CAIR Teams up With Banned Islamist in Mohammed Movie

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CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, who bills themselves as the voice of American Muslims, has joined forces with an extremist and virulent anti-Semitic Islamist preacher in announcing a movie to be made about  Mohammed.

Nihad Awad, co-founder and executive director of CAIR, and Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, shared the stage at a recent news conference in Qatar where the announced the project was announced.

Qaradawi, who has been banned in the U.S., Britain and France for his hate-filled rhetoric, is one of the most popular Islamic preacher in the world and considered the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qaradawi is on record as having said, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers….”

Qaradawi added, “I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom.”

Qarawadi’s extremism led the United States, Britian and France to ban him from entering their countries.

Awad, himself, is on record as supporting Hamas. During a March 1994 symposium at Barry University, Awad declared, "I am in support of the Hamas movement." His organization, CAIR, has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest ever terror-funding trial in U.S. history.

Joining them in supporting the project were trustees from Qaradawi's International Union for Muslim Scholars including Tunisian Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi, who supports Hamas and its policy of directing rockets towards civililans and who blessed mothers of suicide bombers.

Another of Qaradawi’s trustees also supporting the project was Salah Soltan, a former Ohio imam, who has repeatedly called for the killing of Jews, for example, when he said, "There is no excuse for anyone to refrain from jihad after God has removed the affliction, which obstructed us from jihad to liberate Palestine." In a speech last week, he called on Egyptians to approve the country's heavily-Islamist constitution, saying it would help lead to Jerusalem's liberation.

The seven-part movie will be made in English to reach the non-Muslim world to counteract the negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the American film industry, according to Awad. According to reports, the movie will be backed by al Noor Holdings, a Qatari media group.

The majority of the company is majority-owned by its Chairman, Sheikh Tarek M. Binladen. According to a wide variety of sources, Tarek M. Bin Laden is a brother of Osama Bin Laden who is related by their common father.

A Qatari news site reporting on the press conference said the cost of the movie would be $1 billion, while English language news sites estimated the cost at $150 million. Hollywood producer Barry Osborne, made famous for his production of The Matrix and Lord of the Rings, will be the producer of the film.

Osborne told Reuters that the film will be an "international epic production aimed at bridging cultures" and "will educate people about the true meaning of Islam"  — telling statements considering the choice of Qaradawi as the spiritual consultant for the movie.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org