Naivete. “Moderate Muslims speak, but they are rarely heard,” from the Houston Chronicle, March 18:
Recently two events have occurred that describe opposing views of how some Muslims see the world. The reactions of Muslims in the United States to these two events will affect how their non-Muslim fellow citizens view this new and growing minority.
One of the events occurred March 7 when Adam Gadahn, an American-born “spokesman” for al-Qaida, called for terrorist attacks on American targets, including “mass transportation systems.” Many non-Muslims will hear about this through the widespread media coverage it got and will wonder, “Where are the moderate Muslims among us? Why don’t they speak out?”
But they have been speaking out. For example, the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued the following statement March 7: “MPAC rejects this latest call for criminal acts by al-Qaida, considering it a failed attempt to deliver its bankrupt ideology to Western Muslims, who have continued to reject terrorism in all its forms.”
The Islamic Society of North America has also emphatically rejected Gadahn’s statement: “American Muslims … reject al-Qaida’s attempts to lure our young men and women to their revolutionary fantasies. … Adam Gadahn and his masters have deviated from justice by calling for the indiscriminate murder of vast numbers of people on American soil.”
The other event occurred March 2, when Pakistani-born Sheikh Tahir ul-Qadri, a prominent theologian, launched a seminal fatwa in London condemning terrorism in all its forms. “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses of ifs and buts. The world needs an absolute, unconditional, unqualified and total condemnation of terrorism.”
This is only one of many such statements that have been issued by Islamic scholars since 9/11, but it is significant because it is one of the few that was issued in English and publicized in the United Kingdom, where most British-born extremists have family or cultural links within the Muslim community.
Regrettably, our news media will probably devote significant coverage to Gadahn’s statements, and too few non-Muslims will hear of the condemnations of his statements issued by American Muslim groups, or of ul-Qadri’s fatwa. […]
We are part of a group of Jews and Muslims who have come together to understand each other’s narratives under the auspices of Interfaith Ministries and the Institute for Sustainable Peace….
What could go wrong? Plenty.
MPAC was formed out of the Islamic Center of Southern California, whose leaders are known members of the Muslim Brotherhood. MPAC’s Senior Advisor, Maher Hathout, has close ties to the Brotherhood.
ISNA, for its part, has admitted ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
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.” — Mohamed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” May 22, 1991, Government Exhibit 003-0085, U.S. vs. HLF, et al. P. 7 (21).
And what more enjoyable way could they have found to sabotage our miserable house than to sucker the naive kuffar into buying that groups like MPAC and ISNA are really opposed to jihad?