According to Merriam-Webster, Islamophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam. Using that definition, an individual doesn’t necessarily have to exhibit an irrational fear of or discriminate against Islam or Muslims to be labeled Islamophobic. Mere criticism of Islam in any form appears to qualify as Islamophobia because criticism – to many –signals an aversion, which is defined as a feeling of repugnance (strong dislike, distaste, or antagonism) toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it, according to Merriam-Webster.
CAIR created a stand-alone website dedicated to Islamophobia, complete with organizations and individuals it labels as Islamophobic. Interestingly, they include Zuhdi Jasser, an American physician who is President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Mr. Jasser is a devout Muslim and very vocal Muslim advocate, as evidenced by his book A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’ s Fight to Save His Faith.
By including Mr. Jasser on their site, wouldn’t that, by definition, make CAIR Islamophobic since they are expressing an aversion to Mr. Jasser, a person who practices Islam?
CAIR is famous for playing the Islamophobia card, whether it’s in response to a perceived offense against Muslims or in the aftermath of a terror attack.
I say perceived offense because some claims of anti-Muslim attacks have been proven to be perpetrated by Muslims themselves. Here is one example from July 6, 2010, that was quickly corrected July 8, 2010. Here is a link to a more comprehensive list.
Below, is a video from the Ohio chapter of CAIR’s campaign against Islamophobia.
Despite the seriousness of the previous video, they also try to dispel Islamophobia using humor.
Is violence committed against Muslims? Yes. Does that mean everyone who voices concern or criticism about Islam is Islamophobic? Absolutely not.
The bigger questions are whether it’s irrational to voice concerns about violence committed in the name of Islam and if it’s Islamophobic to tell the truth about Islamic teachings? That is precisely what many individuals and organizations on CAIR’s lists do. They simply point to the facts.
Given the fact that CAIR is so frequently the face of Islam in American media, specifically concerning Islamophobia, maybe we should review CAIR’s stated mission along with some of their questionable connections.
According to their website, CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
According to a criminal action brought by the U.S. Government against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development regarding “donations to various organizations alleged to be affiliated with or controlled by HAMAS,” CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator (pg. 5 of Attachment A). Hamas is designated a terror organization by the State Department. Indirectly, CAIR was funding Hamas.
For a more comprehensive view of CAIR’s true character, please read “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” by P. David Gaubitz and Paul Sperry. Their 448-page expose chronicles the undercover efforts of Mr. Gaubitz’s son, Chris Gaubatz, as he infiltrated the Washington Chapter of CAIR as an intern. After reading it myself in 2009, I can attest to the great job they did in revealing the difference between CAIR’s publicly stated objectives and their hidden agenda.
According to their publisher, WND Books, “’Muslim Mafia’ documents CAIR’s support of radical jihad, recounting its origin as a front group for the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into a Saudi-style Islamic state.”
Immediately after the book was released, CAIR filed a lawsuit against Chris Gaubatz and his father, claiming damages and breach of contract. According to their lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, their defense includes “the argument that CAIR cannot suffer damages because a member of a criminal terror conspiracy cannot collect damages when this participation is exposed.”
Below, is a must-watch video of an appearance by Chris Gaubatz on the Glazov Gang with Jamie Glazov where he speaks from firsthand experience concerning the “civilization jihad” being conducted by CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The image to the left is a partial screen capture from CAIR’s press center web page.
Notice the text directly below the donate button, “Zakat eligible…”
For Western consumption, Zakat is described as the obligatory giving of alms for the poor and needy, as the third of the Five Pillars of Islam.
For Muslim consumption, Dr. Yusuf al-Qardawi, an Egyptian Islamic theologian, wrote Fiqh Az-Zakat A Comparative Study (Volumes I and II). Below, is an excerpt from the website where I downloaded a copy of his second volume.
Among the most important books Dr. Yusuf al-Qardawi has written is the present volume on fiqh az-Zakat. It is a study which deals in depth with legal rulings and philosophy of zakat in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Among the five pillars of Islam, Zakat is the third after Tawhid and prayer. It is crucial to the financial and political structure of every Muslim community. Yet, despite its pivotal significance, it is the least understood of the basic practices of Islam and indeed now plays little or no part in the lives of the vast majority of Muslims.
Below, you will find an excerpt from pages 68-69 of Volume II specifically concerning Zakat and Jihad (emphasis mine).
The wars in which the Companions and Followers battled were fought solely to help people quit the worship of human creatures for the worship of God, the creator, to eradicate oppression and establish the justice of Islam. Some people think this kind of war does not happen anymore and that contemporary wars in Muslim countries are merely nationalistic, having nothing to do with religion, so zakah must not be given to Muslims who fight such wars.
Such thinking is grossly erroneous, because, first of all, Islamic jihad is not restricted to the wars in which the Companions fought…
Jihad is obligatory in order to protect Muslim land as much as it is obligatory to protect the Islamic faith. Fighting in defense of Muslim land is legitimate Islamically, if it is not based simply on love of a country. A Muslim may leave the homeland of his ancestors and go live where Islam is fully implemented, as the Prophet and his Companions did by migrating from Makkah to Madinah for the sake of God.
The most honorable form of jihad nowadays is fighting for the liberation of Muslim land from the domination of the unbelievers, regardless of their religion or ideology. The communist, and the capitalist, the Westerner and the Easterner, Christian, Jew, pagan, or unbeliever, all are aggressors when they attack and occupy Muslim land. Fighting in defense of the home of Islam is obligatory until the enemy is driven away and Muslims are liberated.
Today, Muslim land is occupied in Palestine, Kashmir, Eritria, Ethiopia, Chad, Western Somalia, Cyprus, Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkund, Ozbekstan, Albania, and several other communist occupied countries. Declaring a sacred war to save these Muslim lands is an Islamic requirement, and fighting for such purposes in those occupied territories is in the way of God, for which zakah must be spent.
So, waging war to liberate Muslim land (jihad) is not only considered legitimate, it’s something “for which zakat must be spent.” Hamas just happens to be one of the groups actively engaged in Jihad against Israel in Palestine. The excerpt below is taken from the 1988 Hamas Charter.
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgement Day?
This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.
According to Merriam-Webster, Waqf is an Islamic endowment of property to be held in trust and used for a charitable or religious purpose. I elaborate on the concept of Islamic Waqf as it pertains to the Islamic expansion in Israel in the Middle, but the short version is that any territory previously or currently under Islamic control is forever consecrated as Islamic.
Below, is a map from Israel in the Middle illustrating the expanse of land deemed Islamic, along with a map showing land ISIS planned to reclaim for its Islamic Caliphate. Notice the similarities.
Based on the evidence stacked against them, CAIR is not who they pretend to be. They are covertly waging civilization jihad, subtly trying to subjugate America to the tenets of Sharia one claim of Islamophobia at a time…