DC: American University now teaching sharia finance course

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via American University Offers Islamic Finance Course.

Islamic Finance is growing at a rate of 50 percent higher than conventional finance with a $2 trillion industry that is has finance houses across the world capitulating and hankering after a piece of the halal pie. To capitalize on the trend and educate local students, an undergraduate level course on Islamic finance started this week at the American University in Washington D.C. taught by an expert in the field, Professor Ghiyath Nakshbendi.

The course provides students with an overview of the principles of Islamic finance and its evolution over the centuries with emphasis on the last four decades. The different products are presented and discussed with reference to the modern conventional products in the marketplace. Coverage of the current Islamic capital markets and the institutions that are the major players in that market is undertaken. Issues related to insurance, accounting and auditing, and ethical concepts are covered. The course is only open to juniors or seniors.

“Being the first ever course offered in Islamic finance around the DC area (as far as I know), we are trying to get more students registered for the course, so that we could offer it regularly in the coming semesters,” comments Amin Mohseni, Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University. The course currently has 17 students and is held on Wednesdays at 2:35-5:15.

According to Wikipedia:

American University (AU or American) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral,[5] and research-based university in Washington, D.C., United States, affiliated with the United Methodist Church,[5] although the university’s curriculum is secular.

Or not so secular.

Florida: Imam Chants “Allah Akbar” During 9/11 Memorial

via Imam Chants “Allah Akbar” During 9/11 Memorial At Catholic University In Florida – Shark Tank. by: Javier Manjarres

Considered to be one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States, Barry University, which is nestled in Miami Shores, Florida, hosted an interfaith memorial service to remember the victims of  the 9/11 terror attacks.

According to Laura Loomer, a senior at the university, the service began with Imam Nasir Ahmad, leader of Liberty City’s Mosque Masjid Al Ansar in Miami-Dade County, repeatedly chanting the ominous phrase “Allah Akbar” during his 10-15 minute address.

The phrase Allah Akbar is arabic for “Allah is greatest.”

Loomer said that she, as well as other students and other members of the community, were offended by Ahmad’s use of the phrase during the service, and felt ” insulted that on a day like 9/11 they would allow for a man of Muslim faith to open the service and chant Allah Akbar, the words that suicide bombers and terrorists chant before blowing themselves up.”

Loomer also discussed her concern with two political science professors at Barry University who agreed that her concern was valid.

Those were the last words that many of the 9/11 victims heard before terrorists flew the planes into the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and the field in PA. I know that not all Muslims are extremists, and I’m not promoting hate, but people need to understand that after 9/11, the words Allah Akbar have a negative connotation in the minds of many in the U.S., and on 9/11 people are very sensitive to this topic.

The way the service was organized was blatantly disrespectful to all Americans as well as the victims of terrorism on 9/11. Words can’t even describe how infuriated I am that this happened at my University. I understand the importance of religious tolerance, but on a day of remembrance that is still so raw to people in this country, this was a very embarrassing and disrespectful way to honor the victims who died at the hands of Islamic extremists who exploited the words “Allah Akbar,” especially since the Muslim prayer preceded the Christian and Jewish prayers that were read at the service.

There is a time and place for everything, and I don’t think it is appropriate for someone to be chanting Allah Akbar at a 9/11 memorial service, especially when that person who chanted it is a Muslim religious leader who was invited by Barry University to come and chant.-Laura Loomer

Is chanting “Allah Akbar!” at a 9/11 memorial service any different and equally offensive as a American Christian cleric singing “Proud to be an American” at a memorial service in Japan honoring those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The answer is ‘no.’

While Muslim organizations like the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which have been linked to Islamic fundamentalism, will defend the jihadi “battle cry” as just a simple acknowledgment of their god.

The phrase “Allah Akbar!” has a far different significance to Americans, and to the scores of others around the world, who grieve the loss of a loved one that was killed by some Islamic terrorist who cried out Allah Akbar before, during, or after he has carried out his or her cowardly act of terror.

There are countless videos and reports circulating around the world detailing numerous acts of terror by jihadists crying out “Allah Akbar!” as they commit their crimes of beheadings and mass executions.

The two Islamic terrorists who killed a British soldier killed on the streets of London, also cried out “”Allah Akbar!”

After the Towers fell on 9/11, jubilant Palestinians and other Muslims worldwide celebrated by chanting “Allah is greatest” over and over.
The actual Islamic terrorist who carried out the 9/11 attacks were heard screaming “Allah Akbar!” during the hijacking of the plane, and then most recently, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, also cried out “Allah Akbar!” before opening fire and killing 13 soldiers at the Fort Hood Army base.

While the case can be made that “Allah Akbar!” is more of a battle cry than anything pro-Islamic groups or leaders would want to have you believe.

Loomer says the prophet Mohammed meant for it to be a “war call,”citing Bukhar Sahih Hadith 5.516, which states that “When Allah’s Apostle fought or raided people we raised our voices saying, ‘Allahu-Akbar! Allahu-Akbar! None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.”

Islamic apologists will bend over backyards to distance Islam from terrorism, but the actions of Islamic militants who cry “Allah Akbar!” as the carry out these acts of terror, make it impossible for anyone to believe that Islam is not inextricably tied to terrorism.


Elsewhere on the 13th anniversary of 9/11:

University of Wyoming paper publishes 9/11 editorial, claims USA needs to ‘get over’ terrorist attacks

South Carolina school yanks U.S. flag from student’s vehicles on 9/11

Feds Find Anti-Israel and Pro-Palestine 9/11 Message to America on Border Fence

Obama & FLOTUS spent 9/11 packing backpacks with a group called KABOOM!

Video: George Mason Univ Students Sign Petition Supporting ISIS…on 9/11

via Video: College Students Sign Petition in Support of ISIS | CNS News.

Over the period of about an hour, I stood on the campus of George Mason University in Northern Virginia and asked passing students to sign my petition. The petition was adorned with the ISIS flag above the unambiguous headline, “SUPPORT ISIS.”

Northern Virginia is also known as Virginiastan…where Muslims cheered and celebrated on 9/11/01.

I was able to accumulate 11 signatures and email addresses from students at this institute of higher education. Students who will, one day, go into the world and have real responsibilities. Students who, will one day, have children. Students who probably vote in presidential elections.

This has to make you wonder who these millennials are being taught is the greater threat to mankind.  Terror groups like ISIS or the US military? What are their professors telling them?

I think it’s a fair question.  Particularly, considering the reaction I got and the fact that this video was shot on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

 

California high school changes mascot to ‘Mighty Arab’

Mighty wahhabi-ish looking Arab. The type that hates infidels. via ‘Mighty Arab’ takes its place at Coachella Valley High.

Coachella Valley High School officially changed its school mascot to “the Mighty Arabs,” Tuesday, after the school board unanimously adopted a new logo that has been approved by an anti-discrimination group.

The new mascot and the name change was unveiled during Tuesday night’s Coachella Valley Unified school board meeting in Thermal. It was approved during closed session.

Because the vote was held in closed session, all discussion occurred behind closed doors. The mascot vote was not on the meeting agenda, so despite it being a hotly debated topic, Tuesday night’s meeting was sparsely attended.

Superintendent Darryl Adams said the district will hold a news conference Sept. 19 to further discuss the switch to the new mascot.

 Why not September 11?

Back story here.

 

58,000 Foreign Students Overstayed Visas Last Year & ICE Can’t Find Them

How many support ISISHamasAlQaeda? Remember that Obama removed all restrictions on Saudi students entering U.S. via Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students – ABC News.

The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”

Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.

ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. — now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.

[CS: What happened to the other 52,000?]

“They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”

Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.

Tightening up the student visa program was one of the major recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, after it was determined that the hijacker who flew Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had entered the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up for school.

Edge said ICE agents are trying to locate every one of the 6,000 missing students, but acknowledged that “we really have a lot more work to do” to tighten up the student visa program.

Despite repeated concerns raised by Congress, federal immigration officials have also continued to grant schools certification to accept overseas applicants even if the schools lack accreditation, state certification, or any obvious measure of academic rigor.

There are now more than 9,000 schools on the government approved list. The list includes such top flight American colleges as Harvard and Yale, but it also includes 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and nine schools that teach horseshoeing. Foreign students can enter the U.S. on a visa to study acupuncture, hair braiding, or join academies that focus on tennis and golf.

Once the student arrives in the U.S., it is up to the schools to keep track of the visa-holder’s whereabouts — and report to the government if they repeatedly miss class.

That is a serious concern, Coburn said, because a number of for-profit schools appear to have been operating with a primary goal of selling visas, not educating students.

“We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” said Coburn, who is part of a bi-partisan group of senators that has been trying to tighten controls on student visas. “To me, it’s a mess.”

Janice Kephart, who was counsel to the 9/11 Commission and co-author of a separate report looking at how the hijackers entered the U.S., said the credibility of schools certified by ICE is another significant concern.

“When schools are not legitimate that enables terrorists to come here under a fraudulent basis and disappear into the fabric of society without anybody knowing that they are here for illegitimate reason,” Kephart said, “because the system itself will say they’re here legitimately when in fact they’re not.”

ICE has taken steps to address the issue, especially in the aftermath of a damning report by the Government Accountability Office in 2012, which found the agency had failed to adequately police for visa fraud.

If Obama hasn’t already neutered ICE, he’s about to: A Hispanic Woman With No Law Enforcement Experience, Is Touted As Head Of ICE.

 

Arabs force California high school to retire nearly 100-Year-Old mascot

More like Muslim Arab complaints. via Coachella Valley Retires Nearly 100-Year-Old ‘Arab’ Mascot Following Complaints.

Coachella Valley High School has retired an Arab mascot the school has used since the 1920s, following complaints from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in November that the mascot was stereotypical and offensive.

At Friday’s opening season opening football game, the “bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a headscarf,” was not present after nearly 100 years of its existence at the school, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The belly dancing genie which would normally appear during half-time was also retired.

The school’s Arab mascot was created nearly a century ago as gesture of recognition towards the desert-like region’s reliance on date farming, which is both a signature crop of the Coachella Valley and a traditionally Middle Eastern crop.

“I think anytime you get a face, anyone’s face and any nationality, and you make it into a caricature, there’s always going to be grounds for discrimination,” said alumnus Rich Ramirez in an interview with local NBC News affiliate in Palm Springs KMIR News 6. Ramirez is working with the school district and the ADC to arrive at a resolution.

Along with the ADC’s request to change the appearance of the Arab mascot, the group had also asked for the school’s “Arab” nickname to be changed, however the school district refused, the Chronicle notes. Steps have reportedly been taken to redesign the mascot’s appearance as well as the Arab face on the school’s logo.

Five designs have reportedly been submitted by the school district to the ADC for their approval. The group has taken the greatest liking so far to a design which depicts “a stoic man with a neatly trimmed beard. His face is partially covered in shadow and he’s wearing a white headscarf emblazoned wit the high school’s initial,  ‘CV,'” writes the Chronicle.

The Coachella Valley School District is reportedly the only district in the nation that the ADC is talking to regarding the issue surrounding a “stereotypical” mascot.


According to recent data there might not even be any Arabs in Coachella:

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As Creeping Sharia noted in a 2013 post, Arabs whine over mascot, silent on town’s namesake that bans non-Muslims:

There won’t be a compromise. The Arab/Muslims will get the mascot changed and a hundred years of tradition will be wiped out forever.

At a minimum the compromise should include changing the name of the town from Mecca to something else. After all, Mecca – in real life – symbolizes true discrimination and villainies all non-Muslims as being idolaters and unclean.

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via Islamic Knowledge

Mecca and Madinah are cities of great importance in Islamic tradition, centres of pilgrimage and prayer, sacred places where Muslims are free from the distractions of daily life. The ban on non-Muslim visitors is mentioned in the Qur’an as follows: “Oh you who believe! Truly the idolaters are unclean; so let them not, after this year, approach the Sacred Mosque….” (9:28).

This verse specifically refers to the Grand Mosque in Mecca; later scholars have included Madinah in this ruling as well. The government of Saudi Arabia, which controls access to the holy sites, has decided upon a strict ban on both cities in their entirety.

Ottawa convert to Islam tells Christians: convert or “face the sword”

He hung out at the university prayer room. Surprise. via Terrorists being trained to hit West. h/t Atlas Shrugs

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A former University of Ottawa business student named John Maguire is under RCMP investigation after leaving for Syria last year. In his online posts, the recent Muslim convert called Canada “evil” and said Christians had to convert or “face the sword.”

More via John Maguire: Ottawa student likely joined ISIS after converting to Islam and moving to Syria

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