Although President Obama lavishly praised her over the weekend as an "American patriot," a manifesto commissioned by the ruling Saudi Arabian monarchy effectively places the work of an institute that employed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the forefront of a grand plan to mobilize U.S. Muslim minorities to transform America into a Saudi-style Islamic state, according to an Arabic-language researcher.
Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, was an assistant editor for a dozen years for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs. The institute – founded by her late father and currently directed by her mother – is backed by the Muslim World League, an Islamic organization in the Saudi holy city of Mecca that was founded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Amid a backlash against five Republican lawmakers who want to probe Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the federal government, the 2002 Saudi manifesto shows that "Muslim Minority Affairs" – the mobilizing of Muslim communities in the U.S. to spread Islam instead of assimilating into the population – is a key strategy in an ongoing effort to establish Islamic rule in America and a global Shariah, or Islamic law, "in our modern times."
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The manifesto, a sweeping account of the king's success in disseminating the radical Wahhabi interpretation of Islam worldwide, does not mention the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs by name. But it cites a book written by Huma Abedin's father, "Muslim Minorities in the West," listing him as co-author.
The manifesto was unearthed and translated by Walid Shoebat, a Palestinian American author and critic of radical Islam who has done extensive research on the Abedin family's connections to the Muslim Brotherhod and its Wahhabist affiliations.
The "Muslim Minority Affairs" agenda, the manifesto says, works "under the umbrella of the Muslim World League and the International Islamic Relief Organization and World Association of Muslim Youth and others,” which essentially is the chain of command for the Abedins' Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, as confirmed by the Arab Dictionary on Media Icons.
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The Saudi document notes that the king "declared from the first day that the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) was formed that its purpose was to spread the Shariah throughout the world, as it had been revealed in the Quran and the sunnah," the sayings and deeds of Muhammad.
It identifies "the Jews" as the main obstacle to success: “The greatest challenge that faces Muslims in the United States and Canada are the Jews who take advantage of their material ability and their media to distort the image of Islam and Muslims there by spreading their lies and distortions in the minds of the people in these countries.”
Huma's father, Sayed Zaynul Abedin, founded the Institute for Minority Affairs in 1979. Huma was listed as an assistant editor from 1996 to 2008 for IMMA's Journal for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, the key disseminator of the institute's ideas. Huma's mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Shoebat documents that Huma's brother, Hassan Abedin, has worked with Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Omar Naseef, former secretary general of the Muslim World League and founder of a group reputed to fund terrorists, including al-Qaida.
A disciple of Qaradawi was the author of an internal 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo presented in the terror-financing trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation. It said the Muslim Brotherhood "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and by the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
President Bush issued an executive order shortly after 9/11 designating Naseef's Rabita Trust, a subsidiary of the Muslim World League, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, and the Treasury Department froze its assets.
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Saleha Abedin also is chairwoman of the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child, the IICWC, an entity within the Muslim World League that designated Qaradawi as the main author of its charter and policies. Her group partners with the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief, which Israel has outlawed as a terrorist group that funds Hamas. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy has warned that the IICWC is pressing for the repeal of Egypt's Mubarak-era prohibitions on female genital mutilation, child marriage and marital rape. The IICWC say the prohibitions conflict with Islamic law.
Saleha Abedin also is vice dean at Dar El-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She helped found the school with Yaseen Abdullah Kadi, a designated terrorist by the U.S. and a member of the bin Laden family.
Two years ago, Huma Abedin arranged for Clinton to speak at the school alongside Saleha and another member of the Muslim Sisterhood, Suheir Qureshi.
Shoebat believes the Wahhabist connection to the Abedin family is significant and that Huma Abedin, as an assistant editor for the Journal for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs was serving the interests of Saudi Arabia's anti-American foreign policy.
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Advocates for an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood's influence on the U.S. government argue a simple reading of security clearance guidelines in reference to Huma Abedin's family would warrant investigation.
The Center for Security Policy notes that security clearance guidelines for federal employees state a "security risk may exist when an individual's immediate family, including cohabitants and other persons to whom he or she may be bound by affection, influence, or obligation are not citizens of the United States or may be subject to duress."
The guidelines express concern for any "association or sympathy with persons or organizations that advocate the overthrow of the United States Government, or any state or subdivision, by force or violence or by other unconstitutional means."
Nevertheless, Clinton's top aide, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Saudi Arabia, has been fiercely defended by both Democrats and Republicans since five Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., cited her as an example of possible Muslim Brotherhood infiltration and asked the inspector generals at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State to investigate.
Yesterday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank suggested researchers and lawmakers who have presented evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood ties of Abedin and her family are motivated by racism. He commented it's "hard to escape the suspicion" that the charges have "something to do with the way she looks and how she worships."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the request for an investigation of Abedin and her family a “sinister” and “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”
But Shoebat says that "page after page" of the Saudi manifesto casts "Muslim Minority Affairs" not "simply as a title or as a religious or even a social entity, but as a Saudi foreign policy, a jurisprudence and commandment from the highest of authorities commissioned to the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs."
It's the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs that enforces the infamous ban on any expression of any religion other than Wahhabi Islam in Saudi Arabia through its religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
Shoebat says the manifesto recalls five decades of efforts and billions of dollars spent "to ensure that Muslims will be an unassimilated group which then can influence the non-Muslim host nation and other nations, regardless how small the numbers of Muslims, by shifting the demographic scale due to their population growth in favor of this Saudi agenda."
As WND has reported, a founder of the Saudi-funded, Muslim Brotherhood front group Council on American-Islamic Relations, Omar Ahmad, spoke to a group of Bay Area Muslims in 1998 about their duty to not "melt" into American culture but, instead, to spread Islam in America until it becomes "dominant" and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth, according to a local reporter who stands by her story despite CAIR's claims to the contrary.
'Values that we hold dear'
President Obama praised Huma Abedin at a White House dinner Friday night celebrating the Muslim ritual of Iftar, which concludes the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Obama said Abedin has been “nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.”
Shoebat noted that the head of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood-backed group mentioned as an important player in the 2002 manifesto, was sitting across from Abedin at the White House Iftar dinner.
In his remarks, Obama said, to applause, that among the "American women serving with distinction in government" are his "good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly" in the White House, U.S. Senate and "most exhaustingly, at the State Department."
While many defenders of Abedin have downplayed her influence – even to suggesting she's little more than a fashion adviser to the pantsuit-wearing secretary of state – Obama indicated she has a role in policy.
"Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I," Obama said.
In a June 7, 2011, feature, the Washington Post reported Abedin is "personally close to Clinton" and "oversees planning and scheduling and advises on politics and policy, especially the Middle East."
Obama told Iftar guests the "American people owe her a debt of gratitude – because Huma is an American patriot and an example of what we need in this country – more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit."
"So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much."
Shoebat says the Abedins’ Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs acknowledges that the Muslim Brotherhood's Qaradawi and Alwani are major sources of Islamic authority to back their doctrine of how Muslims should act when they are a minority.
Alwani, who, as WND reported, vets Muslim military chaplains for the State Department, asserts in a paper titled "The Jurisprudence of Muslim Minority Affairs" that the whole world already is under the rule of Islam.
Shoebat notes Alwani speaks of a future literal war.
Alwani writes that "the land belongs to Allah, his religion is Islam, and every country is already in the House of Islam – now in the present time – since they will be in the House of Islam by force in the near future."
The director of the Islamic Center of Lubbock, Texas, Mohammed bin Mukhtar Shanqeeti, agrees.
“The Muslim Minority Jurisprudence is not a heresy or a novel," he writes, "it's an ancient doctrine filled with the provisions for Muslims living in Dar al-Kufr (House of the Heathen) or Dar Al-Harb (House of War).”
Shoebat says the "Muslim Minority Affairs" plan combines two Islamic jurisprudences: The Minority Affairs Jurisprudence and the Jurisprudence of Muruna, or "flexibility."
Under this doctrine, Muslim minorities, because of their special circumstances, can do some things other Muslims are not allowed to do, if they are for the purpose of advancing Islam.
Shoebat believes the doctrine of Maruna has allowed Huma Abedin to marry former congressman Anthony Wiener, a Jew, who resigned his office in disgrace after he was found to have engaged in illicit Internet communications with other women.
Islamic law bars a Muslim woman from marrying a Jew. But Shoebat argues the marriage is "one more reason for suspicion," since Huma's mother, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, never denounced it.