From The Gathering Storm Blog

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about an article in FrontPage Magazine on the Al-Maghrib Institute and its goal of teaching Wahhabi extremism and Muslim Brotherhood activism in mosques and Muslim student groups throughout North America in at least thirteen cities. I received at least one running set of comments on the post from a reader who my post was incorrect and that the Institute was a benign educational organization teaching the basic peaceful tenets of Islam.

Well it seems the idea of the potential threat of the Al-Maghrib Institute has received support from – of all places – Saudi Arabia!

Just weeks after an exposé appeared at FrontPage (“Jihad U”) uncovering the extremist agenda of the largest independent Islamic studies program in North America, the Al-Maghrib Institute, and detailing the groups extensive connections to the Saudi Wahhabi religious establishment and the Muslim Brotherhood, a laudatory article appeared in the Arab News praising the program for its “state-of-the-art advertising, graphics, and 21st century vernacular,” characterizing the wildfire growth of Al-Maghrib as a “phenomena” (“Al-Maghrib Institute: Motivating People to Learn More About Islam”).

With the Arab News as the official English-language mouthpiece for the Saudi royal family (the parent company, Saudi Research and Publishing Co., is chaired by Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz), it isn’t surprising that Al-Maghrib would receive such preferential treatment, especially since four of the six instructors are graduates of the University of Medina, and the other two holding degrees from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh — all devout propagators of the Wahhabi faith favored by the Saudi regime.

But the glowing media review Al-Maghrib received is all the more understandable when considering that the article’s author, New York-based “freelance journalist” Susan Smith, is in fact a student of the Institute, a fact revealed by the group’s founder, Muhammad Alshreef, and Smith herself on Al-Maghrib’s own online forum. Smith’s article, which first appeared in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs two weeks after the initial FrontPage exposé, makes no mention of her connection to the organization.

This Wahhabi/Salafi strain of Islam is exhibited in Al-Maghrib’s double-weekend seminars, as well as their instructors’ many sermons and articles, which denounce more moderate forms of Islam as takfir (apostate), openly advocate for jihad and the re-establishment of the Caliphate (the stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb-ut-Tahrir), and indulge in anti-Jewish sentiments.

The Al-Maghrib Institute is active amongst the 150 chapters of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) located at universities all over the US and Canada.

The MSA is one of the North American front groups operated by the international Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Maghrib staff are also regular fixtures on several Islamic satellite television networks, including Yasir Qadhi’s weekly Islam Q&A program on the Islam Channel.

The Arab News reports that Al-Maghrib now claims 7,000 members in North America, which, if accurate, would make it the largest Islamic Studies program on the continent, with the program extending internationally to Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom in the near future.

Jihad U, coming soon to a city near you!

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