Philadelphia Muslim Society, the Hard Truth, and the Age of American Jihad
"We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation. We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture."
Those were the lines read by the pubescent Muslim girl in the now infamous Philadelphia Muslim Society's video in the recital following the song about the blood of the martyrs and the paradise awaiting them in which over dozen Muslim children participated. They could have been singing about hope, rainbows, dreams, happiness, but instead, they sang of "crushing the treacherous ones.”
I wasn't shocked as I grew up hearing and singing those songs in Egypt. I drew Muslims killing Jews in art classes. I prayed for the destruction of Jewish men, women, and children in mosques. Also, Palestinian children memorize such songs and poems from an early age; they watch shows where a Micky Mouse-like figure teaches them to hate the Jews, they go to schools named after terrorists, and they dress up in camo. However, Americans were shocked, and they have every right to be. In America, those psychotic songs of murder and blood are never expected to be given to children to recite. Maybe in the parts of the world, I escaped, but not here.
In a statement following the wide circulation of the video, the Philadelphia Muslim Society distanced itself from the video declaring publishing it on their facebook page was a "violation of their social media policies" and that it "doesn't represent "our understanding of Islam..." said the Executive Director Ayman Hammous. What really interests me here, how such a hateful video, which is a gross violation of their "hate free" policy according to their Director, was only discovered and condemned after it was publicized and translated for non-Muslims? How did it stay on their facebook page for this long? What is the mistake they regretting? Is it the video being made or being caught?
While PMS's public condemnation of the video is needed and expected, it is crucial to press and question them on how did it all happen. At least three adult women appear in the video, and the video shows quite the production for this childrens' play. There were costumes, sound systems, video editing, lighting, scripts, and choreography. One could only imagine it took days, if not weeks, to put together by some capable adults. There are over fifteen children featured in the video, and I can't imagine their parents not being involved in helping their children with their clothes, their lines, and proudly watching their little ones and sharing their footage. All of this leaves us with at least thirty parents and a dozen other adults all involved and aware of the content their children are singing. Over 40 adult Muslims and no one said anything? No one objected? No one called PMS to protest? Or did they agree with the message? And why was it chosen to be done on Ummah Day, a day which celebrates the unity of all Muslims across the world? Is it because the obsession of martyrdom in Palestine and chopping off heads are an integral part of the consciousness of the Muslim collective? All of this beg the question was this video really a mistake?
What we saw in Philadelphia is not new. The culture of brainwashing, indoctrinating, and militarizing children is not new and is a common practice in Gaza, the West Bank, and many other places across the Muslim world. It is a daily reality with which the Israelis deal on daily basis. However, this time we see it here, in Philadelphia, an icon of American independence and liberty. The hateful cult of death is spreading all over our world and Americans must be disturbed over its arrival to the land of the free. The time has come to talk about this Islamist insanity openly and honestly.
In a previous post, I argued that while the majority of the Muslims are peaceful, their opinions and beliefs are not necessarily so. If we are sincere about solving the pressing global issue of Islamic extremism, then we should be honest and truthful. We can’t allow ourselves to deceive our Muslim friends about the true nature of the education they give their children. Denying and deflecting is only going to hurt all of us. The Philadelphia Muslim Society needs to be forthcoming about its own environment which allowed for this to happen. And Americans need to pay attention before we reach the age of American Jihad.