An American hip-hop star who goes by the name of Lupe Fiasco has embraced an imam in Boston with radical ties. The popular artist’s hits include anti-Western themes and 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Lupe Fiasco, also known as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, released "Words I Never Said" in 2011. The music video has been listened to over 12 million times on YouTube alone. Scenes depict Fiasco being imprisoned by Western governments and an Israeli representative whispering into an American official’s ear.
The lyrics promoted the idea that the U.S. government was behind 9/11 to create a pretext for war:
He also frames the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as innocent and says he’s part of the problem because he is non-violent:
In another verse, he contributes to the American Islamist campaign to whitewash the Islamic term "jihad."
In January 2013, Fiasco was removed from the stage at a concert for President Obama’s inauguration after he repeatedly played “Words I Never Said” for 30 minutes.
In a 2011 interview, he called President Obama the worst terrorist in the world.
“In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism,” he said.
On Twitter, Fiasco repeatedly references Imam Suhaib Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. The Cultural Center’s website says it is run by the Boston chapter of the Muslim American Society.
Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A high-level U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member who is now in prison on terrorism-related charges, Abdurrahman Alamoudi, testified last year that “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”
There is video that shows a guest speaker at the Cultural Center telling Muslims to support Aafia Siddiqui, proclaiming that the Al-Qaeda operative is innocent and victimized. The speaker preaches:
“You must grab on to this rope, grab on to the typewriter, grab on to the shovel, grab on to the gun and the sword, don’t be afraid to step out into this world and do your job.” [emphasis mine]
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center is a sister organization of the Islamic Society of Boston, the mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. The Islamic Society of Boston has deep links to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Yousef al-Qaradawi, even used to be on the board of trustees.
Dr. Ahmad Mansour, President of the International Quranic Center, has spoken out about the extremism he saw at the mosque when he went there.
“The writings and teachings were fanatical. I left and refused to go back to pray. I left Egypt to escape the Muslim Brotherhood, but I had found it here,” he said.
He granted the Clarion Project an interview in May 2013. He told us:
“It was their Arabic newsletters and fliers that condemned the U.S., the Christians and the Jews, branding them as kafir [infidels] and mushrik [idol worshippers] and the ardent enemies of Islam and Muslims. It’s the same discourse you can read in Al-Qaeda or other fanatical Wahhabist writings.”
Americans for Peace and Tolerance even discovered that the Islamic Society of Boston’s website approved of hitting wives and children over the age of 10 in 2004. Muslim fathers were told to “hang up the whip where the members of the household can see it.”
The Islamists and their propaganda-spewing partners don’t limit themselves to influencing the news media and political officials. They understand that pop culture is pivotal in shaping the views of the youth.
This isn’t about a rapper. This is about the next generation of leaders.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.