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Terrorism Under the Guise of a University?

American university’s goals are similar to those of known Muslim extremist groups.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/5/2010, 3:28 AM / Last Update: 8/5/2010, 3:24 AM

A university in the United States has recently been the subject of Internet blogs due to the disturbing information it provides on its website.

As reported on Pamela Geller’s blog “Atlas Shrugs” on Sunday, the San Antonio, Texas chapter of the Muslim American Society also runs a university called the Islamic American University, which is one if its main projects. Yet an examination of the university’s website has uncovered the following definition of its goals: “The Islamic American University is an institution for education, training, Da'wa and studies in the fields of Islamic Shari'a, its fundamentals, linguistics, and sciences.”

Shari’a law is the sacred Islamic law which includes some very strict behavioral rules, particularly towards women. Under Shari’a Law, for example, wives cannot obtain a divorce even if they are abused by their husbands. The law also allows a Muslim man to marry a child as young as 1 year old and to consummate the marriage by age 9. A woman is considered to be a slave to her husband under Shari’a law, can be beaten by her husband at his will, and all the while her husband is permitted to have 4 wives and a temporary wife for a limited period at his discretion. 

Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, has implemented Shari’a law in the Strip, including the enforcement of a dress code for women on the street, in schools and in the courts, expulsion from schools of female students who do not wear a head covering and wide dresses, a requirement that women announcers on television must wear a veil and that Islamic content must be featured in television programs, and police arresting immodestly clad women and enforcing gender separation, to name a few. Rules implemented by Hamas in the past month have included prohibiting women and teenagers from smoking hookahs in public, and removing dressing rooms from women's clothing stores.

Da’wa, another term mentioned on the university’s website, is the Islamic act of proselytizing, or convincing non-Muslims to convert to Islam.

Furthermore, the website goes on to say that “IAU aims at grooming distinguished scholars, activists, leaders, and teachers who are well-rounded in Islam as well as in the different facets of American life. The IAU board of trustees is headed by internationally renowned scholars such as Sheikh Yusuf al-Qardawi who serves as chairman and Dr. Jamal Badawi who serves as vice chairman.”

Geller’s blog explains that Qaradawi is a Muslim who is active in the Muslim Brotherhood, considered to be "the parent organization of Hamas and al-Qaeda." He has frequently justified Palestinian suicide bombings as legitimate responses to alleged “Zionist occupation”.

Qaradawi has expressed support for the anti-U.S. insurgency in Iraq and endorsed the kidnapping and murder of American civilians there. During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, he voiced support for Hizbullah. He has also been barred from entering the United States since 1999 due to his support for Palestinian terrorism, and in 2008, the United Kingdom also denied him a visa on grounds that he seeks “to justify any act of terrorist violence...”

Geller added that the Muslim Brotherhood “has infiltrated every agency and institution at the highest levels” in the United States and said that one of its goals as outlined in a document that was captured and entered into evidence in the Holy Land terror trial, is "eliminating and destroying western civilization from within" and forming one global Islamic state.