ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror funding case. “Islamic Group Honors Religious Left,” by Mark D. Tooley for the Christian Post (thanks to DFS):
At its recent convention in Chicago, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) honored the National Council of Churches” top interfaith official with its “Interfaith Unity Award.”
Undoubtedly, the award was well deserved! The NCC, like most of the Religious Left, defends or accommodates radical Islam, even as it denounces “fundamentalist” Christianity and condemns Israel. Despite the Religious Left”s support for liberal social causes like same-sex unions and abortion rights, it prefers the supporters of Islamic “Sharia” law to Christians or Jews who might sometimes vote Republican.
“You are doing the will of God,” gushed NCC Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations Shanta Premawardhana. “You are the ones upholding faith and serving humanity. You are my sisters and brothers.” ISNA says over 40,000 of its Islamic supporters attended its annual convention.
The award inscription read: “Islamic Society of North America presents Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, a fellow activist for peace, justice and reconciliation, a ‘Christian believer’ as described in Qur’an (3:113) in recognition of his tireless contribution to advancing inter-religious dialogue and partnership, with our prayers for a continued demonstration of energy, understanding and commitment.”
Here is Qur’an 3:113: “Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration.”
The Signs of Allah. That’s ayat in Arabic. It refers to the verses — ayat — of the Qur’an. Ibn Kathir says in explaining this verse that “there are believers and also criminals among the People of the Book,” and that the believers among them “implement the Book of Allah, adhere to His Law and follow His Prophet Muhammad.” In other words, they become Muslims. The Rev. Dr. Premawardhana must be so proud.