Why do the media give a platform to this terrorist supporting imam of the Masjid al-Islam mosque in Washington DC, who has been banned from entry into the UK because of his terrorist-related activities?
Imam Abdul Alim Musa (born 1945; Clarence Reams) is a Muslim American activist and director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C.. Reams was born in Arkansas in 1945 but grew up in Oakland, California during the 1960s. It was during this period that he associated with H. Rap Brown (Imam Jamil Al-Amin), who later converted to Islam. In a video aired by Fox News, Musa stated, from behind a podium at the University of California at Irvine on Sept. 9, 2001, that “If you don’t stay out of our way and leave us alone, we’re going to burn America down.”
Musa has made a number of controversial statements:
- Zionist American agents blew up the World Trade Center;
- Palestinian suicide bombers are heroes;
- the U.S. government saturated U.S. cities with heroin in the 1960s to snuff out blacks’ rebellion;
- that the United States should become an Islamic state
Having set up a drug dealing operation in Colombia, Musa was arrested on charges including heroin smuggling, currency smuggling
and assaulting a federal agent. After evading the authorities for several years, Musa fled to Algeria, where he came in contact with several self-exiled Black Panther leaders such as Eldridge Cleaver. After returning to the US, he turned himself in and was eventually incarcerated at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., among other institutions. While in prison, Musa converted to orthodox Islam. Musa supported the 1979 Iranian revolution, believing that it would lead to the revival of Islam.
In April 2009 Musa’s name was released to the press as one of 22 people banned from entering the United Kingdom in October 2008. The UK government said this was due to him being “Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by fomenting and glorifying terrorist violence in furtherance of his particular beliefs and seeking to provoke others to terrorist acts.” Musa “propagates a radical and anti-Semitic ideology.”