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Stealth Jihad College Proposed By Faux Moderate Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

May 18, 2009

Stealth Jihad College Proposed By Faux Moderate Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

May 18, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A group of Muslim activists, headed by "Sheikh" Hamza Yusuf is now actively promoting a Muslim-centric college system in an effort to institutionalize da'wa, or faith propagation with the eventual goal of Islamizing America.

Yusuf currently heads the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, CA, modeled on "classical Muslim scholarship" [source, LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-us-rel-muslim-college,1,6160784.story]. Though Yusuf founded Zaytuna in 1996, he is probably most widely known for coining the thoroughly misleading quip that Islam was "hijacked" on September 11, 2001.

Though Yusuf is often characterized as a moderate and sometimes even held up as an iconoclastic Muslim, when examined, his record of public statements demonstrate quite the opposite, that he is a doctrinaire Muslim apologist, intent only on spreading Islam's influence.

Below from a PBS interview on Frontline [source, http://www.zaytuna.org/articleDetails.asp?articleID=115] republished on the Zaytuna website.

Yusuf's outlook reveals a moral blindness in which Osama bin-Laden and George Bush become ethically equivalent, "There's good and bad in all of us, and I want to get rid of the cartoon scenario of George Bush's world and Osama bin Laden's world, and I want to see it nuanced."

Yusuf blames the West with stoking Muslim radicalism, "If you had one word to describe the root of all this rage, it's humiliation.... It's everywhere. You don't think it's humiliating to have a foreign force come into your land?"

He invokes the nonexistent specter of the American police state, "Well, I think we've all become much more acutely aware of the state apparatus in terms of monitoring. I don't like the feeling that I have to think about what I say when I say things."

The "Sheikh" engages in rewriting and fabricating history, "Muslims have been an almost entirely benevolent force in the 20th century. They did not wreak the havoc the Western powers wreaked on the world. They have not come anywhere near to the environmental degradation that we've done to the planet."

In the end, it's all about promoting Islam, "Who will talk for the religion?" stated Zaid Shakir, Yusuf's partner in this venture, "We have to train a generation." [source, LA Times interview] http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=yusufid=5.18.09%2Ehtm

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