“An Effort to Foster Tolerance in Religion” (Or so they say…)
(N Y Times) June 13, 2011
CHICAGO â€” For a guy who is only 35 and lives in a walk-up apartment, Eboo Patel has already racked up some impressive accomplishments.
A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, he has four honorary degrees. His autobiography is required freshman reading on 11 college campuses. He runs a nonprofit organization â€” the Interfaith Youth Core â€” with 31 employees and a budget of $4 million. And he was tapped by the White House as a key architect of an initiative [Â¹â€œInterfaith and Community Service Challengeâ€] announced in April by President Obama.
He figured that if Muslim radicals and extremists of other religions were recruiting young people, then those who believe in religious tolerance should also enlist the youth.
Interfaith activism could be a cause on college campuses, he argued, as much â€œa normâ€ as the environmental or womenâ€™s rights movements, as ambitious as Teach for America. The crucial ingredient was to gather students of different religions together not just to talk, he said, but to work together to feed the hungry, tutor children or build housing.
â€œWhen I go to a campus where the Muslim Student Association and the Hillel are not talking to each other,â€ he said (referring to the national Jewish student group) this spring in a lecture at Columbia University, â€œmy question to them is, â€˜Who did you feed in Ramallah by not talking to Hillel? Who did you keep safe in the south of Israel by not talking to the M.S.A.?â€™ â€
For a Rhodes scholar Eboo Patel is not all that bright. Barring the possibility he is not being forthright, in that he is well aware of MSA’s radical components and that the association has never had any inclination towards “inter-faith” discussion. Gee, that would not be possible, would it? Heh.
Why would a White House appointee suggest that the Muslim Student Association is a moderate Muslim student organization who believe in religious tolerance, when an overwhelming amount of evidence proves otherwise?
An excerpt from the MSA’s profile at Discover the Networks:
The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, or MSA (also known as MSA National), was established mainly by members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in January 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nyack College theologian Larry A. Poston writes that â€œmany of the founding members of this agency [MSA] were members of, or had connections to,â€ the Muslim Brotherhood or Jamaat-i-Islami. The three most significant founders of MSA were Ahmed Totanji, Jamal Barzinji, and Hisham al Talib, all of whom were MB leaders of Iraqi descent. Other noteworthy individuals who served as early co-founders of MSA were Mahboob Khan and Malika Khan.
The creation of MSA resulted from Saudi-backed efforts to establish Islamic organizations internationally in the 1960s, for the purpose of spreading its Wahhabist ideology across the globe….
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 Starterâ€™s Guide: A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA, which states:
â€œIt should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university â€¦ 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 â€˜In-your-faceâ€™ association â€¦ For example, the student body must be convinced that there is such a thing as a Muslim-bloc.” The Guide further advises: “Aim to rise within the ranks of the Union [student government] and to get on selected executive committees â€¦ 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 daâ€™wa — i.e., proselytization which consists of â€œinvitingâ€ non-Muslims, or “infidels,” to join the Islamic faith. Nyack College theologian Larry A. Poston characterizes MSA as â€œundoubtedly the most activist of the daâ€™wa organizations in America.â€ In January 2005, former MSA UCLA member Ahmed Shama said:
â€œThe only justification -… that Muslims have to live in this country is daâ€™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.â€
This is precisely the strategy which was outlined in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal document — titled Â²â€œAn Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North Americaâ€ — which named MSA as one of the Brotherhoodâ€™s 29 likeminded â€œorganizations of our friendsâ€ that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These â€œfriendsâ€ were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims â€œthat 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.â€ Also named in the Muslim Brotherhood document were:
And as reported by Patrick Poole at the PJ Tattler, Amir Abdel Malik the keynote speaker at the MSA’s west regional conference this past January closed his session with the MSA ‘pledge of allegiance’. Which is strikingly similar to the Muslim Brotherhood’s credo.
But if there was any question about the MSAâ€™s connection to the Muslim Brotherhood,…..the video below taken from the MSA West regional conference held this January shows keynote speaker Amir Abdel Malik closing the session by leading the crowd in the MSAâ€™s â€œpledge of allegianceâ€. And this wasnâ€™t some undercover sting operation that obtained this video, but posted by one a MSA leader on Youtube (the pledge is ~53.00).
And who is Amir Abdel Malik? Heâ€™s a notorious hatemonger known for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including his claim that Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks. Even the far Left Southern Poverty Law Center has exposed the MSA speaker.
The Muslim Student Association’s ‘pledge’.
Allah is my lord.
Islam is my life.
The Koran is my guide.
The Sunna is my practice.
Jihad is my spirit.
Righteousness is my character.
Paradise is my goal.
I enjoin what is right.
I forbid what is wrong.
I will fight against oppression.
And I will die to establish Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s credo:
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Qurâ€™an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
“I will die to establish Islam” just reeks of inter-faith goodwill, peace and tolerance! Truly inspirational.
What’s this, Patel emceed at a Hamas front CAIR event. That does not sound like the move of the epitome of interfaith tolerance to me.
Militant Islam Monitor:
The Interfaith Youth Core [IFYC] directed by Eboo Patel claims its aim is to “promote mutual respect and pluralism among young people”. Then why did self proclaimed interfaith guru (viewed by many as a moderate messiah) Eboo Patel emcee at the 2007 annual event of The Council on American Islamic Relations a Saudi funded front group for Hamas and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland Foundation Hamas funding trial?
Patel plays both sides as the kumbaya moderate who runs a da’wa front under the guise of the Interfaith Youth Core. Interfaith is one of the most favored islamist tactics used to sugarcoat da’wa in order to lure non Muslims with a “more in common then we think” feel good dynamic to bring them into contact with Islam. His participation in the CAIR annual event shows he is a stealth Islamist. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2860
IFYC director Iboo Patel counts radical Islamists Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir as his heroes.
“I talked about many of my Muslim heroes, scholars and activists like Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir who have articulated visions of a world where people from different backgrounds come together in positive ways.” http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2008/03/the_spell_of_islamophobia.html
Patel’s “Muslim heroes” Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir are positively chock full of sweetness and light:
Zaytuna College co-founder Zaid Shakir denied Frank Gaffneyâ€™s accusation of â€œstealth jihadâ€ yet:
He [Zaid Shakir] said he still hoped that one day the United States would be a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law [sharia, one of the only two majors at Zaytuna], â€œnot by violent means, but by persuasion [stealth jihad].â€
â€œEvery Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,â€ he said. â€œI think it would help people, and if I didnâ€™t believe that, I wouldnâ€™t be a Muslim. Because Islam helped me as a person, and itâ€™s helped a lot of people in my community.â€
[Hamza Yusuf] Hansonâ€™s bigoted declamations are well recorded and widely-known. As previously noted on FSM â€“ [HERE] â€“ in 1995 Hanson described Judaism as â€œa most racist religion.â€ On September 9, 2001, two days before 9/11, Hanson hollered in Los Angeles, â€œThis country (America) unfortunately has a great, a great tribulation coming to it. And much of it is already here, yet people are too illiterate to read the writing on the wall.â€
In another pearl of Hansonian wisdom, the Islamist extremist side of his multiple personality babbled freely at a 1996 convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a paramilitary front for Pakistani jihadists. There Hanson described America as â€œa country that has little to be proud of in its past and less to be proud of in the present. I am a citizen of this country not by choice but by birth. I reside in this country not by choice but by conviction in attempting to spread the message of Islam in this country. I became Muslim in part because I did not believe in the false gods of this society whether we call them Jesus or democracy or the Bill of Rights or any other element of this society that is held sacrosanct by the ill-informed peoples that make up this charade of a societyâ€¦
[F]undamentals of Islam are being compromisedâ€¦ [C]onvention resolutions are meaningless Masonic exersises (sic) devised by men who desire to engage people in forums that would insure nothing changesâ€¦ [T]here should be no voting or debateâ€¦ [W]e have no room for ayes or nays.â€ The final lines in this quotation reflect the standard radical Islamist contempt for all forms of democratic governance.
More on Zaid Shakir here and Hamza Yusuf here.
Eboo Patel is well aware of MSA’s radical components and that the association has never had any inclination towards “inter-faith” discussion. And neither has he, his “muslim heroes” or his Hamas loving pals at CAIR.
[Their] Islam is not wired that way.
All emphasis mine.
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[Â¹] Obama’s “Interfaith and Community Service Challenge”: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ofbnp/interfaithservice
[Â²] An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the [Muslim] Brotherhood in North America