Newsletter #5 – Islamists Organizing in Tennessee

Kasar Abdulla cont’d

On more than one occasion, Ms. Abdulla has publicly acknowledged her connection to the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN).  She participated as a representative of the ICN at a 2010 Nashville Human Rights event and has been cited as an ICN representative by the American Banking and Market News later that same year.

The ICN is yet another Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organization and operates under the umbrella of one of the unindicted co-conspirators named in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

The Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) is not only a named unindicted co-conspirator, but also one of the 29 organizations specifically named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum detailing the plan of “…dismantling American institutions and turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation.”

The ICN shares a P.O. Box address with ISNA which is listed on various internet sites, on the TN Secretary of State’s website under the ICN’s entry, on a bank direct deposit form previously posted on the ICN website and on a warranty deed for a 5 acre parcel of land in Nashville.

The ICN is also linked to ISNA through Nashville community activities.  For example, in February 2010, ICN, along with other Nashville mosques, partnered with ISNA for a two day conference titled “Awakening the Leader Within”.  Given the title, content and Muslim Brotherhood identification of the presenting organization, one has to wonder whether this conference was in furtherance of the Muslim Brotherhood document titled “Preliminary vision for preparing future leadership” which was introduced into evidence at the Holy Land trial.

One of the featured ISNA speakers, Louay Safi, Director of Communications and Leadership Development, also has an “interesting” pedigree.  In February 2010, Mr. Safi who had been contracted by the DoD to lecture troops at Fort Hood on Islam, was suspended from this work after his association with organizations involved in funding terrorism were documented.  Mr. Safi previously served as Executive Director and Director of Research for theInternational Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).  The IIIT was listed among the 29 “like minded organizations” in the Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum and was raided by the FBI in 2002 with subsequent criminal convictions for two of the staff.

And the ICN is yet one more experience Ms. Abdulla and Carlos Bledsoe have in common.  Anyone who followed the story of Carlos Bledsoe may recall that when he converted to Islam, he took the name of the former Imam of the ICN – Abdulhakim Mohamed whose own questionable affiliations have been detailed in any number of articles.

The ICN’s current Imam – Ahmed Mohammed is a graduate of Al-Ahzar University in Cairo; an institution that stands for the propagation of Islam and Sharia as a complete way of life.  It was recently reported that as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was protesting against the military rulers, students at Al-Ahzar also held a protest demanding that the Muslim Brotherhood form a new government for Egypt.

In the spring of 2011 ICN’s Imam Ahmed Mohammed, gave a lecture in Nashville in which he defended the Egyptian police forced virginity tests reportedly performed on the female protesters in Tahrir Square.  He also talked about honor killings and confirmed that they do occur throughout the Muslim world and even suggested that they used to occur in the U.S. but no longer because of how “crazy our moral ethics have become.”

And Imam Ahmed Mohammed who testified against the anti-terrorism bill during the 2011 legislative session, was also a participant at the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security’s closed door June 2011 meeting with the Tennessee DHS Regional Advisor.

Another ICN representative, Ms. Sabina Mohyuddin, also a member of the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council, will be the subject of the next installment.