Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga (ISGC)
The Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga (ISGC) is located at 2533 Gunbarrel Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421 (Phone (423) 894-1637(423) 894-1637 ). The president of the Society is Bassam Issa. One of the founding member of the mosque is Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh, M.D. of Cleveland, TN, originally from Pakistan. Bassam Issa is a real estate developer in Chattanooga and on one occasion he was accused of attempt bribery of a city councilman in exchange for his rezoning vote on Gunbarrel Rd for a new IHOP. (see court papers) The Imam at the mosque is Abdul Baasit Shaibu. Shaibu graduated from Clemson Univ. with a PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2009. He has been involved in the Islamic Society for Greater Chattanooga since he moved to the area in 2009 and is currently serving as the center’s imam.
Dr. Arif Shafi, Dr. Muhammad Amjad Munir, Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh and Dr. Abdul Hafiz Mohamad El-etr, are I.S.G.C. board members.
The ISGC mosque is tied to the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which held title to the mosque’s original property, known as the Masjid Annour. The authorized agent for NAIT who signed the contract to sell the original property was Dr. Afir Shafi, a current Board member and co-founder of the ISGC. NAIT was identified as an organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) Trial. NAIT is specifically mentioned in the “Explanatory Memorandum” as a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate organization. NAIT holds the mortgages or the deeds to more than half of the mosques in North America. They act as a trust for MB related groups.
In one section, the Explanatory Memorandum states:
“4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] 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 [Allah’s] religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.”
During their 2009 fundraiser, ISGC presented a slide show that made reference to jihad (in the cause of Allah) and key Muslim Brotherhood figures. In one slide they referenced key Muslim Brotherhood figure Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In addition to being a major Muslim Brotherhood figure, Qaradawi is the leader of the Hamas financing network known as the “Union of the Good”, which utilizes Zakat funds received by its charities in order to support Hamas. Due to his support for Palestinian terrorism, Qaradawi has been barred from entering the United States since 1999. In February 2008, the United Kingdom also denied his visa on grounds that “[t]he UK will not tolerate the presence of those who seek to justify any act of terrorist violence…”
Reference is also made in the slide show to Maulana S.A.A. Maududi, founder of Pakistani Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami.
- Largest Islamist organization in Pakistan
- Aligns itself with extremist elements in al Qaeda, the Taliban, and many other violent factions
- Seeks to rid Pakistan of all U.S. influences
- JI’s American affiliate is the Islamic Circle of North America.
Both Qaradawi and Maududi are prolific on the subject of Jihad.
We note that “ZAKAT” is mentioned in the slide presentation. Zakat is the obligatory giving that is required of all Muslims. The following is taken from the book, “Reliance of the Traveller“1, which is the sacred book of law of the Islamic ideology:
THE EIGHT CATEGORIES OF RECIPIENTS
h8.7 It is obligatory to distribute one’s zakat among eight categories of recipients, one eighth of the zakat to each category. …
- THE POOR
- THOSE SHORT OF MONEY
- ZAKAT WORKERS
- THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE TO BE RECONCILED
- THOSE PURCHASING THEIR FREEDOM
- THOSE IN DEBT
- THOSE FIGHTING FOR ALLAH
- TRAVELLERS NEEDING MONEY
“THOSE FIGHTING FOR ALLAH
hS.17 The seventh category is those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster (0: but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration). They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses (0: for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged. Though nothing has been mentioned here of the expense involved in supporting such people’s families during this period, it seems clear that they should also be given it). ”
Along with Al-Ahzar University in Cairo, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) authenticated the English translation of the “Reliance of the Traveller, the Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.” FCNA was originally known as the ISNA Fiqh Committee and as such was specifically named in the “Explanatory Memorandum”. This Memorandum has been described as the strategic plan for the Muslim Brotherhood of North America and has been entered into federal court as evidence as part of the nation’s largest terrorism finance case. The defense attorneys stipulated that the Memorandum was what it was identified to be.
U.S. District Attorney William Killian attended the grand opening of the ISGC mosque in 2012 and delivered the keynote address. Killian is now involved with the investigation of the Chattanooga shooting. Killian was the person that called a meeting in Manchester, TN in June of 2013, to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences would be for speaking out against the Islamic community. This was a thinly veiled threat to the citizens of Manchester that if they spoke out against the Muslims, it would be treated as a federal hate crime.
Chattanooga shooter Mohammed Yusuf Abdulazeez and his family were regular attendees at ISGC. Despite claims by the mosque leadership that Abdulazeez was a rare attendee or little known there, a photo from a family Facebook account shows that Abdulazeez held his graduation party at the mosque, and that it was well attended, indicating they were well known regulars.
- Mohammed Yusuf Abdulazeez and his family were regular attendees at ISGC.
- ISGC collected ZAKAT, which, in part was required to fund jihad.
- ISGC is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in several ways.
- ISGC raised up at least two terrorists during a 2009 fundraiser.
- U.S. Attorney, William Killian publicly indicated he favored the Islamic community over the Constitutional First Amendment rights of Tennessee citizens.
- William Killian has a prior supportive connection to the ISCG when he delivered the keynote address at their grand opening.
- William Killian is heading the investigation of the Chattanooga shooting by ISGC member, Mohammed Yusuf Abdulazeez.
1“Reliance of the Traveller”, Revised Edition, The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. ‘Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices Edited and Translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller