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Backgrounder: Revolution Muslim RULE Ideology

Posted: June 30, 2010

Islam Policy
Younes Abdullah Muhammad
Abdullah al-Faisal
Yousef al-Khattab
Abdullah as-Sayf Jones
Zachary Chesser
New Jersey Terror Suspects

Yousef al-Khattab and Younes Abdullah Muhammad created Revolution Muslim (RM) in 2007 to promote the ideas of Abdullah al-Faisal, a Jamaica-born Muslim preacher who served four years in a British prison for urging his followers to kill non-Muslims, including Americans, Hindus and Jews. Al-Faisal was deported from Britain to Jamaica in 2007. 


In 2008, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence David Cohen said that al-Faisal was "the Caribbean equivalent of the Blind Sheikh" in reference to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence for conspiracy to blow up New York landmarks in 1993.


According to the RM Web site, one of the group's missions is to "support the dawa [propagation of faith] of our beloved Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal." In addition to being listed on the RM Web site as the group's "imam and spiritual advisor," al-Faisal appears to communicate with the group. An apparent letter from al-Faisal to al-Khattab on the RM Web site preaches a complete rejection of democracy and modern economics as a condition to being a Muslim. In addition, RM posts recordings of al-Faisal to its Web site and distributes CDs of his speeches on Fridays at locations throughout New York City


RM also views Osama bin Laden as a source of inspiration. In a November 2009 interview, al-Khattab explained: "I love Osama bin Laden…because he doesn't seem to have done anything wrong from the [point of view of the] shariah [Islamic law]. I love him more than I love myself."


RM seeks to bring about a global Islamic government that will abolish all other forms of governance, including "the dismantlement of western, secular dominance across the world," according to its Web site. This global Islamic government will be achieved through propagation of the faith, or dawa, and through violence.


In November 2010, Abdullah Muhammad distributed a pamphlet online titled "On Crafting Islamic Policy: The Methodology of Islamic Social Sciences," which further calls for an Islamic revival. The document explained that the goal of the group is to fight against "the coerced 'secularization' of Islamic societies" by contributing to a better "understanding [of] Islam as a complete political, economic and social system." It also asserts that "in order for policy analysis to be effective, an activist component must also exist," and pays tribute to what it calls "Islamic terrorism" for helping spread the message of Islam.


A previous RM pamphlet titled "By All Means Necessary" that was written by Abdullah Muhammad and published in December 2008 as a "strategic plan" for the coming two years, "preaching alone could never have achieved the fruit of the effort of a single day," a reference to the September 11 terrorist attacks. During a speech in New York a day after the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, which left 12 soldiers and one civilian dead and 32 others injured, RM leader, Abdullah as-Sayf Jones, stated: "the greatest way to strike terror into the hearts of America is to hit them right in the heart, here in the heartland and soil."


During an impromptu January 23, 2009, speech that Abdullah Muhammad gave while manning RM's information table in midtown Manhattan, he stated that the September 11 attacks were directed at legitimate "military targets." In this speech, posted on RM's YouTube channel, Abdullah Muhammad explained that the World Trade Center was the "home of the economic power house that has kept the Muslims enslaved since the end of World War Two." In his pamphlet, Abdullah Muhammad also explained that the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, was justified because it was directed at "western tourists" engaged in "immoral acts."


RM's messages often condemn Jews, especially orthodox Jewry, reflecting al-Khattab's personal rejection of the religious Jewish practice he first embraced as a young man. While al-Khattab has claimed his hatred is directed not simply at Jews but at the Jewish religion, which he terms the "Rabbinical racist cult," RM holds an extremely anti-Semitic and conspiratorial world view.


For example, on May 13, 2010, RM posted an article by a blogger identified as Abu Ayoub Al-Ghareeb that said, "The nature of a Jew [is of a] person who is never satisfied and the [sic] most greediest of God's creatures." The article blames the Jews for the Holocaust, claiming that "Jews…must have done some really horrible things to the German people."


RM does not differentiate between Israel and people who support Israel in the U.S. In a recorded statement filmed during the 2010 Salute to Israel Parade in New York, Abdullah Muhammad stated: "we gather here to express our animosity and hatred for not only the state of Israel but all those that support it with self, wealth, word or weapons." He went on to quote a Muslim text saying, "the Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews and when the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, the stones and the trees will then say: 'oh [Muslims] there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."    


RM also explicitly calls for genocide against Jews in Israel. One of the signs its members often display during anti-Israel rallies reads: "God will send the mushroom cloud over Israel." During a November 2009 interview, al-Khattab said, "I would like to see Israel wiped off the map. I would like to see a mushroom cloud over it." The group has also posted several videos online that show its leaders displaying jovial reactions to terrorist attacks in Israel and mock the victims.


In June 2008, members taunted marchers at the Salute to Israel Parade in New York with obscenities such as: "control the animal population, reopen Auschwitz…sanitize the Zionists…get the ovens burning."  Al-Khattab once signed a comment to an RM forum with the German words "Arbeit Macht Frei," the infamous Nazi slogan displayed on the entrance to the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

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