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USA: The Muslim Brothers’ voice at the White House

Sunday 22 January 2017, by siawi3


Dalia Mogahed


Fiammetta Venner

Dalia Mogahed is currently Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. She was born in Egypt, raised in the US and graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pittsburgh. Her major was Chemical Engineering. In 2009, she was appointed by Barack Obama to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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In this role, Mogahed joined other American leaders in offering recommendations to the U.S. president on how faith-based organizations can best work with government to solve society’s toughest challenges. Mogahed was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. She also joined Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross as a leading voice in the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project. This small group of American leaders, which included senior government, military, and business decision makers, produced a consensus report with key policy recommendations on improving America’s relationship with Muslims globally, many of which were later adopted by the Obama Administration. She is the first veiled woman to serve in the White House.

Mogahed also serves on the boards of Freedom House, Women in International Security, Soliya, and she is a non-resident fellow at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut. Arabian Business magazine recognized her as themost influential Arab woman in the world, and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre included Mogahed in their list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. She was also awarded the Arab World’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ashoka.

In her role as a Gallup scientist, Mogahed is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. Her analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review, and many other academic and popular journals. Her audiences have included heads of state, parliamentarians from around the world, and religious leaders from every faith.

Dalia Mogahed network is quite important. On her consulting website she listed the organisations with whom she worked with.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Chautauqua Institution
The Elliot School For International Affairs at George Washington University
National Defense University
The Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan
The UN Alliance of Civilizations
The UN Foundation
The United States Department of State
The United States Institute for Peace
The World Economic Forum

Her father Elsayed Mogahed was the director of the Islamic Center of Madison next to the University of Wisconsin Campus.

She writes on regular basis fan comments on Yusuf Qaradawi website. Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the MB is actually on Interpol wanted list. The website describes her as a « success story in USA ». In an interview in this website, she says that there is actually no relation between Islam and terrorism : « Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world ».

In the US she harshly defended the MB linked organisations : Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

She was a speaker for all these organizations (close to Muslim brothers) :

Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, (2015)

Muslim American Society, MAS, (2016)
Islamic Society of North America – Muslim Student Association, ISNA-MSA (2016 with Tariq Ramadan)
Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC, (2016)

In an interview with Al-Arabiya Channel, Dalia Mogahed says “My work focuses on studying Muslims, the way they think and their views”. She is not afraid of creating a « muslim community », where all muslims would be the same, with the ideas she wants them to believe in, with all the same stereotypes. Al-Arabiya also reveals that she wants to reduce the number of abortions.

With John L. Esposito, a long time MB friend, she co-authored in 2007 the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. One of her principal work Mogahed was to explain that most Muslims worldwide support democracy and freedom of speech and rarely (7%) supports political radicalism. She also explains that Sharia is « a [moral] compass reflecting principles valid in any era, which cannot be changed » while Islamic law, jurisprudence, is « a map that must conform to this compass ».

In various occasions Dalia Mogahed explained that Muslim Brotherhood was a peaceful alternative to jihadists. On Sept 2008 at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference in Washington, she explained that “’Islamic terrorism is really a contradiction in terms because terrorism is not Islamic by definition.”

In October 2009, she was invited to the annual dinner of CAIR (blamed by the FBI because suspected of links with Hamas, and classified terrorist in the United Arab Emirates). She seems to have canceled her participation when it was announced that she would share her dinner with Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former supporter of Nation Of Islam, a Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman’s supporter, a stoning suporter, who considers “Allah as superior to democracy “, and who is quoted as” unindicted co-conspirator "in the attack of the World Trade Center in 2003. However, she participated in CAIR’s annual dinner in 2015 and is announced to the one of December 17, 2016. CAIR publishes complimentary articles on Dalia Mogahed on its website, and does not hesitate to congratulate her on her role with President Obama.

In the end of October 2009, she gives an interview to the English channel Muslima Dilemna, which belongs to the political party Hizb ut-Tahrir (or party of the Islamic liberation). This party militates openly for the establishment of a global Caliphate governed by the Sharia. In the face of two Hizb ut-Tahrir activists who defend Shari’a as a source of legislation and say that the woman should not have a leadership position, she does not give any contradiction, and says: “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media. The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance. The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases †. Dalia Mogahed takes the opportunity to say to her interlocutors that her role is”to convey... to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want."

Dalia Mogahed attended Doha, Feb. 2010 7th U.S.-Islamic World Conference a meeting with most of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Such as Anas Al-Tikriti; Malaysian Islamic opposition leader and board member of the U.S. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Anwar Ibrahim; member of the European Council for Fatwa andResearch Abdallah Bin Bayyah; U.K. MB leader Kamal El-Helbawi (banned from the U.S.); ISNA leader Mohamed Magid and Yahya Hendi of the Fiqh Council of North America.Dalia Mogahed also attended 2013 conference.

In 2010 she also described Gülen movement as « very inspiring for Muslims ».

In 2012, in a tweet, she told Bachar Al-Assad supporters that « he can not deliver stability, protection of minorities, or resistance to Israel ».

In 2014, Dalia Mogahed was invited by the french organisation CCIF (Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France). She went to CCIF congress with Marwan Muhammad, Rokhaya Diallo, Houria Bouteldja, Nabil Ennasri, Ahmed Jaballah, and also the famous sexist imams Rachid Abou Houdeyfa and Nader Abou Anas.