Imam Abdul Ali Musa, director at Masjid al-Islam Mosque, and Carol Swain, professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, have very different opinions about ‘Islamophobia’ in America.
Abdul Alim Musa, born as Clarence Reams, is the director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, DC and founder and director of the As-Sabiqun movement. Musa is also a member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), an organization established in 1998 to continue the work of the global Islamic Movement. Musa was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Oakland, California. In the 1960s, Musa’s involvement with the drug trade earned him unwanted attention from law enforcement. Around the same time, he became sympathetic to the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Musa announced his support for the Islamic Republic and its leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Since the early 1980s, he made several visits to Iran as a representative of Muslims in the United States and a supporter of, as he puts it, “the Islamic revival. In November 1996, Musa was a featured speaker at a conference calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in London.
In the early 1990s, Musa founded the As-Sabiqun movement in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Under his directorship, the movement has established mosques across the U.S. The paramount goal of the movement is the establishment of Islam as a complete way of life in America, embracing a global vision of Islamic revolution and world domination.
In his role as an Imam and representative of Masjid al-Islam and As-Sabiqun, Musa has consistently put forth strident anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic messages that emphasize his conviction that America and Israel seek to destroy Islam and subjugate all Muslims. Based on this, Musa preaches on the glory of suicide bombings and Jihad, while praising terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah as “heroes” and condemning the U.S. as the true terrorist. Musa also denies that al-Qaeda was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and blames it instead on the Bush Administration and the CIA. He also claims that the U.S. military is “occupying” Iraq in order to foment a civil war amongst Muslims. READ MORE: Abdul Alim Musa