As a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar, Hytham Al-Hindi, gets his tuition fully paid for his undergraduate degree.
In exchange for the $160,000 plus in free education, Vanderbilt gets its own Jew-hating, HAMAS- connected Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student organization, started by Al-Hindi.
Who is Hytham Al-Hindi and what are his motives to align with SJP?
Hytham Al-Hindi is from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, Dr. Ahmad Al-Hindi is a cardiologist who graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology in northern Jordan, the country presumed to be where Dr. Al-Hindi immigrated from to the U.S.
In 2008, about 3.5 million people in Jordan were believed to be of Palestinian ancestry. Is Dr. Al-Hindi’s ancestry Palestinian? Does Dr. Al-Hindi have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan? Is he an anti-Israel sympathizer? Does he have political views that may have influenced his son?
Hytham Al-Hindi’s Ingram Scholars bio documents his high engagement with the immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville. He volunteers with the refugee resettlement agency NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), that was started by a former refugee turned government contractor “entrepeneur.” (Remember this when the propagandists tell you how great it is that refugees come and start businesses.)
Hytham’s facebook page looks like the who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood organizations. His listed “favorites” include:
- Vanderbilt and UTK’s Muslim Students Association
- Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) which was the mosque for al-Qaeda imam Abdulhakim Mohammed
- American Center for Outreach (ACO) run by former Muslim Brotherhood CAIR director Paul Galloway
- Hamza Yusuf who describes Judaism as the most racist religion
- Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna)
- Suhaib Webb – vocal Jew hater
Since he has started an SJP chapter at Vanderbilt, it’s no surprise that he also lists as “favorites” some of the most aggressive and virulent leftist anti-Israel and Jew-hating individuals and organizations that promote the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel). After all, demonization and delegitimization of Israel along with promoting BDS is the core belief of SJP:
- Angela Davis – former Black Panther party member and Communist
- Noam Chomsky – “America is worse than Nazi Germany”
- Rachel Corrie Foundation
- Jewish Voice for Peace – listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the U.S. and an aggressive promoter of BDS
- SJP Loyola
- Loyola Divest
- NU Divest (Northwestern University Divest) – in February, its student government passed a divest Israel resolution by two votes
The end goal of the BDS campaign is to eliminate the State of Israel since its existence is hateful to Islam. When pro-BDS and pro-Hamas agitators chant “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” they are saying that their vision is that there will be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean—and no Jews – it’s Judenrein.
SJP emulates the language and values of HAMAS. For this reason and because of the extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred displayed by the chapter members, SJP is more accurately labeled “Hamas on Campus.”
SJP chapters on college campuses sponsor events like “Israel Apartheid Week,” disrupt pro-Israel events, and are the primary agitators pushing anti-Israel BDS resolutions introduced to student governments. SJP chapters have created hostile and intimidating campus environments for Jewish students. SJP prides itself on bringing conflict and divisiveness to college campuses along with using a well-financed disinformation campaign that spreads their hatred towards Jews and Israel.
Vanderbilt inviting Jew hatred?
Vanderbilt actively recruits international students. The university is promoted by CampusExplorer as a desirable school for students from the Middle East. The 2014 “Open Doors on International Education Exchange” report says that of the over 690,000 international students enrolled in four year U.S. colleges and graduate programs, almost 34,000 came from the Middle East:
43% – Qatar, 36% – UAE, 34% – Iran, 25% – Saudi Arabia, 20% – Kuwait.
They are all Muslim majority countries, some of which promote hatred of Jews and Israel. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who supports Palestinian suicide bombings, is based in Qatar. Saudi Arabia follows the strictest form of sharia law which prohibits Jews from being citizens. Iran is supplying Hezbollah operatives with weapons so they can attack Israelis and Jews in Europe.
So, what ideology do these students bring with them? Do they gravitate more to student groups like the MSA, SJP and the Middle Eastern Students Association? Homegrown in Waverly, Tennessee, Samar Ali co-founded the Middle Eastern Students Association at Vanderbilt because as she said, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim….My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
What will be Vanderbilt’s response?
SJP’s co-founder, Hatem Bazian came as a college student to the U.S. from the Hamas stronghold of Nablus in the West Bank. He brought his Islamic Jew-hatred with him and created the SJP campus hate group. Across U.S. campuses, SJP’s chapters activities and actions, along with the group’s DNA as pictured below, make the group ineligible for chartering as a campus student organization.
Equally relevant for Vanderbilt and every campus that has an SJP chapter is whether a group tied to HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, can be chartered under any school’s rules for student organizations. Can public money be allowed to flow to these groups? Should private money be permitted to enable these groups?
In true leftist-progressive fashion, Vanderbilt made Christian campus groups unwelcome by enforcing the zero tolerance all-comers’ policy. If Vanderbilt enables SJP on its campus, will Jews at Vanderbilt be the next group to have to leave?
The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is exposed and documented at trial
The Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. cannot be understood without reference to the HLF (Holy Land Foundation) terrorism financing prosecution. This trial used the Brotherhood’s own written materials to expose the Brotherhood’s presence, plan and operation in the U.S.
The case was about Islamists using the HLF charity, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. to raise and sending money to support HAMAS. That is considered providing material support.
Documentary evidence used in the 2007 trial was discovered during an FBI raid of Ismail Elbarasse’s home. He was a board member of the IAP (Islamic Association for Palestine), which was organized in the U.S. by the Brotherhood to support HAMAS. He was arrested when a state trooper saw the passenger in his car (turned out it was his wife), filming Chesapeake Bay Bridge support structures.
Documents and FBI wiretap evidence were introduced at the trial. The wiretap evidence showed that HLF knowingly supported HAMAS by funneling money to “zakat” (Islamic charity) committees in Palestine.
One document, written by Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Akram, was the Muslim Brotherhood plan for the U.S. titled “An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.” This plan had been approved by the highest governing bodies of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. When it was introduced into evidence, this plan was stipulated to by the defense, meaning they agreed that the document was what it claimed to be – the Brotherhood’s plan for the U.S.
This particular document also shows how the shadowy and secretive Muslim Brotherhood network operates in the U.S. The plan included named Brotherhood’s affiliated front groups operating in the U.S. The plan states a clear end goal:
“The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Their words. The plan addresses in detail all aspects of civil society which they planned and are now using in order to “settle” or “enable” Islam and its Movement in North America. It is a stealthy plan intended to insinuate Islamic values and customs in a gradual, yet comprehensive manner to displace our Judeo-Christian foundation.
The plan’s “civilizational jihad” is being implemented through our political processes, interfaith propaganda, dawa (proselytizing Islam) by providing “cultural” presentations, infiltration into government and schools, coopting media, coalition-building, and immigration patterns that will ultimately subvert our freedoms if left unchecked.
Dawa is central to the plan’s success and serves both the political imperative and the religion’s doctrinal command. For this reason you will see any number of Islamist leaders and activists in Tennessee that either have advanced degrees in dawa or tell you that they are actively engaged in dawa or configure their activities as dawa.
In 1995 at a conference hosted by the Muslim Arab Youth Association, a group named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (wanted by Interpol since 2014), said Islam would, “conquer Europe [and] America – not through sword but through Da’wa [proselytizing for Islam].”
(Because of his support for terrorism, al-Qaradawi has been banned from entering the U.S.)
Twenty-nine (29) organizations (see below), were named in the plan that were either created by Brotherhood members or were aligned with the Brotherhood’s goals. Named groups include, the MSA (Muslim Students Association), NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), and the IAP (Islamic Association of Palestine).
Five HLF executives were convicted for using the Islamic charity to funnel money to Hamas. Also, CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and others were named as unindicted co-conspirators. Obama’s Department of Justice has obstructed more prosecutions.
In 2008, CAIR, ISNA and NAIT tried to have their names removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list and their ties to HAMAS removed from the trial record. Instead, the federal judge confirmed the designations and ruled that the government had introduced extensive evidence tying them to HAMAS:
[t]he government “produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and with HAMAS.”
Despite the convictions and unindicted co-conspirator designations, these organizations, complicit with government leadership at both the federal and state levels, have openly expanded their influence operations across U.S. political, religious and community institutions, including in Tennessee.
Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. operates through a network of affiliated and supporting organizations
Akram, drafter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan noted in the document, that “[t]he heart and the core” of the plan was dependent on establishing organizations of all kinds, “…economic, social, media, scouting, professional and even the military ones. We must say that we are in a country which understands no language other than the language of the organizations, and one which does not respect or give weight to any group without effective, functional and strong organization.”
In 1962 the first national Islamic organization was the MSA which was started by foreign students studying in U.S. colleges who had been Brotherhood members in their own countries. The MSA is named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memo. Today, there are approximately 600 MSA college chapters. Any number of Islamic terrorists have been members and leaders of their MSAs including, Anwar al-Awlaki (al-Qaeda), Ziyad Khaleel (al-Qaeda’s procurement agent in the US), Abu Mansoor al-Amriki (now spokesman for al-Qaeda in Somalia), Wa’el Hamza Julaidan (co-founder of al-Qaeda).
In Tennessee, many of the Islamist agitators like Kasar Abdullah and Lema Sbenaty have been involved with their campus MSA. Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) board member Saleh Sbenaty (Lema’s father) was the MSA faculty advisor at MTSU.
These groups bring in Islamist leaders like Zaid Shakir to influence these young people, telling them that,
“If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
In “Raising a Jihadi Generation,” John Guandolo, former FBI agent and creator of the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focused specifically on the Muslim Brotherhood, says that, “[f]rom the MSA nearly every major Islamic organization in North America was formed.”
For example, the Brotherhood works to influence higher education through its front group, the IIIT (International Institute for Islamic Thought) , number 28 on the Explanatory Memo’s list.
Sayyid Syeed was IIIT’s Director of Academic Outreach but now heads ISNA’s Interfaith outreach operations. ISNA is a named unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF prosecution and number one on the Explanatory Memo’s list.
In Tennessee, for example, Rafiq Mahdi, the “unofficial imam” for the Muslim Community of Knoxville, works as the Director of Community Development for ICNA Relief USA, the charity arm of ICNA named in the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan.
The MSA, ISNA, NAIT, ICNA, IIIT, CAIR and others, through words, deeds, and other affiliated organizations, are operating and spreading their influence in Tennessee.
Mwafaq Aljabbary, aka Mwafaq Mohammed, is running for Tennessee Senate District 21 in Davidson County (Nashville), the seat previously held by Democrat Douglas Henry for over 40 years.
Aljabbary aka Mohammed says that:
“My ethnicity is Kurd and I am an immigrant. The population demography of Nashville is changing and this trend will continue for years to come. More and more immigrants and minorities are selecting Nashville as their home. We chose to live in America for a reason and that is the Freedom and principals America represents.
It is not impossible to win this race. With your help and support we can have our voice in the government.”
Who do you think Aljabbary aka Mohammed is talking about when he says “we chose to live in America” and “we can have our voice in the government?”
Just as fellow Islamist and American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) member Zak Mohyuddin, running for County Commissioner in Coffee County, also tells voters that American Muslims are part of the changing demographics that he represents.
Jummah (Friday prayer) at MLK Academic Magnet School in Nashville
This is the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at MLK Academic Magnet School. This MSA was organized by the Muslim Youth Network of TN (MYNT) after being trained last summer (and this video) in political activism by CAIR director Dawud Walid and Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) Director, Remziya Suleyman. Suleyman is a member of the Kurdish mosque where Aljabbary aka Mohammed served as the president in 2010.
Young Tennessee Muslims are being shaped to remain separate and apart from their peers. They are told that the only reason to interact with non-Muslim “friends” is to fulfill their religious duty of dawa (proselytizing Islam). They are filled with supremacist messages about the dhimmi status of non-Muslims in Islamic states.
High school MSAs in other states report their success with their dawa and conversion of non-Muslims:
“Many students are signed out by parents to attend Jumu’ah at nearby Prince George’s County Muslim Association (PGMA) or Dar-us-Salaam.
The students who get left behind are the ones who embrace Islam in high school unknown to their parents, many who are devout followers of other faiths.’A brother who was a taxi driver used to come and pick the convert brothers and take them to Friday prayer, but then the principal found out and she was very upset,’ says Hayat. (emphasis added)
At the last MSA meeting at Parkdale High, there were at least three students who raised their hand when asked if they were the only Muslims in their families. Some of these students are as young as 14.”
Jummah at the Nashville school is the Muslim Friday prayer. These students are praying in accordance with Sharia law.
Who wants more of Aljabbary aka Mohammed’s change?
While the answer should be “ABSOLUTELY NOT”, exactly the opposite is happening at Tennessee’s state-funded universities. One of the most aggressive Tennessee schools in this regard is Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) although other schools such as the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT Knoxville) and the University of Memphis also have distinctive Muslim Brotherhood credentials.
At MTSU for example, “Registered student organizations” qualify for university funded student activity fee money. The MSA at MTSU states on its website that it is both a “registered student organization” and is affiliated with the National Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada. https://web.archive.org/web/20110615082039/http://frank.mtsu.edu/~msa/msa.htm
The core of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology is spread at the college level through the Brotherhood’s very first U.S. creation – the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The MSA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood whose credo states: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our Leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the path of Allah is our highest hope.” The MSA “pledge of allegiance” videotaped at a recent regional conference concludes with “I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam.”
MSA at UT Knoxville
UT Knoxville MSA’s website comes the closest to acknowledging the origin of the organization:
“The first Muslim Student Association was founded on the campus of the University of Illinois, Ann, Urbana-Champaign in 1963. From the minds of a few students came an association that has spread to myriad universities across North America. The MSA of UT has been blessed with a colorful fifteen year history…”
UT Knoxville’s MSA “colorful” history includes the experience of Mustafa Saied who told the Chicago Tribune in 2004 that in 1994 during his junior year at UT Knoxville, he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood. “After Saied attended numerous prayer sessions, a fellow Muslim student took him to a quiet corner of a campus cafeteria and asked him to join….Saied says he left the group after several years because he disliked its anti-American sentiments and its support for violence in the Middle East.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. Muslim Students Association – just another student organization?
The archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in North American were discovered during a 2004 FBI raid of a leading U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member’s Virginia home. Among the documents was the 1991 MB “Explanatory Memorandum” that was introduced by federal prosecutors during the Holy Land Foundation trial, the biggest terrorism financing case in the U.S. It is important to remember that during the trial the defense stipulated to the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. plan.
The 1991 Memorandum clearly shows the Brotherhood’s overarching goal of converting the U.S. into an Islamic state and laid out a detailed plan for the “civilization jihad from within.” The memo also listed 29 organizations working in the U.S. to further this goal; the MSA was second on the list because the MSA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood working in furtherance of the plan to offer Islam as a “civilization alternative.”
The MSA created in 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus is an Islamist organization with an Islamist agenda. Investigative journalist Patrick Poole notes the following:
“Toward that end, the organization has published an MSA Starter’s Guide: A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA, which states:
‘It should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university … the politicization of the MSA means to make the MSA more of a force on internal campus politics. The MSA needs to be a more ‘In-your-face’ association … For example, the student body must be convinced that there is such a thing as a Muslim-bloc.” The Guide further advises: “Aim to rise within the ranks of the Union [student government] and to get on selected executive committees … I cannot stress this enough, the Union has vast powers that Muslims need to control.’
The Islamization of Tennessee’s university politics a.k.a. the “red –green alliance” and the example of MTSU
Looking at the MSA’s activity on various Tennessee campuses, it looks like they take the MSA Starter Guide seriously and have overlaid a contemporary element. The MSA’s reach has been extended by shrewdly embedding their objectives in the leftist jargon of “human rights” and “minority rights”. This strategy is better known as the “red-green alliance”.
In this manner, using the often subversive and less than honest discourse of the liberalized left, they have convinced the Latino community to join forces despite having to carefully veil their otherwise conservative and dogmatic doctrine.
The MTSU MSA faculty advisor is Saleh Sbenaty who joined MTSU in 1993. Available records show that he has been the MSA advisor since at least 2007. He has been discussed at length in Newsletter #50, who left Syria for the U.S. at the same time that the Muslim Brotherhood was expelled from his country. It was noted by Sbenaty’s daughter that he has not returned to Syria in 30 years for fear of being jailed there.
As far back as 2004, the MTSU MSA welcomed Awadh Binhazim, the Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt who confirmed Islam’s capital punishment for homosexuality. Binhazim’s many affiliations including having been a CAIR chapter president in Texas, have been detailed in Newsletters #11 & 12.
Much more recently, the MTSU MSA along with the MSA Latino student organization FUTURO, have sponsored a program featuring Arsalan Iftikhar and AMAC member, Kasar Abdulla:
Invite-Only Event · By Anya Alicia Cardoso and MTSU MSA
6:00pm until 8:00pm
|MTSU Student Union Building Room 220|
|This event is a discussion forum featuring Arsalan Iftikhar and Kasar Abdulla. The topic will be about Islam and common misconceptions or stereotypes revolving around Muslims. After a short presentation the floor will be open the audience to ask any questions they might have.This event is sponsored by FUTURO and the Muslim Student Association of MTSU. There will be free food and lots of great discussion! Please join us and invite your student or faculty friends. This is meant to be more intimate–students and faculty only so that more questions can be answered, however, if you have a religious leader that would like to come and participate in the discussion, please invite them! Thank you!|
An open-to-the-public event featuring Arsalan Iftikhar followed on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
Given that the event was co-sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood organization, it is no surprise that the co-presenters each have deep involvement with Muslim Brotherhood groups. AMAC member Kasar Abudlla’s involvement with Muslim Brotherhood groups has been covered in Newsletters # 4 & 5.
Arsalan Iftikhar is another MSA “graduate” who later served as CAIR’s National Legal Director, a position and affiliation he omits from his resume and seems to go to great lengths to disown. However, a picture is worth 1,000 words especially when speaking at the 2006 Muslim Brotherhood ISNA convention:
Iftikhar was also the CAIR lawyer involved with the “flying imam” case against U.S. Airways. Attached is his letter to U.S. Airways along with CAIR’s internal memo detailing the proposed propaganda and lawfare campaign.
This is the same CAIR whose connection to Hamas is well documented, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and whose co-founder, Omar Ahmad stated during a 1998 speech:
“If you choose to live here [in the U.S.] … you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam.” “Islam isn’t in America,” he continued, “to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
The same CAIR whose co-founder, convert to Islam, Ibrahim Hooper in 1993 expressed his desire that the U.S. be an Islamic government.
This sentiment, expressed and manifested in many ways, represents the core of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology and the end goal of all of the Brotherhood’s groups including the MSA.
As stated in January 2005 by a former UCLA MSA leader, “The only justification … that Muslims have to live in this country is da’wa…. [I]f we are not doing something to invite people to Islam, Muslims and non-Muslims, then we are missing the point what Islamic Movement is about…. The end goal of everything I was talking about is the establishment of, the reestablishment of, Islamic form of government.”
No different in objective than the da’wa discussed in Newsletter #41 being offered up by other Muslim Brotherhood associated and inspired organizations active in Tennessee including the American Center for Outreach (ACO) and the AMAC.
In 2009 a federal judge confirmed the existence of ample evidence tying groups like CAIR and ISNA to Hamas, a fact the MTSU’s students and faculty do not let get in their way. One can speculate that the reason it does not give them pause is because they are aligned to the anti-Israel, anything but America and the West, pro-Hamas and Hezbollah agenda.
How much background on Arsalan Iftikhar and the MSA for that matter was provided to the FUTURO organizer? How about program attendees? Isn’t a university supposed to be about higher education?
Someone might even want to clue Governor Haslam in about what his AMAC is helping out with on Tennessee campuses. After all, he demonstrates over and over again, that on this issue he is either clueless or willingly blind.
See the many pieces written about MSA activities around the country
This is a recent photo posted on Lema Sbnaty’s facebook page. Lema, past president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Middle TN State University (MTSU), is now working in Washington, D.C. She is pictured here with Tariq Ramadan at “Politics and Prose” bookstore on Connecticut Ave. He seems to have greatly impressed her –
Lema is the daughter of TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) member Saleh Sbenaty. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering at MTSU where he also serves as the advisor to the school’s MSA. Dr. Sbenaty, a founding member and spokesman for the Murfreesboro Mosque (who emailed mosque “turncoat” Eric Allen Bell: “The lies you are spreading is a characteristic of a scumbag”), was an active and vocal opponent to Tennessee’s 2011 anti-terrorism bill.
Dr. Sbenaty may also be the reason that his daughter Lema has more in common with Tariq Ramadan than even she realizes.
Tariq Ramadan’s maternal grandfather, Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, and his father, Said Ramadan led the Brotherhood throughout the 1950’s. Then as now, the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto recently repeated by Egypt’s President Morsi, states, “The Quran is our constitution, jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration”. The only difference now is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is out of hiding.
A 2006 article in the Weekly Standard, Counterrorism and Foreign Affairs consultant, Olivier Guitta notes that Gamal Nasser expelled Tariq’s father from Egypt because of his Islamist Muslim Brotherhood activity. Before finally settling in Switzerland, Tariq’s father Said went to Saudi Arabia where he founded the World Islamic League funded by the Saudi government to promote the spread of Wahhabism, a conservative and fundamentalist form of Islam.
“Said Ramadan was one of the most important Islamist thinkers of the 20th century. He is probably the author of “The Project”, a 14-page document dated 1982 found by the Swiss secret service in 2001.”
“The Project” is a 12 point strategy “that presents a global vision of a worldwide strategy for Islamic policy [“political Islam”].” In other words, a plan for installing Islamic governments in the West.
In Switzerland, Tariq’s father founded the Geneva Islamic Centre which is reported to be the European headquarters for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Tarek Fatah, described as a liberal Muslim writer living in Canada wrote this in advance of Tariq’s 2009 appearance at the American Academy of Religion’s conference held in Montreal that year:
“Brother Tariq, your father Said Ramadan came to my birthplace Pakistan in 1948 as a Muslim Brotherhood emissary and was instrumental in turning a secular Muslim country into a hotbed of Islamic extremism. I will not let the son of Said Ramadan come to my adopted home Canada and do the same, without a fight. Your Islamist father ruined my birthplace; I will not let you ruin the place where I will die.”
Third generation Tariq has continued in the family tradition but with a focus on engaging Muslim youth. After studying all of Tariq Ramadan’s books, interviews and tapes, Arabic-speaking French Islamic fundamentalism expert Caroline Fourest has labeled him “a war leader” and the “political heir of his grandfather.”
After attending the University of Geneva, Tariq studied Arabic and Islam at Al Azhar Islamic University in Cairo. He subsequently returned to Switzerland and started the Movement of Swiss Muslims, the objective of which “was to reach Muslim youth by Islamizing modernity rather than modernizing Islam”. He then moved on to the same type of activity with French Muslim youth, offering Islam as “the solution”, which “…partly explains the radicalization of this community.” (see the Weekly Standard article).
In 2008 this warning was sounded again with regard to Tariq’s appeal to Muslim youth, “…beneath the urbane liberal lurks a far more sinister ideologue, committed to some of the most backward fundamentalist repressions. And because he comes over as so contemporary and convincing, he’s feted by a generation of young Muslims looking for a more hip hero.”
Guitta also notes that one of Tariq’s interfaith partners stated that Tariq “wants a total separation between Muslims and other communities”, a perspective consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood’s opposition to secularization for all Muslims regardless of where they reside.
Also in keeping with his Muslim Brotherhood heritage, it has been reported based on Tariq’s writings, tapes and interviews, that he supports eliminating Israel as a state. The tribute to Tariq’s father posted on the Geneva Islamic Center website, acknowledges his father’s role in 1948 “declar[ing] jihad [to] defend Palestine.”
The attached articles provide plenty of detail about the 2004 revocation of Tariq’s U.S. work visa, barring him from coming to the U.S. to teach at Notre Dame, his subsequent appeal of that denial and the eventual order signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 lifting his ban. On April 8, 2010 he made his first public appearance in the U.S. since 2004.
According to Lema Sbenaty, her father Saleh, immigrated from Syria to the U.S. in 1982, almost 2 years after graduating from Damascus University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
From 1976 to 1982, Sunni Islamists, (the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria), seated in the town of Hama, waged an insurgency against the Assad government because as Lema describes it, the minority Alawit sect to which the Assads belong, were controlling the majority Sunni Muslims – just as it is today. In 1982, just one month after the Hama massacre began Dr. Sbenaty left Syria for the U.S.
In 1980, two years prior to what is now referred to as “the Hama massacre”, the Syrian government outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, making membership punishable by death.
Lema comments in her interview that while she, her mother and her siblings “typically visit Syria every summer, her father has not been back in 30 years.” She claims that if her father returns to Syria he would be subject to compulsory military service and that “If he goes back, he gets jailed instantly, even though he’s a citizen here.”
Does she mean that he gets jailed because he skipped out on his military service or that his political commitments are otherwise subject to punishment in Syria?
Dr. Sbenaty is the faculty advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood MSA at MTSU. His mosque has been reported to provide reading material from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society and Institute of Islamic Information and Education.
And he is a member of Governor Haslam’s TN American Muslim Advisory Council.
Samar Ali and Lema Sbenaty – two Muslim girls born and raised in Tennessee, both connected to Governor Haslam’s administration; one through an appointed position, the other through her father’s position, and both by their own words, attached first to an identity that has nothing to do with having been born and raised in the U.S.
This is precisely what Tariq Ramadan has sought to achieve through his work with this generation of Muslims growing up in the West offering them Islam “…as the solution to all the problems of Muslim youth – in keeping with the slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood, ‘Islam is the solution.’”
“You are known by the company you keep.” “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Look at the company chosen by Governor Haslam and Commissioner of Safety & Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons.
A contemporary theme being advanced by Muslim-centric groups across the country is “Muslims as Americans” – as if anyone ever denied that there are Americans that follow the religion and politics of Islam. In Tennessee, the “made in America” stamp is being carried by the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and its lobbying arm organization, The American Center for Outreach (ACO).
No matter the label, even the “American Muslim” one cannot conceal the fact that Islam is Islam is Islam, no matter where, it is followed. We are told by Islamic scholars considered authoritative by the Muslim world, that Islam is a complete way of life and that the Koran is unchangeable because it is the word of Allah.
Nor can the “American Muslim” label conceal the fact that the ideology and the goals of that ideology are the same no matter where it is followed. And nowhere has the plan for insinuating this ideology and its goals been more carefully detailed than in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood “An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”. The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the leading proponents of global Shariah law and represents the quintessential expression of “political Shariah”.
To really appreciate the significance of this particular document, it should be noted that during the Holy Land Foundation trial, the Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum was stipulated to by the legal defense for the Holy Land Foundation. This means that the defense agreed with the federal prosecutors that the document was and still is what it says it is – the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for North America and to quote the memo “present[s] Islam as a civilization alternative”.
Research to date indicates that Muslim-centric groups have not repudiated this plan. Nor does research show that any of the U.S. Muslim-centric groups, including for example the Muslim Student Association, CAIR or ISNA address the fact that they are a Muslim Brotherhood organization, or that in 2009 a federal judge confirmed the “ample” evidentiary link between groups like CAIR, ISNA and Hamas.
(An interesting side note – The Jerusalem Fund chaired by Dr. Subhi Ali (Samar’s father), has published the Hamas charter on its website.)
ING is not AMAC’s only connection to Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. In March, 2011, Remziya Suleyman, stood with CAIR on the steps of the Tennessee Legislative Plaza, to oppose the 2011 anti-terrorism bill. She is the organizer of the Muslim Rapid Response Team which evolved into the AMAC, which in turn, organized the American Center for Outreach for whom Ms. Suleyman lobbies.
CAIR’s spokesman Ibrahim Hooper stated in 2003 that if Muslims ever became a majority in the United States, they would likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. And CAIR’s co-founder Omar Ahmad was quoted in 1998 stataing that “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.” CAIR seems to be showing up more and more in Tennessee, most recently at the opening of the mosque in Murfreesboro.
Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, recently stated that “[w]here is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane, more likely on the interstate.” In the context of the article, he was referring to the TSA participating in drunk driving arrests over the Labor Day weekend.
So while Commissioner Gibbons is driving up and down the Tennessee highways, he can learn about how some of the Muslim Brotherhood is operationalized in Tennessee:
Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)
One of the first organizations established in 1963 by the Muslim Brotherhood was the Muslim Student Association (MSA), which 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 ISNA – the Islamic Society of North America, a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial.
The MSA “pledge of allegiance” which was videotaped at a recent regional conference concludes with “I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam.”
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) – unindicted co-conspirator in HLF trial
-shares a P.O. Box address with the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN)
-shares a street address with the Muslim Students Association of Memphis in a property owned by NAIT
-shares a street address with the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis
North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) –unindicted co-conspirator in HLF trial
-reported to hold the deeds to over 25% of the mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S.
-the warranty deed for the Masjid As-Salam mosque, home for the Muslim Society of Memphis, identifies NAIT as the owner. This is the mosque where Carlos Bledsoe reported he first converted to Islam
-the deed to the Al-Noor Mosque which also houses the MSA in Memphis identifies NAIT as the owner
-deeds to at least 10 other properties including some adjacent to the Muslim Society of Memphis property, identify NAIT as the owner
-deed holder to Islamic Center of Murfreesboro tied to NAIT
Pleasant View School, Memphis
Two years ago, Pleasant View School announced on their website that Dr. Hamed Ghazali had been hired as “the new consultant for PVS Islamic Studies, Quaran & Arabic. Dr. Ghazali has a Ph.D in Education from Kansas State University. He is currently the Director of the Houston Quran Academy, Chairman of MAS [Muslim American Society] Council of Islamic Schools (MASCIS) and a professor at the Islamic American University. He is also working as a superintendent/consultant for several Islamic schools in the USA. Dr. Ghazali is a Hafiz and served as an Imam as well as chaplain for more than 20 years in Kansas and Missouri.”
The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the MAS Council of Islamic Schools are recognized as Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. 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. Additionally, MAS’ own archived website details its associations with the Muslim Students Association, ISNA and NAIT – all named organizations in the 1991 Memorandum.
Family of Abraham and interfaith dialogue events
-November 2011, ICN held Family of Abraham event with ISNA, featuring ISNA’s National Director Sayiid Sayeed (who has also served on CAIR’s advisory board and as National President of the Muslim Students Association)
-Islamic Networks Group event and training of AMAC (see Newsletters #40 & 41)
Since Commissioner Gibbons considered it important for Tennessee’s law enforcement officers and safety personnel to hear AMAC’s stories, isn’t it just as relevant that Commissioner Gibbons ensure that they learn about the Muslim Brotherhood in Tennessee?
Gotta wonder if Governor Haslam even knows.Does the Governor and Commissioner Gibbons even understand the players and process they have legitimated in Tennessee?
Maybe not if the AMAC hasn’t told either one of them.
TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) profiles cont’d
One small postscript to Newsletter #4 –
Mention of one of the Institute’s more high profile graduates was omitted – Muneer Awad who is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma CAIR chapter. He sued and enjoined the Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning Sharia law in Oklahoma.
This newsletter and the one to follow will profile more of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members.
Abdulkadir Gure – Middle Tennessee representative
Former taxi driver turned Arabic instructor at Vanderbilt University (listed as a “lecturer, Religious Studies Dept), he is affiliated with the Nashville Metro Taxi Drivers Alliance, which offered free rides last year to Muslims going to legislative plaza to protest against the anti-terrorism legislation. He is also affiliated with the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis and is a Middle Tennessee organizer for TIRRC.
Of greater interest perhaps is his work with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT), formerly named the Somali Community Center. In 2007 Abdirizak Hassan, the Center’s Executive Director until last year, was charged with and sentenced to 2 years federal probation for making false statements in connection with a federal grant for the Center. Despite these charges, he was still able to apply for and have the Center receive federal grant money throughout this time period.
This federal charge relates back to his indictment in 2001 for felony illegal banking. Prior to serving as ED of the Somali Community Center/CRIT, Hassan ran a halwa money changing business out of a convenience store. As reported by New English Review:
“Hassan’s Nashville bank was shut down by counter-terrorism investigators because they said the bank was linked to Al-Barakat.
Al-Barakat is a bank and wiring transfer service that is linked to al-Qaida, according to investigators. Hassan was arrested and charged with felony illegal banking. While out on bond, Hassan and the Somali Center were awarded a grant in the amount of nearly $500,000 by the same federal government that indicted him.”
The CRIT even when it was named the Somali Community Center, is what is known as an “ethnic based organization” that receives taxpayer money from the Tennessee Office for Refugees to provide refugee resettlement services.
Mwafaq Aljabary – Middle Tennessee representative
This individual also goes by the name Mwafaq Mohammed. In 2010 he was listed as the president of the Salahadeen Islamic Center (see newsletter #4 for more info about this center). He is employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and is involved with a group attempting to start the Nolensville Academy of Science & Math charter school in Metro Nashville.
Haneef Shabazz – Middle Tennessee representative
Property records indicate that he owns property in the Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Islamville) compound in Stewart County. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MoA), has been described as a “Sunni militant group”.
They follow Pakistani cleric Sheikh Gilani whose terrorist training video “Soldiers of Allah” shows Gilani explaining how to kill American infidels – “Act like you are his friend. Then kill him.” In 2006, the videos were confiscated and sealed by the Department of Justice. It is reported that Jamaat ul-Fuqra/MoA have approximately 35 compounds across the U.S.
Saleh Sbenaty – Middle Tennessee representative
Immigrated from Syria in 1982 to attend college in the U.S. and now teaches engineering at MTSU. He is a board member and on the planning committee for the Murfreesboro mosque. He was a vocal and active opponent of the anti-terrorism legislation and was quoted in the Tennessean a number of times on the issue. He also spoke out against the law during a panel discussion at the First Amendment Center in 2011. He was recently advertised as participating in a program with the Society for Universal Dialogue (SUD) on environmental issues.
Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin – West Tennessee representative
In 2008 the Director of the FBI presented Dr. Moinuddin with the Community Leadership Award. He is also a trustee of the Memphis Islamic Center and a board member of the Masjid al-Noor. Per the warranty deed, this mosque, which also houses the Muslim Student Association (MSA), is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), one of the organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory memorandum.
It has been reported elsewhere that in 1993 Dr. Moinuddin attended an event in Virginia involving Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti. Dr. Moinuddin was later quoted speaking favorably about Al-Hanooti. In 2000 Al-Hanooti headed the Michigan CAIR office. In 2008 he was indicted on charges of spying for Iraqi intelligence. He has been identified by the FBI as a top fundraiser for Hamas (over $6 million) and is named as both an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial (identified as top Muslim Brotherhood leadership), and a conspirator in the trial of “blind sheik” Omar Rahman (1993 World Trade Center bombing). See, “Blue Suede Jihad: Major Hamas Fundraiser Welcomed in the Land of Elvis”, Patrick Poole, July 1, 2010.
In July 2010, the Masjid al-Noor posted an announcement on their website that Al-Hanooti would be speaking at the mosque that month. When the event was published by Patrick Poole in his article “Blue Suede Jihad”, the mosque scrubbed the announcement from its website and denied that the event was ever scheduled. Poole notes in a follow-up piece on August 6, 2010, that “..we’ve been provided two separate classified terror alerts that were sent to Memphis-area law enforcement agencies prior to the publication of my initial report warning them of al-Hanooti’s upcoming appearance.”
Younis Sherif – West Tennessee representative
Mr. Sherif is active at the Masjid As-Salam, another Memphis mosque owned by NAIT, and with the Muslim Society of Memphis located in another property also owned by NAIT.
Three other members, Dorothy Awayyed, Hanan Ayesh, and Zak Mohyuddin (brother-in-law to Sabina Mohyuddin in newsletter #6), are all East Tennessee representatives. All were actively and vocally opposed to the anti-terrorism legislation and lobbied legislators to that end.
Many connections between individuals and organizations; many affiliations with Muslim Brotherhood entities. We have to assume that Commissioner Gibbons and Asst. Commissioner David Purkey who heads the TN Office of Homeland Security have all the same information and simply discounted it all in order to move forward and begin working closely with this group.