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IIIT Official: U.S. Gov’t, Military are Terrorists

Dr. Jasser Auda

Dr. Jasser Auda

Ryan Mauro

An official with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood group in Virginia, wrote an article in 2011 arguing that the U.S. government and military qualify as terrorists. As the Clarion Project reported in May, IIIT has partnered with U.S. universities.

In an article dated January 23, 2011 titled "Let Us Define Terrorism," Dr. Jasser Auda identifies himself as a board member of IIIT’s London branch.

He also says he’s a founding member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group whose president is Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi. Auda’s latest book in English on Sharia Law was published by IIIT.

Auda’s connection to Qaradawi’s group further proves that IIIT is linked to the Brotherhood. As we reported, the IIIT leadership met with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in September, who represented the Muslim Brotherhood in the election. Morsi said he wants to use IIIT to “reform” Egypt’s higher education.

Auda states that “Terrorists include government officials and army personnel who take disproportionate measures against whole population in the name of ‘self-defence’ or ‘international legitimacy.’”

He then condemns the American response to the 9/11 attacks, leaving no room to doubt that he was referring to the U.S. government and military:

“For example, the murder of 3,000 innocent civilians, although it is a full-scale disaster, does not justify killing literally millions of people and setting a dozen of countries on fire.”

He also says that U.S. “sanctions are acts of terrorism.”

In Auda’s opinion, the U.S. is the real terrorist, while those fighting against its military are unjustly derided as terrorists. He implies that attacks on foreign soldiers in Muslim lands are permissible.

“Terrorism does not include self-defense. Imagine that some people with arms invaded your area, kicked you out of your own home, and occupied it. Don’t you think that you are entitled to self-defense?”

Auda received his Masters of Jurisprudence from Islamic American University in Michigan, a school that is part of the Muslim American Society. In 2008, federal prosecutors said that the Muslim American Society “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Auda is also a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, located in the same place as IIIT.

His byline states that he has contributed to reports for the United Kingdom Ministry of Communities and the Higher Education Funding Council of England.

Unsurprisingly, Auda is active in the fight against “Islamophobia.” He is a member of the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism in the United Kingdom. According to former IIIT member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, it was decided at an IIIT meeting that the term should be used to define opponents.

“This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics,” he says.

Auda’s extensive biography shows he is considered an authority on Sharia (Islamic) law and is in a position to influence many Muslims—but through IIIT, he and his Islamist colleagues aren’t only influencing Muslims. They are getting involved with U.S. universities, just as the FBI’s source in 1987 said they would.

A secret source inside the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network told the FBI in 1988 that IIIT had a six-phase plan to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.” The work-in-progress was to “peacefully get inside the United States government and also American universities.”

A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood explanatory memorandum identifies IIIT as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo describes its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”


Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.