Newsletter #16 – Governor Haslam brings Shariah Finance to Tennessee!


The advance of Shariah law into Tennessee continues – knowingly and deliberately abetted by the Haslam administration.  

The first step in the Governor’s plan was approving the working partnership between the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security.  The next step, just recently executed, is the embedding of the true Trojan horse of shariah law into Tennessee –  Shariah Compliant Finance.

On May 14, 2012, a very quiet announcement was released regarding several new Haslam appointees to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).

Ms. Samar Ali is the newly appointed International Director for the ECD under Commissioner Bill Hagerty.  Looking at Ms. Ali’s credentials and the Haslam administration’s efforts to advance the political standing of Muslims in Tennessee, one could see why she was selected.  Her resume includes:

  • First Arab-Muslim student body president at Vanderbilt University
  • Internship for the Islamic International Arab Bank in Amman, Jordan
  • Working as an associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells where she specialized in   advising clients on “Shariah-compliant” transactions
  • Founding member of the first U.S. delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum (where key leaders declared Shariah Finance to be “dawa” (missionary) activity to promote Islam and Shariah)
  • One of 13 appointed fellows serving in the Obama White House
  • Donor to Harold Ford, Jr. for Tennessee campaign (parents donated to Obama Victory Fund)
  • Founding member of Hogan Lovells United Arab Emirates office

Among many other claims related to Shariah Compliant Finance (SCF), Hogan Lovells’ website claims to have advised on more than 200 Islamic Finance transactions, lauding the “ethical” nature of SCF and the claim that “…many eminent Sharia scholars commonly recommend us to financial institutions that approach them for advice.”

While firms such as Hogan Lovells may be engaged for purposes of providing transactional services, it is only the “eminent Sharia scholars” who may declare any particular financial instrument shariah compliant.  One such “eminent Sharia scholar”, for example, is the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi who is quoted in the various documents from the Amana Mutual Funds.  At last check, these mutual funds were being sold in Tennessee.

Sheikh al-Qaradawi is credited with characterizing SCF as “jihad with money”, an accurate description when one understands how SCF actually works.  (see the Shariah Finance Watch blog to learn more –  Over the years al-Qaradawi has publicly advocated such ideas as the re-creation of the Islamic caliphate, that Muslims emulate their prophet, Muhammad, as a model for violent, expansionist jihad, including so-called jihad “martyrdom operations”, homicide “martyrdom” bombings of all Israeli Jews, including non-combatants, and the eventual jihad genocide of all Jews worldwide.

al-Qaradawi, has been banned from the U.S. and Britain.  He was also banned for the past 30 years from leading Friday prayers in Egypt.  He recently reemerged to lead Friday prayers in Tahrir Square after the overthrow of Mubarak.

According to the Vanderbilt Law School website, Ms. Ali’s mother immigrated to the U.S. from Syria and her father is from the West Bank town of Ramallah.   Despite being born in Waverly, Tennessee, Ms. Ali told that “My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”

Where she is now, is inside Governor Haslam’s administration.

Let Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty know whether you support their choice of leadership for Tennessee’s financial future and security: