The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a non-profit research organization founded by Steve Emerson, published a letter on the IPT website which was written by a Muslim Students Association (MSA) member. The letter urges Muslims not to vote in elections this November. While an overwhelming number of Muslim-Americans supported Barack Obama, the MSA student suggested that both candidates are “kafir” and “poisonous.”
Farhad Akbari, the San Diego student, writes:
Whether you vote for the white kafir or the half-black kafir, they will kill our brothers and sisters. They will subjugate our brothers and sisters. And they will certainly support Israel in killing our brothers and sisters. There is no “lesser of two evils” here. They are both greater evils. The lesser evil is avoiding the situation, as both are equally poisonous to the cause of Islam. … Brothers and sisters, I have one thing to say: DON’T VOTE.
IPT accurately points out that these radical views are not anomalies, and are pervasive among various MSA chapters.
The July 1999 issue of UCLA’s MSA magazine al-Talib features the faces of Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, and Malcolm X. The article in the magazine about Osama expresses a hope that Muslims will defend their “brother” when someone refers to him as a terrorist.
The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada maintains chapters on more than 600 college campuses, 150 of which are directly affiliated with the national organization. While chapters may sometimes vary since the relationship between individual chapters and the national level is not fixed, the MSA has gained notoriety for radicalism on North American college campuses.
The MSA was initially founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s like-minded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”