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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Did Anthony Weiner Convert to Islam?

The headline might seem a bit outlandish but it isn't really at all. Anthony Weiner's wife is a woman named Huma Abedin and she is a practicing Muslim according to multiple news sources. If she married a Jewish man named Weiner, why wouldn't she be a marked woman? Consider a Muslim woman marrying a Jewish man. This is not only frowned upon in Islam, it's virtually unheard of. One of two things must have happened. Either Abedin left Islam by marrying a non-Muslim or Weiner converted to Islam. Isn't it the only way Abedin can still be considered 'practicing?'

The New York Times reports that Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife – Huma Abedin – is a “practicing Muslim” who was raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2007, the New York Observer wrote – article no longer available but cross-posted at Free Republic – that her mother is a professor in Saudi Arabia and that her father was an Islamic scholar before his death.

Islamic law forbids any Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man. Weiner was raised Jewish but admitted to growing up in a non-religious household. If Abedin remains a practicing Muslim and her religion forbids her from marrying a non-Muslim, isn't she failing to practice Islam? Wouldn't that be the case unless Weiner converted to Islam? The New York Times reported that Weiner “sometimes fasts with her (Abedin) during Ramadan.”

Known as the Shahada, the Islamic testimony of faith is very short. Weiner would have been required to say it according to Islamic law. Otherwise, Abedin would have violated a primary tenet of her religion. Here is what Weiner would have had to say in order to be able to marry Abedin according to Sharia law:
“There is no God except Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."
Curiously, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York (ICC) – of which Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a trustee – is a man named Sheik Omar Abu-Namous. He is calling for Abedin to stand by Weiner. Why would an imam encourage a Muslim woman to remain married to an unfaithful, non-practicing Jewish man?

Compounding this matter further is the fact that Abu-Namous was quoted in 2001 as saying:
“A unified Muslim state would be the ideal instrument to convince the world that Islam is the last version of God's word. God meant his word to be obeyed.”
In 2007, Abu-Namous spoke alongside the director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) at the First National Summit of Imams and Rabbis. Abu-Namous is on record as having said there was no conclusive evidence that Muslims were responsible for the September 11th attacks. Ironically, Abu-Namous's predecessor at the ICC blamed the Jews for 9/11. ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood group.

There is a question that needs to be answered. Did a secular Jewish man convert to Islam or did his (still) practicing Muslim wife abandon her religion by marrying him?

Stay tuned for more...

Cross-posted at Web Today

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