The New Jersey State Senate is considering joint resolution 105, which would make January “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey. News12 in the Bronx was there to cover Madina Ouedraogo of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) speaking in support of resolution 105. News12 tells us:
The goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of Muslim American communities in the state. The Council of American Islamic Relations testified on behalf of the new bill in Trenton.
If the state of New Jersey truly takes great pride in the religious and cultural diversity of its residents It is critical to pass Senate Joint Resolution JR105 which would recognize our large community within the state.
The Council hopes the new bill can bring more awareness to the rise of anti-Muslim incidents in the state.
Aware that there is always something wrong with every newscast that features CAIR, we go to the resolution to see what it says. In line 12 of joint resolution 105, we find this:
WHEREAS, Muslims have made significant contributions that shape our world, including notable achievements in philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, medicine, architecture, music, literature, and the arts…
It is hard to know what exactly they are referring to here. But it sounds as if it might be a rehash of chauvinistic, pro-fascist 1,001 Islamic Inventions propaganda. “1,001 Islamic Inventions” made claims that Muslims invented or discovered chess, the crankshaft, bathing, the circumference of the Earth, manned flight, robots, etc. But these boasts are either fables, such as a single line in an ancient poem, or just warmed-over Greek civilization.
If the resolution is referring to this kind of esoteric knowledge, then the state of New Jersey should not celebrate it. And if CAIR’s endorsement was the first warning sign, the hint of revisionist history was the second.
Eight lines later comes another warning:
WHEREAS, The history of Muslims in the United States dates back to before the country’s founding, originating with enslaved Africans, of whom scholars estimate as many as 30 percent were Muslim, who brought Islamic beliefs and practices with them and contributed in numerous ways to the founding of the nation, including courageous and dedicated military service in every major war from the American Revolutionary War until today.
Again, there is this vague reference to “scholars.” But there are no scholars who will tell you that 30 percent of the slaves brought to America were Muslim. That is because the historical record is not complete enough to know how many people were Muslim.
Also, several of the names that propagandists regularly bring up as examples of a Muslim presence in America are not only outliers, but Fulani.
The Fulani people were busy ethnically cleansing their areas at the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade era. They were supplying the slaves, and they were not enslaving themselves. They were taking non-Muslims into slavery.
Omar ibn Said, Yarrow Mamout, and Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori are used as examples of American slaves who were Muslims. But these men were all ambushed or waylaid Fulani, and were not representative of large numbers of Fulani being enslaved.
James H. Johnston wrote about one of these Fulani brought to America, and says it right in the book:
…“Muslim slaves were uncommon”
That’s from From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family, by James H. Johnston.
Another Fulani slave was Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori, who was the subject of a Unity Productions movie called “Prince among Slaves.” Daniel Greenfield wrote about it here: “PRINCE OF LIES How a racist Muslim mass murderer of Africans became PBS’s role model.”
Not your typical friendly neighborhood slave.
There is a type of Muslim who will try to appropriate, in the name of Allah, anything that isn’t nailed down. That includes America. CAIR is like that. CAIR is an ardent supporter of teaching the 1619 Project in public schools. The thesis of the 1619 Project is that America began with the arrival of the first slaves.
There is another interesting detail to the Joint Resolution story. One of the bill’s co-sponsors is Ed Durr. Remember Ed Durr? He once spoke bluntly about Islam on social media. But now that he has been elected to the New Jersey State Senate, he is helping CAIR to bring revisionist history into New Jersey classrooms.
My guess is that News12 will not be around for any percentage of that.
“State lawmakers consider bill to name January ‘Muslim Heritage Month,’” News 12, December 19, 2022:
New Jersey lawmakers are considering naming January “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey.Lawmakers have introduced a bill to make it so. The bill is backed by state Sen. Joe Pennacchio….The Council of American-Islamic Relations testified on behalf of the new legislation.“If the state of New Jersey truly takes great pride in the religious and cultural diversity of its residents, it is critical to pass Senate Joint Resolution, SJR-105, which would recognize our large community in the state,” says Madina Ouedraogo, government affairs manager for CAIR-NJ.CAIR says it hopes the new bill can bring more awareness to the rise of anti-Muslim incidents in New Jersey.