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A Sketch on Homegrown Radicalism

July 7, 2011

The Investigative Project on Terrorism IPT had an interesting piece on threats closer to home:  As-Sabiqun.

As I read this article, I asked myself, “why isn’t this being covered in the mainstream news?”  It is not hard to find stories of similar groups preaching their sermons of anti-British sentiment and hate in the U.K.  However, the U.S. media is pretty quiet on similar actions here.  The most critical sentence in the whole article is the first:

 One of America’s most radical homegrown Islamist groups…

That’s right, made in America.  As-Sabiqun’s leader, Abdul Alim Musa (IPT profile here), is also American-made.  Born Clarence Reams, Musa has quite the resumé of crime, thuggery, and revolutionary activism, having been involved with the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam before landing in prison.  It was in prison where Clarence met Allah and converted to Islam. 

Since that time, Musa has been rubbing elbows with, and voicing support for, such nefarious characters as Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran and representatives of Hezbollah and Hamas, to name a few.

I found it very informative to note Musa’s influences:

Musa’s unique take on Islamism that mixes elements from a variety of ideologues, including Syed Abul Ala Maududi, the founder of an extremist South Asian [Pakistan – ed.] group, Jamaat-e-Islami; Uthman dan Folio, who founded a caliphate in north Nigeria that continues to inspire African Islamists; Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Sayyid Qutb, the inspiration of al-Qaida ideologues Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki; Kalim Siddiqui, a South Asian extremist who advocated for an Islamic world order to overthrow the West; and Imam Ali Khomeini, who led Iran’s 1979 Islamist Revolution.

Maududi was a colleague of Hasa al-Bana in the Muslim Brotherhood; Jamaat-e-Islami is considered the Muslim Brotherhood’s brother organization in Pakistan.  Sayyid Qutb was also a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is this the same Muslim Brotherhood with which President Obama and European Union leaders have decided to engage in talks? 

Yes, it is.

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