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Saleha Mahmood Abedin, Huma Abedin’s Mother: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s longest-serving aides, is the vice-chair of her presidential campaign. (Getty)

Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, serves as vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Huma, who has been described by Politico as Clinton’s “shadow,” is one of Clinton’s longest-serving aides. The 40-year-old worked her way up from a White House intern to Clinton’s right-hand woman.

Questions have recently been raised over Huma’s role with the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Huma reportedly worked for the radical Muslim journal overseen by her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, for 12 years. Here’s more information on Saleha and Huma’s ties to the journal.


1. Saleha Is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

Huma Abedin is now based in Brooklyn as the vice-chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. (Getty)

Huma Abedin is now based in Brooklyn as the vice-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. (Getty)

The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs appears to have strong ties to the Abedin family as Huma’s mother, sister and brother were all listed as editors for the publication.

Saleha Mahmood Abedin remains editor-in-chief of the publication, according to the New York Post.

The Post reports that Huma worked as an assistant editor for the journal for a dozen years. According to the article, Huma’s name was on the masthead of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996 to 2008, which includes a span of time while she worked for Hillary Clinton.

However, Clinton spokesman Nick Merill told the Post that Huma did not hold en editing position at the journal.

“My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead in that period,” he said, according to the Post. “She did not play a role in editing at the publication.”


2. According to the New York Post, Saleha Blamed the U.S. for the 9/11 Attacks

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This photo was taken when Hillary Clinton served as U.S. Secretary of State. Huma Abedin assists Clinton with her speech notes shortly before taking the stage at a town hall question and answer session at the Pakistan National Council of Arts on July 19, 2010, in Islamabad. (Getty)

According to the Post, Huma was working for the journal in 2002 when her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, published an article which blamed America for bringing the 9/11 terror attacks on itself.

The Post published an excerpt from the piece:

The spiral of violence having continued unabated worldwide, and widely seen to be allowed to continue, was building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions. . . It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve.


3. The Journal Published Articles That Seem to Contradict Women’s Rights Issues

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Huma Abedin began working for Hillary in 1996, when she was a 19-year-old intern. (Getty)

The New York Post points out that several articles published in the Saudi-based journal appear to contradict Clinton’s stance on women’s rights issues.

Clinton delivered her famous ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ speech at a UN women’s conference in Beijing in 1995, where Saleha was in attendance as the Muslim World League’s delegate. In 1996, an article published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs entitled ‘Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,’ appears to oppose Clinton’s speech. The article stated Clinton distributed a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda. Saleha wrote that the “empowerment” of women was not helping relations between men and women.

The Post published this excerpt from the journal:

By placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge. Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations. Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender. Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members.

Huma recently told Vogue that as she was growing up, her mother “was traveling around the world to these international women’s conferences, talking about women’s empowerment, and it was normal.”


4. Saleha Was Born in Pakistan

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Hillary Clinton talks with aides Huma Abedin and Connolly Keigher before speaking at a neighborhood block party in Brooklyn. (Getty)

Huma was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1976. When Huma was two, she relocated from Michigan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with her family. Her father and mother were Indian Muslim and Pakistani academics, respectively. Huma lived in Saudi Arabia with her family for 16 years.

Her late father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was Indian. In the early 1970s, he was affiliated with the Muslim Students Association at Western Michigan University. Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, was born in Pakistan. Saleha received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.

Huma attended a British girls’ school before returning to the United States for college. According to Newsweek, her late father, Syed, helped start the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs with a mission “devoted to the Muslim diaspora in non-Muslim lands.”


5. Her Daughter, Huma Began Her Political Career as a White House Intern

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Hillary Clinton walks next to Huma Abedin after Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. Clinton took the stand to defend her role in responding to deadly attacks on the US mission in Libya. (Getty)

Huma returned to the U.S. at 18 years old to study at George Washington University. She began working in the East Wing of the White House as an intern to the First Lady in 1996. Coincidentally, this was the same year that Monica Lewinsky began her duties as an intern in the West Wing.

When Clinton ran for the Senate in 2000, older White House aides moved on, and Huma moved up. She has spent the majority of the past two decades alongside Clinton.

Michael Feldman, a former adviser to Al Gore who has known Abedin for years told Politico:

At this point, Huma’s role is so important that they are now baking that into the process of the campaign. She provides the judgment, perspective and institutional memory that literally can’t be replicated. When you have someone who can be a surrogate not just externally, but internally, that saves a lot of time. It becomes a glue that holds things together.

Abedin recently explained to Vogue how her relationship with Clinton has evolved throughout the years.

“The nature of our relationship has changed,” Abedin said. “Over the years, we’ve shared stories about our lives, we’ve shared more meals than I can count, we’ve celebrated together, we’ve mourned together.”

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34 comments

  1. Huma
    Is a fine undercover Muslim Soldier working for the Muslim Brotherhood ! This is Hillary Clinton’s right hand man. The radical Islamic terrorist don’t and do not need hacking into Clinton’s personal server no need for all of that ! They have an inside man giving me the play-by-play! How do you think the Islamic terrorists are always one step ahead and those poor people in Benghazi they dOdn’t have a chance ! Oh well !! Nothing to see here folks !! Please just move along !! Now knowing that if the US pulls out,the oil is up for grabs !!! Now making a billion dollars a day isn’t so bad now is it! You can borrow our politicians with a billion dollars a day !! Now Say It Isn’t So !!! Just move along folks !! Just move along nothing to see here !!!!

  2. I don’t see the point of this article. Nothing that was listed in the direct quotes, or in general, seems that “radical”.

  3. as a Uk citizen and mere bystander it appauls me that a woman with links too such a magazine, and we are talking close familial ties, that states that over 3000 people deserved what they got because of sanctions, which too all intents and purposes is what she said .It is disgusting too me that sumone who supposedly supports women’s rights could be directly linked with a mother who goes around the world telling women their place is in the home doing menial tasks and not out working etc etc and that supporting empowering women is aggressive and radical is beyond belief, this woman and her mother should never be allowed into the whitehouse again , you just lost yourself a whole bunch of female voters im sure Mrs clinton

    • 3000 only because the Saudi thugs messed up the occupancy time. They were trying for 30,000. Not to mention the held secret and now released support of the Saudi embassy for the high jackers to include the Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar .

  4. Nothing seems radical to me. Saying that 9/11 was blowback was not uncommon among people here (in the US). It does bother me that the journal pushes a conservative line regarding women’s empowerment, though that’s just one article. I would home Huma isn’t so conservative. That said, the entire Clinton operation is pretty much center-right. Clinton is a Christian, and having another religious person with conservative inclinations around is just going to keep her pushing the campaign rightward. The Saudi/Sunni alignment is also going to mean a bias in favor of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Israel, against trying to normalize relations with Iran.

    • Same way everyone else does. She is a native born American, likely never committed a crime, or did drugs, or posed a financial risk. Why wouldn’t she get a clearance? Because of her race?

      • No i’m pretty sure he does not mean her race you moron. He’s is talking about her ties to Muslim terrorist organizations. If ties to terrorist organizations are no problem at all then why do we have security clearance in the first place.

  5. Huma’s mom believes in strict Sharia law – ok for men to beat and rape their wives – I wonder what she thinks of Huma finally leaving her husband?

  6. My question to all of you hate mongers is; how do sleep at night with so much hate in your body against some one just because of their religion? Shame on you!

    • I sleep pretty well since I don’t believe in barbaric ideologies. I also sleep pretty well knowing that these same people cannot tell me how I should live based off their delusions. If your religion is directly opposed to how I want to live my life and you would like to change it then there might be some hate coming your way. Shame on you for protecting people that kill others for what they believe, how do you sleep at night?

    • Ever asked the same question to yourself?
      How do you sleep at night while blindly following these kind of books [religion/person] saaid.net/book/20/13494.pdf
      Page 127 and 200 are for you. Check for the editor of the book.

  7. I really and trully dislike hillary but i absolutely hate lies. please do not invent “facts” this is a specialty of Arabs. to invent new truths.
    check everything you write and stick to the truth. otherwise it is,pretty embarrasing to be exposed as a liar or unreliable.

  8. ISLAMIC INVASION OF WESTERN continues supported by South Arabia and rich fundamentalists. When you expect of politicians be more cautious, they are more stupids. ULTRA LIBERALISM, hand i hand with extreme leftist tendencies are colluded with Islam organizations to facilitate they take over our societies. There are Islamic ministers in France, Sweden, Ireland, U.K. other on the way to gain highly important positions at polices, armies and strategical bodies. QUESTION: What should we do against this invasion? Continue selling our souls to a Demon called Mahoma?

    • It took me three times to read this and I still can’t understand it. Rewrite, edit and re-submit. I think I know where you are going with it, and might not disagree with you fundamentally…but I will be damned if I can tell at this point…