Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Where Are The Moderate Muslims?" Gov. Snyder Found Them (ISNA Is No ISIS)

Recently, some individuals have taken to Facebook with claims regarding Gov. Snyder's speech before a Muslim group this fall.

The individuals claim that the group, Islamic Society of North America, is an unindicted co-conspirator in in a case involving the Muslim Brotherhood, and that subsequently, ISNA supports their cause. However, a little research tells a lot.

ISNA has condemned ISIS and the hideous beheading of journalist James Foley:

"We condemn this un-Islamic behavior," said ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid. "ISIS actions have never been representative nor in accordance to the mainstream teachings of Islam. This act of murder cannot be justified according to the faith practiced by over 1.6 billion people."

ISNA also condemned ISIS for slaughtering Christians in Iraq:

"ISIS actions against religious minorities in Iraq violate the Quranic teaching, 'Let there be no compulsion in religion' (Surat al-Baqara 2:256) ," said ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid.  "Their actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches."

Also of note: "In 2005, ISNA was also a signatory to the Fatwa Against Terrorism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. This expert legal opinion (fatwa) clearly stated that it is forbidden to commit terrorism and violence against civilians. Those who take part in acts of terror are criminals. "

That document says, in part:

"In the light of the teachings of the QurӒan and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:
1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.
2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.
We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Quran, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad Җ peace be upon him. We urge all people to resolve all conflicts in just and peaceful manners.
We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism. We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in the United States and all around the globe. "

ISNA also works with many Christian and Jewish churches and synagogues to foster interfaith cooperation. Some partners include Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The United Methodist Church, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and American Baptist Churches USA.

Also, the concept of an unindicted co-conspirator is a controversial one. Many legal scholars have raised concerns about this facet of jurisprudence. The old saying that one can indict a ham sandwich seems to be true, just look at Gov. Perry. 

Being an unindicted co-conspirator seems to be another BS tactic of the police state. In this case, it seems like a couple chaplains loosely affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood- there wasn't even enough evidence to procure an indictment.   

A judge later ruled the government didn't even have ample evidence to list them as an unindicted co-conspirator in the first place.
According to WikiPedia: 
"ISNA was one of a number of Muslim groups investigated by US law enforcement for possible terrorist connections. Its tax records were requested in December 2003 by theSenate Finance Committee. However, the committee's investigation concluded in November 2005 having found no evidence of ties to terrorists. Committee chairman Charles Grassleysaid, "We did not find anything alarming enough that required additional follow-up beyond what law enforcement is already doing."[17]
In the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case, the United States Department of Justice named ISNA, along with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust, as an unindicted co-conspirator and one of a number of "entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood."[18][19][20] ISNA, along with NAIT and CAIR, filed motions seeking to be removed from the UCC listing, and the District Judge found that the government had violated the organizations' rights by listing them as Unindicted Co-Conspirators.[21] Judge Solis, as affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, held that the government should not have listed CAIR and ISNA."
If one has a problem with all Muslims, and simply wished Gov. Snyder would not speak to any, say so. However, when it comes to his speech in October, merely saying the group supports terrorism is not a contention supported by the facts in totality.
Some individuals still contend the Islamic Society of North America supports terror, but with the billions of dollars spent on surveillance, counterterrorism operations and intelligence methods, why hasn't a single meaningful case against ISNA come to fruition?
If ISNA isn't moderate, who is?


  1. A contrary viewpoint to this article: