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August 30, 2006

Fox News Interviews ISNA Woman President - Fails To Divulge Organization's Dark Ties To Terrorism

The group has branches throughout the United States and Canada and is dedicated to spreading Islam through Da'wa conversion. ISNA is a Saudi funded militant Islamist group, which attempts to present themselves as mainstream, and preaches the Wahabist brand of Islam. (Sourcee) ... The goal of Islamist Da'wa activists is to see the West converted to Islam and integrated into the global Umma.

If you watched Fox News this morning, you saw an interview with the first woman president of a notorious front for radical Islam - the Islamic Society of North America. Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian woman who converted to Islam in 1987 after meeting Muslims from West Africa during a university study-abroad program in France (see news article on the announcement of her appointment). She's a professor of Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where she also heads the Islamic Chaplaincy Program.

The fact that the position is unpaid tells us a lot about the importance and purpose of her election - a propaganda tool to deceive non-Muslims and truly moderate Muslims into believing that the organization and its agenda is moderate, progressive, and tolerant, when in fact it is anything but these things. So, instead of being snookered once again by cable media's ineptitude (I don't think that Fox intentionally mislead the public on this one), let's take a little closer look at the Islamic Society of North America.

Actually, there's so much that you (and Fox News) should know about this organization, it's hard to know where to begin. For starters, ISNA is one of the groups pointed to in US Senator Charles Schumer's September 2001 press release discussing the role that top officials in the Saudi government, including Interior Minister Prince Naif , play in spreading militant Wahhabism in the United States and throughout the Middle East. Schumer detailed how prominent members of the Saudi royal family have set up charities that funnel money to mosques and madrassah schools that advance Wahhabi teachings.

From Discover the Networks, we have:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is directly controlled by Saudi Arabia and enforces the highly radical Wahhabi theological writ in America's 1,200 officially recognized mosques (out of a possible total of 4,000, including unrecognized and small congregations):
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former ISNA president Muzammil Siddiqi appeared as a goodwill ambassador in an official ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington. But some 10 months earlier, on October 28, 2000, Siddiqi had asserted, "America has to learn, if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please, all Americans. Do you remember that? ... If you continue doing injustice, and tolerate injustice, the wrath of God will come." (For these people, anything that defies the Islamization of America is injustice - to Allah!)

Many of the main mosques in the U.S. were recently built with Saudi money and saddled with a requirement that they follow Wahhabi imams and Wahhabi dictates. But Wahhabi domination of American Islam involves much more than control over money and the elected governing assemblies of mosques; it also means dictating the curriculum for the training of Imams, setting the tone and content of sermons, deciding what books and periodicals may be read in mosque libraries or sold in mosque bookshops, and excluding or otherwise suppressing dissenters. According to one informant who requested anonymity, Wahhabi Imams in American mosques until recently received salaries of between $2,000 and $4,000 a month from the Gulf states.

Testimony to this effect comes from (among many others) Kaukab Siddique, the radical editor of New Trend, an Islamic periodical of extremist views that is nonetheless opposed to Wahhabi domination of American Islam. Siddique stated: "ISNA controls most mosques in America and thus also controls who will speak at every Friday prayer, and which literature will be distributed there."

ISNA was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. Titled "National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants," the document read, in part: "[T]hey [the U.S. government] are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. Based on their racial profile, over 1500 have been rounded up and the government refuses to say who they are, where they are jailed and what the charges are!!! Already, a Pakistani man has died in custody. Who will be next? The recent 'disappearances,' indefinite detention, the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state. We will not allow our grief for the tragedy of September 11 to be used to justify this new repression. We are clear that being an immigrant is not a crime; Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are not terrorists."

ISNA endorses the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Coalition, which seeks to secure ever-expanding rights and civil liberties protections for undocumented workers, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and policy reforms that diminish or eliminate restrictions on immigration.

ISNA chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 "Free Muslims March Against Terror," an event whose stated purpose was to "send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered . . . [and to send] a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them."

ISNA views the Patriot Act as an affront to Muslim Americans and advocates that it be overturned.
At a recent national convention, ISNA sponsored a "workshop [that] showed how Muslims can work with their congressional representatives to repeal the Patriot Act. Seminars were also held on how to join political campaigns to elect candidates who will fight for Muslims' rights."

Sheikh Mohammed Nur Abdullah is the (now previous) president of ISNA. According to the organization's biography of Abdullah, who came to the U.S. from Sudan in 1978, he received a B.A. degree in Sharia, or Islamic Law, from the Islamic University in Medina, and a Masters degree in Sharia from the Ummal Qura University in Makkah. He also earned a Masters degree in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago, where he is now working on his Doctorate. Abdullah is the Imam and director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and a member of the Sharia Scholars Association of North America.

Hadia Mubarak, who serves as President of the Muslim Students Association, which has held many conferences in support of Hamas and Palestinian terror, sits on ISNA's board of directors. Muslim Youth of North America chairman Omar J. Siddiqui is also a member of the board.

You'll find much more about the Muslim Students Association and the very dangerous radical Muslim group ISNA - here. And be sure to read the related articles below for an even better perspective.

Other suggested readings on ISNA:
"Moderate" American Islamism And Terror, Zero Degrees Of Separation
Terror linked Islamic Society of North America invites President Bush to annual conference
The "Islamic Society of North America" Baffles Washington
A New and More Dangerous Era

Posted earlier today at Hyscience

Posted by Richard at August 30, 2006 7:14 PM

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