The "credentials" for Nihad Awad:
Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.Check out his first post of April 24, 2009. The post is a lengthy bio.
Awad's blog is called Nihad Awad Bio, although the title doesn't appear at the top; I discovered the title via a Google alert for CAIR. Instead of a title appearing at the top, he has his photo.
In his most recent post, Awad crows about the Pope's respect for Islam. I note that Awad didn't bother citing this article, the last two paragraphs of which state:
[The Pope's] overtures on this trip have not pleased all Muslims.I tried to find the Reuters article with those words, but had no luck. Perhaps I missed it? Surely, surely, it hasn't disappeared from the Reuters web site. That could never happen, right?
Sheikh Hamza Mansour, a leading Islamist scholar and politician, told Reuters the pope had "not sent any message to Muslims that expresses his respect for Islam or its religious symbols starting with the Prophet."
In his very first post at his blog, Awad also reminds readers of the following:
Awad is a signatory, along with 137 other Muslim leaders and scholars, to an open letter titled "A Common Word Between Us and You," which was sent to Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and more than 20 other Christian leaders in 2007.I believe that counter-jihadists have parsed that letter for taqiyya.
The open letter was designed to promote understanding between Muslims and Christians worldwide.