October 08, 2009

Obama's Muslim advisor makes appearance with Hizb ut-Tahrir spokeswoman, says Islamic law misunderstood

JihadWatch covers an article in today's Telegraph about Obama's Muslim advisor, Dalia Mogahed, and her statement that Sharia law is misunderstood. Because all that talk in the Quran about slaughtering the infidels wherever you find them is only allegorical, folks!

And over at the Investigative Project they focus on Mohaged's appearance on a program this past Sunday with a spokeswoman for Hizb ut-Tahrir - an organization that calls for a global Islamic caliphate and the destruction of the West. It is also banned in most Western countries and throughout the Islamic world. Another HuT representative hosted the program.

Here's the opening of the IPT report:

Dalia Mogahed, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, joined a representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) for a television interview in Great Britain on Sunday.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR) noted that Mogahed was interviewed along with Dr. Nasreen Nawaz, women's representative for HT, on the British Muslim show "Muslimah Dilemma," which airs on the Islam Channel. GMBDR described the program as "a show presented by members of Hizb ut-Tahrir" featuring Nawaz "in her capacity as spokesperson" for the group.

In some ways, Mogahed's performance during the 45-minute program (which has been posted to HT's website and can be viewed here) offers a tutorial on how not to make America's case to the Muslim world. Mogahed, who was interviewed by telephone, did not challenge any of the views expressed by Nawaz or HT - including the group's call for establishing an international caliphate and imposition of Islamic law, or sharia, which includes suppression of women's political rights.

Both Mogahed and Nawaz touted the purported benefits of sharia for women. Mogahed, who is executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was asked about a 2005 Gallup survey of Muslim women entitled "What Women Want Listening to the Voices of Muslim Women." Mogahed's Gallup unit conducted 8,000 face-to-face interviews with women in eight predominantly Muslim countries and reported that many of those women wanted the law to be based on sharia.


Full interview below the fold.

By Barbarossa at 10:46 PM | Comments |