"War is Deceit:" Sowdi 'Interfaith' Crock Ends With Standoff in Al Andaluz

Organizer al Turki  has Al Qaeda ties:

Bob Blitzer, who served as the FBI’s domestic terrorism chief in the 1990s, said he was troubled by a conference purported to be about interfaith dialogue being organized by a group charged with spreading Wahhabism. It’s more troubling, he said, when the principal organizer is alleged in court papers to have ties to Al Qaeda.

The Investigative Project

Saudi-led “interfaith” meeting closes with U.A.E. official’s swipe at Zionism, participant complaints of control by Muslim World League

Shocking, isn’t it? “U.A.E. Official Attacks Zionism at Saudi Conference,” by Joseph Goldstein for the New York Sun via DW

Al-Turki Reiterates Significance of Interfaith Dialogue

Al-Turki said “Muslims had maintained excellent relations with various communities in Asia over the centuries.

“History shows that Muslim kings had ruled over several countries in South Asia and the Far East and they never curtailed religious freedom of their subjects,” Al-Turki pointed out.

*  They just can’t help themselves. They lie whenever they open their mouths…

Arab News

King Abdullah and co-host King Juan Carlos of Spain

Saudi king appeals for (more) tolerance (of Islam)

Critics have dismissed the gathering as a propaganda gimmick by the Saudis who, they say, are not best placed to host a meeting on religious tolerance.

Abdullah sees problems in the West: “Terrorism…, the breakdown of families, drugs, exploitation of the weak – all these are the consequences of a spiritual void.”

* Sure, brother. And only Islam can fix these things…

What really bugs the Sowdis:

The event takes place against a backdrop of tensions between the Islamic world and the West. They range from restrictions on the use of the veil by Muslim women in some European countries to cartoons regarded as blasphemous by Muslims and the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Text of Saudi-led interfaith conference’s “Madrid Declaration”

It’s easy to see why some participants were fuming about the document issued on their behalf. It is presented below in its entirety. Note the predictable platitudes about “justice” and “respect,” along with more ominous pledges to badger governments and international organizations about the “denigration” of religions.

The Declaration is in Parts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 of the Saudi Press Agency’s “World Conference on Dialogue concluded Madrid,” July 18:

Following that, MWL Assistant Secretary General Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Zaid read Madrid Declaration issued by the World Conference on Dialogue. Following is the text of Madrid Declaration:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe, and may the peace and blessings of God be upon all His prophets and messengers.

Rest on Page 2

* Treason: Israeli Arab Knesset MK attends conference as Member of Pali-Delegation

Jews fail to behave like dhimmis, “almost leading to blows” with Muslims

What, trouble in paradise? “Interfaith conference fails after argument between Muslims and Jews,” from Macau News, via DW July 18:

An interfaith conference which has been held in Madrid during the week has ended on a bad note with Muslims and Jews involved in a political argument.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had gathered followers of the world’s major faiths for the Madrid conference to seek religious reconciliation.

It has been reported that exchanges between Muslim participants and Jewish Rabbis turned to a discussion on Zionism and became overheated, almost leading to blows.

It was the first time Saudi Arabia had invited Jews to such a meeting and the aim was to avoid hot issues like the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Yes, first time—though, of course, the invite was not to their home, Saudi Arabia, which would have made the Saudi gesture that much more sincere. But then again, Jews and Christians are not welcome in the Muslim prophet’s home. So much for the King’s desire for “religious reconciliation.”

‘Madrid Declaration’

In response of the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Muslim World League organized the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid, Spain, during the period 13 to 15 / Rajab / 1429 AH, corresponding to 16 to 18 / July / 2008.

The participants in the conference; followers of the world religions and cultures express their profound gratitude for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his generous patronage and inauguration of the conference and for his speech to the participants, which they considered as a major document in the conference.

Furthermore, the participants extend their deep thanks and appreciation for His Majesty Juan Carlos the 1st of Spain for his comprehensive welcome speech and for H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the prime minister of Spain for his participation in the opening session and for his efforts in the dialogue of civilizations. The participants also thank the Spanish Government for having the conference in Spain. This great country is home to a historical heritage that belongs to the followers of different religions and has contributed to human civilization.

The participants also recall the objectives of the UN Charter, which calls for exerting collective efforts aiming at the enhancement of international relations, the creation of an exemplary human community and the promotion of dialogue as a civilized way for cooperation.

The participants further remind all people of the Declaration of the UN General Assembly in 1994, which called for tolerance and the spread of the culture of peace, and also ask that they recall the declarations of 1995 as the Year of Tolerance and 2001 as the Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.

The participants commend the Appeal of Makkah issued by the World Islamic Conference on Dialogue, which was called for by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and organized by the Muslim World League earlier this year (2008).

The participants build on the agreement among the followers of religions and prominent cultures regarding the value of dialogue as the best way of mutual understanding and cooperation in human relations as well as in peaceful coexistence among nations. In light of the above, the participants affirm the following principles:

1- Unity of humankind in the original creation and the equality among human beings irrespective of their colors, ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

2- Purity of the nature of humans; as they were created liking good and disliking evil, inclining to justice and avoiding injustice. Such pure nature leads humans to show mercy and to seek certainty and belief.

3- Diversity of cultures and civilizations among people is a sign of God and a cause for human advancement and prosperity.

4- The heavenly messages aims at realizing the obedience of people to their Creator and achieving happiness, justice, security and peace for humankind. These messages seek to enhance ways of understanding and cooperation among people despite differences in their origins, colors and languages. They also call for spreading virtue through wisdom and politeness, and rejecting extremism and terrorism.

5- Respecting heavenly religions, preserving their high status, condemning any insult to their symbols, and combating the exploitation of religion in the instigation of racial discrimination.

6- Observing peace, honoring agreements and respecting unique traditions of peoples and their right to security, freedom and self-determination are the basis for building good relations among all people. Achieving this is a major objective of all religions and prominent cultures.

7- The significance of religion and moral values and the need for humans torevert to their Creator in their fight against crime, corruption, drugs, and terrorism, and in preserving the institution of the family and protecting societies from deviant behaviors.

8- The family is the basic unit of society and its nucleus. Protecting it from disintegration is a cornerstone for any secure and stable society.

9- Dialogue is one of the essentials of life. It is also one of the most important means for knowing each other, cooperation, exchange of interests and realizing the truth, which contributes to the happiness of humankind.

10- The preservation of the environment and its protection from pollution and other dangers are considered a major object of all religions and cultures.

“Mindful of accomplishing the above principles through dialogue, the conference has thoroughly reviewed the process of dialogue and its obstacles, as well as the catastrophes that afflicted humanity in the 20the Century. The Conference noted that terrorism is one of the most serious obstacles confronting dialogue and coexistence.

“Terrorism is a universal phenomenon that requires unified international efforts to combat it in a serious, responsible and just way. This demands an international agreement on defining terrorism, addressing its root causes and achieving justice and stability in the world.

“Based on the above, the conference has adopted the following recommendations:

1- To reject theories that call for the clash of civilizations and cultures and to warn of the danger of campaigns seeking to deepen conflicts and destabilize peace and security.

2- To enhance common human values, to cooperate in their dissemination within societies and to solve the problems that hinder their achievement.

3- To disseminate the culture of tolerance and understanding through dialogue so as to be a framework for international relations through holding conferences and symposia, as well as developing relevant cultural, educational and media programs.

4- To agree on international guidelines for dialogue among the followers of religions and cultures through which moral values and ethical principles, which are common denominators among such followers, so as to strengthen stability and achieve prosperity for all humans.

5- To work on urging governmental and non-governmental organizations to issue a document that stipulates respect for religions and their symbols, the prohibition of their denigration and the repudiation of those who commit such acts.

To fulfill these desired objectives of dialogue by this conference, the participants have agreed on adopting the following:

1- Forming a working team to study the problems hindering dialogue and preventing it from realizing its desired results. Its task is also to prepare a study that provides visions for the solution of these problems and to coordinate among bodies promoting world dialogue.

2- Cooperation among religious, cultural, educational, and media establishments to deepen and consolidate ethical values, to encourage noble social practices and to confront sexual promiscuity, family disintegration and other vices.

3- Organizing inter-religious and inter-cultural meetings, conducting research, executing media programs and using the Internet and other media for the dissemination of a culture of peace, understanding and coexistence.

4-Promoting the issue of dialogue among the followers of religions, civilizations and cultures within youth, cultural, educational, and media activities.

5- Calling upon the UN General Assembly to support the results reached by this conference. It is strongly recommended to make use of these recommendations in enhancing dialogue among the followers of religions, civilizations and cultures through conducting a special UN session on dialogue.

The participants express their hope that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will use his good office with the concerned bodies in convening this session as soon as possible. It will be the pleasure of the members of this conference to take part in that session through a representative delegation, members of which are to be chosen by the Muslim World League.

In abiding with the agreed-upon principles and concepts, the participants do emphasize that it is essential for this world dialogue to be open and that its sessions be held periodically.

The participants have extended their profound gratitude to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, for his kind initiation and invitation to this world dialogue. They have applauded the continued efforts made by the league in the fields of dialogue and cooperation among nations and peoples, hoping that the common objectives, for which humankind aspires, are accomplished”.

Issued in Madrid, 15 Rajab 1429 H., 18 July 2008.


“Respecting heavenly religions, preserving their high status, condemning any insult to their symbols, and combating the exploitation of religion in the instigation of racial discrimination.”

‘Respect’ means submission. We are to prostrate ourselves in front of the adherents of this bloody Arab cult.

“Heavenly religions?” There is only one and that’s the one of the profit. “Instigation of racial discrimination” is dangerous nonsense, because it deliberately conflates race with ideology, no can do!

“Common Human Values” means Islam and Muslims only, because only the followers of the meshugga profit are human. Unbelievers are the ‘vilest of creatures’, remember?

‘Dialogue’ as we all know means da’awa and the unhindered spread of Islam in the Western hemisphere.

‘Evil’ means opposing Islam.

‘Tolerance’ means for infidels to tolerate the intolerant. It means infidels must look at the destruction of their culture and civilization as a blessing.

‘Justice’- as always means sharia.

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Last sentence is most revealing:

“The participants have extended their profound gratitude to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, for his kind initiation and invitation to this world dialogue. They have applauded the continued efforts made by the league in the fields of dialogue and cooperation among nations and peoples, hoping that the common objectives, for which humankind aspires, are accomplished”.

Translation of ‘common objectives:’

All of you who are on the payroll of the King know your duties:
Now you are to assist in every way and wherever you are to spread the Wahabi doctrine until all the world submits to Allah.


*  Islamic charity leader gets year in slammer for lying to the FBI

by Steven Emerson
IPT News
July 15, 2008

In an ironic twist, an international interfaith conference set to start Wednesday in Madrid was organized by a man accused of working with a senior Al Qaeda financier and who unabashedly supports Palestinian suicide bombings.

Abdullah al-Turki is organizing the conference on behalf of the Muslim World League (MWL), where he is secretary general. The MWL was created by the Saudi royal family in 1962 to “promote Islamic unity” and spread Wahhabi doctrine.Wahhabism is an austere form of Islam that seeks to realize the faith as it was practiced by Muhammad and his Companions, barren of the innovations and traditions that arose in the centuries since.

The conference is expected to attract more than 100 people from more than 50 countries. But it is a previous Madrid venture by al-Turki that raises questions about the conference. In 1999, al-Turki was a partner in a Madrid construction project with a senior Al Qaeda financier, a pending lawsuit claims. Profits from that deal were routed to Al Qaeda cells, according to allegations in WTC Properties v. Al Baraka et. al.

The lawsuit argues that, without the financial support from the banks, charities and other entities targeted, the 9/11 attacks may not have taken place. Similar allegations were made in at least three other lawsuits. In court papers, Al Turki has disputed the lawsuit’s allegations and has argued that none of his actions were intended to support terrorist activities.

Organizers of this week’s gathering say it is expected to attract dozens of American-based Muslims, including Sayyed Syeed and Ingrid Mattson from the Islamic Society of North America, Ibrahim Hooper, Nihad Awad from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as six U.S. rabbis, including Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and Steven Jacobs of Los Angeles. In addition, John Esposito, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is among a few American academics invited to attend.

Saudi King Abdullah will open the conference, the Agence France Press news service reported Monday. The audience will include World Jewish Congress Secretary General Michael Schneider and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican’s point man on dialogue with Muslims.

Al-Turki said the conference will avoid contentious issues and instead serve as an opportunity “to get to know each other and to look for ways to cooperate.”

At another conference organized by al-Turki in 2002, the assembled scholars of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of the MWL “stated that terrorism is not equal to Jihad,” the lawsuit says. The scholars “defined a right to struggle ‘against occupiers … and those who renege on their commitments or prevent Muslims from peacefully preaching.'”

In the week following the 9/11 attacks, al-Turki told a radio interviewer that U.S. policy was responsible for the attacks.

“The attacks are a result of injustice which is carried out in the world, particularly the world which is led by the USA. They are greatly responsible for the injustice which exists in the world today,” al-Turki said. He then blamed Israel, which he called “the mother of terrorism. To be able to solve the problem of terrorism in the world, it is necessary first of all to resolve the Palestinian question.”

Later that year, during a news conference at the National Press Club videotaped by the Investigative Project, al-Turki was asked about Palestinian suicide bombings:


We can also reverse the question by asking the questioner: “What do you think of the, um, Israeli oppression against the Palestinian people?” Could that be called terrorism as well? Is it coming from – is it based on
religion? This is a question. In regards to the operation, we shall state that first of all, Islam is against the killing of innocent people, civilians, and non-warring people. Those who are involved in so-called ‘operation’ in fact were put in a very dark (unintelligible word). They have no way-no other alternative. What could be the alternative for them? They came into a state of oppression, and no hope. It’s a hopeless case for them. And because there is a strong and organized terrorism being waged against them, so they have no other choice except to do what they do and we shall not look at the issue from only a religious perspective, but rather we shall look at it as a matter of aggression being forced on them, and they had no other choice except that.

Bob Blitzer, who served as the FBI’s domestic terrorism chief in the 1990s, said he was troubled by a conference purported to be about interfaith dialogue being organized by a group charged with spreading Wahhabism. It’s more troubling, he said, when the principal organizer is alleged in court papers to have ties to Al Qaeda.

“I’m not sure why in the world they would put someone in a responsible position in that type of forum,” Blitzer said. “It sends the wrong message. People of faith are seeking rapprochement with the Muslim world. Most, or all, of these folks are going there for the right reasons. If he’s the face of this, what does that say?”

Once they learn about al-Turki’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda and his previous statements, Americans planning on attending the conference “should walk away and ask the king about this,” Blitzer said.

That sentiment was echoed by U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), who founded the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

“I am very supportive of interfaith dialogue and believe we need to encourage all religions to work together for peace and for the good of mankind,” Myrick said. “I am encouraged by King Abdullah’s initiative to promote interfaith understanding. However, I fail to understand how the goals of this conference can be achieved when the man running this summit is a suspected financier of terrorism and has made statements in the past saying that only Islam could dominate the Arabian Peninsula. Call me old fashion, but actions always speak louder than words.”

In WTC Properties v. Al Baraka, et. al. al-Turki is described as having “acted as Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs for many years and clearly was in a position where he should have known about the reach of international terrorism and al Qaeda.” He became a shareholder in a business that “bought real estate but did no actual construction work, although [it] list[ed] itself as a construction company. Instead, that company made direct payments to al Qaeda cells,” according to the lawsuit.

Al-Turki’s partner was Muhammed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi, described in the litigation as “a high level al Qaeda financier” and a brother in law of Osama bin Laden. Spanish authorities arrested Zouaydi in 2002 for financing al Qaeda operations in Europe, the lawsuit says:

“Zouaydi was part of an international terrorist movement for global jihad which encompassed the al Qaeda network. This network channeled money directly to the perpetrators of September 11, 2001, and to similar global jihad movements planning terrorist actions in San Francisco, Bali, and elsewhere.”

In the Madrid business deal, Zouaydi and al-Turki each were supposed to contribute half the money. But al-Turki stood to receive 70 percent of the profits, the WTC Properties lawsuit said.

“The Spanish scheme provided material support directly to al Qaeda operatives and the September 11, 2001 attacks. As investigations continue, additional evidence of such schemes will be uncovered,” the WTC Properties lawsuit said.

Attorneys for al-Turki sought to have him dismissed from the litigation in September 2005. His inclusion is based “evidently on no basis other than that he is a Muslim who has held important governmental positions relating to Islamic affairs,” his attorneys argued. They also argue that he never entered the business deal with Zouaydi despite numerous overtures from Zouaydi.

And they cite the 9/11 Commission Report, which found Zouaydi may have given money to an Al Qaeda associate in Hamburg but “no evidence that Zouaydi provided money to the plot participants or that any of his funds were used to support the plot.” The High Court of Spain also acquitted Zouaydi of involvement in the September 11 attacks, according to al-Turki’s lawyers.

Twelve defendants were dismissed from the WTC Properties lawsuit in January 2006 but al-Turki was not among them, court records show. His motion to dismiss is still pending.

Among those invited are Bob Edgar, former general secretary of the National Council of Churches, Rabbi Michael Paley of the UJA Federation in New York, and Rabbi David Rosen, chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligiou Consultations. Rosen told the Christian Science Monitor in an e-mail that he saw the conference as a chance to “break down … stereotypes, suspicion, and bigotry.” He added that he would have liked to see Israeli officials invited, too.

Click here for a list of invitees, but note that not all those listed will attend. Former Vice President Al Gore canceled his appearance citing a scheduling conflict



If ISLAM was and is a barbarian religious system, could you explain why during the Islamic rule of Spain, that country was the most prosperous and intellectual?

The following is an excerpt from the interview (A Fatwa in Spain) Aaron Hanscom 
FrontPageMagazine.com had with Gustavo de Arístegui. This does expose the myth many Muslim and Western intellectuals perpeterate.

Police protection and armored cars have been regular features in Arístegui’s life for the past decade. This is because the author and Foreign Affairs Spokesman for Spain’s conservative Partido Popular has devoted a large part of his 25 year career denouncing radical Islam. After the publication of Arístegui’s latest book The Jihad in Spain: The obsession to reconquer Al-Ándalus

People tend to forget what Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri say.  There are a great deal of communiqués of Al-Qaeda signed by these two individuals which clearly state that the loss of Al-Ándalus was a tragedy. Zawahiri recently said that Islamic land had to be reconquered from “Al-Ándalus to Iraq.” This is a very serious threat that not only Spain and Europe, but all serious, advanced, and modern democracies should take very seriously. 

Western intellectuals have also had a grave responsibility in perpetuating this myth.  Some books like The Ornament of the World, which is very well-known in the United States and has been awarded and praised, are completely false.  It is not true that medieval Spain was a perfect and peaceful coexistence between the three most important monotheistic religions.  Muslims only tolerated Jews and Christians when they were very powerful and not so much when they were not so powerful. It had a lot to do with the political and historical moment. They myth of Al-Ándalus is a very dangerous myth because people tend to think that everyone else was responsible for the lost glory of Al-Ándalus.  They believe that Spaniards who were not Muslims or those who had been Muslim in the past and converted to other religions such as Christianity are to blame for the loss of that glory and the preeminence that they had historically until the 15th century.  It is extremely dangerous because self-criticism does not exist in a large part of the Muslim world. They believe that everybody else is to blame for the tragedies that they suffered, and one of those is definitely the loss of Al-Ándalus. 

Q: Describe what you call the “síndrome andalusí” or the obsession for lost glory. Who is guilty of perpetuating the myth of Al-Ándalus?

A: Many people, not only Muslim scholars. Romantic scholars were guilty of perpetuating the myth. Just take a look at the 19th century novelists and intellectuals who were obsessed with medieval times. (An example is Sir Walter Scott and his famous novel Ivanhoe.) That had an exact equivalent among the Muslim scholars and intellectuals who were Romantic. They had an obsession with medieval Spain and the importance that Al-Ándalus had as the highlight of their civilization. 

2 thoughts on “"War is Deceit:" Sowdi 'Interfaith' Crock Ends With Standoff in Al Andaluz”

  1. This Phyops tactics by Islam is flopping bad by the Refinery of Saud [the House of Saud seems to be a bit lacking in description]. They need to just stick to throwing money at the West to soften opposition into Dhimmi status.

  2. >>”* They just can’t help themselves. They lie whenever they open their mouths…

    >>Joe Grey>> I can’t put my finger on whether they are trying to convince us or themselves. Perhaps both. Odd these barbarians.

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