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Shi'ite cleric family preaches hate from California to Karbala
April 26, 2005
MIM:From Boca to Karbala: Imam Sayed Al Qazwini and his grandfather the Imam of the shire of Imam Hussain in Karbala -Ayatollah Sayed Mortada Al Qazwini
MIM: Imam Sayed Al Qazwini thought he could spread his message of Islam as a 'peaceful religion' by inviting the community to a birthday bash for the prophet Mohammed at the Boca Raton Marriott. In a classic example of interfaith as bad faith, Al Qazwini's mosque, The Assadiq Islamic Educational Foundation, listed the mayors of Boca Raton and Coral Springs as 'guests of honor' at the event. Besides exposing their their radical Islamist agenda, and mendacity of their claims to be interested in peace and understanding, Assadiq appeared unaware that Jewish groups had pressured cancellation of a speaking gig by Baker at an MSO sponsored event on the FAU campus a year before .To add insult to injury, the listed guest of honor Mayor Abrams, who is Jewish, denied every having been invited,let alone knowing of the existence of the mosque. The Mayor of Coral Springs, whose wife is Jewish, had agreed to pay a courtesy call at the Imam's request in the interests of 'promoting understanding' unaware of who the speakers were.
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New Assadiq Islamic Education Foundation in Boca Raton brings Iranian born Imam Sayed Mohammed Jawad Al Qazwini & Co. to FL
By Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | April 26, 2005
On April 30, the Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation (AIEF), an Islamic center in Boca Raton, is hosting an event commemorating the "prophet" Mohammed at the Boca Marriott Hotel. The featured speaker for the event is William Baker, a man whose anti-Jewish works and statements have won him accolades throughout the white supremacist movement.
In 1984, Baker was Chairman of the Populist Party, a Neo-Nazi organization founded by Holocaust denier Willis Carto. Baker's book, Theft of a Nation, sports a cover depicting a Jew carrying, on his back, a container holding the state of Israel, which Baker claims in his book the Jews stole from the Palestinians. Baker writes: "The entire country of Palestine has been ‘taken' by political Zionists, and it would seem the entire world has believed, supported and participated in the ‘theft' of an entire country from an entire nation."
Why would the AIEF choose to bring a notorious anti-Semite like Baker to an event in an area that houses a very large Jewish population? A glimpse at the center's background and ideology may provide some answers.
The Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation incorporated in February of 2005 and has been in existence for just over a year. Its founder and Imam, Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini, only 23 years of age, was born in Iran and moved to Florida by way of California, where members of his family operate numerous other Islamic centers.
These centers were built by his grandfather, Ayatollah Sayid Mortadha Al-Qazwini, currently the head of the shrine in Karbala, Iraq. Karbala is the place where Imam Hussein bin Ali, the revered grandson of the "prophet" Mohammed, is said to have been murdered by Sunni Muslim rivals. Assidiq is the third Islamic center to open in the city of Boca Raton, the other two being the Islamic Center of Boca Raton and the Assalam Center. Unlike the latter two centers, Assidiq is a Shi'ite mosque, with a mostly Iranian and Iraqi influence. But like the other two, Assidiq brings with it a radical element (see ‘Boca Raton, City of Terror‘).
On the Audio Library section of Assidiq's website, along with an animated graphic of dripping blood (apparently taken from another site glorifying the barbaric custom of pounding oneself over the head with swords until blood flows), there are a series of (what used to be) downloadable lectures made by Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini. In one dated February 12, 2005, titled "The concept of war through an Islamic perspective," Al-Qazwini said the following:
"And until today, people do not seem to be able to forget what happened on [September 11, 2001]. It's very hurtful. But who suffered the most after that attack? Immediately, if you turned on a TV set, and they started mentioning the names of those who were involved in the attack, the Muslims and American Muslims started suffering right away...The American Muslims were suffering the most, and they're still suffering. They're not comfortable. And that is because of the lack of understanding of Islam in this country. Brothers and sisters, this is our country."
He continues: "Thus rule number one, fight for the sake of Allah. Who must you fight? Those who start the war against you. Those who establish the war against you. Those who initiate the war against the Muslims. Then you are allowed to defend yourself...If you are attacked, you ought to defend...Permission has been given to those fighters whom have been forced, have seen injustice, have seen wrongdoing, have seen oppression and occupation. Then, they are given the permission to fight and to defend themselves and let them know that Allah will assist them to victory."
Since Al-Qazwini believes that Muslims—inside and outside America—have been wronged following the 9/11 attacks, does he also believe that Muslims should fight "for the sake of Allah" against America, a country that Al-Qazwini claims for Muslims?
In the same speech, Al-Qazwini discusses the issue of martyrdom in Islam. He uses the terms "shahada" and "shaheed," which are also the Arabic words used to describe suicide bombers in Iraq and the Palestinian territories.
He states: "Shahada is equivalent to a very very important degree in Islam. The shaheed is not washed. The body of a shaheed is not washed. The shaheed is [pure/exempt from washing]. Thus he is placed in his grave immediately after he dies, because the shaheed is a purified figure. Not anybody that dies can be given the title of a shaheed. The shaheed is chosen by Allah, and the prophet is chosen by Allah. Those two people. Less not anybody can go and become a shaheed, brothers and sisters."
With this information in mind, it's no wonder that the Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation issued a disclaimer on its website warning viewers that the center is not "liable for damages of any kind arising out of [one's] use of [the center's website]" just in case one would want to go off and start a jihad or become a shaheed.
One final bit of information discovered within Al-Qazwini's February 2005 lecture may very well unveil the real answer as to why the Nazi sympathizer William Baker was invited to the center's upcoming event. In his speech, Al-Qazwini matter-of-factly states, "Before Islam, there were the idol worshippers, the Christians and the Jews."
On the flier announcing the April 30 AIEF event, which refers to Baker as an "outstanding figure," the Mayor of Boca Raton and the Mayor of Coral Springs were listed as "Guests of Honor." Following numerous complaints via phone and e-mail, both Mayors expressed their anger at their titles being used and have stated that they have no intention of partaking in the event. Summarily, the Mayors were deleted from the flier, but they are still listed as ‘Guests of Honor' on Assidiq's website.
Along the Mayors, another listed "Guest of Honor" is the Educative Chairman of CAIR. CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association of Palestine, which has been identified as a "front group" for Hamas by Steve Pomerantz, former chief of the FBI's counterterrorism section.
The fact that AIEF invited extremists like Baker and CAIR to attend its upcoming event is no surprise considering some of the previous guests at the center (including numerous members of Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini's family):
In a speech entitled "Challenges facing Muslims," the Al-Qazwini, uncle of AIEF founder and lead Imam Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini, tries to explain away the Qur'anic verse, "O you who believe, do not take the Jews and Christians as friends." (Al Ma'idah, Surah 5:51) He stated: "Qur'an is not saying do not follow Jews and Christians because they are Jews and Christians. Qur'an is not anti-Semitic. Qur'an is anti-evil. Because they were evil. This specific group of Jews and Christians, who were in Medina at that time, were evil people. And Allah was telling the Muslims to avoid them, because they stood against justice and faith. Stubbornly, they rejected the truth. They did not let Prophet Muhammad to [sic] propagate the word of Allah."
In his 1999 book, "Invitation to Islam" Al-Qazwini wrote: "Since all the Judeo-Christian-Islamic prophets were sent sequentially, the question arises as to why Judaism, Christianity, and Islam now exist as separate religions. The answer is that the followers of these religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity, corrupted the original teachings given to them and ended up making sects of their own rather than following the pure word of G-d."
In a December 2004 speech he gave in Detroit at the Islamic Center of America's Young Muslim Association about guidelines on how to deal with non-Muslims, Al-Qazwini stated: "The non-Muslims, the ill-thought people who always attack Islam, the great religion, they attack it based on certain facts. They attack it based on certain allegations...[Islam is] a religion that opens its doors and embrace [sic] others and welcomes others to join that. And we see that according to the literature, to Islamic literature, there's no difference between this great religion and between Christianity and Judaism. They all embrace others. [sarcastically] Well, let's not speak about Judaism now, but I am comparing between Islam and Christianity. Both embrace others."
In a speech he gave, dated March 12, 2004, he discussed how Jews react to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He stated: "The Jews want the world today -- those who made a big issue out of [the film, The Passion of the Christ] -- they want someone to come up and say ‘Jesus was not crucified by the Jews. [sarcastically] It was aliens, who came from outer space who abducted him, and they crucified him.' You cannot deny historic facts. Even though that we Muslims believe that it wasn't Jesus who was crucified...[The Jews] thought that Jesus was in the business competition with them. If people would follow him, nobody would go to them. They would go out of business. That's why they decided to conspire against him."
In an October 2004 speech to mark the beginning of Ramadhan, Al-Qazwini described how Judaism and Christianity are lower forms of humanity than Islam, Judaism being the lowest. He stated: "Generally, human being [sic] goes through his or her life through certain stages -- infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood -- as when you start your education, you go to an elementary school, then you move to high school, then you go to university, get your degree and find a job. This is how the entire humanity did. It was, in the beginning, preventive teachings. And then there was Judaism. And then, when the humanity advanced, there was Christianity. And now, when the humanity had advanced one more step, Islam came to be the universal, the university."
In a news article that came out in The Boston Globe, dated October 23, 2000, it was reported that, during a lecture he was giving inside a university classroom, Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini had "expressed...hostility towards Jews."
Provided all of the above statements, this hostility seems evident in much of the Al-Qazwini family. It exhibits a pattern of prejudice and bigotry aimed at those that are not of the Islamic faith, primarily those that are Jewish.
Coral Springs Mayor Rhon Ernest-Jones, in the e-mail he sent out expressing his wishes to cancel his invitation to Assadiq's event, said he believed when he had previously met Imam Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini that he took Al-Qazwini to be "the kind of leader who would seek out the paths to peace and understanding." Ernest-Jones isn't the first American politician to be fooled by radical Islamists posing as moderates; and sadly, he won't be the last.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the host of The Politics of Terrorism radio show. Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report
MIM: The Qazwini Shirazi connection
The U.S. Government and CSID
by Abd al Haqq
July 20, 2004
Should U.S. government bodies confer credibility upon militant Islamic figures, particularly when the country is under assault from militant Islamic groups? Simply to pose the question is to answer it. It is the very last thing that these bodies should be doing.
Yet that is precisely what the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) did on March 19, 2004, when it co-hosted a workshop with the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) on the subject of ijtihad in Islam..
One main goal of this workshop was to discuss the role that American Muslim leaders and organizations can play in promoting a more tolerant and moderate interpretation of Islam. That's an excellent goal – but then what were Muzammil Siddiqi and al-Sayyid al-Qazwini doing there?
On the face of it, both men boast excellent credentials. Siddiqi has a Harvard Ph.D, and Qazwini graduated from one of Shiite Islam's most famous seminaries in Qom, Iran. The trouble is that both scholars are extremists who promote hatred. Here are some specifics.
Siddiqi delivered a Friday Sermon on December 20, 2002, in which he stated that "Muslims believe that Jesus shall come back to earth before the end of time and shall restore peace and order, struggle against the Anti-Christ or demonic forces and bring victory for truth and righteousness. The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him." On August 9, 2003, IslamOnLine.net quoted a fatwa from him in which he reiterated this view of the return of Jesus.
This outlook has two main implications. The Anti-Christ is a medieval Christian concept that at the end of time Jesus will fight against a Jewish Anti-Christ, wreaking terrible havoc on this false messiah and his army of Jews. Islam imported the concept; and yet, Mahmud Shaltut, the grand sheikh of Al-Azhar in 1942 issued a fatwa in Al-Manar journal, clearly stating that the concept of a returning Jesus is not mentioned in the Qur'an, and that proper Islamic creed cannot be built on this idea.
In the "authentic" Muslim Hadith, the Anti-Christ is deemed to be Jewish. Jesus comes back to defeat him near Lod, in modern day Israel, and march on in triumph to Jerusalem, with an army of Muslims. In the final battle between Jews and Muslims, a terrible slaughter will be wreaked upon the Jews, who are so accursed that even the stones will be yelling out to the Muslims, "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him."
How can someone who advocates this retrogressive and sanguinary concept of the end of days, repudiated decades ago, be a genuine champion of modern day tolerance? This sounds like a Hitler-like Final Solution.
This sort of behavior is not an isolated event. For example, the Islamic Center of Orange County, where Siddiqi is director, held a program on March 29, 2004, in conjunction with Elderhostel at which Hussam Ayloush, director of the Los Angeles branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, harangued knowledge-seeking senior citizens about the United States being a lackey of Israel. Away from high-profile Washington venues, this is the true Siddiqi.
Qazwini is a follower of Shirazi Shiism whose "infallible" ayatollah, Al Sayyid Muhammad al Hussayni Al Shirazi, repeatedly relies on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to accuse the Jews of controlling the United Nations, spreading aids, corrupting trade, and marketing drugs and pornography to innocent Arab youth. He is also a prominent board member of the American Muslim Council (AMC), a radical Islamic group with strong ties to charities funding Al-Qaeda.
Qazwini's mosque, the Islamic Center of America, has enthusiastically hosted Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, where Qazwini was seen to cheer when Farrakhan denounced Jews as "forces of evil." Delivering a lecture in at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Qazwini was reported by the Boston Globe to have "expressed envy…and hostility towards Jews." In a profile in Rolling Stone, he complained of Jewish influence in the media and of seeing too "many pictures of Israelis mourning their dead."
Siddiqi and Qazwini were not the only evidence of a serious error of judgment on the part of the USIP in organizing this conference. Daniel Pipes, a USIP board member, has also criticized the joint project of the CSID and USIP, focusing on the activities of Kamran Bokhari. Bokhari was formerly a spokesman for Al-Muhajiroun, perhaps the most extreme of Islamist organizations operating in the Western hemisphere. He remains even now a fellow in good standing at the CSID.
Something is wrong somewhere. When our nation is being fed a line of "tolerance" by an association that has as its speakers those who, within their mosque walls, lionize acts of mass-murder and demonize the Jews and Israel, somebody is not doing his homework.
Government bodies must take responsibility in this most important domain, fully screening prospective invitees to conferences, instead of slavishly making the same mistakes other parts of government have done in the past, then claiming that pattern of error as a defense against corrective action.
"Abd al Haqq" is the pseudonym of a professor of Islamic studies at a leading U.S. university
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