Founder of college once stated:
“Every Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country”
via College in California becomes nation’s first accredited Muslim university.
by Jennifer Kabbany
A Muslim college in Northern California has been given accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, becoming the first accredited Muslim college in America.
The approval letter from the association to the Berkeley-based college states the school has been given “initial accreditation,” adding the institution may confer an accredited “Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology” at this time.
The association also commended Zaytuna College for its work to obtain accreditation, saying the label “adds value” to institutions while also providing “accountability.”
Zaytuna’s founders have praised the decision.
“Five years ago, we introduced an undergraduate liberal arts program inspired by the idea of restoring the holistic education that had been offered in the great teaching centers of Islamic civilization,” President Hamza Yusuf stated on the school’s website. “Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education. It gives our community its first accredited academic address in the United States. And we hope,
God [Allah] willing, that there will be more such Muslim colleges and universities to come.”
The March 8 announcement from the school noted the Western Association of Schools and Colleges is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and also accredited Zaytuna’s neighbors: Stanford University and UC Berkeley.
The college describes its mission as “grounding students in the Islamic scholarly tradition as well as the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.”
Hatem Bazian, a senior lecturer of near eastern studies and ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, praised the development on The Berkeley Blog, saying that “at a time of such extreme negative news cycle focusing on Muslims, the initial accreditation vote is a most positive development for a community that has been battered for more than a decade.”
Bazian said he co-founded Zaytuna College along with Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir.
“What is unique about Zaytuna College is a curriculum that re-centers Muslim intellectual pursuit in the contemporary world, with a robust and broad conceptualization of Adab which ‘includes decency, comportment, decorum, etiquette, manners, morals, proprietary, and humaneness,’” he stated. “The purpose of Zaytuna education (and I would argue of Muslim intellectual pursuit) is to bring forth a conscious human being possessing agency that is directly and foundationally connected to the Divine.”
“Arriving into America’s academic space will translate to Zaytuna being a recognizable and a critical partner in shaping higher education in the period to come,” Bazian added. “Higher education is going through a profound transformation, driven by economic imperatives, information technology advancement and corporatization and commodification of knowledge being the pinnacle of the value pyramid.”
“An accredited institution makes it possible to open many doors and creates local, regional, national and international academic relations. In a short period of time, Zaytuna College will be be ready to welcome students from across the globe and provide the much-needed context to understanding Muslim circumstances in the West, as well as provide diverse opportunities to engage in conversations with faith and civil society partners that are dedicated to seeing and bringing forth a different world.”
Several items to note, starting with Zaytuna already breaking one of the accreditor’s basic rules as seen in the letter to Zaytuna below:
Read that carefully. They were granted “Initial Accreditation.” The letter also states Zaytuna must use the following statement to describe the status publicly. They failed to do so. Furthermore, it states the status of the program should not be misrepresented although Zaytuna is quick to name drop the Department of Education as if the DOE were directly approving the school itself. The supposed prophet of Islam said, “War is deceit.”
From our previous posts on the sharia college:
Skakir has also made his leanings obvious. More from Discover the Networks:
He attended college for a short time at Central Connecticut State University and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976. During his tour of duty in the military, Shakir converted to Islam.
“Every Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,” he said.
In Shakir’s view, organizations such as Hamas and al Qaeda are pursuing manifestly legitimate objectives.
Islamic cleric Zaid Shakir, a frequent guest speaker at CAIR events, tells his Muslim audiences: “Jihad is physically fighting the enemies of Islam to protect and advance the religion of Islam. This is jihad.”
Acceptable targets of jihad, he says, include U.S. military aircraft.
“Islam doesn’t permit us to hijack airplanes filled with civilian people,” Shakir once told a Muslim audience. However, “If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that’s something else.”
The 82nd Airborne Division’s elite paratroopers fly out of Fort Bragg, N.C., which is part of North Carolina state Sen. Larry Shaw’s district. Shaw is CAIR’s new chairman.
The recording of the lecture, which Shakir gave earlier this decade to a Muslim audience in the San Francisco Bay area, was obtained by the authors of the bestselling “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
The bombshell revelation comes in the wake of the worst military massacre at a domestic U.S. military base in American history, and the worst Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Shakir advises the Muslim community in America to wage a cultural jihad now, and a violent jihad later – once the proper “infrastructure” is in place.
From another post on the same topic and the other founder of the Islamist college:
…background information on Sheik Hamza Yusef from Discover the Networks:
Born as Mark Hanson in 1959 to parents who were American academics, Hamza Yusuf converted to Islam at age seventeen. With a reputation for hostility toward the United States and Israel, he commonly appears as a guest speaker at events organized by various chapters of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada.
On September 9, 2001 – just two days before the al Qaeda attacks against America – UCLA’s Al-Talib magazine co-sponsored a benefit dinner titled “Justice for Imam Jamil Al-Amin” (aka H. Rap Brown) at UC Irvine. Al-Amin had recently been convicted of murdering an Atlanta police officer who was attempting to arrest him. Among the speakers at this benefit was Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, who spoke about the fate he foresaw for America:
They [Americans] were ungrateful for the bounties of Allah, and so Allah caused them to taste fear and hunger. That is one reason and, I would say, that this country is facing a very terrible fate.
Indeed. Nothing good can come from sharia law and jihadist ideology being taught on U.S. Accredited or not.
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