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Thursday, August 19, 2004

In almost perfect follow-up to Loftus

WaPo: U.S. Eyes Money Trails of Saudi-backed Charities

Only one small problem with this Washington Post article. It says

In the 1960s, the kingdom was sparsely populated and still relatively poor. It had no trained foot soldiers to run the Muslim league. So the royal family enlisted scores of Egyptian teachers, scholars and imams belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, a highly secretive movement of political activists dedicated to restoring Islamic rule over secular Arab societies.

That last phrase is not exactly correct. Hassan al Banna, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, wrote in 1934 that
"it is a duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim and the whole world Islamic, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the earth and the call of the muezzin can resound in all the corners of the world: Allahu akbar [God is greatest]!"
According to Robert Spencer, al Banna's vision was in "perfect accord with that of classical Muslim scholars such as Ibn Khaldun, who taught in the fourteenth century that
'in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.' "

Boker tov, people. It's time to wake up.