Written by Eliana Benador
“Taqqiya, in Islam, is a doctrine of pious fraud or religious dissimulation... whereby Muslims may under certain circumstances openly deceive infidels by feigning friendship or goodwill provided their heart remains true to Islam.”
Americans are known for being naive. However, the situation should change when one speaks of noted patriot scholars, terrorism experts and even palestinian-terrorists-turned-head-of-think-tanks, who adamantly pretend to care for America in their interminable fight against Muslim terrorists. Right!
Think tanks are enterprises conceived to devote their attention and capabilities to the study of certain domain. And for that, they need whatever amount of “experts” their funds can pay for. Be it as it may, such organizations, for all their “studies”, “investigations”, “translations”, meetings, etc., etc., need supporters who will help finance the operations. But the crowd that’s the most appreciated and needed are an ever thinning group of high-caliber donors that make their bread and butter.
And during time of recession and economic depression, what would happen if those sacrosanct think tanks would lose their donors? It would be a catastrophe. After all, the heads of think tanks are said to have unregulated scale of salary plus all the perks of the job. Therefore, what is necessary to save those think tanks from closing? They must keep innovating and make sure “hope” is a word of choice to stimulate and motivate their donors, and they try the most creative options and are willing and ready to accept even impossible acrobacies. They must find “solutions” and, if need be, create them.
In the case of think tanks devoted to the study of terrorism, the ideal solution is to firmly believe that there exists a difference within the Muslim world between the terrorists and radicals, on one side; and the “rest” of the Muslims, on the other side.
They are desperate to find so-called “moderate” Muslims. After all, don't they look "peaceful"? Thus, they make believe they have found a solution to all their social, political and financial problems.
However the vast majority of these “experts” have never lived or worked in the Muslim world. Some will argue that in their youth they studied a few years at an American institution in the region, or lived in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Indonesia, for a few years, and so on... decades ago.
When in the Muslim Middle East, it's easy to absorb the beautiful, loyal family connection within the Muslim world. Families are tightly intertwined, they are all family, brothers, cousins, nephews... and they all call each other “brother” thus Muslim Brotherhood.
And, what unites them is: their religion, Islam. The laws of the Koran are followed, no questions asked. And, among those laws are sharia, taqqiya, and punishments such as mutilations of members, beheadings, stoning, pedophilia, and so much more. And the example set by their prophet Mohammed, is blindly followed.
It is in this context that we find, here in America, a seemingly innocuous character whose actions and behaviour prove that his unspoken role is to infiltrate the highest echelons of our society. For those of us who are averted observers from the Muslim world, not only from books or from the outside, but from the nucleus of their socio-anthropological system, we recognize that the allegiance that keeps them close-knitted will make them fulfill their role of facilitators.
Zuhdi Jasser is no “invader” per se, because he was born in Ohio from devout Muslim parents who moved from Syria to America in the seventies.
I met Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser when he was invited to speak in front of an influential group. The expectations were high prior to meeting him, he came with highest recommendations from friends.
In comes Jasser, a handsome, suave man, with impeccable manners and equally impeccably outfitted. It was immediately obvious that this man was not targeting and trying to impress average Joe but this very exclusive milieu in the Upper East Side and the rest of the American elite.
However, I was mostly interested in listening to his speech, in which he mentioned at the very beginning that 9/11 was the result of actions by “foreign agents.” Then he spoke of liberties, democracy. And, in the whole speech -which was addressed to a group of New York Jews, he did not mention even once, Israel.
At the Q-A, I asked why was it so difficult to say that 9/11 perpetrators who caused the massacres were Muslim terrorists. To which he said that it was not related to religion. Hmm... So, I asked, “It was not their religion they called when they blew themselves saying Allah hu Aqbar?” No, it was not religion.
The host came to his rescue allowing for a more friendly question about “what can we do to be nicer to Muslims...?”
At the end of Q-A, I managed to ask him two main questions: Why did he not mention Israel in all his talk to this group of Jews? He said: because it has nothing to do with this. I said to him, Israel and Judaism are inseparable.
My second question was: As a devout Muslim, you practice taqqiya, do you not? His answer: “You are asking me if I lie.” My answer then was: “No, I am asking you if you practice taqqiya...” He said he does not lie. And practicing taqqiya is not a lie, indeed.
First, let’s understand exactly what a “doctrine” is. It comes from the Latin word “doctrina” and it is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as for example in the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.
Taqqiya, in Islam, is a doctrine of pious fraud or religious dissimulation... whereby Muslims may under certain circumstances openly deceive infidels by feigning friendship or goodwill provided their heart remains true to Islam.
Jasser’s position is blatant and he has no qualms in speaking about it anywhere he is invited, as for instance at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2010 or anywhere else for that matter.
American Islamic Forum for Democracy's (AIFD)
His organization, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy's (AIFD) avowed mission is “to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of "mosque and state.”
It looks as though, for Zuhdi Jasser America’s religion is Islam...“separation of mosque and state...” But, we are in a judeo-christian country...
However, there is another detail of non-negligible importance that will show how deeply ingrained Muslims already are within our system.
Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser is a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, where he served as staff internist in the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress.
Now, we must wonder why would the United States Navy send Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser to serve as staff internist in the “Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress...” instead of deploying him with his valuable skills to one of our different war zone fronts...?
The following is a very telling piece of information, mostly if we read in between the lines... “AIFD's mission is derived from a love for America and a love of our faith of Islam. Dr. Jasser and the board of AIFD believe that Muslims can better practice Islam in an environment that protects the rights of an individual to practice their faith as they choose. The theocratic "Islamic" regimes of the Middle East and some Muslim majority nations use Islam as a way to control Muslim populations, not to glorify God as they portend. The purest practice of Islam is one in which Muslims have complete freedom to accept or reject any of the tenants or laws of the faith no different than we enjoy as Americans in this Constitutional republic.”
Let’s analyze this together: Mohammed and his board “... believe that Muslims can better practice Islam in an environment that protects the rights of individuals to practice their faith as they choose.”
That, however, is not new. In the aftermath of 9/11, I coordinated the visit of some Kuwaiti representatives from the Kuwaiti parliament, including a few women -who had no right to vote at the time- and who complained that they sent their children from our secular homes to study in America, and they go back radicalized.
Indeed, Dr. Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser is right in his assertion and the key notion in his rhetoric is “legal protection” because our country being infected by both viruses of democracy and liberalism, protects everyone equally: whether you are a crazy scientist, a suicidal terrorist, or a Muslim under the wrapping of an inoffensive kind doctor.
The Obama administration did not take long and last March 2012, appointed Zuhdi Jasser Commissioner at the US Commission for International Religious Freedom.
As recently as May 16, 2012, Jasser wrote in an article about “contempt of religion," and where he shows his discontent on how the situation is developing in the so-called Arab Spring.
That said, if Jasser is so interested in change, he is wrong if he believes that preaching among us will influence any change within his Muslim brethren. The fight must, as all other fights throughout History, be done from the inside, risking one’s life, ready to give sweat, tears and blood for the better good.
What is surprising is that Jasser says it clearly: “I sit before you a proud, devout, American Muslim whose country is polarized on its perceptions of Muslims and the radicalization that occurs within our communities...”
Is he a good devout American Muslim? Sure he is and that’s why he is the constant guest at Murdoch-Alwaleed’s Fox News Channel.·
Alwaleed, issue of the Saudi royal family knows how to do things to show us what we want and expect, and what we believe in, so he has chosen the Muslim voice he can trust, a voice appealing to all naive Americans, speaking of liberty, of our founding fathers and of separation of “mosque and state.” But, America is about separation of church and state.
“Battle for the Soul of Islam” is a palliative compilation of his groundless wishful thinking that he proposes to non-Muslim Americans, as his publisher writes: “He offers non-Muslims a definitive comprehension of the difference between Islam and the spiritual cancer known as Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam’s true teachings.”
As if though we were not aware of the reality of the corrupted life of their revered prophet, Mohammed, and the monstrous laws dictated by the Koran.
At another point of his career, Zuhdi Jasser said to Congress: “... that political Islam was based on the idea that the government should be run under Islamic law, which he said violated the American concept of separation of church and state.” But, my reader can take a look above, when he spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2010, he specifically mentioned that his organization’s goal is directly connected to America’s separation of mosque and state (on the youtube segment, is at the 44th second.)
To begin with, it all starts with the Religion of Islam and Koran establishes the rules of existence at every single second of Muslim life.
As a matter of fact, Islam is considered by many as a political ideology under the wrapping of a religion.
So, for Jasser to affirm that political Islam is the problem, is a way to manipulate ignorant masses, so that when we see more and more burkas running our streets, we will be at ease.
But, forget not, Jasser has never condemned the atrocities committed in the name of Islam. Or has he?
Zuhdi Jasser never accepts responsibility that the attacks were a result of Islam and the Koran teachings. He never says he is sorry for 9/11. He also never condemns severely the acts of 9/11 committed by barbaric Muslim terrorists in the name of Islam. And when he does condemn, it is only to say it is not Islam, that they were not related to the religion of Islam, and that's blatantly delusional, misleading and deceptive.
People like Frank Gaffney, Steven Emerson, Brigitte Gabriel, Glenn Beck, and many others seem to have given into the Jasser charm, but sadly they are wrong. The man knows how to make friends. They would do well to ask him for his support of Israel and the Jewish people and they should ask him to do so by writing about it.
He should also condemn in unmistaken terms the attacks against humanity that explicitly appear in the Koran: Stoning, mutilations, honor killing, beheadings, pedophilia, and more.
His is a very shrewd move. When Zuhdi Jasser pretends to fight against CAIR, and then the Obama administration appoints their “good” Muslim as Commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, in the end the winner is Islam.
His achievements are serious: He has succeeded to infiltrate the elite. He is the Muslim contributor of choice in Fox News Channel, and that should be a clear signal of his closeness to that great pro Muslim Brotherhood supporter and Murdoch’s friend, saudi prince Alwaleed. Jasser is also Commissioner at USCIFR, head of his own Muslim-facilitating organization, American Islamic Forum for Democracy. And he is a US Navy Lieutenant Colonel, and an invited guest speaker at conferences in Islam.
Making indiscriminately Assalam Alekhum to a man who rather wants to make America see how unfair we look at his people, is simply counterproductive.
Those in the know should be asking Zuhdi Jasser when will he start working within the Muslim world to actively promote change and hope, simply because only a revolution could stop terrorism to be exported by Muslims worldwide.
And he should remember that America is a Judeo-Christian country and that his people must adapt to our customs, not the other way around.
His is a very subtle strategy, and it is working, because Zuhdi Jasser, by his own account, is a proud devout Muslim, for whom, Islam is most certainly his number one priority.
Just remember that whenever Jasser wins over CAIR or others, it is Islam who wins.
Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Benador is a national and international global strategist and the former CEO and founder of Benador Associates. Stephen E. Hughes is Director of Research. For speaking engagements contact here