Muslim Students Assoc, Univ. of Maine follow-up
The Islamic Center features Islam and terrorism – Bangor Maine post (March 22, 2013) resulted in an interesting email from someone stating to be the current president of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Maine:
Sent: 03/31/13 04:41 PM
Name: Nabeel Hashmi
Comment: Hi, my name is Nabeel Hashmi. I am the current president of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Maine. I am a life-long resident of Maine, a part-time fire-fighter, and a full-time student. Although I completely respect your opinion and would in fact, encourage you to represent your opinions, I would like to point out a factual error in your recent article. I completely understand your frustrations, but I would like to point out that our organization is a small one which is not associated with the Muslim Brotherhood at all. We were self-created, local, and were created under the student government. In fact, we constantly work with the “Christian Crusaders” on campus. Again, I would be happy to agree to disagree, but we are not tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. Please let me know if you would be willing to make the correction.
Sent: 03/31/13 10:46 PM
Thank you for writing.
Our post of “Islamic Center features Islam and terrorism – Bangor Maine (March 22, 2013)” makes no mention that the Muslim Student Association at the University of Maine is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. What exactly is the information you are requesting be reviewed for possible correction?
Your assertion that the UMaineMSA is a small local group is quite disingenuous. There are approximately 600 chapters of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) in North America. Of those, 150 are directly affiliated with MSA National. Your organization’s website (http://umaine.edu/msa/) acknowledges that it is part of the national MSA and the national MSA website lists (http://msanational.org/2012-2013-affiliated-chapters-list/) your organization as an affiliated chapter.
As for MSA National, it has a well documented history of involvement with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB).
Still waiting for a reply back with clarification regarding what he wanted corrected. Apparently similar emails were sent out to other websites/blogs.
It should be noted that the University of Maine and the Orono area have a history of Muslim Brotherhood activity dating back to at least the 1990s. Then Muslim Brotherhood leader, Dr. Ahmed Elkadi , dispatched Khalil I. Jassemm to the University as a visiting professor, sponsored by Elkadi’s Institute of Islamic Medicine for Education and Research Panama City, FL. Jassemm is better known as the founder (1992) and former President/Chief Executive Officer of Life for Relief & Development, and author of several Muslim charity books.
- Islamic Center features Islam and terrorism – Bangor Maine (culturaljihad.wordpress.com)
- Inside the Muslim Student Association Conference, Part 1 (frontpagemag.com)