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ICNA Required Reading Promotes Hatred

September 16, 2011

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (  has put together an interesting article on the required reading list for members of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Each quarter of the year, ICNA’s women’s organization releases a curriculum about required activities and reading for the group’s members and Members of the General Assembly (MGAs). While required books like Don’t be Sad and Islam in Focus may sound innocuous, they contain hateful messages.

“The effect that fighting in the way of Allah has upon a person is something that we might not accept, but it is something that our conscience accepts. Whenever the soul avoids combating evil, its level of fear and anxiety increase,” says the book Don’t Be Sad, a required reading text for both members and MGAs during the July-September quarter. “But if it [the soul] fights for the sake of Allah, Allah will transform fear and anxiety into happiness, strength, and vigor.”

Texts from the group’s January to March curriculum reinforce similar ideas.

Islam in Focus, a required reading text for ICNA members, reinforces concepts typical of other Islamist texts. It attacks secularism and tells readers that they should aspire to Islamic governments in Muslim countries and around the world.

The critique of Western systems extends to economics as well. “Under the Islamic system the menace of greedy Capitalism and destructive Communism never arises,” the text says. Islam is portrayed as a “moderate and middle” course “between Capitalism and Socialism.”

For MGAs, the required reading for January to March isn’t much better. Dawah [Proselytizing] Among Non-Muslims, by South Asian extremist leader Khurram Murad, tells readers that they have a religious duty to convert the world. This responsibility includes presenting “a powerful critique of Kufr [disbelief], of Western thought and society” and offering an Islamic alternative society. “We also have to expose the dangers of secular Western thought and ideas,” the book notes.
And, my personal favorite:
Dawah Among Non-Muslims also presents the idea that Muslims and Westerners are locked in a struggle for hegemony over “political, economic and ideological interests.” It’s the point of departure for the book’s criticisms of Western economic and political systems, and the text’s advocacy of an Islamic replacement.

Importantly, the text also tells readers that they should be careful about discussing their real intentions with the uninitiated.

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