Abdul Alim Musa, founder of the As-Sabiqun movement which aims to transform the U.S. into the “Islamic State of North America” within the next few decades, has established himself as a prophet of anti-Semitic hatred while appearing at college campuses across the United States, often at the invitation of the Muslim Student Union and the Muslim Students Association. While these organizations present Musa as a man of faith and theological insight, he brings a street thug’s approach to his mission, which is to spread hatred of Israel and Jews.
Described by one San Francisco newspaper as “one of the highest-ranking Islamic leaders in the Black community,” Musa is a senior member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) -- a pro-Iranian, pro-Hezbollah, Islamist think tank. He also sits on the governing body of the Muslim Alliance of North America, which is headed by Siraj Wahhaj -- a possible co-conspirator to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
As a young Californian in the 1960s, Musa (who was then known as Clarence Reams) embraced the violent, racist ideology of the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. He became a cocaine exporter and eventually served prison time for that crime. While incarcerated, he converted to Islam and took his present name.
During the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Musa announced his support for the fanatical Ayatollah Khomeini, who had declared war against the Great Satan, America. Since that time, Musa has made a number of visits to Iran as a representative of Muslims in the United States and has professed his support for Iran’s “Islamic revival” – a revival whose most recognizable contemporary spokesman is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has openly called for Israel’s destruction by any means necessary, and whose most signal accomplishment was rigging the 2009 national elections and murdering protestors in the streets of Tehran.
In his appearances on campus, Musa sings the praises of fellow Muslim convert Jamil Al-Amin, who, under the name H. Rap Brown, was a “Minister of Justice” for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and who later was convicted of the March 16, 2000 murder of a police officer. Musa blames Al-Amin’s incarceration on the Jews, and more specifically “the Zionists.”
Lauding Muslim suicide bombers who have died killing Jews, Musa says:
“We celebrate our young brothers, that’s right, we celebrate those shuhada [martyrs]. They are not dead. They say that we lose people by the hundreds. The Zionist, when they get hit they are dead. They are dead and gone and they are headed for gehenna [Hell], isn’t that right? But our people, when they leave this world, they’re headed for jinnah [Paradise]….”
Musa’s hatred of Jews and Israel is equaled only by his hatred of whites and Americans. On January 21, 2001, the Muslim Students Association of UCLA sponsored an event titled “Shaping Our Perspective: Our Role in a Changing World,” where guest speaker Musa enthusiastically predicted the imminent destruction of the United States. Later that year, Musa spoke at a UC Irvine fundraiser on behalf of Jamil Al-Amin and said:
“Imam Jamil coined a phrase, and that phrase meant this: ‘If you don’t give us justice. If you don’t give us equality. If you don’t give us our share of America. If you don’t stay out of our way and leave us alone, we’re gonna burn America down.”
Two days later, when the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought down the World Trade Center, Musa must have thought that his prayers had been answered.
Musa refers to Israel as a “cancer” that needs to be excised from the community of nations. He assails “the Zionists in Hollywood, the Zionists in New York, and the Zionists in DC” who “all collaborate” to oppress blacks and Muslims.
Acknowledging unapologetically that violent jihad is entirely consistent with the aims of authentic Islam, Musa says:
“We have Imams going on television and radio talking about how there is no Jihad in Islam…. [They say] Islam means peace. But Allah says he loves those who fight in his way…. So when we have leaders in Palestine going out and fighting in the way of Allah, [our] Imams should not be jumping up on television talking about how they are suicide bombers. They are not suicide bombers. They are martyrs. The Zionists are suicide bombers.”
A staunch supporter of the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Musa contends that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the American and Israeli governments in order to provide a pretext for waging war against Islam:
“Didn’t Adolph Hitler burn the Reichstag, blame it on the people and he became the Fuhrer and what happened? He could suspend civil liberties. And he could wipe out and he could war against all of his enemies. That’s what Adolph Hitler did, isn’t that right? He burned the Reichstag himself.... They blew up the World Trade Center, blamed it on us, and then come out with the PATRIOT Act and all these criminal laws. Right?”
Such are the rants of a speaker who has become popular with Muslim student groups nationwide. That such a figure should be welcomed at colleges across the country is evidence of how intense the campus war against Israel and the Jews has become.