June 27, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)



(Coral Springs, FL) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), since September of 2002, has been offering a package of books to American libraries that deal with issues pertaining to Muslims. One of the books is a version of the Quran ('The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN') that the Los Angeles school system has banned from area libraries for its heavily anti-Semitic content. Another of the texts CAIR is offering through its library project is a book written by Dr. Jamal Badawi, entitled 'GENDER EQUITY IN ISLAM.'

In his book, Badawi writes: "In the event of a family dispute, the Qur'an exhorts the husband to treat his wife kindly and not to overlook her positive aspects. If the problem relates to the wife's behavior, her husband may exhort her and appeal for reason. In most cases, this measure is likely to be sufficient. In cases where the problem continues, the husband may express his displeasure in another peaceful manner by sleeping in a separate bed from hers. There are cases, however where a wife persists in deliberate mistreatment of her husband and disregard for her marital obligations. Instead of divorce, the husband may resort to another measure that may save the marriage, at least in some cases. Such a measure is more accurately described as a gentle tap on the body…"

He then quotes directly from the Quran to exhibit the origins of his beliefs: "As to those women on whose part you fear disloyalty and ill conduct, admonish them (first), (next) refuse to share their beds (and last) beat them (lightly)…" Badawi describes this as a "permissible beating."

In addition to the content of the book, there is a large problem with the publisher of the book. 'GENDER EQUITY IN ISLAM' is produced by American Trust Publications (ATM), the publishing arm of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). NAIT owns several hundred American mosques and Islamic schools, including the fanatical Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois and Sami Al-Arian's Islamic Academy of Florida. According to the group's website, NAIT "provides protection and safeguarding for the assets of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA)," a couple of the most radical Islamist organizations within the United States.

Jamal Badawi wrote 'GENDER EQUITY IN ISLAM' under the aegis of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), an organization founded by the nephew of Osama bin Laden that was raided in May of 2002 for alleged terror-related activity.

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "CAIR is portrayed in the media and elsewhere as a 'moderate' Islamic organization, but using its library project as an example, one can see the true nature of the group. It provides Qurans that have been deemed anti-Semitic and books that promote violence against women. Promoting hatred and/or violence - whether against Jews or women or anyone else - should not be accepted anywhere!"

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe4rep@gate.net.


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