May 1, 2007
The American Society for the Advancement of Muslims announces their Islamist agenda with their name. ASMA promotes jihad through da'wa and the Islamisation of the West by grooming "Muslim Leaders of Tommorrow". At the Saudi backed 2006 MLT conference in Denmark "moderate"Islamists discussions of how to increase Muslim political and social influence was euphemistically termed "bridge building".
The Cordoba /Islamic Dialogue initative is lead by ASMA and headed by the Imam of the New York Al Farah mosque Faisal Abdul Rauf who together with his wife Daisy Khan are trying to put a yuppie face on radical Islam. The message is clear –you can be a Wall Street broker , CEO, and upwardly mobile professional and live according to shari'a as while do da'wa as a ‘Muslim leader of Tommorrow'.
Muslim leadership as the new da'wa signals an alarming trend whereby hardcore Islamists join forces with self proclaimed " moderates" while openly declaring that their common goal is to promote Islam in the West and unite the Umma. ASMA's own mission statement is a template for this "radical moderate" Islamist agenda.
The ASMA 2006 Young Leadership conference also proved what Dutch Islam expert Hans Jansen meant when he who wrote ""moderate Muslims too, strive after an Islamic society …" They intentionally make use of radicals to enforce their wisheshttp://www.nisnews.nl/public/240307_2.htm
Last year ASMA held a conference in Denmark, and speakers included radical Islamists Dhabah Almontaser (the principal designate of the Khalil Gibran Islamic Academy ) and Feisal Abdul Rauf, "Founder and CEO of (ASMA Society) and the Imam of Masjid Al –Farah a mosque in New York City twelve blocks from Ground Zero". His wife Daisy Khan shares in his da'aw efforts and is the
"the Executive Director of ASMA Society "…and…"mentors young Muslims on the challenges of cultural assimilitation and reconciling Western and Muslim identity." and directs both the " Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow " program and the "Muslim Women LeadersՠForum".
Faux moderates like Irshad Manji who promotes a warm fuzzy called Ijtihad (a term also used by Islamists like Muqtedar Khan) also attended. Manji is on the ASMA Institutes list Muslim of Muslim Leaders of Tommorrow. The appearence of Manji who is regarded as a poster girl for a "kinder gentler Islam" is not surprising. On her website she includes a picture of her with faux moderate and Arafat lackey Sari Nusseibeh (who appeared praised the mother of a suicide bomber when he appeared with her and Hamas leader Khalid Maschal, Manji used to have a banner quote on her website about "intellectual honesty" from Edward Said - a vile anti semite who was once photographed hurling stones at IDF troops and proven liar. (She since changed it to one by Rumi "the love poet".
' After a trip to Israel financed by a Jewish group Manji who claims she is living in constant fear of her life was photographed in front of a Hezbollah outpost on the Lebanese border and interviewed a Hamas operative. She wrote a piece in which she lambasted Sharon and compared settlers to suicide bombers saying "there are extremists on both sides".
Other names on the Muslim leaders list are those of Reza Aslan the keynote speaker at CAIR's upcoming New York banquet and Azhar Uzman the head of "Allah Made Me Funny" who jokes about " blowing himself up in a Dunkin Donuts" and hijacking airplanes.http://www.asmasociety.org/mlt2006/usa.html Here is a list on the ASMA weblog :
Muslim Leaders of Today
MIM: The concept of Muslim leadership as the new da'wa us becoming more evident as Islamists join with "faux moderates" openly declare that their goals are to promote a Islam in the West and unite the Umma. The Islamist intent can be seen by this poem for Mohammed's Birthday which appears on the ASMA weblog next to the above listing of 'Muslim Leaders of Tommorrow' which proclaims "Muhammad as our role model". The poem is a clear reference to armed jihad and the submission of the Jews to Islam.
March 31, 2007
The birthday of Prophet Muhammad, our most blessed role model. From Nasir Khusraw:
cross-posted from islamicate
A recent article by Dutch Islam specialist Hans Janssen explained
"moderate Muslims too, strive after an Islamic society in the Netherlands" They intentionally make use of radicals to enforce their wishes". According to Janssen "Dutch politicians and media are downplaying excesses of of multilcultural society and thereby increasing these , in the view of Islam expert Hans Janssen. The Netherlands should resist using non –peaceful means" http://www.nisnews.nl/public/240307_2.htm
This ominous assessment highlights the ultimate aim of the ASMA society. To project a moderate, Westernised version of Islam which in reality puts an Islamist stamp on event the most seemingly innocuous and quintenssentially American or Western activities and uses legal Islamism to advance their agenda which leaves the West defenseless and a victim of it's own legal system where protected freedoms are used to attack the host culture from within.
As Dr.Daniel Pipes wrote in "How the West Could Lose"
Should Islamists get smart and avoid mass destruction, but instead stick to the lawful, political, non-violent route, and should their movement remain vital, it is difficult to see what will stop them.
Faisal Abdul Rauf A one man version of good cop –bad cop
Promoting Islamism under the guise of Islamic pluralism he believes that "jihad warfare was started by the West" and that instead of being the perpetrators of 9/11 it is Muslims who are the perpetualvictims
According to postings on Jihad Watch:
Rauf is imam of a mosque that is just 12 blocks from where the WTC center stood. He is also the imam of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, 835 Brush Hollow Road. Larry Cohler-Esses of the Daily News wrote about anti-Christian, anti-Jewish textbooks coming out of the Crescent School, same address as mosque. When pressed about the hateful content of the textbooks, "What Islam is All About", Rauf said the books should be changed. They haven't been to date. Yahiya Emerick is the publisher of the books and a teacher at the school. Ghazi Khankan of CAIR is also at this mosque, along with Faroque Khan, head of NY American Muslim Alliance and affiliated with Islamic Society of North America. This is the same mosque Congressman Peter King had cut ties with after 9/11 due to disparaging statements they made about all of us. http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/001246.php
Rauf,who espouses the same ideology as the hijackers, was the Muslim cleric who spoke at the interfaith memorial for victims of the attacks which he blames on the West. He also heads the American Sufi Association as a front to draw attention from his radical Islamist activities. Many Islamist clerics in the West are using Sufism (which is considered a warm fuzzy interpretation of Islam) to hide their radical agendas. Like Rauf, they alternate between propagating the destruction of the West while presenting themselves as "peacemakers" who convince non Muslims that Islam is actually the "perfection" Judaism and Christianity i.e. becoming a convert is actually "reverting" to the "perfect version" of of one's former religion.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch writes:
According to Abdul Rauf:
"American policies were an accessory to the crime that happened".and "Sept. 11 was not the result of a crisis within Islam" but because of "the humiliation which the Muslim world has experienced over the last century"
Faisel Abdul Rauf is the "Muslim Leaders of Tommorrow"/Cordoba Initiative" of which he is the architect is a Saudi funded da'wa enterprise being backed by the World Economic Forum/Islamic Dialouge project whose backers include radical Islamists including Faisal Al Turki and leftwing terror apologists like
Imam Feisal is also the architect of the Cordoba Initiative, an inter-religious blueprint for improving relations between the Muslim world and West & America.
Imam Feisal is a member of the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders (Islamic West dialogue) and the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York.
MIM: The ASMA Society's press release on "the first anniversery of the London bombings" is a staple Islamist ploy (narcislamism) whereby terror acts are expressly used as "opportunities" to make a public condemnation of the attack as a PR stunt. In this case the bombings are a chance for "One hundred dynamic young Muslim leaders" to discuss the identity of Muslims in the the world and their relations with the West". Note how there is no mention made of the victims or the need to root out extremism. Its all about Muslims and their relationship to the West and the future of Islam. Also worth noting is how the PR about the bombings contains "a lighter note" about the appearence of the Azhar Usman whose repetoire consists of jokes about blowing himself up in a Dunkin Donuts and being seen as a potential hijacker.
On the first anniversary of the London bombings:
Young Muslim Leaders Discuss Identity and Ways to Bridge Gap with West
One hundred dynamic young Muslim leaders from 15 countries will be meeting in
Copenhagen on 7 to 9 July to discuss the identity of Muslims in the world and their
relations with the West.
Coming from the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark and other
countries, these diverse young Muslim leaders, varied in religiosity, ethnicity, culture and
individual politics will discuss key issues such as Muslim integration in the West,
struggles surrounding identity, marginalization of immigrant communities and Islamic
reaction to secularism.
Scheduled on the first anniversary of the London bombings, The Muslim Leaders of
Tomorrow (MLT) forum emerges amidst a tense global environment when many around
the world feel there is a historic need for dialogue and debate on issues of religion and
identity, especially as it pertains to the enormous challenges faced by them.
The MLT forum seeks to meet an urgent need for a constructive movement amongst
young Muslims to reject and marginalize extremism. The MLT aims to bring together
diverse Muslim voices to strategize and work toward this goal while communicating this
message widely. The purpose in doing so is also to put forth a leadership committed to
fostering healthy Muslim identities and to have these leaders work together as change
agents in their respective communities.
Among the participants are prominent Western Muslim scholars such as Imam Feisal
Abdul Rauf, author of What's Right with Islam who will moderate a very special to-bewatched-
out-for roundtable entitled "Imam's Circle". The Imam's Circle will be
comprised of young Imams from Italy, Denmark, UK, and US who will candidly debate
the challenge living Islamically in secular society. Other special event include: the
unveiling of acclaimed Turkish cartoonist Salih Memecan's cartoons in response to the
Danish cartoons. Also, on the lighter side, Azhar Usman, a popular Muslim comedian,
will be performing at the conference .
About The Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Forum
The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) and the Cordoba Initiative have
organized the MLT forum to address the acrimony and mutual mistrust that have now
permeated the deepest levels of both Western and Muslim societies.
The MLT forum aims to address issues such as:
• What is Islam and how is it perceived as part of identity?
• When is religion transformative and when is religiosity a reflection of insecure
• What do Muslims as a collective body mean to you? Do you think that Muslims
need to be unified and what would it mean to be unified?
• What breeds alienation in Muslim communities?