Just as some of Tennessee’s Jewish leadership and organizations are either knowingly or unknowingly interacting with and connecting with Muslim Brotherhood entities in Tennessee (see Newsletter #44), so too has the United Methodist Church (UMC) become entangled.
Mercy-USA for Aid and Development (Mercy-USA), a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Michigan in 1988, is a relief and development organization “dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient.”
The last Guidestar abstract available is for FY2010 and shows total revenue of $7,014,034. A published comment included in the same listing states:
“Seems like a great charity, the CEO’s pay is a lot lower than other Islamic charities and also one of the only Islamic charities that I found to be working directly in Somalia.”
Mercy-USA is identified on any number of Islamic information websites as an Islamic charity, (see e.g., http://automaticzakat.com/payroll_deduction_zakaat_5.html) and is even included on one as among the top seven Islamic charities.
Mercy-USA and Mercy International
Mercy International (MI) is listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood “Explanatory Memorandum” which laid out the plan for destroying America from within and turn it into a Muslim nation. Mercy International is listed as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” that would join in this endeavor.
Branches of this charity in different countries have slightly different names such as Mercy International-USA and Mercy International Relief Agency (this is the legal name of the Canadian office). During the 1980’s the U.S. arm of the charity was called Human Concern International but in 1989 changed its name to Mercy International-USA and moved its office to Michigan.
Along with Mercy International’s identification with the Muslim Brotherhood, it also appears to be tied to al-Qaeda. During the mid-1990s MI’s Pakistan branch was headed by Zahid Shaikh Mohammed, brother of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The Phillipine branch was discovered to be tied to Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, bin Laden’s brother-in-law. And the Kenya branch was tied to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing there.
During the course of the trial involving the 1998 East Africa embassy bombing, Mercy International Relief Agency was identified as one of the entities that had served as a front to aid the attackers. During the investigation leading up to the trial, Mr. al-Ali, a fundraiser for the International Islamic Relief Organization (a charity headed by bin Laden’s brother-in-law), admitted that two years prior to the bombing “he had sent almost $200,000 to Mercy International in Canada…”.
It has been claimed that the U.S. branch has no connection with the terrorism-related branches. However, this claim is refuted in the National Review Online article:
In response to news reports implicating “Mercy International” in the embassy attacks, Umar al-Qadi, president of Mercy in Michigan and founder of Mercy International Relief Agency in Canada, has publicly insisted that his organization had no relation to the organization in Kenya or the bombings themselves. Qadi explained that his group was named “Mercy International-USA” while the group in Kenya was “Mercy International Relief Agency.” However, in July of 1995, Umar al-Qadi himself registered a “Mercy for International Relief Agency” in Ontario, Canada, which he described as a sister organization.
So it looks like Mercy-USA is very connected to Mercy International.
Mercy-USA and the Muslim Brotherhood
In addition to Mercy International being named in the Muslim Brotherhood document, Mercy-USA has its own connection to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The current chair of the Board of Mercy-USA is Mrs. Iman Elkadi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Tampa, Florida. Both her father in Egypt (Mahmoud Abu Saud), and her husband in the U.S. (Ahmed Elkadi), were top leaders involved in advancing the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, her husband Ahmed Elkadi, an Egyptian-born physician (reputed to have been the personal physician to Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal), is credited with having led and established the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. even serving as its president in 1984.
The lengthy Chicago Tribune article titled “A rare look at secretive Brotherhood in America”, details the Muslim Brotherhood commitment in which Mercy-USA’s chairman was raised and lived in as an adult in the U.S. (included in the article is information provided by Mustafa Saied who was recruited to the Muslim Brotherhood while he was a student at the University of Tennessee).
As Mrs. Elkadi says, “Everyone’s goal is the same – to educate everyone about Islam and to follow the teachings of Islam with the hope of establishing an Islamic state.”
UMCOR partners with Mercy-USA
Partner agencies listed on the Mercy-USA website include for example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Labor, several United Nations agencies and programs, and the following non-governmental organizations – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Committee for the Coordination of Volunteering Organizations (COSV) Land O’Lakes and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
UMCOR is a ministry of the United Methodist Church and describes itself as the “humanitarian relief and development arm” of the UMC. There are a variety of ways money from UMC congregants reaches UMCOR. UMC funds its ministries through “apportioned funds”, a method by which all money received is then allocated proportionately to the work of the churches ministries and individual churches. These “general funds” include a ministry called “World Service” which is the core of UMC’s global outreach ministry and one of seven “apportioned funds”. It includes the UMC “Global Health” initiative which is currently focused on the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign, an UMCOR Global Health Program.
There are also “Churchwide Special Sundays” with one specially designated for giving to UMCOR (scheduled for March 10, 2013), and anytime designated giving to UMCOR.
When queried, the Assistant Secretary General of UMCOR indicated that he “didn’t even know what Mercy USA is.”
According to the Mercy-USA newsletters posted on its website, UMCOR was working with Mercy-USA as far back as 1997.
UMC Maintains Its Connection to the Muslim Brotherhood
“At the national level, the Islamic Society of North America has found a close ally in the United Methodist Church”. This 2010 statement by the Muslim Brotherhood Holy Land Foundation trial unindicted co-conspirator, was made in reference to the Chicago area UMC call to boycott and divest from Israel. For this action, Methodists’ National Council of Churches chief Michael Kinnamon received ISNA’s Interfaith Unity award.
More recently the United Methodist Church has signed onto a letter calling on Congress to review U.S. aid to Israel in a continuing anti-Israel UMC campaign reflected in resolutions the church adopted in 1996 and 2000 and then readopted in 2008.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church on Islam: ”Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it…have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations, rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth; that numberless cities are raised from the foundation, and only their name remaining; that many countries, which were once as the garden of God, are now a desolate wilderness; and that so many once numerous and powerful nations are vanished from the earth! Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of human kind.” “The Doctrine of Original Sin, Works” (1841), ix 205