan. If they are also neglectful or weak, then the Muslims nearest them, and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims.”

He advocates that thieves should have their hands and feet amputated:

“The penalty for the one who steals (when the above conditions are met) is that his/her right arm is amputated. If a person steals a second time, his left foot is amputated; if a third time, then he will be imprisoned until he repents, but no further amputation will take place.”

When Kawthari was asked whether a lawyer should help an Iranian fleeing death by stoning in his home country for the “sin” of adultery or the “crime” of apostasy, Kawthari advised:

“It is thus clear from the above that, to leave your religion in order to get into a country is an extremely offensive and outrageous act and considered disbelief (kufr). To assist and aid such people will also be unacceptable, impermissible, and highly sinful.”

Al-Kawthari has also advised that, “Women should not come out of their homes unnecessarily,” and frequently expresses hatred against non-Muslims by advising: “Do not commence by greeting the Christians and Jews with Salam. If you meet one of them on a pathway, force them to walk on the side … The reason for this impermissibility of saying Salam to non-Muslims is to not show them respect.”

On another occasions, Al-Kawthari has claimed, “We live in an age where evils such as incest among the non-Muslims is becoming common.”

How is it, then, that Dr Gilliat-Ray, a claimed expert on British Islam, has chosen Al-Kawthari to be an “expert” voice of the British Muslim community?

Al-Kawthari is not the only problematic speaker invited by Gilliat-Ray. Other proposed lectures include presentations by Ajmaal Masroor, a supporter of Jamaat-e-Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood; and Ahtsham Ali, the former chairman of the Islamic Society of Britain, a Muslim Brotherhood group.

By inviting preachers such as Al-Kawthari to present their version of British Islam, then, Dr. Gilliat-Ray only serves to impose extremist ideas upon the Muslim community.

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ICNA’s Lates Billboard Campaign Obscures Group’s Role

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Local media has reported on the latest billboard campaign of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). According to a Detroit News report, the campaign is being conducted under the auspices of an organization by a different name:

urlThe Detroit News, February 2, 2014   Perched along Interstate 96 near Milford Road for the past month, a large red billboard asks travelers in the thousands of vehicles that pass it daily: ‘What is Islam? Who are the Muslims?’

The sign in Oakland County also lists a phone number and website for GainPeace, a Chicago nonprofit associated with the Islamic Circle of North America.

The curious who follow through have the chance to earn a free copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and learn more about the religion, which is the aim of the group’s campaign.

‘We want to do away with the misconceptions people have about the fundamentals of Islam,’ said Sabeel Ahmed, national director of GainPeace. The initiative, launched in cities nationwide and in Canada, started several years ago yet gained momentum in the wake of the controversy in 2012 surrounding the film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’

The video shared online was considered anti-Islamic and sparked international outrage. Inaccurate depictions and beliefs about Muslims have persisted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Ahmed said.

Countering that with education, he said, is essential not only for improving perceptions but fulfilling one of the Muslim faith’s goal of educating others.

Read the rest here.

The website of GainPeace describes it self as “a non-profit organization whose main goal is to educate the general public about Islam and to clarify many misconceptions they may hold” and acknowledges that it “works under the umbrella of Islamic Circle of North America..”

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and considered to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself allied with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA is particularly close to the Muslim American Society and the two organizations have been holding joint conferences in recent years.

Our predecessor publication had first reported on the ICNA billboard campaign in 2008 and 2009.

Islam’s Second Crisis: the troubles to come

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Muslims will hold Islam accountable when Islamic revivalists promise utopia but deliver chaos and human rights abuses.

By Mark Durie:

In What Went Wrong, Bernard Lewis charted the decline of Islam in the modern era and the resulting theological crisis for the Muslim world.

Now Islam is going through a second crisis, caused by the repeated failures of revivalist responses to the first crisis.  This second crisis, combined with the cumulative effect of the first crisis, which remains unresolved, will lead to a long drawn-out period of political and social instability for Muslim societies.


The first millennium of Islam was a period of expansion through conquest.   However for five centuries from around 1500, Western powers were pushing back Islamic rule.  There were numerous landmarks of the ascendancy of the West (which includes Russia), such as:

  • the conquest of Goa in India by the Portuguese in 1510;
  • the liberation of Christian Ethiopia in 1543 with the aid of the Portuguese soldiers;
  • the defeat of the Ottomans at the gates of Vienna in 1683 and
  • the ensuing liberation of Hungary and Transylvania;
  • Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt in 1798;
  • the USA-Barbary State Wars of 1801-1815, which put an end to tribute payments by the US to the north African states to prevent piracy and the enslavement of US citizens;
  • a long series of defeats for the Ottomans in Russo-Turkish wars stretching across four centuries and culminating in the 1877-78 Russo-Turkish war,
  • which led to the independence of Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria;
  • the overthrow of Muslim principalities in Southeast Asia by the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English;
  • the final destruction of Mughal rule in India at the hands by the British in 1857;
  • the defeat and dismantling of the Ottoman Empire as a result of WWI;
  • and finally, the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948, in territory formerly ruled by Islam, which was considered by many Muslims to be the crowning humiliation in this long line of defeats.

We are not just talking about Western colonialism.  Some of the victories over Muslim principalities involved the occupation or colonisation of primarily Muslim lands, but many involved the liberation of non-Muslim peoples from the yoke of Muslim rule, such as in Ethiopia, Hungary and India, and some were defensive responses to Islamic aggression, such as the defeat of the Ottomans at the gates of Vienna.

While the external borders of Islam kept shrinking, its position of dominance within its own borders was also being challenged.  During this same period there were in many places improvements in the conditions experienced by non-Muslims under Islamic rule – a weakening of the dhimmi system – which communicated to Muslims an impression of their own faith’s loss of dominance and its loss of ‘success’. A landmark in this long process was the Paris Peace Treaty of 1856, which settled the Crimean War.  As part of this settlement the Ottomans were compelled to grant equal rights to Christians throughout their empire.

The gradual process of improvement of conditions for Christians and Jews under Islam was regretted by Muslim scholars, who saw it as evidence of Islam’s decline.  For example a request for a fatwa from a Egyptian Muslim judge in 1772 lamented the ‘deplorable innovations’ of Christians and Jews, who were daring to make themselves equal to Muslims by their manner of dress and behavior, all in violation of Islamic law.

In a similar vein, the Baghdad Quranic commentator Al-Alusi complained that non-Muslims in Syria during the first half of the 19th century were being permitted to make annual tribute payments by means of an agent, thus escaping the personal ritual degradations prescribed by Islamic law.  He concluded:  “All this is caused by the weakness of Islam.”

Why would Islam’s lack of dominance be evidence of weakness?

Islamic doctrine promises falah ‘success’ to the religion’s followers, symbolized by the daily call to prayer which rings out from minarets: ‘come to success, come to success’. The success promised by Islam has always been understood to be both spiritual and material: conquest and rule this life, and paradise in the next. The Qur’an states that Allah has sent Muhammad “with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may cause it to triumph over all (other) religions” (Sura 48:28).

Islam’s theology of success meant that the global failure of Islamic armies and states at the hands of ‘Christian’ states constituted a profound spiritual challenge to Islam’s core claims. Just as Muslim scholars had always pointed to the military victories of Islam as proof of its divine authority, this litany of defeats testified to its failure as the religion of the successful ones.

The urgency of the question ‘What went wrong?’ drove the Islamic revival, an interconnected network of renewal movements which have as their central tenet that Muslims will once again be ‘successful’ – achieving political and military domination over non-Muslims – if they are truly devoted to Allah and implement Islamic laws faithfully.   These are reformation movements in the original (medieval) sense of the Latin word reformatio, for they seek to restore Islam to its former glory by returning to first principles.

Some of the main formative strands of Islamic revivalism have been:

  • the Wahhabi movement which originated in the 18th century;
  • the Deobandi movement in India and Pakistan which dates from 1866;
  • Jamaat e-Islami, which was founded 1941 in India;
  • the Muslim Brotherhood, founded 1928;
  • and the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Out of these have come a myriad of offshoots and branches such as the Taliban (from the Deobandi movement); Al Qaida (a product of the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood theologian Said Qutb); the missionary movementTablighi Jamaat; and Hizb Ut-Tahrir.

Even the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the ‘United Nations’ of the Muslim world, is a revivalist organization: this is reflected in its Charter which states that it exists “to work for revitalizing Islam’s pioneering role in the world”, a euphemism for reestablishing Islam’s dominant place in world affairs.

In essence, Islamic revivalist movements aim to restore the greatness of Islam and make it ‘successful’ again.  This hope is embodied, for example, in the Muslim Brotherhood’s slogan “Islam is the solution”.  This implies that when Islam is truly implemented all the problems human beings face – such as poverty, lack of education, corruption, and injustice – will be solved.  The flip-side of this slogan is the thesis that all the problems of the Muslim world have been caused through want of genuine Islamic observance:  Allah allowed his people to fall into disarray because they were not faithful in obeying his laws. The correction to this spiritual problem should therefore be more sharia compliance.  This is the reason why headscarves and burqas have been appearing on Muslim women’s heads with increasing frequency all around the world.

For a time it appeared to many Muslims that the revivalist program was working.  The Iranian Islamic revolution, and the later victory of jihadis in Afghanistan and the break-up of the Soviet Union was considered to be evidence of the success of the revivalist program.  This was the certainly view of the translator of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam’s jihadi tract Join the Caravan:

“The struggle, which he [Sheikh Azzam] stood for, continues, despite the enemies of Islam. ‘They seek to extinguish the light of Allah by their mouths. But Allah refuses save to perfect His light, even if the Disbelievers  are averse. It is He who has sent His messenger with the guidance and the true religion, in order that He may make it prevail over all religions, even if the pagans are averse.’ [Qur'an, 9:32-33] Since the book was written, the Soviets have been expelled from Afghanistan, by Allah’s grace, and the entire  Soviet Union has disintegrated.”

Utopian claims are risky, because they open up the possibility for even greater failure, and amplified cognitive dissonance as the gap between one’s faith and reality widens.  The first crisis of Islam was the rise of West through superior technological, economic and military prowess.  The second crisis is the failure of Islamic revivalism as a response to the first crisis.  The second crisis could prove even more painful and profound in its effects on Islam than the first.

The manifestations of revivalism’s failures are as diverse as the Islamist movements which generated them.  One could point to:

  •  the atrocities and backwardness of the Taliban;
  • the corruption and cruelty after the 1979 Iranian Revolution;
  • the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to govern for the benefit of the Egyptian people, leading to a wildly popular military coup in 2013;
  • the present-day economic collapse of Turkey under big-talking Islamist Prime Minister Erdogan;
  • the genocidal campaigns of Khartoum’s military campaigns against its own citizens, causing more than a million casualties;
  • and the ongoing Iraqi and Syrian jihad-driven bloodbaths.

Everywhere one looks there are good reasons for Muslims to question the Islamic revivalist creed. The outcomes of more than two centuries of theological fervor are not looking good. Muslim states are not realizing the utopian goals set by these movements.  Indeed the opposite is the case: again and again, wherever revivalist movements have gained the ascendancy, human misery has only increased. Too many Muslim states continue to be models of poverty and economic failure, despite all those female heads being covered up.

One inevitable consequence of this trend is disenchantment with Islam, and a growing sense of alienation from the religion. The manifest failure of the revivalist creed creates a sense of anxiety that Islam is under threat, not from the infidel West, but from reputational damage caused by the revivalists themselves.  It is a case of the cure being worse than the disease.

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Fasten your seat-belts: the world will be in for quite a ride in the years to come, as Muslims – who constitute around a quarter of the world’s population – struggle to make theological sense of the trashing of their religion’s utopian vision.  It is one thing to blame the infidels for this – or the proxy tyrants which revivalists claim the West has foisted on the Muslim world – what is more threatening by far is the damage being done to Islam’s name by revivalist Muslims themselves.

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Dr Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.

Powerful U.S. Islamist Group Shows True Colors

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The Islamic Circle of North America has mobilized to protect its radical Islamist parent group in Bangladesh accused of war crimes.

BY RYAN MAURO:

About 30 Bangladeshis protested on December 22 outside the headquarters of the Islamic Circle of North America in New York. The demonstrators are demanding the deportation of a former senior ICNA official that has been indicted in Bangladesh for war crimes.

The protest was organized by the New York chapter of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalai Nirmul Committee. It was founded in 1992 by the late Jananara Imam, a progressive female Muslim seeking justice for atrocities committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan.

ICNA, meanwhile, is mobilizing to convince the U.S. government to demand that Bangladesh stop prosecuting leaders of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami group for war crimes. Uncoincidentally, ICNA is a derivative of Jamaat-e-Islami.

ICNA is telling its membership to call the White House and State Department to protest the Bangladeshi government’s execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami group, for committing war crimes during Bangladesh’s war for independence from Pakistan.

Molla earned the nickname, “The Butcher of Mirpur,” during Bangladesh’s war for independence from Pakistan in 1971. He and Jamaat-e-Islami sided with Pakistan in the conflict that ended the lives of some three million people.

Molla belonged to the Al-Badar paramilitary force, a creation of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing. In February, Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal ruled that he was guilty on five of six charges of war crimes. It concluded that he murdered at least 344 civilians. He was involved in the beheading of a poet, he massacred her family and raped an 11-year old girl.

One of the eyewitnesses who testified during the trial was Syed Shahidul Haque Mama, who fought in favor of Bangladeshi independence. He said that Molla was the “key person” overseeing the torturing and execution of civilians.

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Illinois Governor Addresses Islamist Conference

Pat QuinBY RYAN MAURO:

The annual joint conference of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society brings together Islamist preachers and devotees from around the country. This year’s event had a special keynote speaker: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

ICNA is a derivative of the radical Jamaat-e-Islami group in Pakistan. An internal U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document shows that Jamaat-e-Islami is closely affiliated with ICNA.

ICNA is currently investing its time condemning the Egyptian and Bangladeshi governments for their crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami.

MAS, for its part, was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” according to a 2008 court filing by federal prosecutors. Last year, senior U.S. Muslim Brotherhood figure and convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi said, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

ICNA and MAS posted video of Quinn’s address. The speaker recalled how Quinn visited the Hamas/Brotherhood-linked Mosque Foundation and said, “This is the kind of governor that we support and we like.”

Quinn shared the stage with numerous Islamists like Imam Siraj Wahhaj of Masjid At-Taqwa; Jamal Badawi, Yasir Qadhi and Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Quinn was also praised for establishing a Muslim American Advisory Council in 2011. Among the chosen members were Ahmed Rehab, leader of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Safaa Zarzour, former secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Both CAIR and ISNA were branded unindicted co-conspirators in a terrorism-financing trial. The U.S. government has said they are both U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.

Read more at Clarion Project

Sharia on Tour

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If you live near Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta or Rochester and want to see a Sharia-promoting show, you’re in luck. The Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society, two groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, have announced four conferences featuring rock stars of the Islamist movement.

ICNA is identified as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends” in a once-secret 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo. It explicitly states the network’s “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”

The organization is a derivative of the Jamaat-e-Islami group in Pakistan. One of ICNA’s former leaders, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, was recently sentenced to death in Bangladesh for his involvement in Jamaat-e-Islami’s war crimes. Unsurprisingly, ICNA is upset at the ruling.

The 2010 ICNA handbook advocates a gradualist strategy that culminates in a “united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah (Islamic law).” The Islamist leaders that the handbook looks to for guidance include the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood’s current spiritual leader and the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” according to federal prosecutors in a 2008 case. Last year, a former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader testified that “everyone knows that the MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Both groups have held rallies to protest the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi in Egypt.

Houston is the first stop on the ICNA-MAS Sharia tour. From November 29 to December 1, they will be holding their joint South Central Convention at a JW Marriott Hotel. The overall theme is, “Blueprint for a Lasting Legacy.”

One of the speakers is Imam Khalid Griggs, the chairman of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. Former CIA case officer Clare Lopez found out that he used to be involved with the Islamic Party of North America, a group that explicitly preaches “a revolutionary Islam.” Its inspirers include Khomeini, Qutb, Qaddafi and Maududi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Another speaker is Sheikh Omar Suleiman. According to his bio, he studied under Sheikh Salah As-Sawy and Dr. Hatem al-Haj. These are two Salafist clerics that lead the very radical Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. The closest the organization can bring itself to foreswearing violent jihad is to oppose itbecause “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].”

On November 30, ICNA is holding its first conference in upstate New York at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, themed as “Islam: The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Speakers include the notorious Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose version of “pursuing happiness” includes violent jihad and replacing Western democracy with Sharia Law.

Wahhaj has an undeniable, documented record of extremism that would make any genuinely “moderate” Muslim group sprint away from him. He’s had to tame down his anti-Americanism and support for violent jihad and theocracy in the post-9/11 atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean his beliefs have changed.

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U.S.Muslim Leader Sentenced to Death for Bangladesh War Crimes

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Bangladesh, a country that is close 90% Muslim, has been taking on the Islamists that act in the name of their faith.

BY RYAN MAURO:

The Bangladeshi government has given the death sentence to Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a former Secretary-General of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) that lives in New York, for war crimes he committed during Bangladesh’s liberation from Pakistan

Khan was tried in absentia as part of a popularly supported crackdown on ICNA’s parent group, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Khan was found guilty of murdering 18 professors, journalists and physicians that were supporting Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. The tribunal ruled that Khan “had de facto reasonable material and authority to control” the executioners. Bangladesh sentenced Khan to death by hanging if he were to be extradited to Bangladesh from America.

A Muslim leader in London named Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was also sentenced to death. Amazingly, he is the director of the British National Health Service’s Muslim Spiritual Care Provision. He also is a trustee for an organization named Muslim Aid that has beenaccused of having extremist links.

Jamaat-e-Islami, essentially a Muslim Brotherhood branch, set up the Al-Badr militia that ran death squads in Bangladesh during the war of independence. The assassins targeted Bangladeshis that promoted secession from Pakistan, particularly the elite members of the society – doctors, professors and journalists. During the war, the Pakistani government and its allies killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women, according to the Bangladeshi government.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reportedly told Bangladesh that he’d help get Khan extradited so he can be brought to justice. At this stage, the Obama Administration is non-committal.

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Canada Ditches Obama’s Favorite Terror-Funding Charity

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Last Friday, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that it has revoked the charitable status of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Development Foundation, after an audit of its books produced evidence linking it to Pakistani terrorist groups. “The Government of Canada has made it clear that it will not tolerate the abuse of the registration system for charities to provide any means of support to terrorism,” said a CRA press release.

The CRA, which is the Canadian equivalent of the IRS, issued the 71-page “letter of revocation,” after auditing two years’ worth of activity that took place from Jan. 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2009. Complete with flow charts, it detailed funding transactions between the IDF and the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada (KCC/KRFC), a group the CRA considers non-qualified donees under Canada’s Income Tax Act.

The CRA believes the IDF did this for the purpose of relinquishing control of the funds to the KCC/KRFC, who in turn sent money to the Pakistani-based Relief ISNA Development for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM) for ostensible “relief work” in Kashmir. The IDF supplied official donation receipts to the donors, while it disbursed more than $280,000 to ROKM, either directly, or via KCC/KRFC.

The CRA said the ROKM is the charitable arm of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a political group that contests the legitimacy of the Indian government’s control over the state of Kashmir, to the point of advocating secession. ROKM’s efforts includes activities perpetrated by its armed wing, the Hizbul Mujahideen. The Council of the European Union considers the Hizbul Mujahideen a terrorist organization as does the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, which cites Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 as the basis of that designation.

The foundation “facilitated the transfer of resources that may have been used to support the efforts of a political organization . . . and its armed wing,” the CRA said in a letter sent to the IDF. “Canada’s commitment to combating terrorism extends to preventing organizations with ties to terrorism from benefiting from the tax advantages of charitable registration,” it added.

Acting IDF president G. Nabi Chaudhary disputed the CRA’s contentions. “The money did not go to any groups who were freedom fighters,” he insisted. “We made sure that all of the money the charity sent to those organizations was spent on the needy, to help the misplaced. We had people on the ground who were working with the relief organizations.”

IDF board members contradicted Chaudhary’s assertions. “Once the money left Canada, (the foundation) had no control over the money, how it was spent or what it was to be spent on,” board members said, according to the CRA.

In addition, the charity could not produce any documents for CRS auditors proving otherwise. The only evidence the IDF did produce, photographs purporting to show relief efforts being done on its behalf, were “altered,” according to the tax agency. They conducted a forensic investigation revealing that pictures of men performing relief work in front of an IDF banner had been doctored, specifically the banner itself.

The CRA is conducting other audits of charities affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America Canada. Their efforts were precipitated after a 2011 investigation conducted by Star, a Canadian newspaper, revealed that ISNA mismanaged more than $600,000 in charitable contributions earmarked for the poor. An audit showed that of about $810,777 collected over four years, only $196,460 aided the poor.

Much of it went to affiliated services and businesses, many of which listed ISNA Canada’s long-time secretary general, Mohammad Ashraf, as a director, despite federal laws that forbid charities from spending donations on business activities that do not aid the charity. After running ISNA Canada for 32 years Ashraf was forced to retire in 2011.

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Million Muslim March Organizers Delete Extremist Posts

MMMBY RYAN MAURO:

The organizers of the Million American March Against Fear on 9/11, formerly known as the Million Muslim March, have deleted a pro-Islamist Facebook group created by its leader following a Clarion Project report.

The Facebook group, named “Million Muslim March in Bangladesh,” was created by American Muslim Political Action Committee head MD Rabbi Alam to “protest violence against Islam.” This was in solidarity with Islamist protestors angry at the secular government’s crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami.

The cached version of the Facebook group shows its objective was to “Support Long March called by Hefazayate Islam in Bangladesh on April 6, 2013.”

Hefazayate Islam is a coalition of about a dozen Islamist groups and is allied with Jamaat-e-Islami. BBC News reports that the coalition has a 13-point charter of demands that includes:

  • enactment of an anti-blasphemy law with provision for the death penalty
  • exemplary punishment to all bloggers and others who ‘insult Islam’
  • cancellation of the country’s women development policy
  • a ban on erecting sculptures in public places
  • a ban on mixing of men and women in public
  • a ban on candlelit vigils
  • ending what they call “shameless behaviour and dresses”
  • declaring the reformist Ahmadiyas as “non-Muslims”

That is the agenda of the Islamist group that MD Rabbi Alam supports. No wonder he wants to clean up his past.

Read more at The Clarion Project

U.S. Islamist Group Alleges that ‘Discrimination Is American Way’

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An interfaith dinner was held on July 27 at the Islamic Society of Frederick in Maryland, featuring local officials and Christian clergy. One of the speakers, a former leader of the “moderate” Islamic Circle of North America, explained its purpose: “Discrimination is part of the American way,” he explained, and “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”

The Islamic Circle of North America’s parent group is a Pakistani Islamist party named Jamaat-e-Islami. A Bangladeshi court just barred Jamaat-e-Islami from elections because of its opposition to the country’s secular governance. One of the former Secretary-Generals of ICNA, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, is on trial in absentia in Bangladesh for alleged war crimes he committed as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing. The Investigative Project on Terrorism discovered that Khan remains on the board of ICNA’s New York chapter.

ICNA is mentioned repeatedly in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. The author refers to meetings between Muslim Brotherhood and ICNA officials about a planned “merger” and the New York-based group is listed as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

The memo’s stated objective of waging a “kind of grand jihad…in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” is often mentioned in articles about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, but less mentioned are the methods to achieve that.

The memo states the “sabotaging” of Western civilization will happen “by their [non-Muslim] hands and the hands of the believers [Muslims].” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood apparatus that ICNA belongs to is told to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’  the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’” You can almost hear the sarcasm in the author’s voice as he puts quotation marks around those friendly terms.

The President of ICNA, Zahid Bukhari, spoke at the event. He’s a known fan of former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who he praises as having been a “visionary and brilliant leader of Turkey’s Islamist movement.”

Bukhari told the audience, “Discrimination is a part of the American way.” It is implied that the U.S. is inherently racist and oppressive towards minorities, with Muslims being only the latest victims.  He explained, “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”

To put it another way using the secret text of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, the answer lies in “possess[ing] a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of cooperation.’”

True, 1991 was over 20 years ago, but the Islamist ideology does not naturally decrease with age. Case in point: ICNA’s official Member’s Hand Book of 2010 for its Sisters’ Wing. It lays out a five-tiered strategy to assemble “the united Muslim Ummah [community] in a united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah.”

The handbook also states that ICNA is part of an international “Islamic Movement” that is an “organized and collective effort waged to establish Al-Islam in its complete form in all aspects of life.” The term “Islamic Movement” is used by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood to describe its campaign in its 1991 memo.

ICNA’s annual conferences are jointly held with the Muslim American Society, described by federal prosecutors in 2008 as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” This is confirmed by a convicted terrorist and former senior member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. These conferences are stocked with Islamist speakers who subtlety push the Islamist doctrine of “gradualism.”

In 2002, one speaker at ICNA’s convention said, “We may all feel emotionally attached to the goal of an Islamic state [in America]” but “We mustn’t cross hurdles we can’t jump yet.”

In 2011, radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj advised ICNA’s audience: “The trap we fall into is having a premature discussion about Sharia when we are not there yet,” as reported by the Clarion Project.

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ICNA’s Parent Organization Outlawed in Bangladesh

The Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned from elections for being unwilling to support the constitution.

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By Ryan Mauro:

A Bangladeshi court has banned Jamaat-e-Islami, the parent group of the New York-based Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an organization that puts together some of the largest Muslim-American conventions.

ICNA describes itself as “a leading grass roots organization which seeks to obtain the pleasure of Allah (SWT) through working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life.” Approximately 32,000 Muslims were taught that the U.S. Constitution is inferior to ShariaLaw at ICNA’s last conference.

The Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami group, essentially a branch of theMuslim Brotherhoodis now outlawed in Bangladesh from participating in elections because of its opposition to the secular constitution. The group would have to delete its Sharia agenda from its platform and declare allegiance to Bangladesh’s secular identity in order to become eligible for next year’s elections. The court, however, did not ban the group from continuing its activites.

Jamaat-e-Islami said it will appeal the ruling and organize mass protests on August 12-13. Its leader also asked the Muslim world to take unspecified action to defend his group from the Bangladeshi government’s “state terrorism.”

Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami are on trial in Bangladesh for war crimes committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan. When one leader was sentenced to life in prison instead of execution in February, massive anti-Islamist protests erupted. Canadian Muslim Tarek Fatah said it was “the first time ever in the Muslim world there has been a popular uprising against the fascism of Islamist parties.”

Also on trial is Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a former Secretary-General of ICNA. Khan was formally charged in October 2012 with being the “chief executioner” in at least 18 gruesome political assassinations in 1971. He had to be charged in absentia because he is currently living in New York. Khan says he is innocent and never belonged to the Al-Badar death squad, but three eyewitnesses contradict him.

Khan is still on the executive board of ICNA’s New York chapter (as discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism) and is president of the North American Imams Federation. He also leads its New York regional office. The organization’s stated purpose is to “facilitate cooperation, coordination and fellowship between the leaders of mosques and Islamic Centers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Terrorism researcher Joe Kaufman discovered in 2007 that ICNA’s website is registered to a Jamaat-e-Islami website, and ICNA’s logo is identical to that of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing.

Read more at The Clarion Project