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AMJA qualifies even something as fundamental as acquiring citizenship in, and swearing allegiance to, the United States. It has issued a fatwa ruling that U.S. citizenship is acceptable for Muslims only “on the condition that they do not accept indefinitely the law and legislation of that country” and maintain their “loyalty to Allah and His Messenger.”
Another fatwa from AMJA explicitly discusses preparing for offensive jihad against America and the West, as soon as Muslims are in a strong enough position to do so. Offensive jihad refers to the Islamic imperative to subjugate the world; defensive jihad means protecting Islam and Muslims against supposed aggressors. When asked whether the Islamic community in the West is ready to undertake offensive jihad, AMJA ruled:
The Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time. With our current capabilities, we are aspiring toward defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage.
As Translating Jihad points out, AMJA is not some fringe group. Its scholars are considered authoritative and influential, and it enjoys mainstream acceptance not only in the American Muslim community (including endorsement of the organization’s seventh annual American conference in Houston in late 2010 to train American imams), but internationally. This report from the Muslim Observer asserts that AMJA
has a list of scholars associated with it which stretches from Al-Azhar University to Virginia’s Open University, and back across the ocean to the professors at Saudi universities.
The organization has issued fatwas which sanction the killing of apostates, of blasphemers (including non-Muslims guilty of it), and of adulterers (by stoning, no less), and which condone marital rape. Those, from a mainstream Muslim authority. Somehow such rulings are always swept under the carpet by the chic and slick academic apologists for Islam like John Esposito or Reza Aslan, or President Obama’s Muslim advisor Dalia Mogahed, who offer slippery, whitewashed defenses of sharia.
Based on these rulings, it’s difficult to see that the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America is doing anything but fighting the long war against the infidel, secretly undermining our legal system now as much as possible, in tiny but accumulating increments, with an eye toward the day when fundamentalist Muslims can openly install sharia.
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