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“Muslim Zionist” Abdul Hadi Palazzi Now Hindu?

Posted on 22 November 2012 by Admin

Palazzi

Massimo Palazzi (with the white beard) converts to Hinduism

by Ilisha & Garibaldi

Self-proclaimed Muslim Zionist and looniverse pet “Sheikh” Adbul Hadi Palazzi has always struck us as a bit of a kook and a charlatan. Many have expressed their suspicion that his conversion had more to do with the politics of Islamophobia than it did with a sincere religious awakening.

The question that always arose was how did Palazzi become, all of a sudden, a “scholar” of Islam immediately after his conversion?* Islamic scholarship, just like any attempt to achieve a level of scholarship in other religious traditions such as Judaism or Christianity takes many years of devotion and rigorous study, a path that has been described as intellectually and spiritually exhaustive. It is indeed a symptom of our age that many self-proclaimed scholars and “experts” are appearing seemingly out of the blue with no academic or religious training/credentials! This is compounded by the fact that when such self-proclaimed scholars do emerge they tend to expose themselves by aligning with extremists and expressing sympathy and agreement for radical projects.

Last month, Italian language sources reported the news that Palazzi has apparently embraced Hinduism, and is now part of the Hindu reformist movement, Arya Samaj.

Is this a sincere conversion? Is Palazzi going to propagate some form of Hindu Zionism now? Perhaps this is another Palazzi publicity stunt and he will later claim that he is only treading the path of religious relativism and trying to cloak himself in popular post-modernist new-age interpretations of the schools of thought of Sufi giants Ibn Arabi and Rumi?

In either case the Hindu “reformist” formerly known as “Sheikh” Palazzi is not the only “Muslim Zionist” who has been exposed as a fraud.  Last summer, fellow “Muslim Zionist” Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury was exposed as a swindler and all-round kook:

Brenda West, a self-described “Jewish woman and patriotic American who became very involved in counter-jihad work after 9/11,” told JTA that “subsequent research, easily available to anyone who bothered to do a little bit of reading, showed that he was a total fraud with criminal ties. He had swindled not just two ardent Jewish supporters but everyone in the Zionist and counter-jihad movement who believed in him.”

So far the story of Palazzi’s conversion to Hinduism cannot yet be confirmed in the major English language media. A similar Italian language article can be found here. Religious conversion is a matter of individual conscience and we support anyone’s right to embrace whatever religion or ideology they so desire. Also, while a further article exploring the place of “Muslim Zionism” in relation to the politics of Islamophobia is necessary it must be stated that as counter-intuitive as it seems to most it is possible for one to be a Muslim and a Zionist, again a matter of conscience. However, when such an embrace of Zionism comes at the expense of another people (in this case the dispossession and occupation of Palestinian land) coupled with a membership in the Islamophobia Movement it strikes us as a glaring red flag.

This following was translated from Italian to English by Google Translate.

Maximum Abdul Hadi Palazzi the Moderate Muslim Satyaprakash Shankar becomes a Hindu 

by Miguel Martinez, Kelebek Blog

Someone will remember our old friend Massimo Palazzi, an ex-Mormon Roman until recently called himself Dr. Prof Mawlana Shaykh Abdul Hadi Palazzi Maximum Abu Omar al-Shafi’i , Grand Chancellor and Grand Preceptor for Italian language of the Supreme Order of Solomon of Principles of Shekal.

Maximum Abdul Hadi Palazzi has even invested in an unlikely knightly honor a small journalist, because he had written an article against crazy myself.

Maximum Abdul Hadi Palazzi was certainly the most unique of all the Muslim Moderates.

In this role, he became consultant of ‘ Intelligence Summit , and over half the world explaining how the Qur’an [allegedly] affirms the divine right of the State of Israel . He also went to Hebron to express their solidarity with the most extremist settlers.

A study by the Rand Corporation, Building Moderate Muslim Networks , dedicated explicitly to look for “Potential Partners and Allies” for the “U.S. Grand Strategy,” cites as examples for Italy (on page 100) Souad Sbai and Massimo Palazzi.

In 2003, Palazzi was co-speaker at a conference neocon held at the University of Messina, together with Michael Arthur Ledeen (American Enterprise Institute), Daniel Pipes (Middle East Forum) and Flame Nirenstein .

Not any more.

Maximum Abdul Palazzi has changed yet again, and today is Satya Prakash Shankar Baba , new convert to Hinduism , or rather all’Arya Samaj, a modernist movement inside Hinduism.

On the site of the ‘ Arya Samaj , we read:

“April 7, 2011, dr. Mahendera Swaroop, president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha Nederland, has opened a new Arya Samaj in Rome, Italy. Every Sunday in Rome, the seat of the Vatican and the Pope, are held Havan and Satsang. In March 2011, he also played a Shudhi Sanskaar [ conversion ceremony ] at the Arya Samaj temple in The Hague, for Mr. Massimo Palazi [sic] and Mrs. Maria Luisa Sales, (both of Rome, Italy). After the Shudhi, respectively received the names of Satya Prakash and Aditi Devi “.

Today, the ex-Muslim Moderate, as can be seen by taking a look on Google, looks like this: [1]

Satyaprakash Shankar 
President of 
the Italy section Arya Samaj, 
founded by Swami in Inai Dayanad Saraswati 
Arya Samaj Italy Rome 
Body Worship Hindu – Vedic Ritual-air 
http://aryasamajroma.blogspot.it/

Just a year after his conversion, Massimo Palazzi already dedicated to teach. In this video we see the ex-secretary of the Association of Italian Muslims (and friend of Mario Scaramella and other strange characters), while explaining the world as it reads the Sandhya to Brahma:


Read the rest here.

*Update: Palazzi’s story about being born to a Catholic convert to Islam and a Muslim mother of Syrian descent sounds plausible whereas he seems to have constructed an incredible story about his credentials (via. Wikipedia, h/t: JSB):

Palazzi was born in Rome, Italy to an Italian Catholic father who converted to Islam and a Muslim mother of Syrian descent…Palazzi learned at home teaching of Sufism and then studied the philosophy of Avicenna and Averroes at university in Rome before going to Al Azhar University in Cairo to prepare to receive his theological degree. In Cairo he received his “ijaza” (authorization to teach Islam) from Shaykh Ismail al-Khalwati and Sheikh Husayn al-Khalwati, and holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences by decree of former Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz.

In 1987 Palazzi became an Imam and Sheikh, receiving the equivalent of a doctorate in Islamic theology from representative of Chief Mufti of Saudi Arabia.”

Shanker Nath Baba

Shanker Nath Baba

Update 2: Former Muslim Zionist Sheikh Adbul Hadi Palazzi, Shankar Nath Baba, aka, Satya Prakash Shankar, now has a Facebook page, which appears to further bolster the case that he has indeed converted to Hinduism. It can be viewed here.

Update 3: Right on the heels of discovering a blog and Facebook page that seem to confirm Palazzi’s conversion to Hinduism (see Update 2), Loonwatcher Just Stopping By has found a video that seems to indicate exactly the opposite. Starting at about minute 18, there is a a back screen showing the date of the event being filmed as March 2012, and the place card for the character in question identified him as Sheikh Palazzi: (H/T: Just Stopping By)

Clearly the confusion surrounding whether or not Palazzi has converted to Hinduism has not been cleared up, mostly due to his own actions and the preponderance of contradictory information. The question we originally asked “‘Muslim Zionist Abdul Hadi Palazzi now Hindu?” still stands.

What can’t be denied however and what critics of our article still won’t engage with are the facts regarding Palazzi’s dubious and contradictory claims to “Islamic scholarship,” his association with extremist settlers in Hebron and his participation with noted Islamophobes at the “Intelligence Summit.”

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Tawfik Hamid: The Shemp of the Three Stooges

Posted on 06 July 2009 by Garibaldi

Tawfik Hamid

Tawfik Hamid

In one of our earliest features we wrote about the Three Stooges of Islamophobia: Walid Shoebat, Zachariah Anani and Kamal Saleem who represent Larry, Curly, and Mo, but in the same way as there is Shemp, there is also Tawfik Hamid.

Tawfik Hamid, like his counterparts, describes himself as an “ex-terrorist” but as we will come to see his claims are as vacuous and silly as the other three.  The difference between the other three and Tawfik Hamid is that the other three claim to be converts to Evangelical Christianity while Hamid vacillates between claiming to be not only a Muslim and an Islamic Reformer but also a follower of Judaism and Christianity and in other instances a non religious person.

In 2007, Hamid served as a keynote speaker for the neo-Conservative  Intelligence Summit and now sits on their advisory board. Amongst the other speakers at the summit, such as Steven Emerson, Joe Kaufman, Nonie Darwish and Walid Phares, there was David Gaubatz, a white supremacist, who led the now defunct Mapping Sharia project (under the tutelage of Society of Americans for National Existence or SANE) which stated that Black people are predisposed to violence,

Is there something unique about the Black American…that leads him to murder so disproportionately and to most often kill and victimize his own? Do we see patterns of Black culture that arise out of Africa and the wanton murder of blacks by blacks there? Why have the colonized blacks of the African continent, after having acquired their freedom and independence, so willingly slaughtered their own and live in despicable disease and squalor despite a land of enormous riches while Indians of the Indian sub-continent have successfully moved from British rule to democracy and relative civility even in a country that still maintains social inequalities as a fact of their culture?

Gaubatz, in 2007, was a leading member of SANE which declared on its now password protected site that, “adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US.” It wants the government to ban adherence to Islam and put Muslims under surveillance as stated in its rules, “It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.”

If this sounds unbelievably deranged, that’s because it is. We don’t make these facts up. Why would any sane, normal Muslim let alone Muslim reformer as Tawfik proclaims himself to be — speak at a hostile summit in which one of the participants wants to ban him from practicing his faith and make it a punishable offense? One answer is that Tawfik isn’t a Muslim and in fact hates Islam and Muslims which would also mean he is a charlatan. The other answer, which is related to the first, is that this is just part of the strange and twisted world that is produced when those chasing the Islamophobic cash cow converge together and let their strange and contradictory pathologies manifest like an insane asylum having a picnic (apologies to insane asylum’s).

Hamid says that he is a former member of the terrorist organization GI (Gamaa’ Islamiyya) and was a friend of Ayman Al-Zawahri, the number two man in Al-Qaeda. A claim that is not corroborated by any independent sources or governmental law agency. Again the million dollar question is, If this guy is a former terrorist then why aren’t the CIA and FBI all over this guy, watching his movements and interrogating him? Wouldn’t it be a point of interest for our government that someone who was a friend of Ayman Al-Zawahari, the number two of Al-Qaeda, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is roaming around the country giving speeches? Either Tawfik is lying or our government has missed a big one.

On his new website, Tawfik identifies himself as “a Muslim by faith…Christian by the Spirit…a Jew by heart…and above all I am a human being.” This is a sharp departure from his previous statements in which he stated, “I am a Muslim by birth, a Christian by spirit, a Jew by heart, and above all I am a human being.” Someone must have told Tawfik that it might help his claim to be a “Muslim reformer” if he actually claims Islam as his “faith” instead of just something he was “born” into.

Richard Silverstein, who runs Tikun Olam, did a piece on Hamid after getting an email from Walid Shoebat’s list-serve that Tawfik Hamid would be speaking at Georgetown University. In it he devastatingly highlights the contradictions as well as obvious hate that Tawfik Hamid has for Islam and Muslims.

In Richard’s piece we also see a description of Tawfik on Shoebat’s website that is not there anymore. Notice the similarities between the biographies of Tawfik and Walid,

Here’s what Shoebat’s website tells you about Hamid:

Born in Egypt to a secular Muslim family. At the age of 16 young Hamid started to search for answers to the universal questions about creation and life’s meaning.

Later on, Tawfik started to read the bible as an attempt to criticise it in the ongoing religious debates between Muslims and Christians, but ended up studying the Bible with increased vigour and genuine interest.

If you compare that last paragraph to Shoebat’s own biography at the same site you have to wonder whether a single person is writing their ad copy:

Walid studied the Tanach (Jewish Bible) in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam. Six months later, after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jews was a lie. Convinced he was on the side of evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy.

It seems that these two “ex-terrorists” weren’t creative enough to come up with differing stories and instead didn’t think anyone would see the similarities in their testimonials. As Richard wrote, “you have to wonder whether a single person is writing their ad copy.”

Tawfik Hamid at the time of Richard’s article was charging $13, 500 for “speaking out against Islamic Fundamentalism that prevails in the world today.”

Yet it seems that Tawfik like his Christian Zionist counterparts doesn’t stop at speaking out against Islamic Fundamentalism but instead also speaks out against mainstream Muslims. For instance on the Orla Barry Radio Show he stated that,

There are different degrees of evil [within Islam]. Jemaah Islamiya represents the active evil or active terrorists let us call them who are ready to commit violent acts and all such atrocities. But the majority of Muslim are all passive terrorists. They believe in this evil. They support it either by money or emotionally they are not against it.

According to Tawfik the majority of Muslims are what he terms passive terrorists. This reveals a great contempt for Muslims who he views as nothing more than terrorists in one form or another. For him most Muslims are not law abiding individuals and even if they don’t commit violence or preach it then secretly they are still terrorists. This trope that is used by Islamophobes pretty much assumes Muslims are all guilty before proven innocent and that they are inherently violent.

Tawfik’s bumbling and inconsistent story in which at times he is a Muslim reformer, at other times a Muslim only by birth, then a Christian and a Jew or his declarations that most of his coreligionists are passive terrorists, his sharing the stage with white supremacists and well known Islamophobes and becoming a member of their advisory council is hard to follow let alone comprehend. It is contradictory and as we see quite lucrative — he fits in perfectly as Shemp to the Larry, Curly and Mo of Islamophobia.

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