Islamism's Campus Club: The Muslim Students' Association

(Middle East Quarterly) Jonathan Dowd-Gailey - With over 150 Muslim Students' Association (MSA) chapters on American college campuses, MSA promotes itself as a benevolent, non-political entity devoted to celebrating Islam and providing college students a healthy venue to develop their faith and engage in philanthropy. Yet at an MSA meeting at Queensborough Community College in New York in March 2003, a guest speaker named Faheed declared, "We reject the UN, reject America, reject all law and order. Don't lobby Congress or protest because we don't recognize Congress. The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it....Eventually there will be a Muslim in the White House dictating the laws of Sharia." During an October 2000 anti-Israel protest, former UCLA MSA president Ahmed Shama stood before the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles, shouting, "Victory to Islam! Death to the Jews!" There is overwhelming evidence that the MSA is an overtly political organization seeking to create a single Muslim voice on U.S. campuses - a voice espousing Wahhabism, anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and solidarity with militant Islamist ideologies.

2004-06-02 00:00:00

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