Dr. Jamal Badawi was several years ago a leading “moderate Muslim.” His “moderate” credentials were a bit tarnished, however, when he was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding case. According to Discover the Networks, “In 2004 Badawi issued a fatwa for Islamonline, outlining six different conditions in which a wife may properly be beaten according to his understanding of ‘Islamic teaching,’ because, he stated, ‘there are cases … in which a wife persists in bad habits.’ Badawi played a part in a November 2004 fatwa by the International Union of Muslim Scholars decreeing that it was a religious ‘duty’ for all able-bodied Muslims inside and outside Iraq to wage jihad against the American military….In an IslamOnline Internet forum in June 2006, Badawi justified Muslim suicide bombings as a legitimate tactic of jihad.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that “Badawi has defended violent jihad including suicide bombings and has suggested that Islam is superior to secular democracy.”
Also, Jamal Badawi owes me a million dollars: several years ago, he offered a cool mil to anyone who could find a single verse in the Qur’an that condoned “religious war, or jihad.” I found plenty, but oddly enough, the good doctor refused to pay up!
Anyway, as if all that weren’t enough, this Star Tribune piece unwittingly highlights the cynicism of the entire Muslim Christian Dialogue enterprise, at least from the Muslim side: Zafar Siddiqui heads up his piece on this dialogue with a quote from the Qur’an in which Allah tells Muhammad to tell the People of the Book to agree with the Muslims to “associate no partners” with Allah. It is a common charge of Muslim apologists that Christians, in believing in the divinity of Christ, are deifying a human being and associating partners with Allah. So the verse is not really calling Christians to “dialogue” with Muslims, it is calling them to discard Christianity and become Muslim. And that is the agenda of the Dialogue as well, at least from the Muslim standpoint.
“Minnesota Achieves a Unique Distinction in Christian Muslim Relations,” by Zafar Siddiqui, Star Tribune, November 3, 2014:
“Say, ‘O people of the book’ [a term which particularly refers to Jews and Christians] ‘come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him (in His powers and divine attributes); that we erect not from among ourselves lords and patrons other than God.'” (Qur’an,3:64)
The history of dialogue between Muslims and Christians goes back 1400 years when a delegation of Christians visited the Prophet Muhammad in Medina for a dialogue. They stayed in the Prophet’s mosque for three days and even prayed in their own custom when it was time for their prayers.
In 1989, Minnesota saw the birth of the Muslim Christian Dialogue program jointly organized by the Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM) and the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC). The largest Islamic center in Minnesota and a major Christian umbrella organization coming together for such an edifying project set the tone of Muslim Christian relations in our state. The increasing Muslim population and an overriding need for Muslims and Christians to understand each other in a deeper way was a major motivator behind the initiation of this program….
Even topics that are perceived as “difficult” were discussed in a safe, peaceful, and nurturing environment that encouraged questions and provided honest answers….
In order to mark this momentous milestone, the ICM and MCC will be hosting a 25 years anniversary celebration on Nov 9 at 5:30 PM at the Islamic Center at 1401 Gardena Avenue, Fridley, MN 55432.
Dr. Jamal Badawi and Dr. Jay Rock will be the keynote speakers at this event. Prior registration is highly recommended as seats are limited….