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Scientific Training and Radical Islam

Islam and Communism in the 20th Century

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology In Western Europe, 2007-2009

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Muslim Women I Love Most


The Other Islam (PDF)

Habs-i-nafas1 and Pas-i anfas2 as Methods of Invocation


Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia




"Surely, those who believe, and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians, whoever have faith with true hearts in Allah and in the Last-day and do good deeds, their reward is with their Lord, and there shall be no fear for them nor any grief." - Qur'an 2:62
Obey your country's laws, Marje Sistani urges Muslims in West
by Mohamed Ali | MONTREAL, Canada
Iraq's Al-Marje Al-Alaa Ali Sistani sent a message to Muslims in Western nations, urging them to obey the laws of the countries in which they live.The fatwa was delivered at a Montreal news conference of prominent Shia Muslims on behalf of Ayatullah Sayyed Ali As-Sistani "Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of the country of their residence and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," the statement read. It condemned all acts of violence and encouraged imams to keep a watchful eye on what's going on inside their mosques

Gülen’s False Choice: Silence or Violence by Stephen Schwartz

Gatestone Institute October 5, 2012

When the enigmatic Turkish Islamist leader, M. Fethullah Gülen, who lives in the U.S., published, in the September 27 London Financial Times, an op-ed column with a clumsy turn from benevolent moderation to hard Islamist ambitions, he revealed his authentic character.

The topic was, probably predictably, the latest outburst of terrorism in Muslim countries, along with the pretext of indignation against a crude video made in the U.S. and which insulted Muhammad. The op-ed, entitled, “Violence is not in the tradition of the Prophet,” emphasized, in the first seven (out of nine) paragraphs, that Muslims should not react to insults against Muhammad by destructive protests: “The violent response,” he wrote, “was wrong… Muslims …must speak out [against] violence… The question we should ask ourselves as Muslims is whether we have introduced Islam and its Prophet properly to the world. Have we followed his example in such a way as to instill admiration?… [A Muslim] should respect the sacred values of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and others as he expects his own religion and values to be respected.” So far, so good.

The true outlook of Fethullah Gülen, however, was revealed in his last two paragraphs: “Hate speech designed to incite violence is an abuse of the freedom of expression… [W]e should appeal to the relevant international institutions, such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] or the UN, to intervene, expose and condemn instances of hate speech. We can do whatever it takes within the law to prevent any disrespect to all revered religious figure, not only to the Prophet Muhammad. The attacks on the Prophet we have repeatedly experienced are to be condemned, but the correct response is not violence. Instead, we must pursue a relentless campaign to promote respect for the sacred values of all religions,” Gülen proclaimed.

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Turks Protest Erdoğan’s Re-Islamification Program by Ali Uyanik

Gatestone Institute May 2, 2012

Alevi demonstrators carry portraits of 1993 Sivas massacre martyrs, Kadiköy, Istanbul, March 31, 2012.

Much of the world appears seduced by the claims to Islamic moderation of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (known as AKP), led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But Turkish citizens and immigrants in Western Europe seem to be expressing increasing dissatisfaction with the government’s policies on religion, the future of the country’s secular institutions, and an apparent disregard for the rights of minorities.

As Erdoğan approaches the 10th anniversary of his first assumption of the prime minister’s post, in 2003, the heterodox Muslim Alevi community, accounting for as many as a quarter of Turkey’s 85 million citizens at home and in its large diaspora, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sivas massacre, in 1993. Alevis are a religious movement combining elements of Shia Islam, spiritual Sufism, and pre-Islamic Turkish and Kurdish traditions, including shamanism. They do not pray in the manner of Sunni Muslims or worship in mosques. Rather, their observances are centered on music, dance, and praise of God. Alevi rituals are led by women and the Alevis are known as supporters of gender equality.

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John L. Esposito: Apologist for Wahhabi Islam by Stephen Schwartz

American Thinker September 18, 2011

Jannat ul-Baqi, the cemetery in Medina of the Family, Companions, and Successors to the Prophet Muhammad sallallahualeyhisalaam, before its demolition by Saudi Wahhabis in 1925.

Three things are immediately obvious when one examines the biography of John Louis Esposito, American academic expert on Islam. The first is that — as noted by his official biographical listing of more than forty-five books and monographs, along with his standing as editor of several reference series — he seems indefatigably prolific, though the bulk of his writings present interpretations of contemporary phenomena rather than original research. The second is that he luxuriates in honors, including those bestowed by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other parties in whose objectivity about Islamic affairs few can believe. Finally, his work has provided an unremitting “explanation” that amounts to a committed defense of radical, rather than traditional, Islam. Esposito aspires to become the chief interlocutor between the U.S., if not the West as a whole, and the Muslim lands — especially the extremist elements in Islamic societies.

In his career as an academic and public intellectual, Esposito has emphasized his conviction that Islamist ideology is a path to liberation of Muslim societies from oppression, and, like many other Middle East studies experts, he is quick to accuse critics of Muslim radicalism of Islamophobia. He has accumulated a further sheaf of statements that should be embarrassing to him, but apparently is not. Most offensively, he stood up for Sami Al-Arian, who pled guilty in 2006 to a charge of providing services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Specially Designated Terrorist Organization according to the U.S. government. At an August 18, 2007 fundraising event in Dallas for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a leading American Islamist group, Esposito declared, “Sami Al-Arian’s a very good friend of mine.”

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“Zaytuna College” and Its Continuing Media Circus by Stephen Schwartz

American Thinker, September 28, 2010

With the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, it was doubtless predictable that mainstream media as well as the educational trade press would resume its biased and inaccurate publicity, only lightly presented as reportage, on Zaytuna College. Based in Berkeley, California, Zaytuna is an effort to establish an “Islamic university” headed by the American Muslim preacher Hamza Yusuf Hanson.

Much coverage of the Zaytuna scheme unquestioningly accepts descriptions of it as “America’s first Islamic college.” That, for example, was how it was described in a September 9, 2010 feature published by, a website and print directory of public colleges, titled “First Muslim College Opens in United States.” The description is inaccurate in that the American Islamic College (AIC) in Chicago was established in 1981 as “a private, not-for-profit, four-year college offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies.”

Unlike the Zaytuna enterprise, representatives of which are forced to admit their lack of accreditation, AIC claims that “in 1991 the College was granted the authority to offer the Associate of Arts degree in addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree.” AIC’s 2010 offerings include religious classes and courses on the life and oral commentaries of Muhammad, the history of Islam, and the history of Christian-Muslim relations. It also advertises instruction in calligraphy, Turkish art, the oud or oriental lute, and stained glass.

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Islamist Gülen Movement Runs U.S. Charter Schools by Stephen Schwartz

American Thinker, March 29. 2010

A secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals now operates dozens of charter schools — which receive government money but are not required to adopt a state-approved curriculum — on U.S. soil. The inspirer of this conspiratorial effort is Fethullah Gülen, who directs a major Islamist movement in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora, but lives in the United States. He is number 13 among the world’s “50 most influential Muslims” according to one prominent listing.

Gülen has been criticized as the puppet master for the current Turkish government headed by the “soft Islamist” Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials as the AKP, in its slow-motion showdown with the secularist Turkish military. But Gülen is also known in Muslim countries for his network of 500-700 Islamic schools around the world, according to differing sources favorable to his movement. A more critical view of Gülen’s emphasis on education asserts that his international network of thousands of primary and secondary schools, universities, and student residences is a key element in solidifying an Islamist political agenda in Turkey.

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