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Terror in the Heartland - University of Oklahoma suicide bomber attended same mosque as jailed 20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui
October 9, 2005
MIM: As more details emerge about the Oklahoma University suicide bombing it becomes increasingly clear that Joel Hinrich's Muslim roommate Fazal Cheema is the one who holds the real answers to the terrorist motives behind Hinrich's stapping a bomb to himself and detonating 100 yards from a stadium filled with 84,000 people. The fact that the head of the Muslim Student Association Ashraf Hussain, said that Cheema was " a really, really, good guy", and that he "believes that Hinrich was not a Muslim" shows that he knew Cheema well,and would have been kept informed about the progress of his roomate towards a conversion to Islam. Since the MSA mission statement includes Da'wa, and it is an Islamic obligation for Muslims to bring non Muslims to Islam, it is a given that Cheema would have tried to introduce Hinrich to Islam and invited him to come to the mosque. According to sources close to law enforcement, Jihad literature was found in Hinrich's and Cheema's apartment.
The mosque which Cheema and Hinrich's are said to have attended is the same one which frequented by Zacarias Moussaoui, proof of it's radical Islamist agenda. Mossauoui attended the Finsbury Park Mosque in London at the time it was run by terrorist Abu Hamza Al Masri. The mosque was home to Richard Reid the shoebomber, the terrorist Courtellier brothers, and American convert James Ujaama who is now jailed in Seattle on charges of helping Al Qaeda.
Hinrich's father claim to the press that his son "was not politically motivated" is no reason to rule out terrorism as a motive. On the contrary, countless terrorist attacks have taken place where the motives were never specified. In the case of the London bombings, no notes or announcements were made by the perpetrators, and the motive is still the subject of speculation. ( Claims by Al Qaeda that the bombings were linked to them could not be verified ).
The motivation behind the second attempted London bombings were also unclear. One bomber said it was meant to scare people, and that he and the others never intended to blow themselves up.
As for the claims by the head of the Muslim Student Association head Ashraf Hussain that Hinrich's Pakistani Muslim roommate Fazal Cheema was "a really, really, nice guy", one can only question when, and why his personal website has been pulled from the internet.
When MSA president Ashraf Hussain, (who is a petroleum and electrical engineering junior), spoke to the campus paper about Cheema,his story became vague.
"(Hinrichs) had a Muslim roommate; he had a Muslim roommate — that's all they're mentioning," Hussein said.
Terror in the Heartland
Not more than 100 yards from the Oklahoma-Kansas State football game on Saturday, OU student Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, blew himself up in what was initially believed to be a simple suicide. While his decision to kill himself seemed to match a personality friends and family describe as detached and strange, disturbing facts are beginning to emerge suggesting that Mr. Hinrichs had more sinister designs, like perhaps taking a few of the 84,000 nearby fans with him.
MIM: The University of Oklahoma gives these links at the top of their homepage to statements about the bombing.
MIM: OU President Boren who urged people not to "rush to judgement" "in keeping with our most recent history" and assured and referred to "the tragic loss of life on campus"
He went on to imply that it was "nothing short of prejudice" for anyone to suggest that a student who roomed with a Muslim and had detonated himself in front of a football stadium packed with 84,000 people, might have been attempting a suicide terrorist attack and assured students that "if he received any information to the contrary" he would "take any steps necessary to protect our community". In what can be interpreted as a swipe at law enforcement for detaining 7 Muslim students after Hinrichs sucide bomber detonation, Boren concludes his message to the 'students,faculty and staff of OU', wherein he refers to Hinrich as 'the deceased', with this bit of PC drivel:
"Rushing to judgement on the basis of race, religion, gender or ethnicity, is not the OU or the American way".
If OU President Boren would read the agenda of the MSA on his university's campus, which includes a clause allowing for the dismissal of a committee member who behaves unIslamically, he would see that the Muslim students at Oklahoma University the ones in need of a course entitled "The American Way 101". (see MSA OU Constitution below or click on link) http://www.ou.edu/student/oumsa/constitution.htm
The information to the contrary, regarding the security of the campus, can be found on the Muslim Student Associaton website, which indicates an active Da'wa committee, and that of their affiliated mosque, The Norman Masjid.
MIM: Information about the Norman mosque, near the campus, which was attended by Zacharias Moussaoui and which Hinrich would have attended . Note that the MSA emphasizes that "All individuals,Muslims and non- Muslims are invited and encouraged to attend." Given the agressive Da'wa (proseltyzing) which is an essential part of the activities of the Muslim Student Association. A look at the list of MSA committees below shows that the MSA of Oklahoma Univerisity lists OU student Almeara Elyagzi the 'Dawah' chair. Since Ashraf Hussein the MSA chairman, was a friend of Hinrich's Muslim roommate, Fazal Cheema, it stands to reason that Cheema, at the very least, must have tried to get Hinrich interested in converting to Islam and invited him to the Norman masjid. The Jihad literature which is said to have been found in the apartment indicates that Hinrich's roommate Cheema is the person who has the answers as to why Hinrich strapped bomb to himself and detonated 100 yards from a campus stadium filled with 84,000 people.
A look at the links on the MSA website shows that the group endorses a myriad of radical Islamist organisations. Another indication of the agressive pushing of the Wahhabist convert recruitment agenda of the MSA at the University of Oklahoma, is that in addition to having a Dawah chairperson, they also have someone in charge of public relations. Both the Dawah chairperson and the public relations head have the same last name, and are most likely related. Another indication of the close relationship enjoyed by the members of the MSA is that the head of the organisation, Ashraf Hussain, took a 2003 road trip with the MSA treasurer, Ali Al Wakil. This is further indication hat if Hussain is able to state that that he knows that bomber Hinrich's Muslim roommate, Fazal Cheema, was a "really, really nice guy", he would have been kept in the loop about any progress being made by Cheema in pushing Hinrich to convert to Islam. Hussain's statement to the media that he doesnt 'believe' that Hinrich was a convert or visited the mosque, seems more of a damage control tactic, designed to get him off the hook,and enable him to plead ignorance, if facts emerge to the contrary.
The Jawa Report blog has published information that an indictment may be imminent,which would show that law enforcement does consider Hinrich's suicide bombing to have been part of a terrorist plot. http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/124832.php
MIM: Speaking of terrorist plots, the MSA website at OU refers "our Masjid", which happens to be the same one which was attended by 20th hijacker Zacharias Moussaoui.
"...Our Masjid is located east of the University of Oklahoma campus and south of the duck pond on Lindsey Street. The Masjid has underwent renovations to accommodate the increasing Muslim population in Norman. The Masjid has recently established the An-Nur Academy, a complete school that teaches the disciplines of Islam among other subjects to elementary students.
Link: Norman mosque
MIM: The links page of the Norman Mosque provides urls for the Wahhabist funded and terrorism connected MSA. CAIR, ICNA. and ISNA as well as the University of Oklahoma.
MIM: The MSA at U of O's mission statement speaks for itself and outlines the agressive Dawah (recruitment of converts to Islam) "to teach the true meanings of Islam at the University of Oklahoma" and concludes with the standard Wahhabist funded 'public (dis)service announcement'. If OU student (Fazal Cheema) was a member of the MSA, he would have certainly done everything possible to get his roommate Hinrich to convert and also received helped from others in the MSA, who regard spreading Islam as a religious obligation.
".Welcome to the Muslim Students Association at the University of Oklahoma. Our purpose is to serve Allah (God) in the best way possible through the principles laid out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah (the authentic traditions and examples of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him).
The Muslims Students Association of The University of Oklahoma
Article I. Name
The name of this organization shall be "the Muslim Students Association of the University of Oklahoma".
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of the Muslim Students Association Chapter at the University of Oklahoma (henceforth referred to as the "MSA") shall be to serve Allah (God) in the best way possible through the principles laid out in the Honorable Quran and Sunnah (the authentic traditions and examples of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him). The MSA will work to fulfill this purpose by acting as the local representative body of the local Muslim student community. In this role it will strive to serve Allah on the community level in all aspects of life (i.e. education, finance, politics, social issues, dawah, etc.), to promote friendly relations between Muslim and Non-Muslim students at OU, and to strengthen bonds among the Muslim students of the University of Oklahoma.
Article III. Membership
1. Any student at the University of Oklahoma may be granted the status of "Member".
2. Any spouse of a member, faculty or staff member at the University of Oklahoma may be granted the status of "Associate".
3. To be an active member or associate, one must pay yearly dues of $5.00 in a timely manner.
Article IV. Faculty Advisor and Council of Elders
A. Faculty Advisor
1. The faculty member must be an associate of the MSA.
2. The faculty advisor must be a full time faculty member at the University of Oklahoma for at least a semester prior to serving as a faculty advisor.
3. The faculty advisor shall be selected by a majority vote of the Executive Board-elect.
4. The faculty advisor may serve infinite consecutive terms so long as he or she is re-elected by each new Executive Board.
5. The Faculty Advisor must serve on the Council of Elders
6. The Faculty Advisor also serves to sign OU related documents when needed.
B. Council of Elders
1. The Executive Board shall ask the Imam of the local mosque to select 4 non-student Muslims from the masjid to be members of the Council of Elders.
2. one of the four members selected by the Imam may be the Imam, an one must be a sister.
3. The Council of Elders will be completed with the presence of the Faculty Advisor.
4. The Council of Elders will oversee the nomination, voting, and election process of the Officers of the Executive Board.
5. The Council of Elders will check the nominees for office for eligibility.
6. The Council of Elders must be consulted if:
a. The issue of dispute among the Executive Board involves the Constitution.
b. One fourth (1/4) of the Executive Board believes the issue id a fiqh dispute.
Article V. Office Bearers
A. All members of the MSA are eligible to bear office.
B. The officers shall be elected for terms one year in length.
C. An officers may be elected for the same office for no longer than two successive years.
D. The MSA President must be an active member in the MSA for at least two semesters.
E. Officers must encourage all aspects of Islamic culture.
F. Officers must educate others about Islamic culture.
The offices of this MSA shall be:
2. Vice President/ Secretary General
3. Finance Chair
4. Public Relations Chair
5. Social Chair ( Male and Female)
6. D'awah Chair
7. Sisters Representative
8. Freshman Representative
Article VI. Executive Board
Article VII. Finances
1. $5.00 yearly dues shall be paid to the Finance Chair by each member of the MSA.
2. Waiver of dues may be issued if the member gives a legitimate reason for their inability to pay. The Executive Committee with the President shall determine whether the merit of the reason suffices for the dismissal of dues.
3. The Executive Committee may accept any help from any source consistent with the aims and objectives of MSA.
4. Money shall not be paid to members, excluding money for reimbursement of materials needed for MSA functions and activities.
Article VIII. Amendments to the Constitution
1. Any proposed amendment must be presented to the VP/ Secretary General or the MSA in writing.
2. The Executive Committee shall thoroughly examine the proposed amendment and shall notify the members of the MSA in the General Body Meeting that an amendment to the constitution has been submitted.
3. The proposed amendment shall be debated in the General Body Meeting and be voted upon. In order to be adopted, three-fourths of the assembled members must vote for the passage of the amendment.
Article I. Meeting
Article II. Elections-
Article III. Nominations
Article IV. Duties of the Office Bearers
The duties of the Office bearers shall be as follows:
B. Vice President/ General Secretary
C. Finance Chair
D. Public Relations Chair
E. Social Chair
F. D'awah Chair
G. Sister's Representative
H. Freshman Representative
Article V. Duties of the Executive Board
Article VI. Impeachment
If any elected or appointed member has been found to violate any one of the following principles, a hearing must be held. Such a violation may be grounds for impeachment. Principles include violating:
Procedure for Impeachment by Executive Board:
Article VI. Amendments
Amendments may be made to the by-laws shall follow the protocol of the Constitution.
Article VII. Parliamentary Procedure
The meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee shall be conducted in accordance with morally accepted Islamic guidelines.
MIM: The list of board members of the Muslim Student Association