Year Founded: 1995
2011 Revenue: $260,867
Address: 4212 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302
AOU’s chairman of the founding council, Jaafar Sheikh Idris, preaches that democracy is “the antithesis of Islam” and that Sharia must be “the supreme law within the limits of which people have the right to legislate.” He says that Islam “guides Muslims through every detail of running the state and their lives” and that Muslims cannot pledge loyalty to the U.S. Constitution.
Its website boasts of endorsements of leading Islamist scholars:
In 2008, AOU Educational Adviser Dr. Mamdouh Mohamed posted videos under a YouTube channel named “NewIkhwan.” Ikhwan is Arabic for Brotherhood and is how the organization is often referred to. In one video, he mentions meeting Muslim Brotherhood officials at a conference in Saudi Arabia where Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal spoke.
Mohamed posted a series of videos critical of the Muslim Brotherhood using the “NewIkhwan” YouTube channel and another channel named “AOUNews.”
He criticizes the Islamist group for deviating from its original purpose by focusing too much on politics instead of teaching, particularly in the U.S. He also accuses the Brotherhood of practicing a policy of “containment” in order to control the Muslim-American community.
He states that AOU “is not an Ikhwan organization” and that the Brotherhood was opposed to the school from the beginning because of its independence. He says that the Muslim American Society is a Muslim Brotherhood front and claims that the Brotherhood set up the Islamic American University to compete with AOU. The Brotherhood is spreading misinformation about AOU and tried to penetrate the institution, he claims.
Mohamed also criticizes the Brotherhood for forming “governments within governments” and offers Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center as an example. He says the mosque is engaged in “really frightening” conduct by trying “to have their own system inside the American system. They disregard the legal system and the court system of Virginia.”
 “Contact Us,” American Open University website, http://www.aou.edu/center.php?id=6&lang=eng
 “About Us,” American Open University website, http://www.aou.edu/page.php?id=2&lang=eng
 “Dr. Salah AsSawy,” Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/dr-salah-assawy/
 Idris, Dr. Jafaar Sheikh. “Separation of Church and State,” Jaafar Idris website, http://web.archive.org/web/20120118121009/http://www.jaafaridris.com/English/Articles/separ.htm.
 “About Us.”
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