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Harvard Islamic Society By: FrontPage Magazine
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Over a four-week span, Frontpage will publish profiles of individual chapters of the Muslim Students Association and Muslim Student Union on a variety of campuses around the country, showing how they work to advance the cause of radical Islam and to lead the effort to stigmatize Israel. These profiles are compiled in our new booklet, "The Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network." To read the introduction, click here, "The MSA at UCLA," click here, "The MSA at Berkeley, click here, "The MSU at UC Irvine," click here, "The MSA at Brown," click here, "The MSA at Columbia," click here, and "The MSA at Michigan State," click here, "The MSA at Ohio State," click here, "The MSA at Penn State," click here, "The MSA at Queensborough Community College," click here, "The MSA at Temple," click here, "The MSA at UC Santa Barbara," click here, "The MSA at Michigan," click here, "The MSA at U Penn," click here, "The MSA at Wisconsin," click here, and "The MSA at Virginia Commonwealth University," click here. – The Editors

Established in 1955, the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) is a student organization whose mission is to “meet the social and religious needs of the Muslim community at Harvard University and to promote Islamic awareness on campus.”

During his tenure as HIS president, Zayed Yasin (a 2002 Harvard graduate) held a charity dinner to raise funds for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). Also during his tenure, Yasin signed a divestment petition calling on Harvard to cut its financial ties to corporations that conducted business with Israel.119

In early 2002 Yasin was named by Harvard as one of three students who would speak at the University’s June 6 commencement ceremony. He prepared a speech for this event titled “My American Jihad.” When questioned about the rationale underlying his choice of title, he claimed the term jihad had no violent connotations.120 To avoid controversy Harvard removed the words “My American Jihad” from the title as it appeared in the official commencement programs.

In March 2005, HIS held its annual Islam Awareness Week. Among the featured presentations was “Islam, Hip-Hop & Black America” in which the presenter, a hip-hop journalist named Adisa Banjoko, delivered a 45-minute speech about Islam’s influence on hip-hop cultures. “Most African-American males,” he claimed, “do not relate to the Bible and do not trust the Bible,” and described his introduction to former Black Panther Kiilu Nyasha as a watershed moment in his personal life, and as a motivating factor in his conversion to Islam at age 21.121

Another presentation was on sharia law by Suheil Laher, a Muslim chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of numerous articles extolling the virtues of jihad. Laher has frequently cited the declaration of Abdullah Azzam, mentor of Osama bin Laden: “Jihad and the rifle alone! No negotiations; No conferences; and No dialogues.”

Laher was once affiliated with Care International, the now defunct Muslim charity that served as the Boston branch office of the New York-based al-Kifah Refugee Center, from which Islamic Group leader Omar Abdel-Rahman funded and planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.122


119 http://www.harvardislamicsociety.org/


120 Ibid.

121 http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/486



122 http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individual Profile.





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