by Felix Quigley
July 24, 2008
“Our goal: the Islamization of Muslims. Our methods: to believe and to struggle.”—Alija Izetbegovic, “Islamic Declaration,” 1970
“O’ Alija, O’ honored! You drive America crazy!” –Line from Arabic poetry sung by foreign mujahideen during Bosnian war “
As seen in the url this is from the Young Muslims in Canada. The Young Muslims of Canada are motivated by the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood. Why then should the above lines praising Izetbegovic be appearing on the website of the Muslim Brothers in Canada? Was Elija Izetbegovic not an apostle of democracy, American and Western type democracy to be precise? He was certainly sold like this in every newspaper in Europe and in America. Izetbegovic was a particular favourite of a certain Mr Oliver Kamm, just promoted to being a Lead Writer for the venerable Times of London!
Let us continue with the musings of the Muslim Brothers aka Young Muslims of Canada a little further, the writer a certain member of the Muslim Brotherhood called Ismail Royer.
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“Do we want the Muslim people to leave their going-around-in-circles, their dependence, backwardness, and poverty?” Izetbegovic once wrote, “Then we show clearly which path will take us to that goal: establishing Islam in every field in the personal life of the individual, in family and society…and the establishment of a unique Islamic community from Morocco to Indonesia.”
For Izetbegovic, these were not just words; they were a plan of action that he acted upon his entire life.
In 1940, at the age of 16 he co-founded the Young Muslims, a religious and political group modeled on Egypt’s Ikhwan al-Muslimeen. Six years later he and his friend Nedzib Sacirbey were jailed by the communist government of Yugoslavia for helping publish the journal “Mujahid.” After their release, the Communists again cracked down on the young Muslims and in 1949 sentenced four members to death and jailed many more for their Islamic activism. In 1983 Izetbegovic was arrested again for disseminating “Islamic propaganda” and sentenced to 14 years in prison and was released in 1988.
It would seem unthinkable that such a man would ever become president of a European country. But in 1990, Izetbegovic was elected president of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the eve of that country’s descent into a David-and-Goliath war with Yugoslavia and Croatia. Instead of packing up his family and fleeing his country as it was overrun, as the leaders of one Persian Gulf nation recently did, he stayed to lead his people throughout the war from his sandbagged office and his modest apartment. In doing so, he became for the world the face of the Bosnian people’s struggle for survival in the face of genocide.
Izetbegovic led an army that managed to beat back vastly superior Croatian and Serbian forces. But he leaves another crucial legacy: for Bosnians, he took the shame out of being a Muslim. In Yugoslavia, regular visits to the mosque meant being snubbed for jobs in the Communist Party-controlled economy. Islam was demonized in history books, and practicing Muslim students could expect vastly lower grades regardless of how much they studied. Even the Arabic and Turkish words and expressions that enrich the Bosnian language were systematically removed and derided as “uncultured.”
But “Alija Izetbegovic succeeded in organizing Muslims as a nation in Bosnia,” Dr. Zuhdija Adilovic, a professor at the Islamic Pedagogic Academy in Zenica, told iviews.com in an interview. “This was the first time that Muslims had come to power in Bosnia.”
With that power, the president embarked on a policy of reaffirmation of Bosnians’ cultural identity. Today, children study their religion in public schools. Government employees, businessmen, soldiers, and university students can openly practice Islam with a sense of dignity. A worshipper in one of Sarajevo’s packed mosques today might find a street sweeper praying on his left side and the city’s mayor praying on his right.
Izetbegovic’s unapologetic approach to his religion and his political power made the West uneasy.
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But err no, the simple fact is that the “West” was not made in the slightest uneasy about all of this. In fact all of this was well hidden from the public but most of all who Izetbegovic really was was well hidden. This hiding of information is really one half of the story of Yugoslavia. The other half is the creating of information.
To repeat, the Young Muslims in Canada, sorry the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada have told us that
“In 1940, at the age of 16 he co-founded the Young Muslims, a religious and political group modeled on Egypt’s Ikhwan al-Muslimeen.”
So in case there is any ambiguity let us pause and ask to whom they are referring, precisely:
we have this opening paragraph which does shine some light
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WITHOUT CLOSELY examining Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood) founded in Egypt in 1928, it is impossible to try to understand modern Islamic radicalism. Al-Ikhwan was the first of its kind to politicize Islam within the context of the colonial age and the first to put into practice the theories of Salafist thinkers such as Jamal-al-Din al-Afghani and Muhammad Abduh. These two Muslim revivalists, who wrote and preached during the beginning of the 20th-century, espoused that Islam and modernity are compatible and that Muslims lack control over their destinies because they have fallen into fatalism, abandoning the quest for understanding. According to Al-Afghani and Abduh, falling away from their true faith has made Muslim lands vulnerable to Western colonialism.
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Do not be confused, there are differing spellings to the name, but there is no doubt that the young Muslim Brothers of Canada are in fact saying that in the period from 1939 onwards, and especially from 1939 to 1945, (the importance of this will surely become apparent later) that Elija Izetbegovic was building a branch of the Muslim Brothehood in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
But we are all young once and we all do rash things. So was this a passing phase? If it was then our story here would have little relevance.
Once again the writer from the Canadian young Muslim Brothers to our help. Read again the above quote and you must agree that this was no youthful fling, in fact this is the decisive and dominating personality factor about Izetbegovic, he remained remarkably consistent from that until he expired, a period of some 60 years of conscious political Islamist activity.
The article for Military Review by Aboul-Enein gives even more insight into what is involved in a lifetime membership of the Muslim Brotherhood
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From the Muslim Brotherhood ranks came Sayed Qutb, who wrote the jihadist pamphlet Ma’alim (Guideposts), and many members of the more militant Gammaa al-Islamiya (The Islamic Group) and Al-Jihad as well as Al-Takfir wal-Hijra (Excommunication and Migration). Most leaders of these militant organizations and their members were once members of the Brotherhood. The history of the Brotherhood is intertwined with the events surrounding Egypt’s 1952 founding as a Republic.
Al-Ikhwan members once included the late Mohammed Atef, Osama bin-Laden’s military commander, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s political ideologue. The question for those studying Islamic terrorism is, “To what extent did the Muslim Brotherhood influence the suicide bomber Muhammad Atta and the blind cleric Shiekh Omar Abd-al-Rahman?”
Understanding Hasasan-Al-Banna’s Egypt
Hassan-Al-Banna, born in 1906 in the delta town of Mahmudiya, saw an Egypt completely dominated by England. By 1919 he was participating in nationalist protests. He and his family witnessed nationalist leader Saad Zaghloul calling for the withdrawal of the British and the granting of independence to Egypt. British high commissioners in Cairo, including the distinguished commissioner Lord Horatio Kitchener, had governed the country since 1882. Despite being granted independence in 1922, Egypt retained a de facto British high commissioner, who continued to dictate policy to King Fouad and his son King Farouk. England continued to treat Egyptians with contempt, using such racial epithets as “gyppos” and “camel jockey,” words that originated with British and Australian troops serving touts of duty in Egypt. Egyptians have typically been weaned on stories of English domination, some real, others exaggerated. One such story is about an English hunter shooting pigeons on an Egyptian farmer’s property. The farmer, seeing the birds he raised for food being killed, tried to persuade the hunter to stop. The hunter refused to acknowledge the farmer, so the farmer struck the Englishman, killing him. In relaliation, British troops razed the village, causing many deaths and casualties. Today, this town is called Damanhour (Flowing Blood) in commemoration.
Al-Banna’s childhood education consisted of an Islamic elementary education and learning watch repair, his father’s craft. His father, a graduate of Al-Azhar University, was the village’s Islamic leader. At the age of 12, Al-Banna was enrolled in primary school and began his association with Islamic groups. He also became a member of the Society for Islamic Morality, whose members were to adhere to a strict code of Muslim behavior, with frees imposed on those who cursed, drank, or smoked. This evangelism expanded to include a membership in the Society for Preventing the Forbidden. At 16, Al-Banna attended Dar-al-Ulum, an Islamic teacher’s training college in Cairo where he focused his studies on Tawheed (theology), Fiqh (jurisprudence), Arabic literature, and Kalam (modem Islamic ideology or theosophy). The Hasafiya Order of Sufism also attracted Al-Banna because of its strict observance of scripture, rituals, and ceremonies. He found a sense of cause and importance in joining the order, and he became its secretary, handling charitable social needs. However, his activities were limited to upholding Islamic standards and imposing them on others.
During his 5 years in Cairo, Al-Banna saw Egypt’s secular culture as immoral, decadent, and atheistic. He was alarmed also by the reforms of Kemal Attaturk, who abolished the Caliphate. Al-Banna worried that the 1925 establishment of secular Egyptian universities was the first step toward a Turkish-style abandonment of Islam. (1)
Al-Banna, finding like-minded men at his school and other universities, came under the influence of Sheikh Al-Dwijiri, who argued that Al-Azhar clerics were not capable of stemming the tide of Western influence. This idea was not new; it reflected the writings of Muhammad Abduh, saying that the Al-Azhar clergy were corrupt agents of the government and that any cleric who helped maintain colonial rule was to be considered illegitimate. The most influential person in Al-Banna’s life, however, was Sheikh Muhibb al-Din Khatib, a Syrian reformer who ran the Salafiya Library and helped found the Young Muslim Men’s Association. From Khatib, Al-Banna learned elements of organizing the masses and mobilizing disaffected youth. (2) Al-Banna graduated from Dar-al-Ulum in 1927 and proceeded to teach at a post in the port city of Ismailiah.
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This is indeed remarkable in the sense that word for word this all could be describing the political praxis of Elija Izetbegovic, such as
“During his 5 years in Cairo, Al-Banna saw Egypt’s secular culture as immoral, decadent, and atheistic. He was alarmed also by the reforms of Kemal Attaturk, who abolished the Caliphate.”
As I said, remarkable close! Every word could be written about Izetbegovic. He was an Al-Banna clone!
So then, how come that this was the man who was picked out in the Balkans as the greatest moderate politician who ever lived and was sold like this to an unsuspecting mass public as the very gospel truth.
Well it was done by lies. Deceptively simple! But what is not so simple is the influence of the mass media on the minds of human beings in our modern age. The degeneracy of the people who promote these lies is not so simple to comprehend either. This series of essays will be about trying to get our minds around that latter phenomenon. We may only manage to scratch the surface of understanding this gigantic lying machine but if we even do that we will be happy.
To sum up this is the company that the representatives of US, German and British Imperialisms were keeping in the 1990s in the Balkans. Izetbegovic was their darling man. Everybody in the whole world was being asked to thing of Izetbegovic as a right decent old chap!
This is not essential to our story. But it is interesting nevertheless to follow what became of Ismael Royer. Whe he you may ask!
Remember the Young Muslim Brothers of Canada. Their illustrious author who informed us unambiguously that Izetbegovic was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Bosnia in the early 1940s. What became of Mr Royer anyway? This may help! It concerns an Australian Islamist called Butler but in essence it is about Royer.
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In recent months, The Age and Herald Sun have both published opinion pieces by the executive director of the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee (AMPAC) that proclaim his dedication to democracy. Yet, Butler’s pledge of allegiance to liberty rings rather hollow in light of his support for a convicted terrorist with self-confessed al-Qaeda links.
The public face of this story began in October 2002, when Amir Butler co-founded a weekly Islamic web magazine entitled A True Word with American Muslim political activist Randall (Ismail) Royer. The narrative reached its climax last April, when Royer pled guilty to terrorist-related firearms offences in a US Federal Court and received a 20-year prison sentence.
|Ismael Royer: pled guilty to terrorism-related offences|
In essence, when Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States, Ismail Royer was faced with a choice. And, without any hesitation he adopted the cause of Islamic extremism and violent global jihad.
The conviction of his friend and collaborator presented Amir Butler with a choice as well. And, without any hesitation Butler adopted Ismail Royer and his cause.
In the service of that cause Butler has presented a litany of flimsy legalisms, distortions and outright prevarications. Thus, in the 20 July 2003 edition of A True Word, Butler argued that Royer’s stint as a frontline jihadist combatant is irrelevant because it occurred before Lashkar-e-Toiba was banned. Of course, he conveniently neglected to mention that Lashkar is an al-Qaeda affiliate, and that Royer confessed to recruiting fighters to kill American troops after 11 September 2001.
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