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.”
As stated on Ikhwanophobia.com:
Ikhwanophobia is a new term meaning the fear and or hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood members and their ideologies. It also refers to the unjustified intimidation by the people of the Muslim Brotherhood members.
Ikhwanophobes are the factions who call for discrimination towards Muslim Brotherhood members and Muslims in general. They may be characterized by having the belief that all or most MB’s are religious fanatics, with violent tendencies towards non-Muslims, and reject as directly opposed to Islam such concepts as equality, tolerance, and democracy.
Ikhwanophobes always attempt to link Muslim Brotherhood to terrorism and violence.
Ikhwanophobia is completely linked to the Islamophobia term, where there are continued accusations of the Muslim societies and Islamic Centers in Europe or in the States of being affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Intimidation of the Muslim Brotherhood, of course, leads to many negative consequences that are contrary to basic human rights. It generates evident discrimination of the western Muslims who live in Europe and the US . This bias also forces public opinion and decision makers to reject many of the democratic choices of the Muslim and Middle Eastern peoples. Hence a set of negative assumptions are made of the entire group to the detriment of members of that group.
A review of the website was posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s “official U.S. website”
Eight Good Reasons to be an Ikhwanophobe:
- Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood said, “it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
- 1982 Muslim Brotherhood “Project” – 14 page plan outlining strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth”. The document was discovered during a raid of the Swiss villa of one of the international leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
- A 1988 FBI memo “documented that a source, apparently within the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., described a six-phased plan. It included creating “political action front groups with no traceable ties” so that it can “peacefully get inside the United States government and also American universities… The source told the FBI that Brotherhood operatives ‘claimed success infiltrating the United States government.’”
- The 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for North America – That the work of Muslims and their organizations “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 … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
5. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:
a) May 13, 2012 campaign speech in which he quotes Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and leads the assembled crowd in the Muslim Brotherhood credo:
“The Koran is our constitution. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration. Above all – Allah is our goal.”
Morsi concludes his speech with this promise:
“The shari’a, then the shari’a, and finally, the shari’a. This nation will enjoy blessing and revival only through the Islamic shari’a. I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the constitution]… Allah willing, the text will truly reflect [the shari’a], as will be agreed upon by the Egyptian people, by the Islamic scholars, and by legal and constitutional experts…”
b) Morsi in 2010 – “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred toward those Zionists and Jews and all those who support them. They [the children of Egypt] must be nursed on hatred. The hatred must continue.”
In 2010 Morsi was serving in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Office which is the highest level body of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
6. Achieving the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal as envisioned by Hassan al-Banna (see #1 above) in six phases. The Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie says with the election of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood is completing the fourth phase in Egypt.
“The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing an Islamic state.”
8. “Islam is the solution” – the long-standing Muslim Brotherhood slogan.
A phobia is a psychological term that indicates an irrational and excessive fear of a particular thing or situation.
The 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum plan (“the plan”) for North America addresses in detail all aspects of civil society that would need to be impacted in order to “’settle’” or ’enable’ Islam and its Movement in this part of the world.”
“That Islam is enabled within the souls, minds and the lives of the people of the country in which it moves”.
Newsletter #42 identified only some of the ways the Muslim Brotherhood plan has been operationalized in Tennessee. In some arenas actualization of the plan happens via seemingly unobjectionable motives, such as “preventing discrimination and bullying”, “countering prejudice”, “correcting misinformation”, “supplementing school curriculum”, interfaith dialogue and religious freedom. The TN AMAC, ACO, ING and Connecting Cultures are good examples of this strategy. (go to www.dailyrollcall.com for more on Connecting Cultures and public schools).
Regardless of its label, it all comes back to the overarching agenda – dawah, which in the political context results in the implementation of the Muslim Brotherhood plan.
The objectionable motive of transforming the U.S. as envisioned by the Muslim Brotherhood plan is being achieved in part, by slowly and incrementally chipping away at America’s standard for free speech, by acquiescing to demands in the public arena claiming religious observance and by caving to name-calling of bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, etc. so that rational, fact-based debate and analysis does not occur.
Part of the Brotherhood’s plan assigned a loose sequence to certain of its elements, including:
The stage of mosques and the Islamic centers.
The stage of building the Islamic organizations – the first phase.
The state of building the Islamic schools – the first phase.
as well as anticipating that American “society’s view of Islam and Muslims” would need to be influenced by studies their own organizations and professional members would generate.
The plan also anticipated and planned for the needs of the “children of the American Ikhwani branch”, referring to the children raised as “American Muslims”, hence, the inclusion of planning for “Islamic schools, centers to train teachers, an office for academic guidance, a council for education and scientific research, a body for authorship and Islamic curricula…and things like that.”
Is Memphis’ Pleasant View School Deepening its Muslim Brotherhood Identity?
Newsletter #42 failed to include information about the newest hire at Pleasant Valley School (PVS), a private Islamic School for grades pre-K through 8. On April 8, 2012, PVS announced the hire of a new principal – Dr. Mohammed Malley. In keeping with the Muslim Brotherhood identity of PVS, Dr. Malley’s credentials include having served as the President of the Georgetown University Muslim Student Association and later with another Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Muslim American Society, Austin Chapter.
Dr. Malley was introduced at a PVS fundraiser keynoted by Kifah Mustapha, an active member of the Chicago-area Muslim community. Mr. Mustapha was an interesting pick for a speaker given that he was dismissed from serving as the first Muslim chaplain for the Illinois State Police after his ties to the Hamas-support network was discovered. It was disclosed that he had been a paid employee for the Holy Land Foundation.
Dr. Hamed Ghazali, hired by PVS in 2010 (see Newsletter #42) is also connected to the Muslim Brotherhood through the Muslim American Society (MAS). One of the founders of the MAS was Ahmed Elkadi, the self-identified leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. from 1984-1994. In 2004 the Secretary-General of the MAS acknowledged that MAS was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Interesting side note – the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo on p. 12 discussing “comprehensive Dawa educational organization”, references “the center run by brother Hamed al-Ghazali”).
That same year the PVS November 2010 newsletter introduced Dr. Mohamed Abedelrahman Elkadi, Imam of the Masjid Al-Noor (owned by Muslim Brotherhood NAIT), as the Islamic Studies teacher for grades 5– 8, and Arabic and Quran for 3rd grade. The newsletter provided the following details in his Q&A:
“Where did you graduate from?
I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Islamic Principles and Dawa’h from Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
What do you think of PVS?
With Allah’s blessing, PVS is putting a great emphasis on teaching Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies and Arabic textbooks have been carefully chosen taking into consideration all aspects of the Islamic way of living. In addition they are modern, easy to understand and will serve the purpose of educating our children. “
Because PVS is a private school, there is no way to verify whether it is using one of the more popular Islamic school textbooks titled “What Islam Is All About Student Textbook” by Yahiya Emerick. A 2003 New York Daily News article confirmed the book’s use in U.S. Islamic schools and a more recent syllabus from a Florida Islamic school (Al Furquan Academy) confirms that it is still being used. (There are also a variety of syllabi available from weekend Islamic schools that use the book as well as the Muslim Toronto Homeschoolers (see, Grade 7 Class_Syllabus_Spring_Sample, ISNRV.org – Sunday School, Islamic Studies Curricula « Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers).
According to its author, this particular book was written in standard English to teach Muslim children living in the U.S. about Islam. The author had expressed concerns that most instructional texts were translations from foreign-supplied sources and not written for English speaking students.
The textbook has many “interesting” entries that echo Mr. Emerick’s essays posted on his Islamic Foundation of North America website. See for example, his essay “How to Make America an Islamic Nation”.
The textbook “What Islam Is All About” includes lessons that stretch from “Understanding the Qur’an” to “Prayer” and from “The Bani Isra’il” to “The Final Messenger” and from “The Final Victory” to “Fiqh and Shari’ah” to “Islam in Society”. Excerpted lessons from the textbook are posted under the “Documents” tab and include the sections on “Who Can I Make Friends With?”, “What Is An Islamic Society?” and “What Is An Islamic State?”
Mark Durie, theologian and human rights activist, cites Mr. Emerick’s textbook in his blog post about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as well as the positive response the Brotherhood is receiving from Obama’s administration and other U.S. officials. Durie quotes a section from p. 378 of “What Islam Is All About” as “reflect[ing] the Brotherhood’s ideology of phases for establishing Islam. It explains that the political success of Muhammed in Medina, when Islam became politically dominant through the use of force, had to be preceded by a long preparatory phase in Mecca, during which the Muslims’ faith was built up.”
In Tennessee, the public voice advancing the ideology and the plan of the Muslim Brotherhood is the AMAC and its lobbying organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO).
Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons, by their actions, have given these groups the exclusive voice in Tennessee on the politics of Islam.
What’s up with THAT?!
State-level Muslim Advisory Councils like the one established in Tennessee are fast becoming a popular tool of Islamist’s governmental infiltration, an objective included in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum as one step in the “civilization jihad” against the United States:
“…It must be stressed that it has become clear and emphatically known that all is in agreement that we must “settle” or “enable” Islam and its Movement in this part of the world….
Four: The Process of Settlement:
– In order for Islam and its Movement to become “a part of the homeland” in which it lives,”stable” in its land, “rooted” in the spirits and minds of its people, “enabled” in the live of its society and has firmly-established “organizations” on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry out this grand mission as a “Civilization Jihadist” responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country. Among these keys and tools are the following:
2- Politicallv [The Political Oreanization]: to include:
– A central political party.
– Local political offices.
– Political symbols.
– Relationships and alliances.
– The American Organization for Islamic Political Action
– Advanced Information Centers.. . .and things like that.”
Advisory councils with almost identical names and mission statements have been established in Tennessee and several other states/cities. The incubator for these councils began with a 2006 conference jointly sponsored by the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD), the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). It is interesting to note that the IDA, a private “government –sponsored and funded research institution with access to “highly classified and industry proprietary data not normally available to non-government organizations”, had representatives from the American Muslim community meet with US security officials and foreign policy folks to find ways to work together. (See, “Your Tax Dollars Funding Terror”, www.pjmedia.com, April 8, 2008.), and,http://www.icrd.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=266&Itemid=149
Recommendations generated from the 2006 conference included the following labeled as
“American Muslim Actions”:
- Establish an American Muslim Advisory Council to work with a U.S. interagency Task Force (or some other USG organizational equivalent) to explore policy issues that affect the Muslim community and its attitudes toward the government.”
- Create a directory of articulate American Muslims … who can represent the American Muslim viewpoint in the mainstream media…”
- Establish programs to encourage greater Muslim involvement in local government…Encourage the participation of young Muslims in law enforcement careers.”
- Develop an effective lobbying and policy analysis capability for influencing members of the Legislative and Executive branches of government.”
Recommendations labeled as “U.S. Government Actions” included:
- · Include American Muslim representatives in U.S. government delegations to international organizations and in other high-level bodies and advisory commissions.”
- · Appoint more Muslims to high-profile positions, including political appointments that may or may not be directly related to Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Recruit young Muslims into law enforcement and government careers.”
Recommendations labeled as “Joint Actions” included:
- · Develop roundtables of American Muslim community representatives and representatives of USG domestic security agencies that can meet on a regular basis…Examine and seek to institutionalize the kind of coordination that appears to be working well in Chicago.” (no further explanation given for this reference)
But then consider that the three named organizations involved in the 2006 conference are part of a larger alliance called American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE):
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Muslim American Society (MAS)
IIIT and ISNA are two of the 29 organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum and along with CAIR were listed by the Dept. of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial. MAS was identified in a different terrorism related case as “the overt arm” of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
An alternative explanation for justifying the advisory councils as partnering with law enforcement can be found in MPAC’s 2009 paper “Building Bridges to Strengthen America”. In advancing their model for assisting law enforcement and “preserving the rights of all Americans as defined by a Muslim American perspective”, they recommend “long-term policy engagement with the political system”, ie, become part of the infrastructure.
Seems pretty consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood memorandum…..
An interesting “tidbit” was reported by the Washington Post in 2007; AMCE steering committee member, MAS president Esam Omeish was forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration after being recorded “preaching jihad and praising suicide bombers.”
American Muslim Advisory Councils in the U.S.
A Muslim advisory council in Oklahoma established by a prior administration’s executive order, was not reauthorized last year, which may explain why the Tennessee AMAC established itself as an independently funded organization.
New York state took a different route and passed a statute establishing the “NY Muslim American Advisory Council” to:
- advise the legislature on ways to advance the role and civic participation of Muslim Americans in NY including appropriate policy development and faith-based issues
- achieve goals related to international commerce in Muslim countries
Suffolk County, N.Y.’s Muslim-American Advisory Committee was created to among other things, “make recommendations regarding proposed legislation”
Los Angeles’ Muslim American Homeland Security Congress established in 2006 by Sheriff Baca says it is a “non-political, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit organization”. So what exactly is it? It lists as board members community organizations including CAIR and MPAC. MPAC leadership is reported to support Islamic extremists and engages with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. MPAC sponsored a petition to reinstate assets to the Holy Land Foundation after it was designated as a front for terrorist financing. A 2009 MPAC report ascribes “peaceful political activism” to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Illinois’ Governor Quinn created his Muslim American Advisory Council in 2011. The duties and objectives of the council are virtually word for word the same as stated in the New York legislation. Governor appointees include Safaa Zarzour, Secretary-General of ISNA and the Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR. Recently the Illinois Council was asked to comment with regard to the death sentence issued for convert from Islam, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. The response issued through the Governor’s office was no comment because the council’s constituency was solely within the borders of the state of Illinois.
Why is government leadership not asking what’s wrong with this picture? Bet if we asked Tennessee’s Commissioner of Safety, Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Director of Homeland Security, David Purkey if they have this info, they’d say they were not aware. But shouldn’t they be – after all, all this information is publicly available.