To anyone who is looking for another book club selection, or maybe a little light beach reading for a spring break in Florida, you might want to check this out:
MEMRI: Egyptian Cleric Miqdam Al-Khadhari on the Benefits of Al-Azhar Curricula: The Only Textbooks to Militarize the Students and Teach Jihad and Hatred of Jews Extensively
Al-Azhar University--aka the Harvard of the Muslim world--publishes textbooks that are widely used in schools with a Sunni Muslim curriculum. These aren't limited to schools that are training future imams--these are elementary, high schools and colleges that work with kids who are then going to be mainstreamed into society. Al-Azhar provides textbooks to schools all over the Middle East, Asia, and the West, including the United States.
Al-Azhar U. frequently issues fatwas condemning certain anti-Muslim behavior (such as their recent proclamation citing Pope Benedict's hideously insulting statement that Christians should not be persecuted in Muslim countries....how dare he ?) and supporting worldwide sharia and violent jihad.
Nonetheless, Al-Azhar is considered to be relatively forward-thinking and moderate. (Keyword: relatively.)
Pretty much everyone in the Muslim world looks to Al-Azhar in matters of faith and morals. Its influence on the "average" Muslim's thinking cannot be overstated.
Yet make no mistake: its goal is to radicalize the followers of Muhammad until the dream of universal dar al-Islam (House of Submission) becomes a reality.
Watch the clip--it's subtitled, but if you don't trust the translator, I'm sure it won't be too difficult to find a person who is fluent in Arabic and willing to tell you what the sheikh is saying.
These textbooks are also part of jihad--the subtle but sustained effort to introduce Islam into American schools, not just with Muslim kids but with non-Muslim students as well. Al-Azhar is a driving force behind that movement. The non-Muslim kids get to learn all about the Religion of Peace, minus the juicy parts like Muhammad's sex life and prescribed punishments for apostacy. And the Muslim kids get to learn all about "The Treachery of the Jews" and "The Various Forms of Jihad." (Lessons they will then be exhorted to put into use.)
Which would include the 9/11 attacks....although according to Al-Azhar, that would be under "Treachery of the Jews."