The Islamic American University (IAU) says it seeks â€œto train distinguished scholars, activists, leaders, and teachers in the fields of Islamic sciences and Arabic languageâ€ and is still pursuing accreditation. It acknowledges that it is part of the Muslim American Society, which it calls â€œthe nationâ€™s largest grass root organization for Islamic work.â€
In 2008, American Open University Educational Adviser Dr. Mamdouh Mohamed posted a YouTube video claiming that the Muslim American Society is a Muslim Brotherhood front and it set up IAU to compete with American Open University. He accused the Muslim Brotherhood of spreading misinformation about his school and of trying to penetrate the institution. He said the Brotherhood is practicing a policy of â€œcontainmentâ€ in order to control the Muslim-American community.
Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi was reportedly the chairman of IAU until around 2002. However, in 2006, the Muslim American Society website stated that Qaradawi was the chairman of the IAU board of trustees and that Jamal Badawi is the vice chairman of the board. Badawi was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity that he fundraised for. In 2010, he endorsed â€œcombative jihad.â€ He has also justified suicide bombings and refers to Hamas terrorists as â€œmartyrs.â€
The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America lists Dr. Abdel Azim Al-Siddiq, IAU professor of Islamic law, and Sheikh Mustafa Shahin, an IAU lecturer, among its experts.
 â€œIslamic American University,â€ Muslim American Society website, https://muslimamericansociety.org/main/content/islamic-american-university
 â€œBackground,â€ IAU website, https://www.islamicau.org/static/AboutUs/Background/tabid/120/Default.aspx
 â€œAmerican Open University Under Ikhwan Attacks,â€ YouTube channel â€œNewIkhwan,â€ May 5, 2008. https://youtu.be/jO48UyljLeU
 â€œIkhwan Muslimoon Advice 12,â€ YouTube Channel â€œNewIkhwan,â€ May 4, 2008. https://youtu.be/l4XDZNui50U
 Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen. â€œA Rare Look at Secretive Brotherhood in America,â€ Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2004. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/chi-0409190261sep19,0,4605917,full.story
 â€œDepartments-University,â€ Muslim American Society website, https://web.archive.org/web/20060823053856/https://www.masnet.org/university.asp
 â€œJamal Badawi: Enduring Link to ISNAâ€™s Past,â€ IPT News, May 8, 2012. https://www.investigativeproject.org/3569/jamal-badawi-enduring-link-to-isna-radical-past
 â€œExperts,â€ Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America website, https://www.amjaonline.org/scholars/experts/.