In a rare public statement to the media, Dr. Jamal Barzinji condemned last week’s attack on a member of the Saudi royal family responsible for Saudi Arabia anti-terrorism program. According to a report in the Washington Times:
Jamal Barzinji, a Muslim scholar living in the Washington area, condemned the attack on the Saudi prince and said there is no place in Islam for terrorism. “It is against Islam at any time to carry out an attack like that. The fact that it occurred during Ramadan makes it all the worse.
The Washington Times does not cite Dr. Barzinji’s long standing ties to the Kingdom such as his role as one of the founders of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY, a Saudi youth organization that U.S. government agencies and officials have has helped spread Islamic extremism around the world as well as sponsoring terrorism in places such as Bosnia, Israel, and Kashmir.
Dr. Barzinji is currently the Vice-President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and can be considered as one of the founding fathers of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. An IIIT announcement acknowledges his important role in helping to found almost all of the organizations comprising the U.S. Brotherhood:
The award proclamation noted the fifty years of Dr. Jamal Barzinji’s service to Islam and Muslims in the West, beginning with his founding role in the establishment of Muslim Student Society of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (MSS) in 1959. Most recently he has been the Recipient of the first Faith in Action Award given by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), Washington, D.C. in 2007. Along the way, Dr. Barzinji has served as President of the MSA (1972), founding general manager of North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) (1973), chair of MSA’s Planning and Organization Committee, member of ISNA’s Majlis Al-Shura, founding member of International Charitable Foundation, Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE), founding member, Trustee and Vice President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) (1981), dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences at the International Islamic University Malaysia (1994 to 1998), and advisor and consultant to various educational, charitable and professional organizations. Dr. Bazrinji has had progressive experience of well over forty years in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business, educational, think-tanks, political and charitable), such as Amana Mutual Funds, Mar-Jac Poultry, Safa Trust, SAAR Foundation, Bank Islam Malaysia, and Nada International. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University, U.S.A. (1974), and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield, England (1962).
As documented in a Hudson Institute report; IIIT, the SAAR Foundation, and Nada International all had or have strong ties to Saudi Arabia.