The American and European prison systems have become prime recruitment centers for radical Islam. Al Qaeda training manuals found by U.S. troops in Afghanistan reveal that America’s black prisoners, who constitute nearly half of the nation’s two million inmates, are viewed by terrorists as a potentially bountiful source of new jihadi recruits. Some 40,000 inmates convert to Islam annually, and almost all of these converts are African Americans.
The Saudi government, which has made the propagation of radical Islam in America a top priority, has shipped tens of thousands of Korans to U.S. jails in recent years. Through the National Islamic Prison Foundation, Saudi money finances an extensive “prison outreach” program that seeks to convert inmates to Islam and to anti-Americanism. Prison chaplains are typically Wahhabis (practitioners of Saudi Arabia’s most extreme, fundamentalist form of Islam) who have been certified and trained as religious officials by either the Islamic Society of North America or the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, both of which have been under federal investigation for ties to terrorism. Islam expert Stephen Schwartz states that “radical Muslim chaplains … acting in coordination to impose an extremist agenda … have gained a monopoly over Islamic religious activities in American state, federal, and city prisons and jails.”
In many prison libraries, Islamic groups have placed books by a thirteenth-century Islamic writer, Ibn Taymiyya, a favorite scholar of Osama bin Laden and other latter-day jihadists. Taymiyya enunciates jihad violence as a central principle of Islam.
The seeds of such indoctrination have taken root in the minds of many who convert to Islam while in prison:
This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the infiltration of American and European prisons by jihadist imams and jihadist literature.
Black America, Prisons, and Radical Islam
By the Center for Islamic Pluralism
Radicalization or Rehabilitation: Understanding the Challenge of Extremist and Radicalized Prisoners
By Greg Hannah, et al. (Rand Corporation)
Islam in the Big House
By Stephen Schwartz
Muslim Prison Ministry: Hindering the Spread of the Radical, Militant, Violent and Irreconcilable Wing of Islam
By James Doogan
May 25, 2006
Islam and Prison: Why Are So Many Inmates Converting?
By The Clarion Project
June 3, 2019
The Jihadi Virus in Our Jails
By Michelle Malkin
May 22, 2009
Radical Recruiting in America’s Prisons
By Cal Thomas
June 20, 2002
From Jail to Jihad
By Kitman TV