Jasser Auda

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Dr. Jasser Auda is a Qatari professor best known as a a key advisor to Imamn Feisal Rauf, in turn known for his attempts to build an Islamic center two blocks away from the site of the 911 attacks. In December 2008,  Dr. Auda accompanied Dr. Rauf on a visit to the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)  in order to explain the Shari’ah Index Project, part of Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative organization. Dr. Auda was member of the Advisory Council of Scholars for the Project.

According to his bio, Dr. Auda has a number of ties to a number of Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations including being:

Dr. Auda is currently the Deputy Director of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan

In an interview with an Islamic news portal, Dr. Auda was asked about the main challenges facing American Muslims, Dr. Auda replies replies alleging that racists and bigots, some with “Zionist agendas” are the main challenge facing American Muslims:

I think the challenges are mostly political. Of course there are cultural challenges where they have to kind of develop the initiatives that they took, in mosques being more family-friendly and women-friendly, and I think this is very important to develop. But I think the major challenge is political because there are so many people who have a political agenda against minorities in general, on racial basis or partisan basis or something. And these people are very powerful in the media, some of them have some Zionist agendas, some of them are pro-Israel and they think that the American Muslims are going to be a problem for their political views, and political agendas. So this is the main challenge in America for Muslims from my perspective.

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