A Call to Islam in the Arizona Senate

Last week, a representative of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) gave a prayer before the Arizona State Senate.

No news media picked it up. No one reported on it. It was a commonplace thing. CAIR, after all, is a “civil rights” organization; why should anyone be concerned if a CAIR leader prays in a U.S. government body? CAIR has been linked by the Justice Department to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, but no one seems to mind. What could go wrong?

And so this is the situation: in America today, representatives of a group linked to an international organization dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” (the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal in the U.S., according to a captured internal document) are consulted daily by law enforcement officials and the mainstream media, and one is invited into the august chambers of government to give his blessings on the proceedings. While there, he leads the lawmakers in a prayer that obliquely condemns their own religious traditions.

Meanwhile, those who are trying to defend the nation against their subversive influence, are demonized, defamed, marginalized and shunned. Again, what could go wrong?

The website of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Arizona chapter announced proudly that “on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 – the Arizona State Senate’s prayer invocation was led by Anas Hlayhel – the Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ.)

Hlayhel, who also serves as the part time imam of the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley led the lawmakers and all those in attendance through the reading of al-Fatiha (the opening chapter of the Holy Quran) in addition to an additional prayer thereafter.”

He “led the lawmakers and all those in attendance through the reading of al-Fatiha.” So what did they read? The Fatiha, the first sura of the Qur’an, contains this: “Guide us in the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast blessed, not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray.” (1:6-7)

It sounds straightforward enough: guide us to the truth, guide us onto the path to God, don’t let us get on the wrong paths, that lead us away from You. A simple expression of piety, that any religious person could endorse, no? No. The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam — cf. Islamic apologist John Esposito’s book Islam: The Straight Path. It is also traditionally understood in Islamic explanations of this passage that the path of those who have earned Allah’s anger are the Jews, and those who have gone astray are the Christians.

The classic Qur’anic commentator Ibn Kathir explains that “the two paths He described here are both misguided,” and that those “two paths are the paths of the Christians and Jews, a fact that the believer should beware of so that he avoids them. The path of the believers is knowledge of the truth and abiding by it. In comparison, the Jews abandoned practicing the religion, while the Christians lost the true knowledge. This is why ‘anger’ descended upon the Jews, while being described as ‘led astray’ is more appropriate of the Christians.”

Ibn Kathir’s understanding of this passage is not a lone “extremist” interpretation. In fact, most Muslim commentators believe that the Jews are those who have earned Allah’s wrath and the Christians are those who have gone astray. This is the view of Tabari, Zamakhshari, the Tafsir al-Jalalayn, the Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas, and Ibn Arabi, as well as Ibn Kathir. One contrasting, but not majority view, is that of Nisaburi, who says that “those who have incurred Allah’s wrath are the people of negligence, and those who have gone astray are the people of immoderation.”

Saudi Wahhabis drew criticism a few years back for adding “such as the Jews” and “such as the Christians” into parenthetical glosses on this passage in Qur’ans printed in Saudi Arabia. Some Western commentators imagined that the Saudis originated this interpretation, and indeed the whole idea of Qur’anic hostility toward Jews and Christians. They found it inconceivable that Muslims all over the world would learn as a matter of course that the central prayer of their faith anathematizes Jews and Christians.

But unfortunately, this interpretation is venerable and mainstream in Islamic theology. The printing of the interpretation in parenthetical glosses into a translation would be unlikely to affect Muslim attitudes, since the Arabic text is always and everywhere normative in any case, and since so many mainstream commentaries contain the idea that the Jews and Christians are being criticized here. Seventeen times a day, by the pious.

And in the Arizona State Senate, with the willing participation of the foolish kuffar who had no idea that they were asking God to be led away from the Judeo-Christian foundations upon which American society was based. However, given the fact that they invited an official of Hamas-linked CAIR to address them in the first place, they are not likely to be too concerned about that.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Robert is demonstrating, just how deeply embedded the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia is in American power centers, both official and unofficial organs. In fact, their infiltration penetration has been ongoing for years, however, their trajectory has catapulted under the "guidance" of Barack HUSSEIN Obama. This is not a case of hyperventilating. If only.

    In the same manner in which a pedophile can hide in plain sight, often under the role of "mentor", so too has the Brotherhood's propaganda/"legal" mouthpiece, CAIR, entered the body politic. But this didn't happen out of nowhere, it rode on the coattails of multicultural psychosis, as citizens are fearful of being tarred "Islamaphobes" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/09/the-silencing

    CAIR is now in the cat bird's seat, as it sits inside the western house, all the while plotting to tear it down. Here is their plan, step by step – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/25/the-muslim-ma

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Asher

      A nation run by Islam can expect more attacks and Nuclear Armageddon! Hagel and Brennan will make sure of that , they are appeasers of Radicals.

      • Drakken

        No such thing as a radical, just a jihadist following his koran to the letter as muhamed intended.



    • Glennd1

      Surprise, surprise – first again Adina. How is your blog traffic doing?

  • Mary Sue

    If CAIR is a Human Rights organization, then I'm the Queen of Burnaby.

    • kafir4life

      Isn't cair that terrorist supporting, moon god worshipping organization of terror supporters and moon god worshippers that support terror and worship that made up moon god allahahaha, invented by the pedophilic maniac mohamat the false prophet who shat the contents of the most holy terror guide, the koran following coitus with then later a meal of his favorite pig, or "dad" as he liked to call him?
      That them?
      allahu snackbar, y'all!


      According to CAIR, only Muslims are humans, are civilians, are innocent.

  • Tabby

    I live in AZ & very much appreciate the heads up on this & will be forwarding a link to this article to some representatives. People, especially in gov't positions really do need to get more educated about Islam & the threat it poses to us in the west. There's just no excuse when the information is freely available!

    • WildJew

      Maybe it's like someone with the beginnings of cancer or some other disease. They don't want to know.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Tell me, what does the chicken—- Arizona legislature hope to gain by allowing an Imam to guide them in prayer? I thought we had SEPARATION of church and state in the USA!? This isn't Barry Goldwater's Arizona, for sure.

      • LibertarianToo

        Exactly.This is what we can expect when we abandon the secular ideal of separation of church and state. All you folks who think we need to invoke God's blessings on every meeting of a legislature are reaping what you sow.

        • Chiggles

          Believe what you like but don't go calling yourself a Libertarian. You ain't.

          • LibertarianToo


        • raynbene

          Please reread the first amendment to the US Constitution -it does NOT mean 'separation of church and state', and we were founded in the tradition of Christianity, and it was, in fact, not only commonplace until recent times, but expected that a government meeting would open with a Christian prayer, not a muslim prayer, or a hindu chant, or an invocation to the 'earth mother' ! Someone in the AZ Senate should demand that a Christian prayer also be read, if a muslim does the same ! ! Do you think they would allow a Christian prayer in ANY muslim organization meeting??

        • AnOrdinaryMan

          You conflate a Muslim cleric, offering an Islamic prayer; with a minister or rabbi offering a Christian/Jewish or non-denominational prayer. A minister or rabbi, offering a non-denominational prayer, isn't the same as an Imam invoking Allah. A non-denominational prayer is NOT combining church and state; while an Imam invoking Allah certainly IS. This is because in Muslim countries, Sharia law controls the state; and in some European countries, Sharia is becoming increasingly dominant. And if we allow Sharia to take root in America, its only a matter of time before it will control our governmental institutions. Islam is a very proselytizing religion–they FORCE it on non-believers; Judaism and Christianity are NOT. Thus Sharia is the antithesis of separation of church and state; Judaism and Christianity go along with this separation.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      H have emailed them to NO avail.
      We need to send them RRR

  • Barbara Espinosa

    Not true I reported it along with the video of the prayer http://www.americanfreedombybarbara.com/2013/02/h

  • pierce

    I am finding Islam and Islamist becoming more, and more offensive. I never thought i was prejudice, but all of a sudden it is in your face. It is hard to tolerate a know-it-all, and that is what this is all becoming, every where you turn, islamic this, islamic that. It appears as if ISLAM is the enemy, and holier than thou.

    • WildJew

      Prejudice is prejudging. I think what you are expressing is bias. Virtually everyone has some kind of a bias. After the 9/11 attacks, I developed a bias.

      • Conniption Fitz

        Discernment of evil is not prejudice, it is a God-given faculty.

        We must not tolerate in Islam what we decry in the KKK or on our streets.

        Islam is the largest racist, misogynist, aggressive, slavery-engaging, human-trafficking, violent hate group on the face of the earth.


          The biggest shock is that self proclaimed "progressive" people defend the most regressive ideology – Islamism – clear to me, because "progressive" fascists hate the US and will side with enemy of their enemy.

          • Spider

            It shows you how Regressive Progressives are.They wholeheartedly support those that would take us back to a 7th century barbarism.

        • raynbene

          Exacttly ! And we need more peole to recognize this, especially those we have elected, either consciously or unconsciously, to office !

    • A 23 Year Old Man

      It's not prejudice if it's rationally arrived at. Then it's simple 'judice.' Prejudice is 'judging before knowing all the relevant facts," but if you know the relevant facts, judge away. People who don't exercise judgment are the sort who find themselves willingly entering "hygienic showers" freely offered by their government. Sad to say. And I'm sorry to bring that up, but the fact remains, if the vast majority of people who were targeted by Hitler–not just Jews, even–had been willing to judge him more sternly, they would have fled the country before he got his hands on them.

      • nina

        Fled Where? Easy to say, sitting in America.

  • WildJew

    Spencer: "Those who are trying to defend the nation against their subversive influence, are demonized, defamed, marginalized and shunned."

    Here I think we are talking about (at least in part) Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and four other House Republicans' call for an investigation of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into our government.

    Governor Romney, asked by a reporter for comment: “I’m not going to tell other people what things to talk about," Romney responded. "Those are not things that are part of my campaign.”

    National security was not part of Gov. Romney's campaign?

    "A number of Republican members of Congress condemned the allegations against (Clinton aid, Huma) Abedin. Sen. John McCain called their claims "an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman," while House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said such allegations are "pretty dangerous."

    “I am not a signatory to that letter,” (Sen. Marco) Rubio said in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show." “I didn’t even know the letter had gone out, to be honest with you, and I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. Obviously, every member of Congress has a right to express their opinion and every member of Congress is held accountable for those opinions, if they’re right or if they’re wrong.

    “I can tell you that I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter from anything I’ve seen and heard,” Rubio continued. “And in fact, I’m very very careful and cautious about ever making accusations like that about anybody.”

    "The letter claimed (in part) that Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), is connected to the Brotherhood." And she is…

    These are the "men" we have in our party's leadership today. They cannot run fast enough to distance themselves from courageous Republicans.

  • Les

    I supported Arizona in about every thing they do, however not so much any more!!!

  • Asher

    This is what Americans can expect for the decisions they made and who they voted for…complacency and gulibility have created an Islamic society in America…the worst is yet to come. The real wake up comes when we are under Sharia Law, even the Leftwingers won't be safe then.

  • Asher

    Does Jeff Flake and Jan Brewer know about this, I am sure Sheriff Joe Arpaio knows.

    • Jeff Peasa

      Jeff Flake, in my opinion, after many letters to him to explain his actions in the senate, is well aware of islamic intentions. NYC release permits for a radical group to build a mosque on ground zero. It is called Cordoba, after Cordoba, Spain that the arabs took by the sword in 767 ad. When islam wins a battle, a victory, they build a mosque on or near that site, which no one can ever tear down under threat of jihad. The crusaders took back cordoba and rebuilt the catholic church over the destroyed mosque and hundered of years later, the islamis retakiated by blowing up a train in spain killing over

      • jeff peasa

        200 ppl a couple years ago. 9/11 is a victory to them. Cordoba is not just a mosque, it is a compound through which sharia law will be implimented throughout NYC 360 degrees. The fourth floor can hold over 2000 worshipers, tennis courts, swimming pools, apartments rooms for transients (terrorists). There are 3 rules under shariah: 1) conver 2) move 3) die. There are no others, this is their law. What are our leaders thinking. Iran has said repetedly, they will sacrifice all of the citizens of Iran to see the flag of Islam wave over the white house. They are doing it. The only men who were able to control them, our government has killed to let the brotherhood take over to impliment shariah law throughout the worl. Look at Europe.

  • The Watchman

    Where will it all end? It won't. Local, State and Federal Politicians are frightened to death of offending Islam, so the Muslim terrorists will continue to move deeper and deeper into all levels of government. It is a very sad day for America, when a Muslim, whose intent it is to destroy America, can pray to a false moon god from the Middle East while our empty headed legislators sit by and appease the so-called religion of peace. Politicians in this country are cowards in the face of America's most violent enemy, and that is Islam.

  • Marc

    Don't we have anyone in the government that have a backbone to stand up to these Islamic extremists? If we stand up to "them" they will go back to their countries and continue doing to their people what they normally do. Opprese them!

    • Gabrielle

      I am sure that somewhere someone does have the courage to go up against Islamists, but they know that when they turn around they will be standing alone. We need more than just "anyONE" to do it.

  • Guest

    2 Corinthians 6:14

  • Looking4Sanity

    "And in the Arizona State Senate, with the willing participation of the foolish kuffar who had no idea that they were asking God to be led away from the Judeo-Christian foundations upon which American society was based. However, given the fact that they invited an official of Hamas-linked CAIR to address them in the first place, they are not likely to be too concerned about that."

    Brother, that says it all! The more we turn our backs on God, the more He's going to walk against us with wrath and fury. The idiotic sheeple will never see it coming.

  • lambsev77

    Many are AFRAID of Islam. They are afraid of a world war. It is coming anyway. They are afraid the muslims will jack up the price of oil, they already are! They are afraid that terrorists will strike again, they will.

    Luke 21
    25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
    26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

    Without faith in God men are caught in this great deception.

    2 Thessalonians
    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    Revelation 13:3-5
    3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
    4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
    5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

  • pennant8

    Every time I see a picture of Nihad Awad, CAIR's head termite, I am reminded of the little Nazi in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." You know, the little guy that was always walking around with a leather trench coat drapped over his shoulders.


      Awad Jihad and his comb over.

  • Arley Steinhour

    "Truth" and "Sacrifice" are the only 'Faith Weapons,' powerful enough to pass the test of a head to head confrontation between Christianity, and ""Any"" other (especially false) Religion, in a First Amendment confrontation; and 'We the (Christian) People,' are not using either of those tools. No, we seem to feel that the ""Other"" religions should not be allowed to participate/vie for the hearts of the People, when the First Amendment clearly states that """ONLY Christianity""" has First Amendment RIGHT's,,,,, or does it???
    We have TRUTH and SACRIFICE, to open hearts with, Truths that will expose the innuendo of False Truth, found in the other religions. Our Founding Fathers got it right, folks, to have Freedom, there can be not Restriction, or Myopia involved. Islam does have the same rights, before the people, or governing bodies, as the dominant Faith. Perhaps, we should stop sniveling, and start Praying our Truth, and Sacrifice, so the people, and leadership, can see God's Truth, and the Sacrifice He made, to Redeem mankind, by showing us the way, through the simplicity of Repentance, and that Sacrifice that cleanses the Soul, so the person can know beyond doubt, exactly where they will spend Eternity. No other "religion" on earth does that.
    Let us throw the "Ear Tickling Christian Preachers" out the door, and place true Prayer and Understanding before the people, and leadership. TRUTH will WIN, if only we learn it, and share it, while all the ""Other"" religions fall to the wayside, and wilt in their Shame. AMEN!!! and my favorite comment, when I speak with emotion: Aaarrgghh!!! (^8 Ponder, please.

  • Chiggles

    How come the Hindus never get pandered to like this? They obviously need to kill more Americans.

  • john spielman

    muslims hanged a Christian yesterday just for being a Christian. Islam is of the devil and Mohammed the vile demon possessed pedophile pseudoprophet of Allah- Satan.

  • lizaz

    Who was he praying to????


      The prophet of satan, mohammed.

  • LibertarianToo

    If you insinuate religion into the functions of our secular institutions, the Muslims will have their turn.

    Do any of you attend a church or temple where the pledge of allegiance to the flag is recited at the beginning of services?

    • Western Canadian

      My, you are a low grade bigot. Don’t flatter islam by comparing it to religion.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Did he explain Surah 9 for everyone in the room?

  • http://twitter.com/LibertyGuard1 @LibertyGuard1

    Islam is filth, not religion.

  • http://twitter.com/LibertyGuard1 @LibertyGuard1

    If it's not okay to display a nativity scene outside City Hall, then the filthy Koran has no place in ANY American senatorial chamber. The same can and will be said about liberals.

  • Patscholar

    Evidently Senator Katie Hobbs (D), District 24 actually invited Imam Hlayhel to give the prayer. You may want to contact her to tell her what you think of her behavior. Her email address is khobbs@azleg.gov.

    • Linda

      Thanks for her email address, she will hear from me.

  • Roadie 1

    It seems to me that any politician, Republican or Democrat who wants to get ahead with power, has to cow-tow to the Muslims if they want then money they need to get ahead! Just below the Border of San Diego they are growing a community and you know what a seive that border is! People had better wake up to the realization that they are at war with us but we seem to no understand that concept!

    • cathy

      How many of the 11 million+ illegal immigrants who will be afforded a pathway to citizenship are radical Islamics.

      LTC Allen West on Illegal Immigration and the Islamic connection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmn0mFV7xFs

    • Smitty

      Screw the Muslims, their religion of hate and everything they stand for. Shame on Katie Hobbs and even more shame on those AZ politicians who just sat there and said nothing. So we don't want to "offend" the Muslims by denouncing them? We didn't want to offend the Nazis during the pre-WWII days, and as a result, they tried to take over the world. When will we wake up to the cancerous growth of a religion whose goal is to destroy us?

  • Roger Dane

    If you live in AZ and wish to email your elected senators, go here – Ph #s there as well
    Inundate them with emails and phone calls… I have sent over 15 emails and will call as well.

  • John

    Burn that book he is holding and send him back to his country. :-)

  • slider 96

    I agree with you all on islam …..but isn't Arizona a RED STATE ?

  • tahir

    i am a muslim and i can tell u that at almost every occasion whether it be a party or religious ceremony or death anniversary we recite these versus. it's not something u should worry about. and yes we muslims believe christians and jews and all non believers are at wrong path. what's bad in it man. jews think they are right, christians says they are, hindus say we are right. it's natural, every body thinks he is right.

    • nina

      But not everybody kills someone who doesn't agree with them.

    • Patscholar

      According to the Koran you must follow Muhammed and his way of life as outlined in the Koran, the Hadith and the Summa. I wish more Americans would realize this. You are a danger and a threat to all non-Muslims. Since the inception of the Jihad against non-Muslims in the 7th century more than 270 million Non-Muslims have been slaughtered and since 9/11 2001 there have been some 19,200 jihad attacks around the world. This is dangerous to the West. The Muslim brotherhood has infiltrated the Obama Administration and hopes to overthrow western society by using our liberal laws of free speech to overthrow us. All this is utterly terrifying. Why didn't you stay in your own country where Shariah is in force already and leave my country for me and others who love Western Civilization?

    • kafir4life

      tahir – my favorite part of islam is the honoring of your women, and the culling of those that are either the wrong "flavor" of muslim and of those not quite muslim enough! When I read of sunni vs. shia, and see how they treat each other, I giggle-snort. It's pretty funny stuff!!

    • Gabrielle

      There was a time when I would have gladly believed you and fought any who would disrespect your faith, but I can no longer feel anything but discomfort as I watch episode after episode of Muslim intolerance and Muslim extremism being forced on our culture.

      Islam is not now, nor ever will be compatible with the freedoms which we hold sacred in our culture. Islam will only DOMINATE this land when you succeed in outnumbering us. I don't welcome you and I can no longer be the least bit tolerant of the violence and incivility which is Islam.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Anas might as well have said "want some candy little girl"………truly these slimey subversives
    can not be misunderstood as to who and what they are. The attraction and pass is called
    cold hard cash for election campaigns. Professional politicians have sold thier souls to the
    Devil almost universally and in Arizona the Islamist Jihad Devil is working with those on his
    own levil, betrayers of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness, salvery allaround, bend over
    and bow. No thanks, do not trust the government for any reason, we are being betrayed.

  • john

    Someday soon we will be nailed and everything we worked for so hard will be gone. The pride of Western country builders will be gone for ever, it will all be islam a muslim disease.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm sorry,tahir,but I can't follow you on your comments. Far too many of your fellow Muslims have been silent while terrorists acting in YOUR religion's name have committed horrific acts. Spare me the false concern. It's clear you don't really show it.


    ISLAM IS A CULT—–WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    –TAQUIA– is a provision in Islam to lie including advancing the cause of Allah and to deceive your enemies.

  • Linda

    They better keep Islam out of AZ, do you hear that Jan Brewer? I don't want to see or hear about their prayers again being read in our government. This is from one of your constituants. I understand their concept very well, "kill the infidel", that means "Americans".

  • Smitty

    Supporting the Muslims anywhere in the U.S. is akin to supporting the spread of TB or cancer. Why on earth haven't true patriots stood up at the same time as Hlayhel to denounce him and his bogus prayer? Are Arizona
    politicians so in need of votes that they curry representatives of a religion whose stated goal is the destruction of the Western hemisphere in general, and the U.S. in particular? I'm blown away!

  • Smitty

    Supporting the Muslims anywhere in the U.S. is akin to supporting the spread of TB or cancer. Why on earth haven't true patriots stood up at the same time as Hlayhel to denounce him and his bogus prayer? Are Arizona

  • Wilbert Jennings

    What no one willing to stand up for the truth. Come out come out wherever you are. An undercover Christian is the same as not being a Christian . We are to spread the gospel not hide it somewhere. What does the muslms have on our leaders that they can get by with this when Christians are arrested for handing out tracts on a sidewalk.I have had it and i know for a fact so as many others. So lets bring Armageddon and get it over with. I didn’t give up several years of my life and serve in Nam as well to see America become an islamic socialist country dictated by King obama and his white hating muslm ,gay , Irs soldiers.

  • JoJoJams

    grrr!! I hate spammers as much as I hate thieves…. hey judi~ Get a life – and a REAL job!