By WILLIAM MAYER
February 4, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – According to the Israeli news source, Arutz Sheva, in a speech delivered about a month ago, Nihad Awad, the Executive Chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, a known Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front group1.] counseled his Muslim audience to turn their mosques into the political equivalent of forward operating military bases, a concept not at all foreign to Islamic ideology.
Who is Nihad Awad?
Well we do know that he supports HAMAS and serves as the Executive Director of an organization [CAIR] which was named as an unindicted coconspirator in the largest HAMAS terror prosecution in U.S. history, one in which all the defendants [including a co-founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, Ghassan Elasahi] were found guilty on a total of 108 charges
Video courtesy of The Investigative Project on Terrorism
“Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group), has called on the growing numbers of American Muslim voters to increase and utilize their electoral power…”What Muslims do and do not do in 2016," Awad stated at an annual Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America conference in Chicago a month ago, "can influence not only the future of America itself, but also the future relationship between America and the Muslim world. Your votes are your negotiating power; if you don't like Islamophobia, or what [candidates] Donald Trump or Ben Carson said, get busy in 2016… register to vote!"
But that's not enough, according to Awad's vision: "Register other people to vote! Turn your Islamic centers and mosques into voter registration centers and polling stations…” [source, Hillel Fendel, Could the Muslim vote swing the US election? Muslim Brotherhood-linked group calls on American Muslims to 'turn your Islamic centers and mosques into voter registration centers.' , Arutz Sheva]
Awad is a known quantity, especially to federal law enforcement.
For example he was in attendance at the infamous Philadelphia Conference, a secret meeting involving the Islamic Association For Palestine [a HAMAS front group which can be said to have later morphed into CAIR] conducted in 1993.
So problematic was this meeting that the FBI obtained a FISA court order to conduct electronic surveillance, i.e., a wiretap.
During the three days of discussions and knowing the “sensitive” nature of the subject matter, the participants which also included Omar Ahmad [co-founder of CAIR in 1994] reversed the word HAMAS [to SAMAH] whenever referring to the group.
“The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, participated in a three-day summit of U.S.-based HAMAS members and supporters in 1993…The FBI already had wiretap warrants on several people who wound up organizing the 1993 meeting and agents listened in on the meeting itself. They concluded the two-dozen men present were HAMAS members or supporters…” [source, CAIR Executive Placed At HAMAS Meeting, Investigative Project on Terrorism]
Given this history, we find Awad advising American Muslims to use their mosques as election centers chilling, though not at all surprising as it closely follows a plan devised in the 1980s by the Muslim Brotherhood [which created HAMAS] to overthrow Western governments, especially that of the United States using a technique called “civilization jihad.”
The plan outlined a detailed blueprint whereby American culture could be targeted by turning every facet of the modern democratic state against itself. This formed the basis for the Brotherhood’s long-range game plan of subverting the West. [view Government Exhibit GX3-85, The General Strategic Plan for the Group in North America].
Quoting from the Muslim Brotherhood's plan:
“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their own hand…” [p. 7]
This strategic plan wasn’t a new creation, rather it was a clarification of sorts of a similar set of ideas put forth by the Brotherhood and adopted by the Shura Council, the organization’s ruling judicial authority, in 1987.
At that time it was clear that the end point which they were working towards was to re-establish the caliphate [a term now in popular usage with the advent of ISIS] globally:
“Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilizational alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.” [p. 18]
In this road map, the Brotherhood is being urged to mentally make a “fundamental shift” in approach: to become much more aggressive moving from, “a mentality of caution and reservation to “one of risk and controlled liberation” - from a reactive policy to one of being pro-active, “anticipation mentality to initiative mentality” – by abandoning half measures and moving toward “decisiveness” instead of “hesitation.”
The Ikhwan urged its directorate and allied organizations to become the leaders of a united front, “the pioneers,” allying with other Islamist organizations, “what we reached with the brothers in ICNA [Islamic Circle of North America] “is considered a step in the right direction.” [collectively, p. 3-4]
Of great importance, they stressed, was to have forward operating bases which will serve as a places of congregation, education and action. To this vital role the Brotherhood looks to…the mosque:
“Understanding the role and the nature of work of the Islamic Center in every city with what achieves the goal of the process of settlement: The center we seek is the one which constitutes the axis of our Movement, the perimeter of the circles of our work, our balance center, the base for our rise and our Dar al-Arqam [the base of all operations, a concept going back to time of Mohammed] to educate us, prepare us and supply our battalions in addition to being the niche of our prayers.”
“The center ought to turn into a beehive which produces sweet honey…Meaning that the center’s role should be the same as the mosque’s role during the time of God’s prophet…And this was done by…Imam martyr Hasan al-Bana [Egyptian scholar and founder of the Brotherhood] when he and his brothers felt the need to re-establish Islam and its movement anew, leading him to establish organization with all of their kinds: economic, social, media, scouting, professional and even military ones.” [p. 10-11]
Note the militaristic nature of how mosques should ideally function within the Brotherhood’s model, equating the activist Muslims to “battalions,” truly encompassing the notion of a civilizational jihad with a more than implied reference to physical violence. In “upping the ante,” that militancy becomes the watchword, a notion that has grown logarithmically since 9/11.
Though woven in a fabric which might superficially invoke religious symbolism, doesn’t the substance of the foregoing more closely resemble the language of military commanders as they prepare to engage an enemy?
It is the form laid out in the Muslim Brotherhood’s “General Strategic Plan” which Nihad Awad seems to be closely following, ‘fundamentally transforming” mosques into patently political, partisan entities with the apparent goal of further subverting American civil government.
Running these kinds of operations out of “religious’ institutions is fraught with legal complications under the rule making authority of the applicable federal agencies, especially that of the IRS.
We have some serious questions about this matter which will be explored in future writings...stay tuned.
1. “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been connected to the terrorist organization Hamas, afederal judge said in a July 2009 ruling unsealed last week. "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in theJuly 1, 2009, ruling. [Steven Emerson, Federal Judge Agrees: CAIR Tied to Hamas, Investigative Project on Terrorism]
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