The deadline has already passed for you to submit an application to attend the Muslim Youth of North America’s Annual National Youth Training Program, operated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which runs from June 30th through July 7th, that is if you are between the ages of 12-18.
The summer camp is being held at Camp-Y Noah of the YMCA of Akron in Clinton, Ohio, and features a number of well-known speakers. By “well-known” I mean controversial, not popular. In fact, the event’s speakers list reads like a “Who’s Who” of Islamic extremism.
Leading the list is ISNA Majlis Member, Jamal Badawi, who also sits on the board of the Canadian affiliate of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Both ISNA and CAIR were recently named by federal prosecutors as unindicted co-conspirators in a HAMAS terror financing trial currently underway in Texas (see my “CAIR Fingered by Feds”).
Badawi is also a close associate of Yousef Al-Qaradawi, who has been identified as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the US government and banned from entering the country. Qaradawi has issued fatwas authorizing suicide bombings in Israel and attacks against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Badawi is currently listed as a member of the board of trustees of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research – two organizations organized and headed by Qaradawi. He also issues live fatwas for Qaradawi’s Islamonline.net website.
During the ISNA’s summer camp, Badawi is likely to school attendees on some of his favorite subjects (HT: Miss Kelly):
Just this past April, Badawi was saying that it was a “great travesty” for anyone to identify someone as a “moderate Muslim” that didn’t seek the full application of shari’a:
Now, to define a moderate Muslim as one who rejects the basic pillars of Islam, one who rejects Shari`ah and its inclusiveness to all aspects of life (including governance), and who rejects the Qur'an as the word of Allah, thinking that he or she is qualified enough to copyedit Allah's book , is indeed a great travesty.
Steve Stalinsky of MEMRI also reminds us in a NY Sun editorial (“CAIR & Co’s Fatwa”) of Badawi’s allegations in 2005 that American troops in Iraq may secretly be behind suicide bombings in Iraq, not al-Qaeda:
"This has to be investigated as to who is actually behind this ... There have been allegations that I cannot confirm that people going to the market to buy vegetables are stopped in the name of inspecting their cars by [American] forces, their hands are tied and they are blindfolded. There have been cases and I want a clarification from American officials to these allegations. After inspecting their cars they are allowed to go and when the car reaches [the] checkpoint it explodes and they call them suicide bombers, perhaps the occupants of the car were not even aware that they are carrying a bomb in their car. Such incidents should be thoroughly probed."
Stalinky also notes that in a June 24, 2005 interview with the Saudi Gazette, Badawi expressed his agnosticism on who was behind the 9/11 attacks: “I strongly condemn the September 11 attacks ... whoever did it," adding, "It is not confirmed yet who is actually behind the attacks.”
Another speaker at the summer camp will be Siraj Wahhaj, one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and close associate of blind “hate sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of “seditious conspiracy” against the US and sentenced to life imprisonment for his terrorist activities. Wahhaj’s Brooklyn, NY mosque served as one of Abdel-Rahman’s operational centers.
As discussed in my recent article here at FrontPage, “Hometown Jihad: The School Gym that Terror Built”, Paul Barrett, editor for Business Week and author of the recent book, American Islam: Struggle for the Soul of Religion, profiled Wahhaj in his book and described the kind of social transformation Wahhaj would like to see in America:
He has told his followers that a society governed by strict Islamic law, in which adulterers would be stoned to death and thieves would have their hands cut off, would be superior to American democracy. Speaking of unnamed forces in the U.S. government and media, he has preached, "These people want the destruction of Islam." (“One Imam Traces the Path of Islam in Black America”, Wall Street Journal [October 24, 2003])
Dr. Sherman Jackson will also make an appearance at the ISNA camp, where he might revisit his previous writings on the Islamic doctrine of jihad. In a 2002 article, Jackson utilizes Muslim Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb’s “dynamic method of interpretation” to dismiss much of the modern Muslim apologetics on jihad, acknowledging the classical Quranic tradition of a permanent state of warfare against non-Muslims, although saying that it may be suspended as long as there exists a state of peace. However, it is the responsibility of non-Muslims to avoid provoking Muslims to follow older interpretations of jihad:
In the end, however, whether Islam actually functions on the ground as a religion of peace will depend as much on the actions of non-Muslims as it does on the religious understanding of Muslims… As for non-Muslims, they will have to make a more conscious and sustained effort to conduct their military, economic and political affairs in a fashion that actually confirms the new world order of the United Nations Charter, by respecting the dignity and territorial integrity of Muslim and other nations, including variations on what the U.N. Charter refers to as "Trust Territories."n45 They will have to refrain from acting in a manner that expresses or implies aggression and pushes the world back toward the dark ages of the "state of war." For under the latter condition, the aggressive jihad of the premodern world will find both practical justification and religious sanction. (“Jihad and the Modern World”, Journal of Islamic Law and Culture [Spring/Summer 2002]: 25-26)
Coincidently, the endnote cited by Sherman in this quotation on “Trust Territories” indicates that he has non-Muslims’ respect for the Muslim position on Israel in view, meaning that by not respecting their exclusive interpretation of that section of the UN Charter (e.g. the recognition of Israel) could lead to a resumption of hostilities.
Perhaps Sherman Jackson will also share with the ISNA summer camp attendees his enlightened views of the separation of church and state. In a policy paper for the International Strategy and Policy Institute (ISPI), a Chicago-based “think-tank” dedicated to promoting “the correct understanding of Islam and Muslims in the United States”, Jackson offered his unique interpretation of the separation of church and state concept, concluding that Islamic Law could be imposed in America if it were for practical, not religious purposes:
My understanding, however, of the so-called separation between church and state is somewhat different. On my understanding, the real challenge resides not so much in the Constitutional ban on admitting religious values and rules into the public domain but in the inability or unwillingness on the part of Muslims to articulate Islamic law in terms that show its benefit and utility to American society. The doctrine of separation between church and state in American Constitutional discourse does not means that religion can play no role in public policy, or even that religious rules cannot be applied as law. What it means is that religious rules cannot be applied simply because someone’s religion says they should. Law, in other words, is conceived of as a being both secular (i.e., this-worldly) and a public trust. A [sic] such, only those laws that prove serviceable to the public here and now can qualify as law. In other words, the doctrine of separation between church and state might be likened in many ways, to use the language of Muslim jurists, to a ban on treating mu’amalat (matters of public utility and civil transactions) as if they were ibadat (matters of religious observances). (“Muslims, Islamic Law and Public Policy in the United States”)
He clarifies that while prayer, fasting, performing hajj, and such would fall under the religious category (ibadat) that might violate the US prohibition of separation of church and state, punishments for social crimes, such as adultery, fornication, and (presumably) homosexuality, and the proscriptions of Islamic family law, such as divorce, child custody and allowing polygamy, fall into his permitted category of permissible legal enactments as benefiting the public interest:
It is precisely through this ability to penetrate and articulate the rules of Islamic law in ways that clearly define their benefit and utility to society at large that Muslims are likely to be able to influence the legal order in America. And it should be understood that once this is done, there are no Constitutional impediments to having these laws applied in the public domain. Muslims must be vocal and confident in articulating the public utility underlying the rules on things like riba, adultery, theft, drinking, contracts, pre-marital sex, child-custody and even polygyny. This should all be done, however, in the context of an open acceptance of American custom (urf) as a legally valid source in areas where the shari’ah admits the reliance upon custom. Muslim Americans to take them. And they should be willing to recognize areas of common interest and concern. (Ibid.)
Jackson might also school his young listeners in his utilitarian view of citizenship, encouraging them to exploit their constitutional freedoms to advance the cause of Islamization in the US:
A more profitable approach for Muslims would be to look at the opportunities the Constitution affords them to promote their interests as Muslims and to take full advantage of those opportunities. According to the Constitution, the U.S. government cannot force a Muslim to renounce his or her faith; it cannot deny him or her the right to pray, or fast, or perform the pilgrimage; it cannot force him or her to eat pork, shave his beard or remove her hijab; it cannot deny Muslims the right to build mosques or to hold public office; it cannot deny them the right to criticize government officials and policies, including the person and the policies of the president. The U.S. government cannot even force a Muslim to pledge allegiance to the United State! Surely it must be worth the Muslims’ time and energy to ask if these (and many other) rights and opportunities should be squandered in the name of dogmatic minutae and uncritical readings of Islamic law and history, rather than turned to the benefit and welfare of Islam and the Muslims. (Ibid.)
Yet another speaker is Mohammad Magid, a Washington D.C.-area imam, who as FrontPage editor Ben Johnson previously noted in an article following the death of President Reagan, “A Troubling Presence at a Funeral”, Magid has deep ties to the terrorist financing network raided by federal investigators in March 2002 as part of Operation Green Quest, which Johnson noted was “the largest terrorist financing investigation in the world”. After the Operation Green Quest raids and the closure of a number of terror-linked charities associated with Magid, his All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) became the de facto headquarters for the defense of the individuals and organizations directly targeted, sponsoring public meetings in response to the closures. Included in the raids were ADAMS chairman Ahmad Totonji; ADAMS Project Committee member Omar Ashraf; his brother, Muhammad Ashraf, the ADAMS Legal Advisor; and Iqbal Unus, ADAMS Board Vice President and Laws Committee member.
Yousef Al-Qaradawi will also be represented at the ISNA Youth Retreat by Altaf Husain, the former president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), where he still sits on the Board of Directors. Husain has contributed to Qaradawi’s Islamonline.net website since its inception in 1998.
The ISNA Youth Retreat speakers list is capped off by former ISNA President and current Majlis member, Abdalla Idris Ali. Attendees will also be serenaded each night around the campfire by Muslim hip-hop trio, Native Deen, and several other Islamic recording artists (halal hotdogs, Salman Rushdie effigies and Israeli flags will be provided for campfire activities).
For those of you lucky enough to attend this year’s event, be sure to pack your sleeping bags and prepare for two solid weeks of fun, sun and Jihad in picturesque Summit County, Ohio! The ISNA 2007 Annual National Youth Training Retreat will be one you won’t want to miss!