Newsletter #31- Importing Fundamentalist Islamists

It really is a lot easier to dismiss the recent criticism of Ms. Ali’s appointment as religious bigotry or as anti- Muslim prejudice.  Except, that would not be true because it is neither of those things.

Just as Governor Haslam was wrong when he told News Channel 5 that somehow the hiring of Ms. Ali and her expertise in Shariah Compliant Finance had something to do with “freedom of religion”.

The Ali appointment was simply the “straw that broke the camel’s back” because it came on the heels of the Governor’s approval of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and its partnership with Commissioner Gibbons and the TN Department of Homeland Security (TNDHS) which was preceded by the TNDHS back door secret meetings with the Muslim Rapid Response Team. (see newsletter #1).  Lest the Governor forget, this has been further compounded by less than honest answers from his office about this arrangement, and the same obfuscation used to address inquiries about the ECD appointment.

There are two things the Governor doesn’t understand – one, that concerns being raised about the TN AMAC and Ms. Ali’s appointment address the political agenda of political Shariah. And two, that he, the Governor could easily end the controversy by issuing a public statement committing that while he is Governor, Tennessee will not aid, abet or otherwise participate in any aspect of political Shariah.  Everyone could then go home; the issue of political Shariah in Tennessee would become a non-issue, and freedom of religion and worship would remain intact.

One problem of course, is that every mainstream Islamic publication and Islamic authority approved by Islamic organizations in the United States, assert and confirm over and over, that “Islam is a complete way of life”, readily admitting that this encompasses everything from cradle to grave, from religion to politics to the civil and criminal laws that govern our daily lives, even to the assertion that our republican form of government is invalid within the Shariah adherent’s belief system.

What supporters of the recent “Haslam resolution” are trying to tell the Governor, is that they will not tolerate the subversion of their constitutional and religious rights by an ideology designed to do exactly that.  And which is an ideology the Governor (albeit ignorantly), seems to be promoting in Tennessee.  One practical way to deal with this conundrum is to recognize that the State is authorized to and should, deal with issues of political Shariah.

Muslims in Tennessee who emphasize that they are “American Muslims” (American Muslim Advisory Council, American Center for Outreach, ISNA’s Sayyid Sayeed speaking in Nashville in November 2011), with constitutionally protected religious rights, nonetheless, import fundamentalist trained imams to lead the mosques.  For example, 

Yasir Qadhi – Memphis Islamic Center and is Dean of Academic Affairs of the al Maghrib Institute

graduate of Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia

2006 – listed on terror watch list

2007 video – “We are loyal to our countries insofar as it does not interfere with our religion of Islam”

2008 published article about Ali al-Timimi who Qadhi said “played an instrumental role in shaping and directing me to take the path that has led me to where I am today.” Al-Timimi had been convicted on April 26, 2005 of soliciting others to wage war against the U.S.

You Tube video published August 3, 2009 – calls Christians among other things, “filthy”

Holocaust denier; 2001 speech recommending “The Hoax of the Holocaust”

al Maghrib Institute students – Christmas Day bomber and convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado

Qadhi’s media company was selling recordings by al Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awalaki

Ossama Bahloul – Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) since 2008

 graduate of  Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt – degree in Da’awah (prosletyzing for Islam; his thesis was the establishment of a Da’awah curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims)

Al Azhar is credited with starting the Islamist movement with training from Islamic radicals and closely tied to Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and Sharia as a complete way of life

Mohamed Ahmed – Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) current

graduate of  Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

Mosque has documented ties to Muslim Brotherhood front organization ISNA

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.”

He testified against the anti-terrorism bill during the 2011 legislative session and was also a participant at the TN Dept. of Homeland Security’s closed door June 2011 meeting with the Tennessee DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter.

Abdulhakim Mohamed – Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) 1999-2007

Yemeni cleric who came to Nashville from the radical Brooklyn Al Farooq mosque which had a documented history of raising money for terrorists and is the same mosque attended by the “blind sheik” who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao  – Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICTN)

graduate of  Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia

            “Why Do We Worship Allah?” (an audio sermon by Sheikh Chao) – everyone is born a Muslim and there is no god worthy of being worshipped except Allah

The objective that binds all of these Islamist leaders, is the professed goal of supplanting our Constitution with Sharia law.  This is also the message taught explicitly to young students in Islamic schools in the U.S.  The popular student textbook reportedly used in most madrassas entitled “What Islam is All About” states clearly on page 377 in the Chapter “What is an Islamic Society? Section C, How Do We Become Great Again?”, the following:

“Muslims dream of establishing the power of Islam in the world. Muslims of all types and backgrounds agree that the Islamic system is the best for humanity in this life.”