Hassan Abedin is currently an associate editor with the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), the in-house publication of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA). His sister, Huma Abedin, worked 12 years for IMMA and has longstanding ties to Hillary Clinton. His mother, Saleha Abedin, is a sociologist with ties to numerous Islamist organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, and is known for her strong advocacy of Sharia Law. His father was the late Syed Abedin, an Indian-born scholar who taught at the Saudi-based King Abdulaziz University in the early 1970s before becoming the managing editor of JMMA.
For a number of years in the mid-2000s, Hassan Abedin was a board member with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), based at Oxford University in England. Also on the board were a number of Muslim Brotherhood members, most notably IMMA founder Abdullah Omar Naseef (an extremist affiliated with al Qaeda and the Muslim World League) and Yousuf al-Qaradawi (the most influential Islamic scholar in the world today).
Hassan Abedin has expressed an interest in spreading Islam to the West. He once met with the billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whose $10-million-dollar check for post-9/11 disaster relief was famously rejected by then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani when the prince suggested that U.S. policies in the Middle East had provoked the al Qaeda attacks.
Further Reading: “Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood: Closely Connected” (Andrew C. McCarthy, PJ Media, 7-24-2012); “Why Is Weiner’s Muslim Brotherhood Wife Not Resigning?” (Frontpagemag.com, 6-16-2011).