By Daniel Mael, Originally published in National Review
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) goes to extreme lengths, both in messaging and in action, to advance the impression that the organization is not only moderate, but also the leading voice of human rights for Muslims in America.
Occasionally, it lets down its guard.
n Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed al-Hanooti passed away. “To God we belong and to Him we return,” CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad said in a press release provided on Thursday. “Sheikh Hanooti’s legacy of scholarship and community service will serve as an example to this and future generations of American Muslims. He was a mentor to many leaders in our community. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
CAIR characterized al-Hanooti, born in the British Mandate of Palestine, as “one of the most respected Muslim scholars in the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide” and said that the organization “offered sincere condolences” on his passing. From the way he has been remembered, one would think that al-Hanooti would be missed for his eminent scholarship and important contributions to society.
A cursory look at his more pronounced contributions to society, however, reveals that al-Hanooti more closely resembles Hamas leader Khalad Mashal than Gandhi.