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Sharia Enclaves in the West
by Ryan Mauro
Islamist organizations are hard at work creating Muslim enclaves in the West, including right here in the United States. These efforts are designed to create Islamic autonomous areas, often with the expressed desire of incrementally bringing the host country completely under Sharia-based governance. This campaign has not stopped or even slowed down since FrontPage Magazine and the Middle East Forum shined the light on it one year ago.
One group leading the effort to establish Islamist communities within the U.S. is As-Sabiqun, led by an extremist cleric named Imam Abdul Alim Musa. His list of heroes reads like a who's-who of the jihadist world, from Hasan al-Banna to Sayyid Qutb to Ayatollah Khomeini. He recently heaped praise upon Iranian President Ahmadinejad. In June 2002, he expressed support for suicide bombings in Israel. He preaches that the 9/11 attacks were a CIA/Mossad operation, says he "like[s]" Osama Bin Laden, supports Hezbollah, and describes Hamas as being "very nice people." The As-Sabiqun Web site has a plan to create Sharia enclaves in the U.S. in stages, beginning with moving Muslims to one area and setting up independent social services.
As-Sabiqun is now fundraising for two new initiatives: The "Islamic Institute of Counter Zionist American Psychological Warfare" and the "College in Islamic Movement Studies." The appeal for support explains, "We are an anti-Zionist American psycho-guerrilla warfare movement." It expresses the group's hatred for the U.S. government, saying the institutions will "use all available tools in our environment in exposing the anti-Islamic, anti-human policies of this Zionist American system." As-Sabiqun's explicit goal is bringing the U.S. under Sharia law.
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