“The 1960s, in general, were productive years for the strengthening of Islam in America. The number of students sent here on scholarship from places like Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia was over 10,000.”
“America became a land of promise for Muslims, especially those with Islamist commitments, in the 1960s. Muslims began to immigrate here in droves after passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolished national origins quotas from immigration law.”
An organization called the Muslim Brotherhood set out “to fundamentally transform America by uniting Muslims who had settled in America.” The Brotherhood wrote a memo that said:
“The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s [Allah’s] religion is made victorious over all other religions. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.”
The memo identifies a “civilization alternative” as the chief means of accomplishing the goals stated in the memo. “In other words, rather than some show of force or even overt political activity, the Islamist group in America sought (and seeks) to pursue the advance of Islam slowly, patiently, and even peacefully and, while doing so, to portray Islam as a legitimate and rational alternative to the hedonistic, relativistic, and materialistic culture that dominates the West.”
During the 1980s and 1990s, the Muslim population in the U.S. increased, both as a result of “natural biological unions between a Muslim man and his wife or wives” and continued immigration that included Islamist jihadists. For example, Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, “toured Silicon Valley in the early 1990s raising funds to support the fighters and organizations that would soon become al-Qaeda.”
“On the East Coast, mosques in New York and New Jersey used by the CIA in the 1980s to support the Afghan jihad were also used to recruit the jihadists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.” That bombing pales in comparison to the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda.
These descriptions of Islamist jihadist ideology are not necessarily reflective of all Muslims. Nor should we consider all Muslims our enemies. I’ve been reminded by several readers that we are to share our faith and Christ’s love with all people, including Muslims. I agree. Stay tuned!