Zuhdi Jasser and The Third Jihad

Yesterday a correspondent sent me an article from Israel National News about the movie, The Third Jihad. I glanced at the article, which said:

The 70-minute film is narrated by a devout Muslim American, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, and opens with the following statement: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical. This film is about them.”

I wrote to the correspondent.

Zuhdi Jasser is a joke, a complete joke. He’s the “Moderate Muslim” I spoke about in my account of the Frank Gaffney film and discussion on Islam in May 2007.

That was last night. This morning I sent a follow-up:

I said to you in my e-mail last night—knowing nothing about the movie and not having read the article about it that you sent, but only remembering that Zuhdi Jasser, the narrator of the movie, was the moderate Muslim I wrote about in my article two years ago on the Gaffney movie who had said that the real Muslims are the moderates like him and that the jihadists are irrelevant and are not real Muslims—that Jasser was a joke and therefore the movie would probably be a joke.

This morning I read the article about The Third Jihad, and what do I see?

Narrator Dr. Jasser concluded with some practical things that Americans can still do to ward off the threat—though some may argue as to how practical these really are. His ideas:

  • We have to get involved and be part of the solution.

  • We have to educate ourselves, and others.

  • We need to find an alternative to oil and stop the petrodollar spread of radical Islam.

  • We must insist that the media tell the full story.

  • We must demand an end to the incitement of children, and demand human rights and freedom for the citizens of Islamic countries.

  • We must ask that Muslims and their leaders take a stand against Sharia [Islamic religious law] replacing Western law.

  • And we have to support leaders that stand up to radical Islam. We will win this, if enough people stand up.

An exercise in emptiness and evasion. It might as well be a Melanie Phillips column on the Islam threat. “We need to educate ourselves about radical Islam.” And once we’ve educated ourselves about radical Islam, what do we do about it? “We must demand human rights and freedom in Muslim countries.” And what if the Muslim countries don’t comply with our demand? “We have to ask Muslims to take a stand against sharia.” And what if they don’t take a stand against it? “We have to stand up to radical Islam.” And what does this “standing up” consist of? It consists of the aforementioned meaningless list of demands and requests.

The movie quotes a Muslim saying,

Islam is coming to America the same way Christianity came to Rome… whether they like it or not. We talk about the Islamic State of North America by 2050…

So the movie is warning of an intended takeover of America by Islam within 40 years, and what does it propose doing about it? NOTHING.

Also, I’m glad to see that I’m not alone in my criticisms of Zuhdi Jasser and this film. Even the Robert Spencer / Pamela Geller wing of the anti-jihadist movement are against him. According to Geller, he’s worse than I thought. He’s not just a moderate Muslim who covers up the nature of Islam and who proposes doing nothing about it, he actively campaigns against the most important anti-Islamization figure in the West, Geert Wilders.

From Atlas Shrugs, May 19, 2009:

May 19, 2009

Zuhdi Jasser’s Own Private Islam

UPDATE: Bear this in mind: Zuhdi Jasser made a last minute effort to quash Geert Wilders’ appearance on Capitol Hill under the aegis of Senator Kyl, calling Kyl’s office the morning of the day Wilders was supposed to appear stating another Jasser LIE—that while Jasser had been in The Netherlands Wilders refused to meet with Jasser because Wilders quote “doesn’t meet with Muslims”. THAT NEVER HAPPENED.

KGS over at Tundra tabloids has been involved in “an ongoing exchange of emails between someone (not yet at liberty to state who) involved with the Clarion Foundation’s promotion of Zhudi Jasser’s film, “The Third Jihad”. I wrote here about why I wouldn’t promote or support the film. Jasser’s fallacious narrative is not reflective of Islam at all. And the film is misleading. Makes people think there are a lot of Jassers out there when there really aren’t.

KGS wrote a response concerning the brouhaha that I thought boiled it down to its essential oils brilliantly. He distills what was revealed about Jasser in my radio show interview with him. By Jasser’s own description of his faith, he is a “hypocrite”. The word of the quran is allah’s word. Uncreated (unlike the Bible). You cannot reform or reinterpret the word of the quran. It is immutable. Reformation or reinterpretation is punishable by death according to the Quran.

KGS writes in his post: Clarion Foundation Seeks Honest Answers Why Geller, Schlussel, Spencer, Bostom Are Not Thrilled With Zhudi Jasser……. (read it all here)

[Geller article continues.]

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 12, 2009 11:30 AM | Send

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