The Clarion Project Explores Islamic Fundamentalism through Film
In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, publications and companies all over the world are commemorating the victims of the event, as well as those civil servants who risked their lives to save others. Many other organizations are also working to educate the public about the dangers of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. The Clarion Project, formerly known as the Clarion Fund, is one such group. Based in NY, Clarion Fund works alongside scholars, human rights activists, experts from the Middle East and Muslims to expose the dangers of Islamic extremism while promoting tolerance and moderation across the globe. Clarion Project explains: “There are times that require people to step out of their comfort zone, to step up for justice, tolerance and moderation. We know going in that the repercussions of taking action will draw a rain of accusations and attacks from the forces we are confronting.” “We do it anyway. We do it because it must be done.”
The Clarion Project (Clarion Fund) has created several award-winning movies which have been seen by more than 50 million people. The films cover issues such as religious persecution, human rights, women’s rights, and the concept of Jihad in the West. The films include ‘Obsession’, ‘The Third Jihad’, and ‘Iranium.’ According to Clarion Fund, ‘Obsession’ is a film documenting ‘an insider’s view of the hatred the radicals are teaching, their incitement of global Jihad, and their goal of world domination.” Dr. Herbert London, President of the Hudson Institute, said: “If you haven’t seen Obsession, you should! And if you have seen it, you should insist that others see it as well. Our future may depend on it.”
The Clarion Project’s second film, ‘The Third Jihad’ is a documentary aimed at Americans, exposing them to the radical Islam threat both to the United States and to Western civilization as a whole. The film is narrated by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim, who opens by explaining: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical. This film is about them.”
‘Iranium’, the Clarion’s most recent film, is a well-researched exploration of the scenarios the world may face if the Iranian regime obtains access to the world’s most powerful weapons. The film has been described as a “timely and powerful documentary presenting the danger posed to the free world by a nuclear Iran. It exposes the radical Islamic ideology guiding Iran’s leaders, and the devastation it causes.” Clarion Project also provides up-to-date news coverage as well as commentary and analysis on its website.
The Clarion Project Reports on FBI Investigation of Jihadist Group in US
Fox News Insider recently published a report from The Clarion Project which describes a jihadist group living in Texas which had been investigated by the FBI for possible links to terrorist organizations. Ryan Mauro, the reporter for Fox who is responsible for releasing the information explained that The Clarion Project Report is based on declassified FBI documents.
Mauro said that the cell is run by a group called Muslims of the Americas. Investigations discovered that MOA is a radical group with connections to a militant Pakistani group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Members of this group are devoted followers of the extremist religious leader Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani of Pakistan.
The Clarion Project report wrote:
The organization says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. The Clarion Project obtained secret MOA footage showing female members receiving paramilitary training at Islamberg. It was featured on the Kelly File on FOX News Channel in October. A second MOA tape released by Clarion shows its spokesman declaring the U.S. to be a Muslim-majority country.
A 2007 FBI record states that MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing. It states:
“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government. Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”
The document also says that, “The MOA is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”
Other FBI reports describe the MOA in similar ways, with a 2003 file stating, “Investigation of the Muslims of the Americas is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism…”
MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is located at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.
Mauro said that local residents near the MOA enclave remember the camp inaugurating operations in the late 1980s.
“They are still preaching jihad. They still follow this radical Pakistani cleric that they basically believe is God. And they are a dangerous group and you can see it in the language of the FBI documents that we’ve released,” stated Mauro.
Mauro added that the majority of the members of the group are US citizens and most of their US-based activities are legal.
“They go right up to that line. The reason they’re able to operate in the United States is because the State Department doesn’t consider this group, Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a foreign terrorist organization. They operate in the United States under the name Muslims of the Americas,” added Mauro.