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It is a privilege to talk to you tonight about the security of the nation. Incumbent on us all is the responsibility to become better informed and to take appropriate action to combat threats facing America today.
It is a privilege to talk to you tonight about the security of the nation. Incumbent on us all is the responsibility to become better informed and to take appropriate action to combat threats facing America today.
Going forward into the 21st century, Muslims who support jihad ideologically, materially, and/or violently are acknowledging, through their own media outlets, that to engineer the collapse or ruination of America and other Western nations it will take much more than a violent jihad. The newest fashion in Islam’s struggle against the West is labeled a “stealth jihad” or “soft jihad” or what Dr. Daniel Pipes refers to as “lawful Islamism.”
So what is lawful Islamism or stealth jihad? It encompasses non-violent forms of struggle. Examples include a fierce propaganda campaign to silence America’s free speech rights on topics considered hostile to Islam; cultural and educational programs; religious training and mosque centered Muslim enclaves; economic means using Shariah compliant finance methods; and political leadership at the local, state, and national levels. [See Islamic Finance 101, Islamic Finance Project – Harvard Law School]
What is the motive or ultimate dream of Muslims who pursue Islamic jihad either violently or legally? It is to establish Islamic law known as “Shariah” and to ensure its supremacy over all other existing laws here in the United States and around the world.
Capturing the essence of stealth jihad is the American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, (MB), whose motto reads: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; jihad is our way; and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” A transnational Islamist organization with chapters in more than 70 countries, this group’s long history includes collaboration with Nazi Germany, destroying Israel, and killing American troops overseas.
According to a report by the Center for Security Policy, the violent threat posed by Al Qaeda and other terror groups is outmatched by the threat from jihadists like the MB who want to change American society and government from within. See the Center’s website at www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org for more information on the disturbing implications of Muslim strategies to establish Shariah law.
While Westerners continue to find ways to define violent and non-violent Islamic jihad, it is summed up best by Islam’s own Muslim leaders. Islam’s founder and first military ruler, the prophet Muhammad, stated: “The sword is the key to heaven and hell.” “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” See Efraim Karsh’s book, Islamic Imperialism for an important read on the topic of empire building by the Muslim faithful.
Indeed, the Koran goes a long way to reinforce the words and actions of Muhammad in numerous passages.
Here are a few examples: In Surah 9:5: “Fight and slay the pagans (non-Muslims) wherever you find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.”
Surah 8:6 reads: “O Prophet! Stir up the faithful to the fight. Twenty of you who stand firm shall vanquish two hundred and if there be an hundred of you, they shall vanquish a thousand of the infidels . . . .”
Surah 60:4 states: “Between us and you . . . hatred for ever until you believe in God [Allah] alone.”
Also collections of the Hadith, (see YouTube’s The Truth About Mohammad, by Robert Spencer), also have numerous passages calling for the death of the infidels.
In modern times, the Ayatollah Khomeini, a modern day hero to millions of Muslims worldwide said in 1979 that jihad “means the conquest of non-Muslim territory. The domination of Koranic Law from one end of the earth to the other is . . . the final goal . . . of this war of conquest.
And so the Muslim agenda has been the same for hundreds of years going forward into the 21st century. Just since 9/11/2001, there have been more than 10,000 deadly attacks.
In 2001, Osama bin Laden, another modern day hero to millions of Muslims said: “I was ordered to fight the people until they say there is no god but Allah and his prophet Muhammad.”
And so you say, okay that is what the mullahs and ayatollahs have said over in the Middle East, but what are they saying right here at home?
America’s own Council on American Islamic Relations, (CAIR), called upon by U.S. government officials and the media, including Fox News, states: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” See Steven Emerson’s website at www.investgativeproject.org.
In documents at Federal trial, an 18-page memorandum, written by the American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood operating in the United States explained this newest kind of stealth jihad as:
“The process of settlement in America is a Civilization-Jihadist process . . . . The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
See www.investigativeproject.org/document/id/20 in order to view the above document written in its entirety by Mohamed Akram in 1991.
All these quotes illustrate the purpose of jihad, violence and stealth against the kafir, (non-Muslims), or infidels. They demonstrate centuries of desire to establish global Islam. The Islamic “religion” is perhaps the most militant and political of all ideologies with both a civil and criminal judicial system built into a theocratic kind of governing that is antithetical to Western values of democracy and basic human rights. And yet, astonishingly, Muslim aspirations for global conquest appear generally lost on Western societies, including the media and most policy-makers in Washington.
Muslim extremists acknowledge that the 21st century is not like the days of old, when Muslim armies rode into villages on their great Arabian stallions with swords at the ready to dominate populations they successfully subdued. Nevertheless, evidence to confirm Muslim imperialism and the goal of Islamic dominance has been demonstrated through episodes of violent jihad across Africa, Asia and Europe. Pushing through the Arabian Peninsula to the Holy Land, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Sicily, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Moldavia, Bulgaria Greece, Armenia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, eastern and southern Russia were all battlefields where Islam conquered and was conquered. [See Paul Fregosari’s Jihad]
The battle lines of Holy War in the modern era have been drawn against Israel, the only Jewish state in the world, against Christians in Darfur, Hindus in Kashmir, Catholics in Mindanao, Christians in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Serbia and other areas in which Muslims insist on creating a separate Muslim independent state on ancient non-Muslim territory, violating their modern day hosts’ territorial integrity. This history typifies the goal of Islamic imperialism: To establish Islamic dominance since Islam’s inception in the 7th century. [See Dr. Samuel Huntington’s A Clash of Civilizations]
After pursuing random and indiscriminate acts of mass murder against American targets coupled with the destruction of infrastructure and superstructures like the twin towers in New York; the Times Square attack; the Fort Hood massacre; the Christmas underwear bomber; the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen; the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; the rocket-propelled grenades exploding near the U.S. embassy in Beirut; the Danish tourist killed on the Empire State Building; the pipe bomb explosion in Atlanta; the suicide bombing of U.S. air force installations in Saudi Arabia; the orthodox Jewish boy killed on the Brooklyn Bridge; and all those attacks that have gone unreported, etc., etc., to the Barbary Wars beginning in the late 1700’s when Muslim pirates kidnapped, tortured, and held for ransom American sailors until the “tribute” (i.e., extortion money) was paid out of the U.S. treasury, the jihadists and their supporters within the Ummah, (Muslim community), admit that to establish Islam worldwide, lawful Islamism or “stealth jihad” is needed to see Islam’s imperialist ambitions realized.
Many Islamists or Muslims believe that both jihad’s violent and stealth holy wars are making serious advances in the United States based on some striking examples mentioned below:
Moreover, Hussein’s own statements have been critical of the U.S. terror prosecution of Sami Al-Arian. Sami al-Arian, a former Islamic University of Florida professor, was also covertly running fundraising fronts for terrorist groups, such as the World Islamic Studies Enterprise, or WISE, and was arrested originally on charges of acting as leader of the Palestine Islamic Jihad, a known terrorist organization, committed to acts of terrorism in the U.S. Al-Arian wrote in a document that was seized after a search of his home the following communiqué:
“Our presence in North America gives us a unique opportunity to monitor, explore, and follow up. We should be able to infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies or the embassies in order to collect information.” See www.investigativeproject.org. Today Sami al-Arian is again awaiting trial – this time on criminal contempt charges.
Kathwari has a history of support for Islamist groups. In 2004 he was a speaker at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, a group listed as an unindicted conspirator in the recently concluded successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in the nation’s largest terror funding trial. See www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?
These represent just a few of the examples of major inroads by the Muslim community to promote both a stealth and violent jihad against the United States.
But consider, our strongest ally in the war against Islamic terrorism, Israel, is also undergoing stealth jihad. Muslim leaders are suggesting through Fatah’s Sixth General Conference, under Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership, Israel’s so-called “partner for peace” that their plan is the glorification of armed struggle alongside the peace process. Military initiatives along with talks are considered the most effective means by which to extort more land from Israel. See www.memri.org/bin/printerfriendly/pf.cgi. Palestinian Muslims under the Hamas banner are Islamizing Gaza and other Palestinian Muslims are working to do the same in areas they control in Judea and Samaria, (West Bank).
Transforming society using lawful means, lawful Islamism, is making incremental steps, while avoiding the headlines, but slowly Islamizing society.
What does lawful Islamism or stealth jihad include?
1/ Stifling free speech. One of the Islamists’ main efforts has been to make it unacceptable for people to speak about Islam in connection with terrorism. Through the successful lobbying efforts of Islamist leaders the State Department has now forbidden Department employees to speak of terrorism in connection to Islam or Muslims. Moreover, the Obama Administration made clear as of May 2010 through the Department for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in a speech delivered by John Brennan, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, that the United States cannot describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” and that the enemy is not about terrorism. The FBI even refuses to report on “honor killings” and characterizes them as nothing more that domestic violence cases.
From left to right politicians and media pundits have made it politically incorrect to speak openly and critically about an ideology that encompasses the legal, political, religious, and cultural life of the Islamic world.
Research also indicates that President Obama made a move at the United Nations in 2009 towards inhibiting Americans’ free speech. The OIC has gone to the United Nations with a list of offenses to Islam. It was through the efforts of America’s President last September that the U.S. actually co-sponsored a resolution with Egypt in order to represent the OIC at the UN Human Rights Council. At the Council, the OIC called on member states to limit any expression that might constitute Islamophobia.
Thanks to the efforts of President Obama, free speech is becoming more inhibited. Open concerns about the spread of Islam, a system of religion and government, of jihad or military policy, is being packaged at the highest levels of government as a form of Islamophobia and may now be subject to prosecution under international law according to reports from the Center for Security Policy, authored by President Frank J. Gaffney Jr. and Deborah Weiss at www.frontpagemag.com and Anne Bayefsky at www.weeklystandard.com .
The President, in reaching out to the OIC and the Muslim Brotherhood in Chicago, empowers and emboldens these groups by engaging them. He legitimizes and accommodates their stealth jihad – which in effect constitutes an act of submission – the essence of Islam – the opposite of a Judeo-Christian tradition which offers the freedom to choose.
With female children and women subject to death by stoning, whippings and beatings, beheadings, live burnings, stabbings, shootings, genital mutilation, and the inability to be equally represented under the law, there are probably many women who experience fear at the very idea of Shariah law in America, but it is already here. See www.meforum.org/2067/are-honor-killings-simply-domestic-violence by Phyllis Chesler. Nor are men exempted. They suffer their own horrific retributions when Shariah law is violated and beheadings are not uncommon for men as well.
2/ Building Muslim enclaves. Dr. Daniel Pipes has done tremendous work on the subject of Muslim enclaves and has been tracking numerous examples since 2004. Dr. Pipes notes that Muslim groups have been working to create communities based solely on Islam and run by Shariah law. He has written an important piece entitled: “Permit Muslim-only Enclaves?”
Ryan Mauro, founder of www.WorldThreats.com has also does extensive research on the Islamization of America and wrote a fascinating piece entitled, “Muslim Enclaves U.S.A.,” see www.FrontPageMagazine.com . In the United States, Muslim enclaves are in both rural and urban areas. For example, In New York alone, there is ‘Little Pakistan’, ‘Little Palestine’, and ‘Little Kabul’. Minnesota has ‘Little Mogadishu’. There’s Dearbornistan and Northern Virginiastan. There were even plans for a Muslim subdivision in Indiana.
David Kennedy Houck notes in his 2006 piece entitled “The Islamist Challenge to the U.S. Constitution”: “Some Islamist community leaders in the United States are challenging the principles of assimilation and equality . . . seeking instead to live according to a separate but equal philosophy.”
Bottom-line, the central issue is that Muslims believe that state affairs should be under the jurisdiction of Shariah law not man-made laws found here in the United States and other nation-states. These concepts are antithetical to free societies and sadly, our American democracy is allowing the internal enclave to function beyond the limits of U.S. constitutional law.
Mr. Houck gives an example of one such community or enclave in Gwynn Oak, Baltimore, Maryland, consisting of Muslim immigrants and African-American converts. The project is led by John Yahiya Cason, director of the Islamic Education and Community Development Initiative. Cason explained that the neighborhood is a response to the problem that “Muslim communities are ruled by Western societal tenets, many of which clash with Islamic norms.” In his opinion, “there was no community in the U.S. that showed the totality of the essential components of Muslim social, economic, and political structure.”
Far more radical groups than these are now taking the lead in promoting and creating Islamic enclaves on U.S. soil.
Ryan Mauro in his article on Muslim Enclaves also talks about Imam Abdul Alim Musa and the group’s website. Here the Imam calls for installing Islamic law worldwide, fighting for “oppressed” Muslims, and “build[ing] model communities where Islam is lived.” The website also identifies a plan to build “mini-states” in America. These “mini-states include a mosque and a community” that grows up around that mosque in order to establish a “geographical integrity by encouraging Muslims of the community to live in close proximity to the masjid [mosque]” and “establishing social welfare institutions.”
Muslims of the Americas are said to own 22 “villages” in the U.S. with names such as “Islamberg,” “Holy Islamville,” and “Aliville.” Reports indicate that the group uses its dozens of acres for activities that include paramilitary training, which can now be seen on video tape released by the Christian Action Network, (see their website).
Americans need to be deeply concerned about Shariah councils operating out of mosques, particularly in Muslim enclaves. These councils provide an institutionalized atmosphere of intimidation that can include sanctioned murder under Shariah law. With honor killings increasing worldwide against women and female children, women need the protections Western laws provide.
Most Americans want to maintain our constitutionally mandated system of law. Shariah courts or councils often transgress the human rights standards of the West, particularly in regards to women, Christians, and Jews. In America everyone is equal under the law and the supreme law is the United States Constitution.
Shariah courts under Koranic law will do more to entrench division within society rather than advance community cohesion. Segregated societies common in Muslim countries where Jews and Christians live in separate quarters and experience segregated judicial systems is not a worthwhile goal for community development here in the United States.
Muslim enclaves, an unfolding phenomenon for a long time across the Western world, become “no-go zones” where governments admit to having little authority over Muslims living there, essentially leaving them to function as autonomous regions. Israel has had such a problem in areas in Judea, Samaria and even went so far as to vacate the whole of Gaza, due to constant lawlessness and terrorism. The Gaza has now degenerated into a virtual war zone between competing Muslim clans and terrorist groups for power and control.
Building Muslim enclaves in non-Muslim countries is encouraged by numerous terrorist groups including Sunni oriented Al-Qaeda and Palestinian groups like Hamas, as well as, Shia groups like Hizballah. It is discussed at Islamic universities, madrassahs, and mosques throughout the world.
By weakening the Judeo-Christian enemy from within; by using its own multicultural, pluralistic institutions and liberal media; by playing the victim; by terrorizing civilians; by Shariah compliant finance flowing into jihadists groups; by waging violent jihad, Muslims believe the caliphate will be realized.
Today Israel is said to be the single most important obstacle in the Middle East to the re-creation of the Islamic Caliphate. The Caliphate represents that glorious imperial leadership responsible for keeping the spirit of Jihad alive, moving the nations towards complete submission to Allah and Islamic jurisprudence, as demonstrated by past Islamic empires that rose and fell. This is why Iran continues to talk about eliminating the whole of Israel in order to usher in the new Caliphate.
3/ Growing a Shariah compliant financial system. Examples of Shariah compliant finance include the following:
The Islamization of American businesses is perhaps best illustrated by visiting postings at www.ShariahFinanceWatch.org , a blog that deals with issues related to Shariah compliant financial systems. It was noted this last week that on October 30th, there will be an American Muslim Consumer Conference. Described as “the only platform for industry professionals to examine this potent market sector, and explore its rich potential,” this announcement marks a shift in America towards Shariah compliant finance. This business conference for American business leaders about Muslim consumers – their wants, their buying power, their own media presence, and how they can best influence corporate America sound harmless, but is it?
According to this website, the conference represents another attempt to introduce Shariah law into the U.S. through commerce:
It is clear that this market is growing and maturing. The consumer preferences of the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims are faith-based, and largely non-negotiable, and the concept of Shariah-compliance as a marketing strategy has started to take root in the global and national marketplaces.
Large U.S. advertising agencies, such as Ogilvy & Mather have bought into this concept and big retailers, like Best Buy, are on board as well.
In relation to this growing market, consider these remarks from one Dr. Rusni Hassan, a Shariah adviser and an associate professor in Islamic law at International Islamic University Malaysia, who wrote an article entitled: Islamic finance needs guides, not police.
Professor Hassan writes:
Shariah advisers shouldn’t be looked on as only the “police” to the Islamic finance but rather the adviser, the caretaker, the guide and the institution that may shape the direction of the Islamic finance industry.
Now ask yourself: Does a business market that involves Islamic police to ensure that businesses are Shariah compliant, sound like a good match for American businessmen?
The major industry organization that regulates Shariah advisers is the AAOIFI (the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions). The AAOIFI has a Shariah advisory board which is chaired by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Usmani is seen as “a real Jihadist monster with ties to the Taliban.”
If these are the people who are going to “guide” the Shariah Finance industry in America, then the United States’ business community is in danger and America’s own FBI needs to be involved in what will amount to deadly business.
4/ Engaging in a propaganda campaign through education. “Schools are fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students,” according to Muslim website: www.dawanet.com .
Dawa is an Arabic term meaning to invite non-Muslims to accept the truth of Islam. This site appears to be connected to an organization called the Council on Islamic Education, which promotes Islam in public schools.
On www.dawanet.com are various quotes from the Koran that encourage Muslim students to proselytize in their schools. One example is noted under the heading: “Dawa through the school newspaper” in which Muslim students are told to submit an article on Islam in every issue of the school paper.
This website states that while schools will not allow one to preach in the school paper there are “ways to circumvent this problem.” Students are told to write about religious/cultural events as a “news” article and to establish a “good rapport with the editor and the writing staff of the paper,” again, please see www.dawanet.com .
Moreover, through the efforts of the Council on Islamic Education, textbook publishers have accepted a whitewash of Islam that fails to portray Shariah law accurately. A former Muslim educator reportedly on the Saudi payroll, edited The Houghton Mifflin social studies text which advocates a “pro-Islamic propaganda” according to Paul Sperry in his latest book: Infiltration, p. 326.
However, textbooks are not the only biased view of Islam and Islam’s history in California’s public school system known for multicultural activism. In a 2009 Special Report presented by ACT! For America, Mission Viejo Chapter & The United American Committee, it was reported that students were asked to participate in role play activities as Muslims. A short list of examples is noted below:
The exercises described above represent indoctrination and promote Islamic beliefs and practices. Were there any role play activities for students to act as Christians and Jews? In the 2009 Special Report, there were no indications that classroom activities or the curriculum included role play opportunities surrounding events around this nation’s Judeo-Christian beliefs, historic documents, and traditions.
According to The American Textbook Committee’s report, Islam in the Classroom, Muslim oriented activities are part of a concerted effort by Islamic organizations wanting to provide “misinformation” in today’s curriculum. “These activists are eager to expunge any critical thought about Islam from textbooks and all public discourse.”
Another major concern regarding the Council on Islamic Education, (CIE), is their work with local school boards. Housed in the offices of the Fountain Valley, California School District, the school district is preparing to provide the CIE an office suite for The Institute on Religion and Civic Values, a CIE organization run by its Founding Director, Shabbir Mansuri.
Note Mansuri’s statement: The CIE will promote “a bloodless revolution inside American junior high and high school classes.”
See The Pacific Justice Institute, (www.pacificjustice.org ), and the Thomas More Law Center, (www.thomasmore.org) for information on prosecuting lawsuits for parents of students subjected to Islamic inculcation.
How America’s children are educated dictates the country’s future and should be of paramount concern to every American.
5/ Recruiting and Proselytizing. Recruitment and proselytizing goes on at schools, colleges and university campuses, prisons, and the work place. Members of the Muslim community both here and elsewhere have said openly and honestly that the goal is to convert at least one member of every American family to Islam in order to transform America into a Muslim nation-state.
Many Muslims in the U.S. are adherents of certain global movements within Islam such as the Salafi / Wahabi or the Muslim Brotherhood, or other movements not considered part of mainstream Islam, such as Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. The Brotherhood’s affiliates include terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizballah. Its alumni include 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s terrorist mentor. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaida’s second in command, is said to have been heavily influenced by the ideology of the Brotherhood’s Egyptian chapter.
Some of the most prominent Muslim organizations in the United States have close, longstanding relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA), was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has ties to Brotherhood-organized Hamas efforts.
Others with suspicious ties to terror groups include Safaa Zarzour, Secretary General of ISNA, and John Esposito, a Christian academic with longstanding ties to the Brotherhood.
“They’re bullet-proof. It’s horrible,” veteran journalist Douglas Farah said regarding the political strength of Brotherhood-affiliated groups like CAIR and ISNA. U.S. policy “empower[s] groups whose ultimate goal is the creation of an Islamic nation in the United States.”
Rather than engage it, the U.S. government needs to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
Al Qaida seeks to destroy the United States through terrorism; the Brotherhood seeks to transform the U.S. through ideological subversion. The MB and al-Qaida work both sides to achieve the same goal – the United States of Islam, with Shariah law the supreme law of the land.
To Muslims, a 1.7 billion community, this speech might constitute hate speech or Islamophobia. But instead it is a call to all Americans to find out more about organizations that may be undermining the foundation of our Judeo-Christian beliefs and traditions.
To those freedomphobes who hate democracy and capitalism, the American people must not submit to the political correctness of the Ummah, (Muslim community) or the political left or right. The American people must stand firm and have the freedom to express legitimate concerns about an ideology with a history of followers who continue to practice human rights abuses and seek to dominate and subjugate other ideologies and people.
In conclusion, surrender to political correctness and jihadism is not an option. As Winston Churchill once said at the height of another major world war: “Never, never, never, never give up!”