An Ohio mosque is donating $1 million to The University of Cincinnati (UC), which, in return, is creating a pro-Islam program to address so-called concerns about "Islamophobia" on campus.
The large sum of money paying the university to promote Islam through its newly created "titled professorship in Islamic Studies" comes from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati mosque, and more specifically, from Dr. Inayat Malik and his wife, Ishrat Malik. Coming from Pakistan in 1967 to specialize in urology at the UC Medical Center, the Muslim urologist was a member of the UC College of Medicine clinical faculty for 20 years and served as the board chair of the Islamic Center for 18 years.
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Malik and his wife are touted by the university and local media as promoters of tolerance, diversity and culture.
"The Maliks have been leaders in the local Muslim community and promoted interfaith dialogue and understanding, efforts that include the co-founding of the Bridges of Faith Trialogue," Cincinnati.com reported. "It is an ongoing conversation among Cincinnati civic leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, restarted in January 2016 to address renewed incidents of Islamaphobic violence and hate speech."
The affluent and influential Muslim mosque leader is using his money to not just fight supposed Islamophobia – which he claims to exist on campus – but to tout Islam as a major force in enhancing societies across the globe.
"We have a significant Muslim population in the area now – many of them affiliated with UC Medical Center," Malik declared in a statement issued in a UC Foundation press release. "Ishrat and I felt that we needed to make this resource available to UC – not just for the sake of the Muslim community, but for the larger community, so they have an understanding of the history of Muslim civilizations and contributions."
Islamic influence on campus getting bigger and bigger
Now, UC is setting out to increase its existing teachings that already promote a pro-Islam perspective.
"The Malik professorship aims to add to the university's expertise in Abrahamic religions – faiths that claim descent from practices of the ancient Israelites and worship the god of Abraham," the Cincinnati news site stated. "The new position will allow the university to boost its classes and research related to Islamic studies, which already include a focus on the Middle East and Arabic language and culture."
UC College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kenneth Petren announced that the university is recruiting more Muslim staff to influence pro-Muslim thinking on campus.
"We are very grateful to the Maliks and the Islamic Center for this tremendous gift," Petren expressed in the UC Foundation press release. "This professorship will expand and deepen teaching and research around Islamic history and culture. Our college already covers a diverse number of related topics, and this will help grow our expertise and add breadth to existing work in world religious traditions."
UC President Neville G. Pinto also champions the Maliks as major contributors to society and academia.
"I am impressed by the Maliks' desire to lift up UC and the entire community," Pinto stated on the UC Foundation release. "This professorship will strengthen our relationships in the Muslim community – similar to how our Judaic and Catholic chairs are linked to their respective communities. It also will deepen our academic expertise in related fields, including history, philosophy and international relations."
Islamize the youth
Another mosque leader in the local Muslim community, Islamic Center Board President Shakila Ahmad – who graduated from UC in 1982 and currently serves as a UC Foundation trustee – insists that students must receive an augmented dose of Islamic teachings to increase their support of the religion and its adherents.
"When we realized the need that existed at the university, we felt the Islamic Center had a responsibility to fill the education gaps in regard to Islam and understanding the Muslim-American community," Ahmad impressed in a statement published by the UC Foundation. "The Muslim community has a strong link and commitment to the university and relies on it as an institution with a wealth of knowledge."
Even though just a handful of American colleges and universities proactively promote the religion of Islam and its culture, more and more indoctrination programs similar to UC's have already popped up from coast to coast to Islamize America's youth generation.
"There are only a few colleges in the United States that offer Islamic studies majors," The Christian Post reported. "Other colleges that offer Islamic Studies program include the Jesuit-founded Georgetown University, Villanova University (Catholic), Columbia University in New York City, Boston College, The Ohio State University, George Washington University, American Islamic College, and the University of California, Los Angeles."