Newsletter #13 – Binhazim Spills the Quran

“Allah is the one who commands me and tells me what to do. This is number one. This requires removing from ourselves any personal opinions. One must always remember that Islam is not about personal opinions.”

“The idea that you can separate Islam to become an individual experience to everyone, that Islam is a private matter, and that it cannot be a state matter, and a community matter – that is not the teachings of Islam.” (Awadh Binhazim)

“In its original sense, Muslims have a problem with Westernization. Science and technology are accepted in our culture and our tradition, but they are to be subordinate to Islamic beliefs and values in order to guard against the secularization of Muslim societies.” (Awadh Binhazim)

Recall that Awadh Binhazim’s organization Olive Tree Education was created and his dawah pursued to allegedly help non-Muslims learn about Islam.  The above statements were never made to non-Muslims – only to Muslims and specifically, to members of the Vanderbilt Muslim Students Association by Binhazim in his capacity as their volunteer chaplain.

The Middle East Media Institute, better known as “MEMRI”, (, has exposed this very same pattern – one message for the non-Muslim, another for Muslims.

Awadh Binhazim’s “Muslim messages” communicate the very same message as that of CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad that, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

As noted in Newsletter #11, three Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members are each individually linked to Binhazim.

Rashed Fakhruddin, the AMAC Regional Coordinator for Middle Tennessee, was originally from Bangladesh but grew up in Nashville since 1970 and attended high school in Nashville.  Along with Awadh Binhazim, Fakhruddin has been an Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) Shura Council member since it started in Nashville in 1998.  The Shura is a council of men in high standing in the community who act essentially as an informal “court” to carry out Sharia law.  Fakhruddin also served as the President of the ICN Board from 2003-05.

He is reported to work for NES as a Senior Engineer in System Protection and Communications.  He worked with the ACLU to organize opposition to the Tennessee anti-terrorism bill.