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April 23, 2003

"We are not Americans. We are Muslims"

Islamic Radicals On Campus

This piece from Front Page Magazine is an indication that for many Muslims on campus, loyalty is not to the state but to Allah. The problem thus is that such groups use the State in a "democratic" fashion (as did Hitler) to get a religious state.
The Constitution of the Muslim Student's Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA) states that the organization’s major purpose is "to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the United States and Canada so as to enable them to practice Islam as a complete way of life." The truth, however, is something far less benign.

Although it presents itself as a benevolent, faith-based campus organization, the MSA in reality serves as a North American base for Saudi-funded Islamic extremism. Created in 1963 (the University of Illinois hosted the first chapter) by the Saudi government, the MSA uses blatant anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli propaganda in its quest to mold Muslims on American college campuses into steadfast supporters of the Islamic terrorist cause. Whether playing a prominent role in the current anti-war protests, providing funding for terrorist organizations like Hamas, encouraging divestment from Israel, or defending convicted cop-killers like Imam Jamil Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown), the MSA promotes violent nihilism and a fundamentalist Islamic dogma that is incompatible with the American way of life.

Despite its hard-line, Wahhabi Muslim politics, the Northern Virginia-based organization has managed to establish a foothold in over 150 colleges across the continent, from densely populated areas like New York, California and Texas to sleepy locales like Maine, Idaho, and Saskatchewan. The MSA is broken into five zones (East Zone U.S., Central Zone U.S., West Zone U.S., East Zone Canada and West Zone Canada) that encompass virtually every inch of North America. So what are the young Muslims in this far-reaching and self-described "patriotic" group, under the acquiescent eyes of college administrators nationwide, up to? Consider this firsthand account, filed by Aaron Klein for, of an MSA meeting he attended recently at tiny Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York. Writes Klein:

"The event featured a speech about Iraq by two American-based leaders of Al-Muhajiroun, a well-known Islamic fundamentalist organization that supports the ideology of Osama bin Laden, and whose worldwide leader, Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammed, has long been suspected of ties with al-Qaida."

Klein goes on to describe the shocking vitriol of the event’s two featured speakers, "Yousef" and "Faheed":

"[Yousef] argued that President Bush is starting a ‘Christian crusade to rid the world of Islam.’ He said that war with Iraq will cause a major humanitarian crisis in which American soldiers ‘starve, rape and murder our brothers and sisters’ and that something must be done if that happens. ‘Because there is no way to justify this war,’ Yousef said, ‘we must find a solution.’"

Enter Brother Faheed.

"Faheed," Klein writes. "Immediately declared that there is an outright conspiracy against Islam by Christians and Jews, and that as Muslims, ‘we must not recognize any government authority, or any authority at all besides Allah.’"

And the rhetoric only got worse.[more]