Islamic State of America.com

For nearly 1400 years, non-Muslims have made excuse after excuse for Islam. Outside of Israel, Islam has taken over the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It has also taken over large portions of Africa, Europe, India, the Philippines (Moro region), and (Southern) Thailand, etc. Now the problem is in our backyard, and the excuses for Islam continue. How much more land does it have to dominate before we wake up? The world avoided Nazism for as long as it could, and like the Nazis, pro-Sharia Muslims are not hiding their agenda. Here is more proof of that.
Hat tip to Pamela.

Islamic State of America
Our goal is simple. Dominate the world for Allah.

Nothing will stop us from achieving our goal. Not only are we the one true religion, we are the fastest growing religion in the world, including in the United States.

We must see the continued conversion of the United States to one state, an Islamic state. Once we have dominated the United States, we will dominate the rest of the world. Infidels will be dealt with as instructed in the Qu’ran.

Which means that Muslims will look to dominate us.

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YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Here is their mission statement:

Islamic State of America

What must be accomplished:

1. Teach tolerance and acceptance to the children – Achieved

2. Create acceptance for a plurality of gods –Achieved

3. Gain sympathies and eventually acceptance in Hollywood -Achieved

4. Register 100,000 Muslim voters -Achieved

5. Get “acceptable” Islamic’s elected to congress and senate -Achieved

6. Win the war in Iraq at all costs -Close

7. Recognition for Islamic holidays -Achieved

8. Get Barack Hussein Obama elected as President -Achieved

9. Achieve application of shariah law –Close

10. Enact zakat– Close

11. Seat judges that will remove common law– Achieved

12. Prepare for militant take over if necessary– Unknown

Many of us are finally speaking out against this threat, and I urge you to encourage others to do so as well. Western Civilization is counting on us.

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Survey Says: Protestant Pastors Stand Against Islam

After a complaint by the Cancer of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Pentagon disinvited Islam critic, Rev. Franklin Graham from the upcoming National Prayer Day. The bad news is that the politically correct Pentagon remains in their “moderate” Islam fantasy, and does not want to hear the truth about Islam. The good news is that most Protestant Pastors are agreeing with Rev. Franklin Graham. Without a large Christian movement, I do not see us winning this war.

Apr. 23 2010
Survey: Protestant Pastors View Islam with Suspicion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protestant pastors in the U.S. have a negative view of Islam and more than half agree with Franklin Graham’s statement that Islam is an “evil” religion, according to a just-released study by LifeWay Research. More than 4 in 10 agree that Islam is dangerous and promotes violence.

Graham, son of Billy Graham, stirred controversy in 2001 by saying Islam is an “evil” religion. Recently, Graham called Islam offensive and wants Muslims to know Jesus died for their sins. In response, the U.S. Army yesterday rescinded an invitation to Graham to speak at a May 6 prayer service at the Pentagon, calling his comments “not appropriate.”

Most Protestant pastors, however, agree with Graham according to a telephone survey of 1,000 church leaders conducted March 1-9, 2010, before the current controversy.

The survey included questions about the differences between the religions, giving the respondents the opportunity to choose between positive and negative descriptors.

“When given the choice, they consistently chose the negative descriptions,” explained Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “This should not surprise us – Protestant Christianity is, in a sense, a competing faith, and that comes through in the survey.”

Protestant pastors were asked which is closer to their beliefs: Graham’s widely reported comment that Islam is “a very evil and a very wicked religion,” or former President George W. Bush’s remark that “the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion.”

Forty-seven percent of the pastors surveyed believe Graham’s assessment of Islam is accurate, and an additional 12 percent agree with both Graham’s and Bush’s statements. Twenty-four percent agree with the former president’s statement only. The rest could not decide.

“This means a majority of Protestant pastors chose statements that agree with Franklin Graham’s statement,” Stetzer said. “Of those who chose only one statement, respondents agree with Graham over Bush at a 2-to-1 rate.

“Franklin Graham’s belief about Islam is a mainstream view among Protestant pastors.”
Additionally, those identifying themselves as evangelical are more than twice as likely to agree with Graham’s assessment of Islam.

Other findings:

Three out of 4 pastors disagree with the statement, “Christians and Muslims pray to the same God” – 69 percent disagree strongly.

Eighty-two percent say Islam is “fundamentally different from Christianity.”

– Forty-two percent agree that Islam “promotes violence.”

– Four in 10 say the religion is “spiritually evil.”

– One in 3 says Islam “promotes charity.”

– Twenty-eight percent consider the religion “relevant today.”

However, a minority of pastors, especially those from mainline denominations, hold a more positive view of Islam.

One-quarter of all pastors agree “the Islamic religion is a relevant and viable religion for today,” including 11 percent who strongly agree. Similarly, 19 percent say Islam is “spiritually good” and 16 percent characterize the religion as “tolerant.”

Those who strongly agree they know a Muslim personally are more likely to agree with Graham that Islam is “evil” (43 percent) than with Bush’s statement that it is a religion of “peace and love and compassion” (28 percent). Despite agreeing that Islam is an “evil” and “wicked” religion, those who strongly agree they know a Muslim personally were more positive in their reaction to statements about Islam promoting charity and being spiritually good.

“We should not say that Protestant pastors are uniform in their view and in no way does this study show they think that Muslims are bad people, but it does show concerns about the religion and its impact,” said Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research.

Regardless of their views about Islam, 6 in 10 pastors agree that Christianity and Islam should seek to coexist in America.

“This is not the first survey to look at the perception of Islam,” explained Stetzer. “Pew and others have pointed to negative perceptions among the American people. However, it is important to consider the religious view of the leaders of the largest faith group in America: Protestants. The fact is Protestant pastors tend to hold a negative view of Islam, but they also believe they should seek to coexist.”

LifeWay Research is an evangelical polling organization in Nashville, Tenn. More details of the study may be found at www.lifewayresearch.com.

Funny how McConnell and Stetzer, try and downplay the results of the survey.

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Pentagon Bows to CAIR!

Here is the update to this mornings “CAIR Takes on the Pentagon ~ Video” posting. The Pentagon which had erased the Islam factor from the Fort Hood attack, has now bowed down to the Islamic bullies of America, the Cancer of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This cowardly act will only embolden CAIR, who will now move on and find their next victim. We have the greatest troops in the world, but their leaders that appease Islam, are only helping the enemy advance. Back in WW II, this would of been the equivalent of appeasing Nazi supporters. How times of changed.

Pentagon pulls Franklin Graham invitation

The Pentagon has withdrawn an invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer services on May 6 because of past comments the preacher has made about Islam, including calling the religion “evil.”

The service is meant to meet spiritual needs of Pentagon, and because of his past comments, he was deemed “inappropriate for an inclusive, mutli-faith observance,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Collins.

Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, issued a statement saying he regrets the decision, according to an AP report.

Before the Pentagon delivered its decision today, Graham told Fox News the decision was up to the Pentagon and offered his views on the Muslim faith.

“I want them to know they don’t have to die in a car bomb, they don’t have to die some kind of Holy War to be accepted by God, but it’s through faith in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone,” Graham said Thursday.

Several advocacy groups had complained about the Pentagon’s decision to include Graham in the event.

“Promoting one’s own religious beliefs is something to be defended and encouraged, but other faiths should not be attacked or misrepresented in the process,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director, after the military’s reversal.

This is the second time this year that the Pentagon has rescinded an invitation to a religious figure. Just after the President’s State of the Union speech, the Air Force asked Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, not to appear at a prayer luncheon because of comments in opposition to allowing gays in the military.

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CAIR Takes on the Pentagon ~ Video

The Cancer of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is at it again. They are constantly trying to dictate the terms in which America shall deal with Islam. Within the last week alone, their targets have been the Stop the Islamization of America organization, and even McDonald’s. Today the target is the Pentagon. Their goal is to silence Islam critic, Rev. Franklin Graham from speaking at the May 6th the National Day of Prayer. Will the Pentagon bow to CAIR? This will be interesting.
CAIR: Pentagon Speaker Says Muslims ‘Enslaved by Islam’

Muslim civil rights group asks military to disinvite Franklin Graham

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today joined in the call for Pentagon officials to disinvite a scheduled speaker who has called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion” and this morning said Muslims are “enslaved by Islam.”

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CAIR is not the only organization trying to protect Islam.

Evangelist May Be Disinvited to Prayer Day Event at Pentagon

The Army is considering whether to rescind an invitation to the evangelist Franklin Graham to appear at the Pentagon amid complaints about his description of Islam as evil, a military spokesman said Wednesday. Mr. Graham, the son of Billy Graham, was to appear on May 6 for the National Day of Prayer. Col. Tom Collins of the Army said withdrawing the invitation was “on the table.” Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which raised the objection, said the invitation offended Muslim employees at the Pentagon. Colonel Collins said the invitation was not from the Pentagon but from the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force, which works with the Pentagon chaplain’s office on the prayer event.

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Top Ranked Islamic Site Calls for the Final Jihad!

While we Western non-Muslims are arguing amongst ourselves, as to whether there really is an Islamic threat, Muslims are uniting against us. Today the top ranked Islamic site Khalifah Institute, put out the call for the final jihad. The site had 184,800 visitors recorded today.  They call it the final jihad, because the Western and Islamic worlds, have been down this road before.

I have been warning people to this threat for years, and others have been doing the same for decades now. The end result is that many have woken up, but we still have not found our collective spine to fight this threat. The best most non-Muslims are doing is completely ignoring the problem, catering to Islam, or calling those that do speak out “racists”. Islam is not race, and calling me a racist does not make the problem go away. It is much more than religion, it is a supremacist ideology that calls for the dominance of non-Muslims.

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Another excuse that I hear frequently is that Muslims are nowhere near the majority in the West. This does not matter though, as they never stop pushing, and the Koran instructs them that they do not have to be anywhere the majority to defeat the enemy.

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YUSUFALI: O Prophet! rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding.

The day is soon coming when non-Muslims will have only three choices, convert to Islam, accept Islamic rule and live as a second-class citizen, or die. Take a look in the mirror. Do you have it in you to stand up for life as we know it, for your families future generations? They are counting on you.

Here is a glimpse of our children’s future under Islamic rule.

Here is the call to the final jihad. This is no game.

Muslim brothers and sisters, in the name of Allah you are called to jihad.

This statement marks the beginning of worldwide Islamic jihad. To make so serious a call upon the Muslim ummah there must indeed be dire circumstances. It is only right that the basis for this call to jihad be clearly explained. Right now the battle with shaitan is being lost. In modern terms this is the battle against western secular materialism.

You must know deeply in your heart that the influence of western secular materialism is the influence of shaitan. Western secular materialism takes us from our prayers, takes us from our Islamic culture, takes us from our Islamic economic system, takes us from our Islamic educational system, takes us from our Islamic values, turns our minds from Allah, and robs our children of an Islamic future. Western secular materialism gives us a society of crime, violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, exploitation of people and resources, and reduces life to a meaningless exercise in futility. Western secular materialism creates in the minds of our children atheistic thought, disrespect for parents and elders, hopelessness, disregard for knowledge, and love of a debased animalistic lifestyle focused on only the crudest pleasures of the flesh. Do you not know this is exactly what shaitan most desires?

Right now the Western nations are actively pushing their shaitanic culture upon the rest of the world. They are the most powerful nations militarily and economically that have ever existed in the history of the world. They use that military and economic power to remake the world in their image. They also have the most effective tools of propaganda and influence the world has ever seen. This form of brainwashing is carried out through their news media, television, movies, popular music, and fashion. They have been very successful in the developing countries and the Muslim nations in using these powerful tools of influence to mold and twist the minds of the young so that they crave, praise and participate in that depraved Western culture.

The leaders of the Western world have already specifically identified Islam as the most powerful remaining threat to their way of life since the fall of communism, and have proclaimed this belief to their people. How often are the citizens of Western nations told that Muslims are fanatical terrorists, who have spread Islam across the world by the sword; and, how seldom do they hear the wondrous Truths of Islam, of the Mercy and Compassion of Allah? Let there be no doubt, the goal of the leaders of the Western world is to destroy the power of Islam.

Of course, they are partly right. Islam is the only real threat that exists to their way of life, to the shaitanic aspects of their culture. Nothing else in this world has any chance of stopping the power of Western secular materialism. Allah gave the people of the world Islam as their religion. Islam is the only way to stop the power of shaitan to rule this world.

Allah gave us as our responsibility the role of kalifah in this world. The primary role of the kalifah is to fight against the influence of shaitan. This obligation has three parts; we are to perfect ourselves according to the Will of Allah, we are to perfect all society according to the Will of Allah, and we are to perfect the physical environment according to the Will of Allah. Right now the Muslim ummah is not fulfilling this obligation.

In Islam there are obligations upon the individual and there are obligations upon the ummah. Every Muslim is responsible for fulfilling his or her own individual obligations. Responsibilities upon the ummah are usually fulfilled by only those among the ummah who specifically take on that responsibility. If those within the ummah who take on the responsibility successfully fulfill that obligation then it fulfills the requirement for all members of the ummah. If an obligation upon the whole ummah is not being fulfilled by those within the ummah who take on the responsibility then that obligation falls upon every member of the ummah until the obligation is successfully fulfilled.

It is for these reasons that this call to jihad is made upon every Muslim brother and sister in the world. This is an obligation upon every Muslim above the age of puberty, though due to the seriousness of the circumstances Muslims below the age of puberty should also be encouraged to be part of this jihad. Each has the responsibility to do as much as is possible and in every way that they can, to successfully complete this jihad. The authority to make this call to jihad rests in the truth of the words not in power bestowed on those who make the call. Judge these words according to the Will of Allah. If we lose this battle against shaitan then Islam is lost. This is the last battle, this is the final jihad.

A few important issues must be made clear in this call to jihad:

We must know who and what is the enemy. It is important to realize that not all things of the Western world and not all people from Western culture are evil. There are many good things offered through Western knowledge, technology and medicine. There are many good people in Western nations trying to live right lives. These things and these people are not our enemy; they also are victims of Western secular materialism. The enemy can be found in many places. The enemy is every idea, every word and every action that is in opposition to the Will of Allah. The enemy is those who hold to the wrong beliefs, those who speak in support of what is wrong, and those who act against the Will of Allah.

We must know how to fight this battle and what weapons to use. Islam gives us the answer. This is not to be a jihad of the sword, or of guns, bombs and violence. Not only would that be wrong, but also we would have no chance of success against the military might of the Western world. Non-Muslims must know they will never be harmed by this jihad, and must be helped to realize that it is done for their great benefit also. This is to be jihad fought only in the battlefield of the mind with a weapon far more powerful than any sword or bomb. The weapon in this jihad must be knowledge, but do not believe this to be solely an educational jihad. Knowledge can be wielded with the precision of a sharp sword to effect any desired social/political change necessary for the fulfillment of Islam.

There may be those who will say that this jihad is not necessary, that we can rely on Allah to protect us. Those who wait for Allah to save them wait in vain. Did not our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) say, “Rely on Allah, but first tie up your camel”. We must consider the full and universal implication of those words. Allah does not do it for us. Allah has given us the knowledge of what we must do in every situation and when we follow His Will we can rely on Him to ensure the right outcome.

We must know this is a battle we will win, although it will be a most difficult struggle. At the battle of Badr who was stronger, 300 poorly equipped Muslims with Allah or 1000 well-equipped opponents of Islam without Allah? Is it not true that even one rightly guided Muslim with Allah at his side is stronger than all the armies in the world who do not have Allah on their side? Today there are perhaps 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and we are not so poorly equipped as the opponents of Islam might like to believe. With Allah on our side we cannot do other than win – if we act rightly.

Note: This is the only the first in a series of messages which will be provided for use in the worldwide struggle to establish a truly and fully Islamic world. This declaration simply and publicly calls the Muslim ummah to jihad. It does not yet provide any of the necessary specifics for success. At this point no one but Allah knows exactly how to proceed, although everything necessary for success already exists within the ummah. We must all learn together the path that must be followed. As a first step each Muslim who receives this call to jihad is asked to make copies and distribute them widely to their Muslim brothers and sisters. Every Muslim in the world must hear this call.

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The White House Outreach to American Muslims

Dictator Obama and Co., have two things on their minds. The first is to spend every penny they can their America hating hands on. The second is catering to Islam. In February John Brennan, Assistant to the President For Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, gave a big time Islamophile speech at NYU. More recently Obama has decided to omit terms like “radical Islam”, from security papers. He is even rolling out the red carpet, for 500 Muslims in a seminar on entrepreneurship.

Don’t like what you reading? That is good! You should be furious, that people that follow an ideology that is the anti-thesis of America, are getting so much power. Continue to speak out, and educate. This man must be voted out, as America will not last two terms with him in charge. We will be lucky to get through the first one.

Reaching Out Quietly to Muslims in America
By ANDREA ELLIOTT
Published: April 18, 2010

When President Obama took the stage in Cairo last June, promising a new relationship with the Islamic world, Muslims in America wondered only half-jokingly whether the overture included them. After all, Mr. Obama had kept his distance during the campaign, never visiting an American mosque and describing the false claim that he was Muslim as a “smear” on his Web site.

Nearly a year later, Mr. Obama has yet to set foot in an American mosque. And he still has not met with Muslim and Arab-American leaders. But less publicly, his administration has reached out to this politically isolated constituency in a sustained and widening effort that has left even skeptics surprised.

Muslim and Arab-American advocates have participated in policy discussions and received briefings from top White House aides and other officials on health care legislation, foreign policy, the economy, immigration and national security. They have met privately with a senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to discuss civil liberties concerns and counterterrorism strategy.

The impact of this continuing dialogue is difficult to measure, but White House officials cited several recent government actions that were influenced, in part, by the discussions. The meeting with Ms. Napolitano was among many factors that contributed to the government’s decision this month to end a policy subjecting passengers from 14 countries, most of them Muslim, to additional scrutiny at airports, the officials said.

That emergency directive, enacted after a failed Dec. 25 bombing plot, has been replaced with a new set of intelligence-based protocols that law enforcement officials consider more effective.

Also this month, Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Muslim academic, visited the United States for the first time in six years after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reversed a decision by the Bush administration, which had barred Mr. Ramadan from entering the country, initially citing the U.S.A. Patriot Act. Mrs. Clinton also cleared the way for another well-known Muslim professor, Adam Habib, who had been denied entry under similar circumstances.

Arab-American and Muslim leaders said they had yet to see substantive changes on a variety of issues, including what they describe as excessive airport screening, policies that have chilled Muslim charitable giving and invasive F.B.I. surveillance guidelines. But they are encouraged by the extent of their consultation by the White House and governmental agencies.

“For the first time in eight years, we have the opportunity to meet, engage, discuss, disagree, but have an impact on policy,” said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington. “We’re being made to feel a part of that process and that there is somebody listening.”

In the post-9/11 era, Muslims and Arab-Americans have posed something of a conundrum for the government: they are seen as a political liability but also, increasingly, as an important partner in countering the threat of homegrown terrorism. Under President George W. Bush, leaders of these groups met with government representatives from time to time, but said they had limited interaction with senior officials. While Mr. Obama has yet to hold the kind of high-profile meeting that Muslims and Arab-Americans seek, there is a consensus among his policymakers that engagement is no longer optional.

The administration’s approach has been understated. Many meetings have been private; others were publicized only after the fact. A visit to New York University in February by John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, drew little news coverage, but caused a stir among Muslims around the country. Speaking to Muslim students, activists and others, Mr. Brennan acknowledged many of their grievances, including “surveillance that has been excessive,” “overinclusive no-fly lists” and “an unhelpful atmosphere around many Muslim charities.”

“These are challenges we face together as Americans,” said Mr. Brennan, who momentarily showed off his Arabic to hearty applause. He and other officials have made a point of disassociating Islam from terrorism in public comments, using the phrase “violent extremism” in place of words like “jihad” and “Islamic terrorism.”

While the administration’s solicitation of Muslims and Arab-Americans has drawn little fanfare, it has not escaped criticism. A small but vocal group of research analysts, bloggers and others complain that the government is reaching out to Muslim leaders and organizations with an Islamist agenda or ties to extremist groups abroad.

They point out that Ms. Jarrett gave the keynote address at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America. The group was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Texas-based charity whose leaders were convicted in 2008 of funneling money to Hamas. The society denies any links to terrorism.

“I think dialogue is good, but it has to be with genuine moderates,” said Steven Emerson, a terrorism analyst who advises government officials. “These are the wrong groups to legitimize.” Mr. Emerson and others have also objected to the political appointments of several American Muslims, including Rashad Hussain.

In February, the president chose Mr. Hussain, a 31-year-old White House lawyer, to become the United States’ special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The position, a kind of ambassador at large to Muslim countries, was created by Mr. Bush. In a video address, Mr. Obama highlighted Mr. Hussain’s status as a “close and trusted member of my White House staff” and “a hafiz,” a person who has memorized the Koran.

Within days of the announcement, news reports surfaced about comments Mr. Hussain had made on a panel in 2004, while he was a student at Yale Law School, in which he referred to several domestic terrorism prosecutions as “politically motivated.” Among the cases he criticized was that of Sami Al-Arian, a former computer-science professor in Florida who pleaded guilty to aiding members of a Palestinian terrorist group.

At first, the White House said Mr. Hussain did not recall making the comments, which had been removed from the Web version of a 2004 article published by a small Washington magazine. When Politico obtained a recording of the panel, Mr. Hussain acknowledged criticizing the prosecutions but said he believed the magazine quoted him inaccurately, prompting him to ask its editor to remove the comments. On Feb. 22, The Washington Examiner ran an editorial with the headline “Obama Selects a Voice of Radical Islam.”

Muslim leaders watched carefully as the story migrated to Fox News. They had grown accustomed to close scrutiny, many said in interviews, but were nonetheless surprised. In 2008, Mr. Hussain had co-authored a paper for the Brookings Institution arguing that the government should use the peaceful teachings of Islam to fight terrorism.

“Rashad Hussain is about as squeaky clean as you get,” said Representative Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat who is Muslim. Mr. Ellison and others wondered whether the administration would buckle under the pressure and were relieved when the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, defended Mr. Hussain.

“The fact that the president and the administration have appointed Muslims to positions and have stood by them when they’ve been attacked is the best we can hope for,” said Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

It was notably different during Mr. Obama’s run for office. In June 2008, volunteers of his campaign barred two Muslim women in headscarves from appearing behind Mr. Obama at a rally in Detroit, eliciting widespread criticism. The campaign promptly recruited Mazen Asbahi, a 36-year-old corporate lawyer and popular Muslim activist from Chicago, to become its liaison to Muslims and Arab-Americans.

Bloggers began researching Mr. Asbahi’s background. For a brief time in 2000, he had sat on the board of an Islamic investment fund, along with Sheikh Jamal Said, a Chicago imam who was later named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case. Mr. Asbahi said in an interview that he had left the board after three weeks because he wanted no association with the imam.

Shortly after his appointment to the Obama campaign, Mr. Asbahi said, a Wall Street Journal reporter began asking questions about his connection to the imam. Campaign officials became concerned that news coverage would give critics ammunition to link the imam to Mr. Obama, Mr. Asbahi recalled. On their recommendation, Mr. Asbahi agreed to resign from the campaign, he said.

He is still unsettled by the power of his detractors. “To be in the midst of this campaign of change and hope and to have it stripped away over nothing,” he said. “It hurts.”

From the moment Mr. Obama took office, he seemed eager to change the tenor of America’s relationship with Muslims worldwide. He gave his first interview to Al Arabiya, the Arabic-language television station based in Dubai. Muslims cautiously welcomed his ban on torture and his pledge to close Guantánamo within a year.

In his Cairo address, he laid out his vision for “a new beginning” with Muslims: while America would continue to fight terrorism, he said, terrorism would no longer define America’s approach to Muslims.

Back at home, Muslim and Arab-American leaders remained skeptical. But they took note when, a few weeks later, Mohamed Magid, a prominent imam from Sterling, Va., and Rami Nashashibi, a Muslim activist from Chicago, joined the president at a White-House meeting about fatherhood. Also that month, Dr. Faisal Qazi, a board member of American Muslim Health Professionals, began meeting with administration officials to discuss health care reform.

The invitations were aimed at expanding the government’s relationship with Muslims and Arab-Americans to areas beyond security, said Mr. Hussain, the White House’s special envoy. Mr. Hussain began advising the president on issues related to Islam after joining the White House counsel’s office in January 2009. He helped draft Mr. Obama’s Cairo speech and accompanied him on the trip. “The president realizes that you cannot engage one-fourth of the world’s population based on the erroneous beliefs of a fringe few,” Mr. Hussain said.

Other government offices followed the lead of the White House. In October, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with Arab-Americans and Muslims in Dearborn, Mich., to discuss challenges facing small-business owners. Also last fall, Farah Pandith was sworn in as the State Department’s first special representative to Muslim communities. While Ms. Pandith works mostly with Muslims abroad, she said she had also consulted with American Muslims because Mrs. Clinton believes “they can add value overseas.”

Despite this, American actions abroad — including civilian deaths from drone strikes in Pakistan and the failure to close Guantánamo — have drawn the anger of Muslims and Arab-Americans.

Even though their involvement with the administration has broadened, they remain most concerned about security-related policies. In January, when the Department of Homeland Security hosted a two-day meeting with Muslim, Arab-American, South Asian and Sikh leaders, the group expressed concern about the emergency directive subjecting passengers from a group of Muslim countries to additional screening.

Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, pointed out that the policy would never have caught the attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid, who is British. “It almost sends the signal that the government is going to treat nationals of powerless countries differently from countries that are powerful,” Ms. Khera recalled saying as community leaders around the table nodded their heads.

Ms. Napolitano, who sat with the group for more than an hour, committed to meeting with them more frequently. Ms. Khera said she left feeling somewhat hopeful.

“I think our message is finally starting to get through,” she said.

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