Just a few notes I would like to add to Mauro’s excellent article. . . .
Islamist Jurisprudence Group to Train 200 U.S. Imams
Tues, January 28, 2014
By Ryan Mauro
The California-based Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) is holding a conference in Texas [its 3rd time here, in fact; and to be exact, it’s at the Atrium Hotel and Suites, at 4600 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, 75062. The hotel lets them bring in their own halal food] this month, 2/21-23, where it hopes to educate 200 imams. AMJA is an anti-American Salafist (rejects modernity, follows original Muhammad footsteps, copies Wahhabism) group that supports abuse of women, violent jihad, and the stealthy imposition of shariain the U.S.
AMJA’s 11th Annual Imams‘ Conference has the theme, “Islamic Home Finance in the West.” The subject is part of Sharia Finance or economics that comply with sharia. The organization says it has already had 150 imams sign up and it has a maximum capacity of 200. Imams lead mosques and Islamic centers and are seen as the local authority on the faith, so AMJA’s teachings can impact thousands of Muslims in North America. [It is Muslim Brotherhood. Its leaders are closely tied, if not the same, as those on the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) board, which is the MB organization most responsible for disseminating whatever “word/ROEs” that need to get out to the imams in the mosques in the US.]
AMJA’s self-description says that the organization has a “moderate approach and a rejection of extremism,” but if you read what AMJA actually says, a picture emerges. AMJA has an online bank of fatwas, or authoritative religious determinations. They explicitly command Muslims to pursue the imposition of sharia-based governance entirely. AMJA specifically criticizes those who say parts of sharia are not applicable to today, essentially saying that America should model itself after Saudi Arabia.
It instructs Muslims to infiltrate positions of power for the subversive purpose of incrementally implementing sharia. In one translated document, AMJA says Muslim judges in non-Muslim countries must “judge by the rulings of the Sharia as much as possible, even if by a ruse.”
AMJA also supports violent jihad. In 2009, AMJA responded to Israeli military operations in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist group by telling Muslims that they are required to defend their co-religionists whenever their land is attacked by an enemy. Its fatwa said to help them “with every possible means of support: military, financial, political and journalistic.”
On the topic of jihad in America, AMJA states in an Arabic fatwa that “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time“: “With our current capabilities, we are aspiring towards defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation,” AMJA explained.
Several of AMJA’s fatwas are harmful to women, justifying marital rape and “female circumcision” or, as it the practice is more accurately called, female genital mutilation. AMJA advises Muslims against joining law enforcement in case they are ordered to arrest a Muslim for raping his wife.
These are not messages that should be welcomed anywhere and especially not in the U.S., but about 200 imams in this country respect AMJA enough to go to its Texas conference for instruction. That is shocking enough by itself, but we must also consider all of AMJA’s allies that won’t be attending the event.
AMJA’s list of experts numbers 47, with most of them living here (for example, Zululfokka Shah, PH.D, President of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). [A member you might also recognize: Sohail Mohammed, Chris Christie’s pick for the NJ Superior Court.] Its leadership is intertwined with other Muslim-American institutions. It has had common leadership with the American Open University, the Miskah Islamic University of North America, the League of Imams in North America, the North American Imams Federation, Michigan’s Islamic Center of Grand Blank City, the Dar al-Farooq Center, and more.
AMJA’s event impacts the entire country. Any imam who looks to AMJA for guidance is disqualified as a “moderate.”
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