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May 07, 2024
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Student At Philadelphia Leaders Academy, Raneem Mustafa, Praises Jihad And Martyrdom At School Event: Jihad Is The Pinnacle Of Islam; The 'Real Men' Of Gaza Taught Us About Sacrificing Their Souls, Children

#11075 | 01:43
Source: Online Platforms - "Leaders Academy on YouTube"

The YouTube channel of Philadelphia’s Leaders Academy posted a video from its cultural day event on May 7, 2024, in which a student by the name of Raneem Mustafa recited a speech about Palestine. In her speech, she praised Jihad as the "pinnacle of Islam." Mustafa praised the "martyrdom" of the people of Gaza, and she added that the men of Gaza have taught her what "real men" are and that "real sacrifice" is sacrificing their souls and children for the sake of their homeland. She continued to say that the women of Gaza are wallowing in the blood of their children, sacrificing them for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It should be noted that the Philadelphia chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS) has previously posted to its Facebook page videos from the Leaders Academy's "One Ummah Day" events from 2017 and 2019, in which young students sang "Chop off their heads!" and expressed their will to become martyrs for the sake of Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For more information, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 7201 and 7194. Following MEMRI's exposure of these videos, the Facebook page of MAS Philadelphia was suspended, and the Philadelphia chapter no longer appears on the MAS website. See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8054 for more information about the public response to these clips. Notably, on May 15, 2019, MAS Philadelphia and Leaders Academy issued a statement saying that a "process" has been put in place to prevent the repetition of such an "unintended mistake."

Raneem Mustafa: "The tragedy of our people in Gaza is grave. Lives are lost and there is total destruction. We are going through the most significant days, in which the pinnacle of Islam is realized – Jihad for the sake of Allah to elevate Truth. This is a path followed by the people of Gaza on behalf of the entire nation. They are saying to Allah day and night: 'Oh Lord, take our souls until You are satisfied.' This clearly shows that these are people who love life – the martyrs are alive, and are sustained by their Lord.

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"Gaza is teaching us that real men are revealed in times of hardship, when all the masks are removed, and that the Islamic nation’s glory will only be achieved through faith and principles, that real sacrifice is sacrificing one’s soul and one’s children for the sake of the homeland, and that the occupiers are cowards who can fight only when there are no real men on the battlefield. They inherited this from their forefathers about whom Allah said [in the Quran]: 'They will not fight you all except within fortified cities or from behind walls.'

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"The people of Gaza have taught us a lot. We ask ourselves, 'What are the women of Gaza made of?' when we see them wallowing in the blood of their children, screaming: 'Oh Allah, accept them as sacrifices for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.'"

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