An interfaith dinner was held on July 27 at the Islamic Society of Frederick in Maryland, featuring local officials and Christian clergy. One of the speakers, a former leader of the “moderate” Islamic Circle of North America, explained its purpose: “Discrimination is part of the American way,” he stated, and “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”
The Islamic Circle of North America’s parent group is a Pakistani Islamist party named Jamaat-e-Islami. A Bangladeshi court just barred Jamaat-e-Islami from elections because of its opposition to the country’s constitution.
One of the former Secretary-Generals of ICNA, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, is on trial in absentia in Bangladesh for alleged war crimes he committed as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing. The Investigative Project on Terrorism discovered that Khan remains on the board of ICNA’s New York chapter.
The memo’s stated objective of waging a “kind of grand jihad … in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” is often mentioned in articles about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, but less mentioned are the methods to achieve that.
The memo states the “sabotaging” of Western civilization will happen “by their [non-Muslim] hands and the hands of the believers [Muslims].” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood apparatus that ICNA belongs to is told to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’” You can almost hear the sarcasm in the author’s voice as he puts quotation marks around those friendly terms.
The President of ICNA, Zahid Bukhari, spoke at the event. He’s a known fan of former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who he praises as having been a “visionary and brilliant leader of Turkey’s Islamist movement.”
Bukhari told the audience, “Discrimination is a part of the American way.” It is implied that the U.S. is inherently racist and oppressive towards minorities, with Muslims being only the latest victims.
He explained, “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”
To put it another way (as per the text of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's own memo): The answer lies in “possess[ing] a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of cooperation.’”
Even though that document was written over 20 years ago, the organization's Islamist ideology has not decreased with age. Case in point: ICNA’s official Member’s Hand Book of 2010 for its Sisters’ Wing lays out a five-tiered strategy to assemble “the united Muslim Ummah [community] in a united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah.”
The handbook also states that ICNA is part of an international “Islamic Movement” that is an “organized and collective effort waged to establish Al-Islam in its complete form in all aspects of life.” The term “Islamic Movement” is used by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood to describe its campaign to destroy Western civilization in its 1991 memo.
ICNA’s annual conferences are jointly held with the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization described by federal prosecutors in 2008 as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” This designation of MAS has been confirmed by a convicted terrorist and former senior member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. These conferences are stocked with Islamist speakers who subtlety push the Islamist doctrine of “gradualism.”
In 2002, one speaker at ICNA’s convention said, “We may all feel emotionally attached to the goal of an Islamic state [in America],” but “We mustn’t cross hurdles we can’t jump yet.”
ICNA held its convention this year over Memorial Day Weekend. While many Americans honored fallen U.S. servicemen, Imam Zaid Shakir’s message to 32,000 Muslims at the ICNA convention was that Sharia Law is superior to the U.S. Constitution because it isn’t based on equal citizenship for Muslims and non-Muslims. He actually said, “If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
In its latest fundraising letter, ICNA’s President says funds are needed to “counter the seeds of hate and bigotry being sown around us.” It urges prayers for “all those facing Islamophobia around the world.”
The theme of Muslims under siege works well because it automatically sets up ICNA as the victim and its critics as the aggressors.
This rhetorical setup is used against ICNA’s foreign adversaries, as well as its domestic. Even though the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown in Egypt at the request of millions of Egyptian Muslims, ICNA is outraged. It is trying to mobilize the Muslim-American community into pressuring the U.S. government to have the Brotherhood reinstated into power.
ICNA admits it is part of an international Islamist movement — its interfaith partners need to recognize it as such.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.
This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.