Huma Abedin’s Muslim Minority Affairs: Not Just a Journal

Family Security Matters

“Assimilation is a crime against humanity.” So  said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamic supremacist who is both prime  minister of Turkey and a close chum of President Obama.

The assertion ought to be infamous. But this is, after all, Islam we  are talking about – meaning, we are not talking about it.

You won’t read it in the American media, nor will you hear it from our  bipartisan Beltway profiles in courage. Both the Obama Left and the Republican  establishment are deeply invested in the fantasy that Erdogan, like Islam  itself, is our moderate ally – ironic, given that Erdogan himself is profoundly  offended at the very suggestion that there is such a thing as “moderate  Islam.” Yup, what you have been told is the plinth on which American Middle East  policy rests, is, according to Erdogan, not only a house-of-cards but:

… an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam.  Islam is Islam, and that’s it.

The prime minister is an excitable sort. Waxing metaphoric about his  aggressive, ascendant ideology, he has also observed:

The mosques are our barracks, the minarets our bayonets, the cupolas our  helmets, and the faithful our soldiers.

But he is inspired to new heights of fury by the admonition that Muslims  living in Europe and North America should assimilate into Western societies. He  first called that suggestion a “crime against humanity” in 2008, speaking to a  throng of Turkish immigrants in Cologne. It was the obligation of Muslims, he  elaborated, to cling to the tenets and culture of Islam. Yes, Muslims in places  like Germany must integrate, in the sense of becoming politically  active, of pressuring Western societies to give Islam a wide berth. But Muslims  should never assimilate – they should use that wide berth to  establish Islam’s authority.

Two years later, given an opportunity to recant during a joint press  conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Erdogan doubled  down:

Assimilation … [is] the permutation of the values of humans. … [It puts]  pressure on individuals to leave aside their customs and traditions, and such a  behavior happens to be a crime against humanity.

The message could not have been clearer: Muslims are in the West to change  the West, not to be changed by it.

These sentiments of one of the world’s most influential Islamic leaders – one  about whom Obama has said: “We  find ourselves in frequent agreement upon a wide range of issues” – came to mind  this week when Walid Shoebat dropped a new bombshell  in the controversy over Huma Abedin’s ties to Islamic supremacism.

Ms. Abedin, of course, is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief  of staff. When concerns about her Muslim Brotherhood connections were first  raised by five conservative House members, there was great gnashing of teeth  from both Democrats and the Brotherhood’s growing squad of Republican  cheerleaders. Soon, however, it was demonstrated  beyond cavil that Abedin  herself, like other members of her family, has a disturbingly  close association with Abdullah Omar Naseef – a wealthy Saudi financier  of al-Qaeda and Brotherhood eminence. At that point, most of the craven GOP  emirate stuck its head back in the sand with hopes that the issue would just go  away, while the Left reverted to its knee-jerk “McCarthyism” shrieks – along  with the demeaning  characterization of Abedin, who is actually a top policy adviser, as a  flunky who merely helps Madame Secretary decide which “handbag” goes best with  that day’s outfit.

Ms. Abedin’s Naseef connection centers on an entity the al-Qaeda backer  established and recruited Abedin’s parents to run: the Institute  of Muslim  Minority Affairs. Since its founding in the late seventies, the IMMA’s main  purpose has been to publish the Journal of Muslim Minority  Affairs. Naseef remained closely involved in the JMMA for decades  after its founding in the late 1970s – he was removed from the masthead in 2003,  right around the time he was named as a defendant in the civil suit brought by  victims of the 9/11 atrocities.

Abedin was assistant editor of the journal for a dozen years – from the time  she started interning at the Clinton White House in 1996 until right before she  joined the State Department in 2009. During seven of those years, she  overlapped with Naseef, who was then on JMMA‘s advisory board.

Walid Shoebat’s latest report  grapples with a central question that has been overlooked: Why “Muslim Minority  Affairs”? What is the obsession with it? Why have Naseef and the Abedin family  been immersed in this issue for so long? Indeed, Naseef not only established JMMA: he served for many years as secretary-general of the Muslim  World League, a critical leadership post in the Brotherhood’s Saudi-funded  effort to spread Islamic supremacist ideology globally. Quite apart from the  terror-funding end of that enterprise, Naseef lavishly underwrote efforts to  indoctrinate young Muslims at educational institutions.

Shoebat is a former jihadist who renounced Islamic supremacism and became a  Christian nearly twenty years ago. He conducts exhaustive research in an effort  to expose the ideology that fuels both terrorism and the broader threat to the  West. The latter is what the Muslim Brotherhood calls its “grand  jihad” or “civilization jihad” – “eliminating and destroying the Western  civilization from within,” as the Brotherhood’s American operatives put it in a 1991 internal  memorandum.

In the course of researching the Abedin family’s ties to the Saudi  Kingdom  and the Brotherhood, Shoebat came across a document he has fittingly described  as a “manifesto.” It is a book commissioned by King Abdullah’s predecessor,  eponymously titled The Efforts of the Servant of the Two Holy Places,  King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, to Support the Muslim Minorities. (The king of  Saudi Arabia is deemed custodian of Mecca and Medina, Islam’s “two holy  places.”) The book explains that “Muslim Minority Affairs” is not merely an  entity; it is shorthand for a long-term, high-priority policy to spread Islam  until, finally, it comes to dominate the non-Islamic nations of the world.

Shoebat explains:

[The book] spoke of recruiting Muslims that live in non-Muslim lands and  transforming them as a collective unit. It spoke of already established centers,  educational programs, mosques and organizations in the United States like [the  Islamic Society of North America] and [the Muslim Students Association], all  geared towards hindering any Western plan for Muslim assimilation in a  non-Muslim host nation. It mentioned “The Muslim Society of North America (ISNA)  and the Muslim Students Association (MSA), established in the United States in  1962” (p. 65), as key agents to protect Muslims from assimilation.

It named the mosques and centers in major United States cities established to  carry out the mission. Five decades of efforts were spent with billions to  ensure that Muslims will be an unassimilated group which then can infuence the  non-Muslim host nation and other nations, regardless of how small the numbers of  Muslims, by shifting the demographic scale due to their population growth in  favor of this Saudi agenda.

It explained how a gradual change would ensue by [Muslims’] becoming a major  revolutionary powerhouse that will tilt the host nation in favor of Muslims due  to their increase as a population …

In short, the plan echoed the Brotherhood’s 1991 memorandum.


[It was designed] to transform a nation from within, where a Minority  population can act as a fifth column, incubating in the host nation with the  intent of gradually implementing the Wahhabist plans. …

Wahhabism is the fundamentalist Islam that is not merely the  religion but the law and comprehensive social system of Saudi Arabia.

The building blocks of this plan included 29 scholarly works – including Muslim Minorities in the West, written by Huma Abedin’s father Dr. Zyed  Abedin (whose name Shoebat transliterates as Sayed Zaynul Abedin). This explains  why Ms. Abedin’s parents were entrusted with the pivotal task of overseeing JMMA, supported by the House of Saud and supervised by Naseef and the  World Assembly of Muslim Youth – a lavishly bankrolled ideological and jihadist  enterprise established by the Kingdom and the Brotherhood in 1972, with the  global mission of – as  a WAMY pamphlet puts it – ” … arm[ing] the Muslim youth with  full confidence in the supremacy of the Islamic system over other systems.”

Under the supervision of current editor Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin (Huma’s  mother and JMMA‘s editor since her husband’s death in 1993), JMMA abets the Muslim Minority Affairs mission to this day. In fact,  the current edition features essays that champion what Andrew Bostom describes  as:

The global hegemonic aspirations of major 20th Century Muslim Brotherhood  jihadist ideologues …[and] the more expansive application of Sharia within  Muslim minority communities residing in the West, with the goal of replacing  these non-Muslim governing systems …

As Shoebat summarizes:

“The Muslim Minority Affairs” program – according to the manifesto – can  arrange “Muslim Minority activism” to advance the goal through the building of  mosques, schools and Islamic centers where minorities exist (pp. 8-13, 17) in  order to “establish a global Sharia in our modern times.” (p. 9-10) The measure  also aims to “prevent the ‘hurdle’ Muslims encounter from ‘assimilation and  melting’ in non-Muslim societies”. (p. 24)

The program surmounts this hurdle in two ways. One is the sharia  jurisprudence (or fiqh) of Muslim Minority Affairs. This jurisprudence  incorporates the concept of muruna, which permits Muslims living in  non-Muslim lands to deviate from the dictates of classical sharia as long as, in  so doing, they are advancing the ultimate mission of implementing and advancing  sharia. Thus, for example, Muslims in the West might align with influential  non-Muslims, which Islamic doctrine ordinarily forbids, if so doing helps them  persuade governments and institutions to accommodate sharia strictures rather  than pressure Muslims to assimilate.

The other method of staving off assimilation is the construction of an  Islamist infrastructure in the West. This enables Muslims to create enclaves –  in the physical community, on campus, and in major social institutions,  including government – in which sharia is honored as basic law and Muslims are  given safe haven to refrain from pressures to assimilate.

In the United States, the foundation of this infrastructure is the Muslim  Students Association, which has hundreds of chapters on campuses across the  United States and Canada.

Interestingly, in the late mid-to-late-nineties, while she was an intern at  the Clinton White House and an assistant editor at JMMA, Ms. Abedin was  a member  of the executive board of the MSA at George Washington  University, heading  its “Social Committee.” That MSA chapter has an intriguing history. In 2001, its  spiritual guide was … Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda operative who was then ministering  to some of the eventual 9/11 suicide-hijackers. Awlaki himself had led the  MSA chapter at Colorado  State University in the early nineties. As Patrick  Poole has demonstrated,  Awlaki is far from the only jihadist to hone his supremacist ideology in the  MSA’s friendly confines. In the eighties, Wael Jalaidan ran the MSA at the  University of Arizona. He would soon go on to help Osama bin Laden found  al-Qaeda; he also partnered with the Abedins’ patron, Abdullah Omar Naseef, to  establish the Rabita Trust – formally designated as a terrorist organization  under U.S. law due to its funding of al-Qaeda.

The MSA gave birth to the Islamic Society of North America. The two  organizations consider themselves as one, and ISNA is now the largest, most  consequential Islamist organization in the United States – a go-to consultant  for the Obama administration, despite its having been a key cog in the  Brotherhood’s Hamas financing network, as the Justice Department proved  in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism prosecution. ISNA’s business side  is the North American Islamic Trust, another Holy Land Foundation  co-conspirator and the vehicle by which the Saudis and the Brotherhood buy real  estate and establish hundreds of mosques and Islamic centers throughout the U.S.  These groups are fortified by the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a  Brotherhood think-tank whose express mission is the “Islamization  of knowledge” – developing an epistemological framework by which Muslims can  fit current events and world history into an Islamic supremacist narrative. The  infrastructure’s public face is organizations like the Council  on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim  Public Affairs Council (MPAC), which combine public relations spin with  sharia policy activism.

This is not a random proliferation of fraternities, the sort of cultural  solidarity exhibition routinely seen throughout the American melting pot. The  Saudi-constructed, Brotherhood-conducted Islamist infrastructure in the West is  on a mission – the “Muslim Minority Affairs” mission. It seeks to grow an  unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists, who will gradually  but dramatically alter the character of the West. Its goal is incrementally to  infiltrate sharia principles in our law, our institutions, and our public  policy. That means the mission takes direct aim at our liberties, particularly  free expression, because it enables examination and negative criticism of  Islamist ideology. It takes aim at our alliance with Israel, because Jews are  regarded as enemies and all of “Palestine” as Islamic territory. And it takes  aim at our economic system, because sharia regards capitalism as a bane of human  existence – there is a reason why the Brotherhood’s American operatives make  common cause with the Left on everything from socialized medicine to finance  regulation to gun control to surveillance law.

The media and the Obama Left will continue ridiculing the notion of  Brotherhood influence on our government and attacking the five conservative  House members who have raised concerns. The Republican establishment will lay  cravenly low and pray that the controversy blows over – except for the stray  useful idiot who calculates that there’s good press to be had in parroting the  Democrats’ “McCarthyism” canard. Nevertheless, to perceive no correlation  between the Islamists’ fervid anti-assimilation program and the United   States  government’s stunning accommodation of the Brotherhood and its agenda is to be  willfully blind

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6 thoughts on “Huma Abedin’s Muslim Minority Affairs: Not Just a Journal

  1. Reblogged this on danmillerinpanama and commented:
    Islam is gaining increased acceptance in the West, not a good thing for free societies. This article explores its increasing connections with the United States and details Huma Abedin’s myriad connections with the Muslim Brotherhood. She is, of course, Secretary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff. It is not a happy picture.

  2. But he is all wet on Islam, America has been at war with Islam as long as there has been an America. We fought a war with Islam that lasted 32 years, late 1700s early 1800s, of course this not taught in school anymore.
    The First Barbary War (1801–5), also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the North African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the independent Sultanate of Morocco, Algiers and Tripoli, which were quasi-independent entities nominally belonging to the Ottoman Empire etc. The information is available to anyone.
    The Marines’ Hymn, From the Halls of Montezuma,
    To the shores of Tripoli. It,s a shame most Americans are totally ignorant of their own history.

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