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Former ISNA president Muzzamil Siddiqui: "Treat non- Muslims as potential Muslims"

Anaheim sheriffs greeted crowd with "Assalamo 'leikum" at 2003 CAIR event - one admitted "learning fundamentals of Islam "
March 24, 2005

Muslim attempts to convert people to Islam as a religous obligation are often disquised under the terms 'diversity and sensitivity training' and brought to campuses in the form of Islam Awareness Weeks, and to the public libraries by groups like CAIR who 'donate' Saudi funded texts and Korans claiming they want to 'help people understand about Islam'. The goal of these 'outreach efforts', known in Islam as Da'wa, are calculated exercises in public relations and the mindset behind them was openly stated by Muzzamil Siddiqui, one of the most influential Islamic leaders in North America, who wrote that :

"... you should think of and treat non-Muslims as potential Muslims"...

MIM: In this response from Sheik Muhamed Iqbal Navi to the question "Do Muslims hate non- Muslims ? The Sheik oxymoronically explains that Muslims love all people except the ones who don't believe in Allah, and compares them to a sick person who needs to be treated for disease.

"... Muslims hate Kufr, or disbelief in Allah, the Almighty. Since we love all people, we hate their disobedience of Allah, the Most High. So, even when people deny the existence of Allah we do not hate them personally; however, we hate their disbelief and disobedience of Allah, Exalted be He. This case is very similar to that of a doctor and a patient. The doctor does not hate the patient or the sick person himself or herself, rather he or she hates the disease and tries every possible means to cure the disease and help the patient to recover. We Muslims hate disbelief and disobedience of Allah and we are striving and sparing no effort to do away with this disease and cure people's sickness and help them become obedient servants of Allah (God). "

I hope this does answer your questions!"

Allah Almighty knows best.


How Should Muslims Deal with Non-Muslims?
Date of Fatwa 17/ December/ 2002
Date of Reply 17/ December/ 2002
Topic Of Fatwa Relations with non-Musims
Question of Fatwa

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. What is your advice in dealing with non-Muslims, especially in light of current events? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Content of Reply Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger

Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for your important question and your enthusiasm to get acquainted with Islamic teachings. May Allah help us serve His cause and present the true teachings of Islam.

It is to be stressed that Islam teaches its adherents to interact with all people and wish good for the whole of mankind. Muslims are taught to care for all people regardless of their faith or their opinions. In their relation with non-Muslims, Muslims should be aware of and observe their religious duties.

In his response to the question, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

"We are living in a society composed of Muslims and non-Muslims together. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, and our classmates. We should work with them, especially in humanitarian projects. Islam teaches us to care for all people regardless of their faith or their opinions.

As human beings, their life is to be protected. Their property is to be protected. Their honor is to be protected. And the freedom of religion is there (for them), and their families must be protected. So these are the basic values the Shari`ah emphasizes. These values are universal for all human beings. We should show our friendship and goodness to them. Allah says in the Qur'an:

"Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you in the matters of your religion and those who did not expel you from your homes, that you show them courtesy and kindness and act justly with them because Allah loves those who are Just." (Al-Mumtahanah: 8)

So those who respect your religion and human rights, then you should deal with them in kindness and courtesy and have good dealings with them especially in matters of human welfare and well-being.

Allah says, "Co-operate with each other in matters of righteousness and piety and do not co-operate in matters of aggression and sin." (Al-Ma'idah: 2)

When you are with them (non-Muslims) it does not mean you forget your religion. So when it is time to pray you must pray. When eating with them be sure to observe the Halal. If there is a mixed gathering of males and females, remember to observe the Islamic manners of how to act in such instances. Remember that Islam commands good behavior and good dealings with all people."

Explaining some issues of working with non-Muslims, Dr. Siddiqi adds: "We should work with them and live with them honorably. Look at Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). His uncle, Abu Talib was not a Muslim but still he respected his uncle and cared for him and vice versa. His uncle was good to him and would help him."

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: http://www.uh.edu/campus/msa

In brief, you should think of and treat non-Muslims as potential Muslims. Show them the respect and kindness they deserve as human beings, and perhaps your good behavior will lead them to Islam.

You can also read:

Do Muslims Hate non-Muslims?

Allah Almighty knows best.



MIM: Jihad through 'Con'version - bad faith as interfaith.

It appears that Siddiqui's 2002 exhortation to "treat all non -Muslims as potential Muslims", is working in the cases of Anaheim Sheriffs Cardona and Baca.

In 2003 a CAIR interfaith dinner which featured Siddiqui as a speaker ,also included Sheriffs Michael Corona and Leroy Baca of Anaheim. The sheriffs greeted the audience with "Assalem Aleikum", and Sheriff Corona stated that ; "God and Allah should talk to each other", while Sheriff Baca 'admitted' that ;"he himself had learnt the fundamentals of Islam."

"...Well-known and respected religious scholar, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui, seemed to capture the mood and spirit of the multi-faith assembly of the evening with an edifying remark: "The beauty of America is not in its highways, wealth, supermarkets but in the diversity of its people of different colors, faiths and backgrounds who live in harmony. Let's keep it that way" by rejecting those who preach intolerance and hatred..."

AInterfaith Harmony at CAIR's Dinner

By Akhtar M. Faruqui

www.pakistanlink.com/.../ 2003/oct03/10/05.html

Anaheim: The Seventh Annual Fundraiser Banquet of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the spacious Anaheim Convention Center ballroom on October 4, 2003 had one singular message for the 1600-strong assemblage of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists: the ideals of freedom and justice for all enshrined in the American Constitution are still cherished by mainstream Americans. They are keen to see that Muslim Americans, presently under a cloud, are treated at par with other citizens of the USA.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Sheriff Michael Carona Sheriff Leroy Baca Muzammil Siddiqi Hussam Ayloush Imam Siraj Wahaj

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Democrat, declared in unequivocal terms: "I am opposed to the Patriot Act." To the applause of the gathering, she remarked: "We need to work on our two Senators so that Patriot Act I is rescinded and Patriot Act II is not passed." She enumerated the laws, values and traditions that have contributed to the just, free and vibrant American society. The trend should continue. The momentum should be sustained. Congresswoman Sanchez "saw lot of hope" and appeared optimistic that through sustained strivings "we will be the bright light of the United States."

Sheriff Leroy Baca and Sheriff Michael Carona not only delighted the gathering with their warm "Assalamo ‘laikum" greeting but well-meaning assurances that their respective forces would ensure the safety and well-being of Muslims living in their respective counties. Sheriff Baca remarked that "God and Allah must talk to one another" while affirming that "God is found in all faiths." He exhorted the gathering to "convert hate into love and peace, instead of perpetuating it."

Sheriff Carona recounted the efforts made by his force to ensure that the hatred from Washington, New York, Pennsylvania "did not come to Orange County." He appreciated the role of CAIR in promoting a better understanding of Islam among non-Muslims. He admitted of having himself learnt the "fundamentals of Islam" and what the faith had in common with other religions through the multifarious CAIR initiatives.

Well-known and respected religious scholar, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui, seemed to capture the mood and spirit of the multi-faith assembly of the evening with an edifying remark: "The beauty of America is not in its highways, wealth, supermarkets but in the diversity of its people of different colors, faiths and backgrounds who live in harmony. Let's keep it that way" by rejecting those who preach intolerance and hatred.

Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR SCA, who has demonstrated grit and pluck for Muslim civil rights causes, particularly in the post-Sept 11period, speaking next lamented that a minority group in the US had been unrelenting in its efforts to vilify Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). "The attacks have not stopped," he remarked. Ayloush acknowledged the support extended by sane individuals like Sheriffs Baca and Corona and observed that the majority of Americans didn't share the misguided views of the media and the neo-conservatives about Islam. "The majority wants us to succeed because if we fail" their freedom in this country would indisputably be jeopardized. "Our voice of tolerance will rise higher than the cry of hatred" of the ultra right, he resolved.

Omar Ahmad, Chairman, CAIR National, lamented the total silence of the President, Congress, Senate, and the media on the well-orchestrated campaign of vilification against Islam. Muslim Americans, according to him, were "facing one of the most difficult times." Patriot Act II is in the offing while we "are in a virtual concentration camp."

He enlisted a number of steps that Muslim Americans need to take to bring about a wholesome change: (1) Every Muslim should reach out to fellow Americans and educate them about Islam - a religion of peace. Lamentably, about sixty percent of Americans know virtually nothing about Islam! (2) We should reach out to the good people in the country who should be constantly reminded that the values of Islam - justice and equality - are the values cherished in the US and enshrined in its Constitution. (3) We should serve as ambassadors of America to the Muslim world and present a true picture of the country, a picture that in reality is vastly different from the one presented by right-wing extremists. The Muslim world must see the true face of America. (4) We must exercise our right to vote and should be more active politically. (5) We must support CAIR which has come a long way since its inception.

He told the gathering that there was no conflict between Islam and the West. Any suggestion of a clash of civilizations is a preposterous one.

Elaborating on the same point, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Masjid At-Taqwa, New York, claimed, "We are the West." "We must go beyond the rhetoric of civil rights" and talk of human rights. He spoke with great candor and remarked that "either we will be shaped by the forces of this society or we will shape it." Freedom, he claimed, is not free. Elaborating on this point he spoke of the supreme sacrifices given by Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. He asked the audience to extend generous support to CAIR. "CAIR has done so many wonderful works. I love CAIR," he declared. This was the impression of a good majority of the audience.

At the impressive dinner, CAIR gave awards to a group of Muslim youth activists in recognition of their hard work in the areas of civic, social and religious activism. They included: Mona Abdullah, Sarah Hassaine, Mariam Noorain Jukaku, Rashid Alam, Mohammad Wareh, Shahid Ali, Gaith Adhami, Dina Al-Sharafa and Pakistan Link's budding reporter Aisha Aslam.

Aisha is a senior at California State University, Long Beach, and is a student of Journalism. She is a former vice president and current youth advisor of the Muslim Youth Group (MYG) of the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC), board member of the MSA at CSULB, and a former board member of the MSA at Orange Coast College. She is an active volunteer of Islamic Relief, CAIR, Orange Crescent School and is actively involved with the Islamic Center of Irvine and the Islamic Society of Orange County. She is a former CAIR intern. Aisha has written articles for Coast Report at OCC, Pakistan Link, MYG' newsletter "The Journey" and is a member of the Orange Crescent Magazine Publications Committee. She has also made a three-minute television report for Campus Connections, CSULB's television program. Aisha's insightful reports written for the Pakistan Link are greatly admired both by the readers and the paper's Editor.

A video ‘America: Liberty and Justice for All' produced by ZAHRA Pictures was screened on the occasion. It truly deserved the best superlatives.


Over 2,100 attend CAIR LA's 10th Anniversary Banquet


Posted on October 10th, 2004

Assemblywoman Judy Chu presenting Assembly Resolution Commending CAIR's 10 yr Anniversary to Omar Zaki and Hussam Ayloush of CAIR
Fawad Yacoob Master of Ceremonies

CAIR-LA Chairman presents Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona with Not in the Name of Islam Ad

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle

Assemblyman Lou Correa presents CAIR with Senate Resolution Commending CAIR on its 10 yr anniversary

(Anaheim, CA) - Some 2,100 people turned out for the annual fundraising banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) office on Saturday. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said the dinner, which marks a decade of its service, raised $450,000.

At the dinner, held in California's largest banquet facility at the Anaheim Convention Center, speakers congratulated CAIR on ten years of service, and praised CAIR's efforts to combat anti-Muslim prejudice and to promote civil rights for all Americans. The annual report for CAIR-California, which includes the year's financial report, was also distributed at the event.

Speakers and attendees included Professor David Cole from Georgetown University Law Center, Honorable Curt Pringle, Mayor of the City of Anaheim, Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of the State of California, Orange Country Sheriff Michael Corona, Congressman Gary Miller (R-42), Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Judge James Gray, Orange County Superior Court, Honorable Judy Chu, Member of the California State Assembly, and Honorable John Chiang, Member of the California Board of Equalization. Representatives from most Southern California Islamic centers and Muslim organizations also attended the dinner. Mayors, city council members and chiefs of police from various cities were also present. (See list below.)

Keeping with the theme of "Restoring the American Dream", Keynote speaker David Cole emphasized the importance of challenging post 9/11 policies which unfairly target American Muslims, including ethnic profiling, preventive detention, the Patriot Act, and maltreatment of foreign nationals.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the authors of the anti-hate crime legislation AJR 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, "As California's top cop I will not allow it." Gary Miller urged Muslims to reach out and educate other members of the community. Sheriff Baca thanked CAIR for its advertising campaign condemning terrorism. Judge Gray urged that the "the Patriot Act...be repealed by all."

One of the highlights of the event, CAIR presented its annual Civil Rights Leadership Award to Assemblywoman Judy Chu, for her effort and dedication in passing legislation against hate crimes, and especially for sponsoring the historic AJR 64 Hate Crimes Bill condemning hate against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs. Chu commended CAIR for its outstanding support in proposing and garnering support for the bill.

Assemblyman Lou Correa and the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. presented the Muslim Youth Activism Awards for the positive civic, religious and social contributions made by people in the community The Muslim Activist of the Year award went to Imam Saadiq Saafir for his commitment to building bridges between the Muslim and larger community.

CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad, CAIR-California Chairman Fouad Khatib, and CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush provided an overview of the civil rights group in its ten years of service, and a vision for an even better future. Commenting on the recent survey which shows that 1 in 4 Americans polled hold an anti-Muslim sentiment, Chairman Ahmad stated the need to present Islam in the correct way to Americans. California Chairman Khatib highlighted CAIR's progress and achievements such its public service announcements on radios, its library project which sends fair and balanced books about Islam to libraries, its activism in support of AJR 64, and many more. Executive Director Ayloush pointed out that through CAIR's efforts, accurate information about Islam was shared with 3.3 million people in Southern California.

The night concluded with a raffle for Hajj tickets, Umrah packages and antique furniture. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada.


Partial List of Attending Guests:

Bill Lockyer, State Attorney General, California Department of Justice
Congressman Gary Miller, Member of Congress
Assemblyman Lou Correa, California State Assembly
Assemblywoman Judy Chu, California State Assembly
John Chiang, CA Board of Equalization
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney, Orange County, CA
Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept.
Sheriff Michael Carona, Orange County Sheriff Dept.
Judge Jim P. Gray, Orange County Superior Court and candidate for U.S. Senate
Many chiefs of police and their reps. from various So. Calif. Cities
(including Anaheim, Long Beach, Irvine, Los Angeles, Laguna Niguel, ...)

Mayor Larry Agran, City of Irvine
Mayor Curt Pringle, City of Anaheim
Mayor Pro Tem Andy Quach, City of Westminster
Mayor Bruce Broadwater, City of Garden Grove
Councilman Van Tran, Esq, City of Garden Grove
Councilman Kermit Marsh, City of Westminster

Dr. Karen Torjesen, Dean of Religion, Claremont College
Dr. Thomas McFadden, President of Marymount College
Dr. Ananda Guruge, Dean of Academic Affairs, Hsi Las University
Los Angeles Bishop Murray Finck, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Dennis Short, Harbor Christian Church
The Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, Director of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, LA Catholic
Archdiocese Rev. Leonard Jackson, First AME Church, Los Angeles & LAPD Religious Forum
Rev. Ginny Wagener, Executive Director of South Coast Interfaith Council

Rev. Reese Riley, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Tustin
Sr. Marie Gaillac, from Sisters of St. Joseph
Rev. Roy Riggs, United Methodist Church, Corona
Bishop Edward Turner, HOPE for LIFE Foundation
Rev Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director of CLUE
Preston Wood Executive Director of ANSWER
Karin Pally from Women in Black
Alison Weir from If Americans Knew

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