December 29, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 3477

Egyptian Journalist 'Ata Abd Al-Aal: 'The U.S. Will Be Transformed into an Islamic Republic'; The Most Important Place For the Future of Islam, After Mecca And Medina, is the U.S.

December 29, 2010
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 3477

In a recent TV interview, Egyptian journalist 'Ata Abd Al-Aal, said that ultimately "the U.S. [will] be transformed into an Islamic republic." Abd Al-Aal told the Egyptian Al-Rahma/Al-Rawdha TV that the rate of conversion to Islam in the U.S. is very high, which is "of great alarm to the Zionist circles in the U.S.," and is rising "on a daily basis."

In the interview, which aired on December 12, 2010, Abd Al-Aal, a journalist for the Al-Ahram government daily, who visited the U.S. in 2002,[1] said that the da'wa institutions in Islamic countries should stop inciting Muslim communities in the U.S. to refrain from taking part in elections, and should instead send preachers familiar with the American mentality and better equipped to encourage conversion to Islam.

Abd Al-Aal is the recipient of two awards of the Egyptian journalists' union – the first in 2004 for an interview he conducted with his 108 year-old father,[2] and the second in 2007 for his investigative research of mistakes in translations of the Koran in 15 languages.[3]

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"The Rate of Converts to Islam in the U.S. Is Very High"

'Ata Abd Al-Aal: "The rate of converts to Islam in the U.S. is very high. This is of great alarm to the Zionist circles in the U.S., because this rate is rising on a daily basis. These converts adhere to Islam with total conviction. They become preachers themselves, and convince others to convert to Islam. You are more knowledgeable than me in this issue, and you know that many Americans convert to Islam every day."

Interviewer: "To conclude this show, let me ask: Even though Islam has a strong presence and deep roots among the Islamic communities in the U.S. and Europe, what is required of the da'wa institutions in our countries?"

'Ata Abd Al-Aal: "They should send religious guides, as the Americans call them, or preachers, who should put an end to the calls not to participate in the elections. Some of the sheiks who go to the U.S. during the month of Ramadan or on other religious occasions incite the Muslims living there not to take part in the elections, because they are living among infidels. This is very troubling, and runs counter to the rights of the Muslims in the U.S.

"The Islamic institutions in the Islamic world should send preachers who are well versed in Islam, who know how to preach to the American mentality, and who are proficient in English and can communicate with the Americans. Over there, they must forsake their own material and personal interests, and must act for the sake of Allah."

"The U.S. Will Be Transformed into an Islamic Republic"

"[Ultimately,] the U.S. will be transformed into an Islamic republic, as a sheik in the U.S. told me. He said that the most important place for the future of Islam, after Mecca and Medina, was the U.S. [...]"

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