Zainabia Center of Michigan

Clarion Project
Article Source: Clarion Project

Article Source: Clarion Project

The Zainabia Center of Michigan, also known as the Ahlebait Association of Michigan, is a Shia mosque located in Walled Lake, Michigan. Its stated mission is “to educate and support the community through education, and arranging the cultural events.”[1] The Zainabia Center has promoted speakers sympathetic to views of Iran and Hezbollah.


The Zainabia Center posts messages from the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei [2].


The Zainabia Center has hosted a candlelight vigil and protest in solidarity with Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jaffri [3]. Jaffri has held meetings with Hezbollah’s Secretary General Syed Hassan Nasrallah, where the discussed their shared goals [4].


In the past, the Zainabia Center has featured speakers such as extremist Imam, Shaykh Ahmed Haneef [5]. Haneef, has presented a number of shows on Iranian regime-funded television channel, Press TV on ‘anti-Semitism’, in which he and his guest claimed anti-Semitism was not a real form of bigotry against Jews, and, as a term, is utilized for political means [6].


Extremist Imam, Shaykh Usama Abdulghani has also spoken at the mosque [7]. In 2017, Abdulghani provided a voiceover for a video describing ISIS as a plot of Israel and the West; calls Ayatollah Khamenei “the Leader;” and warns the West that ISIS [their creation] “united the believers” and “led to people being trained” and “ready to rock and roll” – during this warning Hezbollah fighters are being shown marching [8].

CAIR Michigan director Dawud Walid has spoken at the Zainabia Center to update members of the mosque on Imam Luqmaan Abdullah, Imam of Al-Haqq who was killed in a shootout with FBI agents. The agents were trying to arrest him on charges of conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, firearms offenses and more [9].



[1] GuideStar profile, “Ahle-Bait As Association of Michigan,” https://www.guidestar.org/profile/38-2627157 (Accessed June 6, 2018)

[2] Zainabia Center of Michigan website, Accessed June 6, 2018, https://www.zainabia.org/v1/index-main.aspx  (https://archive.is/O2wax) https://www.zainabia.org/v1/continue.aspx (https://archive.is/uVdS0)

[3] Twitter Account @mwmpakofficial, ” Protest at Zainabia Center Michigan USA to express Solidarity with @AllamaRajaNasir #HungerStrike #Day10,” Twitter, May 22, 2016, https://archive.is/7Uvx7

[4] TNA-ISB, “Hezbollah Chief expresses well wishes for success of Quran-O-Sunnat Conference,” Taghrib News Agancy, June 30, 2012, https://www.taghribnews.com/en/doc/news/100052/hezbollah-chief-expresses-well-wishes-for-success-of-quran-o-sunnat-conference

[5] ShababAlMehdi, “Solution To Social Problems Start With Yourself – Sheikh Ahmed Haneef,” YouTube, July 4, 2009, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uEY1RdkIYo

[6] “British Islamists Organise ‘Imam Khomeini’ Conference,” Stand for Peace, April 26, 2013, https://standforpeace.org.uk/british-islamists-organise-imam-khomeini-conference/

[7] Twitter Account @awaitedone, “Sheikh Usama Abdulghani will be speaking at Zainabia Center of Michigan nightly from March 27th to March 29th…. https://fb.me/1clonYII9,” March 9, 2014,  https://twitter.com/awaitedone/status/442749958106529792https://www.instagram.com/p/lVD6YlHJMW/

[8] IslamicPulse, “ISIS United The Believers | Shaykh Usama Abdulghani | English” Shia TV, May 15, 2017, https://www.shiatv.net/video/839261524

[9] Halomaster7, “Dawud Walid – Update on Imam Luqmaan Abdullah Shooting,” YouTube, January 7, 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLo6Y0weyro