The Islamic Society of Tulsa (IST) was incorporated by Mujeeb Cheema (pictured right) in 1997. The title to their property is held by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Here is a pdf file of the webpage if the link doesn't work: Download Www.assessor.tulsacounty.org-assessor-property.php-account=R99327932722710. Cheema is affiliated with NAIT. More about this in a minute. Both NAIT and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) were started by the Muslim Student Association (MSA - also referred as the Muslim Student Union). An archive of MSA's history page for 2003 states MSA was "...the precursor of ISNA, ICNA, MAYA, IMA, AMSS, AMSE, MYNA, Islamic Book Service, and the North American Islamic Trust."
The founding affiliate of the Islamic Society of Tulsa was the University of Tulsa's Muslim Student Association. Most experts/researchers agree MSA was one of the first organizations (good background to review) set up by Muslim Brotherhood members and its supporters starting in the 60s. This is confirmed in a Muslim Brotherhood internal document about their history in the U.S. (page 4), as well. Was every single MSA set up at colleges across America done by Muslim Brotherhood members or like-minded supporters? I can't answer that question with certainty. Around this time, President Johnson signed a new immigration law which allowed more Middle East citizens to immigrate to the U.S. and this is how it began. You can read about this on page 5 of the State Department's Being Muslim in America brochure. They wrote this new law "reshaped profoundly the inward flow" of new Americans. A few Muslim Brotherhood leaders were here before this law but it appears to have opened the door wide-open.
Many Americans who are Muslim love our country. But not all. The Pledge of Allegiance spoken and captured on video just this past January at the MSA West Conference in UCLA certainly fits the Islamic supremacist mindset that some individuals and organizations here have that are like the Muslim Brotherhood, which set up a infrastructure of organizations here. This pledge is clearly about a religious supremacist ideology:
In a disturbing video of an Islamist rally at University of California Irvine in 2006 shows this same man, Amir Abdel Malik, spewing hatred towards Israel which is a common theme with Islamists. Jerusalem was a conquest of Islam's 2nd caliphate Umar. It's my belief Islamic supremacists wrongly think this is their land where a mosque called the Dome of the Rock was built over a early Jewish temple. There's no mention of Palestine in any religious book while there is of Israel. Islamists forget the Jewish and Christian religion predated Islam by many, many centuries in this region. But, Islamists want to dominate and they want what they conquered back.
Mujeeb Cheema, the man who incorporated the Islamic Society of Tulsa, is the secretary of the Board of Trustees at NAIT. Listed first is Muzammil Siddiqi who is also the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Figh Council of North America (started by, you got it the MSA) which, according to a shariahthethreat.org article, has a rather troubling history that seemed well-documented which you should review. About Siddiqi, they wrote:
"...previously served as Chairman of the Department of Religious Affairs at the Muslim World League Office to the United Nationsn (link added by z). After the fatwa had been issued condemning author Salman Rushdie to death in 1989, Siddiqi told the Los Angeles Times that he was non-committal on whether the death sentence should be carried out, saying (z: see last paragraph) that the matter “would have to be determined in the due process of Islamic law.” As reported by the New Yorker, Siddiqi also dutifully served as translator for the Blind Shiekh just two months before the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as he harangued Siddiqi’s congregation about the necessity of violent jihad. And when questions arose about Siddiqi and his pal Alamoudi following their appearances with President Bush after 9/11, former Secret Service Agent Ron Williams told Fox News“the intelligence Community has known for sometime the association of Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, and Mr. Alamoudi and their association with terrorist organizations.”
When the DOJ filed legal briefs in 2008 to seize some properties, including a few mosques and Islamic schools located in five states allegedly connected to the Iranian government, the Figh Council's Siddiqi wrote of the council's concern about this action, which seems quite worrisome considering the seriousness of the alleged ties to Iran.
NAIT states in their online brochure they hold the title to approximately 300 properties in the U.S. and is "available to support and advise them regarding their operation in conformity with the Shari’ah." This includes the Islamic Society of Tulsa and probably most of the mosques in Oklahoma like the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Edmond, Norman, Lawton and Stillwater all of whom are now under an umbrella organization called the Islamic Council of Oklahoma which is dominated by CAIR Oklahoma board members. Did you notice their website only shows the date in& Mecca time? It's another tax exempt organization. Additional information about NAIT holdings in Oklahoma are listed at the bottom of this page, as I find them.
NAIT's book service is worrisome. At one time, it was located at http://ibs-nait.com but now it only can be viewed in archives here). Right now, I can't find a link directly to their book service but this doesn't mean it doesn't exist. NAIT's book service shockingly sells or has sold a book by Sayyid Quib called Milestones, which you can read for free at the Canadian Young Muslim (Brotherhood?) website that's inked in this sentence. Quib's writings became the inspiration for Islamists and radical Islamic groups including Al Qaeda, according to a 2003 NPR report about him. This book led to his state imposed death in Egypt shortly after it was published in the 60s. Quib intensely disliked the West, like Hasan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Both men believed man-made laws were far inferior to sharia law (this is Islamic supremacy or Islamism). Books by Yusef Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and another Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi are still showing as available from this undated NAIT book flyer that's on their website here. A link to it can be found on this NAIT page at the Islamic Book Service Flyer:
A quick check at Guide Star shows there are no 990s on file for NAIT. This service states they get these forms from two sources and one of them is the IRS. All 501(c) (3)s have to file. More likely, NAIT falls under the list of IRS exempted groups (#3).
In the 90s, Nabil Sadoun was the imam at the Islamic Society of Tulsa mosque, Masjid Al-Salam. He was deported in 2010 for his ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. We learn this from the Dallas Morning News Investigates Blog, "...Federal authorities say Sadoun, when applying for an immigrant visa in 1993, failed to disclose his role in founding the United Association for Studies and Research...Former leaders of UASR include a top Hamas official, Mousa Abu Marzook, --- and Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is imprisoned... In the 1990s, he was an imam at a mosque in Tulsa, Okla."
In 1975, IST first purchased a home at 2604 E. 6th (titled is still held by NAIT, see below). This home became their first mosque and was purchased with money from an unamed Muslim of Pakistan origin. The second of their three mosques was paid for by money given to them by Tariq al-Suwaidan, who is a top Muslim Brotherhood leader in Kuwait. Who gave him the money is unknown but it was reported by IST to be a Kuwaiti businessman. Personally, I think this should be explored. IST's third and current mosque is located on land of a former elementary school. How they secured this property is unknown. This should be looked into, too. All this information was found in their December 2009 newsletter. They also wrote the Muslim Student Association was started at TU in 1963 and was their founding affiliate.
Watch this short video trailer for a massive Islamic convention in Canada in 2009 where Al-Suwaidan proclaimed Islam will be in every home, every tent. In a video titled The Khilafah is coming....I can see it coming! al-Suwaidan spoke of Islamic supremacy. Near the end, around the 8 minute mark, he proclaimed the Khilafah is coming which he said were not his words by the words of their prophet. A Khilafah is an Islamic supremacist ruling system. The last one was the Ottoman Empire. This video is part of a talk titled The Future Of Islam by Dr Tareq Al Suwaidan (1 of 13) during his first visit to Australia which could have been in 2007 when it was uploaded. In video 9 he proclaimed you have to fight! Why? he asked. It is the way of Islam, he said. To establish Islam you have to do this because it does NOT come on its own. Did I mention Al-Suwaidan graduated from the University of Tulsa with a PHD in petroleum engineering?
A Muslim Brotherhood phone book (one of the many exhibits used in U.S. vs. HLF trial) shows a Nuridine Giayash listed on page 4. That Giayash is highly likely the same Giayash who is the director of IST's Peace Academy. Hamas leader Mousa Marzook is listed on page 3 of the phonebook. On the first page of the phone book under the title “Members of the Board of Directors” were fifteen names. Among those names are Ahmad Elkadi, Jamal Badawi, and Omar Soubani: the founding incorporators of the Muslim American Society (MAS).
Badawi's picture is or was featured on the Peace Academy website (see screen shot below).
IST and the Islamic Society of Greater OKC maintain a webpage titled War and Fighting in Islam. Their explanation for the Islamic meaning of jihad is worth noting:
What is Jihad? What is Not Jihad?
- Linguistic meaning of Jihad in Arabic:
- Striving - Struggling (or to exert oneself in order to be "right with God")
- Islamic meaning:
- A. Non-violent struggling within oneself for a life of virtue.
- B. Fighting to establish justice, which is a supreme goal
Explanation B states Jihad means "fighting" to establish justice is a supreme goal in Islam. Remember this is under their War and Fighting page. I question whose justice? Islamic?
Following 9/11/01, the Islamic Society of Tulsa issued a statement (archived IST webpage) that included what Yusef Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Broterhood said about the attack. He condemned the attack but quickly claimed Muslims were the real victims:
"...Qaradawi said, "we Arab Muslims are the most affected by the grave consequences of hostile attack on man and life. We share the suffering experienced by innocent Palestinians at the hands of the tyrannical Jewish entity who raze the Palestinian homes to the ground, set fire to their tilth, kill them cold-bloodedly, and leave innocent orphans wailing behind. "With this in mind, the daily life in Palestine has become a permanent memorial gathering. When Palestinians face such unjust aggression, they tend to stem bloodletting and destruction and not to claim the lives of innocent civilians."
"...I have been asked several questions on TV programs and on public lectures about the martyr operations outside the Palestinian territories, and I always answer that I do agree with those who do not allow such martyr operations to be carried out outside the Palestinian territories. "Instead we should concentrate on facing the occupying enemy directly. It is not permissible, as far as Islam is concerned, to shift confrontation outside the Palestinian territories. This is backed by the Qur'anic verse that reads: "Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loves not, aggressors," the renowned Muslim scholar concluded..."
Qaradawi is well-known for his fatwas approving of martyrdom against Israel.
IST partners or associates with CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, the North American Islamic Trust and the Muslim American Society. All were named unindicted co-conspirators in the largest Hamas terror-funding trial in U.S. history, including Badawi and al-Suwaidan. The organizations were also listed in an Explanatory Memorandum, a Muslim Brotherhood document (U.S. District Court Northern Texas) that set forth plans to destroy our democracy for Islamic supremacy with the exception of CAIR, which was not started at the time the plan was put in writing in 1991. Dr. Jamal Badawi Foundation is named on page 26. The plan summarized goals already achieved and what they hoped to achieve. The Muslim Brotherhood plan wasn't discovered by the FBI until 2004 so it was in place,covertly, for many years. CAIR was started later by leaders who left the Islamic Association of Palestine, which was listed in the MB plan. CAIR was mentioned a few years later in a 1994 agenda document for the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee.
The Islamic Society of Tulsa's constitution states it "shall establish and maintain continuous affiliation with the Islamic Society of North America." Remember this is the organization listed first as one of the organizations set up by or who could partner with the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy America. It also states "The aims and purposes of IST shall be to serve the best interest of Islam in the greater Tulsa area including the Tulsa city and its satellite towns in northeastern Oklahoma, so as to enable Muslims to practice Islam as a complete way of life." On page 13 under section XII, #4 read: "The Muslim Student Association of the Tulsa University (MSA) is recognized herein as a Founding Affiliate of The IST."
IST main spokesperson, Sheryl Siddiqui, has been CAIR Oklahoma's secretary since the Oklahoma chapter was started in 2007. In a strange news interview in 2009, she said only God has the right to kill which seemed to contradict their War and Fighting in Islam page - so I'm not clear what she meant here. Another spokesperson, Allison Moore, spoke twice at Tulsa 9/11 Truther meetinga in 2007 where she railed on and on against the FBI and law enforcement. Both talks are on video on zTube. In one talk she mentioned the horrible treatment that Jose Padilla and American traitor Anwar Awlawki had received! Padilla was later convicted and was sentenced to jail for a long time. Awlawki is now on the CIA kill list. Troubling information about Awlawki was known back in the late 90s including his arrest for soliciting prostitutes. Yet, Moore claimed it was our government who was the problem.
Regarding CAIR, the FBI testified (Dallas Morning News) at the Holy Land Foundation trial regarding a Philadelphia meeting of Hamas:
"...FBI Special Agent Lara Burns was going over more transcripts from the Philadelphia meeting -- the 1993 gathering of Holy Land officials and Hamas sympathizers that the government contends was meant to brainstorm ways to downplay the Foundation's extremist ties -- when talk turned to a passage from defendant Shukri Abu Baker. He is quoted on the wiretap transcript talking about how it would be beneficial to have more traditional, secular American organizations to help spread the Islamist message. He and others envisioned an "alternative" organization "which can benefit from a new atmosphere, one whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous," he said according to the transcript."Prosecutor Barry Jonas asked Burns whether any groups formed after the Philadelphia gathering fit this mold. "CAIR," she said..."
In 2006, Jamal Miftah gained nationally attention when he wrote an opinion article in the local Tulsa newspaper that criticized Osama bin Laden and other terrorists and suggested some U.S. mosques have been collecting money for them. He was confronted at the mosque by several angry members. IST kicked him out of the mosque but later reversed their decision. Miftah sued but later dropped the case after his attorney moved out of state. From what I understand, he doesn't go to the mosque anymore. In a statement sent to the local newspaper in 2006, reported by blogger Michael Bates of Batesline, Miftah wrote. in part:
"...After going through the current ordeal, I feel and believe that the majority of the office bearers of IST that I have dealt or experienced are unfortunately liars, and I would prefer to boycott them and rather say my prayers on my own instead of saying it after a hypocrite like Mr. Ahmad Kabbani, the Imam of Tulsa mosque..."
In 2008, IST invited Muslim Brotherhood leader, Jamal Badawi, to represent them in a public debate about Islam and Christianity. Badawi's picture is featured on IST Peace Academy's website today. Badawi was one of 3 incorporating founders and directors of the Muslim American Society. MAS was described as an overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in U.S. vs. Sabri Benkahla on page 58 (bottom).
Imam Mohamed ElGhobashy (Al Ghobashy) is the current religious leader at the Islamic Society of Tulsa. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative religions from the hard-line Al-Azhar University in Cairo and is still associated with the university, according to the Tulsa World. In January, Al-Azhar suspended talks with the Pope because he dared to express concern for Christians there and asked for their protection.
Update 8/23/11: The sudden departure of ElGhobashy caused some to be rather upset:
To be completely fair, Muslims who simply pray at this mosque in Tulsa should NOT be considered guilty by association but how they are being guided is questionable.
My posts on the Islamic Society of Tulsa
NAIT holds title to these properties in Oklahoma (list is not complete)
In adition to the Islamic Society of Tulsa NAIT hold title to 2604 E 6 ST S, Tulsa, Oklahoma (a home)
Oklahoma CityIslamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City's title is held by NAIT
LOTS 2 THRU 6 in the Bush Addition title held by NAIT
525 N UNIVERSITY DR, Edmond, OK title is held by NAIT, which appears to be a home.
In Stillwater NAIT holds title to three properties
NAIT holds title to three properties
There is a logo near the bottom left of NAIT home page which links to its parent MSA organization but its to the former MSA National web address of http://www.msa-natl.org/ which doesn't work anymore (archives here and there's another former MSA site http://www.msanational.org/ where the archives are here; review a 2002 archive of their constitution).
Currently, its Islamic book service http://www.islamicbookservice.org just loops back to NAIT's main website. On this page NAIT confirms its beginnings: "NAIT is a not-for-profit entity that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. NAIT was established in 1973 in Indiana by the Muslim Students Association of U.S. and Canada (MSA), the predecessor of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). NAIT supports and provides services to ISNA, MSA, their affiliates, and other Islamic centers and institutions. The President of ISNA is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of NAIT."
1999 archived page about MSA's history
Another former website of the MSA was located at http://web.archive.org/web/19970604135609/http://www.msa-natl.org/national/ (archive page from 1997).