Right under our nose – the Muslim Brotherhood Affiliates and Allies in Tennessee
MSA (Muslim Students Association)
Chapters are listed at the following Tennessee colleges and universities: UT Knoxville, UT Martin, UT Chattanooga, University of Memphis, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, Tennessee Tech, Nashville State, Rhodes College, Vanderbilt, Sewanee and even MLK magnet high school in Nashville.
Should public money be used to fund these Muslim Brotherhood MSAs?
IIIT (International Institute for Islamic Thought)
The IIIT not only seeks to influence higher education, but also teachers and textbooks. They published textbooks written by Susan Douglas, a “principal researcher and writer” for the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) and on the editorial board for ISNA’s publication “Islamic Horizons.”
Douglass is most noted for drafting standards for teaching about religion in public schools; she co-authored the “Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools” which has been adopted and published by the Freedom Forum in Nashville. Douglas trains teachers how to teach about Islam using curriculum guides she creates. CIE influences textbooks by helping to write state standards.
CIE is credited with influencing textbook publishers to omit “anything that would enable students to understand conflicts between Islamic fundamentalism and Western liberalism.” In 1992 CIE sponsored an “Islam in textbooks conference” for publishing company representatives and their writers which according to the CIE website reported that this “marked the beginning of a sustained relationship between CIE and K-12 publishers.”
The same funders that helped establish CIE also helped establish CAIR and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
The Muslim Brotherhood affiliates are so embedded in our educational institutions that Dr. Ron Messier, former professor at Vanderbilt University and now MTSU Director of International Outreach, spoke at IIIT in 2011.
His co-panelist Yaqub Mirza was publicly linked to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other questionable involvement with al-Qaeda financiers. His other co-panelist, Louay Safi was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism trial of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s, just deported, Sami al-Arian.
In 2012, two of IIIT’s leaders posted a picture of themselves at a meeting with then President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi. The IIIT website (picture now removed) says that Morsi, “welcomed the participation of IIIT in the reform [sic] of higher education in Egypt.”
Examples of Tennessee properties owned by Muslim Brotherhood front groups
Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN)
The warranty deed shows that ICN shares a P.O. Box address with the unindicted co-conspirator ISNA.
Believing that their numbers were sufficient to start impacting the community, the ICN’s March 1998 newsletter tells Nashville’s Muslims that “[t]he time is right for us to reach beyond the boundaries of the Masjid, to the fullest extent possible, and attempt to establish Islamic principles into the society where our children will be raised. We must attempt to influence the future direction of this society….” (emphasis added)
The same newsletter also solicited money for the Holy Land Foundation.
Before leaving the ICN to form another mosque, former CAIR chapter leader Awadh Binhazim was on the ICN board from 1999 – 2007. Binhazim conducted his dawa (proselytizing) through his Olive Tree Education project which promoted on-line writings by al-Qaeda’s Anwar Awlaki. Binhazim worked through the MSA at Tennessee State University (TSU), and served as a self-appointed Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt University. During his tenure in this position, he publicly admitted 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.”
Excerpts from some of Binhazim’s lectures are included in the “Losing Our Sons” documentary.
“Losing Our Sons” documents the radicalization of Memphis native Carlos Bledsoe who attended TSU and the ICN. He converted to Islam, taking the same name as the ICN imam, Abdulhakim Mohammed who is believed to have been mentor. Carlos went to Yemen to supposedly teach English at a school. It was discovered that Carlos attended a Yemeni school. Carlos returned to the U.S. as a jihadi who killed Pvt. Andrew Long at the Little Rock Army Recruiting Center.
Abdulhakim Mohammed was the imam at ICN from 1999-2007. Abdulhakim Mohammed was born in Yemen but spent much of his early childhood in Detroit, Michigan. He spent approximately eight years at the University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, then returned to Yemen to work managing Islamic schools and other educational programs.
Mohammed was the imam at the Islamic Center in Ann Arbor and later at the radical Brooklyn Al Farooq mosque. Al-Farooq was called the “al-Qaeda mosque” because in the 1980’s and 90’s it served as a conduit for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. This is also the mosque attended by the “blind sheik” who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Mohammed helped ICN set up its private Islamic school, the Nashville International Academy.
He left the ICN suddenly in 2007 and went to Texas. After Nashville where for a short time, was the imam at Masjid Al-Hedayah in Ft. Worth, Texas. Right before that he and Awadh Binhazim rejoined their efforts and launched an outreach program “Muslimnama.”
In 2008, Imam Mohammed joined Mohamed Elibiary’s Freedom & Justice Foundation Board. 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 CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
Paul “Iesa” Galloway also has a close relationship with Elibiary and also served on Elibiary’s board. Galloway arrived in Nashville during the summer of 2014 to take over as Director of Tennessee’s American Center for Outreach (ACO). Galloway was the founder and Executive Director of CAIR’s office in Houston, and still serves on MuslimMatters.org leadership team with Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi.
The next imam to lead ICN was Mohamed Ahmed, a graduate of the preeminent teaching center of sharia law, Al Azhar University, in Egypt. In 2011 Imam Ahmed gave a lecture in Nashville in which he defended the Egyptian police forced virginity tests performed on the female protesters in Tahrir Square. (starting about minute 37:03)
The ICN’s ad in the January/February 2015 Islamic Horizons (Muslim Brotherhood ISNA’s magazine) indicates that they are still looking for a new imam.
Masjid al-Salam Mosque, aka, The Muslim Society of Memphis
The mosque’s warranty deed shows that the property is owned by NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), another Muslim Brotherhood front group named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. NAIT is an affiliate of Muslim Brotherhood ISNA. NAIT also owns many other properties in Memphis along with properties surrounding the property that contains the mosque.
“NAIT is reportedly largely funded from overseas, particularly from Saudi Arabia.” NAIT is reported to hold the deeds to well over 25% of the mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S. including the Bridgeview mosque near Chicago. The Chicago Tribune did an expose about how this mosque became dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, including a prayer leader partially paid for by the Saudi government.
The Masjid Al-Noor (Memphis)
A property also owned by NAIT which houses both the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis and the Muslim Students Association.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM)
Even though the warranty deed of the ICM does not show a Muslim Brotherhood owner, the mosque in words and actions, reflects the Brotherhood’s ideology.
In December 2008, Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead” against HAMAS to stop the increased rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. In downtown Murfreesboro, members from the ICM led by Imam Osama Bahloul, protested the “war on Gaza” in support of the terrorist group HAMAS. Signage used the “Palestine will be free” slogan that reflects the HAMAS and Muslim Brotherhood goal that there would be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean, that the State of Israel would cease to exist.
Prior to construction of the new mosque, it was discovered that the ICM was using and distributing literature published by Brotherhood front groups and recommending literature written by individuals openly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
For example, MAS, the Muslim American Society was acknowledged in 2004 by its Secretary-General that MAS had been founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Institute of Islamic Information and Education is part of ISNA (green brochure). Ahmad Sakr of The Foundation for Islamic Knowledge was a founding member of the MSA, and a Board member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American Islamic Trust (NAIT.) He also served as the first director and representative of the Muslim World League (MWL), a group that has reportedly been involved in the funding of Hamas, al-Qaeda and other terrorist outfits.
It was also reported that the mosque’s reading list posted on its now scrubbed website, recommended works by known Muslim Brotherhood leaders including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jamal Badawi and Taha Jabir.
At around this same time, research exposed ICM board member Mosaad Rawash’s public support for HAMAS and participation at a MAS (Muslim American Society) summer camp. His now deleted MySpace page (scrubbed for internet archive as well), had a picture honoring HAMAS co-founders Ahmed Yassin, and Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi over a crowd of armed Hamas militants.
After a short suspension, the ICM cleared Rawash and reinstated him to the board.
Since occupying its new building, CAIR director Nihad Awad has been a welcomed visitor and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, HLF unindicted coconspirator, Jamal Badawi was invited as part of an interfaith program. Badawi is listed in the Explanatory Memo and in the Brotherhood telephone directory also introduced into evidence during the HLF prosecution.
Ossama Bahloul has been the imam since 2008. He is a graduate of Al Azhar University in Cairo, the center for Sunni Salafism. Bahloul has a degree in Dawa (prosletyzing for Islam.) His thesis was the establishment of a Dawa curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Al Azhar is credited with starting the Islamist movement with training from Islamic radicals and closely tied to Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and Sharia as a complete way of life.
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.
Paul “Iesa” Galloway, founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Brotherhood CAIR’s office in Houston, is the new Director for Tennessee’s American Center for Outreach (ACO). In November 2006, Galloway took a United Methodist Church sponsored Muslim-Christian interfaith “pilgrimage” trip to the holy land. This pilgrimage was a part of the Methodist’s General Church and Board Society (GCBS) mission.
Paul “Iesa” went on this trip with Mohamed Elibiary who 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 the Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. Paul “Iesa” Galloway was a board member of Eliqbiary’s Freedom & Justice Foundation.
The interfaithing pilgrims blogged about their trip and noted the security obstacles that only Elibiary and Galloway encountered even though there were other Muslims in their group. Elibiary was held up for an extra security screening trying to get back into the U.S., while Galloway was not allowed to cross into Israel from Jordan and had a super extra security encounter with immigration authorities when he returned to the States. Why?
One of the Methodist pilgrim leaders posted to the blog, the entire statement of the “Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism” which is an attack on evangelical Christians who support Israel. This declaration was written by Donald Wagner (Friends of Sabeel North America) and Vicar Stephen Sizer (Friends of Sabeel UK).
Stephen Sizer’s Israel hatred drives his work. He coined the term “Christian jihad” as opposed to Christian Zionism which he says “wages a jihad against Muslims.” He says that Christian Zionists have …”repudiated Jesus, they’ve repudiated the Bible, and they are an abomination.”
He even goes on Iran’s state run TV station Press TV, to deliver his anti-Israel message and takes his message to openly pro-Hamas groups like Viva Palestina Malaysia. In October 2014, Sizer joined other Israel and Jew-haters like former CAIR-Hamas leader, Cyrus McGoldrick at the New Horizons conference in Tehran.
Did Muslim Brotherhood Islamists Galloway and Elibiary want to get closer to anti-Israel activists or was it the other way around? Was it educational for the Methodists to travel with CAIR-Hamas insiders?
Regardless, they serve each other’s purposes with their mutual immersion in anti-Israel activities and advocacy. Is Jew-hatred and the hatred of Israel the tie that binds the interfaith industry being driven by the Methodists and the Islamists?
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!
The American Center for Outreach (ACO) and Director Remziya Suleyman
The ACO is the lobbying arm of the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). Shortly after the Haslam administration sanctioned the AMAC in November 2011, four of AMAC’s council members organized the ACO.
According to its website, the ACO “was established in late 2011. It was established to bring the Muslim voice to the political stage with the objective of changing the local political debate. As a political advocacy organization, it is our aim to continue to be a visible force throughout Tennessee.”
The ACO’s Director and lobbyist is Remziya Suleyman, lead propagandist against the anti-terrorism bill. She will be visiting your legislator in 2013 as she has every year since 2009 when she worked for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition – TIRRC.
Suleyman says that what used to be anti-immigrant/refugee issues in Tennessee have morphed into anti-Muslim issues which she has been called upon to defend. She says she is now working for religious freedom for Muslims in Tennessee even if that means that everyone else’s religious and constitutional freedoms are abridged in the process. She says that mosques are very influential centers within the Muslim communities and she wants mosque members to be more politically active. Now that the “Islamaphobia” campaign has been nixed by the Associated Press, Ms. Suleyman must manipulate the leftist interfaith community to work her agenda.
Ms. Suleyman, her friends and their agenda
On June 28, 2012 the Institute on Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), the Interfaith Alliance and the Nashville based First Amendment Center’s Religious Freedom Education Project sponsored a panel to discuss mosque development in America. Panelists included Kathleen Foley, a fellow with ISPU and author of the report “Building Mosques in America: strategies for securing municipal approval”, Mohamed Elibiary and Remziya Suleyman. The panel discussion can be viewed at “Mosques in America: Our Shared Future”.
Elibiary and Suleyman state that the advance and spread of Islamic religious demands in the U.S. are fed by newly arriving Muslim immigrants and refugees that began increasing during the 1990’s. Foley said that the larger numbers of Muslims combined with the financial readiness of established U.S. Muslims and their organizations means that mosque expansion is ready to proceed, with new development especially focused in suburban neighborhoods.
The long-running Refugee Resettlement Watch blog confirms this and much more about the impact the politics and mechanics of refugee resettlement is having on our country and Tennessee. One recent example is the move by the St. Paul Minneapolis school district to eliminate all pork products from its school cafeterias.
Elibiary is the guy who in 2011 downloaded to his personal computer, classified Texas Public Safety documents marked for official use only. This was confirmed by Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Dept. Public Safety. Elibiary offered these documents to a media outlet claiming them as evidence of Islamaphobic activity in Governor Rick Perry’s administration. The media outlet disagreed. Another notable credit of Elibiary’s was his appearance as a guest speaker at a December 2004 conference in Dallas, titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary,” which was held in honor of the late Ayatollah Khomeini.”
On December 22, 2012, Suleyman and Elibiary along with Tennessee AMAC member Danish Siddiqui, presented a panel session at the Texas Dawah Convention titled “Educate, Empower & Engage: The Way Forward”. Newsletter #41 includes more information about the aggressive, religiously obligatory proselytizing of Islam called dawah which Islamist organizations say should also be conducted in U.S. public schools.
Yasir Qadhi, imam at the Memphis Islamic Center also spoke at the Texas convention. Newsletter #35 and Newsletter #47 detail more fully Qadhi’s anti-Christian and anti-Semitic viewpoints which he justifies with his religious doctrine.
The point these second generation Islamists make is that advancing their religion in the U.S. is a matter of politics; the perfect example of political shariah. Elibiary says that the First Amendment is supposed to protect, not contain religion. He promotes using religion in the political arena as a way to “aggregate and then collectively bargain” and advises that “you make your friends before you need them.”
Sound political advice.
Ms. Suleyman’s revisionist account of political events in Tennessee
During the IPSU panel discussion Ms. Suleyman makes some interesting, albeit, inaccurate assertions. For example, she says that her community will not tolerate First Amendment free speech which she defines as Islamaphobic rhetoric, especially since there is no problem with Islamic radicalization in Tennessee. Well then just for the record:
–Carlos Bledsoe from Memphis, after converting to Islam, taking the name Abdulhakim Mohammed is serving life in prison for shooting and killing Private Andrew Long at the Little Rock Army recruiting center in 2009. Prior to that he attempted to firebomb the home of a Nashville rabbi.
-2006, Mahmoud Maawad was arrested in Memphis for participating in a planned terrorist event
-Knoxville 2003, Mustafa Saied recounts being radicalized at the University of TN having joined the Muslim Brotherhood
-Knoxville 2010, Hazam Ali Ahmed pled guilty to 16 federal firearms, conspiracy, cigarette smuggling and money laundering charges. The profits were being sent to the Middle East. He was also caught by the FBI recruiting for al Qaeda and talking about blowing up a shopping mall
-Nashville May 2009, it was reported that extremist texts and audio tapes by known radicals were discovered at the Al-Farooq mosque. Some of the material calls for the killing of homosexuals and calling on Muslims who are not themselves engaged in armed jihad needing to “strengthen the capability of those fighting on the front line”
-June 2010, the Memphis Islamic Center hired Yasir Qadhi as its resident scholar. He is one of the founders and featured instructors at the Al Maghrib Institute which both the Christmas Day bomber and convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado attended. Qadhi’s media company sold recordings by al Qaeda’s cleric Anwar al-Awalaki.
-July 2011 the Masjid al-Noor mosque near the University of Memphis planned to host a presentation by one of Hamas’ top fundraisers, Mohammed al-Hanooti.
Ms Suleyman, ignorant or deceitful?
Around minute 44 on the IPSU panel video linked above, when discussing the anti-terrorism material support bill which Ms. Suleyman steadfastly misrepresents as an “anti-sharia” bill, she states:
I never knew the concept of sharia…I called imams across the state and I was like guys what is sharia? I gotta go
talk to politicians…
Shame on Ms Suleyman, who, as a self-professed observant Muslim wearing the hijab, doesn’t even know anything about her own religious law which is the lynchpin of Islam. And who disingenuously claims that the anti-terrorism bill allegedly tried to outlaw the Islamic law she doesn’t know. (The bill never did or tried to do this.) Newsletters 31, 35, and 47 provide at least a snapshot about the fundamentalist imams with whom Ms. Suleyman was consulting. It should be noted that she has worked closely with Yasir Qadhi to launch the ACO in Memphis.
Ms. Suleyman uses the typical “Muslim as victim” theme to mischaracterize the opposition in Murfreesboro to the mega-mosque project. How convenient to ignore the fact that what the citizens opposed was an irregular planning commission approval process for the project, the fact that Muslim Brotherhood materials were being distributed by the mosque, and the fact that a mosque board member had evidenced ties to a terrorist organization.
You will never hear her mention the fact that she brought Hamas-CAIR to the Tennessee capitol to help her protest the anti-terrorism bill. In fact, according to “MuslimKnoxville” facebook member “CAIR & [the Islamizied] ACLU have stated that we need to be represented by very large numbers from the entire state.”
Nor does Ms. Suleyman ever acknowledge that the Muslim individuals and organizations with which she regularly interfaces are deeply committed, connected and rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood plan for our country to replace the U.S. Constitution with sharia law. Some of the organizations she works with, such as the ISNA, are specifically named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum discovered during the Holy Land terror financing prosecution and were subsequently named as unindicted co-conspirators.
The bottom line for Tennessee legislators
Your legislators need to know that along with the interfaith network Ms. Suleyman networks heavily with U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Start with Newsletters #2 and #3 even though there is more about her involvement in other posts.
When Ms. Suleyman comes to your legislator’s office they need to understand that her claim of fighting for religious freedom under the banner of “when we stand up for the rights of others today, we are ensuring our own rights tomorrow” is both slick and deceptive in its simplicity.
Help your legislator understand this: kosher for Jews means THEY don’t eat pork; halal for Muslims means that NOBODY eats pork. Translation: to protect the rights of Muslims and their Sharia law means depriving non-Muslims of rights such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
The Governor won’t listen to the facts, but maybe your state legislator will.
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.