Newsletter #8 – More Tennessee AMAC

TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) profiles cont’d

One small postscript to Newsletter #4 –

Mention of one of the Institute’s more high profile graduates was omitted –  Muneer Awad who is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma CAIR chapter.  He sued and enjoined the Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning Sharia law in Oklahoma.

This newsletter and the one to follow will profile more of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members.

Abdulkadir Gure – Middle Tennessee representative

Former taxi driver turned Arabic instructor at Vanderbilt University (listed as a “lecturer, Religious Studies Dept), he is affiliated with the Nashville Metro Taxi Drivers Alliance, which offered free rides last year to Muslims going to legislative plaza to protest against the anti-terrorism legislation.  He is also affiliated with the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis and is a Middle Tennessee organizer for TIRRC.

Of greater interest perhaps is his work with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT), formerly named the Somali Community Center.  In 2007 Abdirizak Hassan, the Center’s Executive Director until last year, was charged with and sentenced to 2 years federal probation for making false statements in connection with a federal grant for the Center.  Despite these charges, he was still able to apply for and have the Center receive federal grant money throughout this time period.

This federal charge relates back to his indictment in 2001 for felony illegal banking.  Prior to serving as ED of the Somali Community Center/CRIT, Hassan ran a halwa money changing business out of a convenience store.  As reported by New English Review:

“Hassan’s Nashville bank was shut down by counter-terrorism investigators because they said the bank was linked to Al-Barakat.

Al-Barakat is a bank and wiring transfer service that is linked to al-Qaida, according to investigators.  Hassan was arrested and charged with felony illegal banking.  While out on bond, Hassan and the Somali Center were awarded a grant in the amount of nearly $500,000 by the same federal government that indicted him.”

The CRIT even when it was named the Somali Community Center, is what is known as an “ethnic based organization” that receives taxpayer money from the Tennessee Office for Refugees to provide refugee resettlement services.

Mwafaq Aljabary – Middle Tennessee representative

This individual also goes by the name Mwafaq Mohammed.  In 2010 he was listed as the president of the Salahadeen Islamic Center (see newsletter #4 for more info about this center).  He is employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and is involved with a group attempting to start the Nolensville Academy of Science & Math charter school in Metro Nashville.

Haneef Shabazz – Middle Tennessee representative

Property records indicate that he owns property in the Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Islamville) compound in Stewart County.  Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MoA), has been described as a “Sunni militant group”.

They follow Pakistani cleric Sheikh Gilani whose terrorist training video “Soldiers of Allah” shows Gilani explaining how to kill American infidels –  “Act like you are his friend. Then kill him.”  In 2006, the videos were confiscated and sealed by the Department of Justice.  It is reported that Jamaat ul-Fuqra/MoA have approximately 35 compounds across the U.S.

Saleh Sbenaty – Middle Tennessee representative

Immigrated from Syria in 1982 to attend college in the U.S. and now teaches engineering at MTSU.  He is a board member and on the planning committee for the Murfreesboro mosque.  He was a vocal and active opponent of the anti-terrorism legislation and was quoted in the Tennessean a number of times on the issue.  He also spoke out against the law during a panel discussion at the First Amendment Center in 2011.  He was recently advertised as participating in a program with the Society for Universal Dialogue (SUD) on environmental issues.

Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin – West Tennessee representative

In 2008 the Director of the FBI presented Dr. Moinuddin with the Community Leadership Award.  He is also a trustee of the Memphis Islamic Center and a board member of the Masjid al-Noor.  Per the warranty deed, this mosque, which also houses the Muslim Student Association (MSA), is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), one of the organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory memorandum.

It has been reported elsewhere that in 1993 Dr. Moinuddin attended an event in Virginia involving Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti. Dr. Moinuddin was later quoted speaking favorably about Al-Hanooti.  In 2000 Al-Hanooti headed the Michigan CAIR office.  In 2008 he was indicted on charges of spying for Iraqi intelligence.  He has been identified by the FBI as a top fundraiser for Hamas (over $6 million) and is named as both an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial (identified as top Muslim Brotherhood leadership), and a conspirator in the trial of “blind sheik” Omar Rahman (1993 World Trade Center bombing).  See, “Blue Suede Jihad: Major Hamas Fundraiser Welcomed in the Land of Elvis”, Patrick Poole, July 1, 2010.

In July 2010, the Masjid al-Noor posted an announcement on their website that Al-Hanooti would be speaking at the mosque that month.  When the event was published by Patrick Poole in his article “Blue Suede Jihad”, the mosque scrubbed the announcement from its website and denied that the event was ever scheduled.  Poole notes in a follow-up piece on August 6, 2010, that “..we’ve been provided two separate classified terror alerts that were sent to Memphis-area law enforcement agencies prior to the publication of my initial report warning them of al-Hanooti’s upcoming appearance.”

Younis Sherif – West Tennessee representative

Mr. Sherif is active at the Masjid As-Salam, another Memphis mosque owned by NAIT, and with the Muslim Society of Memphis located in another property also owned by NAIT.

 Three other members, Dorothy Awayyed, Hanan Ayesh, and Zak Mohyuddin (brother-in-law to Sabina Mohyuddin in newsletter #6), are all East Tennessee representatives.  All were actively and vocally opposed to the anti-terrorism legislation and lobbied legislators to that end.

Many connections between individuals and organizations; many affiliations with Muslim Brotherhood entities.  We have to assume that Commissioner Gibbons and Asst. Commissioner David Purkey who heads the TN Office of Homeland Security have all the same information and simply discounted it all in order to move forward and begin working closely with this group.

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