CFSP Report Reveals Radical Islamist Views And Agenda Of Senior State Department Official Huma Abedin's Mother
July 22, 2012
Center for Security Policy | Jul 22, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C.: A book published and translated by the mother of Obama administration State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin provides fresh evidence that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's closest aide has deeply problematic foreign associations that could, in violation of departmental guidelines, "create... a heightened risk of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion."
In light of the escalating controversy over the role being played in U.S. security policy-making by Ms. Abedin and others with personal and/or professional ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (see Part 8 of the Center for Security Policy's online curriculum at MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com), the revelations contained in a new Center report-- Ties That Bind? The Views and Agenda of Huma Abedin's Islamist Mother-- could not be more timely, or important.
The Center's report excerpts and analyzes relevant passages from a book published and translated by Saleha S. Mahmood Abedin called Women in Islam: A Discourse in Rights and Obligations by Fatima Umar Naseef. Naseef is a past head of the "women's section" and professor of shariah at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, where Dr. Abedin is also on the faculty. The book was published in 1999, the same year Dr. Abedin founded Dar Al Hekma, a university for women also in Jeddah, that Secretary Clinton visited and spoke admiringly of with Huma Abedin in February 2010. [See Remarks on that occasion by Mrs. Clinton, including her comment that Huma holds a "very sensitive and important position" in her department, and those by her hosts.]
Excerpts from Women in Islam in Ties That Bind? The Views and Agenda of Huma Abedin's Islamist Mother include Islamic shariah justifications for the following practices:
The organization responsible for the publication of Women in Islam was the International Islamic Committee for Woman & Child (IICWC), chaired at the time by Dr. Abedin. IICWC misleadingly describes itself as "an international organization of concerned women who are committed to improving the condition of women and children around the world." In fact, like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim World League (MWL) and other Islamist organizations with which it is associated, the IICWC is committed to eviscerating the rights of women and children by imposing everywhere shariah, a code that denies them fundamental - and, in the United States, constitutional - liberties.
Specifically, the book published by Dr. Abedin wholeheartedly affirms: limits on women's free expression; the permissibility of stoning as a punishment for adultery, killing of apostates and female genital mutilation; the contention that "man-made laws" enslave women; and more. It also endorses women's right to fight in armed jihad. Women in Islam is available online and sold at the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, an Islamist organization co-founded by Huma Abedin's mother and her late father, Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin.
On July 21, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy posted an essay at National Review Online that should be required reading for everyone commenting on the request by five Members of Congress led by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota for Inspector General investigations of Muslim Brotherhood influence operations within the U.S. government. In it, he observed that the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs "was backed by the Muslim World League. As the Hudson Institute's Zeyno Baran relates, the MWL was started by the Saudi government in 1962 ‘with Brotherhood members in key leadership positions.' It has served as the principal vehicle for the propagation of Islamic supremacism by the Saudis and the Brotherhood."
Mr. McCarthy notes that:
Andrew McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman - a convicted terrorist and clerical inspiration for jihadists worldwide, whose release from federal prison at the insistence of Muslim Brother and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been the subject of discussions within and enabled by Mrs. Clinton's State Department - goes on to observe that:
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President of the Center for Security Policy, said upon the release of the Center's new report, Ties That Bind? The Views and Agenda of Huma Abedin's Islamist Mother: