Islamic Cultural Institute

Article Source: rachel@shymanstrategies.com

Article Source: rachel@shymanstrategies.com

The Islamic Cultural Institute (ICI), established in 1989, is located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan [1]. There are no clear affiliations with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups and no articles appear that arouse any concern about extremism.

The current spiritual leader of ICI is Imam Mohamed Musa. Imam Musa is a graduate of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University [2]. Imam Musa formerly served as the Imam of the Dix mosque, formerly known as the American Muslim Society [Ibid]. Following Imam Musa’s departure from the Dix mosque, he criticized insular mosques and spoke of “diversity” and “openness.” [3] Musa also called for mosque leaders need to have their “hands held over the fire,” for their anti-American rhetoric [4].

We have not found any information of radical teachings from Imam Musa. However, while serving as Imam at the Dix mosque, there is a reported incident of Musa trying to convince a child bride against seeking divorce [5].


[1] “About Us,” Islamic Cultural Institute Website, Accessed August 2, 2018, https://icionline.org/?page_id=2

[2] Geneive Abdo, “Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11.” (2006) Oxford University Press, https://goo.gl/NKxqRp

[3] Andrew Shryock, “Finding Islam in Detroit: The Multiple Histories, Identities, and Locations of a Citiy and Its Muslims, University of Michigan, https://stanford.edu/dept/france-stanford/Conferences/Islam/Shryock.pdf

[4] Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, Andrew Shyrock, “Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade,” (2011) Wayne State University Press, shorturl.at/EFLZ6

[5] Abdo, Mecca and Main Street