The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is exposed and documented at trial
The Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. cannot be understood without reference to the HLF (Holy Land Foundation) terrorism financing prosecution. This trial used the Brotherhood’s own written materials to expose the Brotherhood’s presence, plan and operation in the U.S.
The case was about Islamists using the HLF charity, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. to raise and sending money to support HAMAS. That is considered providing material support.
Documentary evidence used in the 2007 trial was discovered during an FBI raid of Ismail Elbarasse’s home. He was a board member of the IAP (Islamic Association for Palestine), which was organized in the U.S. by the Brotherhood to support HAMAS. He was arrested when a state trooper saw the passenger in his car (turned out it was his wife), filming Chesapeake Bay Bridge support structures.
Documents and FBI wiretap evidence were introduced at the trial. The wiretap evidence showed that HLF knowingly supported HAMAS by funneling money to “zakat” (Islamic charity) committees in Palestine.
One document, written by Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Akram, was the Muslim Brotherhood plan for the U.S. titled “An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.” This plan had been approved by the highest governing bodies of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. When it was introduced into evidence, this plan was stipulated to by the defense, meaning they agreed that the document was what it claimed to be – the Brotherhood’s plan for the U.S.
This particular document also shows how the shadowy and secretive Muslim Brotherhood network operates in the U.S. The plan included named Brotherhood’s affiliated front groups operating in the U.S. The plan states a clear end goal:
“The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Their words. The plan addresses in detail all aspects of civil society which they planned and are now using in order to “settle” or “enable” Islam and its Movement in North America. It is a stealthy plan intended to insinuate Islamic values and customs in a gradual, yet comprehensive manner to displace our Judeo-Christian foundation.
The plan’s “civilizational jihad” is being implemented through our political processes, interfaith propaganda, dawa (proselytizing Islam) by providing “cultural” presentations, infiltration into government and schools, coopting media, coalition-building, and immigration patterns that will ultimately subvert our freedoms if left unchecked.
Dawa is central to the plan’s success and serves both the political imperative and the religion’s doctrinal command. For this reason you will see any number of Islamist leaders and activists in Tennessee that either have advanced degrees in dawa or tell you that they are actively engaged in dawa or configure their activities as dawa.
In 1995 at a conference hosted by the Muslim Arab Youth Association, a group named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (wanted by Interpol since 2014), said Islam would, “conquer Europe [and] America – not through sword but through Da’wa [proselytizing for Islam].”
(Because of his support for terrorism, al-Qaradawi has been banned from entering the U.S.)
Twenty-nine (29) organizations (see below), were named in the plan that were either created by Brotherhood members or were aligned with the Brotherhood’s goals. Named groups include, the MSA (Muslim Students Association), NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), and the IAP (Islamic Association of Palestine).
Five HLF executives were convicted for using the Islamic charity to funnel money to Hamas. Also, CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and others were named as unindicted co-conspirators. Obama’s Department of Justice has obstructed more prosecutions.
In 2008, CAIR, ISNA and NAIT tried to have their names removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list and their ties to HAMAS removed from the trial record. Instead, the federal judge confirmed the designations and ruled that the government had introduced extensive evidence tying them to HAMAS:
[t]he government “produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and with HAMAS.”
Despite the convictions and unindicted co-conspirator designations, these organizations, complicit with government leadership at both the federal and state levels, have openly expanded their influence operations across U.S. political, religious and community institutions, including in Tennessee.
Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. operates through a network of affiliated and supporting organizations
Akram, drafter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan noted in the document, that “[t]he heart and the core” of the plan was dependent on establishing organizations of all kinds, “…economic, social, media, scouting, professional and even the military ones. We must say that we are in a country which understands no language other than the language of the organizations, and one which does not respect or give weight to any group without effective, functional and strong organization.”
In 1962 the first national Islamic organization was the MSA which was started by foreign students studying in U.S. colleges who had been Brotherhood members in their own countries. The MSA is named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memo. Today, there are approximately 600 MSA college chapters. Any number of Islamic terrorists have been members and leaders of their MSAs including, Anwar al-Awlaki (al-Qaeda), Ziyad Khaleel (al-Qaeda’s procurement agent in the US), Abu Mansoor al-Amriki (now spokesman for al-Qaeda in Somalia), Wa’el Hamza Julaidan (co-founder of al-Qaeda).
In Tennessee, many of the Islamist agitators like Kasar Abdullah and Lema Sbenaty have been involved with their campus MSA. Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) board member Saleh Sbenaty (Lema’s father) was the MSA faculty advisor at MTSU.
These groups bring in Islamist leaders like Zaid Shakir to influence these young people, telling them that,
“If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
In “Raising a Jihadi Generation,” John Guandolo, former FBI agent and creator of the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focused specifically on the Muslim Brotherhood, says that, “[f]rom the MSA nearly every major Islamic organization in North America was formed.”
For example, the Brotherhood works to influence higher education through its front group, the IIIT (International Institute for Islamic Thought) , number 28 on the Explanatory Memo’s list.
Sayyid Syeed was IIIT’s Director of Academic Outreach but now heads ISNA’s Interfaith outreach operations. ISNA is a named unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF prosecution and number one on the Explanatory Memo’s list.
In Tennessee, for example, Rafiq Mahdi, the “unofficial imam” for the Muslim Community of Knoxville, works as the Director of Community Development for ICNA Relief USA, the charity arm of ICNA named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan.
The MSA, ISNA, NAIT, ICNA, IIIT, CAIR and others, through words, deeds, and other affiliated organizations, are operating and spreading their influence in Tennessee.
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?
Why Nashville Kurds and Turks Find Common Ground
One would imagine that for Nolensville Academy’s Kurdish Muslim board members, Mohammed Kokoy, Ahmad Brifkani and Mwafaq Mohammed (aka, Aljabbary/Mohammed), the alliance with Gulen followers is acceptable and reflective of what is happening in their homeland.
Turkey is moving away from secularism and working politically to improve relations with Muslim majority countries, most notably Syria and Iran. For example, as Turkey revives its identify as a religiously Islamic country, it was reported that Sunni Islam religious classes are compulsory in the public schools.
Nashville’s Kurds likely support Erdogan’s claim that he supports an independent Iraqi Kurdistan, the place which many of Nashville’s Kurds still refer to as their real home.
Erdogan permitted Hamas to operate out of Turkey to organize the recent abduction of the three Israeli teenagers who were murdered. Why do these Nashville Kurds support Erdogan who has given sanction to Hamas? Is it a reflection of their anti-Semitism?
No doubt that Turkey’s political posture towards Israel appeals to Nashville Kurds like Drost Kokoye who regularly tweets out her Jew hatred here and here. Kokoye is a Jew-hating agitator that attends Aljabbary/Mohammed’s mosque and advises Muslim youth through MYNT. (See video here.)
Erdogan embraces the Muslim Brotherhood whose organizations and ideology are being actively promoted by Tennessee Islamists and Erdogan’s Islamizing of Turkey. Tennessee’s Islamists share Erdogan’s vision for a dominant world Islamic power under sharia law.
Kurdish Muslim Kasar Abdulla (deep in the Islamist politics of Tennessee, here and here, also a member of Aljabbary/Mohammed’s mosque where he served as president in 2010), recently traveled to Turkey with fellow Nashville YWCA board members Tom Negri (director Nashville’s Human Relations Commission) and Pat Shea (President and CEO YWCA). Renata Soto, YWCA honoree and founder of Conexion Americas and Casa Azafran, was also on the trip.
Do the traveling Islamic apologists understand what happens to individual freedoms and women in particular, as Turkey shifts towards sharia under Erdogan? Does Tom Negri understand that when Islamists refer to “human rights” they mean the Cairo Declaration of Human Rightswhich says that human rights are defined by sharia law?Dominated by patriarchal doctrine the Cairo Declaration’s sharia-centric rights will always deny equal rights to non-Muslims as well as Muslim women. Newsletter #96and #67.
Does Pat Shea know that women in Kasar’s mosque have publicly complained about their second class status in Nashville mosques?
Why do Nashville apologists listen to Islamists like Remziya Suleyman to educate them about human rights under sharia law when she openly admitted that she “never knew the concept of sharia?”
Kasar Abdulla cont’d
On more than one occasion, Ms. Abdulla has publicly acknowledged her connection to the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN). She participated as a representative of the ICN at a 2010 Nashville Human Rights event and has been cited as an ICN representative by the American Banking and Market News later that same year.
The ICN is yet another Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organization and operates under the umbrella of one of the unindicted co-conspirators named in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
The Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) is not only a named unindicted co-conspirator, but also one of the 29 organizations specifically named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum detailing the plan of “…dismantling American institutions and turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation.”
The ICN shares a P.O. Box address with ISNA which is listed on various internet sites, on the TN Secretary of State’s website under the ICN’s entry, on a bank direct deposit form previously posted on the ICN website and on a warranty deed for a 5 acre parcel of land in Nashville.
The ICN is also linked to ISNA through Nashville community activities. For example, in February 2010, ICN, along with other Nashville mosques, partnered with ISNA for a two day conference titled “Awakening the Leader Within”. Given the title, content and Muslim Brotherhood identification of the presenting organization, one has to wonder whether this conference was in furtherance of the Muslim Brotherhood document titled “Preliminary vision for preparing future leadership” which was introduced into evidence at the Holy Land trial.
One of the featured ISNA speakers, Louay Safi, Director of Communications and Leadership Development, also has an “interesting” pedigree. In February 2010, Mr. Safi who had been contracted by the DoD to lecture troops at Fort Hood on Islam, was suspended from this work after his association with organizations involved in funding terrorism were documented. Mr. Safi previously served as Executive Director and Director of Research for theInternational Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). The IIIT was listed among the 29 “like minded organizations” in the Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum and was raided by the FBI in 2002 with subsequent criminal convictions for two of the staff.
And the ICN is yet one more experience Ms. Abdulla and Carlos Bledsoe have in common. Anyone who followed the story of Carlos Bledsoe may recall that when he converted to Islam, he took the name of the former Imam of the ICN – Abdulhakim Mohamed whose own questionable affiliations have been detailed in any number of articles.
The ICN’s current Imam – Ahmed Mohammed is a graduate of Al-Ahzar University in Cairo; an institution that stands for the propagation of Islam and Sharia as a complete way of life. It was recently reported that as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was protesting against the military rulers, students at Al-Ahzar also held a protest demanding that the Muslim Brotherhood form a new government for Egypt.
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.”
And Imam Ahmed Mohammed who testified against the anti-terrorism bill during the 2011 legislative session, was also a participant at the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security’s closed door June 2011 meeting with the Tennessee DHS Regional Advisor.
Another ICN representative, Ms. Sabina Mohyuddin, also a member of the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council, will be the subject of the next installment.
So far, you have been introduced to several Tennessee organizations – the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), the American Center for Outreach (ACO) and the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). As different individuals involved with these organizations are profiled, you will likely start to see patterns emerging.
Ms. Kasar Abdulla is one name that comes up when you look at all three of the above referenced organizations.
She is listed on the AMAC website as the Secretary/Treasurer of the AMAC.
She is listed on the ACO website as a Director of the ACO.
She is listed on the TIRRC website as the Director of Advocacy and Education of TIRRC.
Additional information about Ms. Abdulla:
The TIRRC website links to the website of the “Welcoming Tennessee” website which shows Kasar Abdulla as staff of this initiative.
Her bio posted on the TIRRC website, states that while attending Tennessee State University, she was president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) there. Available timeline information indicates that Carlos Bledsoe and Kasar Abdulla attended TSU during an overlapping timeframe between 2003 – 2004.
Recall that the Muslim Student Association was one of the first Muslim Brotherhood organizations established in the U.S. It now has approximately 600 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. In Tennessee, MSA has chapters at Vanderbilt, MTSU, U of Tenn Knoxville, TN Tech Cookville, U of Memphis, Tenn State U, Rhodes College, East TN U, Nash State Community College and TN Tech Nashville. The MSA has been officially absorbed by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial. Both the MSA and ISNA are organizations specifically named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood plan for North America as “…our organizations and the organizations of our friends – imagine if they all march according to one plan!!!.”
The MSA “pledge of allegiance” which was videotaped at a regional conference last year, concludes with “I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam.”
The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the leading proponents of global shariah law working to actualize this goal through cultural mechanisms including the establishment of organizations such as the MSA.
Ms. Abdulla is also associated with the Salahadeen Center in Nashville where she led a girl scout unit for some time. Fadi Ezzeir, an assistant imam at the Salahadeen Center was the Muslim boy scout leader and also ran the Youth Education Center at the Salahadeen Center. As late as 2009, Mr. Ezzeir was the President of the Nashville chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization described in federal court testimony as “a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.” In 2004 the Secretary-General of the MAS acknowledged that it had been founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ms. Abdulla is also an alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI). This Institute works in partnership with the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, funded by a $20 million grant from Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
Other alumni of the AMCLI include Mohamed Elibiary and Farhad Chowdhury.
Elibiary was appointed by Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. In October, 2011, it was reported that he downloaded Texas Public Safety documents which included intelligence information marked for official use only, to his personal computer. Elibiary thereafter offered these documents to a media outlet claiming them as evidencing Islamaphobic activity in Governor Rick Perry’s administration. The media outlet rejected the information for failing to make such a case.
Chowdhury is the owner of a government services firm. Prior to running his own firm, he provided management, security and technical consulting services to the U.S. Census Bureau, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Interior, Morgan State University, IBM and Thomson Financial.
More on Ms. Abdulla in the next post and her relationship with a Nashville Muslim Brotherhood affiliate organization.