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Huma Abedin & Hillary Clinton - Abedin Family Ties to Al-Qaeda

Posted on 11/11/2007 3:49:04 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee

Huma Abedin & Hillary Clinton
May 6, 2000


Syed Zainul Abedin
VARIATIONS: Syed, Sayed, Zainul, Zainal, Zaiunul, Abedin, Abedīn, etc

Huma Abedin's father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was born in India, in 1928 [prior to the partition]. It is possible that he was named for the fourth Imam, Ali Ibn el Hussain, Zainul Abedeen, also known as Zayn al-Abidin.

Syed Zainul Abedin's undergraduate education was at Aligarh Muslim University, and his graduate education was at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD, in American Civilization, in 1974:

Franklin Library, University of Pennsylvania: Syed Zainul Abedin

He seems to have been living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and working at Western Michigan University, for several years before he was awarded his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania; from the library catalog at WMU:

Communal violence in India : a case study
by R.A. Schermerhorn, edited [by] Syed Z. Abedin
Kalamazoo, Mich. : Consultative Committee of Indian Muslims, [1976?]

The Muslim minority in India
edited by Syed Z. Abedin
Kalamazoo, MI : Muslim Students Association, Western Michigan University, [1972]

The future of South Asia
edited by Syed Z. Abedin
Kalamazoo, Mich. : Muslim Students Association, Western Michigan University, 1972

The Muslim minority in India
edited by Syed Z. Abedin
Kalamazoo, MI : Muslim Students Association, Western Michigan University, [1972]

The World of Islam [videorecording]
Lecturers: Dr. Visho Sharma, Mr. Salam Khadduri, and Prof. Sayed
[Kalamazoo, Mich.] : WMU-TV, [1971]

Professor Abedin then abruptly uprooted his family [to include his wife, Saleha, and his 2-year-old daughter, Huma], circa 1977, and headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Thereafter he founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, with offices in both Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and London, England.

In addition, he was a counselor of the Râbitat al-'Alam al-Islâmî, also known as the Muslim World League, during the 1980's.

Syed Zainul Abedin died in 1993.



Saleha Mahmood Abedin

Huma Abedin's mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, was born in [what is now known as] Pakistan, probably in 1940.

She received her PhD, in Sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1977:

Franklin Library, University of Pennsylvania: Saleha Mahmood Abedin

There is also a copy of her PhD dissertation, on microform, at Western Michigan University [which lists her year of birth as 1940].

For many years after the family resettled in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saleha Mahmood Abedin was a Professor in the Department of Sociology, at King Abdul Aziz University.

More recently, she has been part of the administration of Dar Al-Hekma Women's College, which she helped to create.

Saleha Mahmood Abedin also serves as the director of her late husband's Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, and as the editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.



Abdullah Omar Naseef
VARIATIONS: Naseef, Nasseef, Nassif, Omar, Umar, etc

Abdullah Omar Naseef was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1939.

He received a "Bachelor's Degree in Sciences", from Riyadh University, in 1964, and in 1971, he received his PhD, in Geology, from the University of Leeds, in West Yorkshire, England:

The geology of the northeastern At-Taif area, Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah Omar Nasseef
Leeds, 1971

[Parenthetically: Leeds was in the news earlier this year, for refusing to allow Matthias Köntzel to deliver his lecture, Hitler's Legacy: Islamic anti-Semitism in the Middle East.]

There is very little evidence that Naseef was much of a practicing geologist; he may have taught geology circa 1973 or 1974, at King Abdul Aziz University, but thereafter he abandoned geology and quickly moved his way up the academic power structure:

1973-1974     Director of Geology     King Abdul Aziz University
1974-1976     Secretary General     King Abdul Aziz University
1976-1980     Vice President     King Abdul Aziz University
1980-1982     Rector     King Abdul Aziz University

Instead of pursuing his training as a geologist, it appears that Naseef was much more interested in spending the new Saudi oil revenues on an ambitious program of Wahhabi proselytization throughout the world.

In 1981, Naseef edited the tract, Social and natural sciences: the Islamic perspective, which is on file at Leeds; in 1984, as Secretary General of the Muslim World League, Naseef oversaw the opening of the Glasgow Central Mosque, which remains the largest mosque in Scotland; in 1988, he edited the tract, Today's problems, tomorrow's solutions: future thoughts on the structure of Muslim societies, which is on file at Penn.

The internet is replete with stories of young Muslim scholars and activists who were funded & encouraged by Naseef in the 1970's and 1980's, when he first left geology and became a fixture in the Wahhabi proselytization movement. Now, as he nears retirement, Naseef has possessed so many officiary titles over the course of his career that one could spend literally days [maybe even weeks] googling all of them; here are a few of the more prominent positions he has held:

Vice Chairman, Shoura [Shura] Council of Saudi Arabia
This is a unicameral parliament, roughly equivalent to the UK House of Lords, or the US Senate. It as also known as Majlis as-Shura, Majlis-e-Shoora, etc.

Secretary General, Muslim World League
The MWL is also known as Râbitat al-'Alam al-Islâmî, or simply Rabitah [Rabita].

President, World Muslim Congress
The WMC is also known as Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami.

President, King Abdul Aziz University

Chairman, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
University of Oxford; Oxford, England

Chairman, Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association

President, International Union [Federation] of Muslim Scouts

In a moment, we will return to Naseef's associations with Al-Qaeda and Wahhabi terrorism, but first let us note that Naseef was almost surely the driving force behind the Abedin family's abrupt departure from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and their relocation to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, circa 1977, and, over the course of the last 30 years, he was doubtless responsible for funding the careers of both Syed Zainul Abedin and Saleha Mahmood Abedin:

Interview: Dr. Abidullah Ghazi
Islamic Voice
Vol 14-10 No:166, October 2000

...I thought why Islam cannot be taught like that. On the initiation of our colleagues, I began preparing some books and a curriculum. Later we shifted to Gary in Indiana state, 40 kms from Chicago. In 1976, I met Rabita chief Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef and Dr. Zainul Abedin of Insitute of Muslim Minority Affairs. They encouraged me to take up this venture. The first book to come out was Our Prophet, an assignment from King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah at Dr. Naseef's behest...

Contemporary discussions on religious minorities in Islam
Jorgen S. Nielsen
Brigham Young University Law Review, 2002

...Trained in social science and being of Indian origin, Professor Abedin was the founder of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, an institution that had the quiet but active support of the then General Secretary of the Muslim World League, Dr. Umar Abdallah Nasif...

Plurality of Religion - Plurality in Religion
Christian W. Troll

...After studies at Aligarh Muslim University Zaiunul Abedin was close to the "Jamâ´at-i Islami-i Hind" and later in the United States, which he took during his student years in Philadelphia as his country of adoption, he became in the early 1980's councilor of the "Râbitat al-'Alam al-Islâmî" (Mecca). He established the "Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs" in Jeddah with a branch in London and founded and directed for many year its important organ, the "Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs"...

Note that the piece by Christian W. Troll also includes a very interesting insight into the political philosopy of Abdullah Omar Naseef:

Plurality of Religion - Plurality in Religion
Christian W. Troll