Lowes and The “All American Muslim”
By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
So you are watching a soccer game in Dearborn Michigan between Al-Tadamun and Chelsea advertised in public leaflets and the Arab American website dedicating it to what they termed “The Day of Jerusalem”. Then you begin to wonder why sports are mixed with such slogans? What is this “Day of Jerusalem” all about? Then following the game you find out it was hosted by Husham Alhusayni, the main spiritual leader of the Karbala Center in Dearborn who had Samir Al-Jabiri and Muhammad Alhasayni thank the imam and said the victory was “dedicated to honor the souls of the martyrs of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa…”.
These are clearly terrorists who murder civilians. But the real question should be as to why no one out of the thousands of Dearborn Muslims watching this hate fest objected to the open support of terrorism?
Husham Alhusayni is not just the imam at the Karbala Center in Dearborn, he is also featured in the All American Muslim that airs on The Learning Channel (TLC). In the program, Alhusayni is seen presiding over marriages within Muslim families in Dearborn portraying their day-to-day life interacting in English.
When Sean Hannity attempts to extract a confession from Alhusayni, the double speaking slick-Willy, Alhusayni, repeatedly refused to denounce Hezbollah and Americans wonder, perhaps he is pleading the fifth? But translations from the Arabic might give all Americans some real shock-and-awe; the open declarations of publicly supporting Hezbollah to millions, but its in Arabic, of course. Alhusayni is a signatory to the Jerusalem Document of 2009, which reads more like Mein Kampf. It refers to the war on Zionism as a war between “good and evil.” Zionism is considered as an “aggression” which is infecting “the entire human race.” Muslims are told to “get ready for the holy Jihad”.
And if you think this is simply the “struggle within” version of Jihad, just read the entire phrase “We remind our sons to get ready to carry out their duty in Holy Jihad and continue the path which our young valiant men in Hezbollah began in Southern Lebanon”.
This message was not given to Muslims in Lebanon but is “essential for the Iraqi community living in the Diaspora” which includes Dearborn. Several of top Muslim leaders in the U.S. endorsed it, like Fadel Al-Sahlani, the official representative of Iraq’s leading Shia religious authority and Muhammad Zaki al-Souajh who was the leading imam of the Muslim community in Houston, Texas for several years as well as Murtada Qazwini.
It is not only the dog which the Catholic convert to Islam in the All American Muslim show had to get rid of, as his new Muslim family could not tolerate dogs being unclean in Islamic culture; the document also refers to completely ridding the world from Zionism:
“The struggle between good an evil is not measured by a generation. It does not circulate on a specific land. Jerusalem is an Islamic destiny that stems from ancient history into the future indebted to 1/5 of humanity. What it suffers from Zionist aggression does not only encompass the Palestinian borders but the entire human race. It is time for the nations concerned which has influence, that is the U.S. and all its allies to reconsider its position regarding Zionist aggression”.
The cancer of Zionism does not only concentrate on the Palestinian Israeli conflict but is an infection to “the entire human race”.
And if Americans do not trust my translation from Arabic, they can even watch for themselves the All American Muslim Alhusayni as few words even slip in English (watch 9:24 mark) while appearing to make the point that evil exists in “every nationality” and then speaks broadly about the Zionists equating them with Timothy McVeigh and Jeffrey Dahmer:
“In America, there is Timothy McVeigh… he’s evil. Jeffrey Dahmer… he cut the heads off of children and put it in the refrigerator… he’s a criminal. Saddam, he’s a criminal, killing innocent people. So many Zionists in Palestine, killing innocent people.”
It would have been nice to air a nuanced show with the real American Muslim at the Karbala Center; belief, political aspiration and all, including the all black cloaks covering women’s entire body, save for a small portion of the face—a far cry from the decorative attire that appears on the television show. I would not mind it one bit if the show includes the Photos taken inside the center with men participating in self-flagellation (video here and here) repetitively whipping and scourging themselves with self-inflicted abuse to memorialize the killing of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein by the Sunni Muslims.
What they do not tell you on the show that most of these Muslim families are primarily of the Shia sect. Indeed these denounce Al-Qaeda; not primarily for carrying out 9/11 but for its connection to Saudi Wahhabists who were behind destroying Shia national monuments in Samarra. Americans do not understand the link and is why Al-Husayni speaks against the Wahhabists for being the instrument of terrorism “against the Shia”. He is continually seen (see 6:50) blaming Al-Saud as a “shame to the world” “Arabs are Kaffirs” these are “the residues of Zionism who rejects the birth of Jesus and the awaited Mahdi”.
Am I saying that all Muslims and Arabs practice doublespeak and have an agenda? Hardly, Nadia Mahdeed from AlSharq Al-Awsat (Middle East News) entered the Karbala Center to interview Alhusayni, she was struck by how many people approached her for not adhering to the dress code: “I was not wearing a black sheet that women who came to prayer are supposed to wear.” Mahdeed then relayed what she was told by worshippers: “The people who came to pray all told me that they have no trust in America. I am amazed since they all enjoyed living in it.” When she interviewed Alhusayni, she said to him: “Your followers insisted I mention to you that they hate Saddam Hussein but that they also have no trust in America.” Alhusayni, a master of political rhetoric, cleverly replied by adding the word ‘policy’: “Not many of us trust in the American policy.”
Indeed, doublespeak artists live by double standards. As if underscoring the reality that Alhusayni only wanted to convey a peaceful perception while seeming to support something else entirely, the conflict between the two was not lost on Mahdeed: “Despite his gracefulness, when I walked out of there, my mind was charged with the slogans of war, not the tranquility of peace that supposed to exists inside such a place.”
Lowe’s Home Improvement which has found itself at the center of controversy for pulling its advertising from the show is right and is behaving as Americans ought to behave; struggling in a middle of a controversy with outcries from so-called All American Muslims unleashing their only sanctioned dog—CAIR. The Council of American Islamic Relations swiftly acted as the Muslim ACLU barking slogans of “racism” and “bigotry” with threats from Rep. Chris Murphy D-CT indicating he and other House members would be sending a letter to Lowe’s on the issue. Barbra Boxer, Chuck Shumer and Dian Feinstine, hardly right-wing hawks, all said that CAIR is closely connected to terrorism. And so is Alhusayni of the All American Muslim.
Walid Shoebat is the author For God or For Tyranny
Ben Barrack is a talk show host on KTEM 1400 in Texas benbarrack.com