The Karbala Islamic Education Center, founded in 1995 by Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, is located in Dearborn, Michigan .Â It has been described as “a hub for Lebanese and Iraqi immigrants.” Â The Karbala Center conducts activities with nearby mosques, including the Islamic Center of America and the Islamic Institute of Knowledge .
The mosque has been involved numerous anti-extremism and interfaith events . In 2007, al-Husainy was questioned about appearing at rallies that supported Hezbollah . When asked in a television interview if he believed Hezbollah (which means “party of God”) was a terrorist organization, he responded, â€œNo.â€Â He then expounded, â€œThere is a biblical meaning of Hezbollah. It is in Judaism and Christianity and Islam meaning people of God.â€ At the end of he interview he stated, â€œYou know what Hezbollah means. I support the people of God.â€ 
In 2015, the Karbalaa Center posted a video to their Facebook page featuring al-Hussainy condemning Saudi attacks on Yemen, describing (in Arabic) Saudi actions as terrorism and claiming they are â€œagents of the Jews.â€ 
Al-Hussainy spoke to a crowd in Baghdad affiliated with the group Saraya Ashura . Saraya Ashura is a Shiite militant group in Iraq that received training from Iran . In February, he posted a picture of the Iranian Islamic revolution’s leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and praised the revolution .
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