Some women say their hijab represents religiously mandated modesty.
Some women say their hijab is a political statement.
Some women say they are forced to wear a hijab.
Pat Shea, a non-Muslim voluntarily put on a hijab during a mosque sermon on “Domestic Violence/Compassionate & Honorable Treatment Towards Women in Islam.”
Pat Shea is the YWCA CEO and operates the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. Does Shea know that the hijab is a source of violence to Muslim women worldwide and in the U.S?
Muslim women have been killed for refusing to wear a hijab. For example:
- 2007 – Canada, murder of 16 year old Aqsa Parvez choked to death by her father
with the hijab she refused to wear
- 2014 – in Somalia, woman murdered for refusing to veil
- 2015 – Iraq, five women stoned to death for not wearing a hijab
- 2015 – India, father kills his four year old daughter for not wearing a hijab at dinner
January 2015, a non-Muslim woman living in Muslim-majority Bangladesh murdered for not wearing a hijab
Muslim women have been threatened with violence for not wearing a hijab. For example:
- 2011 – Britain, woman is threatened with death by her cousin for not wearing a
- 2013 – Sudan, a woman faces whipping for not wearing a hijab
- 2014 – Pankisi Gorge, a brother stabs his sister for refusing to wear a hijab
- 2015 – Missouri, a high school student dragged her from her
classroom and assaulted by a relative for not wearing a hijab
Enlightened Muslim women in 2015 reject people like Pat Shea putting on a hijab
Self-described “mainstream Muslim women” living in the U.S., many of whom were born in countries where sharia law governed, have rejected the mysogynistic Islamic call for women to cover themselves. They reject Western women showing “solidarity” by participating in “Wear a Hijab” day and interfaith imitators tying on the headscarf.
In fact, these adult Muslim women explain that hijab doesn’t even mean headscarf. “This conflation of hijab with the secular word headscarf is misleading. ‘Hijab’ literally means ‘curtain’ in Arabic. It also means ‘hiding,’ ‘obstructing’ and ‘isolating’ someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf.”
These women understand that if Muslim women living in the West are free to choose hijab or no hijab, patriarchy in Islam which is supported and perpetuated by political Islamists, will cease to dominate.
Political Islamists like Remziya Suleyman and Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi (pictured above with Shea), are Muslim activists who have promoted Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Students Association. They assert absurd hijab positions like the hijab gives them more rights than American women allowing them to be judged by intellect, not looks.
Suleyman even admitted that she didn’t start wearing a hijab until 2008 when she
coincidentally also started lobbying in the Tennessee state legislature. With all the rights she asserts afforded by wearing a hijab, her Islamic community still maintains her first duty is to find a husband and complete her “deen” (subjugation).
Shame on Shea
Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi is the token Islamist on Shea’s YWCA board, so Shea, true to leftist hypocrisy, let herself be used for Kasar’s political purposes even though the YWCA claims to be an advocate for women’s rights.
When YWCA CEO Pat Shea put on the hijab she professed to upholding the Islamic laws that knowledgeable Muslim women understand keep them in a second class status.
Muslim Brotherhood CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says “[t]he flag of Islam is our women who wear hijab.” The hijab is a symbol.
So is the Nazi salute.
Is Nashville “Music City, USA” or “Little Kurdistan” – you decide.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said the needs of “new Americans” were a top priority, so he established the city’s Office of New Americans:
“The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. And today our city is the proud home of the nation’s largest Kurdish population, as well as growing enclaves of immigrants from Somalia, Sudan and all over the world.”
Mayor Dean refers to the two out of three groups that have brought political Islam and sharia law to Nashville; Kurds and Somalis. They have been brought to Nashville through the federal refugee resettlement program.
Immigrants – turned – advocates talk about “Nashville for all of us” but instead choose to live like the Mayor’s office said, in enclaves. They complain about being treated as “the other,” but through self-segregation, guard against assimilating into and adapting to the American culture.
When they self-segregate its called preserving their culture. When native-born Tennesseans self-segregate, it’s called racism.
Kurdish Islamist agitator Remziya Suleyman whines endlessly about being thought of as “the other.” However, she was quick to appropriate Nashville’s generous spirit for her community’s political purposes, calling it “Little Kurdistan.”
Drost Kokoye, an activist Nashville’s Kurdish activist community, is known for her Jew-hatred and pro-Hamas politics. She worked in Suleyman’s organization, TIRRC, the ACLU and helped establish and is a board member of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). She’s now at UTKnoxville where she agitates with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and has led pro-Ferguson rallies.
Ironically, Drost’s mother is a Parent Ambassador to new immigrant families as part of Mayor Dean’s Office for New Americans, even while her daughter Drost doesn’t want to be called a “new American” or even an “American.”
Enclaves in Tennessee?
Early on, the federal policy for resettling refugees advised scattering them across the country as a way to disperse the impact on receiving communities. In 1981 the federal government reversed this practice and instead started placing refugees of similar ethnic groups in the same area. Today, migration patterns upon arrival in the U.S. either for jobs, welfare benefits or to join an established ethnic community, help fuel the growth of the enclaves described by Mayor Dean.
There are enclaves like the Muslims of American (MoA) compound in Stewart County, Tennessee.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Muslims of America (MoA) is linked to the Jamaat ul-Fuqra Pakistani militant group.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes MoA as “virulently anti-Semitic,” attributed also with anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric and tied to “a terrorist organization that has carried out firebombings and murders in the United States.”
There is also evidence of enclaves in the U.S. governed by sharia law.
Importing sharia law and terrorism into the U.S. via Islamic enclaves
According to a Pew Research survey,, “the estimated share of legal Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. each year has roughly doubled, from about 5 percent of legal immigrants in 1992 to about 10 percent in 2012.” The Obama administration has helped accelerate this increase. Legal immigration in the form of refugee resettlement contributes to this growth.
A 2012 poll found that 40% of Muslims living in the U.S. want to be governed by sharia law and 32% want sharia to govern all Americans. Almost half surveyed said “Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges,” while “one in eight” called instead for the death penalty.
Where will this take our Nation?
Because of the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum program, and Washington’s refusal to stop importing people from terror-sponsoring countries, we have experienced the Boston marathon bombing, the Portland Christmas tree bombing threat, and the New York Times Square bomb threat, to name a few.
How did two Iraqi refugees get to Kentucky when their fingerprints were on an IED that killed five soldiers in Iraq? Because our security screening is lax two jihadis and their radical Islamist ideology, were brought to the U.S. as refugees. Watch the video clip about the case.
In December 2013, liberal California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein spoke about the Islamic terrorist threat to the U.S.. She acknowledged that there is a, “real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist jihadist Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic sharia law and the concept of the caliphate.”
Sen. Feinstein suggests a connection between jihadists and sharia law.
The Tie Between Minneapolis and Nashville – “Little Mogadishu”
The vast majority of Somalis living in the U.S. have been brought by federal contractors paid by the U.S. refugee resettlement program; 9,000 in 2014 and over 2,800 so far in 2015.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is called “Little Mogadishu” because it has the largest concentration of Somali Muslims living in the U.S. In August 2014, mainstream media also referred to it as “fertile ground for Islamic terrorist groups recruiting new fighters.” The report cited at least 40 residents who went to fight with ISIS, a pattern similar to the Minneapolis Somalis who joined al-Shabaab in 2013.
The Somali community complained to the Secretary of Home Land Security that their young men had no jobs, nor training or economic opportunity or “an appropriate place to live.” This is why they became “disillusioned and influenced by terrorist organizations” and then leave to go fight with ISIS.
How does this explain the FBI’s newest “Most Wanted Terrorist” a Somali who became a naturalized U.S. citizen through the refugee resettlement program. He drove a taxi cab in D.C. and Virginia while he was recruiting for terrorists.
So, the Obama administration agreed to spend millions of dollars for job training and after-school activities.
The Somali enclave Mayor Dean admires comes with a Somali gang problem. This also connects Minneapolis and Nashville in ways the Mayor likely never envisioned as the price his city would pay for its Somali enclave. Part of Somali gang activity includes human sex trafficking and prostitution. The largest Somali sex trafficking ring which operated out of Minneapolis, Nashville and few other cities, was prosecuted in the federal courthouse in Nashville.
“Little Kurdistan” – Another Nashville Islamist Enclave
Since 2007, federal contractors have been paid to bring approximately 200,000 Iraqis to the U.S.. Catholic Charities brought the first Kurds to Nashville in 1976. They were joined by some Iranian Kurds and then Kurds fleeing Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Between refugee resettlement and “secondary migration” (resettling in one place and moving to another), Nashville has the largest Kurdish community in the U.S. The number is estimated at about 11,000. Their mosque is the Salahadeen Center.
Programs like Nashville Public Television’s series titled “Next Door Neighbors,” just like the “Welcome to Shelbyville” detailing the arrival of Somalis to the town, go to great lengths to characterize these refugees as “hardworking and grateful” to be in this country.
In 2007, the Kurdish Pride Gang (KPG) which grew out of the Nashville refugee Kurdish enclave, shined a different spotlight on the Kurdish community. Police described gang members as “increasingly vicious and brazen.” Gang experts warn that gangs made up of people that come from war-torn countries pose a “unique problem” because they are desensitized to violence and dismissive of authority.
As of 2012, Metro police used a new tactic to break the KPG gang. A judge ruled the gang a public nuisance and issued an injunction that prevents the gang from gathering together in public places.
What the propaganda pieces don’t disclose is that most of the pro-Islamist activism has been initiated and led by members of the Nashville Kurdish community actively abetted by Nashville’s Somali community.
For example, shortly after launching the American Center for Outreach (ACO), Remziya Suleyman aligned her organization with Muslim Brotherhood CAIR. Suleyman brought CAIR to Nashville to train young Muslims in advocating for political Islam. She mentors them in leading a sharia-adherent lifestyle despite admitting “she never knew the concept of sharia.” She has ceded leadership of ACO to former CAIR-Houston director, Paul “Iesa” Galloway.
ACO’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye, another member from the Kurdish community helped start the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and to organize and lead anti-Israel rallies in Nashville. Kurdish Islamist Jihan Abdullah worked for ACO, while her sister Kasar, serves on the AMAC board.
Can Mayor Karl Dean explain again why we should be excited about these enclaves in Nashville?
Tennessee has a law against bullying in schools because we believe that bullying is bad. So every school district in Tennessee has policies committed to eradicating bullies.
But we tolerate Islamist bullying. These bullies use name-calling like “bigot” or “Islamophobe” whenever anyone raises questions about matters like Muslim Brotherhood networks, Muslim Brotherhood plan, or questions the “Muslim as oppressed victim” narrative.
We also tolerate the way in which mainstream media abets Islamist bullying.
On January 15th the Tennessean newspaper published Paul “Iesa” Galloway’s response to the Paris jihadi murders. Galloway is the new executive director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) which he says represents the political voice of Muslims in Tennessee.
Galloway’s resume includes running his own public relations firm. He claims an expertise in “rebranding,” aka, professional spin doctor. He founded CAIR-Houston and operated it for four years. He served on Mohamed Elibiary’s Freedom and Justice Foundation board alongside arch Islamist Abdulhakim Mohammed, former imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), who was a mentor to Memphis jihadi Carlos Bledsoe.
Galloway’s predecessor at ACO, Remziya Suleyman also used the “Muslim as victim” narrative and Islamophobia as her rallying cry. AMAC (American Muslim Advisory Council) founder and former chair, Daoud Abudiab will try to revive the Islamophobia tactic with his spring 2015 Islamophobia Conference.
“Islamophobia” is name-calling designed to suppress any criticism of Islam and Muslims. It was invented specifically for this purpose by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT). The IIIT was part of a 5 year terrorism financing investigation for being the largest monetary donor to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group and because it has other questionable ties to terrorist groups.
Being a Muslim Brotherhood insider by virtue of his CAIR leadership, Galloway knows the Islamophobia tactic is losing its impact because subsequent to each jihadi attack, the public is less convinced that Muslims are the real victims. The Associated Press eliminated the term “Islamophobia” from its stylebook which is the media “bible” to guide accuracy in reporting. Remember this the next time you pick up a newspaper or read a report.
The Associated Press has also redefined “Islamist” as:
“An advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam. Do not use as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.”
This new definition is supported by CAIR. Why? Because it fits precisely to the short and long-term goals of the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for the West as written in their 1991 Explanatory Memorandum.
Do You Think Islamists in Tennessee Are Credible?
Galloway is keeping the “Muslim as victim” narrative but emphasizing the “American Muslim” characterization to try and differentiate U.S. Islamists from the rest of the ummah. Suleyman tried that also. However, she wasn’t able to explain how Islamists here are different than the ones in France and England who say they want more, not less sharia in their lives.
Neither Suleyman nor Galloway can explain why Islamists say they want sharia no-go zones like the ones in France. A 2012 poll of U.S. Muslims showed that 40% want to be judged by sharia law over U.S. laws.
And Galloway says he is “frustrated” that Islamist leaders who disavow any and all acts of terrorism isn’t the final word on this issue? And why is this even relevant? After, actions speak louder than words.
Uber liberal Bill Maher doesn’t find Islamists credible either. Nor does he accept liberals who abet Islamist bullying. Islamists like Galloway and CAIR have Muslim Brotherhood DNA and aren’t credible either when challenged about their work to impose sharia law in the U.S.
In Tennessee, Galloway is faced with the same problem Suleyman encountered; they can’t support their political spin with facts because:
- imams being imported to Tennessee to preach at the mosques and minister to Tennessee’s Muslims, have been Islamically educated either in Saudi Arabia or at Al Ahzar University in Egypt. Al Azhar, credited with starting the Islamist movement, is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and sharia law for all the world.
- Muslim advisory councils like Tennessee’s AMAC were conceived with the help and support of Muslim Brotherhood organizations like the IIIT, CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS) and have the same goals.
- AMAC founder and Board member and former ACO Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye, routinely demonstrates (here and here), the same anti-Semitic Jew hatred which fuels the Muslim Brotherhood’s Hamas. CAIR’s executive director Nihad Awad, a regular visitor to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, has publicly stated his support for Hamas; no surprise since CAIR was started by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which included Nihad Awad.
- Drost complains publicly about being labeled an American and then her co-worker Suleyman complains about being considered an “other”
- the Muslim Brotherhood front organization the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) says it supports gay rights and then Tennessee Islamist activists Drost and Suleyman publicly mock gay marriage:
- AMAC founder and board member Sabina Mohyuddin praises Muslim Brotherhood organizations for helping American Muslims “stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.”
- Islamist leaders like Galloway and Daoud Abudiab work to co-opt interfaith dialogue while students at the private Islamic school in Knoxville, Annoor Academy, use a textbook that reinforces negative stereotypes and misinformation about Christians and Jews.
- Imams in Tennessee mosques bring in CAIR and Muslim Brotherhood Islamist speakers like Jamal Badawi and Siraj Wahhaj, who preaches that the U.S. should and will become an Islamic state because “Islam is better than democracy” and refuses to condemn Osama bin Laden for 9/11. And speakers like Zaid Shakir who tells the young Islamists that under sharia law “the kafir [non-Muslims] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
- the European Court of Human Rights held as sharia law that: “a sharia-based regime was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy as set forth in the Convention [on human rights]… particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervened in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.”
Tennessee Islamists Galloway, Suleyman, and AMAC representatives claim that the way to counter what they believe is hate speech against Islam and Muslims, is more speech. But when they don’t like what they hear or when their propaganda is exposed, they revert to bullying.
Whether its “American Muslims” or “Muslim Americans” doing the bullying, they still can’t put lipstick on the Islamophobia pig.
On October 18, 2014, the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) held a fundraising event in Knoxville.
The PR message was the usual “Muslims-as-victims” whine. Wearing a tightly bound fundamentalist hijab (as contrasted to her more revealing European chic style) director Remziya Suleyman, Tennessee’s self-appointed crusader against “anti-Muslim hate and bigotry,” parroted leftist and Islamic propaganda. It is doubtful that she brought up home-grown Memphis jihadi Carlos Bledsoe, who was radicalized by the imams at the ICN and al-Farooq mosque, and who killed an Army recruiting officer in Little Rock.
ACO’s event speakers included Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director for The Center for New Community. Headquartered in Chicago, this is another group whose mission is open borders, expanding welfare entitlements and turning the U.S. into a socialist country. Abiade slurs these Americans as “nativists.”
Suleyman says Abiade’s work on perceived Islamophobia, is “amazing,” so Tennesseans should expect to see Suleyman add “nativist” to her grab-bag of name calling that for her, substitutes for facts.
Suleyman and her new Executive Director, Paul Galloway also spoke at the fundraiser.
Who is Paul Galloway?
Suleyman is a regular collaborator with and promoter of the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, CAIR-Hamas. So, it makes sense that ACO hired Paul Galloway, who after he converted to Islam and took the name “Iesa,” founded CAIR-Houston and was Executive Director for 4 years.
Galloway has his own PR firm. He claims expertise in “rebranding,” “coaching interviewees for coverage in print media and television” and “crafting messaging.” Does this explain why Islamists all respond to questions with the same propaganda? Is this any different than the D.C. Muslim Caucus directive that Muslims must vote according to the consensus of the larger Muslim community, the ummah.
ACO’s founding and activities rest on unsupported allegations of Islamophobia. These allegations of public “hate against Muslims” are not supported by the annual TBI hate crime statistics or FBI data. Reasonable fact-based questions about Muslim Brotherhood affiliations are simply ignored, despite Suleyman’s open relationship with CAIR-Hamas and AMAC’s public affirmation of documented Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Will new spin doctor Galloway help the ACO? And why does ACO need help? Is it mere coincidence that every one of the 24,274 acts of jihad since 9/11 were committed by Muslims? Are the ISIS beheadings, their mass killing of Christians, or the raping of young girls and women deflecting attention away from ACO’s Islamaphobia campaign? Is increasing public awareness about the high incidence of FGM (female genital mutilation) among Muslim immigrants and the increasing number of Muslim immigrants leaving to fight for the Caliphate, raising questions that Suleyman can’t invent answers to by herself? Has the rhetoric of ISIS raised questions about what Muslim students at Knoxville’s Annoor Academy Islamic school are being taught about the non-Muslims?
Does the ACO care?
Suleyman, Galloway and Mohamed Elibiary – oh my!
Paul Galloway was the coordinator of the Texas Dawah Convention. In 2012, Ms. Suleyman and ACO board member Danish Siddiqui were presenters at the convention, along with former Homeland Security Advisory Committee Obama appointee, Mohamed Elibiary. He left this position under “unusual circumstances.”
Memphis Islamic Center’s Yasir Qadhi, another speaker at the Convention may also know Galloway who is on the Leadership Team for MuslimMatters.org, an on-line publication created by Yasir Qadhi. Elibiary is listed on the website as a contributing writer.
Later in 2012, Suleyman and Elibiary were together again on an IPSU panel discussing among other issues, the spread of mosque building in the U.S.
Elibiary has a long and public relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. He admits having a relationship with an official of the Holy Land Foundation who is now in jail for helping to finance Hamas. Elibiary also served on the Board of Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Forth Worth chapter.
In 2011 Elibiary downloaded, classified Texas Public Safety documents to his personal computer and offered them to a media outlet claiming it was evidence of Islamaphobic activity in Governor Rick Perry’s administration. The media outlet disagreed.
Elibiary has publicly expressed his belief that ISIS will succeed in reestablishing the Caliphate which CAIR-Hamas wants. He identifies himself as a Republican who is now focused on “reforming the conservative movement ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”
Elibiary is the founder of Lone Star Intelligence, LLC and the Freedom and Justice Foundation in his home state of Texas. “The Foundation’s nonprofit status was revoked by the IRS in May 2010 for failure to file the requisite 990 forms that would reveal the entity’s source of income.” Coincidentally, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party in Egypt is also called the Freedom and Justice party.
Paul Galloway was Elibiary’s Lone Star Intelligence PR director and was on the board of Elibiary’s Freedom and Justice Foundation.
Suleyman, Galloway and Elibiary have more than speaking on panels and CAIR in common. All three hold to the Muslim Brotherhood ideology of spreading Islam and sharia law through aggressive, religiously mandated proselytizing (dawah) with political propaganda and activism.
Galloway’s new position gives him power to remake the ACO organization, coach Ms. Suleyman and keep the CAIR PR propaganda on message.
The ACO does CAIR!
Islamists in Tennessee do not allow their children to participate in Halloween festivities. This is one more way to stay separate from the kaffir and keep the children from assimilating into the American culture of fun.
With the help of Islamist leaders like Remziya Suleyman, MYNT (Muslim Youth Navigating Tennessee), plan events like “Halaloween” and use the opportunity for speakers like Cyrus McGoldrick from CAIR, to remind the younger Muslims that their first allegiance is to the “ummah” and that Muslims in the U.S. are victims who are demonized for following their religion.
CAIR is the political arm of the “shadowy” Muslim Brotherhood that has as its motto:
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Qur’an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Up until 2013, Cyrus McGoldrick headed the New York CAIR chapter. He speaks at anti-Israel rallies and liberally tweeted and posted his Jew-hatred on his Facebook page using the chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” which communicates a desire to eliminate the Jewish homeland.
Suleyman’s Civic Engagement Coordinator Drost Kokoye, who is also a MYNT advisor, organized and led pro-Hamas rallies this past summer where the same death to Israel chant was used.
Who or what is Suleyman pretending to be?
Suleyman isn’t dressed up for Halloween. She says she bought this outfit so she could pretend to be a Kurdish female Peshmerga who are fighting against ISIS. Unlike Suleyman whose organization was founded on and whose identity is fully vested in the “Muslims as victim” narrative, the Peshmergas don’t see themselves as victims.
But unlike Suleyman, the Peshmergas are fighting for less sharia law, not more.
A lawsuit was recently filed against Canadian government policy that anyone being sworn in as a Canadian citizen do so with their faces fully exposed. A Pakistani woman, who covers her face with a niqab where only her eyes show, is challenging this policy.
It has been noted by the government lawyers that the woman “had removed her veil to get a driver’s licence…[and that she also]… declined an offer to take the oath at the front or the back of the citizenship court,” so that no one could see her face.
With regard to women’s coverings, there is a spectrum of styles as well as interpretations about whether it is an Islamic religious mandate. In Tennessee, Islamists that claim the exclusive right to definitively answer questions like this also say there is no single mandate about how women cover themselves, if at all.
Members of the Muslim Canadian Congress say that the “hijab has nothing to do with morality” but has become a tool for both political and religious operatives.
CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says:
Mohammed Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen trying to join ISIS, was arrested two weeks ago at Chicago O’Hare airport. What does his mother’s picture below communicate about the ideology that may have informed Mohammed’s decision?
During a television interview, the lawyer suing over the citizenship ceremony open face policy said that the policy reflects the government not valuing a minority practice. So, which “minority practices” should we value and who and what determines that?
Cultural vs. religious
What some Muslims claim are religious mandates others in Islam say are simply cultural practices. Should cultural practices yield to public policy?
For example, there has been plenty of debate about whether female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice or Islamically sanctioned. The same question has been asked with regard to child marriage, polygamy and treatment of women under Islam.
If FGM is, as some Islamic scholars say, religiously permissible but not obligatory, should that determine whether it can be outlawed? What if religious scholars hold that FGM is obligatory? A Gatestone Institute report notes that:
“[among] the four recognized Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence, we find that FGM is now considered obligatory by adherents of the Shafi’i school of Islamic law, including many Arabs as well as Sunni Kurds…FGM is seen as virtuous but not required by the fundamentalist Hanbali school… as a custom acceptable according to the desire of the husband by the Hanafi school.. an implied but not a specified practice in Maliki religious law…”
Head scarf or fully veiled? Genitally mutilated or not? Cultural or religious? Either way, it represents only one ideology and everything that goes along with it.
Remziya Suleyman, Director of the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) along with her colleagues Suhaib Webb and Abdelrahman Murphy, schooled the young Muslims during the 2013 “In the Footsteps of the Prophet” retreat and again this year.
Suleyman told the younger Muslims attending the recent Reviving Ramadan retreat that:
“You carry the legacy of the greatest man that ever graced this earth. This ummah (global Muslim community) depends on what you, the next generation, does. Remember that.”
Why “Reviving Ramadan?”
Just like Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Suleyman, Webb and Murphy are working to keep Muslim youth tethered to Islam, its ideology, and a sharia adherent lifestyle. Because Islam is a “complete way of life,” it includes the pro-CAIR-Hamas type of political activism that these three advocate to their student audiences.
Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood as a religious, social and political movement intended to revive the Islamic Caliphate and rule it according to sharia law. As stated in the Brotherhood’s by-laws:
“Insist to liberate the Islamic nation from the yoke of foreign rule… the need to work on establishing the Islamic State…the sincere support for a global cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Sharia.”
The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in Egypt, its country of origin. After the 2013 overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, the new Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
Al-Banna, said, “it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” Co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmed said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, 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.”
CAIR is tied to Hamas and Hamas is the jihadi arm of the Muslim Brotherhood as was proven in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution.
Suleyman, Webb and Murphy: CAIR disciples
Do they tell the kids about their work with CAIR? Do they tell them who and what CAIR really is and what it is organized to do? Or do they offer the same propaganda that the public hears about CAIR being an organization that stands up for the civil rights of Muslims in the U.S.?
ACO Director Remziya Suleyman speaks at CAIR events and attends CAIR’s annual conventions. She consults and collaborates with CAIR’s national leadership. She recently signed onto CAIR’s letter to Obama demanding further purging of law enforcement training materials. She brought anti-Semite CAIR-Michigan Director Dawud Walid to Nashville to train Muslim high school students in political activism.
Dawud Walid speaks about the FBI with disdain and somewhat casually about the al-Qaeda affiliate group, al-Shabaab. Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued a warning of an anticipated attack by al-Shabaab directed to areas “where large numbers of U.S. and Western citizens congregate.”
In Knoxville, Suleyman closely collaborates with Imam Abdulrahman Murphy who worked as an intern for CAIR -Chicago. He later spent time training in Saudi Arabia, a country that strictly follows sharia law. Murphy is faculty at the Annoor Academy Islamic school in Knoxville that teaches its students negative stereotypes about Christians and Jews. Murphy also works with the UT Knoxville Muslim Students Association (MSA). The MSA was the Muslim Brotherhood’s first established U.S. organization.
Murphy was a speaker at ISNA’s 2013 conference in Dallas. ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), is also a Muslim Brotherhood organization.
In addition to the MSA, Murphy and Suhaib Webb indoctrinate Muslim youth through the Knoxville Roots program. Murphy and Webb also teach at the Ella Collins Institute at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC).
Webb, a convert to Islam, was sent by the Muslim American Society (another Muslim Brotherhood organization), to Al-Azhar University in Cairo to complete his Islamic training. He was then hired as the Imam for the Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury, a mosque managed by MAS-Boston. This mosque is the sister campus of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) mosque attended by the Boston marathon bombers.
It turns out Webb’s associations included al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, and the mosque attended by the Oklahoma Islamist who beheaded his co-worker. Webb is also vocal about his Jew-hatred, anti-Israel pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) support.
Guilt by association? Suleyman, Murphy and Webb freely seek each other out and collaborate in their advocacy. Their voluntary association suggests something more like a fully informed joint venture.
Suleyman, Murphy and Webb are recognized in their communities as Islamist leaders. In the case of all three, there is no question that their actions and their words carry the Muslim Brotherhood agenda forward.