Islamists long for the days of when Spain was under an Islamic state called Andalusia. The Muslim Brotherhood’s founder preached that Spain must return to the House of Islam. The Islamic Society of North America, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, printed a recent article referring to Andalusia as a “paradise” that will return when “the only victor is Allah.”
“Thus Andalusia, Sicily, the Balkans, the Italian coast, as well as the islands of the Mediterranean, are all of them Muslim Mediterranean colonies and they must return to the Islamic fold … [The Roman Empire] was founded on cupidity and lust. It is thus our duty to rebuild the Islamic Empire …,” said Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.
The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood listed the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) first among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends” in a 1991 document. The U.S. government likewise labeled it a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity when it designated ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. Yet, a top White House official recently said ISNA is “his primary means of outreach to the American Muslim community.”
The reverence for Andalusia is on display in the March-April issue of ISNA’s magazine, Islamic Horizons. It includes an article titled, “Andalucia: Paradise Still Lost?” Underneath the title, it is stated, “Muslims in Spain retrieve some of their past status through better outreach.”
The article exalts Andalusia and inspires readers to believe that it can be brought back. The author closes the article by talking about Muslims like a cleric in Spain “who are the hope to making the motto [‘the only victor is Allah’] come true.”
When Islamists talk fondly of Andalusia, they are talking fondly of an Islamic state. The Cordoba Initiative, the group behind the “Ground Zero Mosque” project, named itself after the capital of an Islamic caliphate in Andalusia. Cordoba was shown a pristine example of religious coexistence and just rule.
The executive director of the Nevada chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, said in 2007, “The history of Al-Andalusia offers lessons about how to live together in an atmosphere of progress and tolerance.”
In Yonkers, New York, there is an Islamic educational facility called Andalusia School that was established in 2004. Salatomatic says it “is affiliated with and shares the same educational philosophy of the Muslim American Society Council of Islamic Schools (MAS-CIS).”
Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that the Muslim American Society “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A confessed secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member and convicted terrorist confirmed in 2012 that the group is a Brotherhood front.
The Dean of Koranic Studies at the Hamas-linked Islamic University of Gaza was videotaped last year saying, “The conquest of Andalusia is an old dream, something Muslims proudly hope for and will continue to hope for in the future…Our hopes go beyond that—to raise the banner of the Caliphate over the Vatican.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website even gives Andalusia partial credit for the success of Western civilization. An article posted on September 29, 2010 states, “There is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian heritage, and the heritage of the Western Renaissance is entirely Christian, while Muslims contributed to it through the cultural bridge that was Andalusia. Also, the American heritage in particular has no traces of Jewish elements in it.”
The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t hide that it is committed to establishing Islamic states and resurrecting the caliphate. Hence, it is telling when it and other Islamists praise Andalusia. When Andalusia is praised as a “paradise” and an exemplar of society and governance, it is a discreet way of praising the Islamic state.
Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org's National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.
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