CAIR: Mattson Out, Zebiba Boy In

Puff Ho’s Omar Sacirbey presents:

Mohamed Magid, Va. Imam, Named Head Of Islamic Society Of North America

We all know that the witness of a lowly female is worth little, if anything in Islam. Good bye, Ingrid. You deserve everything that’s coming your way. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. (H/T ZIP)

RNS) The Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim group in the U.S. and Canada, on Tuesday (Sept. 28) named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.

Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the 5,000-family All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., will succeed outgoing president Ingrid Mattson, who in 2006 became the first woman elected to the position.

Magid, 45, served two terms as ISNA’s vice president under Mattson, where he focused on interfaith relations, youth issues, and women’s issues. As president, Magid’s priorities will continue to include interfaith relations and improving Islam’s image in the United States, said ISNA spokeswoman Sarah Thompson.

“A lot of local communities don’t know how to engage with the media and the communities around them, and they’re asking for help,” Thompson said. “Reaching out and improving interfaith relations is what Imam Magid excelled at.”

Magid, who was unavailable for comment, takes the helm of ISNA as Muslim Americans face increased hostility and discrimination. According to a Pew Research Center poll last month, Americans’ favorable views of Islam fell from 41 percent to 30 percent in the past five years, while unfavorable views increased from 36 to 38 percent.

Magid studied under his father in Sudan before coming to the United States in 1987. He rose to prominence in 2005 after a lengthy and positive profile in Time magazine. Last year, he and Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk were named Washingtonians of the year by Washingtonian magazine.

Mattson is currently on sabbatical from Hartford Seminary, where she is director of the McDonald Center for Islam and Christian-Muslims Relations. She is spending the next few months catching up with her family, but intends to stay active in Muslim American affairs and resume teaching next year, Thompson said.

5 thoughts on “CAIR: Mattson Out, Zebiba Boy In”

  1. Maybe she will have some quiet time to contemplate why she betrayed her Redeemer for the thugs at CAIR. Thirty pieces of silver doesn’t really go very far.

    Reminds me of Sir Thomas More during his trial speaking to Richard Rich, who perjured himself with an eye to getting the ambassadorship to Wales. Thomas said to him “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world (and suffer the loss of his soul)…but Richard, for Wales?’

    To ingrid Mattson, Catholic apostate…Ingrid, what does it profit you to sell yourself for the benefit of the Muslim world…but for CAIR?

  2. Ingrid Mattson: No Longer Leading ISNA, but Still Advancing Radical Islam

    By Stephen Schwartz

    Ingrid Mattson, a professor of Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary, recently ended a term as the first female and first Muslim convert to serve as president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). But she promises to continue her career as a promoter of radical Islam.

    As an example of her ideological commitment, Mattson is advertised as a prominent participant in a conference to be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 24/26, 2011. The conference program is breathtaking in its triumphalist view of Islam and its relations with the world. Titled “Shared Cultural Spaces” and benefiting from a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) — paid for by federal tax revenue — the Minnesota conference program announces very little that is “shared” by Islam and other cultures, but rather is replete with uncritical glorification of Islamic history.

    Thus, Nabil Matar, a professor of English at Minnesota, commented, “At a time when other parts of the world were in their ‘dark ages,’ in Islamic civilizations there were artists, scientists, writers and architects who created a world of imagination, openness (as they included Christians and Jews as well) and brilliance. The conference will show how Islamic cultural imagination continues to enrich contemporary life.” While such a claim is problematical in its exclusion of all non-Muslim intellectual achievements during the “dark ages,” it is absurd in its supposition that the Islamic imagination retains a leading role in global culture.

    Mattson is included as a participant in the Minnesota conference based on her work in “Islamic law and ethics, as well as gender and leadership issues in contemporary Muslim communities.” These topics appear as euphemisms for discussion of Sharia law and the status of women in Islam, the two issues in Muslim societies which are especially controversial for non-Muslims. Such matters are outstanding in their relevance for the future of Islam, and a debate about them involving Muslim leaders like Mattson is profoundly necessary.

    But will Mattson, at an event sponsored by the federal NEH, address Sharia and the status of women in a candid way? Will she illuminate the drive to expand Sharia as common law in the Muslim and non-Muslim lands, or the protests of Muslim women and enlightened Muslim men against female subjection and victimization by such practices as so-called “honor” murder and female genital mutilation (FGM)? While such atrocious patterns in the treatment of women do not originate in Islam, they have been assimilated into its sociology in many parts of the world.

    One may hope for Mattson to suddenly adopt a challenging attitude to retrograde legal and gender standards among Muslims, but judging from her long-established activities, such an expectation would surely bring disappointment.

    Regarding Sharia, on January 29, Mattson journeyed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where local voters statewide attempted to vote in a ban on “considering or using” Islamic Sharia law or “international law” in state courts. While the Oklahoma measure has been blocked by a federal court order, Mattson intended to “explain” Sharia at the 24th annual Knippa Interfaith/Ecumenical Lecture Series at Grace Lutheran Church.

    Many moderate Muslims around the world believe that Sharia, or religious law, is limited in its applicability to intimate religious matters that do not impinge on or otherwise affect others, such as diet, male circumcision, forms of prayer and other rituals, fasting, fixing of charity payments, and burial. But in her discussion of Sharia in an interview with the Tulsa World, prior to her lecture, Mattson defined Sharia according to the sweeping definition put forward by Islamists: “Shariah means the sacred law, a whole set of approaches to living your life in a way that brings you closer to God.” She went on to include “business and medical ethics” as Sharia concerns. Indeed, questioned about Sharia and homosexuality, Mattson commented gratuitously, “A bigger area of concern for many Muslims is financial law.” She then condemned financial practices barred by Islamic law, such as the reselling of debt, as “schemes that got us into this recession.” This intimation that Sharia-based finance offers a positive alternative in the aftermath of the global recession is a dangerously demagogic aspect of her rhetoric and an extension to recent Islamist efforts to expand the influence of Sharia-based economics.

    When asked about Sharia and personal religious choice, such as conversion by Muslims to other faiths, Mattson demonstrated her talent for untruthful improvisation by claiming, “Usually, Muslim scholars say it is sinful, but legal, to convert.” Unfortunately, “waiving” of Islamic legal prohibitions against conversion of born Muslims to differing religions is visible only in limited areas, mainly in the West. Mattson’s inventive assertion that Muslim scholars “usually” treat conversion out of Islam as a violation of Muslim religious belief but nevertheless permissible is a wholesale invention. The exact opposite is true: the great majority of Muslim scholars and believers continue to treat departure from the religion or adoption of another faith as an offense meriting death. Considering the frequency with which allegations of apostasy through conversion result in violent incidents across the Islamic lands, and the attention given to them in global media, Mattson’s insouciance on this issue is repugnant.

    Mattson is nothing if not diverse. She is described as an American Muslim when speaking to such U.S. periodicals as the New York Times, and, having been born in Kitchener, Ontario, she is identified as a Canadian Muslim in such north-of-the-border media as the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, published in the broad prairie province of Saskatchewan.

    Although her specific citizenship may be unknown, when she appeared as a Muslim representative at the inauguration of Barack Obama, Mattson presumably acted as an American. Regardless of her citizenship, Mattson is consistent on one important issue: the variety of Islam she has embraced which, as represented by ISNA, is fundamentalist and radical, oriented toward Saudi Wahhabism, Pakistani jihadism, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    ISNA itself avers on its official website that, “the Department of Justice named ISNA on a list of ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ in the federal terrorism prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.” The Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case ended in 2008 with the conviction of five HLF officials on 108 charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization, i.e. Hamas, as well as financial and tax violations.

    Like Mattson, ISNA has equivocal origins, about which it has grown coy. Its website no longer features the organization’s foundation and history in a prominent place. Nevertheless, a look at ISNA’s Facebook page reveals information appearing on Wikipedia, identifying ISNA as created in 1982 and based in the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), which was founded in 1963. By that account, “ISNA regards the MSA’s 1963 convention as its first one.” According to Washington Post reporter John Mintz, Egyptian-born, Qatar-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi, perhaps the most famous fundamentalist preacher in Islamic lands, described in a 1995 speech delivered in Ohio how supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood proposed to Islamize the U.S. through the activities of MSA and ISNA. (Al-Qaradawi is now banned from entering the U.S. and Britain.)

    Mattson’s radical record includes endorsement of the “Islamic reformation” image projected by the adherents of Saudi Wahhabism (even though Wahhabism is the theological inspiration for al-Qaeda), false claims that Wahhabi clerics have uniformly denounced terrorism, and denial that terrorist cells operate in the U.S. In the immediate aftermath of the atrocities of September 11, 2001, Mattson joined in efforts by academia and media to distance Islam from terrorism. As described by Washington Times religion writer Larry Witham in reportage published on September 24, 2001, Mattson hurried to articulate the claim that armed jihad refers only to “defensive” combat. It is appalling that a leading academic on Islam, with credibility in the White House and other exalted venues, should have supported this deliberate falsification of Islamic history; armed jihad to spread Islam is a well-established concept in Muslim theology.

    Mattson’s views have not changed in the years since 9/11. With the recent end of her term as ISNA president, Mattson remains devoted to putting out the flames of discontent over radical Islam wherever opposition to its ambitions may appear. These efforts demonstrate Mattson’s determination to build on the fame she gained while leading ISNA to advance radical Islam with a North American face.

    Stephen Schwartz is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism. He was institutional historian of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004-06. He wrote this article for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

  3. Too bad they pulled the video, but you can read it here:

    Ingrid Mattson, ‘taqiyya’ queen and Barack Obama’s favorite radical Muslim woman, gets her ass whooped by a friend of mine (BNI)

    Ingrid Mattson, a Catholic who was raised in Ontario, CA, converted to Islam, and went on to become a major figure in the North American Islamic establishment. Until 2010, she served as president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, ISNA.
    FrontPage Until 2010, Mattson she was head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a leading national organization which, at the 2007 trial in Dallas of a now-defunct Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was named an unindicted co-conspirator on charges of aiding Hamas. The trial proved to be an explosive event, uncovering a great deal of vital information about the unsavory connections of supposedly innocuous Muslim organizations in the United States.

    Yet it was almost entirely ignored – and, when not ignored, whitewashed – by the mainstream American media. Mattson “has been disturbingly equivocal about Wahhabism, the repressive and backward strain of Sunni Islam that is the state creed in Saudi Arabia,” describing it as “a reform movement” and comparing it – incredibly – to “the European protestant reformation.” (Read more of her quotes below the video)

    In the video below, Mattson is caught off guard, when Liz Trent starts asking her questions about abrogation* and sharia, to which Mattson tries to tap dance around the truth.

    *ABROGATION : This is a key term in studying the Quran. There are some peaceful, tolerant verses in the Quran. But the violent, intolerant ones have abrogated (abolished, done away with) them. The Quran itself explains what to do with conflicting verses. If two passages conflict, it says, the one written later is better than the one written earlier. The earlier passage has been abrogated by the later one. The bad news for non-Muslims is that almost all the peaceful passages were written earlier, and the intolerant, hateful, and violent ones were written later (read more about this).

    Because the audio is hard to hear in parts, Liz has provided text describing what is going on. At the end, Liz mentions she has read ‘Reliance of the Traveler,’ A Classic Manual of Sharia Law, endorsed by most Islamic authorities, that describes in detail how the purpose of jihad is to go to war to force Islam on all unbelievers. With a look that could kill on the face of Mattson, Liz wisely ends the discussion there.

    Most of the following links have been scrubbed from the internet, but fortunately, CAMPUS WATCH has saved them.

    1) Mattson places loyalty to Islam before loyalty to the United States of America:

    If Muslim Americans are to participate in such a critique of American policy, however, they will only be effective if they do it, according to the Prophet’s words, in a “brotherly” fashion. This implies a high degree of loyalty and affection. This does not mean, however, that citizenship and religious community are identical commitments, nor that they demand the same kind of loyalty. People of faith have a certain kind of solidarity with others of their faith community that transcends the basic rights and duties of citizenship.

    2) Mattson on the possibility that Americans may “rise to the challenge of defining themselves as an ethical nation”:

    The first duty of Muslims in America, therefore, is to help shape American policies so they are in harmony with the essential values of this country. In the realm of foreign policy, this “idealistic” view has been out of fashion for some time. Indeed, the American Constitution, like foundational religious texts, can be read in many different ways. The true values of America are those which we decide to embrace as our own. There is no guarantee, therefore, that Americans will rise to the challenge of defining themselves as an ethical nation; nevertheless, given the success of domestic struggles for human dignity and rights in the twentieth century, we can be hopeful.

    3) Mattson denies the existence of terrorist cells in the United States:

    There’s a prejudgment, a collective judgment of Muslims, and a suspicion that well “you may appear nice, but we know there are sleeper cells of Americans,” which of course is not true. There aren’t any sleeper cells.

    4) Mattson defends Wahhabism:

    CHAT PARTICIPANT: What can you tell us about the Wahhabi sect of Islam? Is it true that this is an extremely right wing sect founded and funded by the Saudi royal family, and led by Osama bin Ladin? What is the purpose of the Wahhabi?MATTSON: No it’s not true to characterize ‘Wahhabism’ that way. This is not a sect. It is the name of a reform movement that began 200 years ago to rid Islamic societies of cultural practices and rigid interpretation that had acquired over the centuries. It really was analogous to the European protestant reformation. Because the Wahhabi scholars became integrated into the Saudi state, there has been some difficulty keeping that particular interpretation of religion from being enforced too broadly on the population as a whole. However, the Saudi scholars who are Wahhabi have denounced terrorism and denounced in particular the acts of September 11.

    5) Mattson on the negative effects of the end of the Islamic Caliphate:

    CHAT PARTICIPANT: Osama bin Laden made a reference that Muslims have been living in humiliation for 80 years. Did he refer to the Treaty of Sevres in 1920 that dismantled caliphates and sultanates?MATTSON: Yes, he is referring to that, to the overthrowing of the caliphate, which was a plan of European powers for many years. This deprived the Muslim world of a stable and centralized authority, and much of the chaos that we’re living in today is the result of that.

    6) Mattson teaches the jihadists Sayyid Qutb and Syed Abu’l-`Ala Mawdudi in her course at Hartford Seminary – see the syllabus here.

    7) Mattson praises the jihadist Mawdudi (aka Maududi):

    Maududi on jihad (Jihad in Islam, page 9): “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State. It must be evident to you from this discussion that the objective of Islamic ‘Jihad’ is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of State rule. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution.” ”Islamic ‘Jihad’ does not recognize their right to administer State affairs according to a system which, in the view of Islam, is evil.

    8 Although she recommends and teaches Abdul ala Maududi, who advocates violent jihad against non-Muslims (see above), Mattson is highly critical of Christians who make the factual statement that texts by Muslims support violent jihad against non-Muslims — and she equates Christian critics of violent jihad with Osama bin Laden, who wages violent jihad.

    Mattson on critical statements by Christians about Muslims:

    “I don’t see any difference between that and al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden [using] Islamic theology to justify violence against Americans. What’s interesting is if you compare [their] statements about what Islam is and what Muslims believe, you’ll find they are almost identical, and I reject both interpretations — both the non-Muslims who are saying that Islam justifies violence against Christians and Jews, and the Muslims who are saying it. “

    9) Mattson is a traditionalist on Shariah law and the legitimacy of Shariah authorities:

    “As a practicing Muslim, I believe that there is a core of fundamental beliefs and practices that distinguish authentic Islam from deviations. I also believe that apart from this essential core, the task of interpreting the application of Islamic norms to human society is an enormously complicated task, which inevitably leads to a broad range of opinion and practice. I agree with ” Sunni” Muslims, the majority of the Muslim community worldwide, that after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, no one has the right to claim infallibility in the interpretation of sacred law.”

    10) Mattson is a leader in Muslim efforts to censor the right to free speech in America and especially in the United States government:

    Ingrid Mattson, the first woman president of the Islamic Society of North America, said Friday at the opening of the group’s 43rd annual convention that labeling terrorism as “Islamic” was not helpful to people of her faith.” If our major concern is security, security of this country, this is a term that has very bad resonance in the Muslim majority world and makes us feel uncomfortable here,” Mattson said. Mattson said her group would argue for a change in rhetoric away from “Islamic fascism.”

    …..As an alternative to “Islamic fascism,” Mattson suggested the words “terrorism, crime, violence,” adding that she and other Muslims don’t understand why the label “Islamic” is included when Bush and other leaders talk about terrorism.

    11) Mattson denies the actual state of women’s rights under Shariah law:

    “One of the popular misconceptions about Islam is that women are seen as lesser figures, that they don’t have rights.

    “MATTSON: Muslim women have the same legal rights as Muslim men. The Prophet Mohammed’s wife was a businesswoman. The legal rights of women were enshrined in Islamic law. However, cultural practices in many societies have prevented those rights from being enforced.”

    12) Mattson rationalizes the actions of the Taliban against women:

    CHAT PARTICIPANT: Does the Taliban place blame upon women for the weakness of men in their society? Is that why they place such restriction upon them?MATTSON: The Taliban place restrictions on everyone in their society, men and women. In their minds, they are protecting women from other men by placing these restrictions on them.

    13) Like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Mattson condemns terrorism in general but avoids criticizing Hamas or Hizballah:

    “That can be frustrating. I want to also make sure people understand that although American Muslims do have a responsibility to clarify their views on terrorism and violence done in the name of Islam, we don’t have control over these situations. We don’t have some sort of magic power over all Muslims in the world.”

    14) Mattson apparently thinks that Evangelical Christians are more of a threat to Jews than Islamic jihadists:

    “‘Right-wing Christians are very risky allies for American Jews,’ Mattson said, ‘because they [the Christians] are really anti-Semitic. They do not like Jews’ and enter into the alliance on the basis of fundamentalist beliefs that it would be desirable for all Jews to return to Israel. She suggested that fundamentalist Christians might turn against Jews or that there could be backlash from ordinary Americans against Jewish and fundamentalist Christian supporters of Israel.”

    15) Mattson is highly critical of Israel:

    “The American government has not criticized sufficiently the brutality of the Israeli government, believing that it needs to be “supportive” of the Jewish state. The result is that oppression, left unchecked, can increase to immense proportions, until the oppressed are smothered with hopelessness and rage.”

    16) Mattson limits dialogue:

    “Thus, it is not permitted for a Muslim to maintain a close friendship with a highly intelligent person who engages him or her in stimulating conversation, if that person continuously derides the sacred (Qur’an 5:57-58). Indeed, since preserving faith is the highest priority, it is important that Muslims avoid demoralizing dependence on other faith communities for their protection and material needs….Clearly there are groups among American Christians and Jews who are so hostile to Muslims that we should not join with them even in shared concerns, lest we lend any credibility to their organizations.

    17) Mattson and ISNA have been criticized by those who identify themselves as American Muslim reformers and moderates:

    ISNA, which URJ has accepted, apparently uncritically, as a “partner,” has a long history of association with extremist trends in Islam. ISNA has served as a front group for Wahhabism, the official sect in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia; the jihadist ideologies originating in Pakistan with the writings of a certain Mawdudi and the Deoband schools in that country — the latter of which produced the Afghan Taliban, and the Ikhwan al-Muslimun, or Muslim Brotherhood.

  4. More of the same from Canuckistan:

    Being Had For Dinner In Ottawa

    by David B. Harris
    Special to IPT News
    April 26, 2013
    This article has been updated since its original posting.

    Canadians are on their guard against the growing Islamist threat. After all, the last month alone brought the Boston Marathon bombing, and arrests in Canada of suspected Iranian-linked al-Qaeda bomb-plotters targeting Canada-US passenger train routes. Add to that, repeated stories of Islamist radicalism in Canadian neighborhoods and young Canadian Muslim terrorists abroad.

    Against this backdrop, the last thing to be expected at this fraught time would be a public event in Canada’s capital showcasing a radical Islamist, boasting a master of ceremonies from the tax-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, involving a respected mental health foundation, and including the wife of the highest office-holder in the land. Nonetheless, this is what is being planned for Ottawa, this weekend.

    The Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization (OMWO) holds its 12th Annual Festival of Friendship Dinner Sunday evening. The master of ceremonies will be major local CBC personality Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, whose name – along with the official CBC logo – appears on event advertising. Proceeds are to benefit the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, an arms-length fundraiser for the public Royal Ottawa Hospital. In an email pitching the dinner and attributed to former Liberal Member of Parliament Marlene Catterall, the presence of Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada, is a selling point.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College in London, Ontario, an institutional affiliate of the University of Western Ontario. Mattson, a convert from Christianity to Islam, was president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The United States government designated ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful Holy Land Foundation terror-funding prosecution. ISNA is included in a key Muslim Brotherhood document as one of the “organizations of our friends.” Other evidence abounds of ISNA’s Brotherhood inspiration and connections.

    From the captured Muslim Brotherhood plan for Canada and the United States that was accepted as evidence in a US criminal court:

    “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process,’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in American [sic] is kind of a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house …”

    The Brotherhood’s motto is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

    A joint statement of representatives of the moderate American Muslim Congress, Center for Islamic Pluralism, American Islamic Forum for Democracy and the International Quranic Center condemned “groups like ISNA, in which radicals are camouflaged as moderates.” The statement especially warned Jews against linking up with ISNA because of the risk of “legitimizing a radicalism that, regardless of ISNA’s rhetorical claims, is fundamentally hostile to Jews and suppresses the intellectual and social development of Muslims.”

    Mattson has been criticized as an “apologist for Wahabbism,” the Islamist strain that fuels the Islamic-supremacist theology of Saudi Arabia, the country that gave us Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists. Mattson once astonished scholars by telling CNN that Wahabbism was simply “analogous to the European protestant reformation.”

    According to the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., Mattson responded to a question on behalf of “Muslim youth,” with the assurance that “probably the best work of Tafseer [Quranic commentary] in English is by Maulana Abul A’la Maududi.” The Center quotes Maududi’s Jihad in Islam:

    “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State. It must be evident to you from this discussion that the objective of Islamic ‘Jihad’ is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of State rule. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution.”

    Mattson’s chair endowment benefits from substantial contributions from two notable groups: the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and the Virginia-based International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

    As I pointed out in Canadian Senate committee testimony in 2011, MAC has “boldly declare[d] on its website its allegiance to the tradition of Hassan al Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood – the organization causing dread in Egypt and beyond.”

    MAC runs a number of Canadian Muslim schools, including Ottawa’s Abraar Islamic School. The school itself has had a mixed history: A good academic record, but in 2005, then-principal Aisha Sherazi was dragged before the media to explain why teaching staff supervised an Abraar student’s producing of anti-Jewish hate material. Two teachers were suspended. In 2000, the Ottawa Muslim press reported that Imam Siraj Wahhaj “headline[d]” an Ottawa Muslim community fundraising event. Imam Wahhaj was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

    Then there was the Huron University College Islamic Chair’s second funding source: the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Word that this organization was helping to fund the Huron chair triggered a joint April 2011 letter from an associate professor of economics of the University of Western Ontario – with which, as mentioned earlier, HUC is formally affiliated – and about two dozen former faculty, alumni and others. They appealed to college Interim Principal Trish Fulton to reject the sponsored chair and keep clear of IIIT money.

    “… Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani, a co-founder and former president of the IIIT, was cited as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the trial of Sami al-Arian, an Islamist activist who served a 57-month prison sentence in the United States for conspiring to channel funds to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a designated terrorist group in the United States and Canada,” wrote Professor John Palmer.

    “Jamal Barzinji, founding member and current vice-President of the IIIT, has likewise been implicated in funding for terrorists. In a sworn affidavit filed in 2003, a senior special agent with the United States Customs Service testified: ‘I believe that Barzinji is not only closely associated with PIJ as evidenced by ties to Al-Arian…, but also with HAMAS.'”

    IIIT’s troubling history extends beyond the FBI’s raiding of the place in 2002. In a strange take on tolerance and social cohesion, the institution was said to have been the site of a meeting, years ago, to manufacture the neologism, “Islamophobia.” According to various Muslim moderates, including one who said he attended the IIIT meeting, this terminology was developed by fundamentalists as a calculated means of smearing as bigots and silencing Muslims and non-Muslims who might dare discuss the building threat of radical Islam.

    Referring to IIIT scholar Mahmoud Ayoub, a Mattson connection, Point de Bascule observes in terms that would arrest the attention of any self-respecting women’s organization:

    “The manual of sharia Umdat al-salik (Reliance of the traveller) is officially endorsed by Ayoub’s IIIT. Section o1.1-2 of the manual specifies that certain types of honour killings must not be punished under Islamic law: “Not subject to retaliation (is) a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.”

    According to the 2011 Bascule analysis:

    “Mahmoud Ayoub has been involved with the Libyan World Islamic Call Society (WICS) at least since 1983. WICS was set up by Muammar Gaddafi in 1972 to spread Islam in non-Muslim countries. WICS has also been known to hide its financing of terrorism behind charitable activities. In Canada, WICS is based in London, Ontario.”

    IIIT’s record has disturbed even prospective beneficiaries of its largesse. In 2008, an outcry resulted when IIIT wanted to fund a chair at Philadelphia’s Temple University to the tune of $1.5 million. The attempt foundered on Temple’s concerns about possible IIIT extremist links and suspicions that such a gift could be part of a long-term Islamist influence operation.

    Struck by the haste with which Huron University College, on the other hand, seemed to want to get the $2 million dollar MAC-IIIT Islamic chair endowment – a significant addition to HUC’s $12 million budget – columnist Barbara Kay asked Huron’s Fulton whether MAC and IIIT values were compatible with the college.

    “We don’t probe deeply into values held by donors,” Fulton said.

    Too true. HUC took the money and ran, establishing an academic chair with Islamist lucre and influence.

    But few of even the most overwrought of Muslim and non-Muslim counter jihadists could have imagined that influencers would have been so brazen as to have compounded the sins of the HUC chair’s founding by appointing Mattson to it.

    For now, Canadians must live with an HUC Islamic chair that seems to have been maneuvered into existence with inappropriate funding sources and the aid of some senior – and troubling – London-area Muslims. These include lawyer Faisal Joseph, who is said to have played a part in HUC’s surprisingly restrained “due diligence” assessment of IIIT. Joseph had previously attended – with Imam Munir El-Kassem and the IIIT’s Ayoub – a 2008 conference in Libya of the extremist-flavored Gaddafi World Islamic Call Society.

    Munir El-Kassem (a.k.a. Munir Al-Qasimi) has been a fixture in what the Canadian government describes as the Gaddafi-controlled and -funded Libyan WICS organization, the group that directs the Canadian WICS branch. The charitable status of this Canadian branch was revoked by the federal government, owing to what Postmedia News summarized as the branch’s “transferring [of] money from Gadhafi’s ‘Jihad fund’ to bank accounts of known terrorists.” El-Kassem is imam of the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario (ICSWO), yet another group contributing to Mattson’s Islamic chair. He has been quoted speaking glowingly about the “leadership” of Louis Farrakhan, the notoriously racist and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader. This, when the imam is not sniping in the media at genuine Muslim moderates like the University of Western Ontario’s Professor Salim Mansur. Or, as some might think, playing apologist for the Taliban.

    Despite all this, El-Kassem is making a name for himself in the more gullible reaches of some interfaith and outreach fringes, and even policing. The apparently uninformed London police chief, Bradley S. Duncan, rewarded the imam with – astonishingly – an appointment as police chaplain.

    People will see different things in the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization invitation to Dr. Mattson. Was this the result of inattention? An attempt to spin Mattson as a moderate and insinuate her into elite national-capital media, government and other circles?

    Whatever the details, the participation of various interests in the OMWO exercise invites questions.

    Will pertinent CBC personnel be disciplined for the failure of professional due diligence and associated misuse of corporate resources involved in the Corporation’s role in this enterprise? Will the CBC ombudsman enter the fray? Will master of ceremonies van Oldenbarneveld and CBC apologize to Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims and others who have struggled against the tendencies represented by Mattson’s record of activity, associations and sponsors – especially at a time of preoccupation with the dangers of Islamic radicalism? Will the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization join in the apology?

    Will similar apologies come from the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health for managerial misjudgment involved in allowing the Foundation’s good name to enhance the credibility of the ill-conceived OMWO event?

    Will the Office of the Governor General explain itself, and how the Governor General’s spouse could have been drawn into such a situation?

    Will compromised institutions launch internal reviews to determine whether Islamist fellow-travelers within their organizations may have worked from inside to encourage involvement in this year’s Mattson-tainted Festival of Friendship Dinner?

    And there remains, of course, a question about double standards.

    Would van Oldenbarneveld, the CBC, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health or the Office of the Governor General of Canada ever agree to become involved in a dinner sponsored by, say, an “Ottawa Christian Women’s Organization,” if the proposed keynote speaker had formerly headed a foreign unindicted co-conspirator radical Christian fundamentalist organization, been an apologist for Christian extremists, and been seated in a chair in Christianity funded by domestic and foreign Christian supremacist groups with connections to intolerant, divisive ideology – and far worse?

    David B. Harris is a Canadian lawyer with three decades’ experience in intelligence affairs, and serves as Director of the International Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc. He is on the advisory board of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow (MFT), although opinions expressed here are his alone.

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