Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative Mirrors “Pact of Umar”

via Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative Mirrors “Pact of Umar” | FrontPage Magazine.

For those of you unfamiliar with Islamic history, Umar bin al-Khattab – the second Islamic Caliph – made an agreement with the subjugated Christians of Syria setting forth the conditions under which said Christians would be permitted to live in proximity to the conquering Muslims.

This Pact of Umar is the origination of the concept of dhimmitude, a dehumanizing status belonging to subjugated non-Muslims in Islamist societies.

The translation I have re-produced below comes from the stellar book by Raymond Ibrahim, titled Crucified Again.

In return for their lives, the Christians agreed:

 

Not to build a church in our city—nor a monastery, convent, or monk’s cell in the surrounding areas—and not to repair those that fall in ruins or are in Muslim quarters;

Not to clang our cymbals except lightly and from the innermost recesses of our churches;

Not to display a cross on them [churches], nor raise our voices during prayer or readings in our churches anywhere near Muslims;

Not to produce a cross or [Christian] book in the markets of the Muslims;

Not to congregate in the open for Easter or Palm Sunday, nor lift our voices [in lamentation] for our dead nor show our firelights with them near the market places of the Muslims;

Not to display any signs of polytheism, nor make our religion appealing, nor call or proselytize anyone to it;

Not to prevent any of our relatives who wish to enter into Islam;

Not to possess or bear any arms whatsoever, nor gird ourselves with swords;

To honor the Muslims, show them the way, and rise up from our seats if they wish to sit down;

Adhere to these conditions and live. Break these conditions and all bets are off. While this pact was made in the early 7th Century, it is still considered relevant today as evidenced by its widespread application throughout the Middle East.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) certainly considers these conditions to be quite pertinent to the present-day conduct of interfaith relations. They are enforcing the conditions on the Christian residents of Syria, in addition to the regions they have recently conquered in Iraq.

According to the BBC, ISIS offers a heck of a deal – you must convert to Islam or if you remain Christian, you must accept dhimmi status and pay the jizya, (a tax for non-Muslims only) or… you can just be put to the sword.

As wildly enticing as the first or third choices may appear, most opt for door number two and live out their lives as second-class subjects. This is the hard-tyranny of Islamic supremacy. The inherently political and social nature of Islam and Sharia leave no room for other forms of intersection between believers and unbelievers.

This hard-tyranny is the hallmark of the Caliphate system. Freedom is an unknown concept; liberty is blasphemy in a system that crushes the individual into mortar paste for the building of greater Islam.

The global left views the advent of a new Caliphate as something akin to an Islamic version of the European Union, an economic and political alliance designed to trade with the rest of the world on an equal footing. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Caliphate is a means toward an end; that end being Islamic dominance. The Caliphate is merely the structural entity that will administer Sharia throughout an Islamist-controlled world.

Considering the recent proliferation of “interfaith” initiatives throughout Western Europe and the United States, it seems prudent to give more than a cursory glance to the preferred ground-rules of the Islamists, and to examine the role such interfaith efforts might play in an expanding the Caliphate system.

One such interfaith initiative, here in Omaha, Nebraska intends to co-locate a Mosque, a Synagogue and a Church on the same campus.

There is a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOA) that governs the interaction between the three faiths that make up the Tri-Faith Initiative, as they call themselves. It lays the ground rules for everything from site planning, to building design and subsequent use.

From the MOA:

  • Each Participant controls the ultimate design of their own building.  To the extent that design issues can be coordinated among the buildings, we will attempt to do so.
  • A common “look and feel” shall be sought in the design of buildings on this campus.

The Synagogue has already been built on the Tri-Faith site. This building has no outward indications of the Jewish faith. No Star of David, no Menorah. The only indication that this isn’t an ordinary office building is a stylized Hebrew script on the clerestory windows, done in a much understated manner.

The general understanding of the MOA is that it will likewise require a similar incoherence on the exterior of the Christian church slated for the project. No exterior display of the Cross. Where have we seen this before? Let’s ask our buddy Umar!

Not to display a cross on them [churches], nor raise our voices during prayer or readings in our churches anywhere near Muslims; Not to produce a cross or [Christian] book in the markets of the Muslims;

While it is possibly a simple oversight on the part of the architect, the rendering of the Mosque provided by the Mosque organizers features a very prominent Crescent and Star, an internationally known symbol of Islam, in apparent defiance of the MOA.

Similarly, the MOA outlines how people are to behave outside of their respective buildings:

To the extent Practices take place outside the walls of one’s own religious space, consideration shall be given to the beliefs of other Participants.

Rules governing shared space and practices allowed therein will give maximum consideration to issues of respect for and tolerance of the beliefs of all Participants. (authors’ emphasis)

Could such an innocuous bylaw be construed as a parallel to yet another of Umar’s conditions?

Not to congregate in the open for Easter or Palm Sunday, nor lift our voices [in lamentation] for our dead nor show our firelights with them near the market places of the Muslims;

Not to clang our cymbals except lightly and from the innermost recesses of our churches;

Perhaps not. It is for the reader to decide.

The MOA continues:

No Participant shall engage in any proselytizing (intending to convert members of other Participants).

Now that exhortation rings a bell…

Not to display any signs of polytheism, nor make our religion appealing, nor call or proselytize anyone to it; (authors’ emphasis)

Setting aside for a moment the command of Jesus to spread the Gospel, it is instructive to note that Islam considers the Cross to be a “sign of polytheism” as is any graphic representation of the Christian concept of the Trinity, a feature of Christianity that is foundational.

Insisting on these sorts of prohibitions under the rubric of respect is the methodology Islamists have employed across Europe to first bully citizens, then governments into a forced respect for their often barbaric 7th Century traditions and notions of worship.

The end result is the functional equivalent of the installation of the Pact of Umar among the societies where Muslims are not in control of the government. This is the soft-tyranny of Islamism, utilized when hard-tyranny is not an option. One certainty however remains consistent throughout…Islam reigns supreme.

I have written previously about the troubling connections between the governing board of the Tri-Faith venture and two known fronts for Muslim Brotherhood operations in the US – CAIR (Council on American and Islamic Relations) and ISNA (The Islamic Society of North America).

As of the time of this writing, the board stubbornly refuses to disavow relationships with either group, despite being presented with evidence from the FBI linking these groups to the terror group HAMAS.

The clear parallels between the Tri-Faith Memorandum of Understanding and the Pact of Umar cannot be ignored and should not be discounted – especially given the refusal of the Mosque organizers to renounce the involvement of CAIR and ISNA in their project.

Islamists spread their radical ideology through all means, not just the sword. Will the Tri-Faith Initiative prove to be a Midwest expression of 7th Century subjugation, albeit a voluntary one? That remains to be seen, but the vision emerging is not a hopeful one, unless you’re Umar bin al-Khattab.

Nebraska: Omaha ‘Tri-Faith’ project has links to Muslim Brotherhood

via The Daily Caller.

Hailed as a global first, a Jewish synagogue and an Episcopal church are co-locating their new worship facilities on a plot of land with a Mosque. They call it the “Tri-Faith Initiative,” and the project has become the darling of the progressive wings of Christianity and Judaism.

The Jewish and Christian participants’ motivations are easily discerned by reading their rather facile statements regarding the project. Standard left-progressive boilerplate about “inclusiveness and social justice” abounds.

Like the EpiscopaliansReform Jews routinely place progressive politics and social justice above doctrine, making them ideal partners for a project like this. From their statements, one gets the impression that this sort of interfaith cooperation is naughtily intoxicating.

The particular form of Islam to be practiced at this new Tri-Faith campus has yet to be revealed, as well as the name of the Imam, or even the sect of Islam from which the Imam will be drawn.

One thing is clear however, the mosque – and those behind it – have distinct ties to groups previously named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the largest terrorist funding investigation in our nation’s history.

The first of these, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a well-documented purveyor of Islamism, preaching the supremacy of Islam over not only all other religions, but all nations as well.

Their fellow-traveling co-conspirator, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has similarly well documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic supremacist organizations.

The Tri-Faith Initiative features links to both groups on their website, under the “Resources” and “Recommended Reading” tabs. Considering the security concerns presented by a post 9/11 world, these links are disturbing and warrant a discussion.

Read more at link above.

Robert Spencer is in the area and wrote:

I just arrived in Omaha to speak on these issues tonight, and in Lincoln tomorrow night. The Muslim Brotherhood ties of Hamas-linked CAIR and ISNA are abundantly documented. So why would the local Omaha media be afraid to discuss these issues? Who has intimidated them into silence, or paid them off? Have Bob Smietana and Niraj Warikoo warned their Omaha counterparts that saying anything negative about the Muslim Brotherhood would be “Islamophobic”?

Nebraska: Bosnian Muslims who just want to fit in convert church into mosque

via Bosnian youth transform Lincoln church into mosque : The (402)/411. h/t sharia unveiled.

Melisa Sarajlic and Senada Gusic were Lincoln kindergartners when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

The girls, both Bosnian immigrants, didn’t grasp the magnitude of the event at the time, but they clearly remember hostility and distrust for anyone Muslim.

Anyone call bullshit? Kindergartners who don’t remember 9/11 but clearly remember the hostility?

So they kept quiet about their faith, their beliefs and their traditions.

What hostility do these kids really recall?

5310c37bf2432.preview-620The doubling of mosques in the U.S. since 9/11? The record increase in Muslim immigration? Do they remember U.S. troops fighting with jihadists in Bosnia?

“Growing up was really hard. I was struggling with my culture and religion,” recalled Sarajlic, now 18. “In school when people talked about their religion, I didn’t want to tell them. It was so hard; I just wanted to fit in.”

Her parents fled Bosnia during the war. They chose to immigrate to the United States because of the promise of the “American Dream,” Sarajlic said.

“In our quest for the ultimate ‘American Dream,’ our parents realized that we were all going to lose our heritage and faith,” she recalled. “So all the parents decided to rent out a room at (what is now) the People’s City Mission (Homeless Prevention Center) for us to gather together and not be afraid to share our religion with each other.”

They created Sabah Youth Group — a cadre of about 20 teens and 20-somethings who pray, play and work together to live the tenets of a faith that calls for acceptance of all.

More taqiyya: Koran 5.051 anyone? “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends

“It (Sabah Youth Group) is the only place where we aren’t judged for our religion, heritage and way of life,” Sarajlic said.

The group of mostly Bosnian and some Middle Eastern immigrants soon outgrew the tiny room at 27th and O streets — especially during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

So the Sabah Youth Group held a donation night — asking their families and fellow Muslims to donate money toward finding a new building for the community.

They raised nearly $200,000.

In 2008, they bought the long-empty Abundant Life Family Church at 1145 Furnas Ave. Hardworking parents and lots of elbow grease have transformed the church into a mosque.

What a better way to build trust amongst those you are commanded in the Holy Koran not to befriend than to convert their church into a mosque?

Related: Muslims gloat over take-over of Christian church in California

 

Nebraska: Muslim attacks relative with crowbar over lesbian engagement (ie, attempted honor killing)

via Police: Man attacks relative in suspected anti-gay hate crime : Journal Star Breaking News.

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Ahmed Mohammed Tuma

A 20-year-old man allegedly attacked a relative with a crowbar Thursday evening because she’s marrying a woman, Lincoln police said.

Ahmed Mohammed Tuma, 5312 Tipperary Trail, and a friend went to the woman’s home near 27th and O streets at about 5 to confront her about being engaged to a woman, Officer Katie Flood said.

He feels this is a disgrace upon their family,” Flood said.

Police believe religion motivated Tuma, who is Muslim, Flood said.

As the woman and her 28-year-old fiancée got out of their car, Tuma ran up and tried to bash the relative in the head with a crowbar.

She managed to get back into the car and lock the door.

Tuma beat the window and windshield eight to 10 times, but did not break through, Flood said.

“(They) were in fear for their lives,” Flood said.

The two women drove off and Tuma and his friend, 20-year-old Nathan Robert Marks, 4140 Kipling Place, chased them in Marks’ Dodge Ram pickup, then rammed the back of the car, Flood said. The women told police they believe the men were trying to push them into traffic on North 27th Street.

They got away and called 911.

No one was hurt, but the fiancée’s 2003 Toyota Celica sustained $2,500 damage, Flood said.

Officers pulled Tuma and Marks over at about 2:30 Friday morning in south Lincoln and arrested Tuma on suspicion of attempted second-degree assault, criminal mischief and two counts of terroristic threats, all of them with a hate crime enhancement, which allows for a stiffer sentence.

Why not attempted murder? Premeditated at that.

They also cited Tuma on suspicion of using a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

They arrested Marks on suspicion of aiding and abetting two crimes: making terroristic threats and using a weapon to commit a felony.

Islam – the real war on women. End immigration of Muslims. NOW!!!

Muslim caught plagiarizing, legal jihad against Univ of Nebraska Law ensues

Rules for Muslims, and rules for everyone else. via University of Nebraska College of Law Sued by Former Student – JD Journal | JD Journal. h/t halalporkshop

The University of Nebraska’s law school has been sued by a man from Omaha who was kicked out of the school months prior to graduation. The man, Layth Mohammad Al-Turk, claims that he was discriminated against due to his Arabic heritage and Muslim beliefs, according to The Independent.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the federal court of Nebraska. It names the University of Nebraska College of Law, multiple school officials, the University of Nebraska, and the school’s Board of Regents as the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Al-Turk’s problems began in his third year. He ran into computer problems that prevented him from turning in a rough draft of a paper due October 22 for a comparative law class. He met with professor Brian Lepard, who told him to turn the paper in when he was able to do so. He turned in the draft days after the deadline after he used notes and source materials to re-create it.

Lepard determined that Al-Turk plagiarized the paper and reported to the school that he violated the honor code. John Lenich was assigned to the case. Al-Turk worked to come to a settlement, but the honor committee removed him from school in February. He was due to graduate in August.

Lepard and Al-Turk met on November 2 to discuss the notion that Al-Turk did not attribute portions of his rough draft. According to Lepard and other officials, Al-Turk admitted to fabricating the story about his computer and that he did plagiarize his work. Al-Turk denies this in the lawsuit. He claims he tried to settle the issue with Lenich in order to stay in school. He said he would submit a written reprimand and to sanctions, which the lawsuit says are “commensurate with what the (college) had imposed previously for code violations involving plagiarism.”

The attorney for Al-Turk, Robert Mooney, said that he is asking for immediate injunctive relief so Al-Turk can return to the law school and complete the course work required for graduation. A hearing is scheduled for next week.

Muslim doc whose Nebraska clinic infected patients, killing some, blames Islamophobia, seeks N.Y. license

via Doc whose Fremont clinic infected patients with hepatitis seeks N.Y. license to practice – LivewellNebraska.com. h/t Jihad Watch

Dr. Tahir Ali Javed, whose Fremont cancer clinic infected dozens of patients with hepatitis a little more than a decade ago, has applied for reinstatement of his medical license in New York.

Javed, 47, fled to his native Pakistan 10 years ago, when the severity of the hepatitis outbreak became known. His medical license in Nebraska was revoked. He surrendered his New York license.

In Pakistan, Javed became a public health official and reportedly blamed the situation in Nebraska on anti-Muslim sentiment.

Unsanitary practices in the Fremont clinic led to hepatitis C infections in at least 99 patients, several of whom died.

Dr. Tahir Ali Javed

Dr. Tahir Ali Javed

A Fremont-based group called the HONOReform Foundation grew out of the tragedy. It promotes sanitary practices in health care settings. The “One and Only” campaign that it advocates seeks to educate nurses, doctors and others of the importance of using syringes and needles only once.

Javed could not be reached for comment. His Omaha attorney, Michael D. Jones, said he hadn’t had contact with Javed in years.

Antonia Valentine of the New York State Education Department, which rules on restoration of medical licenses, confirmed that Javed has applied for reinstatement.

Valentine said in an email that the application will be investigated and referred to two committees before the New York Board of Regents rules on it. It’s unclear when the ruling will be issued. Valentine declined to provide further information.

Steve Langan, executive director of HONOReform, said, “Sick people were injured, some of them died, and no justice has been done.”

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office pursued the revocation of Javed’s medical license in 2003. It accused him of unprofessional conduct and gross negligence for allowing staffers to reuse syringes, which contaminated large bags of saline with hepatitis. The saline was used to clean out implanted devices that administer chemotherapy and other medications to cancer patients, infecting patients with hepatitis in the process.

The allegations said Javed had been warned multiple times that his office used unsanitary practices in administering the drugs and continued to allow it.

The Attorney General’s Office also accused him of exploiting a patient to conduct a sexual relationship with her. The attorney general alleged that Javed, a cancer specialist, gave the woman a false diagnosis and told her not to seek treatment elsewhere because other providers would inform her insurance company and she wouldn’t be able to get insurance again.

Documents indicate that Javed admitted to little. The exploitation accusations were dismissed. Javed chose not to contest the case against him and agreed to a settlement in which his Nebraska medical license was revoked in September 2003.

New York records show that Javed surrendered his medical license in that state in 2004, after he chose not to contest the Nebraska allegations.

Travis Bennington, a Fremont attorney who co-wrote a book on the case with one of the victims, Evelyn McKnight, said Javed fled to his native Pakistan before any criminal charges could be filed. McKnight is a co-founder of HONOReform.

Jean Schafersman of Hooper, Neb., whose son was fighting cancer when he was infected with hepatitis from treatment in Javed’s clinic, expressed astonishment over Javed’s New York application.

“How does that work?” she asked.


A Pakistani-Muslim who blamed anti-Muslim sentiment? Non-Muslims beware.

Nebraska man to run for Congress on anti-sharia platform

Hamas-linked CAIR and their Islamophilic shills in the media to go ballistic in 3, 2, 1…

COLUMBUS, Neb. — A Columbus Republican will again challenge U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith in Nebraska’s primary election — and this time, he’s targeting Islamic religious law known as Sharia.

Dennis Parker, a music director at his Lutheran church, filed with the Secretary of State’s office earlier this month. He’s seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for Nebraska’s vast 3rd Congressional District seat, currently held by Smith. Parker also challenged Smith in 2010, but garnered only 12 percent of the vote.

Parker says he announced his candidacy a year before the filing deadline to give him time to warn Nebraskans of Sharia “spreading like an undetected disease.”

The Islamic law has drawn the contempt of conservatives. At least 13 states introduced measures this year seeking to prevent state courts from enforcing foreign law, including Sharia.

via Columbus man announces 2nd challenge to western Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith :: The Republic.

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