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  • aziz 11:00 am on February 6, 2012 Permalink
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    The data: muslim informants preventing terrorism – http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass/2012/02/muslim-informants-prevent-domestic-terror-the-data.html

     
  • abunoor 1:40 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , mpac, , Politico, Suhail Khan Mohammed Elibiary, , Zuhdi Jasser   

    Politico reports “Muslim groups nervous about King hearings”

    In addition to expressing apprehension based on King’s bias against Muslims, much of the story revolves around the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and whether its alleged historical roots in Hamas or its perceived extremism (e.g. a charge that it does not encourage cooperation with law enforcement) make it a problematic representative for the American Muslim community.

    Umar Lee, among others, finds the quotes of Muslims such as Mohammad Elibiary regarding CAIR to be outrageous and offensive. Regardless of one thinks of CAIR, I certainly agree it is an organization more representative of the American Muslim community than Mr. Elibiary, who is currently advising the Department of Homeland Security and who is a longtime Republican in addition to being a Muslim activist. Actually, with Elibiary, Suhail Khan and Zuhdi Jasser, this one Politico article may have referenced all three remaining Muslim members of the Republican party in the United States.

    Lot more of interest to discuss in the way the article portrays the American Muslim community.

     
    • thabet 2:00 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think when you tread the path of trying to be ‘representative’ you are actually allowing the likes of King to do their work. This need to be the ‘representative’ group has a colonial flavour about it, and I am disappointed American Muslims with their political and legal background would allow themselves to be caught up in this game (though please educate me about the internal politics here).

      CAIR should stick to working to protect hard won civil rights and avoid the path that our plethora of abbreviations and acronyms (MCB, et al) has gone down of claiming to be ‘representative’. The MCB — which claims to ‘represent’ Muslims in Britain — cannot mobilise a single lawyer of repute to defend assaults on our civil liberties.

      • abunoor 2:18 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I could be missing something, but I think CAIR pretty much does try to stick to civil rights advocacy….although I have issues with CAIR but they are completely different than what we are talking about here so to raise them will probably confuse issues.

        What I mean when I say CAIR is more “representative” is that Muslims in the US generally likes their approach and are comfortable with the org, more so than these other groups, or the group that Elibiary imagines. Although, to be fair, I am speaking hear of people who are active in society “as Muslims” which is obviously not necessarily representative of the large number of Muslims ( a majority) who do not associate with the organized Muslim community). The claim of people like Zuhdi Jasser has long been that they represent the large mass of detached Muslims, while the organized community is controlled by “extremists.” I tend to see almost all of the individuals who rise in competition with the mainstream established groups as basicaly opportunists although I am sure some are sincere and like I said, I certainly see room for criticism of the mainstream established groups, although my criticism would share little with the criticism of those in the article.

        I see what you mean about the different dynamics in UK, I should think more about it, but while at times I saw good in the way things work in the UK, and I also see a lot of bad, I’ve never really had any concern that things would work that way in the US. Certainly, it becomes less and less likely as time goes on and the Muslim community in the US continues to be very diverse and less led by immigrants.

        • thabet 2:59 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The US has a very well developed civil rights tradition. I don’t think American Muslims need to be concerned about ‘representation'; hence, my comments.

    • abunoor 2:22 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Among the other things in the article I found interesting was the menton of Feisal Abdul Rauf as the American Muslim community’s “most prominent figure.” I can’t say this is wrong, but it is truly jarring. Like him or not, Abdul Rauf does not merit by any measure to be the most prominent member of the American Muslim community.

      • hakim 3:52 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah,
        i’m thinking “most prominent figure at the moment” means in terms of media coverage. To be fair, the article does say that his “ties to interfaith leaders are stronger than those to his fellow Muslim leaders.” I think if you polled the average non-Muslim American, they would be hard-pressed to come up with anyone else who represents the Muslim community in America right now. Go back a few years and Joe Average probably would have said Farrakhan.

        • Abu Noor Al-Irlandee 6:11 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah, I know it means in terms of media coverage, and I’m not saying the article is wrong. But it is also
          clearly in the context of the idea (right or wrong) that “American Muslims” as a group should be represented
          in the public sphere by some identifiable leadership and the Feisal Abdul Rauf, again like him or not,
          does not have any good basis to have this “position.”

    • Arwi 3:07 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The community’s most prominent figure at the moment, Ground Zero mosque planner Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a Sufi, whose ties to interfaith leaders are stronger than those to his fellow Muslim leaders.

      Hilarious, especially “is a Sufi”.

      Maybe someone (Keith Ellison?) will hold hearings into the white community and extremism.

      • shams 8:20 am on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        what kind of Sufi, Arwi? do you know?

        • hakim 9:20 am on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah, AFAIK he is a Jerrahi, i think the Lex Hixon / Nur al-Jerrahi branch, which has its silsila through Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak. Their current leader is a woman, Shaykha Fariha, and FAR was imam at their masjid, al-Farah in NYC for a while.

    • hakim 7:25 pm on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And now apparently even the likes of Suhail Kahn are being accused of acting as jihadist infiltrators.

  • johnpi 12:34 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Muslim group hails ‘hero passengers.’

    A PROMINENT Muslim group has applauded the heroism of passengers who prevented a man with reported links to Al-Qaeda from trying to blow up an airplane as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day.

    “Those brave and vigilant passengers who stopped the perpetrator should be commended for their heroism,” said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

    The Washington group said it was “relieved to know the attempted plot was foiled” and urged greater vigilance to prevent further attacks.

     
  • johnpi 6:23 am on June 8, 2009 Permalink
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    NPR weekend edition reports on the riff between the FBI and CAIR. Two issues: Holy Land Foundation trial and informants in mosques. It’s nothing new to regular readers here, but you do get to hear from principles at CAIR, MPAC and the FBI talking about their positions themselves, rather than summarized by reporters and bloggers.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with law enforcement infiltrating groups working to commit violence, but these informants are targeting the whole community when they wander into mosques. We also know from recent cases that the informants go in with a mandate to entrap otherwise harmless people described as “aspirational terrorists,” thereby creating ‘show trials’ and opportunities for career advancement on the part of FBI G-men for ‘breaking up terrorist cells.’ That’s why they hire professional liars as informants. We also know that US Muslims who have otherwise tried to be dutiful good citizens and report violence-espousing people have become the object of FBI strong-arm tactics to coerce them into becoming informants against their will.

     
  • shahed 6:05 pm on December 24, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: melissa etheridge, mpac,   

    Dr. Rick Warren’s keynote address at the 8th Annual MPAC Convention. Also, Melissa Etheridge’s recount of breaking bread with Pastor Warren at the MPAC conference.

     
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