Saturday, October 20, 2007

"Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Chicago

(FOX News interview - one of the filmmakers said PBS asked: Don't you check into the politics of the people you work with? The filmmaker didn't, which explained why he had a conservative on his staff.)

In Chicago, Edmond Abdul Hafeez used to be with the Nation of Islam (NI). In the 1980s, when the son of the NI's founder had taken over and allied with Wahhabi Muslims, Khalil al Khalil of Saudi Arabia came to visit. He wanted the Nation of Islam to help establish Islam in America.

Khalil al Khalil was with the Wahhabi leaders. "Dawa in America" - "the conversion of America to (Wahhabi) Islam was the goal of Khalil al Khalil and the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam got a great deal of money: particularly for 20 acres on the outskirts of Chicago for a mosque, a school and an information center.

Edmond Abdul Hafeez realized that NI was involved in Wahhabi Islam, left the Nation of Islam, and joined another, less radical, Muslim group.

FOX News interview with filmmaker: Saudi Arabian funding of Wahhabi Islam in Chicago being investigated? PBS insisted that a Nation of Islam representative be put on site, to make sure that the investigation was done correctly.

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Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.