A group of American Muslims produced a video that shows its members on a New York City street corner declaring Islam’s dominance over America as they tread on a U.S. flag and then rip it apart.
Image from video of Muslim group desecrating U.S. flag in street demonstration
In the video, released by the New York-based Islamic Thinkers Society, one of the Muslims is shown placing a sign on the flag that says, “Oh Muslims! Do you know your enemy? Isn’t it obvious?”
The group, tied to the British jihadist organization Al-Muhajiroun, said the demonstration was “in response to the desecration of the holy Quran by the Crusaders & Zionists at Guantanamo Bay,” an allegation based on a retracted Newsweek story.
The five-minute piece begins with a man speaking in clear English: “Just to show where our loyalty belongs to – you see this flag here? It’s going to go on the floor [sic]. And to us, our loyalty does not belong to this flag, our loyalty belongs to Allah … .”
The speaker then shifts to Arabic and members can be heard shouting the familiar “Allahu Akbar,” or “Allah is greatest.”
Later, after noting he has a legal permit for the demonstration, the speaker shouts, “You Muslims who are hiding in your houses, don’t be afraid. Come and join us. Join us in the revival of all Islam. … Join us to revive the Muslims from darkness into light.”
Another speaker refers to the mandate for “Islam to dominate over all other religions, to dominate the world, even though the non-Muslims may hate it.”
Image from video shows Muslim protester ripping U.S. flag
On its website, the Islamic Thinker’s Society explains:
“This video is of our first demonstration out of a series of city-wide demonstration that was planned in response to the desecration of the holy Quran by the Crusaders & Zionists at Guantanamo Bay. In this video, we were exposing the truth to the public about the real story behind the desecration of the Qur’an. Also, this was done to rise the Muslim Communities up and unite under one cause. That is to expose the agenda of the Crusaders & Zionists and their war on Islam which many still do not see today.
Author and researcher Robert Spencer, who posted a link to the video on his weblog Jihad Watch, commented that Muslim lobby groups such as the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations have helped foster an environment that discourages criticism of such actions.
“… [I]f we even ask how many Muslims in America think this way, CAIR will bellow about discrimination and Islamophobia,” Spencer writes. “So attention is diverted from activities such as what is shown in this video, and they can continue unheeded.”
The Islamic Thinkers Society is an off-shoot of Al-Muhajiroun, a British jihadist group that publicly raised funds for Hamas and has been suspected of facilitating transportation of British Muslims to fight U.S. troops overseas.
Al-Muhajiroun leader Omar Bakri
Al-Muhajiroun spiritual leader Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad has called on the British Muslim community to join Hamas.
Under pressure from UK authorities, Al-Muhajiroun claimed it disbanded in October, but security sources say leaders still are active in London and the U.S.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Al-Muhajiroun openly maintains a branch in Queens that claims to be involved in “only peaceful activities.” The group holds closed-door meetings and study sessions at a mosque in Jackson Heights, Queens, led by an older cleric identified as Sheikh Choudray.
The Queens branch youth leader, Abu Yousuf, a U.S. citizen who says he attended a “camp” in Sudan and takes computer courses at the City University of New York, speaks at university events throughout New York City usually sponsored by the Muslim Student Association.
Sign displayed at Muslim protest
At one Al-Muhajiroun event at Queensborough Community College sponsored by the MSA and attended by WND, a Muhajiroun speaker working with Yousuf said, “We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don’t lobby Congress or protest because we don’t recognize Congress! The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it!”
The speaker continued, “The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly fear Allah. … They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them.”
In a private interview with WND, a Queens based Al-Muhajiroun leader said he would be “absolutely honored” to give up his life in a “martyr operation” against American civilians. The leader warned that “a jihad is coming to America because of the moves of the Bush administration.”
Last year, Al-Muhajiroun planned a convention in London titled, “The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You’re with the Muslims or with the Infidels,” to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In 2003, the group had planned a similar anniversary event called “The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers],” but canceled it at the last minute.