As-Sabiqun / Masjid al- Islam

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Address: Washington, DC 20019



As-Sabiqun is led by Abdul Alim Musa, the imam of Masjid al-Islam in Washington, D.C. It says its “current mission, inside and outside of the U.S., is to struggle to neutralize the efforts of the top three enemies of our global Ummah, which together constitute the Triangle of Terror,” referring to the U.S. government, Israel and Saudi Arabia.[1] It also “believe[s] in a non-violent transformation of our society.”[2]

The mosque also houses a branch of As-Sabiqun called the Islamic Institute for Counter-Zionist American Psychological Warfare.[3]

As-Sabiqun was founded at the Masjid al-Islam in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1990s. In 1995, it published a “Resolution of Philadelphia” that stated its “purpose of reestablishing the system of governance known as Khilafah, or the Caliphate.”[4]

The group says it is influenced by the Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Sayyid Qutb, the Brotherhood cleric that inspired Osama Bin Laden; and Maulana Mawdudi, the founder of the Pakistani Islamist group named Jamaat-e-Islami.[5]

In 1999, Musa publicly expressed his support for Hamas by showing a check made out to “Hamas, Palestine.” He believes that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. [6] He’s also said that he “like[s]” Osama Bin Laden and has praised Hezbollah.[7] In 2002, he decried the use of the term “suicide bombers,” defending them as “martyrs.”[8] In 2001, he repeated a quote from another Islamist preacher that said, “If you don’t give us justice … we’re gonna burn America down.”[9]

Musa predicts the U.S. will transform into the “Islamic State of North America” by 2050.[10] Its former website included a six-phased plan to establish Islamist enclaves inside America.[11] It opposes participation in American politics and its newsletter said in 2002 that there is “open warfare” between Muslims and “the criminal constitutional dictatorship of the USA.”[12]

As-Sabiqun stands for the “Re-Africanization of the Islamic Movement in the USA,” Muslim self-sufficiency through “agricultural liberation,” and the “De-Israelization of the Islamic Movement in North America” to “avoid integration and assimilation in the warmongering criminal system of the U.S. government.”[13]

An event at Masjid al-Islam on March 10, 2013, preached that “the global war on Islam is spearheaded by three power centers which together as one entity.” It said that the U.S. government is the “military arm” of the “Triangle of Terror.” Israel is the “propagandistic arm” that has “created and sustained a wave of Islamophobia” and Saudi Arabia, which promotes a version of Islam that divides the Muslim world and is allied to the West.

The event advertisement states that this “Triangle of Terror” is “creating bogus militant Islamic organizations which always fight and kill Muslims.” It also accuses the U.S. government of “fabricating an enemy.”[14]

On February 26, 2012, Masjid al-Islam held a tribute to the Islamic Republic of Iran, including President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei.[15] Imam Musa traveled to Iran in September 2011 to participate in the International Conference on the Islamic Awakening.[16]

[1] “Imam Musa’s Upcoming Eid Message,” As-Sabiqun website, August 17, 2012.

[2] “Upcoming Event: ‘From Occupy Wall Street to a New Global Harmony’ (DC),” As-Sabiqun website, March 30, 2012.

[3] “Imam Musa’s Upcoming Eid Message,” As-Sabiqun website, August 17, 2012.

[6] Ibid.

[7] “Imam Musa on Hannity,” mjohnson202 Youtube video, uploaded October 3, 2007.

[8] “The Third Jihad,” Clarion Project, 2008.

[9] “Abdul Alim Musa,” Investigative Project on Terrorism,

[10] “The Third Jihad,” Clarion Project, 2008.

[13] “On Sunday: Special Program at the Islamic Institute (DC),” As-Sabiqun website, December 2, 2011.

[14] “TOMORROW! The Triangle of Terror (DC),” As-Sabiqun website, March 9, 2013.

[15] “This Weekend: ‘From Baby Nation to Global Giant,’ (DC)” As-Sabiqun website, February 9, 2012.

[16] “On Sunday: Special Program at the Islamic Institute (DC),” As-Sabiqun website, December 2, 2011.


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