The Brotherhood has established the most powerful Islamic institutions in the West, even though Muslims are not necessary on board.
A prominent Muslim leader in the United Kingdom with links to the Muslim Brotherhood
estimates that half of the mosques in the West were founded by
Brotherhood members. The Brotherhood presents itself as moderate, but it
supports violent jihad and is the parent organization of Hamas.
The estimate was made by Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO of London-based Islamic Relief Worldwide, the world’s largest Muslim charity.
He was responding to his
organization’s admitted Muslim Brotherhood origins and its designation
as a terrorist entity by the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The
Israeli government says Islamic Relief Worldwide sends “millions” of dollars to Hamas every year.
“If this is a crime to have someone as
a founder as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, they will have to
close 50 percent of the mosques in the West because they also had
founders from this group,” he said.
The Muslim Brotherhood is responsible
for establishing the most powerful Islamic institutions in the West,
though that does not mean that most Muslims or most mosque attendees
subscribe to its Islamist ideology. Surveys consistently show that Muslim-Americans largely reject extremism, though a formidable minority remains committed to it.
A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo
discusses how the group established a network of front organizations in
America for “unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts” under an “an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The Brotherhood hoped that its control of the main infrastructure would enable it to lead the growing community.
The struggle that followed is encapsulated in this 2004 Chicago Tribune story about Islamists taking control of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois. A 2003 St. Petersburg Times article also reports on the Islamist challenges for the leaderships of mosques in Florida, California, Illinois, Texas and Arizona.
The Brotherhood’s purpose, as stated in the 1991 memo, is to wage “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
One of the organizations listed in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as a front for this purpose is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT),
an organization that owns mosques across America. Its offices were
raided in 2002 as part of a terrorism-financing investigation.
Its website says:
“Since NAIT's founding, Muslim
communities have entrusted the titles of over 325 properties in 42
States to NAIT. More are added every year. Market value of these Waqf
[NAIT] properties is several hundred million dollars.”
Another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has said that NAIT owns about 27% of mosques in America. National security expert Dr. J. Michael Waller had a higher estimate of 50% to 79% of mosques being owned by NAIT.
NAIT’s status as a U.S. Muslim
Brotherhood entity was confirmed by federal prosecutors during the
prosecution of another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity named the Holy
Land Foundation. The Justice Department designated NAIT as an unindicted co-conspirator in that case.
NAIT’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator was upheld in a 2009 ruling
because of “ample evidence” linking it to the Hamas-financing network
of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. A NAIT bank account gave the checks for
the “Palestinian mujahideen” to the Holy Land Foundation, which then distributed the funds to Hamas.
In the documentary The Grand Deception,
former FBI special agent Robert Stauffer talks about taking part in an
investigation into the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, including NAIT. He said
that many millions of dollars were donated to NAIT from foreign
countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.
A declassified FBI document from 1987
summarizes intelligence provided by an informant inside the U.S. Muslim
Brotherhood who adamantly stated that NAIT is a Brotherhood front with a
“secret agenda” that includes supporting terrorism and a long-term
Islamic revolution in America.
“[NAIT wants] all the mosques to be
ideologically pure in their own Wahhabist line. They want to prevent
others from having influence,” said Islamic scholar Khalid Duran.
There are also mosques and Islamic
centers that are not technically owned by NAIT but are officially
affiliated with other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.
Another significant problem within U.S. mosques is the widespread presence of radical literature. A 2011 survey
of 100 U.S. mosques found that only 19% of mosques were completely
absent of texts promoting violence, and only a mere 15.5% had imams who
recommend violent texts for studying. In addition, just 42% of mosques
did not have guest speakers known for promoting violent jihad.
About 51% of U.S. mosques were found to have texts that “severely advocate” violent jihad, preaching that supporting it is an obligation of Muslims. Literature in this category includes texts like Milestones by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb and those by Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abdul Ala Maududi/Mawdudi.
About 30% of U.S. mosques were found to have texts that “moderately advocate” violence, such as Fiqh us-Sunnah by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Sabiq and Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
This shocking number is substantiated by Sufi Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America. Kabbani has founded 28 Sufi Islamic centers in North America and is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
In 1999, Kabbani said during an event
at the State Department that 80% of U.S. mosques follow an extremist
Saudi-sponsored form of Islam. He said that 90 of the 114 U.S. mosques he visited had a radical ideology.
A 2006 study by Freedom House
likewise found that Saudi-sponsored extremist texts are widely present
in U.S. mosques. The study was based on a survey of over 200 books from
15 major mosques in seven states.
Readers can learn about the Islamist mosques in their state through the Clarion Project’s Islamist Organizations in America page.
In addition, the following is an
incomplete list of over 60 mosques and organizations known to be
affiliated with NAIT and other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Muslim Students Association (MSA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society (MAS) and the now-defunct Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA).
Read more: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/muslim-brotherhood-founded-50-mosques-west