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by Moshe Dann

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB)[1] is one of the most dangerous Islamic groups in the world today, not only because it supports terrorism -- providing political and financial support for its Palestinian branch, Hamas, for example -- but because it is part of a global Islamist network and promotes an ideology that encourages extremism and terrorism. With branches in seventy countries and linked to major Islamic organizations, the MB has an extensive and well-financed network of educational, social, and cultural institutions which promote a strategic MB plan for Islamic dominance -- not through violence, but integration, becoming part of the national social and political life, and the application of Shariah law. These connections give it access to political power and explain why it and the organizations it supports are courted by governments and NGOs. Jean-Pierre Filiu of the Hudson Institute:[2]

The Muslim Brotherhood ... has for reasons both ideological and tactical tended in recent decades to embrace a more limited conception of jihad combined with missionary activity and organized political struggle.

Hillel Fradkin, director of the Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, notes that the MB, founded in Egypt in 1928, is the source of modern radical Islamic movements and an important part of Muslim communities around the world.[3] The takeover of the Gaza Strip by Hamas changed the picture. For the first time, the MB had its own territory, a virtual state, and an army.

The Brotherhood-offshoot Hamas, which since 2006 has officially ruled over the Gaza strip, is the first Palestinian militia to consistently limit its activities to the territory of pre-1948 Palestine-meaning Israel, the West Bank and Gaza... In the process of consolidating its power, [it] subsequently repressed Gaza's al-Qaeda-inspired groups. Nowadays, al-Qaeda's ongoing conflict with Hamas has become one of the main liabilities to al-Qaeda's propaganda and its efforts to establish itself as the leader of the worldwide jihadist movement.

According to an MB document[4] written in 1991, its role in host countries is a process of settlement called "Civilization-Jihad," which will "eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within" and establish a "global Islamic state." To accomplish this, through mosques and Islamic centers, the MB engages in "coalitions," "absorption," and civic "cooperation," building parallel social, political, and cultural organizations. Its guiding principles are those of Hasan al-Banna, who established the Egyptian MB movement and was closely allied with the Nazis. The North American Connection

The most comprehensive study of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States is Steven Merley's monograph[5] published by the Hudson Institute (April 2009). He concludes:

[The MB's] extensive history of support for Islamic fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and support for terrorism ... includes ideological, financial, and legal support, particularly for Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations.

MB affiliate organizations like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- which grew out of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a front group fund-raising for Islamic jihad and Hamas terrorist organizations -- are not outgrowths of popular or communal expressions, like Christian and Jewish organizations, but instead are self-appointed representatives, combining a volatile mix of religion and politics. Most MB organizations are funded by Saudis and Gulf States, representing non-American, predominantly Arab Muslims.

With over thirty branches in North America, CAIR presents itself as the largest "Muslim civil rights organization," seeking to "enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding." A few years ago, CAIR[6] was included in a list[7] of unindicted co-conspirators alleged by prosecutors to have participated in a conspiracy to funnel money to Hamas through the Holy Land Foundation. Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha write,[8]

Perhaps the most obvious problem with CAIR is the fact that at least five of its employees and board members have been arrested, convicted, deported, or otherwise linked to terrorism-related charges and activities ... CAIR has a key role in the 'Wahhabi lobby'[9] -- the network of organizations, usually supported by donations from Saudi Arabia, whose aim is to propagate the especially extreme version of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia ... CAIR has consistently shown itself to be on the wrong side of the war on terrorism, protecting, defending, and supporting both accused and even convicted radical Islamic terrorists.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA), the largest Muslim campus organization, with more than 250 chapters at nearly every university, was also initiated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Although the MB's current involvement is unclear, the agenda is similar. Engaged in protests against Israel and disrupting pro-Israel speakers and forums, assisted by left-wing student organizations, and, of course, tolerated by administrators, this explains the upsurge of hostility towards Israel; opposing America's involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan; and "American imperialism." Not limited to campus activities, however, in 1981, the MSA and MB morphed into the Islamic Society of North America to carry on its "after-school" activities.

Saudi prince Alweed Bin Talal is a major financier[10] of Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the U.S. via his Kingdom Foundation, which supports the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Project, backers of the "Ground Zero Mosque.

In the early 1990s, following the Oslo Agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the MB formed several organizations which opposed any peace agreement. The Muslim American Society describes itself as a civic group, involved in "religious, charitable, social, cultural, and educational" affairs, working to improve "family and society" and "move people to strive for God consciousness, liberty, and justice and to convey Islam with utmost clarity. Its vision is a "virtuous and just American society."

Its fundamentalist ideology and political activities, however, don't fit its lofty words and ideals. According to reports,[11] the Muslim American Society's goal is the radical transformation of America into a Muslim society under strict Shariah law.

The Islamic American University,[12] a MAS project, is a training center for the MB philosophy, associated with Sheikh Yousef al-Qardawi, who promotes jihad, proclaims that Muslim forces fighting American troops are "martyrs," and supports Arab Palestinian terrorist organizations, like Hamas.

MAS publishes a magazine, The American Muslim, which supports suicide bombings as "martyr operations" sanctioned by the Qur'an, and portrays Asian Muslim terrorists as "freedom fighters."

With all of this information available, one would think that U.S. government officials would be concerned about the activities of these MB-supported organizations. Instead, they are feted by the White House and supported by the State Dept and CIA, according to,[13] which systematically tracks the MB.

"Their allure," according to counter-terrorism researcher Steve Emerson, "to governments and non-Muslim agencies in foreign countries is that these MB groups have a monopoly on the leadership and representation of most Muslims, due to the fact that the MB in the Muslim world occupies the center of political and religious gravity and does not tolerate dissent." And it can, when necessary, call upon its adherents to act, using "soft power," rather than "hard power," to influence.

Take over the world

The MB is a critical part of a vast Islamic movement that uses a religious identity to mask its political agenda. Represented by hundreds of social, political, and cultural organizations and banks and financial institutions in the United States alone, the MB is able to infiltrate and exert influence on every aspect of national and international affairs.

According to Islamic expert Bat Ye'or,[14] the MB (through its Muslim World League) is involved with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC),[15] a religious and political organization representing 56 countries (and "Palestine," which they consider a state under the PA) with a permanent delegation at the U.N. Like the MB, the OIC supports Islamist rule, which in other words is the establishment of Shariah (Islamic) Law and the rule of a Caliphate[16] -- i.e., Islamic political and cultural takeover of the world. Because of their political and diplomatic role, however, they use a more subtle, incremental approach.

In Jordan, the main opposition party, the Islamic Action Front, represents the MB's "political wing." Islamists, they call for a boycott of elections, hoping to topple the current government and assume control of Parliament. Although banned from politics in Egypt and Syria and accused of being behind terrorist attacks, the MB runs networks of social and charity organizations, giving itself a firm popular basis.

The MB is also a major opposition group in Egypt and will be decisive when Egyptian President Mubarak dies. Egyptian Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie recently declared[17] that "waging Jihad is mandatory."

The MB is also expanding in Canada, where they recently hosted[18] "the largest Islamic conference in Montreal's history."

A recent Pew Report[19] on the Muslim Brotherhood in Western Europe documents its extensive network. Yet little or nothing is done to monitor and restrict these organizations and their influence in growing Muslim communities. The presence of so many MB organizations explains the widespread demonstrations against Israel and violent reactions to what are perceived as "insults to Islam." Lorenzo Vidino provides an excellent study[20] of the MB in Europe:

The Brotherhood has long served as a key financial node for different Islamist groups, and the intelligence officials say that ... the Brotherhood has expanded its financial network of holding companies and bank accounts in almost every European country.

How it happened

The growth and spread of the global MB network appears to be the result of a carefully planned organizational strategy:

  1. Funded by Saudi Arabia, Gulf States, and wealthy Arab Muslim families, the MB promotes a strict interpretation of Shariah and Islamic rule through educational, social, and religious organizations; in schools, campus organizations, and study centers; and in Muslim professional and "civil rights" organizations. Their extremist brand of Islam in the West, based on Wahhabism and jihadism, however, is rarely exposed.

  2. Focusing attention on the Palestinian issue, they joined with "liberal," "progressive," and anti-Jewish elements around the world, especially in the media, and now use their influence in the U.N. and international bodies and agencies to demonize, delegitimize, isolate, and boycott Israel.

Through a carefully planned strategy of deception -- masking their sources of support, activities, philosophy, and goals -- MB-sponsored organizations are able to present themselves as religious and/or civil rights groups and thereby avoid scrutiny. Numbed by words like "peace" and "justice," unable to understand Arabic used by clerics and in printed material, non-Muslims have little or no understanding of what goes inside mosques and Muslim social and cultural centers and are unaware of the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Though some academics and government officials try to portray the MB as "moderate," the facts prove differently.[21] "The MB actively seeks to destroy America's status as a world power and to replace it with an Islamic power whose foreign policy will be based on jihad and the spread of Islam."

What can be done?

The first step in countering the MB is identifying their organizations. In addition to those cited above, here are some of the most prominent in the U.S. that have been linked to MB:

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Fiqh Council of NA (FCNA) (formerly American Muslim Council)
North American Islamic Trust (controls most mosques)
Muslim Youth of North America
Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers
PAC's and Muslim chaplains programs (in prisons, military and schools)
Islamic Medical Association
American Trust Publications
Islamic Circle of North American
International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Association of Muslim Social Scientists

Charity foundations, like Kind Hearts, and HolyLand Foundation (now closed), The Union of Good, which assisted the IHH, a Turkish "charity" that backed the "Gaza flotilla," and supports terrorism, Islamic Relief USA and Mercy USA, and thousands more. Follow the money.[22]

With thousands of affiliated organizations in America, and perhaps millions around the world -- well-organized, accepted as part of the academic community and by religious and political leaders, operating within democratic systems, financed by radical jihadists, and supported by many in the international community -- the MB is a formidable threat. It are vulnerable, however, when exposed -- and that is a task which everyone can share.

Global jihadist groups

In the late 1970s, as the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement was taking shape, a new terrorist organization was formed by members of the MB in Egypt: Islamic Jihad. The name was chosen to justify terrorism in the name of Islam -- not only as a PLO tactic, but to attack anyone, anywhere, including one's own family, without approval from any authority. Like other totalitarian movements, it was intended[23] to break traditional discipline and encourage terrorism as a religious obligation.

Islamic Jihad (IJ) was declared[24] a terrorist organization by the United States in 2005, and later by the EU, U.N., and other countries despite the fact that it had been carrying out terrorist attacks for more than a decade -- primarily against Jews in Israel. IJ is reported[25] to receive funding from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries; it is currently based in Syria, but today it is funded mostly by Syria and Iran. Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad work with Hamas and Fatah (PA); it has no direct ties to MB. IJ is also active in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and other areas in the region.

American Muslims need to take seriously why their non-Muslim neighbors are suspicious, just as those neighbors must be careful of prejudice. Hiding agendas and intentions are as bad as bigotry.

Underestimating the message and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood is a threat to global, and especially Western, security. That is the message of 9/11 and terror attacks in London and Madrid. It is a message we ignore at our peril.



[2] the-brotherhood-vs-al-qaeda-a-moment-of-truth/ in Hillel Fradkin, editor, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology Vol 9, August 2010.



[5] You can also download it here.





[10] emerging-as-backer-of-islamic-supremacist-mega-mosque-at-ground-zero.html




[14] bat-yeor-oic-and-the-modern-caliphate.html


[16] oic_and_the_modern_caliphate.html

[17] http://


[19] Religious_Affiliation/Muslim/Muslim-networks-full-report.pdf

[20] the-muslim-brotherhoods-conquest-of-europe

[21] DBID=1&TMID=111&LNGID=1&FID=379&PID=0&IID=1920


[23] files/War_of_Ideas_Waller.pdf


[25] ; 2010/09/islamic_jihad_group.php


These are some comments that supply additional information or suggest additional measures we can take to protect ourselves from Radical Islam.


Posted by: Gunner57, Oct 17, 2010
"MB plan for Islamic dominance -- not through violence, but integration, becoming part of the national social and political life, and the application of Shariah law."

Dann discovers this information but is unable to think clearly enough to understand that none of this would matter if it wasn't for our suicidal immigration policies. If they weren't here they couldn't become part of our national and political life. Dann tells us what can be done when there is only one thing that can be done that will truly be effective and he fails to even mention it - stop all muslim immigration. Dann also fails to tell you that the Holy Land Foundation investigations uncovered and stated plainly that the Muslim Brotherhood was using immigration as their most effective and weapon of choice not simply integration. The Muslims are smarted than us braindead PC Westerners, they realize that they have to get here first in order to integrate into our social and political world. Anybody who claims that they want to fight against the war that Islam is waging against us and fails to mention immigration is only aiding and abetting the enemy in their war.

Posted by: PDK, Oct 17, 2010
We in the west, suffer from liberal mentalism syndrome. It is characterized by the liberal mindset that reworks reality inside their brain, cousing turth to disappear, & an untruth to be seen as truth. This psycho-socio cheat is designed to allow liberals the avoidance of seeing their own cowardice, & in its` stead, falsly see themselves as couragously noble. This is made manifest when a liberal dramatically, in a couragously noble way, stands up to the hand that will not hit them, while, at the same time, sides with & defends the hand that will hit them. The former are the conservatives of the west, the latter are the invading conquerers of Islam. As Islam futhers its conquest of the west, begun decades ago, this cheat has a price. Now the psuedo-religon of the inferiority complex, & its emotion of hate have the ally they need in order to yoke all of west to their burden. Islam is an agressive, malignant, matastizing form of the inferiority complex. The longer we wait to effectively stop it, the more powerful they become. The more powerful they become the more difficult it becomes to stop them. Will our own liberals defend the enemy so long we ultimatly fall, or will the conservatives do what is nessesary & defend lady liberty from Islam, & liberal mentalism syndrome.

Posted by: Fionnagh, Oct 17, 2010
Close the borders!! It's not just about "legal" immigrants - it's about the pipeline established at our southern border. Protect the sovereignity of our states. Never thought to see in my lifetime that a state - Arizona - would be chastised before the corrupt UN by our own Secretary of State. (a subject unto herself on "corruption...")

Posted by: tlsparkman, Oct 17, 2010
On a national level we could hope for a grassroots based movement similar to, and with the same fervor and focus as, the Tea Party movement in this country, but with a goal of exposing Islam and countering its influence with our own. But the fear is that it could degenerate into street riots with pitch forks and torches. If we could keep it non-violent, however, limited to political activity, maybe we could put political pressure on our government to take action before it's too late. We have what is needed to start... an increasing awareness of the truth about Islam, a growing sense of urgency for the sake of our freedom, and thanks to the recent CSP report (Shariah: The threat to America, an Exercise in Competitive Analysis Report of Team BII) there is now credibility regarding the realistic threat to our security and the very real danger of ignoring it any longer. All we need now is leadership in this direction.

The sad truth is that if we did begin a grassroots movement against the Islamization of America, we would probably go to jail for inciting hatred, racial discrimination, religious intolerance....

Posted by: Nechama, Oct 17, 2010
It is so astounding to me that this information is readily available but the west is doing close to nothing to protect us from islamists trying to control the world. Exactly what do these organizations have to do before the West reacts? Can't they respond before another attack? How can our leaders & the media continue to bury their heads in the sand hoping this nightmare will magically go away? And to make matter worst, Israel which is on the frontline every single day, is constantly criticized & condemned by the West simply for acts of self-defense. Our very way of life is being threatened, our Constitutional freedoms are being eroded by islamic pressures & threats. Freedom of press is already under serious assault. Every word of criticism engenders accusations of islamophobia. The worst thing is they are using our very freedoms to manipulate us to bend to their will. We know obama will do nothing to protect us from islamists. Dear God – I hope we can survive until another president is elected.

Posted by: TJM, Oct 17, 2010
I'd love to send Whoopi and Joy on an excursion - no security detail and no male accompaniment - to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran and, what the heck, let's throw in Sudan and Somalia as an added bonus. I wonder if they would come back with a different viewpoint than the one they currently hold? Actually, given what I know about those countries, I wonder if they'd make it back.

Posted by: Pragmatist, Oct 17, 2010
The Muslim Brotherhood is the real face of Islam but even that is hidden behind waves of taqqiya lies and deceit. Islam does want peace but the only peace acceptable to Islam is an Islamic peace where Islam rules everything. Until that comes about Muslims live in constant struggle (Jihad) , either by open violence or by lies and deceit, to achieve it. For Muslims they are either in Dar al Harb (state of War) or Dar al Islam (under Islamic control) there is no compromise no Multi Culti melting pot situation for Muslims because Islam does not allow it.

Posted by: Kathy from Kansas, Oct 17, 2010
"Saudi prince Alweed Bin Talal [sic] is a major financier of Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the U.S. via his Kingdom Foundation, which supports the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Project, backers of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.'"

It gets worse. Prince al-Waleed bin Talal now has 7 percent ownership, or about $3 billion worth, of News Corp, the parent company of Fox News. (Which might explain why you rarely hear any criticism of Saudi Arabia on that network--and why Glenn Beck recently reversed his earlier position and is now bashing Geert Wilders) []

But wait, it gets even worse than that. Prince al-Waleed bin Talal is also the man whose advisor, Khalid Mansour, pulled strings to get Barack Obama into Harvard Law School. And in case you were wondering how Obama, whose grades were too low to get him a scholarship, and who did not come from a wealthy family, was able to come up with the tuition money for Harvard (a question that has never been addressed by the "mainstream" media)--it might help to know that Prince al-Waleed is one of the wealthiest men in the world, with an estimated fortune of $19.4 billion. []


Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist. He taught history at CUNY.

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