Florida: Muslim candidate for state House practices taqiyya

The St. Petersburg Times lobs up a softball for the locals in Florida. Unfortunately, like most media hype, this headline ain’t true. When will Muslims running for office in the U.S. start telling the truth about Islam and Islamic history and how jihad is an integral part of it? Until they do, candidates like Hafeez will fall into the CAIR – Islamist camp.

Muslim candidate for state House tackles religion issue head-on

TAMPA — As Z.J. Hafeez worked the room at a recent candidate forum in Tampa, he shook hands with a man who leaned in and peered at his name tag.

“Z. J. Hafeez,” he read slowly. “That’s a funny name.”

Hafeez gets that reaction a lot as he campaigns for the District 67 state House seat that represents parts of Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

People often ask, “Are you American?”

“I tell them I’m American,” Hafeez said. “And then they ask where are you from, and I say the Tampa Bay area. And then they say, ‘No, no. Where are you from?’ So I say, ‘Okay. I was born in England.’ “

He said he knows what they’re really asking: What is your ethnicity or religion?

For the record, Hafeez, 26, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. He moved to Florida when he was 3 years old with his parents, both physicians, who were born in Pakistan.

He attended public schools, earned a law degree at Georgetown University and now works as a lawyer for a health insurance company.

He describes himself as religious, attending a mosque at least once a week and following the Muslim tradition of praying five times a day.

Hafeez, a Democrat, has downplayed his religion for most of his campaign.

But that changed last week, when it seemed to Hafeez that a terrifying wave of Islamophobia was sweeping America.

He released a statement that talked about America’s principle of religious freedom. He defended Islam, saying it is about “peace and brotherhood, not violence and radicalism.”

We must not blame Islam or Muslim-Americans for the actions of a small group of radical extremists,” he said.

Muslims the world over use Islam as their justification to attack America and kill Americans. Will Hafeez name the small group of radical extremists? Will he denounce Hamas? Hizbollah? The Muslim Brotherhood? The Brotherhood’s U.S. outfits such as CAIR, ISNA, and MAS?

Will his opponents as him to denounce the small group of radical extremists who have carried out more than 16,000 terrorists attacks in the name of Islam since 9/11? Will anyone in the media have the courage to ask him or will they just ignore reality?

And that terrifying wave of Islamophobia sweeping America? Does Janet Zink and Hafeez mean that in the way that Muslims killed 3,000 Americans in a single day in the name of Islam? Or in the way that since 9/11, Muslims have continued to plot attacks on Americans resulting in a record number of terror incidents in 2009, and a record pace in 2010? Or were they were referring to FBI crime statistics that show anti-Muslim crimes dropped again while anti-Jew/Christian crimes increased?

Nothing like tackling those issues head-on.

20 thoughts on “Florida: Muslim candidate for state House practices taqiyya

  1. They are infiltrating all levels of Government. I wonder how many are already in Government that we do not know about. I don’t think they should be allowed to by in positions of power in our Government. That might sound racist to some, but that’s how I feel about them these days.

    • Keith, that isn’t racist. It’s just common sense. If one knows and understands Islam, which is a political system and not a race or religion, how could it be racist? I believe they have infiltrated the government of the US, right to the very top. The President of the United States.

      • He is just the overt one! There may be converts of non middle eastern heritage who are concealing their true religious beliefs until the time is right.

  2. He will probably do so…the question is: Is he telling the truth?

    But was he (or his family) not vetted before being allowed to move to the USA? He attended public schools – a big no-no for Muslims already, and attended Georgetown University – strike two.

  3. Was not sure what the word “Taqiyya” meant..so looked it up..and here it is:


    The word “Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

    Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart. (See endnotes)

    Like many Islamic practices, taqiyya was formed within the context of the culture of Arab tribalism, expansionary warfare, Bedouin raiding and inter-tribal conflict. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse, confound and divide ‘the enemy’.

  4. ZJ is about as American as you can get. Known him since he was 5 years old. Very bright and certainly worthy of election. K-12 in Hillsborough school system, volunteer work, son of a hardworking physician.

    • ZJ if Muslim should not be allow to register to run! If you believe that Muslims are friendly then you are a FOOL. They only want to subdue America into Sharia compliance and they want to rape your wife, daughter, mother, cousin etc… They also want you to die! Get an education or get out of America.

      STOP spreading lies about the truth. Muslims want Americans to die! And if you know one who says different either he is not Muslim or he is LIAR.

  5. “…terrifying wave of Islamophobia was sweeping America.”……

    That’s rich, poor little muslim victim, always looking for any opportunity to play the victim and try to silence islam’s detractors. I’m on to it and I’m sick of it.

  6. How can you believe any Muslim about anything they say? Ask them to stick out their tongue?

    I know everyone tells lies but how any religions encourage it to further there cause? Me, I’ de be looking in those eyes and questioning every little word said. The “Ground Zero Mosque” debate. It’s “building bridges,” lies, just lies if that were truthful there would not have been a debate. They would have been gracious and moved it but it was far more important for them to build it there. Why?


    ” Taqiyya and Kitman”

    Question: Are Muslims permitted to lie?

    Summary Answer:

    Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences.”

    There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.


  7. don;t you think it’s odd how all of a sudden after 9-11 MUSLIMS decide to get political??
    really the population of MUSLIM in USA is very tiny- seems kindof DISPROPORTIONATE response- UNLESS- aboveis correct- a concerted coordinated effort to INFIOLTRATE every level of society

    2 things about this guy red flag for me- he is OBSERVANT MUSLIM- means Mohammeddeans are his FIRST LOYALTY not his prospective constituents- and PAKI from UK- the HOTBED, the very epicenter of the MOST radical ISLAM ever seen in dar el harb- who hav vowed to TAKE OVER- not participate as equals in ademocarcy but to DOMINATE you and change your nation to SHARIA
    the LONDON bombers were doctors too

  8. OH yeah PS the mosques in TAMPA are also known as home to extreme radicals – remember the guys caught with “fireworks”
    so far their export is TERROR wannabes

    we are losing AMERICA city by city, rep by rep, if towers falling and pentagon attacked and ALLtheother attempts have not made people wake up — I suppose they won’t–
    by bye American pie- here have a kebab

    • There sure WOULD be a problem…because Muslims are told in their “religios book” not to take non muslims as friends, wait for them and attack them wherever they can be found” Then to go to their lands and live peacefully there until they are enough to wage war for Islam.
      This is why Islam is butchering non muslims all over the world.
      Your statement is ridiculous!

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