Sabiqun and Anti-Semitism on Campus
Updated: November 14, 2011
The two principal leaders of Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Muslim group that advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state, have become popular speakers on college and university campuses over the past several years.
Sabiqun founder, Imam Abdul Alim Musa, who heads a mosque in
While Sabiqun appears to have a relatively small following organized primarily around two mosques in DC and
Sabiqun is an anti-Semitic Muslim group that advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state that would abolish all "man-made" forms of governance. Arabic for "vanguard," Sabiqun was founded by Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the head of the Masjid Al Islam mosque in
While Sabiqun claims to have a national presence with centers in several cities, including in
The mosques are located in poor neighborhoods and claim to provide social services to the communities. Sabiqun plans to open a school "at each location where a branch of the movement is established," according to the group's Web site. Near its
The Sabiqun Oakland and DC centers also operate as the "Islamic Institute for Counter Zionist American Psychological Warfare." The institute was established to "monitor Zionist and Israeli networks, circles, and clubs which deceitfully infiltrate Muslim and Black groups," according to a June 2010 Sabiqun newsletter. In a January 2011 statement announcing the opening of the
The planned institute, which will operate out of its DC mosque, will house a College of Islamic Movement Studies, offering courses in Arabic, Islamic theology, law and history; a Department of Strategic and Islamic Studies; and a physical fitness program.
Sabiqun claims that it was created in the early 1990s at Masjid Al Islam mosque in Philadelphia. On July 4, 1995, it published a document called "Resolution of Philadelphia," which declared the group's "independence from man-made concepts." The document, created as a challenge to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, resolved to work toward establishing a self sufficient Muslim community that will work with other Muslims "for the purpose of reestablishing the system of governance known as Khilafah, or the Caliphate."
Sabiqun predicts that Islamic rule will be established in the U.S., which it calls "the Islamic State of North America," by "no later than 2050." Speaking in 2000 at a gathering organized by Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore, Alim Musa said: "Islam went everywhere in the [ancient] world…so why can't Islam take over America…We are on the right road."
An article published in the Sabiqun newsletter in March 2002 claimed that there is "open warfare" between Muslims and the U.S., which it described as "the united forces of kufr [non-believers]…the criminal constitutional dictatorship of the USA."
Sabiqun advocates for a "revolution," which it describes as "absolute change rooted in Allah's guidance." The first issues of the Sabiqun newsletter included a section called "Things to do now," in which it listed the following: "Always cherish the intention of jihad and the desire for martyrdom in the way of Allah and actually prepare yourself for that."
Sabiqun traces its ideological roots to 20th century Islamic revivalism, including the radical Muslim Brotherhood and Ayatollah Khomeini. The group also considers Malcolm X as a major influence.
Sabiqun openly supports Iran and Hezbollah and has links to the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), an international pro-Iranian, pro-Hezbollah think tank that distributes anti-Semitic propaganda in its magazine, Crescent International. Alim Musa is a "senior" member of the ICIT, and "issues of Crescent International serve as regular monthly reading for most Sabiqun members," according to the Sabiqun Web site.
Sabiqun's leaders are not secluded from the mainstream Muslim and Arab communities in the U.S. In fact, Alim Musa and Malik Ali have participated at events organized by Muslim-American organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, Muslim American Society, Islamic Circle of North America and the Islamic Society of North America. They have also spoken at large community mosques around the country. But Alim Musa and Malik Ali are particularly popular with Muslim student groups, in particular the Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine.
Imam Abdul Alim Musa
Though he claims that some of the major Muslim organizations try to avoid him because of his ideology, Alim Musa has participated at events organized by prominent Muslim-American community organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, Muslim American Society, Islamic Circle of North America and the Islamic Society of North America. He also makes regular appearances at the large annual conferences of the Muslim Congress, a Houston-based Shia community group.
At some of these events, Alim Musa has sold copies of an anti-Semitic book written by Imam Mohammad al-Asi. The book, The Ascendant Qur'an, blames Jews for conspiring against Islam.
Alim Musa has also spoken at mass antiwar rallies, including one of the largest pro-Palestinian rallies ever held in this country, which was organized by the ANSWER Coalition on April 20, 2002 in
Alim Musa also traveled to Tehran to participate in the Islamic Awakening conference devoted to examining the Arab Spring hosted by the Iranian government in September 2011. In an interview at the conference with the Iranian Nasr TV, Alim Musa said, "As these new uprisings take place, the West will come out to crush them or to take control like in Egypt." When asked about his thoughts on religion being largely absent as a driving force in the Arab Spring, Musa remarked that it is a Western conspiracy to "wipe Islam off the map."
In addition, Alim Musa is a founder and former member of the governing body of the Muslim Alliance in
Born Clarence Reams in
Alim Musa is a "senior" member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), an international pro-Iranian, pro-Hezbollah Islamist think tank that distributes anti-Semitic propaganda in its magazine, Crescent International. He claims to have travelled several times to
Below is a sample of extremist and anti-Semitic statements that Alim Musa has made:
June 4, 2010: During a sermon at a
January 5, 2010:Alim Musa appeared on Press TV, a state-funded Iranian TV news channel, to discuss the attempt to blow up an American airliner heading for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. During his appearance, Musa claimed that the Israeli Mossad and the
July 4, 2009: Alim Musa spoke at an event organized by the Muslim Congress, a Houston-based Shia community group, in
September 26, 2008: Alim Musa spoke at an anti-
"The Hezbollah…it stands to the Zionists on behalf of their Palestinian cousins."
May 9, 2007: During his appearance at an anti-Israel event that was organized by MSU at UC Irvine, "Holocaust Memorial Week," Alim Musa said:
"Who ran the slave trade…who funded [it]? You'll study and you will find out: the Jews…It was the Jewish bankers…in Vienna, with pockets full of money, funding and insuring, that's who did it…you can't tell us about no holocaust. Between the African Americans and the Native Americans, everybody else's stuff was small potatoes."
October 5, 2006: Alim Musa spoke at a protest organized by the antiwar group World Can't Wait outside the White House in
"We got to get rid of this new Hitler…Just like Hitler burned the Reichstag…to gain full power over the people…George Bush brings down the World Trade Center, blames it on us [Muslims] and then claims himself dictator over the world. So we're here to say it's all over for George."
January 2004: In an interview in the San Francisco Bay View, Alim Musa talked about September 11 and other issues. In the interview, Alim Musa stated:
"When 9/11 happened, the only people who understood it really was Black people. They know that when you have an election-stealing president that has no credibility, he needs something to make him presidential….
March 22, 2002: Alim Musa spoke at an event at the National Press Club in
"A little group like Hezbollah, 'the Party of God'…and in the world there are only two parties: Hezbollah and Hizb-ul-Shaytan [Party of Satan]…you're either in the party or Satan—
"They have caused so much trouble for the Zionists…they're getting paranoid. Zionists are shooting other Zionists…that's the way the Jews are doing…because they're paranoid…and that's the way they need to feel…because when it come to Islam and peoples' willingness to achieve martyrdom, you can't beat them….
"We don't want to be a part of the American system. We want to see it wrapped up, bundled up like they do in them garbage trucks…take it and dump it into the dust bin of history."
October 31, 2001: Alim Musa joined Shabazz for a news conference at the National Press Club. At the event, Shabazz blamed Jews and
October 28, 2000: Alim Musa spoke at a rally in
"We celebrate our young brothers…those shuhada [martyrs]. They're not dead….The Zionists, when they get hit they're dead. They are dead and gone…But our people, when they leave this world they're headed for jannah [
June 2000: At a gathering in
"Al-Amin…turned his ideas, his belief in Islam, into practical solutions for society. And they can't stand that….the Zionist are the same today as they was then. In those days [in Arabia before the ascendance of Islam] they controlled the liquor market in Madina… and the Zionists kept the Arab leaders broke and drunk…the yahud [Jews, in Arabic] were seating back and had each one of them [Arab clans] fighting each other because the leaders was both drunken and they was all in owe (sic) to the same Yahud… he was manipulating the Arabs…then Islam came [and abolished riba, or interest]…
Imam Amir Abdul Malik Ali
Imam Amir Abdul Malik Ali runs Masjid Al Islam in
Malik Ali, who has made anti-Semitic speeches around the country for several years, is often invited to speak to Muslim student groups in
Some of his most inflammatory speeches have been given at anti-Israel events organized by the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at the
Below is a sample of Imam Amir Abdul Malik Ali's inflammatory and anti-Semitic statements:
January 29, 2011: Malik Ali delivered as anti-American conspiratorial speech at a large rally in
January 16, 2011: Malik Ali gave the concluding presentation at the 3-day annual conference of the Muslim Student Association – West, a coalition of West Coast Muslim student groups. The conference was held at the
"Allah is my Lord; Islam is my life; the Qur'an 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."
January 15, 2011: Malik Ali gave the central presentation at the MSA West conference, which had the same title as the conference: "Taking Back Our Narrative." In his presentation he argued that "on 9/11 our narrative was hijacked," explaining that powerful interests in
May 13, 2010: In a speech titled "Death to Apartheid" during MSU's "Israeli Apartheid Week" at UC Irvine, Malik Ali compared Jews to Nazis, expressed support for terrorist groups, accused supporters of Israel of "using" the Holocaust as an excuse to oppress Palestinians and called for the destruction of the "apartheid state of Israel." At the beginning of his speech, Malik Ali called it a time of "celebration" for critics of
When asked during the Q&A session if he specifically supports Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, Malik Ali answered "yes" each time. During his speech, he had repeatedly alleged that Israelis are the oppressors and Palestinians are the victims. After being asked why he calls for not dialoguing with Zionists, Malik Ali compared Jews to Nazis and stated that just like Jews wouldn't have sat down for "tea and crumpets" with Nazis, Jews, who are "the new Nazis," don't deserve dialogue.
Malik Ali also praised students at UCI who had disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during a speaking appearance on campus on February 8, 2010. Malik Ali noted that Oren "forfeited your right to free speech because you believe in ethnic cleansing, you believe in putting people in concentration camps that we call Gaza."May 14, 2009: Malik Ali gave two speeches at UC Irvine, as part of an MSU lecture series titled, "
Earlier in the day Malik Ali delivered a speech titled "To Exist is to Resist" at an outdoor amphitheater in the center of the UC Irvine campus. His dedicated most of his presentation to discussing a recent hate crimes legislation that had passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, known also as the Matthew Shepard Act. Malik Ali claimed that the legislation was in fact a conspiracy to consolidate Zionist control over the American people, insisting that it criminalized criticism of
During his speech, Malik Ali made frequent references to the Holocaust, calling supporters of
May 15, 2008: Malik Ali gave two speeches during a week-long MSU event at UC
"Hamas are freedom fighters, not terrorists…. The Zionist Jews, the Israelis, these are oppressors….the Palestinians are paying for the crimes of the Germans. Let the Germans pay…. And so now, Alhamdulillah [Praise God] we know that their time is coming to an end….The Zionist Jew has only one fear… the ultimate fear of the Zionists are the Muslims. They never defeated us in history…. Even though we got the FBI coming down on us [Muslims], even though we got the media coming down on us, even though we have the government coming down on us, everyone… in terms of who are running the system; we are still not afraid of them… You are dealing with people who fight in the name of Allah, against your imperialism, against your colonialism, against your occupation, and against your racism. And we will not stop until we are either victorious or we are martyred."
From the second speech, "The UC Intifada: How You Can Help Palestine"
"They [Zionist Jews] do things to make people think that it's Muslims when it is actually them behind the scenes [that is] how they do this in Palestine, how they did this with the World Trade Center, both of them: in 1993 and in 2001…
October 5, 2006: Malik Ali spoke at UC Irvine about the war between
"There are some good Jews and some bad Jews; we're talking about the bad ones, the ones who refer to themselves as Zionists, the ones who are not really following the teachings of Moses… they've come up with a racist ideology… that is rooted in white supremacy, in imperialism and colonialism… The axis of evil: you're talking
February 26, 2004: Malik Ali gave a speech at UC Irvine, which was titled "America Under Siege: The Zionist Hidden Agenda," during which he said that Zionism was a mixture of "chosen people-ness and white supremacy." He claimed that Zionists had "Congress, the media and the FBI in their back pocket," and blamed
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