Saturday, February 17, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Degree Granting Jihad U Right Here In The USA

FrontPage Magazine has an excellent article on the Al-Maghrib Institute and it’s goal of teaching Wahhabi extremism and Muslim Brotherhood activism into mosques and Muslim student groups throughout North America in at least thirteen cities. Hat tip to Michael.

The article is rather long but here are the most important highlights.

The staple of Al-Maghrib's course offerings are the double weekend seminars held at their permanent sites. In addition, the Al-Maghrib instructors are in high demand as motivational speakers at Muslim organization events all over the world. The Institute is also active amongst the 150 chapters of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) located at universities all over the US and Canada.

Did you catch that name? The Muslim Student Association. That Muslim student organization keeps coming up when attempts by Islamists are made to infiltration the colleges and curriculums of America. The MSA is one of the front groups operated by the international Muslim Brotherhood. The MSA is tasked with advancing the institutional jihad tactic of the Islamists. Al-Maghrib's Wahhabi-influenced extremism, rabid anti-Semitism and Holocaust denials, and militaristic preaching of jihad even have other Muslims expressing concern about their radicalizing preaching and programs.

But the Muslim Brotherhood influence is not the only troubling aspect to Al-Maghrib’s programs and message. In fact, all six of Al-Maghrib’s instructors have degrees from Saudi institutions controlled by the extremist Wahhabi sect.

Al-Maghrib's educational courses are accredited by the American Open University, which in turn is accredited by Al-Ahzar University in Cairo – the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest and largest radical Islamic organization in the world. The courses offered by Al-Mahgrib count only as course credit for the AOU's Bachelors in Islamic Studies degree, the only English language program offered by AOU.

How nice - an accredited degree in Jihadism.

A review of the course summary for the Islamic Studies degree program shows that the reading is dominated by Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi theologians and theorists. In particular, the AOU program requires reading of Sayyid Qutb's, In the Shade of the Quran, the text for AOU's 113 Analytic Tafseer I course. Qutb, the leading Muslim Brotherhood thinker executed by Nasser in the 1960s after an assassination attempt, has been described as "Bin Laden's Brain" due to the extensive influence Qutb has had in justifying terrorism and jihad and laying down the theoretical principles that al-Qaeda was built upon.

Another Muslim Brotherhood theorist prominent in the curriculum is Sayyid Sabiq, who wrote his book, Fiqh-us-Sunnah, at the request of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. The two volumes of Sabiq's work are the sole text for AOU's 141 Fiqh of Worship I course. In the majority of AOU's required reading for their Islamic Studies program, which Al-Maghrib offers course credit for, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and those influenced and approved by the Brotherhood figure prominently.


Now get this.

Bilal Phillips is another name that appears repeatedly on AOU's and Al-Maghrib's reading lists. Phillips has recently gained notoriety as one of the radical preachers secretly videotaped as part of the Undercover Mosque investigative program aired last month on England's Channel 4.

After the Undercover Mosque program aired, it was severely attacked by Al-Maghrib instructor Yasir Qadhi, who launched into a 15 minute tirade defending the extremist speakers secretly videotaped by Channel 4 at the beginning of his regular Islami Q&A program on the Islam Channel satellite network. After Qadhi's video defense aired, Bilal Phillips himself followed his friend's lead and also aired a defense on YouTube.

But the concern over Al-Maghrib's teachings extend much further than their Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi influences. Anti-Semitic diatribes and Holocaust denials are regular themes preached by Al-Maghrib's instructors. Institute founder Muhammad Alshareef expressed his thoughts on Muslim-Jewish relations in an article he published entitled, "Why the Jews are Cursed" (curiously, this article is not available on Al-Maghrib's Khutbah.com website). As noted by the Militant Islam Monitor , in Alshareef's article he expounds on the anti-Semitic canard that the international media is owned and controlled by Jews, and thus, biased against Muslims:

When I was in high school, studying in journalism class, our teacher had placed on the wall a statement that I spent many days contemplating. It simply said, "Freedom of the press (speech) belongs to those that own the press!" Who owns the press? Well, you can believe me when I say that it is not the god fearing beloved of Allah.


The teaching of aggressive militaristic jihad is also a common theme in Al-Maghrib's courses.

One seminar taught by Muhammad Alshareef is his review of the jihadist exploits and military campaigns of the first four "rightly guided" caliphs, Conquest: History of the Khulafaa'. The militaristic themes for this course are evident in the one minute video trailer for the seminar. The triumphalist vision of Islam as the inevitable sole world power and the justification of militaristic conquests under the banner of jihad are also repeated in the Al-Maghrib course, Islam Invulnerable: The Making of the Modern Muslim World.

The Al-Maghrib Institute is an out and out and visible threat to the security of the US and should be dealt with accordingly.

In the span of just a few short years, the Al-Maghrib Institute has quickly established itself as one of the premiere Islamic instructional programs in North America, as attested to by its 13 mosque-based affiliates and their regular appearances at Muslim Student Association events. Audio and video lecture series, an impressive Internet presence and regular satellite television programs by Al-Maghrib faculty extend their influence even further. Furthermore, the Institute's instructors are in high demand as event speakers for Islamic organizations all over the world.

Al-Maghrib's rapid rise should cause concern, however, as its Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood-inspired messages of religious extremism, racial bigotry and advocacy of jihad and militancy are being spread like cancer in Muslim communities throughout the US and Canada. And this ideological cancer spread by the Al-Maghrib Institute potentially threatens Muslims and non-Muslims alike as its popularity and radicalism continues to increase.

Wake up drive by main stream media. Here’s a conspiracy that beats out anything Anna Nicole Smith's train wreck of a life can bring ya’.

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7 Comments:

  • Yankee Doodle had a write-up about that too: Saudzilla Humbles Superpower.

    Ticks you off what's going on, don't it?

    By Blogger Highest Infidelity, at 5:48 PM  

  • Wow! That article was obivously written by an "Anti-Islam" ignorant person. Being a student of Al-maghrib institute i never in all the years i've being taking al-maghrib courses experienced such negativety. Plus what is this "wahabi" thing that keeps being mentioned..that has nothing to do with islam or al-maghrib.If your going to write an article "buddy" atleast write something that is worth reading and that actually has some "real" evidence..don't publish some foolish words that you or your anti-islam confused supporters came up with. That was so lame!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

  • Anonymous

    Like all leftists you probably didn't read the entire article and just reacted emotionally. When you have something to say and I'm wrong, state your points in a rational arguement.

    Where is the article wrong?

    By Blogger WC, at 10:45 AM  

  • You say that this class just spreads hate but thats a far cry of what you are trying to do. Just because there is school that allows muslim to learn doesnt mean there is hate behind it. I took 2 classes and i never left that class thinking wow they bashed someone. Thats def. not the case. Before you ramble on writting all these neggative views ATTEND the class you prob will come out with a better blog than the one that you wrote.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:15 PM  

  • So tell me. Were the courses you took any of the following named in my blog and the article I referred to?

    "One seminar taught by Muhammad Alshareef is his review of the jihadist exploits and military campaigns of the first four "rightly guided" caliphs, Conquest: History of the Khulafaa'. The militaristic themes for this course are evident in the one minute video trailer for the seminar. The triumphalist vision of Islam as the inevitable sole world power and the justification of militaristic conquests under the banner of jihad are also repeated in the Al-Maghrib course, Islam Invulnerable: The Making of the Modern Muslim World."

    Maybe you take those and then let me know if are a benign organization interested only in spreading peace.

    By Blogger WC, at 9:17 PM  

  • Your article is very similar to what Shaykh Ahmed Amiruddin has been saying since 2005. Be more honest and cite him the next time you decide to steal from his ideas!
    http://www.alsunnahfoundation.org/AlMaghrib.htm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:34 AM  

  • The post mentions all kind of sources that might have referenced your source. I quoted what they said. My readers make up there own minds.

    By Blogger WC, at 7:31 AM  

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