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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s Taqiyyah Extraordinaire

September 11, 2010
Photo credit: Bosch Fawstin

Photo credit: Bosch Fawstin

Who is Imam Abdul Rauf: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an Arab-American imam and an author. He has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York City mosque, for 25 years. Recently, the U.S. State Department has appointed him an ambassador to the Arab world.

He has written three books on Islam and its place in contemporaryWestern society, and has founded two non-profit organizations, whose collective mission is to enhance the discourse on Islam in society. Starting in the spring semester of 2009, he has been an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at St. Joseph’s College’s Brooklyn Campus in Brooklyn, New York. Abdul Rauf has, thus, emerged as a leader in the American Muslim community through his work as a bridge builder between American society, the American Muslim community and the wider Muslim World.

Though he claims that he is an activist for improvement in relations between the Muslim World and the West, his hidden Islamic agenda, like all pious Muslims, is to increase Muslim population in the US, establish the Sharia Law, and finally to turn the U.S.A. into an Islamic Country, a dar-ul-Islam.

In 1997, Abdul Rauf founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a civil society organization aimed at promoting positive engagement between American society and American Muslims. The organization is now headed by his wife, Daisy Khan. In 2003, Abdul Rauf founded the Cordoba Initiative, another registered nonprofit organization with offices inNew York and Kuala LumpurMalaysia. As the CEO of the Cordoba Initiative, Abdul Rauf coordinates projects that emphasize on the bonds that connect the Muslim World and the West.

As said above, behind all such sweet words and apparently innocent efforts, there lurks his ultimate goal as a Muslim – How to turn America into an Islamic state and that too in the quickest possible time. Every American must believe that they can even trust a poisonous snake, but not a pious Muslim like Imam Feisal, who pretends to be a friend of Christian Americans. The all-knowing and all-powerful Allah has permitted Muslims to lie as necessary and do any mischief to deceive non-Muslim kafirs for the benefit of Islam. Perhaps many non-Muslims now-a-days know that the all-merciful Allah has put merit for such cheating of the kafirs, called taqiyyah. So, it is no surprise that Imam Feisal would employ taqiyyah to fool the kafirs of U.S.A. and hence to obtain Allah’s blessings.

Taqiyyah by Abdul Rauf

While speaking at his mosque in New York in 2004, Imam Feisal said: “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in the World War II, who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.”

It is not difficult to understand that what Feisal Abdul said about the Quran was blatant lies; in verses of the Koran, Allah instructs Muslims to kill innocent infidels. In a video clip Slaughtering innocent non-Muslims is justified in Islam, a Muslim cleric explains why Allah has permitted them to kill innocent non-Muslims and how Prophet Muhammad, following Allah’s guidance, massacred the Jews of Beni Koraiza of Medina. Another video shows interview with a suicide bomber. When he is asked – “Why you kill innocent non-Muslims, even children by blowing you up?” he replied, “No non-Muslim, including their children are innocents. They are guilty of refusing Allah and his Prophet Muhammad and hence they are fit to be killed.”

In a “60 Minutes” interview shortly after the September 11 attacks, Imam Rauf said: “Fanaticism and terrorism have no place in Islam” , adding: “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” When the interviewer asked Rauf how he considered the U.S. an accessory, the Imam replied: “Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

During an interview on New York WABC radio in June 2010, Imam Rauf declined to say whether he agreed with the U.S. State Department‘s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization. Responding to the question, Rauf said: “I’m not a politician. I try to avoid the issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question… I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.”

In December 2009, Imam Feisal announced plans to build the Cordoba House, a giant 13-story community center, including a mosque that would accommodate 1,000 – 2,000 Muslims in prayer, two blocks away from the Ground Zero, winning non-binding support from the local Community Board, as well as some elected officials, but also attracting protests from some families of the 9/11 victims, politicians, civil society organizations, academics and others. The Imam’s wife, Daisy Khan, who is the executive director of ASMA, speaking at a public hearing in Lower Manhattan on May 25, 2010, was widely quoted as having said that building a community center two blocks from Ground Zero was “no big deal”. The building of the mosque and community center, as well as the initiative itself, was criticized even by some Muslims, such as Sufi mysticist Suleiman Schwartz, who said that a building built by Rauf barely two blocks from the Ground Zero, is inconsistent with Sufi philosophy of simplicity of faith and sensitivity towards others.

On another occasion, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said that jihad warfare was started by the West and can only be ended by the West. But in fact, the doctrine of violent jihad is an essential part of the Koran; hence it an Islamic tradition and has been in force since the birth of Islam. So, his comment forces one to believe the Imam is either a lunatic or is ignorant of Islam. The Koran says that jihad is the best way to worship Allah and jihad for a single day is equivalent to a thousand day’s prayer. From these examples, one can estimate the kind of lies Muslims like Imam Feisal would resort to in the interest of Islam for deceiving the nonbeliever kafirs.

One of Imam Feisal’s book is: What’s Right with Islam: a New Vision for Muslims and the West (HarperCollins, 2004). In it, hesuggests that the “American Constitution and system of governance uphold the core principles of Islamic law” (i.e. sharia). And he thus concludes that the “American political structure is sharia-compliant.” In December 2007, Rauf promoted What’s Right with Islam at a Malaysia gathering of Hizb ut Tahrir, which seeks to impose sharia globally.

In July 2010, journalist Andrew McCarthy reported that this book was originally published in Malaysia under a different title: A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11.[i] This original title of the book obviates the motive and contents of the book. More astonishingly, a special, non-commercial edition of the book was reproduced, with the Imam’s cooperation, by the Islamic Society of North America and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Both these organizations are American tentacles of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Brigitte Gabriel on Abdul Rauf

While talking to Fox News, Brigitte Gabriel said“Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has said publicly that September 11 attack was not perpetrated by the Muslims. He said publicly on CNN that Osama bin-Laden was made in the United States… So, what type of teaching will be done in the mosque if it gets built? We shall have to understand the lineage of Feisal Rauf. His father came out of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the oldest terrorist organization in the world. He was in MB with the aim and al-Jawahiri, the second man in Al Qaeda. He was kicked out of Egypt and sent to Kuwait where Abdul Rauf was born and the father came to USA and set up an Islamic Center in 1965 in New York City, funded by 49 Islamic countries… They are using our laws and our open-mindedness against us.”

Debate between Tim Brown and the Imam

In a television debate, titled “Leader of Ground Zero Mosque Refuses to Disclose the Source of Funding”, between 9/11 fire-fighter Tim Brown and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, on the proposed 13-storey mosque at the Ground Zero, Brown asked the Imam: “Why it is so close to the terrorist attack site?” The Imam replied: “Because we want the whole world to know that the Muslims condemn the 9/11. We have been condemning 9/11 in the loudest possible terms and since then we want to make sure that the message is heard loud and clear. Terrorism and extremism does not distinguish men of different faiths and ethnic communities…”

Tim Brown then said that he has talked with the affected families and they are not happy with the project. And according to their version: “A Trojan Horse is being pushed into the most sacred ground, the Ground Zero. We have so many of our family members and friends died.” Tim Brown continued: “I appreciate the Imam what is he saying. I have a question for him – Where from the millions and millions of dollars in cash come from?” …Another question: Although he says that the Muslim community has come up strongly against radical Islamism and terrorism (but we failed to notice that).

In his reply, the Imam said, “Well, we have several thousand people, more than a thousand people are Muslims work in the financial district; they are among the supporters. I have worked with the FBI, in fact, after 9/11. I was invited to lecture to all fronts of FBI agents, on how we the Muslims and Muslim leaders can participate with the law enforcing agencies to ensure that this kind of debate may happen, and what is called as extremism coming from our community does not happen.”

Tim Brown asked again: “Where from the 3.8 million dollars come?” The Imam replied: “It comes from our community. We have members, who are very successful members of this community: The American community, the financial community.”

Let’s stop for a while to assess what the Imam wants to say. Firstly, the reader should recall that what President Obama had said in his Cairo speech were blackest lies and Imam Feisal was an author of it. So it’s easy to understand that what type of a liar he is. Now let us see how he adds more lies and deception to his repertoire in above debate. He told Tim Brown that “We have been condemning 9/11 in the loudest possible terms”, which contradicts his previous statements that September 11 attack was not perpetrated by the Muslims. He said publicly on CNN that Osama bin-Laden was made in the United States. Yet, all 19 people connected to the 9/11 attacks were Muslims, mostly from Saudi Arabia. Moreover, in contrast to Imam’s claim, nobody ever heard Muslims condemning the 9/11 attack loudly. Instead, the world witnessed rejoicing and celebration on streets of the Muslim world. The Middle East was flooded by the joyous dances on the streets. In Palestine and in many other Islamic countries, Muslims took out procession to celebrate the day holding placards that read “Death to America”.

Instead of condemning the 9/11 attacks loud and clear, it has been a cause for celebration and a source of inspiration for Muslims. For example, on the streets of Europe, such as in the U.K., we witness Muslims shouting slogans: “Magnificent 19” referring to the 9/11 perpetrators, “May Osama bin-Laden bomb you”, “Nuke, Nuke USA” etc.

Muslim Leaders’ Taqiyyah in India

“The Darul Uloom Deoband is an Islamic school propagating Sunni Islam in India.  It is located at Deoband, a town in Uttar PradeshIndia. It was founded in 1866 by several prominent Islamic scholars (ulema), headed by Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi. The other prominent founding scholars were Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and Haji Syed Abid Hussain. The institution is highly respected across the India, as well as in other parts of the Indian subcontinent.”

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, reported TNN on January 1, 2008, for the first time ever the Darul-Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against terrorism, stating that Islam had come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. The fatwa, signed by Darul-Uloom’s grand mufti Habibur Rehman, asserted that “Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form”.

Citing the “sinister campaign” to malign “Islamic faith.. by linking terrorism with Islam and distorting the meanings of Quranic Verses and Prophet’s traditions”, Mahmood Asad Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, had wanted Deoband to spell out the stand of Islam on world peace.

The fatwa, issued at a huge gathering of Muslims, attending the Anti-Terrorism and Global Peace Conference in Delhi, went on to say: “It is proved from clear guidelines provided in the Holy Quran that allegations of terrorism against a religion which preaches and guarantees world peace is nothing but a lie. The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. Allah knows the best.”

Killing of innocent people is not compatible with Islam. The biggest challenge faced by us today is terrorism (which) threatens to strike at the very root of the secular structure of our society besides causing irreparable loss,” stated Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader Madani, an MP.

Usman, the deputy rector of Deoband Jamiat, said that many people, especially in the West, were carrying out a propaganda that terrorism was synonymous with jehad. He said that while terrorism is destructive, jehad is constructive. “Terrorism is the gravest crime as held by the Quran and Islam. We are not prepared to tolerate terrorism in any form and we are ready to cooperate with all responsible people,” he said.

Inclusion of caveats like “unjust” and “innocent” etc. made fatwa falling short of unequivocal condemnation of terrorism. Even then, any observer of Islam with nominal knowledge of its scripture and history would know that every statement in the above fatwa on the peculiarities of Islam is outright false, Taqiyyah — exactly opposite to what Islam stands for, to what the Quran preaches and to what Prophet Muhammad had practiced. Such fatwas by Muslim leaders, trying to assert that Islam means peace and those who are engaged in terrorist and other subversive acts, are not true Muslims and they ate doing this by transgressing the laws of Islam etc. are simply desperate and calculated efforts to cover for the horrendous acts Muslims have been committing all over the world, including in India. In reality, the word “terrorism” in English is equivalent to “jihad” in Arabic, and this jihad is the most important (military) component of Islam.

And, while announcement of fatwa received lukewarm response from the large exclusively male-Muslim gathering, they cheered most lustily when the speakers attacked the U.S. When Usman came down heavily on “the dual policy of America”, the massive crowd cheered him up heartily. “Whenever Christian and American interests are hurt in any part of the world, they take prompt action to set things right even at the cost of human lives. They maintain silence though when Muslims are the victims,” he said, in condemnation of the U.S. support for Israel.

The real purpose behind the Deoband’s issuance of the said Fatwa is that many terrorist organizations are closely connected to the Darul ulum Deoband idealogy and inspiration. Hence, Deoband has lately been under intense focus, because many of the terrorist groups — from Taliban to Jaish and Harkat — are widely perceived to be Deobandi in orientation.


[i] A Call to Prayer from the WTC Rubble: Islamic Da’wah from the Heart of America Post 911 (Mizan, 2007) (Published under that title only in Malaysia, Seruan Azan Dari Puing WTC:Dakwah Islam di Jantung Amerika Pasca 9/11)

What is Taqiyya? The word “Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims. Source: Understanding Taqiyya ― Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah.

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