Thursday, February 22, 2007

Coming to a College Campus Near You: Jihad?

The University of Wisconsin makes headlines every time 911 Conspiracy Nut Kevin Barrett opens his mouth but there is a lot more going on there that flies under the radar.

Take tonight for example. The University of Wisconsin Middle East Studies Program is hosting Ali Abunimah at the State Historical Society. Abunimah is an anti-Israeli activist, Vice president of the Arab American Action Network, and the founder of the radical "Electronic Intifada." Abunimah is not some scary terrorist but he certainly exposes a radical view that is already all to prevalent on the UW campus.

Much more disturbing however is this advertisement on the UW's Muslim Student Association's web site. The advertisement reads:

The 1st Annual Tazkiyah Retreat: Living Life As A Traveler
When: February 23rd - 25th
Where: Camp Minikani, Amy Belle Lake Hubertus, WI
Cost: $55 (Includes food and lodging)
What: Confirmed Speakers Include:
Shaikh Muhammad Faqih (Al Maghrib Institute and IIOC - Orange County, California)
Amir Abdel Malik (Masjid Al-Islam - Oakland, California)
Br. Arif Hussain (Young Muslims - Chicago, Illinois)

Do you feel as if you need to get away from the distractions of your daily life?...
To purify yourself?...
Renew your Iman?...
Get closer to Allah (SWT)?...

BUT... you also want to have a little fun?...
Build new relationships?...
Increase your knowledge?...
And... remind yourself of your sole purpose in this life?

This Tazkiyah retreat aims to help young Muslims achieve these goals.

If you answered yes to the at least three of the questions above then complete
the application today for the weekend you'll never forget!

This Tazkiyah Retreat includes:
- Talks (Featuring: Sh. Amir AbdulMalik Sh. Muhammad Faqih and Arif Hussain)
- Interactive workshops
- Discussions
- Qiyams
- Group learning projects
- Sports and other activities throughout the weekend

Youth applying must be ages 15 and up...
Space is limited: Must submit application by Feb 15th.

For more information visit:

Any Questions?
E-mail: Br. Aatif
Sr. Yasmin

Why am I so disturbed by an ad for Muslim Youth Retreat? Take a look at the speakers that will be attending: Shaikh Muhammad Faqih, Amir Abdel Malik, and Arif Hussain.

Shaikh Muhammed Faqih is an instructor at the Al Maghrib Institute. According to his bio, Faqih "completed a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences (IIAS) in America in Fairfax, VA, and graduated in Quran Memorization and Recitation from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." Notice that Faqih doesn't list the name of the school he attended in Jeddah. Maybe that's because the school was King Abdulaziz University, the same school where Osama studied the Quran to justify his Jihad against the atheist Soviets and then the West.

Some, if not all of his teachers in Jeddah would have been Muslim Brotherhood members and all were the strictest of Wahabis - you know, those scary Muslims that our government and the media keep telling us only make up a small minority in the Muslim World...Well guess what, those scary Wahabis are here, in Wisconsin and they are the role models that our Muslim Children turn to for guidance.

While we're on the subject of schools, perhaps I should mention that the IIAS in Virginia wasn't exactly the type of college that encourages the free exchange of ideas. The Saudi government used the institution to distribute anti-American hate literature in the US. Women at the IIAS had to enter through separate back doors, were forced to attend classes through closed circuit television, and were only granted 4 hours a week of library time. I can understand that last bit. It just wouldn't do to have a bunch of Muslim harlots tempting and distracting the future Imams of America while they try to study their holy book and Hadith.

As for Faqih's current employer, the Al Maghrib institute...well its basic missions are to spread rabid Wahabism, hate against Jews, Holocaust denial, and anti-Americanism. Check out this article from FrontPage Magazine for details.

Amir Abdel Malik is a frequent guest lecturer at MSA events on college campuses across the country. Malik made headlines a couple of years ago with this hate filled speech on the University of California - Irvine but his hate for America and Jews runs much deeper. credits Malik with the following statements:
Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, 'Go honey, go!' That ain't suicide; that's martyrdom.

The Israelis were 'in-control' of 9-11, (which) was staged to give an excuse to wage war against Muslims around the world.

Sooner or later, today's Muslim students will be the parents of Muslim children. And they should be militants.

The enemies of Islam know that when we come back to power we're gonna check 'em.

In the Speech I linked to above, Malik says the following:
And we have to sacrifice too, while we live here ... in Am-ri-ka. The belly of the beast. The number one imperialist in the world...

But ... let’s call it a state, OK? And then you gonna go get some Uncle Tom Palestinian leaders to fall for this okey-doke. Two-state solution is off the table. No. One state. And check this out! One state ... majority rules. One state ... majority rules.

Us. The Muslims.

Is this the kind of guy we want teaching our Muslim children about their faith?

Arif Hussain is a Chicago based Wahabist. If he is a radical Jihadist, he has flown under the radar thus far so I can't comment much on him. He did sign the now infamous fatwa denouncing Islamic terrorism after the London Bombings, however, that's not necessarily an indication of much. Many of the American Imams who signed that fatwa have since been connected to terrorist organizations or caught on tape advocating terror against Americans and Jews.

I did some digging on some Muslim chat sites and found a few other names of speakers who will be attending this weekend's retreat.

One of them is Yasmin Mogahed, a local Muslim female graduate student. I first noticed Mogahed's name during the Danish cartoon scandal. She was vocal about her opposition to the First Amendment, strongly opposing the publication of the cartoons.

Mogahed's other work seems focus on defending Muslim misogyny. Muslim Feminist Ginan Rauf calls Mogahed's writing, "a thinly disguised assault on women’s equality and a blatant misrepresentation of Western Feminism." Well gee, I sure am glad that Mogahed will be at the retreat to teach cheese head Muslim girls to submit themselves to their men. With all the feminist mumbo-jumbo in Madison I think it's just great to finally inject a little balance.
One final speaker will be Aatif Abdul-Qadeer. Abdul-Qadeer was president of the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine back in 2004 when it was in the news for anti-American, pro-terror rallies.

So basically, we have here a legion of radical wahabists coming to Wisconsin to teach Muslim children about their faith. These Muslims are not members of the so-called "Moderate Muslim Majority" we hear about so often from President Bush and the media. These Muslims are members of a sect who have hi-jacked the faith and who seek to restore it to a hardline 7th century version - a version in which Women must fully submit to their husbands, a version where Jews and Christians must convert, live as Dhimmis, or die, a version where Apostates, Polytheists, and Gays must be slaughtered.

If there is a form of Islam that is compatible with Western values, this is not it. Sadly, as you can see from those who are leading this retreat, the hardline Wahabis are running the show these days. They are the Imams in the mosques, the professors in our schools, and the roll models for Muslim Children at retreats like this one. Did I mention that the retreat is sponsored by the largest Muslim Center in Wisconsin and that it is being advertised on a state website, payed for with state dollars?

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