Islam and the USA

Islam     Session Twenty-Nine

Item #7, bullet 4 of outline:  Islam and the USA

Islam and the USA is the prototypical “Elephant in the Room.”  It is a significant factor in American society, politics in particular; yet its organizations, its influences, its goals are virtually unknown to the American public.  And those that do have knowledge of Islam’s impact on America are in a state of denial, intimidated or sympathetic and essentially silent.

The extent of Islam’s influence in America is astounding.  Muslims have penetrated the armed forces, demanded and received special treatment by elementary schools and universities, persuaded judges to consider Sharia law, intimidated the press to always treat Islam in a positive way, formed more than 40 Islamic organizations (many of them have been granted tax-exempt charitable organization status), persuaded cities to observe Islamic traditions, secured high positions in the federal government even to the level of presidential advisor and established numerous terrorist training camps on American soil.  All of this has been achieved by less than one percent of the population (approximately 2.3 to 2.6 million Muslims in America).  Before looking at some of the above examples of Islam’s influence in America we need to discuss the Muslim organization which has made the greatest impact on America, The Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded by Hasan al-Bana, in Egypt in 1928.  The second Muslim Empire (The Ottoman Empire) was officially terminated in 1924 in Turkey by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who established a secular government in contrast to the Ottoman Caliphate which had controlled all aspects of society.  This angered many Muslims by what they  perceived as a violation of the Koran by separating the religion of Islam from political rule and a rejection of Islam’s duty and destiny – to rule the world.  Al-Bana made it clear that the Brotherhood was founded to reestablish the Caliphate.  He wrote, in 1934:

“it is a duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim and the     whole world Islamic, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the earth and the call of the Muezzin can  resound in all the corners of the world:  God is greatest (Allah Akbar)!”  (#16, PP. 14-15)

He further stated:  “Islam is faith and worship, a country and a citizenship, a religion and a state.  It is spirituality and hard work.  It is a Qur’an and a sword.”  (#16, P. 15)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s impact on  the United States cannot be overstated.  Its goals with respect to America have been clearly stated by Mohamed Akram, a high level Brotherhood activist in America, in a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum of May 22, 1991 entitled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General strategic Goal for the Group in North America.”  A quote from that document:

(The Muslim Brotherhood) “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”  (#16, P. 16)

Who, or what, is the Muslim Brotherhood – this organization whose representatives have vowed to destroy America as we know it and to impose Islam on the entire world?  A brief history of the Muslim Brotherhood:

  • As stated above, it was organized by Hasan al-Bana in 1928 in Egypt; it has been around a long time.In its early days it focused on opposing British presence in Egypt and British activities favoring Zionism in Palestine under its mandate from the League of Nations.
  • From the early 1930’s through World War II the Brotherhood, led by led by Amin el-Hussaini, had close ties to Nazi Germany. During WWII, the Brotherhood was active in espionage, sabotage and terrorist activities in Palestine and gained support for itself while it aided Nazi Germany.
  • Also during the 1930’s the Brotherhood expanded beyond Egypt and established branches in Saudi Arabia, The Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Djibouti, Bahrain and Paris.
  • After WW II, in 1948, the Brotherhood developed a military component of it apparatus and attacked both British and Egyptian targets. As a result, the Egyptian government order the Brotherhood dissolved.  The Brotherhood, in retaliation, killed the Egyptian Prime Minister.  In response to that killing, Al-Bana was assassinated (probably by government agents.).
  • The Brotherhood did not dissolve but was relatively quiet in Egypt until Gamal Abdel Nassar comes to power. The Brotherhood appeared to support Nassar until, in 1954, an assassination attempt on Nassar is blamed on the Brotherhood prompting sever persecution of the Brotherhood and forcing it underground in Egypt.
  • Although relatively subdued during the sixties in Egypt, the Brotherhood gains considerable support in the Arab Middle East and related organizations were founded in several Middle East countries.
  • Although the Brotherhood has been directly involved in violent activities, it prefers to achieve its aims through nonviolent means; using its resources to destroy societies from within (see quote above from the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum calling for a “Grand Jihad” . . . to destroy Western civilization from within . . .).
  • In 1964 the Brotherhood established its first front organization in America – The Muslim Students Association (MSA). There are now more than 600 MSA organizations on American college campuses.
  • As mentioned above, there are now more than forty Islamic front organizations in America which were established by the Brotherhood. Each of these organizations, bearing non-threatening names, is dedicated to influencing a particular aspect of the American culture. Many contain the phrase “North America” in their names to create the impression that America is not the sole target of their activities.  In the book, “The Muslim Mafia”, by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, forty-six Muslim Brotherhood front organizations are listed.  (#4. P. 235)  Below are brief notes on some of the more influential Brotherhood organizations:
    • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR works to influence the government and the military.  It has been highly successful, even to the point of securing contracts to teach “sensitivity training” to government officials and law enforcement officers.  (More about CAIR later)
    • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA is tasked to promote interfaith dialogue with major Christian denominations and Jewish organizations.  In 2007 the US Department of Justice named ISNA (along with CAIR and the North American Islamic Trust) as an unindicted co-conspirator and a member of the US Muslim Brotherhood in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.  It was later ruled that ISNA should not have been so named but, there was sufficient evidence to link ISNA with two other Brotherhood organizations – the Islamic Association for Palestine in North America and Hamas.  The latter (Hamas) is actually the “Brotherhood in Palestine” and governs the Gaza strip from which it has launched thousands of rocket attacks against Israel.
    • Muslim Student Association (MSA). As noted above, the MSA was the first Muslim front organization formed in America.  Its mission is to establish Islamic societies on American college campuses and influence K-12 students positively toward Islam.

With respect to the above three organizations and more than forty more, CAIR boss Omar Ahmad bragged:

“We can have as many organizations as we want, no questions asked, thanks to America’s tolerant and  pluralistic culture.  The only thing the Brothers have to worry about, he advised, is covering up ‘orders’ from abroad, as well as the ‘financial connections’, so that their organizations appear independent.” (#4, P. 232)

Beginning in December, 2010 in Tunisia and continuing into the spring of 2011 violence erupted in numerous Arab countries.  These revolutionary uprisings were labeled by the press as the “Arab Spring” and portrayed as efforts to displace dictators and establish democracy.  Following Tunisia, uprisings which varied from mild protests to governments being overthrown and, even, civil war occurred in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Algiers, The Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Bahrain, Oman, Djibouti, Kuwait and Western Sahara.   Governments were overthrown in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen; and civil wars erupted in Syria and Libya.   The Muslim Brotherhood was implicated in many of these rebellions either directly or indirectly by providing arms and recruiting.  In Egypt, the Brotherhood actually took control and Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was elected President in 2012.  However, the Brotherhood’s radical actions and policies were widely resented and resisted.  As a result, in 2013 hundreds of Brotherhood members were killed, Morsi was removed from the Presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood was banned.

The Muslim Brotherhood (and Muslim organizations formed by it) has been successful in influencing America’s culture and institutions all the way to, and including, the White House.

 A former FBI agent has confirmed that at least three Brotherhood operatives have penetrated the Obama administration. This was first reported by Tarek Fatah (a Muslim, a Muslim reformer and a Canadian journalist) during an August 2011 speech.  The Brotherhood operatives are Rashad Hassan, Dalia Mogahed and an unnamed women.  (Whistleblower 22 1 January, 2013: 34)

Rashad Hassan is Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (an international group headquartered in Saudi Arabia and closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. (Whistleblower 22 1 January, 2013: 34)

Dalia Mogahed writes Obama’s speeches and comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. (Whistleblower 22 1 January, 2013: 34)

Mohamed Magid, a representative of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has become a trusted Obama administration advisor on issues ranging from immigration to counterterrorism policy.  According to Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project, the ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood front organization.

Patrick Poole, who writes for PJMedia.com, has written; “When (the White House) was closed off to the American public, they (ISNA’s founders) were meeting with senior White House officials, including the head of the Office of Public Engagement, who said ISNA was the primary Islamic group that the White House does their Muslim outreach through.”

Also, ISNA participated in a 2012 review of FBI counter-terrorism training documents.  The bureau agreed to purge documents that ISNA and other Muslim groups found offensive or ‘islamophobic.’

This despite the fact that many of ISNA’s founders have been named as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorism cases and, in 2007, federal prosecutors named the group as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.  (above 4 paragraphs from:  wordpress.com/2013/09/08/muslim-brotherhood-influence-reaches-white house)

Other Muslim Brotherhood operatives who work with the Obama administration include:

  • Arif Alikhan: Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Mohammed Elibiary: Homeland Security Adviser.
  • Salam al-Marayati: Obama adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
  • Eboo Patel: Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Surely, the “elephant in the room” is aided and abetted by the “foxes in the henhouse.”

Next session we will continue with “Islam and the USA.”