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Sears Terrorists’ Weird Quasi Muslim Roots

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Dad: Sears Tower suspect under spell of man

June 25, 2006

BY FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter

The father of the former Chicagoan accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower remembers his son, Narseal Batiste, coming under the spell of a man who wore a black robe and walked with a black staff.

“We went to dinner with this old guy in Chicago about six years ago,” said the Rev. Narcisse Batiste, a nondenominational Christian pastor. “He was teaching Narseal the Holy Quran bible. He said, ‘Dad, I would like to study this, and he is teaching me.’ I think the old guy has probably misdirected him or gave him bad advice.”

The identity of the man is a mystery.

But an acquaintance of Narseal Batiste told the Miami Herald that Batiste and his six co-defendants followed the religious teachings of the Moorish Science Temple of America.

Religion experts were puzzled, saying the group is not known for advocating violence.

They also noted that Narseal Batiste allegedly referred to his group as an “Islamic army,” yet the Moorish Science Temple of America does not follow an orthodox Islamic theology.

‘They are not Muslims’

Aminah Beverly McCloud, professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University, said the theology of the Moorish Science Temple of America is a “kind of re-appropriation of Christianity.”

“They are not Muslims,” she said. “They trace their black heritage to Morocco. This is not an Islamic faith. Over half their book, The Holy Quran of the Moorish Science Temple of America, is devoted to the life and works of Jesus.”

Willie Bey, divine minister of the Moorish Science Temple of America No. 1 at 3810 S. Wabash, said he was surprised when the group was mentioned in connection with the alleged terror plot in Miami.

“I heard these brothers were using our name,” said Bey, who wore a medallion bearing the word “Justice” and a red star and crescent on his neck. “I have no idea who these people are. We are law-abiders, not lawbreakers. This is home. We are not fighting against the U.S.A.”

In the past, others have identified themselves as members of the Moorish Science Temple of America when they did not share the group’s ideals, Bey said.

For instance, in the late 1970s, Jeff Fort, the head of the El Rukn street gang in Chicago, reportedly founded the Moorish Science Temple of America, El Rukn Tribe, hoping such an affiliation would deter law enforcement. Fort is now serving a 75-year sentence for murder.

Narseal Batiste, 32, and his co-defendants were charged in Miami with working with a government informant they thought was a member of the al-Qaida terror network to blow up Sears Tower and government buildings in the Miami area.

But the men did not have explosives and were not close to carrying out their plan, which Batiste allegedly described as killing “all the devils we can,” prosecutors said.

Narseal Batiste grew up in Chicago but moved back and forth between here and Louisiana after his parents moved there in 2000 to found a church, the Morning Star Worship Center, in their native town of Marksville, La. He is married with four children.

‘He is definitely out of his mind’

Narcisse Batiste said he last saw his son after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon — when they shared their disgust at the loss of life. He said he has not spoken to his son since.

“I want to ask my son if he could have possibly did something like they are saying he did,” said Narcisse Batiste, 72. “It’s not in him, unless someone led him on the wrong path.”

In Chicago, Narseal Batiste had attended a Catholic elementary school and Brother Rice High School — and he won awards for his photography, his father said.

Narcisse Batiste said his son later drove a Federal Express truck during the day and rode CTA buses at night as a volunteer member of the Guardian Angels.

“He was on the right path,” he said. “My son needs psychiatric treatment. He is definitely out of his mind. He was not raised that way.”

Note this claim by the University of DePaul’s Islamic "expert":

Aminah Beverly McCloud, professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University, said the theology of the Moorish Science Temple of America is a “kind of re-appropriation of Christianity.”

“They are not Muslims,” she said. “They trace their black heritage to Morocco. This is not an Islamic faith. Over half their book, The Holy Quran of the Moorish Science Temple of America, is devoted to the life and works of Jesus.”

Maybe Ms. McCloud should look at how Jesus is presented in the Moorish Science “ Koran.” He is presented as a prophet of Allah:

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The Holy Koran of The Moorish Science Temple of America

CHAPTER X

Jesus Spake on the Unity of Allah and Man to the Hindus

1. Benares is the sacred city of the Brahms, and in Benares Jesus taught; Udraka was His host.

2. Udraka made a feast in honour of his guests, and many high born Hindu priests and scribes were there.

3. And Jesus said to them, with much delight “I speak to you concerning life–the brotherhood of life.

4. The universal Allah is one, yet He is more than one; all things are one.

5. By the sweet breath of Allah all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from the center to the outer bounds of life.

6. And when you crush beneath your foot the meanest worm, you shake the throne of Allah, and cause the sword of life to tremble in its sheath.

7. The bird sings out its song for men, and men vibrate in unison to help it sing.

8. The ant constructs her home, the bee its sheltering comb, the spider weaves her web and flowers breath to them a spirit in their sweet perfume that gives them strength to toil.

9. Now, men and birds and beasts and creeping things are deities, made flesh; and how dare men kill anything?

10. It is cruelty that makes the world awry, when men have learned that when they harm a living thing, they harm themselves, they surely will not kill, nor cause a thing that Allah has made to suffer pain.”

11. A lawyer said: “I pray to Jesus, tell who is this Allah you speak about; where are His priests, His temples and His shrines?”

12. And Jesus said: “The Allah I speak about is everywhere; He cannot be compassed with walls, nor hedged about with bounds of any kind.

13. All people worship Allah, the One; but all the people see Him not alike.

14. This universal Allah is wisdom, will and love.

15. All men see not the Triune Allah. One sees Him as Allah of might; another as Allah of thought; another as Allah of love.

16. A man’s ideal is his God, and so, as man unfolds, his God unfolds. Man’s God today, tomorrow is not God.

17. The nations of the earth see Allah from different points of view, and so He does not seem the same to every one.

18. Man names the part of Allah he sees, and this to him is all of Allah; and every nation sees a part of Allah, and every nation has a name for Allah.

19. You Brahmans call Him Parabrahm; in Egypt he is Thoth; and Zeus is His name in Greece, Jehovah is His Hebrew name; but everywhere He is the causeless cause, the rootless root from which all things have grown.

20. When men are afraid of Allah and take Him for a foe, they dress up other men in fancy garbs and call them priests.

21. And charge them to restrain the wrath of Allah by prayers and when they fail to win His favour by their prayers, to buy Him off with sacrifice of animals or birds.

22. When man sees Allah as one with him, as Father Allah, he needs no middle man, no priest to intercede.

23. He goes straight up to Him and says, ‘My Father God, Allah!’ and then he lays his hand in Allah’s own hand, and all is well.

24. And this is Allah. You are, each one, a priest, just for yourself; and sacrifice of blood Allah does not want.

25. Just give your life in sacrificial service to all of life, and Allah is pleased.”

26. When Jesus had thus said He stood aside; the people were amazed, but strove among themselves.

27. Some said: “He is inspired by Holy Brahm” and others said: “He is insane”; and others said: “He is obsessed; he speaks as devils speak.”

28. But Jesus tarried not. Among the guests was one, a tiller of the soil, a generous soul, a seeker after truth, who loved the words that Jesus spoke, and Jesus went with him and in his home abode.

Here is how the "Koran" sums up the principles of Moorish Science:

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THE END OF TIME AND THE FULFILLING OF THE PROPHESIES

1. The last Prophet in these days is Noble Drew Ali, who was prepared divinely in due time by Allah to redeem men from their sinful ways; and to warn them of the great wrath which is sure to come upon the earth.

2. John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus in those days, to warn and stir up the nation and prepare them to receive the divine creed which was to be taught by Jesus.

3. In these modern days there came a forerunner of Jesus, who was divinely prepared by the great God-Allah and his name is Marcus Garvey, who did teach and warn the nations of the earth to prepare to meet the coming Prophet; who was to bring the true and divine Creed of Islam, and his name is Noble Drew Ali who was prepared and sent to this earth by Allah, to teach the old time religion and the everlasting gospel to the sons of men. That every nation shall and must worship under their own vine and fig tree, and return to their own and be one with their Father God-Allah.

4. The Moorish Science Temple of America is a lawfully chartered and incorporated organization. Any subordinate Temple that desires to receive a charter; the prophet has them to issue to every state throughout the United States, etc.

5. That the world may hear and know the truth, that among the descendants of Africa there is still much wisdom to be learned in these days for the redemption of the sons of men under Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice.

6. We, as a clean and pure nation descended from the inhabitants of Africa, do not desire to amalgamate or marry into the families of the pale skin nations of Europe. Neither serve the gods of their religion, because our forefathers are the true and divine founders of the first religious creed, for the redemption and salvation of mankind on earth.

7. Therefore we are returning the Church and Christianity back to the European Nations, as it was prepared by their forefathers for their earthly salvation.

8. While we, the Moorish Americans are returning to Islam, which was founded by our forefathers for our earthly and divine salvation.

9. The covenant of the great God-Allah: “Honor they father and they mother that thy days may be longer upon the earth land, which the Lord thy God, Allah hath given thee!”

10. Come all ye Asiatics of America and hear the truth about your nationality and birthrights, because you are not negroes. Learn of your forefathers ancient and divine Creed. That you will learn to love instead of hate.

11. We are trying to uplift fallen humanity. Come and link yourselves with the families of nations. We honor all the true and divine prophets.

But who are you going to believe?

Their own words or the religion experts ?

  Update!

Speaking of the DePaul religion expert, Aminah Beverly McCloud:

From Frontpage Magazine:

Serving as the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program is Aminah Beverly McCloud, a follower of Louis Farrakhan who helped DePaul launch the department in response to what she believes is mass ignorance among Americans about the general Islamic world. McCloud has contended “that Islam was the core of civilization and a worldwide religion is absent from undergraduate study. The only thing talked about worldwide is Muslim terrorists.” Although McCloud insists that she seeks to teach students about facets of Islam removed from fundamentalist militancy, McCloud’s connections to, and use of books in favor of, Islamic extremism prove otherwise…

McCloud is also a speaker with The Muslim Students Association (MSA), which was established in 1963, has 150 chapters at Universities throughout North America, and is a key lobbying organization for the Wahhabi sect of Islam. In recent years, the MSA has solicited donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets the U.S. government seized in December 2001, because the organization was giving financial support to the terrorist group Hamas. The MSA also maintains strong ties to the Virginia-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), established in 1972 and directed from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The WAMY’s Virginia offices have been a central target of the U.S. government’s post-9/11 investigation of Islamist groups suspected of funding terrorism.

Yep. She’s an objective source, all right.

No wonder the Sun-Times picked her.

(Thanks to KCVL for the heads up on Ms. McCloud.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 25th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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