At a time when police officers are targets of harassment, discrimination and violence, one should be questioning why new cadets are being sent to a Muslim Brotherhood mosque to learn about Islam. The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), its leaders and speakers, should not be training law enforcement, or anyone else. So lets look at some of the history of the ICN.
This is the same mosque singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusef Islam, donated $17,000 to, to help purchase the building and the adjacent lot. In the 1990’s Stevens was banned from entering the United States after he raised tens of thousands of dollars for Hamas in cooperation with its British fundraising arm, known as the Relief Fund for Lebanon and Palestine. Hamas is a designated terrorist organization in the U.S.
Another issue with the property itself is who is listed on the deed as having the same address. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), is one of the largest Muslim Brotherhood organizations within the United States. If you consider the Muslim Brotherhood a “moderate” political party, as Obama led so many to believe, then you have no issue with this, and good luck as the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most violent, barbaric groups in the Middle East.
In addition to its Muslim Brotherhood affiliations, the current imam, Ossama Muhammad Bahloul hails from Cairo Egypt, where he attended Al-Azahar University, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Not only does the Muslim Brotherhood use the university to recruit thousands of students to adopt ISIS-style beliefs, the Brotherhood used the organization to train young people for combat, including members of Al-Qaida.
The Islamic Center of Nashville is the same mosque where Carlos Bledsoe also known as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad joined while attending Tennessee State University. After becoming a member of the ICN, Carlos was sent to Yemen, where he thought he would be learning Arabic, but instead was exposed to radical, anti-American propaganda, and was “brainwashed”, according to his father Melvin Bledsoe of Memphis TN. Carlos changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, after the imam at that time at the ICN. In 2009, Carlos went to Little Rock Arkansas where he shot and killed 2 soldiers in the name of Allah. The below documentary Losing Our Sons is based on the activities at the ICN leading up to the death of those soldiers.
The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) was also involved in the current training. AMAC was formed in 2012 in opposition to an anti terrorist material support bill, and whose members have partnered with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), aka Hamas. Recent lady chair of AMAC, and now member, Zulfat Suara has shown her true colors as she expressed her inspiration and honor towards Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Both women have spewed anti-Semitic remarks, which they still stand by today.
The Islamic Center of Nashville is the same mosque that invites speakers such as Siraj Wahhaj– who was 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.” What does Wahhaj tell his audiences?
“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.”
“If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if eight million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us,” he said in 1992.
“You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.”
This is just a few examples of what and who is a part of the Islamic Center of Nashville, where young cadets are being brought to learn about Islam. Why, with what is happening to our law enforcement everyday, Islam a topic they must learn about? Are other religious leaders insisting police officers learn about their religion and culture?
No, they aren’t. And one can also conclude AMAC and the ICN are not discussing real issues the police need to know such as crimes within the Muslim community, gang activity, what businesses are running scams, or how to effectively interview Muslims. No instead, AMAC sums up their arrogant reason for instructing law enforcement..”How to best serve them”.
As a retired police officer from NY, and former instructor myself, I have great respect and concern for law enforcement today, and can only hope our new cadets are able to put their propaganda is perspective.