- Sponsored a March 2003 speaking engagement for two U.S. leaders of the Islamist organization Al-Muhajiroun
One of six community colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Queensborough Community College (QCC) is a small, two-year school that offers associate’s degrees in a number of academic fields. Of the 17 undergraduate campuses in the CUNY system, QCC ranks in the top three — along with Queens College and LaGuardia College — in terms of Muslim student enrollment.
In March 2003, QCC’s Muslim Students Association (QCC-MSA) sponsored a closed meeting — i.e., it was officially open only to Muslim students — on the Queensborough campus. The event was secretly infiltrated and monitored by WorldNetDaily journalist Aaron Klein. The information that follows was supplied by Klein in his March 18, 2003 article, “Soda, Pizza, and the Destruction of America.”
The QCC-MSA event attended by Klein featured presentations by American-born Abu Yousuf (age 20) and Pakistani-born Muhammad Faheed (age 23). Both men were U.S. leaders of Al-Muhajiroun, an international Islamic fundamentalist organization (closely allied to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda) whose overriding aim is to restore and expand, by means of violent jihad, a Muslim caliphate (empire) that would operate according to the principles of Shariah, or Islamic law.
Yousuf, who spoke first, had been a frequent speaker at numerous New York-area colleges — mostly at events arranged by the MSA. He told his Queensborough audience that America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq was part of a well-orchestrated “Christian crusade to rid the world of Islam”; was rooted in the West’s lust for oil and for dominance over Muslim nations; and would undoubtedly be followed by further U.S. attacks against Arab countries. Accusing American soldiers of seeking to “starve, rape and murder our brothers and sisters,” Yousuf depicted the United States as a “hypocritical” nation that now wished to “disarm” Saddam Hussein after having “armed him in the first place” while turning “a blind eye to his atrocities.”
The next speaker, Mr. Faheed, declared that Christians and Jews were conspiring against Islam. He told his listeners:
“[W]e must not recognize any government authority, or any authority at all besides Allah…. We are not Americans. We are Muslims. [The U.S.] is going to deport and attack us! It is us vs. them! Truth against falsehood! The colonizers and masters against the oppressed, and we will burn down the master’s house!… We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don’t lobby Congress or protest because we don’t recognize Congress! The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it!”
Repudiating unequivocally the U.S. Constitution and Western secular governments, Faheed declared: “Eventually there will be a Muslim in the White House dictating the laws of Shariah.” Vowing further that the U.S.-led war in Iraq would soon be “felt in America,” Faheed advised his Muslim listeners to ally themselves with “the so-called terrorists” and prepare for a violent battle against the American people:
“The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly [i.e., with proper devotion] fear Allah. Since everyone fears the worldly things that Allah controls, they therefore fear these Islamic organizations [which have been labeled ‘terrorist’ groups]. We must join with these organizations. They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them.”
Asserting that the U.S. is “not strong,” Faheed said: “Vietnam, they [Americans] lost. Somalia, they ran away from. America hasn’t won anything since World War II. We can defeat America.”