Islamic Center features Islam and terrorism – Bangor Maine

“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”

Islamic Center open house to feature
speakers on Islam and terroism [sic]

From Bangor Daily News
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

Posted March 21, 2013

ORONO, Maine — A California marriage and family counselor will outline the “Psychology of a Terrorist” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the annual open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St.

Yassir Fazaga of Mission Viejo, Calif., will talk about what factors, including religion, shape a terrorist. He also will discuss “Misconceptions About Islam” at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.

The programs are sponsored jointly by the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association and the Orono mosque.

Fazaga was invited to speak in Maine after officers in the Muslim student group heard him lecture last year at a national conference.

“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”

Hashmi, who graduated from Bangor High School, said that the student group and members of the mosque were looking for a “hot topic” that would be relevant and entice people to attend the event.

Vice President Abdulraheem Sbayi, 20, of Lincoln said the Muslim Students’ Association is partnering with the Honors College in an effort to broaden students’ education and to bring more cross-cultural involvement to the Orono campus.

“There are many misconceptions about Islam, but a lot of them are minor details,” Hashmi said. “There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture. We want to be able to help students separate the religious form the cultural. It is also important to have a more intellectual discourse about Islam.”

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Yassir Fazaga is the religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) and has been featured as a speaker with Peace TV, a 24 hour Islamic satellite channel, along with a host of others such as:

  • Dr. Jamal Badawi – Board member of ISNA and Muslim Brotherhood member and listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, in the Holyland Foundation trial.  The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) states,  “Badawi’s comments over the years show he views Islam as superior to democracy and that he defends violent jihad, including suicide bombings, as a form of martyrdom.”
  • Zakir Naik (founder of Peace TV) – According to Toronto News, he was quoted as saying: “If (Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden) is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him,” in a YouTube video titled “Zakir Naik — Specious explanation about bin Laden.”   “If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist,” Naik says in the 2007 video.  In other videos, Naik advocates death to homosexuals and to Muslims who leave Islam. In another, he lays out rules on how a Muslim man can beat his wife.   He has been banned from Britain and Canada for his hate speech and calls for violent acts in the name of Islam.
  • Imaam Siraj Wahhaj – Having a past with the Nation of Islam and also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, he has frequently called for replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate.  He has endorsed a violent Jihad and was quoted as telling a mosque congregation, “I will never ever tell people, ‘don’t be violent, that is not the Islamic way.’ The violence has to be selected…. Islam is the only answer because it is only Islam that we do it for Allah…. [We are] commanded to do jihad…. [W]hen Allah commands us to fight we are not stopping, no one will stop us.
  • Yusuf Islam – Formerly known as singer “Cat Stevens”, and in a New York Times article, reportedly called for  Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ”The Satanic Verses.”

Mr. Fazaga was also a featured speaker at the 2012 Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention in Toronto, Canada.  The convention was initially sponsored by the Muslim relief agency, IRFAN-Canada but their Canadian federal charitable tax status was revoked because of ties to Hamas.  According to the federal audit, IRFAN-Canada used “deceptive fundraising” to support Hamas.  RIS events have had a history of inviting speakers that promote violence in the name of Isam.  Sharing the 2012 billing with Mr. Fazaga were Jamal Badawi (see above) and Imam Zaid Shakir, an apologist for Hamas and al Qaeda.

It appears the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association  picked the appropriate speaker to discuss Islam and terrorism.  Based on the company that Yassir Fazaga keeps, it is easy to see the association of terrorism with modern Islam.


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