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Wahhabi Lobby Crack-Up?
Tech Central Station | ^ | August 11, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz

Posted on 08/11/2004 5:25:14 AM PDT by SJackson

As atrocities make news around the world, CAIR and its ilk are finding it difficult to defend Islamic extremism.

Although few American journalists know how to report on it, a change is slowly developing in the American Muslim community. Terrorist atrocities, exemplified by the recent series of horrific, videotaped beheadings, have increased in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other countries, even as the U.S.-led campaign against Islamist extremism, both political and military, continues. The federal authorities, in the Report of the 9/11 Commission, finally summoned up the will to identify the enemy: not merely "terrorism," but radical Islamist ideology.

Given these developments, non-Muslim Americans cannot help but feel heightened suspicion about the very nature of Islam. The situation has been dramatically worsened with news that two Islamic clerics in Albany, New York -- Mohammed Hossain, 49, and Yassin Aref, 34 -- were arrested in an FBI sting operation while expressing support for a proposed assassination of the Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations; a plot that, thank God, was fictitious.

But the terror links of Albany's Yassin Aref appear anything but fictitious. Aref is allegedly associated with Ansar al-Islam, a deadly, Saudi-financed terror conspiracy operating in Iraqi Kurdistan but with tentacles in many out-of-the-ordinary places. For example, Ansar's main leader, who calls himself Mullah Krekar, has long resided in Norway as a political refugee, even while his subordinates killed civilians as well as Coalition soldiers in Iraq.


American Muslims cannot help but feel compromised by their own failure to break with terrorist sponsors in Saudi Arabia, based in the Wahhabi sect -- the official cult in the desert kingdom -- and the "Wahhabi lobby" of organizations on our soil, like the so-called Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).


Yet even some of the hard-core apologists for Islamic radicalism may have begun to feel uncomfortable with their bought-and-paid-for Wahhabi agenda. Early in August, the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) with campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax, VA, came in for criticism from the Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism (, a new group headed by Kamal Nawash. Nawash is a local attorney of Palestinian origin and was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2001 and for the state senate in 2003.


Nawash followed the lead of the Saudi Institute, the independent human rights monitoring center headed by Arabian dissident Ali al-Ahmed (, in targeting ISA for indoctrinating its first-grade pupils in the hateful doctrines of Wahhabism. ISA's extremist instruction is not exactly news; the school lost its Virginia accreditation in 2002, and Ali al-Ahmed has been pounding it ever since.


But to the surprise of many, CAIR briefly added its voice to the latest chorus of condemnation. CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper at first criticized ISA for teaching hatred of Christianity and Judaism, but then backed up and said that while some of the school's curriculum may need changing, it "hardly justified sweeping charges of extremism." Saudi official spokesperson Nail al-Jubeir, brother of the ubiquitous and oleaginous Adel al-Jubeir, reacted with indignation, accusing his fellow-Muslim, Nawash, of…bigotry. However, one must admit that for Wahhabis like al-Jubeir and other Saudis, dissenters like Nawash are not necessarily to be considered Muslims at all, and therefore are fair game for all sorts of accusations and threats.


In an interview with The Washington Times, Al-Jubeir accused Nawash of taking his inspiration from Michael Moore's Saudi-bashing. But a Muslim like Nawash needs no lessons in the reality of Saudi corruption from the incompetent, opportunistic, and just plain stupid Moore. Every Muslim in the world who has not been brainwashed or bought off by the Saudis knows what a threat Wahhabism poses to global peace, and to their religion.


CAIR, and two other Wahhabi lobby groups known for their extreme ideology, further surprised most of the American Muslim community recently by adding their signatures to a "unity statement" calling for action against the brutal and massive attacks on dark-skinned Muslims in the Darfur region of Sudan by an Arab militia known as the Janjaweed. The statement was issued by a "Save Darfur Coalition" that happened to include the three most important Jewish groups in the United States, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League, and the American Jewish Committee.


CAIR had previously claimed they did not know enough about the situation in Sudan to comment on it. Nevertheless, they added their names to the coalition statement, along with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the American arm of the violent Jama'at-i-Islami in Pakistan, and the less-than-reputable Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. Not long ago, ICNA called for all-out defense of the Sudanese Islamist regime by American Muslims, against all criticism. But obviously, weeks of reportage on the Sudan atrocities, like the horrific news of beheadings, have made some elements in the Wahhabi lobby lose their nerve. Still, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper summoned up the brass to warn against "exploitation of the [Sudan] suffering to promote… political agendas," though it is clear that was exactly what CAIR intended to do: use Sudan to improve its own credibility.


Meanwhile, some of the Jewish groups in the Save Darfur Coalition must have asked themselves, the morning after the statement was issued, why they allowed CAIR into the tent. These fascinating, if obscure vignettes of intra-Islamic life in America reveal a great deal. More and more American Muslims want the Saudi-financed terror jihad, and the Wahhabi lobby that speaks for it in this country, off their backs. Organizations like CAIR have been enabled by American media, and even by some government organizations, to monopolize the Muslim side in the American debate over terrorism. Now, the Wahhabi lobby may be cracking up.

Stephen Schwartz, an author and journalist, is author of The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror. A vociferous critic of Wahhabism, Schwartz is a frequent contributor to National Review, The Weekly Standard, and other publications.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cair; freemuslimcoalition; kamalnawash; muslimamericans; stephenschwartz; wahhabilobby

1 posted on 08/11/2004 5:25:14 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Stephen schwartz seems to be convinced what side Nawash is on. I'm not. Neither is Daniel Pipes.

2 posted on 08/11/2004 5:32:05 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

And a ping for those on Alouette's list, she's away from her computor.

3 posted on 08/11/2004 5:46:18 AM PDT by SJackson (My opponent has good intentions, but intentions do not always translate to results, GWB)
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To: SJackson
(9/11 Commission)finally summoned up the will to identify the enemy: not merely "terrorism," but radical Islamist ideology.

Wow, they did? I was not aware of that. If true, it is the only good thing that came out of that ridiculous commission.
4 posted on 08/11/2004 5:51:18 AM PDT by wasp69 ("I drank what?" - Socrates (469-399 BC)
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To: SJackson

In the Jerusalem Post:

The new Imam of the Grand Mosque of Rome, the largest in Europe, called for the "victory of Islamic fighters in Palestine, Cechnya and other areas of the world" in his sermon Friday, June 6. He called for Allah's help in "the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam". He called for their "annihilation" and "the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam."

... 32 year old Imam, Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa, is quoted as having told the correspondent that suicide attacks in Israel are religiously legitimate, whereas they are not in Saudi Arabia, Morocco or Italy.

"From an Islamic viewpoint there is no doubt that the operations of the mujahidin against the Jews in Palestine are legitimate. They are missions of martyrdom and those who commit them are martyrs of Islam because all Palestine is a Dar al-harb, a territory of war. This is because all of the Jewish society illegally occupies an Islamic land."


QATAR: Doha Qatar Television Service in Arabic, official television station of the State of Qatar carried a 58-minute live sermon from the Umar Bin-al-Khattab Mosque in Doha on August 9, 2002. Shaykh Anwar al-Badawi delivered the sermon...

"The enemies have not left us any other choice. How could they try to prohibit martyrdom operations? Regrettably, some Muslim Arab politicians describe these martyrdom-seekers as terrorists." Our Islam, he says, is a religion of mercy and guidance and allows fighting only to repulse aggression. He says: "Islam does not know terrorism. Moreover, it fights all forms of terrorism, but it encourages martyrdom operations against aggressors." .... Concluding, the imam prays to Allah:

"O Allah, destroy the usurper Jews and the vile Christians. O Allah, destroy the Jews. O Allah, pour your anger on them. O Allah, destroy them. O Allah, support our Palestinian brothers, give them courage, and have mercy on them and their martyrs, children, and women."


SAUDI ARABIA: Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TV1 in Arabic, official television station of the Saudi Government, on August 9, 2002 carried an 18-minute live sermon from the holy mosque in Mecca. Shaykh Usamah Abdallah Khayyat delivered the sermon.

Concluding, the imam prays to Allah: "O Allah, strengthen Islam and Muslims, protect Islam, and destroy its enemies, the tyrants, and the corrupt. O Allah, close the Muslim ranks and give wisdom to their leaders." He goes on:

"O Allah, give victory to the mujahidin for the sake of your religion and elevate your word everywhere. O Allah, help the mujahidin score victory in Palestine, Kashmir, and Chechnya. O Allah, destroy the tyrant Jews for they are within your power."

5 posted on 08/11/2004 6:13:59 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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Friday Sermon Watch

From Abu-Hanifah al-Nu'man mosque in Baghdad, Iraq:

"O God, support Islam and Muslims, elevate the word of justice and Islam, and help the believers score victory over the infidels. O God, give safety and prosperity to this country and protect Muslims' countries from disasters and diseases. O God, support your mujahidin servants everywhere. O God, support your mujahidin servants in Palestine. O God, help them score victory over the usurper Zionist Jews. O God, have mercy on the martyrs. O God, destroy the Jews and Americans for they are within your power. O God, show them a black day. O God, shake the ground under their feet, weaken them, hang their flags at half mast, down their planes, and drown their ships." He also asks God to give success to "mujahid leader Saddam Husayn."

From the Grand Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen:

"O God, support those supporting Islam and disappoint those disappointing Muslims, have mercy on us, and reform Muhammad's nation. O God, help our mujahidin brothers in Palestine and elsewhere score victory. O God, give them a clear, immediate victory over their enemies. O God, destroy the Jews and their supporters and the Christians and their supporters and followers. O God, destroy the ground under their feet, instill fear in their hearts, and freeze the blood in their veins."

At the Umar Bin-al-Khattab Mosque in Doha, Qatar, the imam has some special words for any peaceful Muslims who might want to actually, you know, make peace:

In the second part of the sermon, the imam regrets the fact that the Islamic nation punishes fedayeen by restricting their freedom of action. He says: "The proposed reform for the PA is aimed at establishing cadres capable of restricting and even killing resistance. We regret the fact that some Islamic countries have agreed to train these cadres to protect Israel's security, to control the resistance, to arrest the resistance men, and to liquidate the resistance."

Concluding, the imam prays to God: "O God, help us and protect us from our enemies. O God, protect us from the evils of our brothers, friends, and enemies. O God, protect us and save us from the conspiracies of the friends, brothers, and enemies. O God, support us, do not turn against us, and help us score victory." He goes on: "O God destroy the Jews and their supporters, including the crusaders and some so-called Muslims. O God, use your power against them. O God, save the region and the peoples from them."

Blah blah blah freeze their blood blah blah destroy blah blah blah victory blah blah O God this, O God that blah blah blah mujahidin blah blah blah blah...

6 posted on 08/11/2004 6:17:52 AM PDT by dennisw (Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time is Enemy action. - Ian Fleming)
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To: SJackson

Islam... and CAIR in particular... an unredeeming, violent begging religion, losing control and in denial about it. It's a sign of Christ's coming.

7 posted on 08/11/2004 6:21:10 AM PDT by JudgemAll
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To: nuconvert

I'd like to see a reporter ask him about his support for certain..unsavory types and causes in the (not so) distant past. Has the leopard changed his spots? I hope so,
BUT "Trust But Verify"
R Reagan

8 posted on 08/11/2004 7:36:54 AM PDT by Valin (John Kerry: Dumber than Gore, more exciting than Mondale)
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To: mvpel
"O Allah, destroy the usurper Jews and the vile Christians. O Allah, destroy the Jews. O Allah, pour your anger on them. O Allah, destroy them. O Allah, support our Palestinian brothers, give them courage, and have mercy on them and their martyrs, children, and women."

I just had to make a few corrections here.

"O Satan, destroy the usurper Jews and the vile Christians. O Satan, destroy the Jews. O Satan, pour your anger on them. O Satan, destroy them. O Satan, support our Palestinian brothers, give them courage, and have mercy on them and their martyrs, children, and women."

9 posted on 08/11/2004 8:45:29 AM PDT by Chi-Town Lady
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To: wasp69

Yes, they did. It was a surprising moment of clarity, but it did happen.

10 posted on 08/11/2004 6:24:52 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: nuconvert

Heh. I'm wondering what side Barak Obama is on. Since he's a Democrat, though, I think I know.

11 posted on 08/11/2004 6:30:17 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (** John Kerry, Assclown Messiah)
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