Less than 70 students took part in the election of the new MSA-Concordia president
Écrit par Point de Bascule on 01 Juin 2012. Posted in Articles par Point de Bascule
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At the beginning of April 2012, MSA-Concordia organized an election to choose a new president. The election lasted three days. Less than 70 students went to cast their ballots for the two candidates according to an article published on the MSA-Concordia website. In 2010, there were 6,000 Muslim students at Concordia according to an article published by the Link.
In his communiqué, the retiring MSA president Museb Abu-Thuraia announced that Murtaza Khan was elected and Abdel Latif Khoumaiss came second.
For years, the University administration paid in the vicinity of $15,000 a year to rent a prayer space outside the campus that had been requested by MSA-Concordia.
MSA-Concordia operates its own Islamic library (Reflections) in University premises. It is funded by the Concordia Council of Student Life. Books by authors such as Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, Youssef Qaradawi, Syed Maududi and others are endorsed by the Muslim Brotherhood. They promote offensive jihad and sharia, they legitimize the beating of wives by their husband, they advocate the killing of apostates, etc.
In the fall of 2011, MSA-Concordia took the initiative to invite Islamists preachers Abdur-Raheem Green and Hazma Tzortzis. In the past, these men advocated the killing of homosexuals, they condoned domestic violence towards women, etc.
Asked by the Link to justify MSA’s invitation to these preachers, then-MSA president Museb Abu-Thuraia answered: “For me, in principle, I had nothing against the speakers or the association. We looked at the group and their goal, and it seemed fine with us.”
MSA-Concordia is part of a network of associations under the umbrella of the North American Muslim Students Association. In 1963, MSA was the first organization set up by the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. In a 2007, an NYPD report described MSA as an “incubator for radicalism” (p. 68 – Archives PdeB).
Bismillah Al-rahman Al-raheem,
In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most gracious,
As many of you already know, the MSA presidential elections 2012 took place on April 5th,6th, &10th. The candidates were two incredible brothers from this year’s executive team; Abdel Latif Khoumaissi, and Murtaza Khan. For as long as I’ve known them, both have demonstrated dedication to the Islamic student… movement and have filled their various positions with full responsibility and competence. I have no doubt that either one of them would have filled the position to the best of their ability and been very effective team leaders. However, one had to take the position. 65 students came out and exercised their right to vote.
The results are as follows:
-Abdel Latif Khoumaiss: 26 Votes
-Murtaza Khan: 37 Votes
-Abstentions: 1 Vote
-Disqualifications: 1 Vote
Congratulations to our brother Murtaza Khan. We pray to Allah swt guide him to fulfill this responsibility, and to that which is best for the Muslim student community here at Concordia. The new MSA term will begin May 1st Inshallah. Until then, Murtaza and I will work with the current executives towards a smooth transition to the next term. We ask Allah swt to bless this association and its members for many years to come.
Baraka Allahu feekum jamee’an
Museb N. Abu-Thuraia
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