Newsletter #78 – How TN Muslims Can Have Successful Community Outreach

Bill Hobbs (rated as a Tennessean newspaper “top commenter), attended the Manchester June 4th TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) program and posted this comment in response to Tennessean reporter Nicole Young’s account:

“AMAC – the American Muslim Advisory Council, which sponsored the event – made a stupid PR mistake by inviting the federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, to be part of their “get to know us muslims” event, since that meant the audience would assume that the muslims agreed with Killian that anti-Islamic speech could be a crime. I spoke with two Muslims afterward – one of the speakers, and one, a young Somali man – and both agreed that it is not a crime to say something offensive to someone of any religion.

Regardless, here are some suggestions for AMAC’s next event to avoid another failed effort:

-Leave American Center for Outreach (ACO) Remziya Suleyman home.  She continues to call anyone that disagrees with her, a “hater” so it’s hard to make friends with her.  Everyone knows that her Kurdish identity is her top priority putting her at odds with mainstream Muslims that don’t seem to care too much about the Kurds.

-Leave Drost Kokoye from TIRRC at home also.  Typically at a loss for objective data on issues, she follows Suleyman’s lead for sophmoric name-calling leaving her no credibility on any issue involving Muslims or illegal immigrants (what she calls the “i” word).

-Forget generalized condemnation about terrorism.  Be prepared to explain why “Soldier of Allah” Nidal Hassan and Tennessean Carlos Bledsoe really didn’t commit jihad.  Maybe consider publicly denouncing Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.

-Rethink showing any part of the propaganda film “Welcome to Shelbyville” and be prepared instead to explain why it’s the receiving communities that have to change.

-Leave your government watchdogs at home, especially ones who want to abuse the Constitution and willingly dumb down those responsible for our national security.

-People understand what the OIC is trying to do with Res. 16/18 so you might consider explaining why you believe saying something offensive to Muslims or insulting to Islam should be a crime under the First Amendment’s protection for free speech.  People also remember what happened to cartoonist Molly Norris when she suggested an “Everybody draw Mohammed Day”

-Understand that your audience understands and/or has watched the following and be prepared to address questions about:

-Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi who calls Christians, among other things, “filthy” and here


-Islamic Center of Tennessee Imam Abdullah Al Ansari who said:

“He [Allah] told us to fight the Jews and Christians. Fight them until they give jizya.  They give this protective tax from their hands and they are humiliated and subdued.  If Islam, true Islam and true Muslims do not rule there will never be justice.  Don’t think that Barak Obama can give you justice.  No one can give you justice except a just Muslim ruler”.

-Islamic Center of Nashville Imam Mohammed Ahmed who told attendees at the June 2011 meeting of the Religion Communicators Council that he supported the Egyptian police forced virginity tests performed on female protesters in Tahrir Square.  The imam explained:  “Why? It’s a very interesting fact that the police giving you a heads up, ‘oh, those people are not virgin’.  That’s mean they are not good people”.

-Awadh Binhazim, former vice president of the Islamic Center of Nashville, founding member of the Islamic Center of TN, co-founder of the Olive Tree Foundation, former CAIR chapter president, chaplain of the MSA at Vanderbilt University and proponent of interfaith dialogue with Jews and Christians can be seen in the “Losing Our Sons” video speaking to Muslims behind closed doors asserting that Torah and the Gospel have been twisted by “the corrupt rabbis and priests of the time” who “distorted the word of God.”

-why AMJA, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America says Muslims shouldn’t condone or endorse non-Muslims celebrating non-Muslim holidays such as wishing a celebrating Christian neighbor “Merry Christmas”

-why Islamic leaders bring speakers to radicalize Tennesssee Muslim students, such as Zaid Shakir who tells his audiences that he hopes  “to see the “day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law”, or Siraj Wahhaj who claims that “Islam is the solution” and preaches that the U.S. should and will become an Islamic state because “Islam is better than democracy.” Wahhaj will be speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Center of Tennessee during the first week of Ramadan.

-Muslims rebuke Jews and Christians in their daily prayers.

-you might consider apologizing for spreading untruths about the anti-terrorism material support bill that was intended to protect everyone in the state, including Muslims from the very people you claim are hijacking your religion

In fact, you should consider dropping the victimhood theme or better yet, look Andy Long’s father in the eye and tell him you’re the victim.  No dare you.  Sorry.

Understand that as long as you stay tied to groups like CAIR, ISNA and any other unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood front group, your campaign in Tennessee will be resisted.

The only way to be credible is to be honest.  Try it.

Newsletter #67 – Freedom Forum Part V

In his 2001 forward to “Finding Common Ground”, John Siegenthaler wrote:

“Almost weekly now, U. S. citizens read in newspapers or see on television reports of ‘Muslim terrorist’ threats or attacks aimed at some ‘enemy of Islam.’ The news-media drumbeat has led many of us to the false impression that the Muslim faith is a religion built on a foundation of violence and fanaticism.

Nowhere have most of us been taught about the history of Islam or what Muslims today actually believe. We know little about the vision of Muhammad in 610 that began with the revelations known as the Qur’an, accepted by millions of Muslims throughout the world as the word of Allah or God. We are unaware that it is from this experience that the faith of Islam had its beginning. More than 1300 years later American school children, who read and hear about the growing influence of the Islamic world on our lives, learn very little about the Prophet Muhammad or the religious traditions of Muslims.

If those words had modest meaning in November 1994—and I think they did—they should have bell-ringing resonance since the tragedy that befell the nation that violent Tuesday morning. It no longer is a question of whether schools should teach children about Islam. They must teach them—and about other religions as well. It is a responsibility, a duty.”

Fine, but what students are taught about Islam depends on the goal.  If the goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills, then Siegenthaler and Haynes need to admit that there is more to know about Islam than what the Council on Islamic Education want students to know.  For example, were students to study the Medinan parts of the Quran they would learn how Muhammad’s legacy as a political warrior and the atrocities that he and his followers committed, were considered sacred acts.  This history lesson could really shed some light on the Islam the world is experiencing today.

Charles Haynes in defense of religious liberty

Writing about religious liberty and freedom of conscience, Haynes cites a Pew Forum report that identified Saudi Arabia and Iran as the worst offenders.  Could it possibly be because these countries follow Shariah law?

Haynes says that the U.N. should address this problem by advancing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Unfortunately, Haynes ignores the fact that in 1990 the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries replaced the UDHR with the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights.

The OIC represents the 56 Islamic countries that have a permanent delegation to the United Nations and constitute the largest single voting bloc.  The OIC and the Muslim Brotherhood are the two leading proponents of global shariah law. Consistent with this end goal any and all rights recognized in the Cairo Declaration are governed by Shariah law.  Since 1999 in keeping with the Cairo Declaration the OIC has pushed relentlessly for a shariah-compliant global blasphemy law.

In July 2012, with the support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the OIC surpassed all earlier efforts with the passage of U.N. resolution 16/18– the language and goal of which is to criminalize any criticism of Islam.  (Hillary making up for past Muslim wrongs?)

Even though Haynes and his First Amendment Center colleague, Ken Paulson condemn defamation of religion resolutions, they make no connection between the beliefs and demands of the OIC which represents the world’s majority of Muslims, and the beliefs and demands of Muslims living in the United States.

Does Haynes think that the Quran used in the U.S. is somehow different than the one used in an OIC member country?  Does he think that the Shariah law that drives the demand for a global blasphemy law only applies to Muslims living outside the U.S.?

Seems he does.

Newsletter #28 – TN American Muslim Advisory Council trains at TN Department of Children’s Services

Governor Haslam brings Shariah to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

That makes 3 so far….

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 

in partnership with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to help train law enforcement and safety personnel

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

appointment of Shariah Compliant Finance Specialist, Samar Ali, as International Director

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

AMAC invited by the Department to provide training

If you still have any doubt about the direction Governor Haslam is taking Tennessee, consider the attachment.  AMAC spoke to the TN Dept of Children’s services in May

Newsletter #15 presented parts of the presentation that the AMAC made during a training for law enforcement and safety personnel sponsored in part by the TN Department of Homeland Security.  The AMAC’s message had an interesting duality; on the one hand, they asserted cultural and religious differences which demand special and separate treatment from public and private entities, and on the other hand, they asserted that they are no different than any other American in terms of their values and the ideals to which they ascribe.

Assertions of this nature reflect precisely the platform of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the leading global proponent of Shariah law.  Insisting that Muslims would be violating Islamic law, they could not sign onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because it was fashioned on Western values (ie, Judeo-Christian)?  This necessitated adopting (in 1990), the separate Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, which is based on Shariah.  Does that mean that “universal” means “separate but equal”?

As Governor Haslam continues to raise the profile and elevate the political status of Islamists in Tennessee, consider what this will mean when he pushes for school vouchers (aka “Equal Opportunity Scholarships”) when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes in 2013.

The AMAC says that among other things, it promotes religious freedom which is why they recently spoke out in support of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.  The Governor has already added a representative from the Catholic Dioceses to the school voucher task force; expect that the AMAC will also want Tennessee’s Islamic schools to get their share of public money.

And so far, Governor Haslam has met all of their demands.

Newsletter #20 – the Ali appointment cont’d


Why has the Haslam administration deliberately omitted the one area of Ms. Ali’s professional accomplishments that every other entity has written about, including the White House, her high profile former law firm, and the Global Islamic Finance Magazine?  Each one has put her expertise in Shariah Compliant Finance (SCF), front and center and yet the Haslam administration is going to great lengths to conceal this information about Ms. Ali.

It was also reported in her White House bio and law firm press release that Ms. Ali interned for theIslamic International Arab Bank.  As stated on the bank’s website, it conducts “its banking operations in accordance with Islamic Sharia rules …to meet the growing demand for Islamic banking services and products in the local, Arab and Islamic markets.”

Another SCF first for Ms. Ali was her legal work regarding a Foreign Aid Conventional and Shariah Compliant Student Loan Program.

And still another of Ms. Ali’s highly touted professional accomplishments also nowhere mentioned by the Governor’s office, was her role in organizing and participating in the first U.S. delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum in 2010.  The theme of that year’s forum was “Nurturing the Future in Islamic Finance and Thought Leadership”. It was noted in the conference booklet that “Shariah based products…would have a much wider market: everyone”. Ms. Ali’s bio in that same booklet credits her not only with founding her law firm’s Abu Dhabi office, but also with the firm’s Islamic Finance Group.

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC –formerly the Organization of Islamic Conference)

In its own words, the OIC is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world…”.  The OIC which works cooperatively with theMuslim Brotherhood, represents the 56 (57 if you include the Palestinian Authority) Muslim majority countries and is also the largest voting bloc in the United Nations.  The objectives, principles and “fundamental purposes” of the OIC is to “…strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the Member States… The Organization has the singular honor to galvanize the Ummah into a unified body…”

“Based on the views and recommendations of scholars and intellectuals, convinced of the potential for the Muslim Ummah to achieve its renaissance, and in order to take practical steps towards strengthening the bonds of Islamic solidarity, achieve unity of ranks, and project the true image and noble values of Islam and its civilizational approaches, a Ten-Year Programme of Action has been developed…”

While the OIC did not coin the term “Islamaphobia” (that was done by the Muslim Brotherhood front group the International Institute for Islamic Thought [IIIT]), included in the 10 year plan was the goal to, “…have the United Nations adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.”  In other words, impose Shariah blasphemy laws and punishments internationally.

The OIC has pushed for this U.N. resolution since 2005, and sure enough, this year the U.N. Human Rights Council passed Resolution 16/18 which criminalizes the criticism of Islam.  To no big surprise, the U.S. State Department met privately with OIC representatives to discuss the implementation of Resolution 16/18.

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) started as the OIC Business Forum, which was held in 2003, in conjunction with the tenth OIC Summit in Malaysia. The OIC convened the Business Forum to “create a business ‘face’ of the OIC” and in keeping with the 10 year plan, to discuss opportunities for business partnerships in the Muslim world.
The second OIC Business Forum was convened in 2004, resulting in the World Islamic Economic Forum.

Among the corporate members of the WIEF, two in particular, stand out – the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia (IDB).

The IDB, established by the OIC, conducts its business in accordance with Shariah law.  Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani has been the bank’s first president since 1975.  He also served as the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, a Saudi government controlled and funded organization that (according to “Discover the Networks), promotes extremist Wahabbai Islam, whose Pakistan office employed al-Qaeda operatives, and which supervised a charity that knowingly funded terrorist groups.

With regard to the MCB, in 2009, the British government severed its relationship with the MCB (at that time Britain’s largest Muslim group), because its deputy Secretary-General signed onto a declaration, which among other things supported the smuggling of arms into Gaza to support Hamas and in opposing the 2002 Arab peace initiative, called upon the “Islamic Nation” to “carry on with the jihad and resistance against the occupier until the liberation of all Palestine”.

Given Governor Haslam’s actions to date regarding the establishment of the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council and now his appointment of Ms. Ali, is he preparing Tennessee to follow the economy building example of Illinois and its Governor – Muslim American Advisory Council partnership?  Next week on June 26, 2012, Governor Quinn, his Muslim Advisory Council and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will hold a reception to “learn about growth opportunities for Illinois businesses in Gulf Cooperation Council countries” (see attached flyer).  Sounds like they could use the services of a lawyer like Ms. Ali.



Newsletter #11 – More AMAC Profiles

Muslims living in Tennessee have demanded an elevated status in state politics and Governor Haslam’s administration has provided it.  The most recent as discussed in earlier newsletters, has been the partnership created by Commissioner Gibbons’ Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, and the AMAC.

Some members of the AMAC have been discussed in previous newsletters – it is continued here:

Daoud Abudiab, Kamel Daouk, and Rasheed Fakhruddin, are all AMAC members, but they also share another, perhaps more troubling connection – they are individually linked to Awadh Binhazim.

Awadh Binhazim has been a central figure in Tennessee’s Muslim community.  He is aggressive in Islamic dawa (prosletizing), promoting Shariah as an immutable and politically dominant way of life, and freely associates with Muslim Brotherhood organizations.

Prior to relocating to Nashville, Binhazim was working in Texas.  A January 9, 1997 article in the Austin Statesman newspaper identified him as the president of the Austin chapter of the Hamas affiliate, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  In 2008, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial for funneling millions of dollars to Hamas.  In 2011, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Approximately two years after settling in Nashville, Binhazim started the Olive Tree Education organization, a propaganda arm of the Islamic movement that provided lectures and classes at Vanderbilt, Tennessee State University, to local civic groups and law enforcement.  Sometime after the “Losing Our Sons” video became public, and Binhazim was exposed, the Olive Tree Education website was taken down.

A November 11, 2002 University Wire article and a March 19, 2003 AP article identified Binhazim as a spokesman and “public relations director” for the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN).  The imam during this time was Abdulhakim ali Mohamed – he will be covered in a separate newsletter.  Binhazim was also on the Shura Board of the ICN for many years (the shura board is a consultative body which implements Sharia law).

In 2006, Binhazim was part of a panel at the Vanderbilt First Amendment Center discussing the “Mohammed cartoons”.  At that time he was identified as an adjunct professor of Islam at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Binhazim was quoted as stating, “Islam is not something to ridicule” and furthermore “all Muslims” view the publication of the cartoons as a “provocation.”  It was reported that he openly supported suppressing speech and that Muslims “do not share the value of free speech as it is recognized here”; a statement consistent with Islamic blasphemy laws and current actions by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Islamic organizations in the U.S. and Europe, to criminalize speech that Muslims find offensive.

A May 19, 2011 article about a Vanderbilt Muslim Student Association (MSA) program identified Binhazim as the volunteer Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt.  Binhazim confirmed during the program’s Q&A that Islamic law mandates capital punishment for homosexuality.  This was widely reported and the video posted on youtube.” When he was asked whether he accepted or rejected the Islamic punishment for homosexuality, Binhazim also confirmed, that “as a Muslim he does not have a choice of whether to accept or reject what Islam teaches.”