Linda Sarsour’s recent threats to take names is an interesting challenge coming from her. Because some of us have already been taking names. What we have found is a constellation, a clutch, a pack of Muslims who want sharia, and jihad in this country. It is not clear what Linda Sarsour will do with her list of names, but as long as we are making lists, let’s share notes, beginning with Linda Sarsour, herself.
A Twitter storm ensued after Linda Sarsour called for a jihad on Donald Trump at the 54th Islamic Society of North America convention. She defended her statements by defining jihad as speaking truth to power, and cited a particular hadith.
Tariq ibn Shihab reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “What is the best jihad?” The Prophet said, “A word of truth in front of a tyrannical ruler.”Musnad Aḥmad 18449
It was this defense by Sarsour that caught the understandably jaded eye of former U.S. Attorney, Andrew C. McCarthy.
Linda Sarsour bores me. She is the radical flavor-of-the-month. But she is a numbingly familiar type to longtime observers of sharia supremacists in the West: the forked tongue, the flag-draped anti-Americanism, the close partnership with the hard left, and so on. Eight years ago, I wrote a book called The Grand Jihad about this breed of Muslim Brotherhood-mold operative. Sarsour fits the pathology to a tee … but once you’re on to them, these people are a dime a dozen. Yawn.
Mr McCarthy is quite right when he says that the linda sarsours of the world are a dime a dozen, and they are easily recognized once someone is oriented. They are like a bag of bad pennies, or perhaps like a repertory theater ensemble that keeps coming before the camera and acting out for that percentage of the American Muslim audience that will cry “Allahu akbar” when they hear a call to jihad.
What is in order is a who’s who of this cast of public Muslims who are fork tongued, anti-America, and sharia-compliant. The names of these people, and groups, and the connections between them sets off a chain reaction of associations that illuminates an otherwise obscure Muslim demimonde of people who want jihad in America.
Names are people, and people make the world go around. Names tell the story. Consider, for example, the tableau formed out of the names: Linda Sarsour, the “Blind Sheik,” and Siraj Wahaj.
McCarthy led the prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheik” who was the intellectual inspiration, and jihadi midwife to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers. Mr. McCarthy recalls for us that before the first WTC bombing, the “Blind Sheik” was on trial in Egypt for his involvement in the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Rahman defended himself at the trail by invoking the very same hadith Linda Sarsour is citing today.
“Blind Sheikh was presenting the hadith – quite accurately – as a justification of violent jihad, not a divergent interpretation of jihad” — Andrew C. McCarthy
David Wood, who is another longtime observer of sharia supremacists in the West, made Linda Sarsour’s choice of hadith even more interesting. In his video, David Wood reminds us that Linda Sarsour made her statements in the context of telling Muslims: to only obey Allah, to not assimilate, to wage a jihad against Donald Trump, and on top of all of that, she praised Siraj Wahaj, and called him her mentor. Wahaj is, of course, a full time advocate for Sharia law in America, and longs for the destruction of American democracy. The topper here has be that Siraj Wahaj was a character witness for the Blind Sheik during the ’93 WTC bombing trial, and so the circle closes.
Calling for jihad against Trump, then defending herself citing a hadith that was used by a jihadi to justify his violent actions, who also happens to be a close friend of her mentor is not a good look for Linda.
Just the same, some people are responding to this.
On the periphery, there are several blog posts of people proclaiming to be jihadists in support of Linda Sarsour. Their jihad is brushing their teeth, saying their prayers regularly, and getting to bed on time.
But even grown men are engaging in this kind of talk. Like many posts from Muslims supporting Linda Sarsour, a certain Dr Ejaz Naqvi declares himself a jihadist because he blogs.
Dr Naqvi is a board member of the Islamic Scholarship Fund, whose mission is to increase “American Muslim representation in media and politics in order to improve public opinion and policy.” Which is accomplished through a collection of scholarships, grants, workshops, and internships.
Dr Naqvi is also an interfaith leader, and it shows. Dr. Naqvi’s post defending Jihad, and Linda Sarsour is like a museum of interfaith claptrap: the greater, and lesser jihad, only for defense, started by the Christians in 11th century, etc.. This branches off in the comments section into an endorsement of “Islamic science” propaganda. Finally, if you want to laugh at the irony of Muslims warning people about Jesus coming to cut them with a sword [Matthew 10:34], you can find that on Dr Naqvi’s post, as well.
All of this fits together making a larger picture of a growing number of people who want to bring to America the worst of their societies, such as jihad, and sharia.
One would think that it would obvious to Muslims like Dr. Naqvi that in any sense of the word that has importance to you as a non-Muslim, jihad means war. Muslims conduct themselves as a standing army: they wear a uniform, follow a set of regulations, and do every thing the same way, at the same time.
The Ummah, . . . looks too much like a military machine to pass as a peaceful society. The rules laid down by the Shariat read like a manual compiled for use in military barracks – waking up every morning to the call of a bugle, rolling up the bed, sweeping the floor, pressing the uniform, polishing the shoes, rushing for a bath, moving the body in different ways in mass drills, sharing meals in the mess-hall, drinking from a common canteen and, finally, facing the court martial for mistakes made in any part. One is amazed as well as amused when this mechanical conformity to a set pattern of external exercises is presented by the spokesmen of Islam as the very essence of universal spirituality and morality.– Calcutta petition
Dr. Naqvi’s opinion about jihad is not nearly as important as that of Yusef Qaradawi who has written extensively on the subject of jihad. Qaradawi has clearly stated that peaceful, moderate Muslims will take up arms under the right circumstances. As we have seen too many times now, it is just a matter of pretext to get seemingly ordinary people, who happen to be Muslims, suddenly to explode into a homicidal rampage over: a hair, a cartoon, the weather, a Youtube video, or a rumor. That is jihad, and it has nothing to do with keeping your teeth clean.
It should be no surprise that Dr. Navqi is civil jihadist given who his friends are, and his list of Muslims who have answered Sarsour’s “wolf howl” is further confirmation of his desire to join them in the pack. These names include:
Dalia Mogahead, who is a sharia advocate. She appeared on a Hizb ut Tahrir broadcast defending sharia, claiming that it is “misunderstood”. The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam is based on sharia. CDHRI has been criticized for failing to guarantee religious freedom, “in particular the right of each and every individual to change their religion”. That means no freedom of conscience, which means no freedom of speech, which means no freedom, at all. That is Sharia.
Wajahat Ali wants to be a public figure, and he has been semaphoring that desire in his public statements for some time now. He is a Hamas supporter. He defends sharia. He is the principal author of the fraudulent policy paper “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” which apparently is based in religious bigotry.
Maha Elgenaidi runs the interfaith Islamic outreach org called “Islamic Networks Group” which passes out papers from the Center for American Progress written by Wajahat Ali. If your local community group needs some Islamic indoctrination from a CAIR spokesman, then ING is the way to go. The American Muslim Advisory Council, an ING affiliate, put on the “interfaith” meeting between U.S. Atty for Eastern Tennessee Bill Killian, and the citizens of Manchester, TN.
Dalia Fahmy is on the board of the Islamic Scholarship Fund, along with Dr Naqvi, as well as some other names that should be familiar.
Fellow ISF board members include: radical Berkeley professor, Hatem Bazian who has called for an armed insurrection (intifada) in this country, and runs the second coming of the Palestine Committee, the American Muslims for Palestine. Dr. Naqvi was a signatory to the American Muslims for Palestine’s letter condemning Pamela Geller’s bus ads.
ISF’s advisory council includes: Reza Aslan who runs BoomGen Studios that has produced Islamic dreck movies, and TV shows like “All American Muslim”. Aslan’s asinine, puerile, scatological, bigoted conduct finally got him fired from CNN. The 2014 ISF Scholarship Recipient went on to associate produce ”the Secret Life of Muslims” with Wajahat Ali, and Reza Aslan.
Wajahat Ali is also found on the ISF’s advisory board. Waj has defended the Holy Land Foundation, engaged in Holocaust trivializing, written a fraudulent report based heavily on Muslim Brotherhood propaganda from groups such as CAIR, and is often seen with Linda Sarsour, or Reza Aslan. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2656
Imam Zaid Shaker is also on the advisory board of ISF. Shaker was reported in the New York Times as having said that he favored extra-systemic political action like that of the Taliban.
Finally, ISF board member Michael Wolfe is also co-founder of Unity Fund Productions. UFP makes Islamic propaganda movies like “Prince Among Slaves”, and a multimedia presentation of Dalia Mogahead’s fraudulent research, “What a Billion Muslims Believe”. UPF was among the Muslim organizations that turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars if it meant fighting against violent Islamic extremism.
Dr Zuhdi Jasser, who is a Muslim, but not part of the Sunni mafia, is quite correct when he said recently that:
“The precursor of violent Islamism and violent jihad is non-violent Islamism and its civilizational jihad.”
It is high time Americans take a page out of Linda Sarsour’s spreadsheet, and start taking note of the names of Muslims who proudly proclaim to be jihadists. The varieties of Civilis Jihadi need to be catalogued. The same people, groups, and associates keep showing up when this is done. It is a relatively small collection of bad pennies that can be identified, marginalized, stigmatized and ultimately defeated in fulfilling their goal of Islamizing America.
This should be, and is the role of the Counter-Jihadist.
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