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Why Can’t the MSM Investigate Rauf’s Shariah Index Project?

There is plenty of available, verifiable information that belongs in the GZM debate.

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Carel Brendel

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August 25, 2010 - 12:01 am
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I put together a follow-up for my Dutch website about the Shariah Index Project, using more open sources:

– The Islamic Banking Bulletin (March, 2008, Safar 1429) of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), with an introduction of SBP Shariah Board Member Dr. Mahmood Ahmed Ghazi, who attended the initial meeting of Rauf’s project.

– A recent roster of the Federal Shariat Court, the highest Shariah court in Pakistan, proving the membership of Ghazi.

– The faculty bios of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, mentioning Ghazi and Jasser Auda.

– A Wikipedia article about Iranian Larijani, top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Also Wikipedia information about the Islamic scholars, Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Tahir Mahmood, who attended the initial meeting in Kuala Lumpur. I could find nothing about the Malaysian Chief Justice Dato’ Abdul Hamid Mohamad, so I placed a link to a lecture he gave in 2008 at Harvard Law School about “harmonization of common law and Shariah in Malaysia.”

– An interview in The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. It was one of the very few occasions where Imam Rauf elaborated on the Shariah Index Project, shortly after a conference in Kuala Lumpur of Daisy Khan’s Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE). Rauf told reporter Rasha Elass that the Cordoba Initiative “is funded by the Malaysian government and other sources in both western and Muslim countries.”

– A link to the Hudson Institute report on the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. Here is a lot of information about the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where Rauf presented his Shariah project and where Jasser Auda is a member of the Academic Board.

Any reader or journalist can read and verify the sources in Brim’s article and those in my follow-up.

The Dutch media wrote a lot about the “loony opinions” of Pamela Geller, but so far haven’t said anything about the Shariah Index Project. One of my readers dismissed Christine Brim and her Center for Security Policy as conservative, even extreme right. But suppose a progressive reporter from the Huffington Post took the time to find the exact same sources and wrote an article questioning the intentions, connections, and financing of the Shariah Index Project?

Would people still consider those open sources as irrelevant?

Alas, the MSM is not interested in Imam Rauf’s Shariah Index Project. As long as they fail to do their research work, we must rely on the work of the conservative media, as the left has abandoned investigative journalism.

In the Netherlands, we are familiar with this. Left-wing media and parties did not address important subjects like immigration and Islam, thus leaving the door wide open for Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV). Now Wilders has 24 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament, and will cooperate with a right-wing minority government in the make, a coalition of Christian democrats (CDA) and conservative liberals (VVD).

Will the same thing happen in the U.S. if the MSM continues to fail?

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Carel Brendel is a journalist in the Netherlands. He is the author of Het verraad van links (The Betrayal by the Left), about the failure of the political left to confront political Islam. Visit www.hetverraadvanlinks.nl.
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