The mad hackerzz
Imam Musa, the Washington, D.C. imam who wants to establish an Islamic State of North America by 2050, still thinks, in defiance of truth (and common sense: I am essentially hopeless with a computer, as Charles has noted), that Daniel Pipes and I are behind his Internet woes, as he charged several months ago. He also seems to think that I have somehow “slandered” him here at Jihad Watch, apparently simply by quoting him. Apparently Imam Musa thinks that no matter how ludicrous the charge, it’s worth making it so as to deflect attention from his own jihadist sympathies.
“Their interference has no effect at all on our mission to spread the teachings of Islam,” said Imam Abdul Aleem Musa of Masjid Al-Islam in SE Washington, DC.
Recently, the Jihad Watch Website defamed Imam Musa’s teachings of supporting self-resistance for Muslims by claiming that “DC Imam supports Jihad terror and Islamic supermacism [sic].”
Jihad terror: Imam Musa’s Myspace page said: “During a rally in July 1999 Imam Musa displayed a cashier’s check made out to “Hamas, Palestine,” to protest the 1996 U.S. law which declared Hamas a terrorist organization.”
Islamic supremacism: Imam Musa’s organization, As-Sabiqun, describes itself as “an Islamic movement that believes in the Islamic State of North America no later than 2050.”
The slandering position of the Jihad Watch on Imam Musa derived from the information widely available in his tapes and lectures, which are being distributed nationally. […]
“…information widely available in his tapes and lectures…” Uh huh. That, I’m afraid, is not slander.
According to Imam Musa, the newly developed Myspace Page received thousands of hits in a matter of six months. “Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer closed it down because they knew how much positive influence it was having on people.” […]
Now this is getting funny.
Imam Musa told the Muslim Link he believes this is the work of the infamous Daniel Pipes, who has been known to Muslims for his anti-Islam bigotry and repeated public humiliation of Islamic leaders.
Mr. Pipes is the director of the Middle East Forum, a distinguished visiting professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a prize-winning columnist for newspapers such as the New York Sun, Jerusalem Post, L”Opinione, La Razَn, and Australian.
The Jihad Watch is a website that is believed to be controlled by Pipes to propagate negative propaganda against Muslims and Islam. The website considers Imam Musa as a leading national political figure in the American educational institutions and an influential teacher among the young African Americans who are reverting to Islam in the inner cities of the District of Columbia.
What a pile of hooey. I respect and support Daniel Pipes’ work, but he does not “control” Jihad Watch or, in fact, have any role in it at all. Meanwhile, all the “negative propaganda against Muslims and Islam” that allegedly appears at this site would vanish if Muslims would stop committing violent acts and justifying them with reference to Islamic texts and teachings.
And does Jihad Watch or do I consider Imam Musa to be “a leading national political figure in the American educational institutions and an influential teacher among the young African Americans who are reverting to Islam in the inner cities of the District of Columbia”? Oh Imam, you flatter yourself. In reality, Art Moore of World Net Daily asked me about you not too long ago, and he reported this:
Spencer told WND he does not know of any direct influence Musa has on prominent Muslim leaders or on U.S. policymakers…
That is accurate, but my exchange with Art Moore, via email, was actually stronger about Imam Musa’s insignificance:
2. Does this imam have any influence on “mainstream” Muslim leaders or on U.S. policy-makers, politicians?
No, but it is unclear how much “mainstream” Muslim leaders harbor similar hopes — because no one dares question them about it.
Anyway, Imam Musa is still insignificant, although we still don’t know how many among the more adroit and clever public faces of Islam in the U.S. actually agree with him — because no one is asking still. But the hacking charge gets me laughing every time, so here you go, Musa: the Zionists are after you again!
UPDATE: This seems to be an old article, although evidently Muslim Link has never retracted it. Marked Manner sent it to me this morning and I was under the impression it was new; I apologize for any confusion thus created.