By Wardah Khalid
I have fond memories of my days in the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Texas A&M University. As “Sisters’ Social Officer”, I facilitated sisterly bonding through full day retreats, rock climbing expeditions, pottery painting sessions, and boating trips. The other officers and I worked tirelessly to organize programs such as Fast-a-thon (where students fasted for a day for charity), Islam Awareness Month, Black History Month, orphan sponsorship drives, and panel discussions on various educational topics pertaining to Muslim and non-Muslim students.
Imagine my horror/surprise when I discovered that these seemingly harmless activities were grounds for criminal suspicion, according to the New York Police Department. News broke this weekend that the NYPD secretly spied on Muslims college students at over a dozen campuses in the Northeast over the past several years. ( Good! More, please! –ed.) Their crime? Membership in the MSA. (That’s the radical Muslim Brotherhood organization, MSA. Here’s the Muslim Brotherhood’s credo: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” —ed.)
Just when you thought the New York Police Department could not possibly sink any lower, it does. In their reports, police officers kept notes on how often students prayed, their conversations, upcoming events, backgrounds on speakers coming to address the group, and even names of members who posted event information. Mind you, the department had no reason to suspect the students of wrongdoing, other than their affiliation with the club.
Police spokesman Paul Browne justified the monitoring by pointing to a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the United States and abroad who had once been members of the MSA. Let me get this straight. Out of the hundreds of thousands of college students who’ve participated in the MSA since its establishment in the 1960s, the NYPD marked them all guilty by association because a dozen criminals used to be members? I’m no statistician, but that simply does not add up. ( One of the darkest secrets of the MSA, certainly never advertised by the organization or mentioned in their publications, is a rather lengthy list of top MSA leaders who have been arrested and convicted on a wide array of terrorism charges, ranging from material support of terrorist groups to being actively involved in terrorist plots. It is important to stress that these are not fringe figures in the MSA organization, but some of its top leaders. More: http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-muslim-student-associations-terror-problem/ –ed.) Students go in every direction, bad or good, after graduation. Holding a student group responsible for the evil ones makes no sense. In fact, it seems like a complete waste of the NYPD’s resources.
Just like the Shia community profiling, anti-Muslim training video, and city-wide cultural and religious profiling the department conducted, this operation was completely ridiculous, not to mention a clear violation of the students’ civil rights. Some may say that these were preventative measures and that students had nothing to fear if they weren’t committing a crime, but one only needs to put themselves in their shoes to see the flaw in that argument. Imagine being 20 years old and having your every single move monitored by the police. Even as a law abiding citizen, would you feel comfortable with that? I sure wouldn’t…
So, Wardah Khalid was the “Sisters’ Social Officer” for the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Texas A&M University? Let’s take a closer look at what the MSA stands for and promotes, in spite of the super fun, benign sounding activities listed above: “…retreats, rock climbing expeditions, pottery painting sessions, and boating trips.”
From Discover the Networks:
“…Stating that its mission 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,” MSA presents itself as an apolitical, religious and cultural organization. In reality it is a radical political force and a key lobbying organization for the Wahhabi sect of Islam, telling students that America is an imperialist power and Israel an oppressor nation. MSA speakers routinely spew anti-Semitic libels and justify the genocide against the Jews which is promoted by Islamic terrorist organizations likeHamas and Hezbollah and by the government of Iran. The Center for Security Policy’s Alex Alexiev states:
“The majority of Muslim Student Associations at U.S. colleges are dominated by Islamist and anti-American agendas, as are most of the numerous Islamic centers and schools financed by the Saudis. Intolerance and outright rejection of American values and democratic ideals are often taught also in the growing number of Deobandi schools that are frequently subsidized by the Saudis.”
Hamid Algar, a faculty member at UC Berkeley, is the biographer of the late Ayatollah Khomeini and one of the world’s leading historians of Islamic spirituality. In his 2000 publication, Wahhabism: A Critical Essay, Algar candidly acknowledged MSA’s historical ties to radical Islam:
“Some Muslim student organizations have… functioned at times as Saudi-supported channels for the propagation of Wahhabism abroad, especially in the United States. The [MSA] was established in 1963, one year after the Muslim World League [MWL] with which it had close links. Particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, no criticism of Saudi Arabia would be tolerated at the annual conventions of the MSA … The organization has, in fact, consistently advocated theological and political positions derived from radical Islamist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaati Islam…. Although the MSA progressively diversified its connections with Arab states, official approval of Wahhabism remained strong.”
Since its founding, MSA has grown into the most influential Islamic student organization in North America. It currently has chapters on nearly 600 college campuses; just over 150 of these chapters are affiliated with the national organization, while the remainder are independent entities whose policies and views may differ from those of MSA National.
MSA’s activities are guided at all times by a set of Islamist agendas that emphasize the importance of gaining power in the U.S., one campus at a time. Toward that end, the organization has published an MSA Starter’s Guide: A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA, which states:
“It should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university … the politicization of the MSA means to make the MSA more of a force on internal campus politics. The MSA needs to be a more ‘In-your-face’ association … For example, the student body must be convinced that there is such a thing as a Muslim-bloc.” TheGuide further advises: “Aim to rise within the ranks of the Union [student government] and to get on selected executive committees … I cannot stress this enough, the Union has vast powers that Muslims need to control.”
In its quest for increased influence, MSA devotes many of its efforts and resources to the practice of da’wa — i.e., proselytization which consists of “inviting” non-Muslims, or “infidels,” to join the Islamic faith. Nyack College theologian Larry A. Postoncharacterizes MSA as “undoubtedly the most activist of the da’wa organizations in America.” In January 2005, former MSA UCLA member Ahmed Shama said:
“The only justification … that Muslims have to live in this country is da’wa…. [I]f we are not doing something to invite people to Islam, Muslims and non-Muslims, then we are missing the point what Islamic Movement is about…. The end goal of everything I was talking about is the establishment of, the reestablishment of, Islamic form of government.”
In 2007, MSA National’s website featured a document entitled, “Da’wa: Time to Come Out of Our Boxes,” advising MSA members to strategically adapt their da’wa to the particular cultural sensibilities of North Americans. For example: “Instead of using ‘Holy War’ to translate the word Jihad, use a more comprehensive and proper term like, ‘struggle’ or ‘striving’… Try to use language that is more appealing to North Americans.”…
…Such tactics are part of MSA’s “Stealth Jihad,” which consists of nonviolent initiatives whose long-term goal is the imposition of Sharia law over every region of the earth by non-confrontational means. Under the banners of “tolerance” and “civil rights,” stealth jihadists introduce, in piecemeal fashion, elements of Sharia into Western societies and then demand that non-Muslims make allowance for those elements.
This is precisely the strategy which was outlined in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” — which named MSA as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”…
Please read the rest: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6175
Ms. Khalid can talk all day about the MSA, and the lovely and wonderful things accomplished by this radical, Muslim Brotherhood group. Informed citizens will not fall for it.
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