The Muslim Brotherhood was founded for the purpose of rejecting Western civilization and replacing it with global sharia law by restoring the Caliphate.
Tennessee’s Islamists select imams and speakers to reinforce this objective and influence younger Muslims.
Imams educated at Al Ahzar University in Egypt
Al Ahzar University is credited with starting the Islamist movement by training Islamic radicals tied to Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and sharia as a complete way of life. Considered the preeminent teaching center of sharia law Al Ahzar authenticated the English translation of “The Reliance of the Traveller, The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.”
Excerpts from “Reliance of the Traveller” include:
- “the Objectives of Jihad” 8 – … wars against Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians if they don’t accept the invitation to Islam or they can pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)
- “Giving Zakat to Deserving Recipients” 17 (zakat is Islamic charity)- those fighting for Allah [ie, “volunteers for jihad”]
- “Dealing with a rebellious wife” 12(4)(c) – a husband may hit his wife…
- Mohammed Ahmed, former imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN). Ahmed told attendees at the June 2011 meeting of the Religion Communicators Councilthat 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”
- Osama Bahloul, imam at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). He has a degree in Dawa (prosletyzing for Islam; his thesis was the establishment of a Dawa curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims.) The ICM hosted the Muslim Brotherhood unindicted co-conspirators CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Jamal Badawi.
Imams educated at University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia
University of Medinah in Saudi Arabia is associated with the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Sunni Islam. Salafists want to practice Islam in its most original, purest and “authentic” form without relying on cultural practices or clerical interpretations.
- AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao, imam at the Islamic Center of Tennessee. Reported to have graduated from the University of Medinah at age 21, the youngest graduate of record. He also studied at the IIASA (Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America), located in Virginia, funded by Saudi Arabia. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies says, “[IIASA] is the largest source of Saudi hate literature in the Washington area.
- Abdulhakim Mohammed, imam at the ICN from 1999-2007 during which time he helped them set up the private Islamic school the Nashville International Academy. Born in Yemen he spent much of his early childhood in Detroit, Michigan. He spent approximately eight years at the University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, then returned to Yemen to work managing Islamic schools and other educational programs. Prior to the ICN, he was the imam at the Islamic Center in Ann Arbor and then at the radical Brooklyn Al Farooq mosque, aka, the “al-Qaeda mosque.” This is also the mosque attended by the “blind sheik” who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
- Yasir Qadhi, resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center and Dean of Academic Affairs, al Maghrib Institute. His media company used to sell recordings by al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar Awalaki. al Maghrib students include the Christmas Day bomber and convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado. Qadhi is an International speaker and Holocaust denier, who says “we are loyal to our countries insofar as it does not interfere with our religion of Islam.” embed videos
Qadhi calls Christians and Jews spiritually “filthy.”
- Rafiq Mahdi, (formerly known as William Henderson), is a black American convert to Islam who after leaving the Nation of Islam trained in Saudi Arabia. He is considered the “unofficial imam of Knoxville” where he helped establish the Annoor Mosque. Prior to Knoxville, he led the Masjid Al-Iman in Florida, described as a “small fundamentalist mosque” which was the spiritual home of the “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla. Padilla had ties to al Qaeda and was convicted of planning a jihad attack in 2002.
Mahdi helped fundraise for the KindHearts Foundation which was shut down under suspicion of raising money for Hamas.
Imams trained at other Saudi institutions
- Abdullah Al Ansar, first imam at the Islamic Center of Tennessee. Graduate of the Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Has over 14 years of experience in dawa. Prior to ICTN he was the imam at Detroit’s Masjid Al Tawheed whose website (prior to scrubbing) published links to jihadi lectures in the UK. Al Ansari preached the following:
“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.” (embed video)
- Abdelrahman Murphy, former faculty member at Knoxville private Islamic School Annoor Academy, Youth Leader for Roots program and mentor to MSA at UT Knoxville. He completed the Imam Certificate Program in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Currently, Murphy runs the youth program at the Islamic Center of Boston, encouraging the young people to “be like Mohammed.”
Examples of speakers brought to Tennessee
- Sayyid Syeed – ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), National Director for Office of Interfaith & Community Alliances. He has also served on CAIR’s Advisory Board, president of MSA of U.S. & Canada, and director of outreach for IIIT, among other positions.
In 2006, he was videotaped saying, “Our job is to change the constitution of America.”
- Jamal Badawi – referred to by name on page 12 of the Muslim Brotherhood plan that was introduced during the Holy Land Foundation prosecution and named in the Muslim Brotherhood directory. As a result of the trial, he was named individually as an unindicted co-conspirator.Badawi was an invited speaker at the ICM.
- Nihad Awad – founding member and Executive Director of CAIR. He publicly announced his support for HAMAS whose charter calls for killing Jews. He visited multiple times at the ICM.
- Dawud Walid – director of CAIR-Michigan brought by Remziya Suleyman, ACO director in 2013 to train Muslim high school students in political activism. He has been with CAIR since 2005 so he was there when CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007. He downplays the significance of the terrorist jihadis al-Shabaab and tells young audiences that Muslims are being targeted by the FBI. embed video)
- Siraj Wahhaj – preaches that “Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.” He said, “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.” He has served on the boards of several named Muslim Brotherhood organizations. He refuses to blame Osama bin Laden for 9-11.
- Zaid Shakir – he tells his audiences that he hopes “to see the “day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law” and that if Islam rules, “[t]he Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
- Shaykh Waleed Basyouni – V.P. of Yasir Qadhi’s al-Maghrib Institute. Basyouni trained in Saudi Arabia and was a student of the late Wahhabi grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, who had forbidden women to drive. Basyouni spoke and wrote about his admiration for Ibn Jibreen, an admirer of Osama bin Laden. Basyouni is considered “one of the most important leaders of the da’wah (Islamic proselytizing) in the West.” He says that “Muslims are ‘the only people who know God’ and, as such, are uniquely righteous and clearly distinguishable from nonbelievers.
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.”
Until now, little has been written about the Knoxville Muslim community. Considering the Muslim Brotherhood ties and extremist associations of some Tennessee community leaders, no one should be surprised about what is being taught to Muslim students in the Knoxville Islamic school.
In 1984, Rafiq Mahdi helped establish the Annoor Mosque also known as the Muslim Community of Knoxville Community (MCK). It works in “close cooperation” with the Annoor Academy Islamic school, the UT Knoxville Muslim Students Assocation (MSA) and the Islamic Education Foundation of Knoxville. Services listed include the “Roots (Muslim Youth of Knoxville)” program, “Convert Connection” and “Friday Sermon.”
Mahdi, (formerly known as William Henderson), is a black American convert to Islam who first joined the racist and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. Later he left the NOI and completed his Islamic training in Saudi Arabia at the University of Medina, the same school where Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi (who calls Christians spiritually flithy), was trained.
Before becoming the “unofficial Imam of the MCK,” Mahdi led the Masjid Al-Iman in Florida, after his colleague Raed Awad, stepped down. This “small fundamentalist mosque,” gained national attention because it was the spiritual home of the “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla who had ties to al Qaeda and was convicted of planning a jihad attack in 2002.
Mahdi’s buddy Raed Awad, described as “an Islamic fundamentalist Palestinian” was also the registered agent in Florida for the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) during the time HLF was funneling money to Hamas, the military branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Awad was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF prosecution and identified as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2002, Mahdi helped fundraise for the KindHearts Foundation which was shut down under suspicion of raising money for Hamas.
Mahdi “envisions an Islamic empire, a place where, if you don’t follow Muslim rules, you are free – to leave the country….[he says], Islam is Islam, and it has been since it was revealed 1400 and some odd years ago, and it is not the right of any individual to take it upon themselves to change it based on their own rationale or want or desire. We want to keep it in the truest form.”
He claims that most Muslims do not see Hamas as a terrorist organization, and he would like to hear Osama Bin Laden’s “side of the story” because he’s not convinced he was behind 9/11.
Mahdi back in Knoxville
Mahdi returned to Knoxville in 2005. In 2010 he became Director of Community Development at ICNA Relief USA, the charity arm of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) named by the Muslim Brotherhood as a likeminded “organization[s] of our friends” in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum plan for North America. ICNA is also closely linked to a Pakistani Islamist group.
The Muslim Brotherhood “friends” were identified as groups that could help teach Muslims “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 … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
ICNA has long held its annual conferences in conjunction with the Muslim American Society, also an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mahdi and ICNA share the same vision of a U.S. governed by sharia law. Is that why ACO Director Remziya Suleyman asked him to help promote her organization? Or do they simply share a fundamentalist’s belief of how to live by sharia law?
In 1999 ICNA’s President welcomed attendees with this message: “We have a culture and civilization which once ruled the world and still has the viability to rule the world again.” Any denial by Mahdi of the ultimate goal is simply taqiyya (Islamically sanctioned lying).
Mahdi and ICNA – made for each other
ICNA’s pursuit of establishing Islam as the “sole basis of global society and governance” was published in its 2010 Member’s Hand Book which also sanctioned deceit while proselytizing their way to this goal.
In 2012 ICNA got serious about its dawa (proselytizing) with a $3 million dollar campaign to promote sharia law in America including “Got Questions?, Get Answers” billboards in 20 cities, radio spots, college campus sharia seminars and a 25 city “education tour” to help Americans better understand sharia law and feel better about its encroachment into the public domain.
Did ICNA representatives tell their audiences that it’s now scrubbed website feature “Great Leaders of the last 100 Years” included Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini and Sayyid Qutb the Muslim Brotherhood leader whose writings were the inspiration for al Qaeda?
Maybe they handed out copies of ICNA’s magazine which featured Muslim Brotherhood extremist leader Sheik Al-Qaradawi (banned from entry into the U.S. since 1999) who said democracy is permitted only when it complies with Shariah law.
Just like Annoor Academy’s textbook, ICNA promotes hatred of Jews and Christians: The curricula for ICNA’s women’s organization also promotes jihad, Sharia rule and warns of the “dangers of secular Western thoughts and ideas.”
In addition to ICNA Relief which Mahdi heads, ICNA has a youth division called Young Muslims and a multimedia division called Sound Vision that helps ICNA pursue its goals through dawa in U.S. public schools: “Reaching the youth has not always been an area explored by those in the Dawa field. Our representatives visit public schools sharing knowledge of Islam as an attempt to correct the misrepresentations often found in secular reading materials.”
A TN American Muslim Advisory Council member, claimed that ICNA is one of the those organizations “that help American Muslims stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.”
Naeem Baig, ICNA’s President serves in a leadership role with Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA). TN ACO Director Remziya Suleyman is also a RFPUSA representative. Speaks volumes about this organization doesn’t it?
Mahdi Influences Tennessee’s young Muslims
Mahdi speaks at the UT Knoxville Muslim Students Association events and has the opportunity to influence even younger students when speaking at the Knoxville ROOTS programs (more on this later), and the Nashville-based Muslim Youth Network of TN (MYNT) retreats. In keeping with its Muslim Brotherhood themed training, MYNT had Dawud Walid from CAIR at their 2013 summer retreat.
It seems that Knoxville’s Islamic school Annoor Academy has followed Mahdi’s lead by choosing to use Yahiya Emerick’s textbook “What Islam Is All About.” Like Mahdi, Emerick also fantasizes about “How to Make America an Islamic Nation.” One of his books has been adopted into the curriculum of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law and the institution that authenticated the English translation of “The Reliance of the Traveller, The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.”
Emerick’s textbook, following the dictates of the Quaran, warns students about getting too friendly with non-Muslims and denigrates Jews and Christians and their religions and beliefs. More than anything, Emerick offers Islam as a civilization alternative without warning students about the loss of individual freedom and liberties (especially for women), under sharia law.
These are the same ideas that Rafiq Mahdi brings to the Muslims of Knoxville who proudly proclaim him their “unofficial imam.”
Playing to its fabricated-for-political-purposes victim status, the Tennessee Muslim American Center for Outreach (formerly referred to simply as American Center for Outreach or ACO) and the Muslim Community of Knoxville, will be commemorating Black History month by talking about Muslims.
A narrative being shopped by CAIR and other U.S. Islamist organizations is that Muslims were among the slaves brought to the New World by the Europeans. Sharing the slave experience with Muslim and non-Muslim African-Americans, they then bootstrap this to the current U.S. Muslim political narrative of a shared civil rights struggle.
The February 8th speakers panel
Remziya Suleyman, Director of the Muslim American Center for Outreach (MACO), told her audience (around minute 44) this past June that even though she didn’t know what sharia was, she was going to defend it. “I never knew the concept of sharia…I called imams across the state and I was like guys what is sharia? I gotta go talk to politicians.” She also brought Hamas-linked, unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator CAIR to Tennessee to assist her.
Imam Rafiq Mahdi, a black American convert to Islam who started with the racist and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam completed his Islamic training in Saudi Arabia at the University of Medina. His resume includes serving at what was described as a “small fundamentalist mosque” in Florida, a mosque that also served the needs of Jose Padilla who with ties to al Qaeda, was convicted of planning a “dirty bomb” attack in support of jihad. Imam Mahdi believes that “Islam is Islam, and it has been since it was revealed 1400 and some odd years ago, and it is not the right of any individual to take it upon themselves to change it based on their own rationale or want or desire. We want to keep it in the truest form.” He claims that most Muslims do not see Hamas as a terrorist organization, and he would like to hear Osama Bin Laden’s “side of the story” because he’s not convinced he was behind 9/11. In 2002, helped fundraise for the KindHearts Foundation which shut down under suspicion of raising money for Hamas.
Malik Shaw is also a black American convert to Islam. He is currently the Vice Principal at the Muslim Brotherhood Pleasant View School in Memphis discussed in Newsletter #43. Shaw and his wife, also a convert, helped to start the American Muslim Intercultural Network “to address the needs of the Muslims of American heritage.” Each month, they host “Convert-sations,” in part to remind Americans of their Muslim roots.
The Islamic Slave Trade was REAL and predated the European Slave Trade
Thanks to the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) historical facts about the Islamic slave trade have either been written out or whitewashed in social studies textbooks, so no one should be surprised if the panel speakers are not well informed about this unclaimed part of their history.
Chelby Daigle, a Black Muslim in Canada writing about Black History month for “Muslim Link” states:
I often find it frustrating to be around Muslims during Black History Month. Why? Because, although there is often a celebration of Black converts to Islam, like Malcolm X, and condemnation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade perpetrated by the West, there is little, if any, examination of the history of slavery in Muslim societies or of the persistence of anti-Black racism within these societies as well as within Muslim communities in Canada. The reality is I have faced more blatant anti-Black racism from my fellow Muslims than I ever did growing up in a predominantly White community.
It is important for Muslims to look deeper at their particular societies of origin in order to see how the enslavement of Black peoples in these societies has led to the development of anti-Black racism. For example, the fact that in several Arab dialects the word ʻabd, meaning slave, is used to refer to any Black person demonstrates that in these societies the equation of Black people with slaves still persists.
In 2002, historian Dr. Kwaku Pearson-Lynn, also of African descent, in her piece titled “Christianity, Islam and Slavery” asserts that the Arab invasion of North Africa in the 7th century A.D. to spread Islam also changed the face of slavery in this part of the world. “Afrikans were captured, treated brutally and inhumanely, then shipped off to other Arab countries in Asia, or other parts of Afrika that they controlled. This happened approximately 600 years before the European Christians got involved.”
Her academic integrity also addresses the contributions of Christians and Jews to the travesty of the slave trade. HOWEVER, she notes that the slave trading in force today is conducted “still in the name of Islam.” Simon Deng, Francis Bok and Charles Jacobs can personally confirm this fact.
Regardless of the Islamist pitch, there is no humanity in slavery regardless of Islam’s alleged doctrinal allowances for humane treatment of slaves.
Given that Islam in the Black slave history plays a similar and yet continuing role, why would Black Americans ever convert to Islam? Why embrace a religion and culture whose lexicon denigrates Black humanity in both word and act?
What would happen if Islamist organizations allowed the accurate history of the Islamic slave trade to be taught in schools or even included in textbooks? Do Muslim writers avoid the truth of the Islamic slave trade because it is not safe for them to write about a part of Muslim history that reflects negatively on Islam?
Black American Muslims that the panel may not mention
Siraj Wahhaj– raised as a Baptist but converted to Islam under the leadership of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He is the imam at the al-Taqwa mosque in New York. He preaches that the U.S. should and will become an Islamic state because “Islam is better than democracy.”
Abdullah Faaruuq – former imam at Northeastern University apparently removed from this position due to his public support for Islamist radicals and terrorists.
Dr. Sherman Abdal-Hakim Jackson – University of Michigan professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Black American convert to Islam. Has served as a trustee for the Muslim Brotherhood North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Fiqh Council of North America (that signed off on the authenticity of the English translation of the Sharia Law manual “Reliance of the Traveller”). Featured speaker at the Canadian “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” annual convention, it was reported that “[h]e believes that the Muslim 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.”
Clement Rodney Hampton-El, (aka, Abdul Rashid Abdullah), American Black Muslim convicted in the first World Trade Center bombing.
Hasan Akbar, Black American convert to Islam was found guilty and given a death sentence for murdering 2 and wounding 14 fellow troops in 2003 when he threw grenades and fired his weapon into tents at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait while the soldiers were sleeping.
Carlos Bledsoe, Black American from Memphis who converted to Islam and was radicalized to commit jihad at the Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watch “Losing Our Sons” video for the complete story.
Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Congressman who claims to know nothing about the Muslim Brotherhood despite having his 16 day hajj trip to Saudi Arabia paid for by a Brotherhood front group as well as helping to fundraise for CAIR and they for him; also has a past history with the Nation of Islam.
Andre Carson, a Black American convert to Islam with family ties to the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, is a Democrat from Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives who thinks U.S. public schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas…where the foundation is the Quran.
No matter how much effort is put into revising or whitewashing documented historical facts, crimes against humanity in the form of slavery are not limited to the white European slave trade. Muslims have their own slave trade history even if they choose to ignore it.
Denying their own history makes anything else they want you to believe suspect.