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« on: June 26, 2008, 10:03:25 AM »
Sent to me from Mark Harding in Canada

By Jacob Thomas

Are the Minnesota School Authorities that Ignorant?

I despair of the cultural situation in the West! Would we ever learn about
the true nature of Islam? Are we that naïve that we consider Islam simply a
religion, a "religion of peace" that has been high-jacked by some of its

I write these words after reading an op-ed article in the Saturday/Sunday
edition of the Wall Street Journal (14/15 June, 2008,) about a "Charter
School" in the State of Minnesota, that is promoting Islam. Here are
excerpts from the article, followed by my analysis and comments.

Ms. Katherine Kersten, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, began
her article, by asking:

"At what point does a publicly funded charter school with strong Islamic
ties cross the line and inappropriately promote religion? That's a question
now facing us in Minnesota. For the past five years, the Tarek ibn Ziyad
Academy, in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has operated in close connection
with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. The school accepts public
funds, and thus the broader constitutional requirements placed on all public
schools. Nonetheless, in many ways it behaves like a religious school.

"The school is named for the Muslim general who conquered Spain in the
eighth century. It shares a building with a mosque and the headquarters of
the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. The cafeteria serves Halal food.
Arabic is a required subject. There is a break for midday prayers. On
Fridays, many students join with Muslim teachers and attend religious
services in the school's gym. There are voluntary Islamic Studies classes
held "after" school, but before the buses leave to take the school's 400
students home. Most of the students are the children of low-income Muslim

"The Muslim American Society, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, is the
American branch of the international Muslim Brotherhood, ‘the world's most
influential Islamic fundamentalist group.'

"The Minnesota Department of Education's report, released last month,
concluded that the school is breaking the law by holding Friday religious
services on school grounds. Minnesota education officials need both the
backbone and the oversight tools necessary to prevent the blurring of lines
between Islam and the public schools. If they continue their tepid response,
a separate system of taxpayer-financed education for Muslims may take root
here. Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy could be the first of many."

The URL for the full text of this article is:


The above information should make every American very disturbed, not only
about the infiltration of Islam into publicly-funded schools, but by the
shocking ignorance displayed by the Minnesota authorities, vis-à-vis the
true nature of Islam. While Ms. Kersten was alarmed by the fact that Islam
(as religion,) was being taught at a charter school, she seemed to be
oblivious of the fact that Islam is far more complex than to be classified
as just a religion. Islam has always enshrined a political agenda that is
totally opposed to Western democratic principles. Herein lies its ultimate
and ever-present danger.


To educate the Western public about the unique nature of Islam seems to be
an unending job. First, I would like to quote from my article, "Losing the
War against Jihadism," that appeared on the FFI website of Sunday, 31 May,

"The directives of the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] manifest an
abysmal ignorance of Islam, its history, and its religious-political
ideology. Islam is unique among the major world religions. It's unlike
Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Judaism. Islam combines
religion with politics in one indivisible entity. This a fact firmly
embedded in Islamic history."

In order to underline the peculiar nature of Islam, I would like to quote
from a classic, "Islam: A Way of Life." The book was written by the late
Professor Philip K. Hitti. He was born in Lebanon in 1886, and educated at
the American University of Beirut. He immigrated to the United States in
1913, pursued his studies at Columbia University, where he received his PhD
in 1915. He became Professor of Arabic Literature at Princeton University,
and wrote several books, the most widely known is, History of the Arabs

Professor Hitti, who died in 1978, was a pioneer in the field of Middle East
Studies. In 1967, he lectured at the University of Minnesota on the subject
of Islam. These lectures were considerably expanded and published by Henry
Regnery Company in 1971, under the title of "Islam: A Way of Life" The book
is divided into three parts: Islam the Religion, Islam the State, and Islam
the Culture.

Describing the changes that took place after Muhammad moved from Mecca to
Medina in 622 A.D., Hitti wrote:

"In Medina Muhammad's writings centered more on social and political matters
than on spiritual considerations. The short, crisp, spiritually oriented
revelations that he made in Mecca were followed by prosaic, verbose surahs
revealed in Medina and dealing with such subjects as war and booty, gambling
and taxes, food and drink, marriage and divorce. The community of Medina
served as the nucleus of the rising Arab nation; its government developed
into a prototype of the Moslem empire, and the Islam of Medina was the germ
from which the Islam of the world grew." P. 15

In Part II, Philip Hitti dealt with the political and imperialistic aspects
of Islam. Not content with Muhammad's conquest and Islamization of the
Arabian Peninsula, his successors known as the Caliphs, began their famous
Islamic Futuhat (Conquests.)

"At the beginning of the rise of Islam the two world powers were the
Byzantine or East Roman Empire and the Persian Empire. One was Christian and
the other Zoroastrian. It was truly startling that a new power, preaching a
strange religion, emerged from little-known Arabia, stripped one of the two
empires of its richest provinces in Asia and Africa, and destroyed the other
to its very foundation. By 642, ten years after the death of the Prophet,
the Persian Empire had been erased from the register of existence, and the
Byzantine Empire had lost greater Syria (from the Taurus to Sinai) and
Egypt." P. 72

Describing the blood-letting that took place quite often within the Islamic
Umma, Professor Hitti, recounts the horrific end of the Umayyad Dynasty that
ruled the Muslim Empire from Damascus (661-750,) and the rise of the
Abbasids who moved the center of the Muslim world to Baghdad:

Caliph Marwan II (744-50) and his army of 12,000 "were utterly destroyed.
The fugitive commander was pursued to Egypt, caught hiding in a church, and
decapitated. His head was sent to abu-al-‘Abbas in Kufah. The Syrian capital
opened its gates to the invaders after a brief siege. Its caliphal tombs
were desecrated and their contents exhumed; even the dead were punished. As
for the living the punishment was extermination --- by covert if not by
overt means." P. 86

I still remember, the placid manner of our Levantine professor of the
History of Arab-Islamic Civilization who described the violent upheavals
that took place in that history, beginning with the assassination of Ali in
661; the near-extermination of the Umayyads as described above; all the way
to the early 19th century when Muhammad Ali Pasha of Egypt, murdered
hundreds of Mamelukes, after having invited them for a banquet in Cairo!
Those events were described without emotions or regrets, as if they were to
be expected!

Another piece of news that was reported in the WSJ article requires a
special comment. The readers were informed that the school's name was Tarek
ibn Ziyad Academy, and that it was "named for the Muslim general who
conquered Spain in the eighth century." Wow, what a brazen insult to the
West! Tariq ibn Ziyad led the Arabs and the newly-converted North African
Berbers, to cross the Mediterranean from Tangiers, Morocco, and land a few
miles to the north, on the Spanish side. Arab history teachers revel in
telling this story about Tariq. Having brought his victorious men into
Europe, he burned their ships, and said: "The sea is behind you, and the
enemy is in front of you. You have only one choice: fight and conquer." The
huge rock near the point of their landing came to be known as Jebel Tariq,
(Mount of Tariq.) In Western languages, it is spelled Gibraltar!

The founders of the Charter School at Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis, were
not ignorant of their Islamic history. They wanted their students to reflect
on the "glorious days of the Islamic futuhat." Their very success in
founding the academy in an important part of the United States was in itself
a conquest. The academy's worldview being Islamic, its students' ultimate
loyalty would not be to America, that had welcomed their parents, but to the
Islamic Umma, with its cultural and political baggage.

Am I reading too much into the story of "Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy?" I don't
think so. On 16 June, 2008, the liberal Kuwaiti website,
published an article with the title, On Religion & Politics. The author
lamented the fact that in post-Saddam Iraq, "religion and politics are
visible everywhere, and seem to be having a harmonious relationship." He
pointed to the Iraqi flag that carries the Islamic slogan, "Allahu
Akbar." "Religious militias, both Sunni and Shi'ite, are everywhere; and in
the parliament both clergy and laity intermingle." By the way, it was during
the Iraq-Iran War (1980-1988) that Saddam Hussein, the secular Baathist,
added "Allahu Akbar," to the center of the flag. That was done to rally all
Iraqis behind him in his fight against the Islamic Republic of Iran!

Going back a little to the recent history of the Middle East, President
Sadat who succeeded the nationalist President Nasser in 1970, was known as
the "al-Rai's al-Mou'men, (the believing president.) Unfortunately for him,
his fidelity to his Islamic faith did not keep the Islamist elements within
the army from assassinating him on 6 October, 1981, on the very day he was
commemorating his successful crossing of the Suez Canal on 6 October, 1973!

One final thought that I would like to leave with the readers. During this
crucial election year in America, I would like to suggest that each
candidate for the presidency should be asked "What is your understanding of
If the answer is: "Islam is just another religion among world
religions," then the candidate is not equipped to lead America in our
turbulent times. Fourteen hundred years of world history witness to the fact
that Islam has been a politicized and imperialistic worldview. There can be
no co-existence between Islam (as based on the Qur'an, the Hadith, and the
Sunna) and democracy, as understood and practiced in the free world.

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008, 07:22:25 PM »
Good read- Harding is a good man- he should have been taken serious here, but he isnt.
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