Aref Ali Nayed: UNSMIL, UNDEF and The Future of Libya and Libyan Journalism 2

 

 

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“IT IS A REAL SCANDAL” ‘Leaked Emirati Emails Could Threaten Peace Talks in Libya – NYTimes HERE

An Important Update from the Authors:  the Bernardino León “Scandal” and Dr. Aref Ali Nayed.   On the 31 December 2015, one last update of 2015 but we wanted to note that 5 January 2016 marks the second month that the Bernardino León emails have been released.   In what is according to “Wolfram Lacher, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs who studies Libya” stated “It is a real scandal” –  Aref Ali Nayed is  named personally within the UNconfirmed, Leon-confirmed leaked email as reported by The Guardian and Middle East Eye.   As of today, we add it to our article as yet another reason why UNDEF and Rory Peck Trust should reevaluate their decision of Dr. Nayed’s institution LIAS as their “local partner” in the training of Libyan journalists. List of articles: Inner City Press, The Guardian, The New York Times and Middle East Eye.

We note that as the UN has agreed to conduct a formally requested investigation of Mr. Leon’s affairs, so should the UNDEF as Dr. Nayed is mentioned prominently within that email.   We request such an investigation.   This is the “Aref Nayed” excerpt from complete email printed in the Middle East Eye and noted by The Guardian.

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“AREF NAYED” – “Full text of email from UN Libya envoy Bernardino Leon to UAE foreign minister”  Middle East Eye’ HERE & HERE

 

Further, we wish to draw our readers’ attention to the UNESCO’s Madrid Declaration on Libyan Journalism and this article’s role, please review our note in at the beginning of our article: When Libyan Journalism Yields to its Politics Corruption is Not Invited to the Round Table Discussion

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The rest of the article…

Aref Ali Nayed: UNSMIL, UNDEF and The Future of Libya and Libyan Journalism 2
This is the second of a two-part conclusion of our previous article, When Libyan Journalism Yields to its Politics: Corruption is Not Invited to the Round Table Discussion. The first part of the conclusion is Aref Ali Nayed: UNSMIL, UNDEF AND the Future of Libya and Libyan Journalism.

 

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”
Sir Walter Scott

 

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LIAS FARA ‘FARA Quick Search’ HERE

This is where this op/ed dialogue gets ugly and sordid.  We have relayed the work of others which have reported that Dr. Nayed is ‘consolidating contacts,’ ‘extending influence’ and taking ‘charge of pro-Tobruk lobbying in Washington’ HERE, HERE & HERE.  We have added to the lobbying dialogue by documenting that Dr. Nayed’s academic institute, Libya Institute of Advanced Studies (LIAS) is the vehicle that promotes not only ‘Pro-Tobruk lobbying’ but also Dr. Nayed in both Washington and Libya.  As documented from Washington DC lobbyist consultancy agreements, Dr. Nayed signed to use the SAME academic institution as the vehicle to promote himself in Washington for his Libyan presidential bid.  As Dr. Nayed opened the door to LIAS, the political vehicle – his presidential bid will be questioned as well.   All research is to consider the suitability of this same multipurpose ‘private institution’ as the local partner involved in the selection/training program of Libyan journalists  sponsored by United Nations Democracy Fund-UNDEF.     So important is this issue for Libya, we provide another article with three more compelling illustrations.

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LIAS-RPT-UNDEF LOGOS ‘   From Dr. Nayed’s LIAS site…notice the three interlocking logos… we will see another similar set of three soon.  HERE

 

Three More Illustrations

Each of these illustrations are particularly applicable as they are first, specifically within the realm of journalism and secondly, revealing as it may be indicative of what we may expect from Dr. Nayed’s future relationships with the press.   First, is the illustration of the documented working relationship & ’friendship’ of Dr. Nayed to a Reuter’s journalist.  The second illustration is Dr. Nayed as an editor.   Both of these illustrations overlap.    We end with Dr. Nayed’s 2014 interview with a Libyan journalist asking probing yet legitimate questions about his background, family, and connections essential for an informed Libyan electorate to scrutinize a possible presidential candidate.  Questions no more probing than all candidates in the West are prepared to receive.  Pertinent to our discussion is how Dr. Nayed handled the questions.  Revealing, as it seems to demonstrates a crack in Dr. Nayed’s polished persona promoted in the West.  How one behaves in public is not necessarily how one behaves at home.

 

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‘Cable 08AMMAN1329’ WIKILEAKS HERE

The History between Dr. Nayed and a Reuters Journalist
A background is needed of Dr. Nayed within the Christian Muslim interfaith dialogues of 2007.

Within the post-9/11 interfaith dialogues, this Reuters journalist noted that Dr. Nayed was noted as ‘one of the leading figures’ in a Jordanian initiative.    The initiative was ‘inspired by a letter of 138 Muslim scholars which addressed controversial Papal comments for which Dr. Nayed was the ‘main architect and ‘drafter’ of that letter.   The letter’s ‘initiator’ was a member of the Jordanian royal family.   The letter became the initiative which is sponsored by a Jordan Institute.   As conveyed by the Institute’s directors to Americans in a 2009 WIKILEAKS cable – that ‘if done properly’, support for the initiative ‘would benefit’ as it would demonstrate to ‘the Muslim world that the U.S. understands the difference between authentic but moderate Islam on the one hand, and the extremists on the other.’    In other words, arguably a political motivation prompted by a Jordanian Institute given for American support of a Jordanian religious movement.

The cable denotes a Institute with offices located within the Jordanian royal palace and its patron is that same member of the royal family.   Although, an About US page states independence, the American cable notes the Institute’s ties to the monarchy.   Further, as described by its acting director – ALL Institute affiliated entities work towards a supported and coordinated effort WITHOUT seemingly pretense of journalistic independence –‘like a “holding company in that it supervises and coordinates related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute.  The Institute, for instance, has ties to the English-language..magazine “Islamica,” which is linked to the Amman Message websites and whose editor… has close working and personal relationships with the Institute.’  

Figuring in that same WIKILEAKS cable is Canadian/Libyan Dr. Nayed and his efforts ‘to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute’  in what is arguably a political/religious agenda.    His international efforts were heralded by the Institute’s directors as a ‘tangible result’ of the initiative.   Secondly, in 2010 as editor of another of the ‘holding company’ like Institute’s publications, can we speculate that Dr. Nayed – like the Islamica editor as the magazine ‘linked to the Amman Message website’ – seemingly lacked any journalistic independence?

Besides being the ‘main architect and ‘drafter’ of that Jordanian-initiated letter, Dr. Nayed was also senior fellow at the initiative’s supervising Royal Jordanian Institute while being a ‘director’ of another associated Jordanian Institute within the like a ‘holding company’ Institute.

WICS logo 'Transforming Communities_ Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future

WICS logo ‘Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future HERE

Paralleling the Jordanian initiative was another interfaith dialogue:  Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society (WICS).   Concurrent to his efforts for the Jordanian interfaith dialogue is Dr. Nayed’s religious connections in Libya.   His position with a prestigious Tripoli religious school and subsequent support ‘enabled him to take part in the alliance with Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and the Libyan Islamic Movement of the late 2000s.’   The Maghreb Confidential article:

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Maghreb Confidential HERE

A member of the Uthman Pasha madrasi in Tripoli, he (Dr. Nayed) was given support by the Islamist movement which enabled him to take part in the alliance between Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and the Libyan Islamic Movement in the late 2000s and to found the Kalam Research & Media (KRM) religious think tank from Dubai.

 

 

WICS-ACW LINK'Peering through funnels at interfaith problems' FaithWorld

An excerpt from 2008 Reuters blog ‘Peering through funnels at interfaith problems’ FaithWorld  HERE

The Jordan Initiative, Gaddafi’s WICS and Dr. Nayed

The in-depth working relationship between the Jordan Initiative, Gaddafi’s WICS and Dr. Nayed was explained by the Reuters Journalist – the ‘link’ & ‘coordination of these interfaith dialogues was facilitated by Dr. Nayed in Tripoli as he ‘won support’ at a WICS convention: ‘Nayed appealed for unity and coordination of the multiple Christian-Muslim dialogue tracks, and asked for the support of the hundreds of scholars assembled for the General Conference.’   The same Reuter’s journalist explained the significance of that WICS convention:

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‘Peering through funnels at interfaith problems’ HERE

 

The latest example of this came last week when Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, one of the leading figures in the Common Word group, won support from more than 460 Islamic organisations around the world gathered at a general conference of the World Islamic Call Society in Tripoli. The conference’s final declaration said: “The Conference declares its support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, and expresses its appreciation for the positive responses to it. It further calls for working through that initiative in order to widen the scope of mutual understanding and cooperation between Muslim and Christian institutions.”

That means that the World Islamic Call Society, one of the largest international Muslim organisations, will link its dialogue with the Vatican – which goes back to 1976 – with the Common Word group’s efforts. That brings more coordination to the confused landscape of interfaith talks now going on.

FAITHWORLD: “That means that the World Islamic Call Society… will link its dialogue with the Vatican…with the Common Word group’s efforts.  That brings more coordination…”

 

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An excerpt from 2008 ‘Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet I Reuters’ HERE

 

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‘More than 460 Islamic organizations and associations declare support for “A Common Word” www acommonword HERE

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nayed’s  Facilitation between the Jordanian Initiative and Gaddafi’s WICS

It seems so close was Dr. Nayed with Gaddafi’s WICS that the same Reuters journalist noted that Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS… and has briefed WICS delegates planning to meet Vatican officials in December…’    Dr. Nayed also did the bidding of the head of the WICS.   Two examples: ‘Aref Ali Nayed, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program, was asked by the Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society to address the 8th General Conference of Islamic Call (meeting in Tripoli between 27th and 30th of October)…’   And The Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society asked Nayedalso asked Nayed to help prepare for the upcoming Vatican – WICS meeting, in order to further the dialogue process between the Vatican and WICS.’    While facilitating ‘support’ between the Jordanian/ WICS dialogues,  the Reuters journalist explained Dr. Nayed’s effort in winning ‘support’ resulted in ‘coordination’ by the ‘link’ of WICS dialogue to the Jordanian initiative and its dialogue.

Interlocking Logos Geneva November 2010 'Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents'

As promised, here is that second set of 3 Interlocking Logos Geneva November 2010 ‘Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents’ HERE

One of the last such interfaith ‘gathering’ with WICS was in Geneva, November 2010 – just 3 months before the 17 February 2011 Libyan Revolution.   Participating in that Geneva ‘high-level interfaith dialogue’ was the head of Gaddafi’s WICS, the same member of the Jordanian Royal family and Dr. Nayed.   Again, the event was covered by the same Reuters journalist.   So close was participation in the event of ACW and WICS that a webpage and banner was generated with three interlocking logos of the Christian host, the Jordan’s initiative and Gaddafi’s WICS (green globe) with a picture of ‘Dr. Aref Ali Nayed’ participating in a panel discussion front and center – literally.

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Christian Post: November 2010 ‘Christians, Muslims Condemn ‘Inhumane’ Attack on Baghdad Church’.   And here is the three interlocking logos again.  For Logos HERE  Notice  on the banner the green/white globe behind Dr. Nayed’s left shoulder – that is Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS.  HERE

 

Dr. Nayed and the Reuters Journalist
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An excerpt of ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing: A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme’  HERE

After 2 years of the Jordanian initiative Dr. Nayed’s ‘friendship’ was proclaimed with the same Reuters’ journalist who covered the worldwide Islamic/ Christian dialogues in the late 2000s. Apparently, this journalist’s work was considered so important that Dr. Nayed noted in a Cambridge speech that the journalist’s friendship has ‘proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around’ that Jordanian interfaith initiative.  

Sustaining a pub-lically positive attitude around anything is arguably the job description of the Institute’s public relations staff – NOT an independent Reuters journalist.

Proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around the Jordanian interfaith initiative seems to have translated into interfaith dialogue coverage of 55-tagged-articles-in-4-years by the Reuters journalist on the same Jordanian initiative.   The journalist recognized his volume of coverage by writing, ‘We’ve blogged a lot here about the Common Word dialogue appeal.’    His articles were even cited on the Jordanian initiative’s website 16 times at our publication.

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Dr. Aref Nayed ‘Interfaith Work’ ‘Libyans stress harmony to avoid Iraq-style chaos Reuters’ HERE

 

All of this is legal and above-board – save question of independence of a journalist noted as proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around…’    YET, it is the entirety of these pre- in comparison to two post-revolution articles is where we focus the sunlight.

 

Post Revolution
ARTICLE ONE:

Given the opportunity, it seems that journalist chose early on not to mention Dr. Nayed’s prior working relationship and participation with WICS as evidenced by two post revolution articles in September 2011.  HERE & HERE   While noting that Dr. Nayed is now the head of the NTC stabilization team, he wrote:

The focus on reconciliation comes naturally to Nayed who, apart from being the head of an information technology company and the new NTC ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, is an Islamic theologian active in interfaith dialogues.

He is a prominent member of the “Common Word” group of Muslim scholars in dialogue with Christian churches, runs a theological think tank in Dubai and teaches Islamic spirituality in a traditional madrasa in his hometown of Tripoli…

FOCUS ANGER ON GADDAFI…From his interfaith work, Nayed also tapped colleagues at Cambridge, Yale and Princeton universities to lobby their governments to support the anti-Gaddafi cause.

‘FOCUS ANGER ON GADDAFI… From his interfaith work, Nayed also tapped colleagues at Cambridge, Yale and Princeton universities to lobby their governments to support the anti-Gaddafi cause’.   Besides no mention of Gaddafi’s WICS post revolution – when discussing Dr. Nayed’s ‘interfaith work’ we find it particularly calculating and reprehensible that the journalist stated that ‘From his interfaith work, Nayed also tapped colleagues at Cambridge, Yale and Princeton universities to lobby their governments to support the anti-Gaddafi cause’. 

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GENEVA 2010.  An excerpt: ‘Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions’ FaithWorld  HERE

 

Reprehensible as only ten months earlier Dr. Nayed, ‘from his interfaith work’, was participating WITH Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS in a seminar in Geneva in November 2010…AND  we know this – because the SAME journalist covered that event too!

Reprehensible as the journalist even had the impertinence NOT  TO MENTION that only ten months prior – for HIS blog – HE KNOWINGLY selected an image of Dr. Nayed seated at a panel discussion with the logo of Gaddafi’s WICS behind his left shoulder.  (See left insert)   KNOWINGLY, as that banner of the three interlocking logos are of the main participants, which HE NOTED with hyperlinks – included the Christian host, ‘Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media centre in Dubai’, the Initiative with its Jordanian Institute patron AND ‘the Libyan-based World Islamic Call Society (WICS).

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FINAL COMMUNIQUE -‘Transforming Communities_ Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents’ – muslimsandchristiansnet HERE

 

Reprehensible as from HIS article we even found this hyperlink: ‘The meeting’s final declaration‘.    THIS hyperlink leads to a site that denoted Dr. Nayed, the member of the Jordanian monarchy and the WICS representative as key participants in Geneva 2010.   It provides downloadable PDFs of their speeches.  See right insert from Muslims and Christian site: Geneva Final Statements.   Notice the 3 interlocking logos.  Download our PDF copies: Dr. Nayed’s GrowingEcologiesOfPeaceForgiveness & WICS Opening Address Rabu & FirstKeynoteLecture-Jordan

Reprehensible in that the omission of these facts are arguably a violation of his social contract with his readers.

Reprehensible as these facts were and still are strategically important to Libya.   Their omission is detrimental for an informed Libyan electorate.

 

ARTICLE TWO:

In 2012 the same Reuters journalist, wrote a scathing 8 page PDF Reuter’s Investigation article about the World Islamic Call Society in which he revealed the sordid details of Gaddafi’s WICS entitled Gaddafi’s secret missionaries: Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics.    It details Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS as a religious front to covertly funnel money through its religious network to fund other despots, separatist movements, even a plot to assassinate a Saudi crown prince – all under the acceptable guise of religious philanthropy.  Our PDF copy: Reuters’ Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries

'Gaddafi’s secret missionaries_ Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics' Reuters FaithWorld

‘Gaddafi’s secret missionaries_ Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics’ Reuters FaithWorld HERE

 

No Full Disclosure

Yet, after 4 years and 55-tagged-articles of the Jordanian initiative that detailed the working relationship and/or participation of Dr. Aref Nayed and the Jordanian initiative with Gaddafi’s WICS – there was NOT ONE MENTION within the article of any – Dr. Nayed, the Jordanian Royal Patron or the Jordanian initiative – except the final paragraph with Dr. Nayed’s view of the future – NOT THE PAST – of the organization.

Because there is NO MENTION of their enduring working relationship of 4 years, up until at least 3 month before the revolution, benotes pages.   Although, all may claim that they didn’t know Gaddafi’s real agenda and clandestine activities, the fact of no mention seems queer and questionable.   At the minimum we can conclude that the Reuter’s journalist FAILED TO PROVIDE A FULL DISCLOSURE of his own prior coverage of Dr. Nayed’s and the Jordanian initiative working relationship and/or participation with Gaddafi’s WICS in their interfaith dialogues.   At the maximum – given the amount of coverage and  their seemly queer and questionable behavior,  (no pleading ignorance or utilizing the opportunity to distance themselves for their reputation within the article),  one could speculate of collusion in an attempt to cover their documented ties to Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society.

As Dr. Nayed and a journalist failed to disclose these relevant facts to an informed Libyan electorate, while both participating in a 2012 scathing Reuters exposé on WICS – we have to ask WHY?    Barring any explanation by either – we are left to speculate IF the motive for the lack of disclosure is related to this public statement.   In 2009, in a speech given at Cambridge University, The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, Dr. Nayed noted his friendship with the Reuters journalist by saying, “Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters.”   We retained an entire copy but provided an excerpt from the transcript of the speech:

It is interesting that just as such friendships sustained the Common Word initiative, the initiative is now not only sustaining these friendships, but is actually making them grow and spread in unforeseen ways! New friendships are sprouting up through conferences, meetings, workshops, and news conferences.20 Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters have proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around the ‘A Common Word’ ecologies.21

Dr. Nayed 1 ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace..,’ Dr. Nayed 2 ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace…,  & Dr. Nayed 3 ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace..,’  & Dr. Nayed 4 ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace…,’ 

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Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Chief Editor of 2010 Muslim 500 www download farhathashmi.com  An excerpt from page 3 or 4 HERE or HERE

 

 

The Second Illustration

The secondly illustration is related to Dr. Nayed as a media man, not ‘Playing Media Baron’ as importantly reported in Maghreb Confidential.  Rather, as the Chief Editor of 2010 publication of THE MUSLIM 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims.  HERE OR HERE  

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Muammar Gaddafi #27 in 2010 The Muslim 500 2010 www download farhathashmi.com  Page 78 HERE or HERE

 

 

Libya is Indeed a Small World

Coincidentally,  that same year -2010 – The Muslim 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims selected Muammar Gaddafi, ‘Brother Leader’ as #27 of The World’s Most Influential Muslims based on in part on his ‘missionary’ work.    Noted on page 78  or HERE was WICS’ participation in the Muslim/Christian dialogues characterized as ‘global-scale da’wa initiatives.’  ‘Gaddafi founded the World Islamic Call Society (Jamiat al Da’wa al Islamiya) with a significant endowment, making him one of the most influential people in the world for proselytizing for Islam.’  Download our PDF copy: Muslim500-2010

2010:  Other Libyan Recipients

Worthy of mention, it seems there were ONLY three Libyans worthy of being selected for the 2010 publication of THE MUSLIM 500, The World’s Most Influential MuslimsMuammar at #27, Saif Gaddafi and Mohamed Al Sharif, Head of Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society.  WICS was also mentioned that year as an Islamic Network.

2009:  Other Libyan Recipients

In the preceding year 2009, it seems there were ONLY four Libyans worthy of being selected for THE MUSLIM 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims.   It was a prequel with one addition:  Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Gaddafi, Mohamed Al Sharif, Head of Gaddafi’s WICS  AND…Dr. Aref Ali Nayed.   What an interesting crowd.   Download our PDF copy: Muslim500 2009

Despite Muammar Gaddafi’s 2009 & 2010 successful nominations – in 2003 and 2004 a creditable ‘federal affidavit filed in U.S. District Court’ against a American Muslim leader ‘with ties’ to WICS implicated Muammar Gaddafi, personally and his WICS for funding the assassination attempt of a Saudi crown prince.   These FBI/US Department of Justice press release and media reports (HERE & HERE) were readily available then – as today.  As such the 2010 editorial staff under Dr. Nayed’s direction as Chief Editor – during the vetting of nominees Muammar Gaddafi and WICS either (1) did the due diligence and ignored it or (2) were negligent by not doing any.   Either way, we request a full disclosure and as the Chief Editor title implies, Dr. Nayed is responsible for Muammar Gaddafi being selected.

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THE MUSLIM 500 LOGO’ About Us The Muslim 500′   HERE

Due note that although the years of 2009, 2010, 2011 are advertised on The Muslim 500, The World’s Most influential Muslim‘s site as downloadable – they aren’t at the time of publishing.   Rather, we were redirected to download 2012.  We hope it is due to ‘updating.’  Coincidentally,  2009, 2010, 2011, are the years that Muammar Gaddafi was mentioned within the publication – within the 500, #27 and an obituary, respectively.

Yet, we did find other reputable online sites with downloadable PDFs: 2009, 2010 & 2011.  We provide the links as it is easier for the readers to copy & paste and search:

The Muslim 500 2010 download_from Dr. Farhat Hashmi. HERE

The Muslim 500 2010 download_from Dr. Farhat Hashmi. HERE or HERE

We suggest if you want a copy from these reputable sites you take one.

 

 

The Third Illustration

The Third Illustration will be our conclusion with videos.

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The rest of our article is devoted to providing more evidence for what we stated.
As we are providing the in-depth to the highlights above, some parts may overlap.

 

UNDEF's program to develop Libyan Journalism

UNDEF’s program to develop Libyan Journalism HERE

 

The reason that we venture into to this murky area is to answer our original query, what is the suitability of Dr. Nayed’s LIAS institute as ‘local partners’ for United Nations Democracy Fund program for training Libyan journalists?

What can we learn about journalistic independence from the working relationship/friendship of a journalist who Dr. Nayed stated – has ‘proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around’ the initiative,  to which the journalist noted that Dr. Nayed was ‘one of the leading figures’ in the SAME initiative with the blog coverage of 55-tagged-articles-in-4-years?   PLUS, there is the question of their LACK of full disclosure

Does this symbiotic relationship give us an indication of what to expect with Dr. Nayed’s future relationship with journalists – be it Western or Libyan…or new Libyan journalism graduates?   If there is a hint of a conflict of interest or ‘wrongdoing’, we are required to proceed.

A Free Press is Bad News for Corruption

A Free Press is Bad News for Corruption A Swiss Study.  HERE

As we know, in a democracy like Libya is striving to be:

‘An independent press is probably one of the most effective institutions to uncover trespassing by government officials.

The reason is that any independent journalist has a strong incentive to investigate and uncover stories on wrongdoing.’ (P. 1802) 

As demonstrated by these documented illustrations, our question is – will the Libyan journalists trained at LIAS have that ‘strong incentive’without influence‘to investigate and uncover ALL stories on wrongdoing’?

 

Before we proceed, our cast of characters are: Dr. Nayed as our protagonist, Tom Heneghan as the Reuters Journalist & A Common Word as the Jordanian Initiative.

 

Tom Heneghan in 2007
Tom Heneghan, Reuters Journalist from his Reuters blog FaithWorld.

Tom Heneghan, Reuters Journalist from his Reuters blog FaithWorld.  HERE

Before we get to the ‘Brother Leader’ in 2010, or Gaddafi Secret Missionaries in 2012, we need to step back to 2007 to the start of the public relationship of Reuters’ Religion Journalist Tom Heneghan and Dr. Nayed.   Tom Heneghan about himself from his Reuters blog FaithWorld:

As Religion Editor based in Paris, I cover main religion developments, coordinate religion news coverage and run the FaithWorld blog. Since joining Reuters in 1977 in London, I’ve worked in Vienna, Geneva, Islamabad, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bonn and Paris. My book Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall was published in 2000. In 2006, I received the European Religion Writer of the Year award and FaithWorld was awarded the RNA 2012 Best Online Section prize.

Tom Heneghan and Dr. Nayed go back at least to 23 October 2007 according to his Reuters FaithWorld blog tags (A Common Word) covering the Christian/Muslim dialogue with the publication of his article Muslim scholars press Pope Benedict to go public.  Mentioned in that 23 Oct 2007 article is Dr. Nayed:

‘He told him the Muslim scholars were disappointed not only at what they saw as the Vatican’s hesitant response to their appeal but also to the lack of a Catholic response to the letter of 38 scholars last year to his controversial Regensburg speech. And, as signatory Aref Ali Nayed of the Cambridge Interfaith Program in Britain told Reuters, they made it official with a letter handed to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.’

Mr. Heneghan’s Prolific Work on A Common Word (ACW)
Mr. Heneghan DID recognized his volume of coverage by writing, ‘We’ve blogged a lot here about the Common Word dialogue appeal.’

Since that first article, according to his Reuters’ blog between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Heneghan generated 55 articles with the tags of ‘A Common Word’, (http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/tag/common-word/).    Dr. Nayed published two articles on Mr. Heneghan’s blog FaithWorld.  On 19 February 2009, ‘The following is a guest contribution… Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed is a senior advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme and a leading signatory of A Common Word provided an article: GUESTVIEW: From “security” to compassion – a needed shift for Obama gov’t.  Another dated 12 September 2010 was his  article as a guest contributor: GUESTVIEW: The Qur’an cannot be burned!   Also, on ACW’s official site, Mr. Heneghan’s articles are cited 16 times.

Our PDFs of Mr. Heneghan’s 55 articles with the tags of A Common Word:   FaithWorld’ Page 1 Tag ‘A Common Word ‘FaithWorld’ Page 2 Tag “A Common Word, ‘FaithWorld’Page 3 Tag “A Common Word,  ‘FaithWorld’ Page 4 Tag_”A Common Word, ‘FaithWorld’ page 5 Tag “A Common Word” & FaithWorld’ Page 6 Tag “A Common Word”

Tom Heneghan -'Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to 'A Muscat Manifesto' — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme'

Tom Heneghan: ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme’  HERE

 

‘Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters…’

As we stated, Dr. Nayed paid tribute to the friendship by saying ‘Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters.’  An excerpt from The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme transcript of the speech:

It is interesting that just as such friendships sustained the Common Word initiative, the initiative is now not only sustaining these friendships, but is actually making them grow and spread in unforeseen ways! New friendships are sprouting up through conferences, meetings, workshops, and news conferences.20 Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters have proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive atmosphere around the ‘A Common Word’ ecologies.21  

As mentioned, it seems the key point to take from this tribute – is that Mr. Heneghan friendship ‘has proven vital for sustaining a pub-lically positive’ vibe around the A Common Word (ACW) initiative.  Seems like a task befitting the PR department of A Common Word initiative – rather than a Reuters’ journalist!    Yet, can we conclude that ‘pub-lically positive atmosphere’ seems to have translated into Mr. Heneghan’s 55-tagged-articles-in-4-years covering the ACW initiative?   As we said, Mr. Heneghan DID recognized his volume of coverage by writing, ‘We’ve blogged a lot here about the Common Word dialogue appeal.’    Sounds eerily similar to a promotion campaign, doesn’t it?

It seems so strategic was Mr. Heneghan’s work to A Common WordDr. Nayed even placed a footnote within the Cambridge speech transcript of Mr. Heneghan’s blog:

Mr. Heleghan footnote 'Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to 'A Muscat Manifesto' — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme'

Mr. Heleghan’s footnote: ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme’ HERE

 

[21] Tom Heneghan, the Religious Affairs editor for Reuters, has regularly covered key events related to ‘A Common Word’ initiative in his blog. See, http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/.  There is a convenient ‘A Common Word’ tag for accessing all the pieces in sequence.

 

WICS - 'Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to 'A Muscat Manifesto' — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme'

WICS – ‘Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing_ A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ — The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme’  HERE

 

 

The Plot Thickens…

Relevant for our discussion, in his 21 October 2009 speech Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing: A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ not ONLY did Dr. Nayed cited Mr. Heneghan for his contributions to ACW initiative, Dr. Nayed cited the contributions of The World Islamic Call Society:

The World Islamic Call Society and College have been involved in inter-faith work, especially with the Vatican, since 1976, and have built an amazingly wide network of scholars committed to dialogue. Their recent efforts towards dialogue with Evangelicals have already resulted in three successful meeting, and their support for ‘A Common Word’ has been unfailing and continuous. Iran has also supported several inter-faith and inter- civilization dialogues, and its efforts enabled the presence of major Shi‘i scholars amongst the signatories of ‘A Common Word’. 

 

FaithWorld: A Common Word, The World Islamic Call Society and Dr. Nayed

To be fair to Mr. Heneghan, we did a small analysis of his blog concerning those ACW 55-tagged-articles-in-4-years.  Save a handful of articles which were contributed by Dr. Nayed HERE & HERE and others – they were entirely written by Mr. Heneghan.   Mr. Heneghan recognized his volume of coverage by writing, ‘We’ve blogged a lot here about the Common Word dialogue appeal.’     We noticed that he also mentioned the 2009 The Muslim 500 by saying,

” If you’ve ever been confused by Muslim names you read in the news or unsure who’s important in the Islamic world, help is near. A new book entitled “The 500 Most Influential Muslims – 2009″ lists prominent Muslims from different fields — politics, religion, women, media, even radicals — with informative short biographies explaining who they are. It starts with an overall “top 50″ list and then surveys the most prominent Muslims in their fields”

We noticed that post ‘Arab Spring’ this tag ‘A Common Word’ and his coverage of the Jordanian ACW initiative seems to have died.  We have to wonder if this due to the proximity of ACW & Dr. Nayed to WICS?   In that with Dr. Nayed help in making the ’link’ to ‘coordinate’ between ACW & WICS interfaith dialogues and that ACW’s ‘link’ may have opened doors for Gaddafi’s WICS as it approached other denominational participants in the dialogues.  Did these others feel betrayed post-revolution?

WICS ACW LINK- 'Peering through funnels at interfaith problems' FaithWorld

WICS ACW LINK- ‘Peering through funnels at interfaith problems’ FaithWorld HERE

Although 55 articles have been cited on FaithWorld about ACW, we refer to just a few Mr. Heneghan’s pertinent ones to get an understanding of the initiative.   The articles will be distributed where relevant to the discussion.  In his 4 November 2008 article entitled Peering through funnels at interfaith problems, Mr. Heneghan explains the intertwining relationship between ACW, The World Islamic Call Society and Dr. Nayed.  Notice the logo from ACW.  (Spelling errors are Mr. Heneghan’s):

Another intersting development fits into the funnel analogy. The Common Word approach has been to unite as many Muslim leaders and scholars as possible, in line with the Islamic concept of seeking consensus within the decentralised faith. The Catholic approach couldn’t be more different – centralised and hierarchical, with the highpoint of the Vatican meeting being the papal audience organised down to the last detail. The latest example of this came last week when Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, one of the leading figures in the Common Word group, won support from more than 460 Islamic organisations around the world gathered at a general conference of the World Islamic Call Society in Tripoli. The conference’s final declaration said: “The Conference declares its support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, and expresses its appreciation for the positive responses to it. It further calls for working through that initiative in order to widen the scope of mutual understanding and cooperation between Muslim and Christian institutions.”

That means that the World Islamic Call Society, one of the largest international Muslim organisations, will link its dialogue with the Vatican – which goes back to 1976 – with the Common Word group’s efforts. That brings more coordination to the confused landscape of interfaith talks now going on.’.

‘That means that the World Islamic Call Society…will link its dialogue with the Vatican … with the Common Word group’s efforts.  That brings more coordination…’  ‘Coordination’ seems to be the applicable term as Mr. Heneghan explained that The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) ‘will link its dialogue with the Vatican’ ‘with the Common Word group’s efforts.’

 

2008 WICS ACW Link An excerpt from 'Peering through funnels at interfaith problems' FaithWorld

2008 WICS ACW ‘link’.  An excerpt from ‘Peering through funnels at interfaith problems’ FaithWorld HERE

Mr. Heneghan noted in the previous paragraph that it was his Dr. Nayed who facilitated this ‘coordination’:

The latest example of this came last week when Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, one of the leading figures in the Common Word group, won support from more than 460 Islamic organisations around the world gathered at a general conference of the World Islamic Call Society in Tripoli.

WICS’ support is reflected in the final declaration as noted by Mr. Heneghan:

The conference’s final declaration said: “The Conference declares its support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, and expresses its appreciation for the positive responses to it. It further calls for working through that initiative in order to widen the scope of mutual understanding and cooperation between Muslim and Christian institutions.”

 

Corroboration of Dr. Nayed’s participation in Gaddafi’s WICS event comes from none other than A Common Word site.  Noted without a year but from corroborationit is 2008.   Dr. Nayed figures prominently as the facilitator for the WICS as ‘The Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society asked Nayed… He also asked Nayed to help prepare for the upcoming Vatican – WICS meeting, in order to further the dialogue process between the Vatican and WICS.’  

'More than 460 Islamic organizations and associations declare support for “A Common Word” www acommonword

‘More than 460 Islamic organizations and associations declare support for “A Common Word” www acommonword  HERE

 

More than 460 Islamic organizations and associations declare support for “A Common Word”

Aref Ali Nayed, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program, was asked by the Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society to address the 8th General Conference of Islamic Call (meeting in Tripoli between 27th and 30th of October), regarding “A Common Word”. On Wednesday, Nayed addressed the General Conference summarizing the “A Common Word” process, highlighting the achievements of the Yale and Cambridge conferences…He outlined the promise and challenges of the dialogue track with the Vatican, and stressed the importance of the upcoming Catholic-Muslim Forum. Nayed appealed for unity and coordination of the multiple Christian-Muslim dialogue tracks, and asked for the support of the hundreds of scholars assembled for the General Conference, to whom copies of relevant “A Common Word” documentation were distributed. The more than 460 Islamic organizations and associations, representing various continents, as well as international and regional bodies, positively responded to the appeal, and in line with the World Islamic Society’s ongoing support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, declared formal support for the initiative.        AND

The Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society asked Nayed to convey the Society’s and Conference’s support for the initiative to his fellow scholars traveling to Rome and to the Vatican. He also asked Nayed to help prepare for the upcoming Vatican – WICS meeting, in order to further the dialogue process between the Vatican and WICS that has been going on since the 1976 Tripoli – Libya Dialogue Seminar.

 

Who and What is A Common Word?…
Maghreb Confidential Aref Ali Nayed -Libyan Investment Authority

Maghreb Confidential Aref Ali Nayed -Libyan Investment Authority HERE

…with respect to Dr. Nayed and Muammar Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society.

We first heard of Dr. Nayed’s involvement ‘in the alliance between Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and Libyan Islamic Movements in the late 2000s’ from the Maghreb Confidential article:

A member of the Uthman Pasha madrasi in Tripoli, he was given support by the Islamist movement which enabled him to take part in the alliance between Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and the Libyan Islamic Movement in the late 2000s and to found the Kalam Research & Media (KRM) religious think tank from Dubai.

 

'The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought'

‘The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’ HERE

What is A Common Word Initiative?

Backed by ‘The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’ which ‘is headed by Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute, who is a Special Advisor to his cousin King Abdullah. ‘   ‘A Common Word initiative (see www.acommonword.com) has become the world’s leading interfaith dialogue initiative between Christians and Muslims.’

Senior Fellows 'The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought'

Dr. Nayed #82. Senior Fellows ‘The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’ HERE

It ‘was launched on October 13th, 2007 as an open letter signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals… to the leaders of the Christian Churches and denominations all over the world, including H.H. Pope Benedict XVI.’   Its chief patron and ‘initiator’ was H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal and the ‘main architect’ and ‘drafter’ for the letter of 138 was Dr. Nayed.   As a senior fellow – #82 – at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, ‘Dr. Aref Ali Ahmed Al-Nayed’ has also directed the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan.’   The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (MABDA المركز الملكي للبحوث و الدراسات الإسلامية ) is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and is publisher of ‘THE MUSLIM 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims.’   Dr. Nayed has been a member of The Muslim 500 every year except the year 2010 when he was a co-editor.   In the 2014/2015 edition, Dr. Nayed is ranked #50.

 

 

A Jordanian Purpose Touted For American Support For A Common Word
Wikileaks 'Cable Amman Jordan 2008

Wikileaks ‘Cable Amman Jordan 2008  HERE

How ACW was presented to the Americans

For the ACW initiative background we refer to a 30 April 2008 WIKILEAKS cable entitled MODERATE ISLAM – PROMOTING THE AMMAN MESSAGE, FOUR YEARS LATER.  From the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan, it was classified by Ambassador Hale.   The cable details the American understanding – based on interviews from religious directors – about the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, its affiliates, the institute’s relationship to the Jordanian Royal Family and the Institution’s new ACW project.   In the cable, Dr. Nayed is noted as drafter of the letter of 138 to the Pope which is the precursor of ACW and noted as arranging the ACW relationship and meeting with the pope.   The cable discusses the promotion of this Institute’s ‘Amman Message and related efforts.’   ACW is a ‘related efforts.’   At the urging of its directors who are enlisting support, it details how its initiative could be value for the Americans as recognition of a moderate countermeasure to extremism of Al Qaeda.  It ends with an American assessment.

ROYAL Connections in Palace Offices of Royal AAl Al-Bayt Institute in Wikileaks Cable 2008

ROYAL Connections in Palace Offices of Royal AAl Al-Bayt Institute in Wikileaks Cable 2008 HERE

 

ROYAL CONNECTIONS: Noting its connections to the Jordanian Royal family, the cable point (11) states: ‘The Institute itself, which comprises offices, meeting rooms and a library, is located on the grounds of Raghadan Palace, the location of the official Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan, and is headed by Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute, who is a Special Advisor to his cousin King Abdullah.

'The Official Website of The Amman Message - The Amman Message' - www_ammanmessage_com

‘The Official Website of The Amman Message HERE

An American official met with institutes’ leaders from parts of the Jordanian religious groups.   Noted that all of ‘the three interlocutors are all well-regarded Islamic figures in Jordan,’ they told the American official that the ‘Amman Message and related efforts’ were based on ‘three fundamental questions that led to affirming the key points of the message: Who is a Muslim? Is it permissible to declare someone an apostate or non-believer? And, who has the right to issue fatwas?    Noting their commitment to ‘the Amman Message and related efforts’ (ACW), the Jordanians noted that these ‘key points from the Amman Message…have been incorporated into Jordanian Islamic textbooks used in the Jordanian state school system.’  ACW is a ‘related efforts’.

Corroboration for this point comes from a Brandeis University PDF entitled The Uncommonality of “A Common Word.”   The 2009 publication noted on page 6 the ‘three basic dimensions’ of A Common Word: (1) A ‘broad support’ for validity between different sects of Islam, (2) ‘deny the legitimacy of takfir or apostasizing others’ and (3) who is qualified to issue a fatwa:  PDF: Brandeis University PDF

Brandeis University ACW

Brandeis University ACW  HERE

This frontal attack had three basic dimensions. Supported by seventeen fatwas from leading Sunni and Shiite authorities, it first established broad support for the eight schools of traditional Islamic law. This in itself was historic, as both Shiites and Sunnis came together to publicly affirm the validity of one another’s schools of law. They also emphasized that the various schools of law are not regressive, but in fact moderate the religion by providing essential checks and balances. The second prong in this attack was to deny the legitimacy of takfir, or apostasizing others.  And the third was a reiteration of the traditional qualifications for issuing a fatwa.

 

‘Like a ‘Holding Company’

In the cable, the Institute’s acting director detailed for the American official how The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is ‘like a “holding company” as it relates to its other projects, institutes and supporting the ACW message – point (10):

'LIKE A HOLDING COMPANY' 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable

‘LIKE A HOLDING COMPANY’ 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable  HERE

(C) While the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought predates the Amman Message (it was established by King Hussein in 1980), it has taken a lead role in overseeing Jordanian efforts at supporting the message and related projects. The Institute’s Acting Director, Farouk Jarrar, described the institute as like a “holding company,” in that it supervises and coordinates related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute.   The Institute, for instance, has ties to the English-language, high-quality glossy monthly magazine “Islamica,” which is linked to the Amman Message websites and whose editor, Jordanian Sohail Nakhooda, has close working and personal relationships with the Institute.

First, ‘Supervises and coordinates related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute.’   In other words, ‘like a ‘holding company’ as described by its acting director – in the business model means that The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought has a majority of the shares within its affiliated entities – therefore, as it ‘supervises and coordinates’ it has the decision making power over the actions of affiliated entities.

No Journalistic Independence?

Secondly  ‘the Institute, for instance, has ties to the English-language…magazine “Islamica,” which is linked to the Amman Message websites and whose editor, Jordanian Sohail Nakhooda, has close working and personal relationships with the Institute.’    Obviously, to the Americans, it seems NO NEED for the pretense of journalistic independence.    The Institute openly admitting that Islamica is ‘tied to the Amman Message’ and its editor ‘has close working and personal relationships with the Institute’ coupled with  ‘like a ‘holding company’ model as described by its acting director in that ‘supervises and coordinates related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute.’     Can we can conclude by the Institute’s OWN ADMISSION has editorial control over the Islamica magazine’s content AND its editor?

An update: Surprising or not, mentioned within this 2008 WIKILEAKS cable,  Sohail Nakhooda is currently the “Publisher and Editor, Kalam Research & Media.”   Kalam is one of Dr. Nayed’s institutes.

AND Chief Editor Nayed?

By the Institute’s director’s OWN ADMISSION and by the touted Islamica ‘example’, what can we conclude about Editor Nayed of 2010 The Muslim 500?    Can we conclude as editor of another of the Institute’s publications, that Dr. Nayed was subject to the same control – within ‘like a holding company’ model above seemingly WITHOUT journalistic independence.   Considering the Wikileaks cable, we believe that Dr. Nayed should clarify his relationship with the Jordanian Institute?

These are a significant points to be raised shortly.

 

The Jordanian Purpose Touted for American Support & the American Assessment
'IF DONE PROPERLY' 'WIKILEAKS CABLE 2008

‘IF DONE PROPERLY’ ‘WIKILEAKS CABLE 2008  HERE

In post-September 11 world, leadership from ACW met with American officials to explain and encourage support for ACW as a moderate countermeasure to extremist Islamic ideologies such as those from the Wahhabis’ religious sect as prominent in Saudi Arabia, where most of the 911 hijackers originated.   The three Jordanian leaders noted for the American official the motivation on how the American support for the Amman messageif done properly’ ‘could be of benefit’ to the United States.  The cable point (9):

(“The three interlocutors’) each encouraged measured support from the U.S. for the Amman Message. They say that those opposed to the Amman Message – the extremists of Al-Qaeda – are already opposed on the basis of their intellectually unsound interpretation of the faith, their takfirist thought, and their political aims. According to the religious leaders, U.S. recognition of the merits of the Amman Message, if done properly, could be of benefit in showing the Muslim world that the U.S. understands the difference between authentic but moderate Islam on the one hand, and the extremists on the other.

If done properly, could be of benefit in showing the Muslim world that the U.S. understands the difference between authentic but moderate Islam on the one hand, and the extremists on the other.  

In other words, an arguably political motive prompted by a Jordanian Institute was given to secure American support of a Jordanian religious movement. 

 

AN AMERICAN ASSESSMENT 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable

AN AMERICAN ASSESSMENT 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable  HERE

The American Assessment:   Although, ‘The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought states it is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute’  –  the Americans in point (21) note the connection to the Jordanian monarchy in ‘the support given to it.’    Yet, due to the Jordanian monarchy’s lack of influence in comparison to their GCC neighbors, ‘The impact of the Amman Message and related efforts should not be overestimated.’   Yet, the Americans, while finding the ‘impressive efforts’ ‘noteworthy’, did find a political benefit – to counter the extremism of Al Qaeda (pre-IS) in the future:

While these agreements among scholars might not tip potential extremists onto the moderate side of the fence in the short term, sustained reinforcement of the messages inherent in the Amman Message through training the next generation of imams, effective use of media and the internet, and ensuring that the themes of the Amman Message are propagated in Islamic schoolbooks, will benefit the forces of moderation within Islamic societies.

 

The US Embassy Cable notes Dr. Nayed’s efforts ‘in support of the message of ACW’
Dr. Nayed RISSCO 2008 WIKILEAKS CABLE

Dr. Nayed RISSC 2008 WIKILEAKS CABLE HERE

Figuring in this WIKILEAKS cable is Dr. Nayed.   Noting in point (14) ‘that according to a 2007 law governing the Institute, it was given the right to establish multi-faceted areas of programming to include a university, radio and television programming, a magazine, a newspaper, websites and a research center.   The latter, the “Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center,” is still in its early stages; its Director Aref Ali Nayed (cited in western media on his interfaith efforts with the Vatican) recently resigned. ‘

In point (19) the three Jordanian leaders while conveying to the American an motivation, officials heralded Dr. Nayed efforts as a ‘tangible result’ and that ‘response’ to their efforts from ‘numerous Christian denominations’:

Tangible Results' Dr. Aref Nayed 2008 WIKILEAKS cable

‘Tangible Results’- Dr. Aref Nayed 2008 WIKILEAKS cable HERE

‘have been overwhelmingly positive. Further efforts will be taken to strengthen Muslim-Christian relations with a view to expanding the efforts to Jewish religious leaders – some of whom replied in support of the message of “A Common Word.”  

The cable continues:

In an example of a tangible result from these efforts, five Muslim leaders, including the then-Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center Aref Ali Nayed, met with five representatives of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican, agreed to form “The Catholic-Muslim Forum,” and to organize the first seminar of the forum to be held in Rome on November 4-6, 2008’

 

'Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet I Reuters'

‘Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet I Reuters’  HERE

Corroboration of Dr. Nayed efforts ‘in support of the message of ACW’

This seems to be corroboration of the Jordanian and American outlook of ACW initiative as moderate countermeasure to Al Qaeda extremism and recognition of Dr. Nayed efforts in this vain is reflected Reuters and the ACW site and three other sites HERE, HERE & HERE.   Tom Heneghan noted on the 24 November 2008, in his article entitled, Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet about Dr. Nayed, ‘There can never be too many dialogues,’ said the Libyan theologian, who is senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Programme in Britain. ‘This network of networks needs to continue to grow.’   About post-9/11 countermeasure, Mr. Heneghan noted that ‘top-level contacts between Christian and Islamic leaders have stepped up since the Sept. 11 attacks rekindled long-standing tensions.  The Common Word group was only launched last year but has already held productive talks with many different church leaders.’

'Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet I Reuters'

‘Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet  Reuters HERE


ACW as a countermeasure to Post 9/11 Al Qaeda extremism… a thought

Consider that these Jordanian institute directors had – ‘each encouraged measured support from the U.S. for the Amman Message and its related efforts (ACW)’ AND that ‘U.S. recognition of the merits of the Amman Message, if done properly, could be of benefit in showing the Muslim world that the U.S. understands the difference between authentic but moderate Islam on the one hand, and the extremists on the other’.   That would be arguably a political dimension for a Jordanian religious movement.

And the fact that Dr. Nayed had already been recognized by the Jordanian institute directors as part of efforts in ‘support of the message’ as ‘the example of a tangible result from these efforts’.   As Dr. Nayed, a Canadian/Libyan has been quoted in a US embassy cable as arguably doing the political/religious bidding of an institute describing itself as ‘independent’, yet the American assessment notes its ties to the Jordanian monarchy – what is the impact of these facts on the informed Libyan electorate as Dr. Nayed makes his bid for Libyan head of state?

A bit more to consider: Although, post ‘Arab Spring’ the tag ‘A Common Word’ and Mr. Heneghan’s coverage of Dr. Nayed and the Jordanian ACW Initiative seems to have died.

The Race is on…

Before it died, we noticed as reflective in his choice of titles and written coverage that Mr. Heneghan was covering a race within the Christian Muslim interfaith dialogues,  literally.     That race was a Muslim religious race between Jordan’s ACW and the Saudi Wahhabis sect of Islam – to get the ultimate favor, as in support of the Vatican and other religious denominations as the ‘authentic’, ‘moderate’ version of Islam.  The contenders were even offering to include Jewish leaders within their dialogues and enlisting connections to a US President as an incentive for recognition.  Note as Mr. Heneghan stated: ‘strict Wahhabi sect of Islam came to be seen as a stumbling block to better relations between Islam and the West after it turned out that 15 of the 19 9/11 attackers were Saudis.’  Interesting for our discussion on Dr. Nayed is that the race or rivalry (Jordanian/ Saudi) as noted in the 2009 WIKILEAKS cable.   When the Jordanian Institute’s directors gave the Americans an arguably political reason to support ACW religious/political initiative – it seem to reveal the rivalry.   We quote point (9) of the cable: ‘

‘According to the religious leaders, U.S. recognition of the merits of the Amman Message, if done properly, could be of benefit in showing the Muslim world that the U.S. understands the difference between authentic but moderate Islam on the one hand, and the extremists on the other’.

'Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet I A Common Word Between Us and You' -www_acommonword_com

‘Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet ACW HERE

 

Dr. Nayed: ‘one of the leading figures’…on the Jordanian side
‘Link’ & ‘Coordinate’ ACW/ WICS’ interfaith dialogues courtesy of Dr. Nayed

And for Libyan citizenry, the significance of the race/rivalry is that Dr. Nayed not only ‘addressed’ and ‘won support’ for Gaddafi’ WICS to ‘link’ & ‘coordinate’ ACW/ WICS’ interfaith dialogues with the Vatican – BUT Dr. Nayed was the ‘leading’ advocate, campaigner, champion of Jordan’s ACW within the interfaith dialogues.   The Institute directors noted his international efforts in point (19) as a ‘tangible result.’   How does this translate for Libyans, for Canadian/ Libyan Dr. Nayed seemingly front and center promoting a Jordanian political/religious movement at the forefront of geopolitical rivalry between a Jordanian Institute with American-recognized ties to the Jordanian Monarchy and a Saudi head of State?

 

Quotes indicating a Jordanian/ Saudi Rivalry from Tom Heneghan‘s FaithWorld:
All of these quotes seem to indicate a pattern of a rivalry and are just a sample.
'Rivalry' '“Something in the air” in Christian-Muslim dialogue' FaithWorld

‘Rivalry’ ‘“Something in the air” in Christian-Muslim dialogue’ FaithWorld HERE

Post September 11 saw a rise in interfaith dialogues. Mr. Heneghan noted it as ‘These meetings reflect a new urgency Muslim leaders have felt in recent years after the September 11 attacks, the “clash of civilisations” theory and Pope Benedict’s Regensburg speech showed a widening gap between the world’s two largest faiths.’

Yet, within these dialogues, a seeming pattern of rivalry emerged between Jordan and Saudi Arabia concerning the ‘“favoured channel” for Vatican contacts with Muslims’.   It is prevalent in these quotes that were manifesting in the summer to autumn of 2008.  Although, denied by Dr. Nayed and ACW spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as a ‘rivalry’– the fact is Mr. Heneghan even raised the question while placing competing images of Arab Royals and ACW logo.  It was noted in Mr. Heneghan’s July 2008 article while covering ACW event.  This was from a 10 November 2008 article:

The Common Word group, he said, could become a “favoured channel” for Vatican contacts with Muslims, even while it retains other channels of dialogue.’

Mr. Heneghan speculated on that rivalry in his article of July 2008 while covering ACW event.

‘Has interfaith dialogue become a bandwagon that Abdullah felt he had to jump on?  Is he trying to compete with the Common Word?’

 

The Jordanian/Saudi Rivalry to become the “favoured channel”  with the Vatican:
July 28, 2008
'“Something in the air” in Christian-Muslim dialogue' - FAITHWORLD

‘“Something in the air” in Christian-Muslim dialogue’ – FaithWorld HERE

“Something in the air” in Christian-Muslim dialogue:

“The “Common Word” conference now underway at Yale Divinity School in the United States is at the heart of a trend towards increasingly frequent and detailed discussions among Christian and Muslim scholars and leaders. This trend is a reaction to September 11 and other Islamist attacks in Western countries. To our 24/7 news culture, this sounds like a very slow-fused reaction indeed, but changing attitudes and building trust takes time. AND

We’ve blogged a lot here about the Common Word dialogue appeal last October by 138 Muslim scholars to Christian leaders. That appeal prompted Volf and three Yale colleagues to write a welcoming response signed by about 300 theologians and church leaders, mostly Protestants in the United States. It led to a meeting at the Vatican in March that agreed on a conference and meeting with Pope Benedict in November and a regular Catholic-Muslim forum. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams also hosted a meeting of Christian theologians in June to write another response that will be discussed at another Common Word conference at the University of Cambridge in Britain in October.

An interesting twist has been the burst of interfaith activity by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whose strict Wahhabi sect of Islam came to be seen as a stumbling block to better relations between Islam and the West after it turned out that 15 of the 19 9/11 attackers were Saudis. Abdullah paid a surprise visit to Pope Benedict at the Vatican in November and announced he wanted to promote interfaith understanding. This was initially greeted with scepticism, including on this blog, because it looked like this might be more a PR exercise than a serious initiative. But Abdullah held an interesting meeting in early June of Muslim scholars — Sunnis, Shi’ites and others — to win approval for his project. He then convened a surprising interfaith conference in Madrid this month that brought together Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others.

Has interfaith dialogue become a bandwagon that Abdullah felt he had to jump on? Is he trying to compete with the Common Word? It might look like that, but conference participants here don’t think so. They think more initiatives only help the trend and don’t see Abdullah’s more diplomatic approach taking anything away from the theological discussion the Common Word is proposing.”

'Rivalry' Pope wants real interfaith dialogue, not just talk'

‘Rivalry’-  Pope wants real interfaith dialogue, not just talk’  Notice the competing images.  FaithWorld HERE

 

September 14, 2008
Pope wants real interfaith dialogue, not just talk:

“Since that time, Tauran has met with leaders of the Common Word initiative on Christian-Muslim dialogue and attended Saudi King Abdullah’s Madrid interfaith mega-meeting. There seems to be “something in the air” on the interfaith front. The Vatican is now preparing to meet 24 representatives of the Common Word group in November for theological discussions about their proposal that the double love commandment — love God and neighbour — is common to both major faiths.:

 

October 27, 2008
'Catholic bishops want practical results from Muslim dialogue' - FaithWorld

‘Catholic bishops want practical results from Muslim dialogue’ – FaithWorld HERE

 

Catholic bishops want practical results from Muslim dialogue:

“These issues touch the practical side of what the Catholics want out of this exchange with Muslim scholars. For their part, some Muslim participants have been saying they feel some urgency about showing some concrete improvements to their communities. The Common Word dialogue is very much focused on theological level of dialogue, but practical considerations are never far away.

Item: reports from Saudi Arabia say King Abdullah may go to the United Nations in mid-November to discuss his interfaith dialogue campaign. This would be a follow-up to the meeting he hosted in Madrid back in July. This effort seems aimed at promoting better inter-faith understanding at the official or diplomatic level, which is another way to approach the issue.”

 

Thu Oct 30, 2008  
'Muslim scholars to meet Pope Reuters'

‘Muslim scholars to meet Pope Reuters HERE

Muslim scholars to meet Pope:

“Twenty-four signatories of A Common Word, a Muslim call to dialogue with Christianity issued last year, will assemble in Rome from around the Islamic world for the November 4-6 talks, the first annual meeting of a new Catholic-Muslim Forum.

The meeting, following talks with U.S. Protestants in July and Anglicans earlier this month, will take place one week before Saudi King Abdullah visits the United Nations to promote a parallel interfaith dialogue he launched last summer.  AND

Common Word signatories say their meetings have forged new bonds with Christians, including U.S. evangelicals wary about Islam, and helped both sides shed stereotypes to see shared teaching about the need to love God and neighbour.

“We go to Rome with an open heart and good spirit and hope to achieve more and more in the months to come,” said Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, senior adviser to the Cambridge Interfaith Programme

These meetings reflect a new urgency Muslim leaders have felt in recent years after the September 11 attacks, the “clash of civilisations” theory and Pope Benedict’s Regensburg speech showed a widening gap between the world’s two largest faiths.

As Common Word meetings have progressed, participants have stressed the need for practical results. Among their ideas are exchange programs to educate preachers about each other’s faith so they avoid spreading false views about them.

They have also invited rabbis to join some discussions, especially about reading scriptures, even though the Common Word manifesto did not initially address Jews.”

'Pace picks up in international interfaith meetings' - FaithWorld

‘Pace picks up in international interfaith meetings’ – FaithWorld HERE

October 31, 2008
Pace picks up in international interfaith meetings:

“November will see an upswing on the interfaith dialogue front with two high-level meetings highlighting different approaches to the challenge of fostering better understanding among the world’s major religions.

The first will be the meeting of the Common Word group of Muslim scholars with Pope Benedict and top Roman Catholic experts on Islam next week (Nov. 4-6) at the Vatican. This will be the third conference initiated by the group, following sessions at Yale University in July and the University of Cambridge this month where Muslim and Christian religious leaders and theologians discussed in detail what unites and separates them.

The week afterwards, on Nov. 12-13, Saudi King Abdullah will be at the United Nations in New York to promote the interfaith dialogue that he launched in Madrid last July. This effort is much wider — the Madrid meeting had not only Christians and Muslims but also Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and people of other faiths. It seems like more of an official diplomatic offensive, especially with that U.N. connection. Reflecting that, the White House has announced that President George Bush will join Abdullah at the talks.”

'Cardinal sees possible “favoured channel” in dialogue with Islam' FaithWorld

‘Cardinal sees possible “favoured channel” in dialogue with Islam’ FaithWorld HERE

 

November 10, 2008
Cardinal sees possible “favoured channel” in dialogue with Islam:

“The subject was the Catholic-Muslim Forum he had just hosted on Nov 4-6 between a Muslim delegation from the Common Word group and Catholic delegation of Vatican officials, Catholic Islam scholars and bishops from western and Muslim countries.

The Common Word group, he said, could become a “favoured channel” for Vatican contacts with Muslims, even while it retains other channels of dialogue. While he still had some reservations about the group’s approach because of differences he sees in ways of reading scriptures, he was quite positive about the actual dialogue itself. “In discussing the love of God, we were doing theology unintentionally,” he said. That jibed with a point that Muslim delegates made during the session itself. “I thought they didn’t want to discuss theology but we’ve been doing that from the start,” University of Cambridge Islamic studies lecturer Tim Winter remarked halfway though the conference.”

'Allam baptism makes more waves, prompts more questions' FaithWorld

‘Allam baptism makes more waves, prompts more questions’ FaithWorld  HERE

 

March 31, 2008
Allam baptism makes more waves, prompts more questions:

“At www.chiesa, a well-informed multi-lingual blog on the Roman Catholic Church, vaticanista Sandro Magister says the Vatican is more interested in an inter-faith dialogue proposed by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah than the one it has just begun with the Common Word group of 138 (plus) Muslim scholars. Magister notes that L’Osservatore Romano published stories on “two instances of dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam, demonstrating how this dialogue is showing promising developments precisely during the days of the controversy over the baptism of Allam, administered by the pope.” He adds: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear. In the judgment of the Church of Rome, the dialogue with Islam is not limited to the follow-up to the letter of the 138 – one of whose leading exponents, Aref Ali Nayed, has directed extremely harsh criticism against the pope for having baptized Allam – but is developed in multiple areas, some of which it believes are more promising than others.” AND

Magister’s point about Catholic-Muslim dialogue proceeding on several fronts is interesting, even if we’re not so sure Abdullah’s proposals will get anywhere. The fact the Vatican is still pursuing the Common Word option was made clear in the reply that Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi gave to Nayed’s criticism. Check out the full text to see an excellent example of how to reject criticism yet keep all doors open to further dialogue.”

 

 

 

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Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Co-Editor of 2010 The Muslim 500 2010 HERE & HERE

 

 

The  Second Illustration
As we mentioned at the beginning we would bring three illustrations of how Dr. Nayed  moves within the journalist world.  This is the second, Dr. Nayed as an editor  of a Jordanian journal published by an Jordanian Institute that he was a former director.

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'A Muslim Scholar Teaches Christians How to Read the Sacred Scriptures'

‘A Muslim Scholar Teaches Christians How to Read the Sacred Scriptures’  HERE

Dr. Nayed in Jordan

Figuring in this WIKILEAKS cable is Dr. Nayed and Tom Heneghan’s coverage of the Jordanian/Saudi Rivalry.  As previously indicated including his effort with ACW initiative, Dr. Nayed has an extensive working relationship within the academic world and now, the business world, albeit family – within Jordan.   According to a Maghreb Confidential article that notes Dr. Nayed as ‘Playing Media Baron,’  it details his brother ownership of a Libyan TV channel based in Jordan.

Dr. Nayed was noted as the ‘main architect’ and ‘drafter’ of that Jordanian open letter in 2007 and ‘Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan was the initiator of the letter.’   ‘The famous letter of 138 gave birth to a religious movement of the dialogue between the denominations of the Christian Churches and Islam and its website known as A Common Word.’    Dr. ‘Nayed is a prominent figure in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam.’   In fact, Dr. Nayed took ‘a leading role’ of the ‘five Muslim representatives who on March 4 and 5 of 2008 arranged the subsequent interreligious dialogue forums with the Vatican.’    From the article: A Muslim Scholar Teaches Christians How to Read the Sacred Scriptures by Sandro Magister.

He is Aref Ali Nayed, the drafter of the “letter of the 138” to Benedict XVI.

A Muslim Scholar Teaches Christians How to Read the Sacred Scriptures'

‘A Muslim Scholar Teaches Christians How to Read the Sacred Scriptures’  HERE


 

Nayed is a prominent figure in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam. Born in Libya, he has studied the philosophy of science and hermeneutics in the United States and in Canada, has taken courses at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and has given lectures at the Pontifical Instititue for Arab and Islamic Studies. He is a consultant for the Interfaith Program at the University of Cambridge. He has directed the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan. This year he founded an Islamic studies center, called Kalam Reseasrch & Media, in Dubai.

But above all, Nayed is one of the 138 Muslim scholars who addressed to Benedict XVI, in 2007, the famous letter “A common word.” Even more, he was its main architect. He was part of the delegation of five Muslim representatives who on March 4 and 5 of 2008 arranged the subsequent interreligious dialogue forums with the Vatican, taking a leading role in the first of these.

 

The Muslim 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims 
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Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Chief Editor of 2010 Muslim 500  HERE and HERE

Dr. Nayed was a director at ‘the early stages’ of the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) that publishes The Muslim 500, therefore, it is not surprising or is it surprising that he is a perpetual inductee of The Muslim 500 since inception in 2009 – except the year of 2010.   In 2010 Dr. Nayed was the co-editor of the (RISSC) publication. PDF: Muslim500-2010

Coincidentally, that same year, #27 of The Muslim 500 – based in part on his religious philanthropy – was His Excellency Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – Brother Leader of the Revolution of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’ (Page 78)

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Dr. Aref Nayed Muammar Gaddafi #27 P. 78 HERE or  HERE

Missionary –  Gaddafi founded the World Islamic Call Society (Jamiat al Da’wa al Islamiya) with a significant endowment, making him one of the most influential people in the world for proselytizing for Islam. With an emphasis on activities outside Libya, the WISCS also operates a state-run university for moderate Muslim clerics from outside the Arab world.

A 2012 The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre describes itself:

“The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”

From The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre 2012 press release of The Muslim 500:

RISSC 2012 Press Release ''The Muslim 500_ The World's Most Influential 500 Muslims'

RISSC 2012 Press Release ”The Muslim 500_ The World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims’  HERE

‘The Muslim 500’ introduces a list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. It ranks the Top 50, and places the remaining 450 into 13 categories: Scholarly, Political, Administration of Religious Affairs, Preachers and Spiritual Guides, Philanthropy/Charity and Development, Social Issues, Business, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture, Quran Reciters, Media, Celebrities and Sports and Radicals.   These people are the movers and shakers of the contemporary Muslim world. Knowing them, and their ideas gives a solid foundation for understanding how Muslims’ view themselves.  The publication is available for FREE download at http://www.themuslim500.com.  A hard copy can be ordered from the same site.

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‘Update’ ‘Download I The Muslim 500’ – HERE themuslim500.comdownload

As it is given free as a download gives us the opportunity to critique it.   Setting aside the pretentious nature of a publication just for the celebration of ‘the movers and shakers of the Muslim world,’  is the fact that the publication is only in English.   By having English as the only publishing language, can we infer promotion of its existence is not for the domestic Arabic or other-speaking-market – rather only for the English-speaking western world?    In the Arabic or other-speaking-market, this may be a hard sell…literally:   ‘These people are the movers and shakers of the contemporary Muslim world.  Knowing them, and their ideas gives a solid foundation for understanding HOW MUSLIMS’ VIEW THEMSELVES.’ 

If interested in a critique of The Muslim 500 with precise analysis of the publication, we suggest the 2013 The Islamic Monthly that wrote:

‘Organized by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC), a Jordanian think-tank with ties to the country’s royal establishment, the Muslim 500 represents a not-so-subtle defense of monarchical rule in the Muslim world at a time when Muslims globally are agitating for change.’

 

Affiliations & ‘Like a Holding Company’ & The Muslim 500 publication

Royal affiliations is noted US Embassy cable of 2009.   And that The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is connected with The Muslim 500.   In the About Us page of the The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (MABDA المركز الملكي للبحوث و الدراسات الإسلامية ) is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.  The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ‘    In contrast, there is that WIKILEAKS cable in point (21) the Americans note the Institution’s connections to the monarchy.  Not to forget point (10) in the cable of the acting director declaration of howThe Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought relates ‘like a “holding company” to its related projects, institutes and supporting the ACW message.   It ‘supervises and coordinates related, yet independent as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and the Institute.’     And as we speculated in the business sense this means that The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought has a majority of the shares within its affiliated entities – therefore, as it ‘supervises and coordinates’ it has final decision making power over the affiliated entities.  And they gave an example:  ‘The Institute, for instance, has ties to the English-language…magazine “Islamica,” which is linked to the Amman Message websites and whose editor, Jordanian Sohail Nakhooda, has close working and personal relationships with the Institute.’    Obviously, it seems NO NEED for the pretense of journalistic independence.    The Institute openly admitting with the “like a holding company” example (point 10) that Islamica is ‘tied to the Amman Message’ and its editor ‘has close working and personal relationships with the Institute.’     Can we conclude that Islamica by the Institute’s OWN ADMISSION has editorial control over the magazine’s content AND its editor?  So how does that translate to…

Chief Editor Nayed?

By the Institute’s director’s OWN ADMISSION and by the touted Islamica ‘example’, what can we conclude about Editor Nayed of 2010 The Muslim 500?    Can we conclude as editor of another of the Institute’s publications, that Dr. Nayed was subject to the same control – seemingly WITHOUT journalistic independence.   Considering the Wikileaks cable, we believe that Dr. Nayed should clarify his relationship with the Jordanian Institute?   So…

…considering the aforementioned documented working relationship between Jordan’s A Common Word and Gaddafi’s WICS – did this working relationship have any impact on the ‘like a ‘holding company”  The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and subsequently to its affiliate Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, publisher of The Muslim 500?    Did the Institute’s ‘supervises and coordinates’ – translate into the ‘Copyright © 2010 by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’s’ selection of Muammar Gaddafi as #27 of The Most Influential Muslims?    If this occurred…

'LIKE A HOLDING COMPANY' 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable

‘LIKE A HOLDING COMPANY’ 2008 WIKILEAKS Cable Point 10 HERE

Dr. Nayed as an Editor

…how does this impact our discussion of Dr. Nayed as an editor.   As he was already heralded -‘a tangible result’- in the cable by the Institute directors for his ACW work ‘to further the goals of the Amman Message and the Institute’ – with respect to the selection Muammar Gaddafi, was Editor Nayed,  like the editor of Islamicapart & parcel again to the Institute’s ‘like a holding company’ policy of  ‘supervises and coordinates related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute’?   By example, we must speculate that Editor Nayed was subject to the same control.

Our question was how far does this permeate -‘supervises and coordinates’?    Our answer came with the example of the Islamica editor.   Can we conclude by the Institute’s own admission they control content and editors -Hence, NO journalistic independence?   For our discussion, does that means Dr. Nayed was too part and parcel?

 

The Nomination and Selection Process

There is another problem.   As the 2010 editorial Staff introduction describes the selection process as ‘These people possess powerful positions but it is the potency of their work and the roles they play in the lives of the average citizen that garner influence.   Naturally, heads of state and leading scholars comprise the highest ranks.’   We highlight a few quotes:

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INTRO PAGE 3 2010 The Muslim 500  HERE & HERE

The individuals in this publication have been nominated and selected because they are influential as Muslims, deriving their influence from their religious identity. They are considered influential because their work impacts all fields of work and particularly, the religious endeavors of the Muslim world. Their influence and accomplishments have been weighed against others in their respective fields and the heralds who have made it to the top ranks this past year are profiled in the following pages.

In many cases, the leaders’ influence is derived from political and religious authority—which is common to most of the individuals in the top 50. These people possess powerful positions but it is the potency of their work and the roles they play in the lives of the average citizen that garner influence. Naturally, heads of state and leading scholars comprise the highest ranks.

As you will see, three types of people—monarchs, religious scholars, and leaders of religious networks—dominate the Top 50 list…. In a globalized world, networks of people and of institutions permeate our international society and accordingly have great power because of their ability to affect people’s lives, whether it be through funds or services. The Muslim world is no different and leaders of Islamic networks are represented in the top rungs of our list of 500.

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Intro cont. Page 4 2010 Muslim500-2010 HERE or HERE

 

‘Leaders of Islamic networks are represented in the top rungs of our list of 500.’   Accordingly, Muammar Gaddafi (page 78) and his World Islamic Call Society (page 173) were both ‘heralded’ in the year 2010.

‘These people possess powerful positions but it is the potency of their work and the roles they play in the lives of the average citizen that garner influence.’     Considering Muammar Gaddafi, it seems to ring a bit hollow.

 

 

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’s Due Diligence or lack thereof…

…on Muammar Gaddafi and his WICS before vetting his nomination.   This has to due with our greater discussion of Dr. Nayed a man of the media, as an editor.   Did he fulfill his job description and lead his team?

Based the 2010 selection of Muammar Gaddafi & WICS coupled with US Department of Justice/FBI press releases and media reports one could argue that the 2010 The Muslim 500 editorial staff (1) was negligent and chose to proceed with the nomination without any due diligence on these nominees, (2) considers allegations in a US affidavit noting the ordering and funding of the terrorist act of assassination of another world leader insignificant or (3) did the due diligence, chose to ignore the results and selected Muammar Gaddafi as one of ‘the heralds who have made it to the top ranks this past year are profiled in the following pages.’   (2010 Intro)

 

US Court Affidavit incriminate Muammar Gaddafi & WICS in an assassination plot

Yet, IF the editorial staff would have done their homework at the time of vetting the nominations – a simple due diligence would notified them that in as early as 2003 – Muammar Gaddafi and his WICS were BOTH incriminated in US Court documents.   The links: HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.   Actually, evidence was available in a US Department of Justice/ FBI press release and media reports as early as 2003 based on allegations in a US court affidavit of an American religious leader with ‘ties’ to WICS who pleaded guilty to three felony offenses.   In his affidavit he incriminated Muammar Gaddafi, personally and his World Islamic Call Society in funding the assignation attempt against the Saudi Crown Prince.

The statements filed were ‘offered in plea negotiations’ so ‘prosecutors could urge a judge to reduce his prison term in exchange for his statements.’  This convicted felon, while being an American Muslim Religious leader said he had extensive documented ties to World Islamic Call Society and Muammar Gaddafi personally.   Both allegations are highlighted in a US Department of Justice/ FBI press release on PUBLISHED 30 JULY 2004:

Press Release Department of Justice July 2004

Press Release FBI-Department of Justice 2004 HERE

 

He is the founder and former executive director of the American Muslim Council (AMC), the founder of the American Muslim Foundation (AMF), and was an influential member of other Islamic political and charitable organizations. Alamoudi also has ties to the Islamic Call Society, which has connections to the Libyan government.

 

This is from The Washington Times article PUBLISHED on 5 October 2003:
Al Almoudi Affidavit 'The al-Amoudi terror charges - Washington Times' HERE

‘The al-Amoudi terror charges – Washington Times’ HERE

The affidavit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria by Brett Gentrup, an agent with the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE), said that Mr. al-Amoudi, a resident of Falls Church, was stopped by British customs agents at Heathrow Airport in London Aug. 16 before boarding a flight to Damascus. He allegedly had $340,000 in Libyan money in his possession. Mr. al-Amoudi was arrested at Dulles Airport last week on charges of illegally accepting $10,700 from the Libyan mission to the United Nations. Libya, the affidavit notes, is “one of the seven state sponsors of terrorism.”

 

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Al Amoudi case The New York Times PAGE 1 ‘Two Are Said to Tell of Libyan Plot to Kill Saudi Ruler – NYTimes_com’  HERE

From The New York Times’ article PUBLISHED on 10 June 2004:

In early August, Mr. Alamoudi was arrested at Heathrow Airport carrying $340,000 in cash that he later said he had received from a Libyan intelligence officer.  British officials confiscated the cash and interrogated Mr. Alamoudi, who said he had accepted the money from the World Islamic Call Society, a Libyan-backed charity.

The New York Times enlightening article was PUBLISHED on 10 June 2004, written by Patrick E. Tyler, it was entitled Two Are Said to Tell of Libyan Plot to Kill Saudi Ruler is based on ‘The statements of the two conspirators were described by three people with extensive official knowledge of the case who insisted that they not be identified because information about it remains classified in intelligence and law enforcement channels.’

So serious and creditable were the two accounts that ‘the accounts could form the basis of a criminal indictment against Colonel Qaddafi on charges of leading a conspiracy that included an American citizen, Mr. Alamoudi.’

F.B.I. and Central Intelligence Agency officers have twice traveled to Saudi Arabia to interview Colonel Ismael. Investigators are said to believe that the account matches that of Mr. Alamoudi and that, taken together, the accounts could form the basis of a criminal indictment against Colonel Qaddafi on charges of leading a conspiracy that included an American citizen, Mr. Alamoudi.

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The New York Times PAGE 2 ‘Two Are Said to Tell of Libyan Plot to Kill Saudi Ruler NYTimescom’ HERE

 

 

 

The Plot’s Details from The New York Time’s two page article:

Mr. Alamoudi’s sworn affidavit provided meticulous, sordid details about his relationship with Gaddafi and the attempted assassination how’s and whys:

EXCERPTS:
WHY:

Colonel Qaddafi and Crown Prince Abdullah clashed at the Arab summit meeting that immediately preceded the war in Iraq. The two leaders exchanged insults in open session, accusing each other of selling out to colonial powers. An indignant Prince Abdullah glared at Colonel Qaddafi and said, “Your lies precede you and your grave is in front of you.”

HOW:

Mr. Alamoudi has told prosecutors that he twice met with Colonel Qaddafi, in June and August of 2003, to discuss details of the assassination plan, according to people with official access to his statements. In June, Mr. Alamoudi said, Colonel Qaddafi told him, “I want the Crown Prince killed either through assassination or through a coup.” By August, according to Mr. Alamoudi’s account, Colonel Qaddafi asked why he had not yet seen “heads flying” in the Saudi royal family.

The New York Times article continues:

In the reported conspiracy, Mr. Alamoudi and Colonel Ismael traveled to London seeking to make contacts among Saudi dissidents through whom they could recruit militants in the kingdom willing to participate in the plot. They distributed more than $2 million in cash in this recruitment drive in London, according to the account of their statements.

Within weeks of the confrontation between Mr. Qaddafi and Crown Prince Abdullah at the Arab summit meeting last March, Mr. Senoussi, one of the Libyan intelligence chiefs, convened the first meeting to plan a campaign against the Saudis, the two participants said.

Present at the meeting was Mr. Alamoudi, who had been summoned from the United States by Mr. Senoussi. Mr. Alamoudi was paired with Colonel Ismael to start making money “drops” in London as part of what was generally described as a “destabilization” campaign, according to persons with access to Mr. Alamoudi’s statement.

Mr. Senoussi’s instruction remained vague during the initial phase, but when Mr. Alamoudi arrived at Colonel Qaddafi’s farm at Sidra in June, the dimensions of the plot escalated greatly, according the people familiar with the statements.

Colonel Qaddafi asked Mr. Senoussi and a Libyan ambassador to leave the room so he could talk privately with Mr. Alamoudi. “Why do you cooperate with us against the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?” Colonel Qaddafi said, according to persons with access to Mr. Alamoudi’s statement.”Because I disapprove of what the Crown Prince said to you,” Mr. Alamoudi was reported to reply.

After a number of large cash transfers, Mr. Alamoudi traveled to Tripoli in August and stated that, while there, he met again with Colonel Qaddafi. “How come I haven’t seen anything? How come I have not seen heads flying?” Colonel Qaddafi reportedly demanded?

Muammar Gaddafi’s reaction:

Colonel Qaddafi also indicated that there may have been a “misunderstanding” over Libyan support for what he called “reform” in Saudi Arabia. “If we support the people who want to reform Saudi Arabia, if doesn’t mean we are working against the government,” he said.  Page 1 & Page 2

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Page 1 Canadian Government revokes WICS HERE

 

Canada follows suit
Page 2 Canadian Government revokes WICS

Page 2 Canadian Government revokes WICS HERE

As a result of the American investigation the Government of Canada started an investigation in as early as January 2010 of WICS charity status in Canada. (PDF of Canadian Government documents)   In early 2011 as a result of that investigation, Canada revoked the charity license of Gaddafi’s WICS in Canada.  Download our PDF copy: Canada Government Documents-Canadian Government revokes WICS

This is an excerpt from page 2 on the conclusions of the Canadian Government Audit of Gaddafi’s WICS.  This is dated October 4th, 2010:

Canadian Government revokes WICS -audit conclusions page 2

Canadian Government revokes WICS -Audit Conclusions page 2  HERE

'Canadian revoked charities - detail' - WICS

‘Canadian revoked  WICS HERE

Interested in this story?  These links: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE

 

 

 

 

An Aside:   It is indeed a small world or at least in the Gaddafi sphere.
Zintan Press Conference ICC-Melinda Taylor Photo AFP

Zintan Press Conference ICC-Melinda Taylor Photo AFP  HERE

The plot’s operational officer was Col Mohamed Ismael.   Who is none other than the same secretary for Saif Gaddafi who in 2012 the Zintan authorities claim penned a letter to ‘Engineer Saif’ which was intercepted from ICC Defense Attorney Melinda Taylor along with some spy equipment as she allegedly tried to deliver to Saif.   She and 4 of her colleagues were subsequently detained by Libya and the incident set off an international row.   We covered the aftermath in our article:  ‘History is written by the Victors’ or is it the Bullies?  The ICC’S Eradication of the Melinda Taylor Incident.

International court staff freed after detention in Libya July 2012 CNN.com getty images

Melinda Taylor and International court staff freed after detention in Libya July 2012 CNN.com Getty images HERE

 

Ironically, Saif commented in 2004 on then-Colonel Ismael saying ‘I don’t know exactly what he is saying in custody, but I can guarantee that nobody asked him to create cells and assassinate people.”   Saif replied when asked if ‘Colonel Ismael was an intelligence officer.  I don’t know in fact, but maybe yes and maybe no.’   Nervous, then-Colonel Ismael noted that ‘he wanted to apply for political asylum, because he assumed that if he returns to Libya, he will be killed.’   Apparently, as attested by the fact that he was Saif’s secretary in 2011, he was made it back into the Gaddafi fold.

The New York Times article states that ‘Colonel Ismael has freely spoken about the plot, according to persons familiar with his statement.  Held in Saudi custody after being ‘captured by Egyptian police after he fled Saudi Arabia last November in an aborted “drop” of $1 million to a team of four Saudi militants,’ Colonel Ismael’s account of the incident as ‘described by three people with extensive official knowledge of the case’.   Colonel Ismael said ‘that his orders to be operational commander of the plot came from Libyan intelligence chiefs, Abdullah Senoussi and Musa Kussa’ and that ‘a team of four Saudi militants who were prepared to attack Prince Abdullah’s motorcade with shoulder-fired missiles or grenade launchers, according to his statements.’   The plan was to ‘attack Prince Abdullah was to strike his motorcade with armor-piercing missiles or rocket-propelled grenades, a third person said there was a suspicion that the four Saudis arrested in Mecca were going to fire their weapons at Prince Abdullah’s apartment, also overlooking the shrine.’ Page 1 & Page 2

 

UNITED NATIONS DEMOCRACY FUND’s Local Partner & its Chairman

When considering our initial question of the suitability for LIAS as ‘the local partner’ for UNDEF we have to ask the question DID  The Muslim 500 staff under Co-editor Nayed direction do its due diligence?   We must consider the Jordanian Institute that operates ‘like a holding company’ in the business sense with a controlling stake in the ‘related, yet independent entities as they work to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute’.   As such Dr. Nayed, as the 2010  ‘Co- Editor’ of The Muslim 500 working at the time to ‘to further the goals of the Amman Message and of the Institute,’ despite available media and a US Court affidavit as evidence – STILL gave Muammar Gaddafi the ranking of 27th of The Most Influential Muslims?

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Co-Editor of 2010 The Muslim 500 2010

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Co-Editor of 2010 The Muslim 500 2010 HERE or HERE

Dr. Nayed as an Editor

We add that the Oxford Dictionary defines an editor as person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a newspaper, magazine, or multi-author book’.  Therefore approval of the 2010 Muslim 500’s selection, content, wording (‘His Excellency’ and ‘Brother Leader’) and the question of the due diligence -must be acknowledged by Dr. Nayed in the vain of – the buck stops here.

Saif Gaddafi in The Muslim 500 – 2009 and 2010
Maghreb Confidential Aref Ali Nayed -Libyan Investment Authority

Maghreb Confidential Aref Ali Nayed -Libyan Investment Authority HERE

If we consider that Saif Gaddafi was also named as part of the 2009 and 2010 Most Influential Muslims, and that Dr. Nayed took ‘part in the alliance between Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and the Libyan Islamic Movement in the late 2000s’ as noted by Maghreb Confidential, we have to ask Dr. Nayed’s prior relationship with Saif, had any bearing on the selection, content, or text of the publication’s writing?

Although, advertised on The Muslim 500 site, in factat the time of publication The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre no longer provides for download the years of 2009, 2010, 2011.   You are relocated to the 2012 PDF.  Coincidentally again, these are the years that Muammar Gaddafi was in the publication (within the 500, #27 and obituary, respectively).   We do note that the site now does say it is being ‘updated’ until October 1st.  We hope the inability to download 2009, 2010, 2011 was just an ‘updated’ problem and will resume October 1st.  We were alerted in a tweet by Jean Dillinger but found the work a little messy and did our own research.  In fact, if you dig deep enough, you will find the ‘lost’ years on other 2010 inductee’s sites.

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‘Dr Farhat Hashmi Amongst The 500 Most Influential Muslims-2010’  HERE

We took the download from Dr. Farhat Hashmi who was another 2010 recipient and we can guarantee was more worthy a candidate than Muammar Gaddafi. ‘Dr. Farhat Hashmi has been listed under the category Scholarly and has been introduced as follows on page 108:’     We found them FOR DOWNLOAD elsewhere: 2009, 2010 & 2011.

We provide the links as it is easier for the readers to copy and paste and search:

The Muslim 500 2010 download_from Dr. Farhat Hashmi. HERE

The Muslim 500 2010 download from Dr. Farhat Hashmi. HERE

 

 

2010 The Muslim 500 DATA:

Download our PDF copy:  Muslim500-2010

 

2010 The Muslim 500 The Most Influential Muslims

2010 The Muslim 500 The Most Influential Muslims HERE or HERE

2010 Highlights:

  • His Excellency Colonel Muammar Gaddafi  #27 of The Muslim 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims Page 78
  • Dr. Aref Ali Nayed was the Chief-Editor of The Muslim 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims. Page 3-4
  • Prof. Dr Aref Ali Nayed, SCHOLARLY Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, NOT LISTED IN 2010. These leaders from The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2009 are not listed among the 500 in this year’s edition. Page 201, 203
  • His Excellency Saif al Islam Muammar Gaddafi, under Development.  Page 143
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Al Sharif, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, under Administrative. The secretary general of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), Tripoli. Page 116
  • World Islamic Call Society LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA under Islamic Networks. The WICS is one of the leading organizations working globally to promote the Islamic faith. It has worked largely in Africa on development and spreading the message of Islam. It is a huge network of over 250 organizations with a powerful patron: Libyan leader HE Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.  Page 173
  • Country Index: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya -Al Sharif, Prof. Dr Muhammad Ahmed page 116, Gaddafi, His Excellency Colonel Muammar page 78 and Gaddafi, His Excellency Saif al Islam Muammar  page 143.  Page 216
2010 The Muslim 500 in Images
Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Co-Editor of 2010 The Muslim 500 2010

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed Co-Editor of 2010 The Muslim 500 2010

TOP 50 Muammar Al Gaddafi PAGE 27

TOP 50 Muammar Al Gaddafi PAGE 27

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Muammar Gaddafi #27 Page 78

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Muammar Gaddafi #27 in 2010 The Muslim 500 2010 Page 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saif Gaddafi Page 143

Saif Gaddafi Page 143

Mohamed al SHARIF Head of WICS P 116

Mohamed Al SHARIF Head of WICS P 116

 

Dr. Aref Nayed NOT LISTED P203

Dr. Aref Nayed NOT LISTED P 203

WICS recognised as an International Islamic Network P 178

WICS recognized as an International Islamic Network P 178

 

 

BY COUNTRY Page 216

BY COUNTRY Page 216

 

 

Saif Gaddafi P 143

Saif Gaddafi P 143

Mohamed Ahmed Al Sharif WICS Head

Mohamed Ahmed Al Sharif WICS Head P116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Muslim 500 2009 thebook_org_files_500

The Muslim 500 2009 thebook_org_files_500 HERE

 

The Muslim 500 2009 DATA:
The Muslim 500 2009 Highlights-Only 4 Libyan qualified in 2009:
By Country The Muslim 500 2009 Page 186

By Country The Muslim 500 2009 Page 186

 

 

 

Aref Ali Nayed -Scholarly The Muslim 500 2009 Page 90

Aref Ali Nayed -Scholarly The Muslim 500 2009 Page 90

 

  • Prof. Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA,  given for recognition in field of SCHOLARLY -page 90. 
    • Nayed is an important scholar in the field of Christian-Muslim relations. He is a former professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), a former professor at the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC, Malaysia), and a senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program at the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, UK.

 

 

Muammar Gaddafi Political The Muslim 500 2009 Page

Muammar Gaddafi Political The Muslim 500 2009 Page

  • His Excellency Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, given for recognition in field of POLITICAL.  page 103.
    • Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, also known as Brother Leader of the Revolution of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has been a central figure in the life of Libya since he seized power there in a bloodless coup in 1969. His stature and longevity in global politics, as well as a significant endowment to the World Islamic Call Society (Jamiat al Da’wa al Islamiya), make him one of the most influential people in the world proselytizing for Islam. He is a key figure in Africa, as chairman of the African Union, the leader of one Africa’s key da’wa movements, and was named King of African Kings at a summit of Africa’s royalty.
Mohamed Al Sharif Head of WICS The Muslim 500 2009 Page 111

Mohamed Al Sharif Head of WICS The Muslim 500 2009 Page 111

 

  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Al Sharif, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, given for recognition in field of Administration.  Page 111
    • Al Sharif is the secretary general of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), Tripoli. The WICS is one of the leading organizations working globally to promote the Islamic faith. It has worked largely in Africa, to spread the message of Islam and also for development work there. It is a huge network of organizations with a powerful patron: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

 

Saif Gaddafi Development The Muslim 500 2009 Page

Saif Gaddafi Development The Muslim 500 2009 Page 135

  • His Excellency Saif al Islam Muammar Al Gaddafi, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, given for recognition in field of Development.  Page 135
    • Al Gaddafi is the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control and founder of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, which addresses humanitarian and relief efforts in Libya. Al Gaddafi is noted for his ‘Isratine’ proposal for a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He is likely to be the next leader of Libya.
    • (We add the link to a 2009 London School of Economics professor’s scathing evaluation of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation GIDCF. )
By Country The Muslim 500 2009 PAGE 186

By Country The Muslim 500 2009 PAGE 186

  • Page 186 Country
    • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (4)
    • Gaddafi, H.E. Col. Muammar   103
    • Al Gaddafi, H.E. Saif al Islam Muammar   135
    • Nayed, Prof. Dr Aref Ali   90
    • Al Sharif, Prof. Dr Muhammad Ahmed   111

 

 

 

 

 

The Muslim 500 2011 download from George Washington University

The Muslim 500 2011 download from George Washington University HERE

 

The Muslim 500 2011 DATA

 

The Muslim 500 2011 Highlights:

Three Libyans were qualified in 2011:

2011 Receipiants FROM LIBYA www_gwu_edu_

2011 Recipients FROM LIBYA:

 

 

 

 

On page 86 and page 154:

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Muammar Gaddafi The Muslim 500 2011 Page 154

Aref Ali Nayed #50 PAGE 86 www_gwu_edu_~ieresgwu_assets_docs_Kavakci_500

Aref Ali Nayed #50 PAGE 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This concluded the second illustration of Dr. Nayed’s movement within the world of journalism as an editor.  Yet, as we mentioned that the first and second illustration overlap, to finish the narrative, we return to finish the first.

 

Christian Post 'Christians, Muslims Condemn 'Inhumane' Attack on Baghdad Church'

Christian Post ‘Christians, Muslims Condemn ‘Inhumane’ Attack on Baghdad Church’ HERE

 

 

The ACW-WICS Relationship Continued to Three Months before the Revolution.
The Jordanian ‘A Common Word’ Dr. Nayed, and WICS’ working relationship in Geneva in November 2010.

Noted in two articles, HERE & HERE, by Christian Posts Reporters, Ethan Cole and Michelle A. Vu.   We noted that just months before the revolution Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS and Jordan with participant Dr. Nayed.

Christian Post 2nd Picture'Christians, Muslims Condemn 'Inhumane' Attack on Baghdad Church'

Christian Post click: 2nd picture. ‘Christians, Muslims Condemn ‘Inhumane’ Attack on Baghdad Church’ HERE

Just three months before the outbreak of the 17 February revolution a gathering ‘in Geneva for a high-level interfaith dialogue’ in which ‘the event was inspired by the historic 2007 letter by 138 Muslim scholars called, “A Common Word.’  ‘Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan was the initiator of the letter.’  Present at the event was ‘Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Al-Sharif, general secretary of the World Islamic Call Society, and His Royal Highness, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan.’  Also, present and participating is ‘Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media Center in Dubai recommended dialogue to help ‘keep each other honest’ in the quest for justice and peace.  He added through dialogue it is possible to ‘grow ecologies of peace and forgiveness.’   ‘The four-day consultation’ (was ‘to build a ‘common future’ together’) ended ‘with a press conference where a joint Christian-Muslim statement will be released.’  From the Christian Post article:

Christian Post ACW-WICS Heads 'Christians, Muslims Gather to Build a Common Future'

Christian Post ACW-WICS Heads ‘Christians, Muslims Gather to Build a Common Future’ HERE

The four-day event titled, “Transforming Communities: Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future,” is inspired by the historic 2007 letter by 138 Muslim scholars called, “A Common Word.” Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Al-Sharif, general secretary of the World Islamic Call Society, and His Royal Highness, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan, the initiator of the letter, are attending the event that is being hosted at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Center.

Christian Post ACW-WICS Heads 'Christians, Muslims Condemn 'Inhumane' Attack on Baghdad Church'

Christian Post ACW-WICS  ‘Christians, Muslims Condemn ‘Inhumane’ Attack on Baghdad Church’ HERE

And from the other Christian Post journalist’s article:

The consultation on Tuesday focused on the topics “Beyond Minority and Majority” and “From Conflict to Compassionate Justice.” Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media Center in Dubai recommended dialogue to help “keep each other honest” in the quest for justice and peace. He added that through dialogue it is possible to “grow ecologies of peace and forgiveness.”

The four-day consultation will end Thursday with a press conference where a joint Christian-Muslim statement will be released. The event was inspired by the historic 2007 letter by 138 Muslim scholars called, “A Common Word.” Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan was the initiator of the letter.   

Christian Post ACW- WICS HEADS 'Christians, Muslims Gather to Build a Common Future' -

Christian Post ACW- WICS ‘Christians, Muslims Gather to Build a Common Future’ HERE

 

 

We included an excerpt with the key participants: Dr . Nayed, ACW & WICS representative and from another site we include the Final Statement of Geneva 2010 and downloadable PDFs of their speeches. Final Statement Geneva 2010 WCC-ACW-WICS, FirstKeynoteLecture-Jordanian Patron, WICS Representative Opening Address Rabu & Dr. Nayed’s GrowingEcologiesOfPeaceForgiveness

Interlocking Logos Geneva November 2010 'Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents'

Interlocking Logos Geneva November 2010 ‘Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents’ HERE

GENEVA 2010 November 2010- 'Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents'

GENEVA 2010 November 2010- ‘Transforming Communities Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future Documents’ HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Heneghan coverage of Geneva, November 2010:

The Jordanian ACW, Dr. Nayed, and WICS working relationship as described by Tom Heneghan in November 2010.   Mr. Heneghan covering the event noted in his 4 November 2010 Reuter’s article Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions that Dr. Nayed’s association with Jordan’s AWC and WICS in the interfaith dialogues continued until at least November 2010 in a 4 day event held in Geneva.

GENEVA 2010 'Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions' - FaithWorld Blog

GENEVA 2010 ‘Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions’ – FaithWorld Blog HERE

Note that Mr. Heneghan even inserted the hyperlinks to the participants including WICS.

Among the organisations backing the plan were the World Council of Churches (WCC), which groups 349 different Christian churches around the world, and the Libyan-based World Islamic Call Society (WICS), a network with about 600 affiliated Muslim bodies. They would send Christian and Muslim experts to intervene on both sides in a religious conflict to calm tensions and clear up misunderstandings about the role of faith in the dispute.

Jordan’s Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Common Word group of Muslim scholars promoting interfaith dialogue also backed the plan, which the scholars have been discussing with several Christian churches for the past two years.

“Rapid deployment peace teams are clearly needed today in light of the tragic recent conflicts in Nigeria, Iraq, Egypt and the Philippines, to name only a few countries,” said Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media centre in Dubai.  AND

Nayed, who participated in the Geneva meeting, said small teams of Muslim and Christian experts would be chosen to fly into a conflict region based on the influence they could have on their coreligionists among the rival parties…

“If the Anglicans are strong in one country, we would send in Anglicans. If Catholics are strong in another country, we’ll send in Catholics,” he said. Muslims would also be chosen for the links they might have with the local Islamic community. On-the-ground support for these missions would come from the WCC, which groups most non-Catholic Christian churches around the world, and the WICS, which has extensive contacts in Africa and Asia.

The meeting condemned Sunday’s attack on the Baghdad church, saying it “contradicts all religious teachings” and “aimed at degrading Iraqi people, regardless of their religious affiliation, and defiling Christian and Islamic sacred places.”

(Photo: Speakers Farid Esack and Aref Ali Nayed at the Nov 1-4 2010 Geneva conference/WCC – Mark Beach)

 

A Reality Check:

We have noted:  Dr. Aref noted Tom Heneghan’s contribution to ‘A Common Word’ as ‘Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters have proven vital for sustaining a publically positive atmosphere around the ‘A Common Word’ ecologies.’

We have noted:  Mr. Heneghan noting ‘That means that the World Islamic Call Society…will link its dialogue with the Vatican –…with the Common Word group’s efforts.  That brings more coordination…’

We have noted:   ‘Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS, and has briefed WICS delegates planning to meet Vatican officials in December so they build on the discussions the Common Word had in November.’

We have noted: ‘The Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society asked Nayed to convey the Society’s and Conference’s support for the initiative to his fellow scholars traveling to Rome and to the Vatican.’   He also ‘asked Nayed to help prepare for the upcoming Vatican – WICS meeting, in order to further the dialogue process between the Vatican and WICS that has been going on since the 1976 Tripoli – Libya Dialogue Seminar.’

We have noted:  From Maghreb Confidential that ‘A member of the Uthman Pasha madrasi in Tripoli, he (Dr. Nayed) was given support by the Islamist movement which enabled him to take part in the alliance between Saif El-Islam Kadhafi and the Libyan Islamic Movement in the late 2000s.’

We have noted:  ‘Aref Ali Nayed, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program, was asked by the Chairman of the World Islamic Call Society to address the 8th General Conference of Islamic Call (meeting in Tripoli between 27th and 30th of October), regarding “A Common Word”.

We have noted: in a Tripoli conference that Dr. Nayed at the request of Head of Gaddafi’s WICS “He outlined the promise and challenges of the dialogue track with the Vatican…Nayed appealed for unity and coordination of the multiple Christian-Muslim dialogue tracks, and asked for the support of the hundreds of scholars assembled for the General Conference, ….and in line with the World Islamic Society’s ongoing support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, declared formal support for the initiative’.

We have noted: Dr. Nayed was the co-editor in 2010 The Muslim 500, the year that Muammar Gaddafi was selected #27.  This means Muammar Gaddafi was #27 of The World’s Most Influential Muslims.

We have noted: Dr. Nayed as co-editor must acknowledge – in the vain of the BUCK STOP HERE – responsibility for the selection of Muammar Gaddafi for #27 of The Muslim 500 despite the available creditable allegations existed that Muammar Gaddafi personally and WICS funded the assassination attempt of another world leader.

We have noted: Dr. Nayed’s extensive relationship in the academic/political world of Jordan from the US Embassy cable: As a former director at ‘the early stages’ of Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, is a Senior Fellow -#82 of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought, as a co-editor’ of 2010 The Muslim 500, as a repeated recipient of the Muslim 500 published by the of Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center where he was a former ‘director’.   Mr. Heneghan noted ‘Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, one of the leading figures in the Common Word group’.   Of the ACW, Dr. Nayed was noted by others as the ‘main architect’ and ‘drafter’ of the letter of 138 which ‘the initiator’ was ‘Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan.’   The letter ‘inspired’ the ‘A Common Word’ initiative. Mr. Heneghan noted that ‘Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS… and has briefed WICS delegates planning to meet Vatican officials in December so they build on the discussions the Common Word had in November.’  Mr. Heneghan noted Gaddafi’s WICS ‘linked’ to A Common Word’s initiative within the Christian/Muslim dialogues (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE)   Mr. Heneghan noted that Dr. Nayed facilitated the ‘link’ WICS to a Common Word dialogue initiatives. He worked for WICS in in organizing its Vatican dialogues. HERE, HERE, HERE  Dr. Nayed helped to prepare for upcoming Vatican meeting with WICS.

We have noted: Dr. Nayed has continued to apart of the association between WICS and A Common Word until at least 4 November 2010. HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE In Geneva in 4 November 2010 (three months before 2011 Revolution) A Common Word, and WICS co-organized with World Council of Churches a seminar in which he photographed participating in a panel discussion in which he sat behind a banner with three logos of the host WCC and A Common Word and Muammar Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society.

 

Fast Forward to September 2011-Post Revolution

As we said, itt seems that Mr. Heneghan chose early on not to mention Dr. Nayed’s prior connections to WICS as in two articles in September 2011, HERE & HERE while noting that is now the head of the NTC stabilization team, he wrote:

The focus on reconciliation comes naturally to Nayed who, apart from being the head of an information technology company and the new NTC ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, is an Islamic theologian active in interfaith dialogues.

He is a prominent member of the “Common Word” group of Muslim scholars in dialogue with Christian churches, runs a theological think tank in Dubai and teaches Islamic spirituality in a traditional madrasa in his hometown of Tripoli.          And

FOCUS ANGER ON GADDAFI   Within Libya, Muslim scholars and “intellectuals ranging from leftists to Islamists” expanded the planning group, Nayed said. “It was a networking exercise. People joining the network brought in their people,” he added.

We find it particularly calculating that Mr. Henghan said that ‘From his interfaith work, Nayed also tapped colleagues at Cambridge, Yale and Princeton universities to lobby their governments to support the anti-Gaddafi cause’.    Notice no mention post revolution of Gaddafi’s WICS.   Interesting as only a few months early Dr. Nayed, ‘from his interfaith work’, was participating WITH Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS in a seminar in Geneva in November 2010.   We know this as Mr. Heneghan covered the event.  Only a few months early, in the last article dated 4 November 2010, with Mr. Heneghan noted Dr. Nayed with image. That image is Dr. Nayed with the Logo of Gaddafi’s WICS behind his left shoulder as he sits in a panel discussion with a banner of the three interlocking logos of the main participants. The host, ‘World Council of Churches’, Jordan’s Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Common Word group of Muslim scholars promoting interfaith dialogue’   AND ‘the Libyan-based World Islamic Call Society (WICS).

Failed to Mention… Gaddafi’s WICS

We used Mr. Heneghan’s hyperlink, meeting’s final declaration and found three interesting PDFs of the November 2010 interfaith participants. Besides Dr. Nayed presenting Growing Ecologies of Peace and Forgiveness Contribution by Dr Aref Ali Nayed, Director of Kalam Research & Media, to Panel II: AND “From Conflict to Compassionate Justice” was First keynote lecture Keynote lecture by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad bin Talal, personal envoy and special advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan’ AND Opening Address by Dr Ibrahim Rabu (WICS) Opening address read by Dr Ibrahim Ali Rabu of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS)’. Links to the PDFs: ACW’s DR. AREF NAYED & ACW’s PRINCE GHAZI & WICS’s IBRAHIM ALI RABU    Our copy of the downloadable PDFs: Dr. Nayed’s Growing Ecologies Of Peace ForgivenessPrince Ghazi First Keynote Lecture & Opening Address Rabu WICS

Failing to mention that only months earlier he covered Dr. Nayed, Jordan’s ACW and Gaddafi’s WICS all participating in an Geneva interfaith event is a failure by Mr. Heneghan’s for his readers as this information was and still is relevant concerning Dr. Nayed and ACW.

 

What is Muammar Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society?

We have purposely held back the description of Gaddafi’s WICS until the end of this article; we wanted to use Mr. Heneghan’s scathing description in his Reuters’ 2012 investigation of Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries as an explanation.  But before we explain what Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS society was, we need to state that Mr. Heneghan has failed his readers.

With all of Dr. Nayed’s working relationship and participation with Jordan’s A Common Word and Muammar Gaddafi’s World World Islamic Call Society within the interfaith dialogues – thoroughly documented and explained in the ACW 55-taggedarticles-in-4-years coverage by Mr. Heneghan  – Mr. Heneghan FAILED TO DISCLOSE these facts within this 2012 post-revolution article on Muammar Gaddafi’s religious network.

But first, Mr. Heneghan’s 2012 article…

 

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‘Gaddafi’s secret missionaries_ Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics’ – Reuters FaithWorld HERE

Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries: Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics

Mr. Heneghan wrote Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries in a Reuter’s Investigation.   Released on 29 March 2012, Gaddafi’s secret missionaries: Muslim preachers and Machiavellian politics the article discusses the double life of Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS and his use of religion to further his politics while circumventing western sanctions against him, funneling money throughout his networks to fund separatist movements, other despots while buying favor.   Mr. Heneghan noting on page 3 that a more secret facet within a secret organization ‘It answered only to Gaddafi’ .   Our copy of the PDF: Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries Reuters  We quote from page 2:

In a new book, Gaddafi’s former foreign minister alleges that the dictator used the Society as a back channel to secretly agitate against Christian heads of state in Africa and support Muslim groups seeking power. He accuses the Society’s former secretary general, Mohammad Ahmed Al Sharif, of personally delivering cash to African leaders to finance election campaigns. “From the start, Gaddafi wanted the WICS to be one of the foreign arms affiliated to him personally,” Abdel Rahman Shalgam writes in the Arabic-language book, “Men Around Gaddafi.” “Among the locals, the World Islamic Call Society was known as the World Security Call Society,” says Shalgam, now Libya’s ambassador at the United Nations in New York.

An interesting read, we recommend to all who are curious about Libya under Muammar Gaddafi.   One finds not the western promoted perception of the ‘mad dog’ coined by the Gaddafi-oppressed Ronald Reagan, (Bob Woodward noted in his book Veil that Reagan had daily briefings) rather Gaddafi was a shrewd dictator calculating how to exploit all his assets including religion to advance his nihilistic, narcissistic and sadistic agenda.   Further, it is a splendid way to illustrate the ‘Men around Gaddafi’.   As we noted in our article without these ‘men’ the Gaddafi system would not have flourished for 42 years:  ليبيا: ذكرى مقتل “علي بابا” و ولادة “الأربعون حرامي”…أو أكثر,With the Death of Ali Baba came the Rise of the 40+ Thieves,  Diplomacy- الدبلوماسية الليبية بين “المجاهدين القدماء” و “الثوار الجدد” و “بقايا النظام”, The Rebuilding of Gaddafi’s Tent مجلس النواب يعيد نصب خيمة “على بابا”

We find it particularly disingenuous for former Libyan Ambassador to the UN Shalgum to accuse anyone of anything.   On page 2 “Shalgam accuses Sharif of using WICS money to rush African mercenaries to Libya to fight for Gaddafi.”  By documenting what all the other men did, Mr. Shalgum in his tell-all has implicates himself – at least socially – by complicity.   Do note that Mr. Shalgum did note his hypocrisy, saying he needed a second book to explain why he was complicit.  No second book NOR explanation for his actions ever materialized.    For that confession the Libyans are still waiting…  We offer his ONLY book available online:  Our downloadable PDF copy: كتاب شلقم     Finally, we wish to convey that The Washington Times article reported in October 2003 ‘a federal affidavit filed in U.S. District Court against Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi ‘ the Saudi Assassination plot conspirator who pleaded guilty to three felonies noted:

He allegedly had $340,000 in Libyan money in his possession. Mr. al-Amoudi was arrested at Dulles Airport last week on charges of illegally accepting $10,700 from the Libyan mission to the United Nations.   Libya, the affidavit notes, is “one of the seven state sponsors of terrorism.”

 

Mr. Heneghan and Dr. Nayed AND Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries

With all of the documentation of Tom Heneghan’s coverage of A Common Word, Dr. Nayed and WICS – such as coverage and Dr. Nayed’s documented connections to of ACW and Muammar Gaddafi’s WICS.   Given the opportunity post revolution Mr. Heneghan and Dr. Nayed BOTH FAILED TO MENTION  their work – be it the working relationship/participation in interfaith dialogues with WICS or coverage of interfaith dialogues with Gaddafi’s WICS.   As such, Mr. Heneghan DID NOT provide a full disclosure of his coverage of the working relationship and participation of Dr. Nayed with Jordan’s A Common Word initiative’s to Gaddafi’s WICS.     In fact, there was NO MENTION of ANY the aforementioned – save Dr. Nayed in the last paragraph about the future (NOT THE PAST) of the organization.

Without a Full Disclosure

We have noted that Tom Heneghan covered Dr. Nayed continued ‘link’ between WICS and A Common Word until at least 4 November 2010. HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE

To be accurate in documenting Tom Heneghan, Dr. Nayed and Jordan’s A Common Word’s initiative with WICS we direct you to the links and facts from the previous Reality Check.   For Dr. Nayed we find it particularly queer that he did not demand that Reuters’ include him as one also ‘broke bread’ and was fooled by WICS – as his reputation was on the line because of his documented working relationship.

Claims of no knowledge:

Although, Jordan ACW, Dr. Nayed and Mr. Heneghan may claim no knowledge of the real activities of WICS, yet, it is their FAILURE TO DISCLOSE the extensive documented working relationship to and coverage of Gaddafi WICS that we direct our reader’s attention.   A simple disclosure should have been made.  Not to disclose only peaks the journalists’ and the readers curiosity and without explanation by ACW initiative, Dr. Nayed and/or Mr. Heneghan – it leave us to speculate on the reason.   Barring any explanation from Dr. Nayed or Mr. Heneghan we wonder about…

“Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters”

As we have drew awareness, Dr. Nayed celebrated his friendship with Mr. Heneghan in 2009 in a speech by noting “Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters.” An excerpt from the Cambridge University, The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme transcript of the speech:

It is interesting that just as such friendships sustained the Common Word initiative, the initiative is now not only sustaining these friendships, but is actually making them grow and spread in unforeseen ways! New friendships are sprouting up through conferences, meetings, workshops, and news conferences.20 Friendships with such professional and thoughtful journalists as Tom Heneghan of Reuters have proven vital for sustaining a publically positive atmosphere around the ‘A Common Word’ ecologies.21

 

COMPARE AND CONTRAST

We chose excerpts that demonstrate where Mr. Heneghan -lacking a better word –eluded– the extent of his knowledge.  Knowledge as evidenced by his previous reporting will be used in comparison.     We can clearly state that Mr. Heneghan interviewed others within the interfaith dialogues, yet did not mention Dr. Nayed.   Curious.   As evidence we refer to all of the previous.   So we provide the excerpts where Mr. Heneghan should have – as a Reuter’s journalist – but chose not to mention Dr. Nayed or the Jordanian initiative A Common Word.

It seems the simplest way to compare is the tried and true method of compare and contrast.  We will compare from Mr. Heneghan’s 2012 Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries and contrast with his previous published work to note where he should have, but chose not to mention his previous knowledge.

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 3

Its active interest in interfaith dialogue also helped burnish its image. More than that, the moderate version of Islam that WICS preachers spread looked increasingly attractive after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States carried out by mostly Saudi hijackers.

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 3

Saudi Arabia has exported its strict Wahhabi Islam through its own missionary society, the Muslim World League, since 1962. Gaddafi’s bitter rivalry with Riyadh extended to Islam as well, and the Society competed with the League to build free mosques and schools around the world. This became a strategic asset when Gaddafi patched up relations with the West in 2003 by taking responsibility for the 1998 Lockerbie bombings and abandoning his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.  

CONTRAST: We find this particularly disturbing as the subject of rivalry & Saudi Arabia in the interfaith dialogues had been broached in a previous article.  From Mr. Heneghan’s article the 24 November 2008, in his article entitled, Christian-Muslim dialogue spreading like the Internet.  The story was picked up in several places, including the A Common Word site and three other sites HERE, HERE & HERE.   In Reuters:

Normally pursued in occasional formal conferences, top-level contacts between Christian and Islamic leaders have stepped up since the Sept. 11 attacks rekindled long-standing tensions. The Common Word group was only launched last year but has already held productive talks with many different church leaders.

CONTRAST: Note that the next sentence mentions ‘The Common Word Group’ – that would be Dr. Nayed.   We find this particularly troubling concerning full disclosure as Mr. Heneghan’s article of 24 November 2008 after noting a rivalry within the interfaith dialogues, ‘Several Catholic delegates at the talks saw Abdullah’s interfaith campaign as a move to outflank the Common Word group, but Nayed said the two were coordinating their efforts.’   Mr. Heneghas noted that Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS, a network of more than 250 Islamic organisations around the world, and has briefed WICS delegates planning to meet Vatican officials in December so they build on the discussions the Common Word had in November.‘  An excerpt:

Aref Ali Nayed of the Common Word dialogue drive launched by 138 Islamic scholars said the Internet was making contacts among experts quicker and easier while serving as a paradigm for the decentralised dialogue that suits the information age.

A senior Vatican official recently said there might now be too many Christian-Muslim dialogues and they risked overlapping, but Nayed said the opposite was the case in the information age.

“There can never be too many dialogues,” said the Libyan theologian, who is senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Programme in Britain. “This network of networks needs to continue to grow.”

Normally pursued in occasional formal conferences, top-level contacts between Christian and Islamic leaders have stepped up since the Sept. 11 attacks rekindled long-standing tensions. The Common Word group was only launched last year but has already held productive talks with many different church leaders.

“That’s the power of the Internet,” Nayed told Reuters. “In the old days, it would have taken years to reach the consensus we’ve reached quite quickly through modern communications.”

The Vatican and the Common Word group held a pioneering meeting on Nov. 4-6 that pledged religious freedom for faith minorities. Saudi King Abdullah has visited the Vatican and held interfaith sessions in Madrid and at the United Nations.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, told Reuters after meeting the Common Word group that the current profusion of dialogue efforts “sows a bit of confusion”.

INTERFAITH CAMPAIGN

Several Catholic delegates at the talks saw Abdullah’s interfaith campaign as a move to outflank the Common Word group, but Nayed said the two were coordinating their efforts.

Common Word signatories are working with Muslims active in long-established Vatican dialogues with Iran, with Cairo’s Al Azhar University and with the World Islamic Call Society (WICS).

Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS, a network of more than 250 Islamic organisations around the world, and has briefed WICS delegates planning to meet Vatican officials in December so they build on the discussions the Common Word had in November.

 

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 3 

Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, delivered a lecture at the Society in January 2011. He says dealing with Gaddafi’s Libya required a delicate balance. “Our faith calls us to speak with everyone,” he said, stressing the WCC did not know any specific allegations against the Society when he visited. “We understand the risk involved and the complexity of situations such as this.”

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 7- excerpts we find:

Among those who broke bread with the Society was World Council of Churches Secretary General Tveit, who lectured on the shared values of Christians and Muslims in Tripoli just one month before the uprising against Gaddafi broke out in February 2011. He said his organisation would not have dealt with the WICS if it had known its dark side. “In this particular situation, the WCC decided to work with the WICS because of its commitment to inter-religious dialogue and willingness to work with the WCC and its partners,” he said.

CONTRAST: We find these particularly interesting that as Mr. Heneghan’s article of 4 November 2010, -three months before the 2011 Revolution in his article entitled Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions mentioned Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches with photo.

Tvseit 'Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions' FaithWorld

Tvseit ‘Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions’ FaithWorld  HERE

‘Among those who broke bread with the Society’

CONTRAST: And this is the most disturbing quote- ‘Among those who broke bread with the Society’– Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit WAS NOT the ONLY one.

Mr. Heneghan notes several other people and groups in his 4 November 2010 article.  The most disturbing omission is ‘WCC decided to work with the WICS because of its commitment to inter-religious dialogue and willingness to work with the WCC and its partners,” he said.   Notice the omission of A Common Word and Dr. Nayed given that Mr. Heneghan discussed ALL, A Common Word, Dr. Nayed in his 4 November 2010 article, just 3 month before the revolution.

Their insight would have been pertinent, even strategic.  Especially Dr. Nayed.  To omit their names, their participation in the Geneva November 2010 event, is an example of lack of FULL DISCLOSURE.
GENEVA 2010 'Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions' FaithWorld

GENEVA 2010 ‘Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions’ FaithWorld HERE

 

CONTRAST: In that article (see insert) noted was a meeting in Geneva that mentioned in that article was Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches with photo.

Mentioned in that article with Mr. Heneghan adding hyperlinks was Jordan’s Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Common Word group and Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society (WICS) as partner in the response group Also, mentioned was Dr. Nayed Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media centre in Dubai. We note that Dr. Nayed was included also with photo behind a banner with interlocking logos of WCC, A Common Word and Gaddafi’s WICS… We reiterate that this was from November 2010 in Mr. Heneghan’s FaithWorld article Christian-Muslim crisis response group to defuse religious tensions:

Among the organisations backing the plan were the World Council of Churches (WCC), which groups 349 different Christian churches around the world, and the Libyan-based World Islamic Call Society (WICS), a network with about 600 affiliated Muslim bodies. They would send Christian and Muslim experts to intervene on both sides in a religious conflict to calm tensions and clear up misunderstandings about the role of faith in the dispute.

“We call for the formation of a joint working group which can be mobilised whenever a crisis threatens to arise in which Christians and Muslims find themselves in conflict,” the leaders said in a statement after their four-day meeting.  “Religion is often invoked in conflict creation, even when other factors, such as unfair resource allocation, oppression, occupation and injustice, are the real roots of conflict. We must find ways to disengage religion from such roles and reengage it towards conflict resolution and compassionate justice,” said the statement issued in Geneva.

Jordan’s Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Common Word group of Muslim scholars promoting interfaith dialogue also backed the plan, which the scholars have been discussing with several Christian churches for the past two years.

(Photo: WCC Secretary General Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Nov 1-4, 2010 Geneva conference/WCC – Mark Beach)

“Rapid deployment peace teams are clearly needed today in light of the tragic recent conflicts in Nigeria, Iraq, Egypt and the Philippines, to name only a few countries,” said Aref Ali Nayed, director of the Kalam Research and Media centre in Dubai.

Religious clashes are frequent where Nigeria’s Christian south and Muslim north meet. Sunday’s Baghdad church bloodbath that killed 52 worshippers and police was the worst Islamist attack on Christians in Iraq’s seven-year sectarian war. Egypt’s Coptic Christians say they face growing intolerance from the Muslim majority. In the southern Philippines, Muslim guerrillas have been fighting for four decades for a homeland separate from the majority Catholic country.

Nayed, who participated in the Geneva meeting, said small teams of Muslim and Christian experts would be chosen to fly into a conflict region based on the influence they could have on their coreligionists among the rival parties.

“If the Anglicans are strong in one country, we would send in Anglicans. If Catholics are strong in another country, we’ll send in Catholics,” he said. Muslims would also be chosen for the links they might have with the local Islamic community. On-the-ground support for these missions would come from the WCC, which groups most non-Catholic Christian churches around the world, and the WICS, which has extensive contacts in Africa and Asia.

 

THIS LAST SET WILL BE COMPARED TOGETHER
COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 4- excerpts we find:

Just before the U.N. embargo, then-foreign minister Shalgam visited the Vatican looking for help. The Catholic bishop in Tripoli, Giovanni Martinelli, appealed to Western states not to humiliate Gaddafi but seek dialogue with him. After this effort failed, Gaddafi continued to woo the Vatican with promises of better conditions for the tiny Catholic community in Libya.

In a propaganda coup for Gaddafi, Vatican Foreign Minister Jean-Louis Tauran visited Libya in 1994. He made the last leg of the journey from southern Tunisia to Tripoli by car because of the embargo on air traffic. Washington watched with concern as the Church’s relations with Tripoli improved, and tried to persuade it not to establish diplomatic relations, but Pope John Paul went ahead and recognised Libya in 1997.

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 6- excerpts we find:

If Western religious and political officials suspected anything untoward about the Society, its religious work and its leader’s personal diplomacy apparently dampened their doubts. Vatican officials met their Society counterparts in Rome in 2004, and Pope Benedict received a Society delegation at the Vatican in 2008. A Catholic priest who took part in several dialogue sessions with the Society said the Vatican had heard rumours about its activities in Africa, but was more concerned that it was trying to bribe Africans into converting to Islam than about purported political high jinks. “There were suspicions (of bribery for conversions) but we didn’t find any proof,” he said. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered a lecture on divine revelation to the Islamic Call College during a visit to Tripoli in 2009.

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 6- excerpts we find:

The WICS also actively preached interfaith understanding. It launched a dialogue with the Vatican as far back as 1976 and later expanded to meet with Anglicans, mainline and evangelical Protestants. Pope Benedict met a WICS delegation in Rome in 2008 and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, gave a lecture at the Tripoli campus the following year. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), spoke at WICS in January 2011.

COMPARE: From Mr. Heneghan’s Gaddafi’ Secret Missionaries Page 8- excerpts we find:

El Hadi El Ghariani, an adviser to the interim prime minister, suggested the Society could take on promoting dialogue among Islam’s competing sects. Aref Ali Nayed, a Sufi theologian who is now Tripoli’s ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, said it should be turned into a university modelled on Al Azhar, the revered seat of Sunni learning in Cairo. He sees it countering the Saudi brand of Islam – the role it was supposed to play under Gaddafi. “It could be a kind of anti-radicalisation think tank,” he said.

CONTRAST: We find this excerpt in the last paragraph; the only mention of Dr. Nayed, his quote is on the future – NOT PAST- of the organization.  We find this particularly troubling consider Dr. Nayed’s extensive working relationship with WICS, documented by Mr. Heneghan.  We find the only mention of Dr. Nayed:

Notice ‘Aref Ali Nayed, a Sufi theologian’ in 2012 but in 2008 it was Nayed is the group’s contact with the WICS’.

We find these last set of excerpts together as another particularly disturbing example of lack of full disclosure as their insight, journalistically speaking, would have strategic and pertinent. Dr. Nayed should have been interviewed on the record as his information is relevant, current and pertinent.  The names and information are particularly pertinent for an informed reader.   In his 4 November 2008 article ‘Peering through funnels at interfaith problems, not only does this article feature the logo of Jordan’s ‘A Common Word’, but Mr. Heneghan explains:

As for that funnel analogy, who’s looking through which end? The Common Word delegation seems to have grabbed the narrow end and peered through it, thus getting a broad view of the challenge of deeper Christian-Muslim understanding. The Vatican side seems to have focused on issues within the Common Word manifesto, looking with two eyes through the wide end to zero in on specific questions. This is a rough analogy and not meant to criticise either position, since both perspectives can enrich the other. The broad view can help both sides to make progress despite differences on specific points. The narrow view can help clarify details of certain points in the Common Word manifesto. Of course, this is only the first meeting of this Catholic-Muslim Forum, so they are only starting to discuss the issues.

Another intersting development fits into the funnel analogy. The Common Word approach has been to unite as many Muslim leaders and scholars as possible, in line with the Islamic concept of seeking consensus within the decentralised faith. The Catholic approach couldn’t be more different – centralised and hierarchical, with the highpoint of the Vatican meeting being the papal audience organised down to the last detail. The latest example of this came last week when Libyan theologian Aref Ali Nayed, one of the leading figures in the Common Word group, won support from more than 460 Islamic organisations around the world gathered at a general conference of the World Islamic Call Society in Tripoli. The conference’s final declaration said:

“The Conference declares its support for the ‘A Common Word’ initiative, and expresses its appreciation for the positive responses to it. It further calls for working through that initiative in order to widen the scope of mutual understanding and cooperation between Muslim and Christian institutions.”

That means that the World Islamic Call Society, one of the largest international Muslim organisations, will link its dialogue with the Vatican – which goes back to 1976 – with the Common Word group’s efforts. That brings more coordination to the confused landscape of interfaith talks now going on. Those looking through the narrow end of the funnel will see a broad consensus building while those looking through the wide end will focus on specific points and ask how deep the agreement on them really is. But these are not “either/or” propositions, they’re “both/and.” Finding the balance is the challenge.

 

The Suitability of LIAS as the local partner for UNDEF

Based on ALL the above documentation of Dr. Nayed and what will follow, we go back to our original question is Dr. Nayed’s institute LIAS the suitable local partner for the United Nation’s Democracy Funds’ program for training Libyan journalists?

 

Our Third and Final illustration is our Conclusion.

As we said how one behaves in public is not necessarily how one behaves at home.   It was a series of interviews demonstrating how Dr. Nayed handles fielding pertient questions from a Libyan journalist.  As we said Dr. Nayed’s 2014 interview with a Libyan journalist asking probing yet legitimate questions about his background, family, and connections essential for an informed Libyan electorate to scrutinize a possible presidential candidate.  Questions no more probing than all candidates in the West are prepared to receive.  Pertinent to our discussion is how Dr. Nayed handled the questions.

For Libyans, the question of Dr. Nayed’s father affiliations with Muammar Gaddafi is front and center.   This is just a random excerpt, yet the hostility arguably to the point of intimidation experienced by the Libyan journalist AS HE DOES HIS JOB professionally – seemingly reveals another side of Dr. Nayed.   The question for UNDEF, based on Dr. Nayed’s documented behavior with Libyan journalists, as owner/chair of LIAS, is this Institute the BEST local partners for the Libyan journalists?

This interview with Dr. Aref Ali Nayed in March 2014 with seasoned Libyan Journalist Nabeal Al Haj of Libya Al Ahrar TV:

5:02 Mr. Al Haj: Therefore, your father was a construction contractor…

5:04 Dr. Nayed: yes sir.

5:05  Mr. Al Haj: Is it true that your father built Bab Al Azayziah in the seventies (Gaddafi’s Barracks and house) or what is known as the “Leadership” as it is known.

5:06 Dr. Nayed: In the begging of the 1970’s my father had various projects such as schools, bridges, roads, hospitals and also military bases….yes he built bases such as Al Watya airbase and…

6:13vMr. Al Haj: how was the relationship between your father with Muammar Gaddafi we heard that he called your father “Uncle Ali”… is that true?

6:19 Dr. Nayed: I never met Gaddafi and never attended a meeting between Gaddafi and my father and I cannot confirm that..

6:29 Mr. Al Haj: Have you heard about that

6:30 Dr. Nayed: I tell my father’s relationship with the Gaddafa tribe is deep…. (And Dr. Nayed discusses historical ties between the tribes of Warffella, Gaddafa, Zintan and Awlad Sulyamn….)

8:04 Mr. Al Haj: But, Dr. Nayed, I am not asking you about the Gaddafi in general, but I am asking you precisely about Muammar Gaddafi…the Gaddafi regime.

8:10 Dr. Nayed: My father never read an oath of allegiance in a crowed where he stood up and announced his allegiance. This never happened.

8:28 Mr. Al Haj: (Probing) But, he was awarded and received tenders to building….

8:35 Dr. Nayed (interrupting): He was awarded tenders in the 1970’s yes. He was awarded many contracts because he his company was capable at that time. When Gaddafi knew in the 1980’s that some Italian companies working in Libya were actually owned by my father – he stopped the payment. Libya is still owes hundreds of millions to my father’s companies. The relationship was complicated….

10:10 Dr. Nayed (getting agitated): if you want to prove something against my father, you have the right. He is now deceased…. (getting very agitated) let me tell you this, my father did not do anything that I am embarrassed of. I am proud to be the son of Ali Ahmed Al Nayed

10:24 Mr. Al Haj: I think that you have no problem to proceed with this issue since there is a debate on the background of Aref Ali Nayed’s family. If the relationship between your father and Gaddafi is what you explained to us now, then what is the story behind the palace that your father built and he gave it as a present to Gaddafi?

10:49 Dr. Nayed: What palace are you talking about?

10:51 Mr. Al Haj: This is what is out there. We would like to know whether is true or not.

10:54 Dr. Nayed: (He discusses other contractors). In the 1990’s Gaddafi insisted on demolishing the castle in Bani Walid and insisted on having a house built to him in the middle of Bani Walid and he also insisted the Al Nayed builds the house. Did my father make a mistake in accepting that? This is something God will decide. I believe that in the situation he was in, he had to.

16:50 Mr. Al Haj: Do you have any other citizenship other than the Libyan citizenship?

16:52 Dr. Nayed: Yes I do have the Canadian citizenship in addition to the Libyan citizenship. I have not been running for any position such as president or prime minister or minister and if this happened one day I will give up my Canadian citizenship

 

It wasn’t easy, but we made it.

 

Parts of this op/ed article is reproduced in accordance with Section 107 of title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States relating to fair-use and is for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

 

 

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