The Muslim Students Association, Anwar al-Awlaki and the Global Jihad

Yet another leading MSA figure had a long, clear history of jihadism before joining the organization.

Walid Shoebat recently discovered, and explained the significance of, a monumentally important document titled The Efforts of the Servant of the Two Holy Places to Support the Muslim Minorities. Commissioned by the late Saudi King Abdul Aziz, this “conspiratorial manifesto,” as Shoebat calls it, lays out, in vivid detail, the “Muslim Minority Affairs” strategy by which Islamic supremacists seek to spread, in an incremental but relentless manner, elements of Sharia Law into non-Muslim countries. In a nutshell, the strategy entails the establishment of Islamic organizations that promote Sharia as a divinely inspired system while working to prevent Muslims from assimilating into the non-Islamic cultures of their host nations. The ultimate goal is to cultivate an ever-growing, disaffected, unassimilated Muslim population that can help transform the laws, institutions, and public policies of those countries over the course of time. The manifesto unearthed by Walid Shoebat specifically identifies the Islamic organizations that have been designated to carry out this “Muslim Minority Affairs” plan in America.
Key among these is the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

The MSA was established 49 years ago by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which, as the spearhead of the global jihad, wholly embraces the transformational “Muslim Minority Affairs” agenda for North America. The most influential Islamic student organization on the continent, the MSA today is “dominated,” as the Center for Security Policy's Alex Alexiev states, “by Islamist and anti-American” goals.

The MSA's central role in the global jihad is particularly noteworthy insofar as it relates to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide, who spent twelve years on the payroll of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, an organization that, like the Brotherhood, is devoted to putting the “Muslim Minority Affairs” strategy into action. From 1997 until sometime before early 1999, Abedin was an executive board member of George Washington University's MSA.
 Testifying to the radicalism of this particular MSA branch is the fact that soon after Abedin left the group, its chaplain and “spiritual guide” was none other than Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslim convert who, prior to his arrival at GWU, had already ministered to, and held several private meetings with, three of the men who would soon be among the nineteen mass murderers of 9/11.

Anyone with eyes and ears could have ascertained, long before Awlaki ever set foot on GWU's campus, that he was not in any way a “moderate.” Evidence of Awlaki's commitment to violent jihad dated back to at least 1991, and his vile, inflammatory sermons were by no means carefully guarded secrets. The Investigative Project on Terrorism obtained and studied nearly five-dozen CDs of lectures that Awlaki had recorded in the late 1990s, during his tenure as leader of a Sunni mosque in San Diego. These sermons focused heavily on the dangers that the corrupting evils of Western culture allegedly posed to Muslims in the West—and thus emphasized the importance of resisting assimilation at all cost. Further, Awlaki condemned the undue influence of “the strong Jewish lobbyists”; he characterized Jews as “the enemy from Day 1 to the Day of Judgment”; he denounced “the Jewish terrorists” who were making life miserable for Muslims in many places; he called for the universal implementation of Sharia Law, the “true Islamic system” of “justice”; and he demanded that Muslims commit to the “long-term sacrifice” that “jihad” required—sacrifice that could entail giving “your time,” “your money,” “your family,” and even “your life.”

The rest of Awlaki's story, post-MSA, is well-known. He fled to the United Kingdom and thereafter to Yemen, from where he was able to influence, among others, the terrorists behind the Fort Hood massacre of 2009, the failed Christmas Day underwear-bomber plot of 2009, the attempted Times Square bombing of 2010, and the plot to bomb the Washington Metro system. Ultimately, Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen last September.

Notwithstanding his long, well-documented history of jihadism, Awlaki was somehow deemed fit to serve as the spiritual guide of George Washington University's MSA chapter. Or was it perhaps because of that history, that he was placed in such a position of influence? Indeed, about a decade earlier Awlaki had served as the leader of yet another MSA chapter—at Colorado State University. This suggests quite strongly that jihadism, far from being a detriment, is actually a resumé-enhancement for those who aspire to high-ranking positions with the MSA.

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