Nazareth College and itsrelationship with the InternationalInstitute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)Mr. Paul Sutliff, MS EDNazareth Alumni
Problem• IIIT claims to be a moderate Muslim enclave of academia and a center for espousing Interfaith.• Nazareth College did not check to verify the truth and validity of IIIT‟s claim, and pursued receipt of $500,000. ▫ According to Dr. Shafiq‟s CV both he and Dr. Braveman actively pursued this funding.
What is moderate Islam? • Is it a Muslim who is more secular and less Islamic? ▫ No, Muslims do not like the term secular to them it means godless.
What is moderate Islam? • Do moderate Muslims peddle a softer form of Islam? ▫ Are they willing to co-exist peacefully with peoples of other faiths? Yes, moderate Muslims exist who neither commit acts of violence nor encourage others to do so. Yes, moderates practice Itjihad rather than jihad. Itjihad is settlement. The creation of Islamic enclaves/communities then pushing for Islamic laws to be accepted and used. Khan, M. (n.d.). Who are the moderate muslims? Retrieved July 22, 2012, from Islam for Today: http://www.islamfortoday.com/khan08.htm (NOTE: Khan claims to hold a moderate position but has been caught endorsing suicide attacks. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/347)
What is moderate Islam? • Do moderate Muslims peddle a softer form of Islam? ▫ Are they comfortable with democracy and the separation of politics and religion? Moderate Muslims believe in Shariah law. Under Shariah democracy does not exist, and there is no separation of politics and religion. Khan, M. (n.d.). Who are the moderate muslims? Retrieved July 22, 2012, from Islam for Today: http://www.islamfortoday.com/khan08.htm (NOTE: Khan claims to hold a moderate position but has been caught endorsing suicide attacks. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/347)
What is moderate Islam? • The only true indicator of what we know as moderate Islam is that of non-violence, both in words and action.
Is IIIT an enclave for Moderate Islamand academia? • No, the founders of IIIT were members of the Muslim Brotherhood • No, various founders of IIIT were involved in the creation of funding groups that funneled monies to known terrorist groups • No, IIIT has had personnel that maintained direct connections to Osama Bin-Laden and the Al Quaeda
Dr. Hisham YahyaIIIT Founders Yaqub Altalib Basheerand the Muslim Mirza NafiBrotherhood Shaykh Taha Dr. Jamal Jabir al- Barzinji Awani International Institute of Islamic Thought Founders that are or were Dr. Abdul Dr. Sami members of the Hamid Alman Muslim Sulayman Al-Arian Brotherhood Dr. Anwar Ahmed Ibrahim Totonji
What is the Muslim Brotherhood? • Formed in 1928 by Hasaam Al- Banna • Its stated purpose is still: ▫ Islam must dominate and not be dominated. ▫ The Restoration of the lost caliphate - iadat al Khalifa al Mafqudah - is the chief immediate political goal of the Islamist movement. ▫ Islam is currently inferior to the West because it deserted its roots. It will triumph by returning to its pristine form. ▫ Social revolution and anti-colonial struggle are an integral and major part of the mission of the Islamic revival. ▫ Violent Jihad is a central tenet of Islam and martyrdom in the cause of Allah is highly valued. Violent Jihad is the greater Jihad, while inner struggle for moral purity is the lesser Jihad. ▫ Islam must aim to take over the entire world and assert its superiority through violent Jihad, ▫ Western civilization is doomed by its decadence and Jewish influence. ▫ Ideas such as democracy and human rights are products of Jewish influence and Western decadence. Society must be ruled by God and not men. ▫ The Jews are particularly vile enemies of Islam. Israel is to be opposed because it is a foreign western implant.
Document found throughWhat is the Muslim Brotherhood doing federal search warrant in 2002.today? • The current stated purpose for Muslims in America according to the Muslim Brotherhood is civilization jihad. ▫ Muslim Brother Explanatory Memo located through an implemented search warrant: • According to this memo IIIT is part of the MB
The Hamas is the “politicalextension” of theMuslim Brotherhood • Hamas was created shortly before the December 1987 Intifada as a more militant, Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious, political and social movement founded in Egypt and dedicated to the gradual victory of Islam. • Its virulent hatred of Jews and Judaism is deeply rooted in the anti-Semitic writings of Muslim Brotherhood theologians. Source: http://www.adl.org/main_Israel/hamas_facts.htm
The Hamas is the “politicalextension” of theMuslim Brotherhood• Hamas means zeal. It is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawima al-Islamiyya, Islamic Resistance Movement/ It was created as the armed wing of the religious revivalist Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimin) in Gaza, between 1987 and 1988.http://mideastweb.org/hamashistory.htm
IIIT links toPalestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) • Dr. Sami Alman Al-Arian confessed to having made or received contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad . . . in violation of 18 U.S.C. §371.” R17-1563 at 1. He was sentenced to 57 months of imprisonment.
PIJ history of terrorism Killed 105 Injured 235 1. An August 1987 shooting killed the commander of the Israeli military police in the Gaza Strip. 2. A December 1993 shooting killed Israeli reservist David Mashrati aboard a bus. 3. An April 1994 car bomb killed nine people and injured fifty aboard a public bus. 4. A January 1995 a suicide bomb killed eighteen soldiers and one civilian near Netanya. 5. A March 1996 suicide bomb at a Tel Aviv shopping mall killed thirteen and injured seventy five more. 6. A June 2001 suicide bomb killed twenty-one people in a Tel Aviv nightclub. 7. A June 2002 suicide attack at the Meggido Junction killed eighteen and injured fifty. 8. An October 2003 suicide bomb at a Haifa restaurant killed twenty-two and injured sixty. 9. An October 2005 bomb at a Hadera market killed five people. 10. An April 2006 suicide attack in Tel Aviv killed eleven. 11. A January 2007 suicide attack at an Eliat bakery killed three. Both the Al- Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the PIJ claim responsibility. Source: http://www.cfr.org/israel/palestinian-islamic-jihad/p15984#p8
IIIT links toAl Qaeuda and Osama Bin Laden • 1998 ABC News went to IIIT to make contact with Tarik Abdulmelik Hamdi, who worked as a publisher for IIIT, to get an interview with Bin Laden. ABC was able to get the interview and Hamdi was able to deliver a Sat phone battery pack that according to federal agents was used three months later in the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ▫ Affidavit of David Kane, March 13, 2002. • Those bombings killed about 220 people and wounded 4,000.
IIIT Leadership is still bragging abouthaving set up ways to fund terroristgroups• IIIT leadership had an intricate role in creating the SAFA Trust and SAAR Group. Both groups were determined to have been funding tools for various terrorist groups.• IIIT‟s current Vice-President, Dr. Jamal Barzinji upon receiving an award from ISNA, was introduced as having been a founder of both SAAR and SAFA.
IIIT Publications promote violenceagainst non-Muslims In examining the topic of bias, “The Verse of the Sword,” (ayah al-sayf) is examined. So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor- rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
IIIT Publications promote violenceagainst non-Muslims According to page 29, “the following versus were considered abrogated: • forgive them for God loves those who do good to people • repel evil with that which is best • so patiently persevere • do not argue with the People of the Book except with means that are best • and (say:) You have your religion and I have my religion.’
IIIT Publications promote violenceagainst non-Muslims [Q]: How can Islam be an ethical way of life if it encourages terrorism? An act of terrorism is that in which “innocent people (civilians or non-civilians) are harmed in a way that goes against the principles of justice and human dignity.
IIIT Publications promote violenceagainst non-Muslims • The average person will not catch what is happening here. They will not ask the question: ▫ “Who are the innocent according to Islam?” They do not see this is a secret statement of approval. ▫ The Innocence question answered
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Conclusion:• In order for Nazareth College to maintain its academic integrity it must end its relationship with the International Institute of Islamic Thought immediately, or it risks being accused of condoning what western society defines as terrorist action by Muslims.