By David Schussler

If you look up courses on Middle East and Islamic Studies at most major universities you will find a plethora of offerings from language to culture and religion. Just who is teaching these courses, and what are they teaching? Our nation with its liberties allow for a free thinking society with free speech in universities and colleges, therefore, throughout the evolution of our system of higher education there have existed many causes for debate and reasoned thinking. Unfortunately there has become an unbalanced liberal modulation within the system. This has in the past, and could now be affecting how the current and future generations of our children think and act in times of war or conflict.

Sean O’Neill reports in the London Times (Nov.,18, 2006) The first suicide bombers in the Israeli Palestinian conflict in April of 2003 were two young Britains who were educated in the London College system. O’Neill goes on to say that in 1988, as a journalist, he accompanied disciples of radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed to many campuses as they were arranging and speaking in university rooms. He infers that the liberal atmosphere in education in Britain (as in the U.S.) has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to much of the agendas of those who would wish to indoctrinate.

One of the meetings at King’s College was the impetus for Sharif and Hanif, the two bombers. It took five years for the plot to culminate, but that is the nature of indoctrination. Omar Saeed Sheikh who has been “convicted of the kidnap and murder of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist, was first exposed to the Islamist ideology at the London School of Economics.” O’Neill states “The radical groups have continued to organize and indoctrinate, often under false names, and have found the process increasingly easy in the climate of anger surrounding the Iraq war.”

Kenneth Perkins, a USC history professor who teaches courses about Islam, said, “Americans are reluctant to accept Muslims ….. understanding spreads positive light. You have to be willing to make….a conscious effort to do that” A conscious effort at learning what though?

Chaudhry Sadiq, president of the South Carolina chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says “the misunderstanding between Americans and Muslims is because of the media,” which he thinks created Islamophobia. The mission of CAIR and its 31 chapters is to create a positive image of Islam by educating the public and building “a coalition to achieve good will”. First of all why isn’t it called a Council on Islamic vs. All Other Religions? America is a culture of all religions, Islam is a variety of cultures in many countries.

Why shouldn’t Americans tend to distrust Muslims? The majority of all terrorism in the world is being done by Muslims who believe all others are infidels and sinners and deserve to die. The Qu’ran teaches that Christianity is blasphemy and that all who are not Muslims but are evildoers and sinners must be punished. Just read the following excerpts from “Crisis in the Muslim Mind” by AbdulHamid A. AbuSulayman, translation by Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo of “The International Institute of Islamic Thought”, Herndon, Virginia USA, and being taught at The University of Southern California today.

“But God is also Just. Hence evildoers and sinners must have their share of punishment and the virtuous, His bounties and favors. Actually God’s attribute of Mercy has full manifestation in His attribute of Justice. People suffering throughout their lives for His sake and people oppressing and exploiting other people all their lives should not receive similar treatment from their Lord. Expecting similar treatment for them will amount to negating the very belief in the accountability of man in the Hereafter and thereby negating all the incentives for a moral and virtuous life in this world. The following Quranic verses are very clear and straightforward in this respect:”

“Verily, for the Righteous are gardens of Delight, in the Presence of their Lord. Shall We then treat the people of Faith like the people of Sin? What is the matter with you? How judge you?” (68:34-36)

[22:39] Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them;

This verse lays down the precondition for all war in Islam: there must exist certain oppressive conditions on the people. The Creator unequivocally orders us to fight oppression and persecution, even at the expense of bloodshed as the following verse shows (translation),

[2:190-192] And fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the reward of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.

So because we went into their country and rid them of an evil despot leader some sly clerics are convincing countrymen that we are the oppressors and must die when they should be expressing an eye for an eye against those from within their society who are wreaking havoc on them.

And for our black citizens who are thinking about being totally accepting of Islamic culture, I recommend the following that is also being taught in the same course.

The condition of slavery is very different in Islam than the harsh conditions imposed by non-Muslims or disobedient Muslims. From the Sunnah, specifically in the study of the Sunnah called, we find:

[41:4957] Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet (saw) said: None of you must say: “My slave” (abdi) and “My slave-woman” (amati), and a slave must not say: “My lord” (rabbi or rabbati). The master (of a slave) should say: “My young man” (fataya) and “My young woman” (fatati), and a slave should say “My master” (sayyidi) and “My mistress” (sayyidati), for you are all (Allah’s) slave and the Lord is Allah, Most High.

For the American woman I offer this excerpt that is being taught all over our country;

[4:34] Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

24:30-31] Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…

Islam and the Muslims who follow it in its essence are not evil, but just as Christians or Jews have done at times throughout history, there are many who are misinterpreting (with the help of radical clerics) the common sense spirit and truth of their faith. It is these radicals who are trying to reach our youth as was successfully done with Marxism, Communism, and other Socialist and Fascist ideologies on our campuses in the past.

After having been ruthlessly attacked by Islamic terrorists over and over, it is only natural for the world to be suspicious and wary of Muslims. These are the times we live in. It is easy and catchy to be labeled Islamiphobic, and refer to the Japanese detention camps. It creates a wonderful battle cry for those who would try to reach our youth to have them blindly accept the first stages of defeat in our war against terror.

Campus radicalism has existed since our college and university system began. Some of it births wonderful new ideas and reformations, but just remember that the reason it does is because of the natural rebelliousness and absorbent minds of our youth. It is our responsibility to be watchful, alert our youth, and, when necessary, expose those who are trying to indoctrinate rather than educate our children.

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