Muslim Organization in Nashville, Tennessee: An Overview
by Rebecca Bynum and Elizabeth Noble (Jan. 2008)
Nashville, Tennessee has one of the fastest growing foreign-born populations of any major
A majority of the Muslim population of
The Kurds began arriving in
After he took office in 1992, President Clinton directed the US Office of Refugee Resettlement in association with the State Department and the United Nations to settle refugees within all 50 states, relieving the burden on traditional gateway cities such as
Douglas Layton of Bethel Outreach has proselytized in Iraqi Kurdistan for 35 years. His efforts to re-connect the Kurds with their pre-Islamic Medes civilization is certainly a worthwhile goal, and one the American government should adopt as well, but the Kurds coming into
In fact, Fadi Ezzeir, the president of the Nashville Chapter of the Muslim American Society, a well-known front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood, is a Kurd who grew up in
A 1991 strategy paper for the Muslim Brotherhood, often referred to as the Ikhwan in Arabic, found in the
"The Ikhwan 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." This process requires a "mastery of the art of 'coalitions,' the art of 'absorption' and the principles of 'cooperation.' "
Fadi Ezzeir is a also Board member of the Salahadeen Center (the Kurdish community center and mosque). He runs their Tahir Hussain is a Kurd from
A Kurdish woman, Kasar Abdullah was a past President of the Muslim Student Association (a radical Muslim student group financed by the Saudi Arabian government) at
In 2001, the Muslim girl scouts handed out prayer cards and packets of information about Islam to Mayor Bill Purcell and other guests along with a poster called “Helping Hands are the Petals of God’s Flower.” In
There is ample evidence that Boy Scouts are likewise openly used as Islamic indoctrination centers for Muslim youth. In
“Mastery of the art of 'coalitions,' the art of 'absorption' and the principles of 'cooperation.'”
Tahir Hussain is a Kurd from
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Both groups are involved in crime. The Kurdish youth have evolved gangs that are among the most violent in the nation and have been involved in drug-dealing, robbery, rape, murder, the intimidation of witnesses, and the attempted homicide of a police officer. The Somalis have been involved in drug-dealing (especially of khat), medicare fraud, grant fraud, money laundering, robbery, attempted murder, and are suspected in a series of rapes involving rogue taxi cabs. Somalis in Shelbyville, TN., and
In March 2005, 30 Somalis walked off the job at Dell Computers in
Nevertheless, Catholic Charities of Tennessee received $1,270,716 from the state and $131,774 from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2006-2007, almost all of which ($1,359,000) was used directly to benefit majority Somali refugees. This is, of course, not counting health care benefits and welfare aid that these charities instruct refugees to apply for. These costs dwarf anything these charities receive from the state.
In 2000, Garrett Harper of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce applied for and received a grant for $375,000 from The Office of Refugee Resettlement for the Building the New American Community initiative, a pilot program designed to facilitate immigration and integration in three American cities:
This in turn spawned the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) which was formed in 2001. The TIRRC is a lobbying group that pushed a law to allow immigrants to obtain drivers licenses without social security numbers, a law that was eventually overturned after four years, and boast of having defeated over 19 “anti-immigrant bills” in 2005-2006. The Tennessee Department of Safety today gives drivers license tests in Arabic due their lobbying. Among their principles is stated the will “not to compromise the rights of the few for the rights of the many.”
Although Catholic Charities engaged in outreach to the Hispanic population to prepare them for the influx of immigrants from
Barré is an associate of Abdirizak Hassan, the executive director of the Somali Community Center of Nashville who successfully diverted $450,000 a year in grant funds away from those it was supposed to benefit (all African refugee women including Sudanese who suffer from the complications of female genital mutilation) to the Somali Al-Farooq Mosque, its imam and other Somali men who were placed on the payroll.
“[T]heir work in
There are six mosques in
The original Islamic Center in Nashville is located on
The Shura board is a consultative body which implements Islamic law (which includes the inequality of women and non-Muslims and allows polygamy in direct opposition to our U.S. Constitution) and gives instruction to the Muslim community. As of September 2007, the Shura board of the Islamic Center of Nashville consists of: Riyad Alkasem (a Syrian) who teaches Arabic for the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, Kaled Sakalla (a Palestinian) who teaches at the ITT Technical Institute, AKM Fakhruddin (from Bangladesh) who is a psychiatrist and also works at Meharry, Rahed Fakhruddin (Bangladesh), Qasem Abu-Ghazleh (a Palestinian), Addul Ghani Hashimi (a Malaysian), Hossam Bahour (a Palestinian), Shuaib Mohyuddin (a Pakistani), and Omar Alkatib (a Palestinian).
Sheik Abdulhakim Mohamed, no longer an Imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville, has partnered with Dr. Awadh Binhazim, a Kenyan PhD in Animal Toxicology who works at
Known members of the Muslim Brotherhood are often highly educated doctors and academics. Both groups gain automatic trust within the community, are well paid, and are able to circulate in the highest social circles to exert influence. They are master practitioners of what Hugh Fitzgerald has dubbed the “slow jihad,” that is, the quiet, steady, subversion of western legal and social structures from within. They are masters at manipulating western guilt, and appealing to the western sense of fairness and openness to others starting with the little demands for special treatment, like female-only swim days at the local pool, or letting boy scouts earn a Ramadan badge, and then progress to the stifling of western values, history and culture, beginning with stifling criticism of Islam.
Dr. Binhazim spoke at
“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."
Olive trees have deep underground root systems that allow them to survive all kinds of adverse conditions. The tree may appear to be dead, and then, because the roots still live, it will sprout anew and grow again: an apt symbol for the Brotherhood.
If Muslims are organized to this extent in
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