A training guide produced by the Islamic Circle of North America in Chicago demolishes the group’s pretenses that it’s moderate.
AnÂ educational guideÂ produced by the Chicago chapterÂ of theÂ Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)Â demolishes the group’s pretenses that it’s moderate. The book, produced for ICNA members, tells Muslims to wageÂ jihadÂ to conquer the West and establishÂ shariaand repeatedly references the founder of theÂ Muslim BrotherhoodÂ as a source. (Link)
‘Mainstream’ Muslim Org. Puts Out Jihadi Educational Guide
ICNA’s annual convention is one of the largest Muslim-American events year. The group is part of aÂ newly formed Islamist coalitionÂ that hopes to unite Muslims into a single voting bloc. Its “moderate” presentation is so effective that it hasÂ formedÂ partnerships withÂ churches.Â ICNA’s own internal documents conflict with its contrived image.
The training guide produced by the Tarbiyah Department of ICNA’s Chicago chapter was provided to theÂ Clarion ProjectÂ byÂ former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo.
The book repeatedly references Hassan al-Banna, the extremist founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sayyid Qutb, a Brotherhood cleric whose teachings inspired Osama Bin Lden.
That makes sense since ICNA was named in aÂ 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memoÂ as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The stated goal of the Brotherhood network in the U.S. was to wage “a kind of grandÂ jihadÂ in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”
Here are just some of the shocking quotes from the book:
Jihad is presented to the West as primarily an internal struggle. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organization – recently waged aÂ public relations campaign called “My Jihad,”Â in whichÂ jihadÂ was described as “struggle against barriers and odds in search of a better place.” Examples included “building friendships across the aisle,” and “always pursue new ideas and conquer new challenges.”
However, ICNA’s guide teaches thatÂ jihadÂ is the fight against forces that “oppose the Islamic Call” and the waging of war so that only the “evil sovereignty of beings other thanÂ AllahÂ is wiped out.” (p. 117)
On Defeating the West
ICNA’s guideÂ quotes Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan Al-Banna, who summarized the Islamic movement’s general task of universal outreach as “standing against the flood of civilization.” Al-Banna further says that Western secularism “delayed [the Muslim world’s] advancement for centuries” and that Muslims must “pursue this evil force to its own lands, invade its Western heartland.”
According to ICNA, quoting al-Banna again, the “struggle” must be continuedÂ “until … the teachings of Islam spread throughout the world. Only then will Muslims achieve their fundamental goal, and there will be no more ‘persecution’ and all religion will be exclusively for Allah.” (p. 192)
On theÂ Caliphate
ICNA’s training guide says a Muslim must work towards “reinstating the Islamic caliphate system to the leadership anew as required byÂ Shari’ah…” (p.202)
On EstablishingÂ ShariaÂ Law
ICNA directs Muslim to “contribute to theÂ revival of the neglectedfaridasÂ [enjoined duties] of enforcing theÂ Shari’ahÂ [Islamic Law] sent down by Allah.” (p. 202) In addition, Muslims are who are in a “position” toÂ implementÂ shariaÂ lawÂ “must do so, while those unable to do so must speak out against the rule ofÂ KufrÂ [infidel] and call for the implementation ofÂ Shari’ah.Â If even this becomes impossible, un-Islamic government must be sincerely hated and despised for the pleasure of God and the upholding ofÂ Tawheed.” (p.144)
On the Doctrine ofÂ Gradualism
ICNA explains that theÂ doctrine of “Gradualism”Â is important “in both thoughts and action, because the road to success is hard and long and the goals are ambitious and grandiose. The gradualist strategy pursues these goals through a tactic of incremental steps; each planned to build on the previous step in a carefully optimized time frame.” (p. 196)
The guide relates that, “This does not mean, however, that the Islamic Movement shouldÂ reveal all its strategies, plans, and organization, because this would be foolhardy and put the movement and its members in danger. The slogan should be, ‘Work in public but organize in secret’ which accords with the Prophet saying, ‘Seek secrecy in what you do,’ and ‘War is dissimulation.’” (p.197)
These statements in an official ICNA teaching guide speak for themselves. Each of these quotes is shocking, but they shouldn’t be surprising given ICNA’s history.
ItsÂ 2010 members handbookÂ laid out a five-tiered strategy to create a “united Islamic state, governed by an electedÂ khalifahÂ (caliph) in accordance with the laws ofÂ ShariaÂ (Islamic law).” The handbook relied upon the teachings of Al-Banna, Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi and Jamaat-e-Islami founder Maulana Maududi.
One of ICNA’s main causes right now is toÂ pressure the White Houseon behalf of prosecuted Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in Bangladesh. A senior ICNA official, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, wasÂ sentenced to deathÂ in absentia for his alleged involvement in war crimes in 1971.
The language in ICNA’s book stands in sharp contrast to what you hear ICNA and its allies use publicly. There’s a reason for that: They don’t want you to know the truth.