Syed Abedin, the late father of Hillary Clinton’s closest aide Huma Abedin, believed governments should uphold Sharia law, while also arguing that Islamic institutions should have to validate cultural change.
The Washington Free Beacon discovered never-before-seen interviews with Syed Abedin, who passed away in 1993, and was a professor at Western Michigan University’s college of general studies.
The elder Abedin, had appeared on Western Michigan University television on a show called The World of Islam in 1971 where he used the medium to talk about Islam’s ‘hostile’ response to the West and the state’s role in the keeping of Sharia law.
Not much has been known about Syed Abedin, though Huma Abedin has been pulled into the limelight again because of her highly-publicized split with disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, who’s embroiled in his third sexting scandal.
As for her father, the scholar argued that Arab states should make sure its citizens are abiding by Sharia, or Islamic law, in the decades-old television interviews.
‘The state has to take over,’ he said, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s reporting. ‘The state is stepping in in many countries … where the state is now overseeing that human relationships are carried on on the basis of Islam.’
‘The state also under Islam has a right to interfere in some of these rights given to the individual by the Sharia,’ Abedin added.
Moving to the power struggle between the Arab world and the Western the professor explained that ‘the response to the West has been of two kinds.’
‘By and large the response has taken more of a hostile form,’ he continued.
‘The first impulse of the average Muslim in the Islamic world is that this kind of borrowing [culturally] would be somehow an alien factor into our social fabric and thereby destroying the integrity of our ethos … the integrity of our culture,’ he added, according to the Free Beacon.
Abedin said that ‘suspicion’ runs rampant in the Muslim world, which is why Western ideologies like communism and socialism don’t stick and are considered ‘foreign importations.’
‘In the contemporary Islamic world, religious leadership is of very crucial significance because any change that will be abiding, that will make any positive contribution to the development of Muslim life, must come from that source, and that is one reason why ideologies like socialism or communism that have been introduced into the Muslim world have never really taken root,’ Abedin said.
Other modern ideas, too, he explained, may have trouble taking root because they’ll have to be accepted through the prism of the faith.
‘When you talk of an Islamic state … does it have to have a caliph?’ he asked. ‘What does it mean? What is the Islamic concept of good in the present day world?’
Cultural change then, Abedin concluded, would have to be validated by Islam.
‘The main dynamics of life in the Islamic world are still supplied by Islam,’ he said.
‘Any institution, as I said before, any concept, any idea, in order to be accepted and become a viable thing in the Islamic world has to come through … Islam,’ he said.