Since taking office Governor Haslam has tried different ways to leave his mark on improving the health of Tennesseans. He even tried to use his Medicaid Expansion plan “Insure Tennessee” to pay people to get healthy. Haslam said he could use his own healthcare plans to “fundamentally chang[e] health care in Tennessee.” His “Healthy Incentives Plan” envisioned letting people “earn more money” of the free money by taking specific actions to get healthy. Except Medicaid Expansion became another of Haslam’s “reforms” that failed. Now Governor Haslam has launched his “Healthier Tennessee Communities” initiative, “a coordinated initiative supporting physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level.” The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness will focus on individuals, workplaces and faith congregations. In addition, the Tennessee Department of Health through their Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination, works with faith communities and trains congregants to become “certified Health Ambassadors” who will help make Tennesseans aware of how to lead healthier lifestyles. Being the picture of an “overabundance” of health herself, Nashville resident, Aisha Lbhalla, a member of the Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICTN), has been selected to be one of these Health Ambassadors. Let’s take a close look at Aisha’s mosque. Individuals involved in establishing the ICTN in 2010, included Awadh Binhazim (Secretary of the ICTN Board) who had previously served on the Board at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) during the time when Abdulhakim Mohamed was the imam there. He had the dubious privilege of being the imam at the al-Qaeda al-Farooq mosque in Brooklyn, New York, the same mosque attended by the “blind sheik” convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Before splitting from the ICN to form the ICTN mosque, Binhazim (a CAIR chapter leader when he lived in Texas), conducted his dawa (proselytizing) through his Olive Tree Education project promoting on-line writings by al-Qaeda’s Anwar Awlaki. During this time he was the self-appointed Muslim “chaplain” at Vanderbilt University. It was in this position that he publicly admitted at a student forum, that Islamic law mandates capital punishment for homosexuality and that “as a Muslim he does not have a choice of whether to accept or reject what Islam teaches.” Did Nashville Mayor Karl Dean know Aisha’s background when he appointed her to the Metro Human Relations Commission? Is he trying to eradicate Nashville’s radical Islamophobia? So Who is Aisha Lbhalla? Various websites align an Aisha Teshara Washington with an Aisha Teshara Lbhalla who lives in Antioch, Tennessee. Aisha Teshara Washington at one time lived at 147 Dreamwood Lane in Dover, Tennessee. This address corresponds to an area in Dover referred to as “Islamville,” the Muslims of America (MoA) compound. MoA aka Jammat ul-Fuqra is a movement founded by the infamous Pakistani Sheik Mubarik Ali Gilani and is described as a “Sunni militant group.” An Aisha Teshara Washington is also listed as having lived in Maryland. Aisha Washington is associated with and/or operated a business in Maryland called “Loving Home Care.” This business ran into some difficulties with the Maryland State Department of Labor Licensing and was sued for failing to pay taxes. The suit was settled for over $8,000. Aisha Lbhalla is associated with and/or operates a business in Antioch, Tennessee called “Loving Home Care” although no business by this name was found in the Tennessee Secretary of State’s database. The website for “Loving Home Care” lists the Main Office contact in Antioch and a contact number for a Maryland, D.C. Virginia office. Wonder why? Like a growing number of sharia observant Muslims, Lbhalla and her husband live in a Habitat for Humanity home located in the Edison Park development in Antioch, Tennessee. The Habitat for Humanity program, a Christian ministry, has ironically become a convenient vehicle to impose the restrictions of sharia finance law to a part of the U.S. housing market. Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh al-Qaradawi, describes sharia compliant finance as “jihad with money.” Lbhalla serves on the Executive Committee of the Nashville chapter of the Religion Communicators Council’s (RCC), which is led by Scientologist Brian Fessler. The RCC leadership has heavy representation by the United Methodist Church (UMC) which makes it highly unlikely that they would find Lbhalla’s anti-Israel tweets problematic for a group that is supposed to be an interfaith association.
The first imam at Lbhalla’s mosque was AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao. He was trained at the Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia, an institution highly associated with the Salafi branch of Sunni Islam. Salafists have been described as trying to return Sunni Muslims to the “practice of the pious ancestors, i.e., the first three generations of Muslims.” That is, they seek to practice Islam in its most original, purest and “authentic” form without relying on cultural practices or clerical interpretations. Does this mean that reformation or moderation is out of the question? Probably so. Too bad our elected leadership is so gullible.
Important information that should be passed to your state legislators.
Former American Center for Outreach (ACO) director Remziya Suleyman was the lobbyist in our state legislature for Tennessee Islamists. She and her Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye believed they were “run[ning] Tennessee.”
They never did and certainly aren’t anymore!
What they did do though was bring Muslim Brotherhood CAIR to Tennessee and then have it become entrenched by turning the ACO over to Paul “Iesa” [Jesus] Galloway, a former Texas CAIR director.Paul “Iesa” Galloway is now the registered lobbyist for Tennessee’s Islamists.
The lobbyist registration form names Soyab Malani as ACO’s “CFO.” He is also an original organizer and board member of the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) which recently removed all board member names and the name of its Executive Director from their website. Why? Reorganizing? Concealing the identities of who is involved?
Who is Nadeem Siddiqi?
ACO’s “lobbyist supervisor” is board chair, Nadeem Siddiqi from Knoxville. Is this the same Nadeem Siddiqi named in a 2012 lawsuit for defrauding the government by submitting false Medicare and Medicaid bills?
Siddiqi is a former Board member of the Knoxville Annoor Mosque (also known as the Muslim Community of Knoxville). He is currently a board member of the Annoor Academy, a private Islamic school that uses a textbook teaching students that Christians and Jews are immoral and inferior to Muslims.
A “Siddiqi Lecture Series” at UTKnoxville, funded by Siddiqi Holdings of Knoxville, brought Sherman Abdul Hakeem Jackson to speak this year. Jackson sits on a “scholars council” formed by the International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT), one of the 29 “organization of our friends” claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood in its 1991 Explanatory Memorandum plan for North America.
Jackson has been a board member of several other Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA).
Jackson promotes Islamic supremacy and dominance. He says his primary commitment is to Allah, not America, and that “Muslims and Western worlds are in conflict and competition, and that only one can end up dominant. Put simply, he wants to replace Western culture with Muslim culture.”
Is it coincidence that ties to Muslim Brotherhood organizations and individuals keep appearing in our state?
Siddiqi and Galloway are a perfect match
Siddiqi and Galloway are both active in dawa (proselytizing Islam). Both purposefully align themselves with Muslim Brotherhood ideology, organizations and individuals.
Galloway, the new lobbyist and propagandist for Tennessee Muslims, started his public Muslim Brotherhood career by setting up and directing the Houston-CAIR office. CAIR, named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism prosecution, raised money and sent it to Hamas. In 2009 a federal judge confirmed that there was “ample evidence” tying CAIR to Hamas.
Galloway and political propaganda – a perfect combination for an Islamist lobbyist
Galloway has already established himself with the Tennessee media as a go-to PR voice for the Muslim community. In the short time he has been the ACO Director, he has editorialized the difference between violent Islamists and stealth political Islamists like himself and commented on a proposed “no-go zone” bill in the state legislature.
Galloway is also busy promoting himself as a states’ rights conservative 10th Amendment Republican just like his Muslim Brotherhood-supporting mentor Mohamed Elibiary, who left his Department of Homeland Security position to “help reform the conservative movement” in advance of the 2016 election.
Will you allow your state legislator to be deceived by Galloway and his propaganda? What about Galloway’s goal to obscure subtle changes taking place in Tennessee as more mosques are being built and the size of Muslim communities grow? Galloway’s aggressive marketing of the “religion of peace” is designed to help “settle” Islam and the Islamic movement within the United States” so that as CAIR’s co-founder said in 1998:
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Nashville’s Islamists and Hispanics Working Together For Change
Renata Soto and her alliance with the Islamists is especially interesting. Soto’s Nolensville Road Casa Azafran, a community center offering a variety of programming directed at Nashville’s immigrant communities, describes itself as the “Gateway to Nashville’s International District.” The building allocates space to political organizations that see themselves aligned against the big-bad-bigoted racists who oppose things like illegal immigration, open borders and the encroachment of sharia-like law in the public domain.
Suleyman’s organization, the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO), the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition) have offices in Casa Azafran. These three organizations in particular are heavily cross-pollinated with individuals that have served interchangeably on each organization.
JFON (Justice For Our Neighbors) is also housed at Casa Azafran. JFON provides legal services for immigrants including “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC) like those currently surging the border. JFON was started by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) that has its own close relationships with Muslim Brotherhood affiliate organizations. (See also the United Methodist building in DC that they comfortably share with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Society of North America).
Casa Azafran is a gigantic 28,800 square feet! It’s newest tenant is the Metro Nashville Public School’s Pre-K hub set to open at the start of the 2014 school year. Metro taxpayer’s are spending a minimum of $1.9 million of public money in construction and capital improvements to the building which is privately owned by Conexion Americas. This does not include money that will be paid in lease expenses. Your tax dollars at work.
Pro-amnesty Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper and Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, who do not think the illegals surging at the border should be deported. They are big supporters of Casa Azafran, Islamists and open border groups like TIRRC. Does this mean that they are looking at Casa Azafran as an emergency shelter for them?
Think of the dawa (Islamic proselytizing) opportunities! Don’t forget that AMAC is now a trained ING affiliate whose mission is to educate the non-Muslim public school students about Islam. AMAC board member Kamel Daouk’s wife, originally from Mexico works to convert members of the Hispanic community. Daouk himself served as president of the Islamic Center of Nashville in 2012 and was an officer in the Olive Tree Education Islamic propaganda organization that promoted writings by Anwar Al Awlaki, a top recruiter for al-Qaeda.
Who knows how the Metro Pre-K hub will evolve; Aljabbary/Mohammed might get his publicly funded Islamic school after all. U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, a Muslim convert agrees that public schools should be like madrassas (Islamic schools). But consider that the Minnesota charter school, the TiZa Academy, was sued into bankruptcy by the ACLU for violating the Establishment clause of the Constitution. TiZa made religious accommodations for the predominantly Muslim student population, thereby effectively turning the school into an Islamic madrassa.
Should Metro Schools be investing public money in a privately held political building? Will the students’ parents be told that they might get serving of dawa with their lunch? Maybe.
TN Senate Candidate Mwafaq Aljabbary (aka Mwafaq Mohammed), Wants Islamic Charter School
If elected, TN Senate District 21 candidate Mwafaq Aljabbary /Mohammed would fit right in with the Republican goal of more publicly funded charter schools. In fact, he tried to help start one himself.
In 2013, the Nolensville Academy for Math and Science had their application denied by Metro Nashville schools for the fourth time. Ismail Fidan is the lead applicant; Aljabbary/Mohammed is listed as a board member.
The Nolensville Academy’s “Letter of Intent” states that the majority of the students it planned to serve are from “minority-immigrant groups living in and around the Nolensville area.” It seems counter-intuitive to segregate “minority-immigrant” groups from the opportunity to integrate and assimilate in the more inclusive Metro Nashville school population. (read more about the proposed school here and here.)
Community agitators from Aljabbary/Mohammed’s mosque like Remziya Suleyman and AMAC members, (American Muslim Advisory Council), go to great lengths to keep Muslim youth separated from the mainstream American student experience. Muslim-centric “alternative proms,” high school Muslim Student Associations and Muslim scholastic competitions, are just what Muhammed prescribed:
“The Holy Qur’an declares that a believer should never prefer a non-Muslim over a Muslim. If a person did so, then they would put themselves in danger of rejecting their Iman. The Blessed Prophet once remarked that, “Whoever spends forty days with a people becomes like them.” Therefore we must realize that it is better to be with those who believe as we do.”
(p.365, “What Islam Is All About” – textbook used in Knoxville’s Annoor Academy private Islamic school).
Suleyman describesthis self-imposed separation as “otherness” and insists that it is a result of discrimination by racists and Islamophobes rather than a reflection of Quranic doctrine.
Aljabbary/Mohammed supports a publicly-funded Islamic school. Is this how we should spend our tax dollars?
Newsletter #127 – Zak Mohyuddin: Just Like Obama, Mohyuddin Wants to Bring “Change” to Coffee CountyPosted: June 30, 2014
Democrat Zak Mohyuddin, wants Coffee County’s District 15 to elect him as their County Commissioner. He is challenging the fiscally conservative Republican incumbent Mark Kelly.
“Nice guy” Democrats and Democrat-like Republicans across the country, whether in local, county, state or federal races, are having to justify deficit spending and their inclination to spend through tax increases. Is this the “change” Coffee County wants?
If Mohyuddin is elected to the County Commission, it would be his second political position in Tennessee.
In November 2011, Mohyuddin was a founding member of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) on which he continues to serve.
Purpose of Muslim Advisory Councils in the U.S. Advisory councils with almost identical names and mission statements as AMAC have been established in several other states/cities. The vision for these councils came from the American Muslims for Constructive Engagement, an alliance that included IIIT (International Institute of Islamic Thought), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and CAIR-Hamas – each proven by trial evidence to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and each named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.
Another alliance member, MAS (Muslim American Society), was identified in a different terrorism related case as “the overt arm” of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. MAS president Esam Omeish was forced to resign from a public office after being recorded “preaching jihad and praising suicide bombers.”
A stated focus for the Muslim advisory councils was to influence state legislators and encourage greater participation by Muslims in getting elected to local and state political offices.
The AMAC in Tennessee
After establishing itself in 2012, AMAC board members organized the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO). Four sitting AMAC board members also served as the officers and board for the ACO. They hired former TIRRC (TN Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition) lobbyist Remziya Suleyman to run the ACO.
The AMAC and ACO say they are the Muslim voice in Tennessee speaking on behalf of all Tennessee’s Muslims. ACO’s Suleyman has been an active promoter for CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), an organization proven in court by “ample evidence” to be tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
When Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi, helped AMAC launch the ACO, he spoke about “the importance of political engagement from a religious perspective.” This is the same imam who publicly says Christians are spiritually filthy, has advocated replacing U.S. democracy with Islamic rule, and says that “it is not my right or your right to legislate…” In Islam, only Allah has the authority to make laws.
AMAC in Coffee County
Along with Zak Mohyuddin, another AMAC founding and current member is Zak’s sister-in-law, Sabina Mohyuddin, who also lives in Coffee County. Sabina used to serve as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Nashville, a mosque whose warranty deed shows that it is owned by a Muslim Brotherhood front group.
Both Zak and Sabina spoke last year at an AMAC event in Manchester. This event also included guest speaker, U.S. Attorney Bill Killian who in newspaper interviews prior to the event, said he was going to talk about what people are allowed or not allowed to say about Muslims and Islam.
Zak’s opening remarks warned that “it is a simple fact of life that nothing stays the same. Change is always happening. American Muslims are part of the changing demographics of this country.” One demographic change brought to Tennessee includes the increase in female genital mutilation. As a result, Democrats Sen. Thelma Harper and Rep. Lois DeBerry (deceased) introduced and passed the “Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1996.”
Despite being a crime in Tennessee since 1996, 21 cases of FGM in Tennessee were reported last year. Legislation passed last year now requires that healthcare providers report cases of FGM to law enforcement.
Sabina’s presentation in Manchester opened with referencing two Muslim Brotherhood organizations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), that she believes “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.”
A number of FCNA members have been arrested, deported and named as unindicted co-conspirators in connection with terrorist activities. ICNA’s 2010 Member’s Handbook revealed its pursuit of establishing Islam as the “sole basis of global society and governance.” ICNA also advocates dawa (ie, proselytizing) in U.S. public schools.
Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi who helped AMAC when they first started, who was a speaker at ICNA’s 2012 conference told his audience that “the Quran ‘destroys American capitalism.’”
Other AMAC founding members who continue to work with Zak include Drost Kokoye (who sends out hateful anti-Israel and anti-Jew tweets) and Haneef Shabazz. According to property records, Shabazz owns property in the Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Islamville) compound in Stewart County, Tennessee. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MoA), has been described as a “Sunni militant group”.
AMAC’s chair Zulfat Suara and board member Sabina Mohyuddin among others, organized the Muslim Youth Network of TN (MYNT). Last summer, MYNT students were trained in political activism by CAIR (Hamas).
“Allah says in this ayah [verse in the Quran] not to take non-Muslims as protectors. (3:118,4:144) Only fellow Muslims you can rely on should have authority or power over you. Because in the end, a non-Muslim who knows you, and who doesn’t accept Islam, is a rebel against Allah’s way of life and will harm you in the end or try to make you like him or her.” p.366
“Muslims know that Allah is the Supreme Being in the universe, therefore, His laws and commandments must form the basis for all human affairs. If we didn’t follow Allah’s commandments, but then still called ourselves Muslims, we would be hypocrites like the Christians, Buddhists and Jews are today.” p.381
This textbook is shown in the 2013 promotional video* for Annoor Academy Islamic school in Knoxville and helps us understand how young Muslims in Tennessee are being taught to think about the Jews and Christians that live in their communities.
Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) Director, Remziya Suleyman who is regarded as the voice of Tennessee Muslims, is a fan of Annoor Academy.
Even though Suleyman routinely criticizes and fights against Tennessee’s Republican legislators and their initiatives, she is a fan of Republican Senate District 21 candidate, Mwafaq Aljabbary, aka Mwafaq Mohammed, the president of her Kurdish mosque.
Is Suleyman compromising her political principles to support of a Muslim Republican candidate or is she simply following Quranic doctrine? Could it be that Suleyman understands what Aljabbary aka Mwafaq Mohammed’s end goal is?
The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) has addressed the situation Aljabbary/Mohammed will confront should he actually be elected to the TN General Assembly. AMJA issues legal opinions and interpretations of Islamic law specifically for Muslims living in the U.S. These rulings are issued by highly respected sharia scholars. AMJA also hosts the annual Imams training conference; Memphis imam Yasir Qadhi, spoke at the conference in 2012.
On the question of “Is Islam expandable enough to tolerate political parties?” AMJA responds:
“Tenth: There is no problem in making alliances with moderate secular trends in the stage of pursuance of establishing the Islamic State, on condition that the subject of alliance is legal, and that it must not comprise any bindings that would harm the message of the religion, or that would tie the hands of the people who are involved in the Da`wa works and prevent them from spreading the truth and from marching towards the objective of establishing the Islamic State.”
Just the grown-up version of what Muslim students in Tennessee are taught:
“The way of life known as Islam is a complete code of life. It was revealed by the Creator of the Universe as a guide for people to live their lives thereby. This being the case, Islam provides answers for individuals, families as well as societies and governments. There is no separation of Masjid and state for the object of the Islamic state is the establishment of the Deen of Allah. …. The basis of the legal and political system is the Shari’ah of Allah. Its main sources are the Qur’an and Sunnah. People do not make the laws, Allah does.” (What Islam Is All About, p.381)
Is this where we want to take the State of Tennessee?
*Use of this textbook at the school was exposed last year which may account for the reason that it is not seen anywhere in the school’s 2014 promotional video.
In 2011, after a nationwide search with the goal to “transform Tennessee’s education system,” Governor Haslam appointed Kevin Huffman as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education.
At the time, Huffman was the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Teach for America (TFA), an organization that “recruits top recent college graduates and young professionals to work in high-need classrooms.”
The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), whose warranty deed lists the same mailing address as the Muslim Brotherhood front group ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), is just one of the mosques in Tennessee state Senate District 21, the seat which Mwafaq Aljabbary aka Mwafaq Mohammed, is trying to win.
Aljabbary/Mohammed says – “[t]he population demography of Nashville is changing and this trend will continue for years to come.”
Helped along by Gov. Haslam and his “friends.”